Readings by 최 Lindsay | Lindsay Choi and Saretta Morgan, with an introduction by Tonya M. Foster and music by Kaori Suzuki.
Presented in partnership with UC Berkeley Poetry Colloquium.
Online via Zoom
Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.
Based in Berkeley, CA, 최 Lindsay is the author of Transverse (Futurepoem, 2021), which was a finalist for the 2022 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry. They are also the author of the chapbooks Who Can Remember His Past Lives (Belladonna* Chaplet Series, 2022), and Matrices (speCt! Books, 2017). Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in translation in Nioques, 22/23: Nouvelle Poésie des États-Unis (New U.S. Poetry), edited by DoubleChange Collective and translated to French by Abigail Lang, and Tydningen, translated to Swedish by Sara Wengström. Recent writing can be found in Amerarcana and Aster(ix) Journal. They are a Kundiman fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in English at UC Berkeley, and they run the chapbook press MO(0)ON/IO. Visit them at lindsaychoi.com.
As a writer and artist, Saretta Morgan’s current work uses text, etching, sculpture, and video to engage relationships between ecology, Black diaspora and migration in the United States Southwest. She is based between Phoenix and Mohave Valley, Arizona where she teaches creative writing at Arizona State University and is an active member of the grassroots humanitarian aid organization, No More Deaths Phoenix, which supports the safe passage of migrants in the U.S. Mexico borderlands.
Saretta is author of the chapbooks, Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017). She has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, Virginia Piper Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. Recent work can be found at Triple Canopy, The Colorado Review, and Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day.
Poet, essayist, and educator Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch (forthcoming, Sputnik and Fizzle, 2020); and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her next poetry collection, Thingification is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2021. Monkey Talk, a multi-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthetics and surveillance is in development with support from a 2020 Creative Capital Foundation grant. She has been an artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora, at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and at Macdowell. A 2020-2021 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, Dr. Foster holds the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She was raised in New Orleans, and her family goes generations back in Louisiana.
kaori suzuki is a tokyo-born music maker/composer currently living in oakland, ca. seeking modes of heightened listening-and-being in her spiraling sound visions, she uses high-droning modified acoustic instruments, electroacoustic sound technologies, intensely high register electronics, tape, and other elements necessary to spin her often loud, auditory transmissions.
her projects include solo compositions and durational music for vhf-combination tones; collaborative immersive light-sound happenings; drumming in the oakland-based minimalist psych-punk group, night collectors; and playing amplified cello and guitar in the ecstatic music band.
suzuki has performed widely in numerous venues across the u.s, japan, europe, mexico, and canada, and has published her recordings on independent labels in germany and the u.s. she currently teaches in the music department at the center for contemporary music at mills college.
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