Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
The Black Zone
2301 South Jackson Street, Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98058
Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee begins the Speak to Me! series, a FREE intergenerational monthly workshop and reading series showcasing emerging and seasoned poets. Speak to Me! Volume I will feature readings by Quenton Baker, Jalayna Carter, Robert Francis Flor, and youth poet Kulana P. Hall. The readings will be followed by an optional 30-minute generative writing workshop lead by Anastacia-Renee.
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2017 Jack Straw fellow and is the recipient of a James W. Ray Venture Project award from Artist Trust. His first collection, This Glittering Republic, came out from Willow Books in 2016.
Jalayna Carter is a multimedia storyteller living in Seattle, WA. Currently she writes stories for Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County about the humanity of their homeowners, how they lead varied and resilient lives and what the impact of having basic needs met (like living in a decent place at a sustainable price) can be. Her work has been published in: Third Point Press, 2Leaf Press and Fig Root Press with forthcoming pieces in Reality Beach and Puerto del Sol. Her work can be found on her website, JalaynaCarter.com or sprinkled between memes and pictures of food on her social media channels: @just.jalayna.
Robert Francis Flor is a Seattle native raised in the city’s Central Area and Rainier Valley. His poems appeared in the Raven Chronicles, Soundings Review, the Field of Mirrors anthology (2008) and Poetry on the Bus. In 2012, several poems were published in two anthologies Voices of the Asian American Experience by the Univ. of Santa Cruz and “Where Are You From?” the Thymos Book Project. His chapbook “Alaskero Memories” was published in 2016 by Carayan Press.
Youth poet, Kulana P. Hall is an emerging writer and attends Big Picture High School. This is the first time she’ll be sharing her work with the Seattle community.
Anastacia-Renee is the current Seattle Civic Poet and former 2015-17 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.
*Book of the Month: The Racial Imaginary, Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind