Join us for an exciting evening of new work and discussion with three of our most exciting thinkers and creators.
a reading and conversation with Meg Day,
Michelle Naka Pierce and Jai Arun Ravine
Meg Day is a three-time Pushcart-nominated poet, nationally awarded spoken word artist, & veteran arts educator who is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah. Meg hails from San Diego by way of Oakland, where she taught young poets to hold their own at the mic in San Francisco with WritersCorps & Youth Speaks. A 2010 Lambda Fellow, 2011 Hedgebrook Fellow, & 2012 Squaw Valley Fellow, Meg completed her MFA at Mills College & publishes the femme ally zine, ON OUR KNEES, out of Salt Lake City. A 2012 AWP Intro Award Winner & nominee for the Best New Poets of 2012, Meg’s most recent work can be found in Drunken Boat & forthcoming from Artful Dodge, This Assignment is So Gay: Poems from LGBTQ Teachers, & Troubling the Line: An Anthology of Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics. www.megday.com
Born in Japan, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of seven titles, including She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed her work internationally, most recently at La Kunsthalle in France. Pierce is associate professor and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. http://michellenakapierce.blogspot.com
Jai Arun Ravine is a text-based artist working in film/video, movement and performance. Most recently they are the author of a book of experimental poetics, AND THEN ENTWINE (Tinfish Press, 2011); the creator of a film project on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, TOM/TRANS/THAI (2011), which was installed at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Bangkok, Thailand) and the Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angeles); and the creator of a multi-media performance on identity tourism, THE PACKAGE TOUR (2011), which was staged at Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley) and the African American Art & Culture Complex (San Francisco). A recipient of fellowships from ComPeung, Djerassi and Kundiman, Jai is also a staff writer for Lantern Review. For more information on projects, events and publications, please visit http://jaiarunravine.wordpress.com
DOORS OPEN AT 5:00PM/EVENT BEGINS AT 5:30PM