Free to Sing!
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Free to Sing!

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All the Women in My Family Sing editor Deborah Santana and three of the anthology's authors will join United Colors of Sisters to read about their experiences as women of color in America. No more silence! Artists, Activists, Authors, Musicians, Poets, Storytellers, Writers and those of you who aspire and dream, come sing with us and tell us your story!

  • All Female Mariachi Adelita
  • Sister Talks
  • Live Author Readings
  • Art Exhibitions by Visionary Artists Pilar Agüero-Esparza & Allie Nardella
  • Networking Opportunities
  • MEET THE PUBLISHER
  • Book Signing
  • Refreshments and Door Prizes

The event is free, please RSVP by registering here

Authors Attending

Michelle Mush Lee, Ed.M., is a poet, educator and arts and culture advocate who uses poetry to preserve the water of her story in this American desert. She moves from the intersec- tion of mind, heart and spirit, and is propelled by what learners do know. Mush’s presentations and storytelling have been featured on HBO, PBS and AfroPop, and at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the New Works Theater Festival and the Brave New Voices Festival. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. from San Francisco State University with a focus on equity and social justice. Mush is a former Compasspoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and is frequently a featured speaker on racial literacy, spoken word pedagogies and contemporary youth poetry movements. Mush currently serves as an advisory board member for the Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and as a senior advisor of pedagogy at Youth Speaks, Inc. She is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, Inc., a creative consulting firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change.

Denise Diaab is a writer who  is striving to live her life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.

Lalita Tademy is the New York Times best-selling author of three historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001, was translated into eleven languages and became San Francisco’s One City One Book selection in 2007. In 2015, Stanford University selected Cane River as assigned reading for all incoming freshmen. She has written two other novels, each released to critical acclaim—Red River, published in 2007, and Citizens Creek, published in 2014.

Chicago native Kristin Leavy Miller is a freelance writer and blogger, currently based in Baltimore. She devotes her time to writing about her firsthand experience in managing a food-allergic family—complete with stories, allergy-safety tips, recipes and the daily life of her food-allergic preschooler. When not writing, Kristin’s busy in her kitchen experimenting with allergy-safe ingredients, making delicious treats for all to enjoy. You can find Jet magazine articles written by Kristin at JetMag.com or at Kristin’s blog.

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The San Francisco Foundation
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

The San Francisco Foundation

Since the Women’s March took place in January 2017, there has been a growing sense of solidarity among women who refuse to be silenced. What began as a protest among women from every racial and socioeconomic background has evolved into a social and political movement. The last year has proven that women’s voices can make a difference. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation from the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. 

Event is free, but an RSVP is mandatory as there is limited seating. Please RSVP by registering here

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Authors Attending

Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.

La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson is an educator, writer, certified Integral Coach and founder and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises. She is dedicated to creating and supporting environments for transformation. She was born in Oakland, California, and was a product of Oakland public schools before entering San Francisco State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work in the winter of 1984. La Rhonda, a much-sought-after speaker and facilitator, is proud of her nearly thirty-five-year career, which has focused on women’s wellness, providing access to healthcare, reproductive rights, community development and education. She is currently working on a novel and establishing a publishing company.

Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C.

She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.

Miriam Ching Yoon Louie is a Korean Chinese American writer whose works feature kick-butt heroines and their movements. A former member of the Third World Women’s Alliance, Louie was co-founder of the Women of Color Resource Center, Oakland, and served as media coordinator for Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and Fuerza Unida. Voices of Our Nations Arts schooled her in fiction and poetry; and Jamaesori, SisterSound and the Korean Youth Cultural Center taught her farmers’-style drumming. Check out her books, including Not Contagious—Only Cancer and Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory, at www.rabbitroar.com. Louie is working on a tale of men of color who build a road through Burmese jungles as they fight enemies, both foreign and homegrown.

 

 

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Bay Area Book Festival
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. The Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. 

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing at a panel on Sunday morning as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.

Tickets: $10 (Purchase here or can purchase at venue on day of event)

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Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.

Michelle Mush Lee, Ed.M., is a poet, educator and arts and culture advocate who uses poetry to preserve the water of her story in this American desert. She moves from the intersec- tion of mind, heart and spirit, and is propelled by what learners do know. Mush’s presentations and storytelling have been fea- tured on HBO, PBS and AfroPop, and at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the New Works Theater Festival and the Brave New Voices Festival. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. from San Francisco State University with a focus on equity and social justice. Mush is a former Compasspoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and is frequently a featured speaker on racial literacy, spoken word pedagogies and contemporary youth poetry movements. Mush currently serves as an advi- sory board member for the Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and as a senior advisor of pedagogy at Youth Speaks, Inc. She is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, Inc., a creative consult- ing firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change. www.wholestorygroup.com

Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. A former cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali has spoken extensively at universities and other institutions worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and Vogue as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir about her near-death experience delivering her firstborn.

Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C.

She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.

 

 

 

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Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Oakland Center for Spiritual Living

As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. 

Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

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Sridevi Ramanathan is devoted to empowering girls and women through relevant and revealing education that speaks to the mind and the soul. She founded Story Digs (www.storydigs.com), through which she conducts talks and workshops based on her scholarly research on mythology and folklore. She holds a master’s in teaching and is currently pursuing a doctorate in philosophy and religion with a concentration in women’s spirituality. For years, she has actively participated in programs and events that empower girls and women, including One Billion Rising and Take Back the Night. She is a writer, dancer and artist. She is profiled in the book Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine.

Meilan Carter-Gilkey holds a B.A. and an MFA in creative writing and English from Mills College. Her essays have been published in the anthology Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, Mutha Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is a contributing writer for mater mea and Heart & Soul magazines. Recently, she won a James D. Phelan Literary Award for her family memoir in progress. Meilan lives in the Bay Area.
 

Kira Lynne Allen is an Oakland-based author, a four-time Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) Fellow, a Poetry for the People alumna, and a phenomenal workshop facilitator. Her literary debut, Write This Second, charts her journey from desecration to divinity; from addict and high school dropout to master’s degree recipient, poet, performer, collage artist, activist, and community leader. Ms. Allen’s story is meant to inspire readers to transform their lives by finding and proclaiming their authentic selves. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Mills College and an M.A. in transformative arts from John F. Kennedy University. Check out www.writethissec.com for more information.

Dera R. Williams lives, works and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area. A retiree of a local community college, she now mentors students in family history research. This Cali girl with Southern roots is a freelance writer and contributor to anthologies, journals and academic encyclopedias and is her family historian. Dera is co-author of the fiction book Mother Wit: Stories of Mothers and Daughters. She is completing a story collection about growing up in Oakland and a children’s book about Alzheimer’s disease. Her most recent publication can be found in the anthology Our Black Mothers, Brave, Bold and Beautiful.

 

 

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San Francisco Theological Seminary
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

San Francisco Theological Seminary

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Since the Women’s March took place in January 2017, there has been a growing sense of solidarity among women who refuse to be silenced. What began as a protest among women from every racial and socioeconomic background has evolved into a social and political movement. The last year has proven that women’s voices can make a difference. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation from the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. 

Event is free to the public, but please RSVP here.

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Denise Diaab is a writer who  is striving to live her  life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.

Marti Paschal is a longtime member of Temescal Writers, a Voices of Our Nations alumna and a recipient of residencies at Hedgebrook and Blue Mountain Center. Her writing reflects her Southern upbringing and fascination with conflicts in urban settings and between cultures. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she works in local government and is currently writing her first novel.

Want Chyi has taught composition and creative writing across the United States and in Singapore. She has an M.F.A. in fiction from Arizona State University and was the international fiction editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives in the Bay Area and currently reads for Zoetrope: All-Story.

Janine Shiota has a varied background in theater arts, production, fundraising, community outreach, real estate and hospitality. She currently serves as a commissioner for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is a founding board member of ArtCare. She lives in San Francisco with her handsome hubby, continues to work on a script called Legacy and hopes to finish it…one day…soon…really. After she gets home from work, she picks up her four-legged child from doggy day care and does another load of laundry. She is beyond thrilled to be included in this anthology.

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de Young — Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

de Young — Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Piazzoni Murals Room

Since the Women’s March took place in January 2017, there has been a growing sense of solidarity among women who refuse to be silenced. What began as a protest among women from every racial and socioeconomic background has evolved into a social and political movement. The last year has proven that women’s voices can make a difference. As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color.

Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation from the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing (Nothing But The Truth Publishing, 2018) as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. Today’s program features Natalie Baszile (author of Queen Sugar), Nashormeh Lindo (artist and educator), and Belva Davis (author of Never in My Wildest Dreams).

Visit Revelations: Art from the African American South to see paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists before it closes on April 1.

This event is free and open to the public with no reservations required.

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Authors Attending

Natalie Baszile, whose best-selling novel Queen Sugar was adapted for Oprah’s TV channel by award-winning director Ava DuVernay, has an M.A. in African American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best [Books] of 2014, was long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Southern Book Prize and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and Hedgebrook. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Lenny Letter; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Rumpus.net; and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie lives in San Francisco.

Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C.

She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.

Nashormeh   Lindo,   artist/educator,   is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned an M.S. in education from the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in art from Pennsylvania State  University. Ms. Lindo’s work in the arts is multidimensional. She works as a practicing visual artist/designer and as an educator/curator. Her professional background includes teaching, program planning, curriculum development and educational training at such institutions as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California. Lindo was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown. She serves as vice chair of the Council. She lives and works in the Bay Area and New Jersey.

Nayomi Munaweera is an award-winning author. Her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was shortlisted for the Northern California Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, was considered one of the most exciting releases of 2016 in publications from Elle magazine to Buzzfeed and won the Sri Lanka State Literary Prize. The New York Times has called Nayomi’s writing “luminous,” and her voice has been compared with that of Jhumpha Lahiri, Michael Ondaatje and Louise Erdrich. Her work has been widely anthologized in both fiction and non-fiction collections. Nayomi lives in Oakland, California, and is at work on her third novel. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Turn of the Corkscrew, New York
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Turn of the Corkscrew, New York

As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books. 

Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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Authors Attending

Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.

Menen Hailu, originally from Ethiopia, is a graduate of Columbia University, with a master’s in human rights studies, concentrating on women’s rights and children’s rights. She has researched women living with HIV/AIDS and street children from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her documentary film, Young Voices New Dreams, stems from her thesis, “Human Rights of Street Children in Addis Ababa: A Gender Analysis and Perspectives of Street Children.” Hailu has taught human rights in combination with the creative arts to youth at risk, ages twelve to nineteen, in New York City at IMPACT Repertory Theatre. She is also a photographer and poet. To see the film, visit www.youngvoicesnewdreams.com.

Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari is a poet, essayist and fiction writer who finds inspiration from being a Bronx-bred Afro- Latina, Honduran and Garifuna, of Jamaican descent. She is a Callaloo Fellow, and has performed at the Bronx Library Center, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Café and for the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. She is currently writing her first novel through the MFA creative writing program at the College of New Rochelle. An excerpt of her novel can be found in Issue 33, the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of African Voices. Mercy can be found at mercytullisbukhari.com.

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