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Laurel Book Store, Oakland

  • Laurel Book Store 1423 Broadway Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

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.

Shizue Seigel is a San Francisco writer and visual artist who explores marginalization, displacement and cross-cultural social justice through memoir, poetry and essay, as well as photography, painting, mixed media and cartography. Her books include In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment, A Century of Change: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura and Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience. She is finishing her memoir, Miss Goody-Good Grows Up, with support from a San Francisco Arts Commission grant. As a largely self-taught writer, she leads community-based freewrites and her work has been published in several anthologies.

Phiroozeh Petigara is a writer and educator based in Oakland. Her work appears in Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, Yoga International and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She teaches a variety of classes to older adults, including creative nonfiction, Bollywood dance, yoga and meditation. She is currently working on her memoir. Read more at

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 for more information.

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 (, 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.

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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