Thursday, October 17th at the bookshop on Chenery Street in Glen Park, 7 pm:Â Bird & Beckett in association with Litquake presents “Cherokee Voices” –Â Poets Kim Shuck and Indira AllegraÂ joined by folksinger Ed Dang for a program of poetry and music, followed by an open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz.Â Kim Shuck is a poet, weaver, educator, doer of piles of laundry, planter of seeds, traveler and child wrangler. She was born in her mother’s hometown of San Francisco, one hill away from where she now lives. She isÂ a career artist in textiles and words. Her first book, Smuggling Cherokee, won the first book award from the Native Writer’s Circle of the Americas. Her new book, Rabbit Stories is being described as a ‘treasure’ and ‘like being given a basket of magic’.
Indira AllegraÂ is a poet and interdisciplinary artist whose work exploresÂ forms of queer intimacy, text, trauma and racial identity through performance, video works and handwoven textiles. AÂ former Lambda Literary Fellow and Voices of Our Nations ArtsÂ Fellow she has contributed work to 25 for 25:Â An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGTBÂ Authors, YellowÂ Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, ArtÂ and Thought, SovereignÂ Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literature,Â Konch Magazine and make/shiftÂ Magazine among others. Indira reads andÂ performs work in the Bay Area and New York City. HerÂ experimental videopoems have screened at film festivals suchÂ as MIX NYC, Perlen Hannover LGBT Festival, Visible VerseÂ Festival and Fusion. In the Bay Area, Indiraâ€™s textile worksÂ have shown at the Alter Space and College Avenue Galleries.Â She is currently completing her first collection of poemsÂ entitled Indigo Season.
Folksinger Ed Dang will complete the program of featured readers/performers.Â EdÂ is a biologist, a lover of stringed instruments and a complex protein. He draws aural inspiration from the like of Mississippi John Hurt, Kris Kristofferson and Leo Kottke.Â Check this YouTube link:Â Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IptIVs_36W4
Peripatetic bard Jerry Ferraz, a San Francisco original, hosts our “Third Thursdays” series, and referees the open mic!
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