PEN Oakland (the “blue collar PEN”) was founded in 1989 to promote emerging multi-cultural literature and to educate about the nature of that work. Â PEN Oakland annually dispenses awards to books and authors that reflect a multi-cultural or marginalized viewpoint while representing the highest standards of literature, and also honor a writer of conscience with a literary censorship award. Â They have also published anthologies, organized symposia, and engaged the media in a dialogue toward a deeper understanding of non-traditional literature. Â They ain’t kiddin’ around!
Floyd Salas, recipient of NEA and California Arts Council fellowships among other awards and honors, is the critically-acclaimed author of a memoir, two volumes of poetry, and four novels, includingÂ Tattoo the Wicked Cross, which earned a place on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Western 100 List of Best 20th Century Fiction.
Claire Ortalda,Â winner of Georgia State University and national Hackney Fiction Prizes, among other awards, is a fiction writer and poet who has been published in numerous literary journals.
Sharon DoubiagoÂ is the author of many books of poetry, stories, essays and memoir.Â My Father’s Love, volume’s 1 and 2 are her most recently published books.
Kirk LumpkinÂ is a poet, performer, lyricist, environmentalist, cultural worker, and event creator. He is the author of two books of poetry,Â In DeepÂ andÂ Co-Hearing. He has released two poetry/music CDs,Â The Word-Music ContinuumÂ andÂ Sound Poems.
Judith CodyÂ is a national award winning poet and composer whose poetry has been published in over 80 literary journals and anthologies.Â One of her poems, in both Spanish and English translations, is in the Smithsonianâ€™s permanent collection. Her latest poetry book isÂ Between Bytes.
John CurlÂ is a poet whose latest collection isÂ Revolutionary AlchemyÂ with a foreword by Jack Hirschman. Â Hirschman writes, â€œJohn Curl has earned a placeâ€”with this book of poemsâ€”among the foremost revolutionary American poets since the end of WW2.â€
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site