What does home mean to you?
Aunt Lute Books is pleased to present Home in the Bay, a California-based reading series centering the voices of those impacted by houselessness, gentrification, migration, and colonization. We are partnering with Sogorea Te' Land Trust, POOR Magazine, Poets Reading the News, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, organizations doing radical work around our relationships to place and location as well as to each other.
THE FIRST EVENT
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
5 PM PT
Corrina Gould (Lisjan Ohlone) is the chair and spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan— she was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the village of Huichin. A mother of three and grandmother of four, Corrina is the Co-Founder and Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run organization that works on Indigenous people issues and sponsored annual Shellmound Peace Walks from 2005 to 2009. As a tribal leader, she has continued to fight for the protection of the Shellmounds, uphold her nation's inherent right to sovereignty, and stand in solidarity with her Indigenous relatives to protect our sacred waters, mountains, and lands all over the world. Her life’s work has led to the creation of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, a women-led organization within the urban setting of her ancestral territory of the Bay Area.
PHYLLIS BOWIE Phyllis Bowie was born and raised in the Fillmore by a single Mom who was an active member of the Black Panthers in the 1960s. Ms. Bowie has dedicated her life to advocacy for Black folks living in urban environments. As a 25 year resident of Midtown Park Apartments, she led the organizing of 130 households to gain promised ownership from the City of San Francisco. Ms. Bowie participated in the longest rent strike in the history of The City. The struggle still continues for Co-Operative, fair, sustainable and equitable housing for Black people living at Midtown and in public housing. She is the co-founder of Black Homes Matter, a portal to advance, create and preserve Black urban homeownership, in the era of gentrification. 2019 Ms. Bowie was awarded the Woman of the Fillmore Award for her work to fight against gentrification in the Fillmore presented by the New Community Leadership Foundation. Phyllis Bowie's work as a producer and host of The Living With Phyllis Urban Food Show which informs people on food stamps how to eat healthy on a low income from the local Farmer's Markets, was awarded the prestigious Taste Award two years in a row. Ms. Bowie believes "Healthy Food and Sustainable Shelter is our right." To help obtain and maintain Black Food, Black Farms, Black Homeownership is her life's mission.
ARNOLDO GARCÍA Originally from South Texas, Arnoldo García is a culture-maker, community organizer and poet based in Oakland, California. He edited and published "Poets against War & Racism | Poetas contra la guerra y el racismo," a poetry chapbook featuring five poets writing in Spanish and English, available at at this link PAWR. Arnoldo's work has been featured on La Bloga, Poets Responding @PoetryofResistance and in the upcoming book Painting the Streets, co-published by EastSide Arts Alliance and Nomadic Press of Oakland. His work is available at: lacarpadelfeo.blogspot.com and artofthecommune.wordpress.com
FUIFUILUPE NIUMEITOLU Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan/Pacific Islander scholar, storyteller and community organizer. Her work centers on climate and land justice, protecting Indigenous Sacred sites and ending violence against women. She is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Facilitator of the Oceania/Pacific Islands Studies Research Working Group in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis.
JAN STECKEL Jan Steckel’s book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, 2018) won Rainbow Awards for LGBT Poetry and Best Bisexual Book. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. She lives in Oakland, California.
INÉS IXIERDA Inés Ixierda is a Mestizx interdisciplinary artist, media maker, and creator with a background in youth work and decolonial community organizing. She coordinates STLT’s creative projects and media, political education events, works on the land with plant medicines and supports the office team.
POVERTY SKOLAS FROM POOR MAGAZINE Black/Brown/Disabled/Indigenous/Houseless PovertySkolas are releasing 8 PowerFULL books of poetry, art and liberation about their struggle, resistance and solutions.
Crip Lyrics: The Unapologetic Poetry of Disability by Val Vera
The Sidewalk Motel: Poems from a Poverty Skola & PoShunary by Tiny Gray-Garcia
Kai Talks about the Missions by Angel Heart
What's My Address? by Lisa Ganser
Chimalli by Muteado Silencio
Las palabras tienen poder para construir y destruir/Words have power to construct and destruct by Ingrid DeLeon
Self v. Self by Audrey CandyCorn
The Homefulness Handbook: How to build a homeless peoples solution to homelessness by POOR Magazine Family
KIM SHUCK Kim Shuck embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent many hours with her mother and grandmother wandering the Mission St. Miracle Mile, taking books out of the Mission Branch library and watching aquarium fish on the ground floor of what used to be Hale's. She firmly believes in carrying a bubble wand, keys, pen and notebook and cats cradle string at all times. Shuck is an indigenous writer and is widely published in journals, anthologies and a couple of solo books. She enjoys volunteering in SFUSD elementary school classrooms to share her loves of origami, poetry and basket making... in other words, math of various kinds. In 2019 Shuck was awarded an inaugural National Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and a PEN Oakland Censorship Award.
ABOUT OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Poets Reading the News is a digital news platform based in the San Francisco Bay Area that bridges poetry and current events.
The Anti-eviction Mapping Project is a data visualization, critical cartography, digital storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes.
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led land trust that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.
POOR Magazine is a poor people led/indigenous people led grassroots non-profit, arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, arts, education and solutions to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty across the globe.
Aunt Lute Books is an intersectional, feminist press dedicated to publishing literature by those who have been traditionally underrepresented in or excluded by the literary canon. Core to Aunt Lute’s mission is the belief that the written word is critical to understanding and relating to each other as humans. Through the sharing of stories, we strengthen ties across cultures and experiences, and at the same time honor the hurt, loss, and harm incurred through structural power imbalances, prejudiced and gendered systems, and ancestral trauma. We uplift these voices in order to build a more just future.
This event will be free and include closed captioning. Please reach out to Aunt Lute Books if you have any further accessibility needs; we are happy to accommodate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.