We are so honored to have hosted such a meaningful reading event. Home in the Bay is a reading series centered on themes of gentrification, colonization, homelessness, and migration in the Bay Area. This first event featured an incredible lineup of readers and culture bearers who built community with us in a very special virtual space.
For those who missed it, you can find the event recording below:
Included in the event was an interactive presentation which can still be accessed at this link, and can be viewed below:
We want to express our gratitude for all who participated, attended, and supported this event. We cherish building community with you all and invite you to the next Home in the Bay event set for January 2022. Follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the Home in the Bay project.
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Speaker: Corrina Gould - 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. These walks brought about education and awareness of the desecration of sacred sites in the greater Bay Area. 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. Readers: Phyllis Bowie - 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 Urban Community Gardens, Co-Operative Grocery Stores, Food Security Education, 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, PhD is a Tongan/Pacific Islander/ Oceanian, scholar, storyteller and community organizer. Her research and community work center issues of; climate and environmental justice, ending violence against women, prison abolition and restorative justice and building radical solidarities with California American Indian tribes to protect Indigenous Sacred Sites in the Pacific/Oceania and here in California. She is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Facilitator of the Oceania Research Working Group in the Department of Native American Studies at University of California, 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
EMCEE: 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.
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 project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.