Friday, May 15th 7pm
(cocktails, browse raffle and auction items)
Reading starts at 7:30.
Sossity Chiricuzio & Lisa Galloway
And guest readers: Galadriel Mozee, Brenda Taulbee, Alley Hector & Alise Sanchez
Raffle & Auction Winners at 9ish
Music following by: DJ Sappho, (Megan Andricos)
Location: American Legion 2104 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR (Thanks Sean Davis)
Working class writers catch words on scraps of paper, jot notes on breaks, between shifts, when the lights are off in every other room in the house, long past common sense and bedtime. They wrestle with inner demons, and outer discouragement, and a paycheck that never quite reaches the end of the week.
When we're given a chance to join in on a grand adventure, a high rolling bonanza of knowledge, it becomes all or nothing. Time off, travel costs, tuition, lodging - it feels impossible. What if we leap and fall? There's no safety net in our world ... except those we weave for each other, through community support.
Lisa Galloway has been accepted to Tin House, and Sossity Chiricuzio has been accepted into the Lambda Writers Retreat - two incomparable opportunities to hone their craft and gather wisdom and connections to bring back and share.
Please join them and other amazing local writers for an evening of storytelling and poetry, prizes and dancing!
Your donations at the door, the silent auction, and the raffle will all go towards expenses involved in these learning opportunities. If this goes well, we hope to use this model for other writers in an ongoing series of community crowdfunding and art.
Raffle Items Donated So Far Include:
Call Me Home, Megan Kruse
Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage, Jenny Block
The Art of Waking Up, Brenda Taulbee
Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, donated by Carter Sickels
Carry the Sky, Kate Gray
Flashes of War, Katey Schultz
Gospel, Samiya Bashir
Stir the Juice, Sossity Chiricuzio
Boyishly, Tanya Olson
[insert] boy, Danez Smith
Free Passes to Sugar Town, donated by Shannon Wiberg, DJ Action Slacks
2-$25 gift certificates to St. Johns Booksellers, donated by Néna Rawdah
2 Le Noir Bleu Essential Oil Aromatherapy Packages
Auction Items to Date:
Portrait Package from J Tyler Huber Photography
Gift certificate to Ritual Arts Tattoo and Body Piercing
Massage by: Jarrod Morrow, LMT
Haircut and deep condition or Haircut and beard trim, donated by Hairparty, Nancy Dear
Vintage Jewelry, donated by Leslie W Hat
Short Story Edit, donated by Megan Kruse
Graphic Design, donated by Motherwit Design
Tutoring session on writing, donated by Sossity
2 hour Editing Certificate, donated by Erin Doherty
More to come...
Sossity Chiricuzio is a queer femme outlaw poet, a working class sex radical storyteller. What her friend's parents often referred to as a bad influence, and possibly still do. She is a 2015 Lambda Fellow and a contributing columnist for PQ Monthly. Recent publications include: Adrienne, Wilde, Glitterwolf, The Outrider Review, and Mash Stories. More info at: sossitywrites.com
Lisa Galloway's current work focuses on the queer experience of growing up and grieving a mother's death within a Southern Baptist family. She is a poet and video ethnographer, the author of the chapbook "Liminal: A Life of Cleavage," has poems published in Oregon Literary Review, Noctua, Perigee, and has forthcoming work in Gaslight Review. She was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, and is an MFA graduate of Pacific University. Her current working manuscript is titled "Mother, Marriage, and Other Natural Disasters."
Galadriel Mozee is a black, queer, poet, and artist. She grew up in the Mojave Desert and now grows lush gardens in Portland OR. She has been featured in Alembic Literary Journal, Kalyani, and Curve. Galadriel is currently working on her first chapbook “Give Ghosts” about grief, loss, and homemade jam.
Brenda Taulbee moved to Portland, Oregon from Missoula, Montana in 2012 with aspirations of playing international rugby. Brenda released her self-published chapbook, “Dances with Bears …And Other Ways to Lose a Limb” in June 2013. Brenda’s published in the Gobshite Quarterly and The Inflectionist Review. She just released her first full-length collection, “The Art of Waking Up” (Reprobate/GobQ Books) while living and writing in Portland with her cat, Murphy's Law.
Alley Hector is a (gender)queer mashup of poet, spoken word artist, and journalist. She's been creating radical history in Portland, OR since the dawn of queer time. Founder of the preeminent online source for LGBTQ news, culture and events of the aughts, qPDX.com, she currently writes for the largest independent online outlet for queer woman, Autostraddle.com. Past projects have included Just Out, The Daily Dot, OregonLive.com and various slams and performances. She is currently working on a novel about local life as a teenager in the 90s. When she's not pursuing nerdy hobbies you can find her enjoying a microbrew at a vintage arcade or running around town on her little 80s Bridgestone road bike.
Alise Sanchez is a matriarch-in-training, raised on the cold, clear nights of Montana, and transplanted to Portland, OR to flourish. Constantly in awe of the world, and eager to immerse herself in both beauty and ugliness, she writes in fits, starts, and quick snatches, mostly on the backs of reciepts and in the margins of work agendas. She is a fierce queer, fat activist, pround urban Indian, mother, social worker, and finally starting to self-identify as a poet. She has been published in the Reed College Creative Review and most recently in Plumplandia!, a 'zine for fat folks by fat folks.
+ There are no steps into the venue from the sidewalk, or to access any parts of the space.
+ There will be seating, including sturdy armless chairs, and couches that will be set aside for accessible seating.
+ There are two bathrooms (which will be gender neutral for the evening), one of which is down a somewhat narrow hallway after a sharp turn, but the other is an easier turn and has an open stall and a bar. The doorways to the bathroom are aprox 34" wide.
+ The venue is a bar, with smoking outside and occasional dog visitors, so scent/animal allergens are present though we do ask that folks be low scent or scent free
+ Suggested donation at the door as this is a fundraiser, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds