Cleave - Bay Area Women Writers 7pm
This month's readers:
Meg Elison is the author of THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, a post-apocalyptic feminist speculative novel, Tiptree recommendation, Audie Award nominee and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. Her sequel, THE BOOK OF ETTA, was published in February 2017. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, The Establishment, The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Compelling Science Fiction, Motherboard, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she writes like she’s running out of time.
Hecha en México, Norma Liliana Valdez made her way to California in her mother's pregnant belly. She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and was a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. Her poem, "Tepoztlán Blues" was selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2016 Tinderbox Poetry Journal prize. A member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop, and an Under the Volcano fellow, her poems can be found in Calyx, Huizache, and Rio Grande Review, among others.
Thea Matthews is a Poetivist (poet + activist)/ Spoken Word Artist who frequents San Francisco’s Bay Area literary scene. For this BlXicana born and raised in San Francisco, CA, the power of Words enthrall her. Recently, her poems, “Orchids” and ”Protea" was published through the online feminist blog RAG QUEEN PERIODICAL (2017), and "Tempest" was featured in the anthology "Sweet Wolverine: a Collection” (2015). Through her body of work, she raises awareness, strengthens survivorship, and fortifies her healing and in turn the healing of others with Words.
Lluvia de Milagros was born in the Bay Area where she spent most of her time growing up, traveling to every nook, city, town, cafe, museum, and bookstore that Northern California could offer. At an early age, Lluvia could be found any given day journaling, growing up always creative and imaginative, she became acutely observant having spent so much time with her at the time, single working mother. Lluvia was a single child living in a mixed generational home of aunts, cousins, her mother and grandparents, where she learned to speak Spanish as her first language and early on became exposed to a community of strong, hard-working, independent and fierce womyn. After having experienced a kidnapping and rape in her early years in High School, Lluvia returned from a Treatment program in Utah to graduate on time at Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose. Once completing High School, she went off to change numerous majors - Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Teachers for Tomorrow Program - to finally arrive to Women's and Gender Studies.
Over four years, Lluvia performed numerous shows with her spoken word pieces, was asked to publish on different media forums and has been interviewed by different radio stations on her creative pieces and poetry work. Lluvia involved herself in numerous student and non-profit organizations in and out of University, was apart of the union efforts her freshman year to unionize Saint Mary's in over 50 years. In addition, joined a Chicana Feminist Writers Collective that was based out of Berkeley and later that year helped coordinate the school's' first Hip-Hop club named “Elements”. In her third year, she went off with official credentials to hold communication and observation work for the United Nations in Lima, Peru then later in Paris, France.
Throughout her life, she has witnessed discrimination and trauma for being an ambitious, intrinsic, talented, charismatic, and young woman of color, which has only inspired her even more to resist and challenge the standard of beauty, intelligence, legitimacy, creativity, originality, and power. In all of her publications and creative performances or artistic pieces she has expressed her passion in multiculturalism, transnationalism, queer studies, ethnic studies, youth empowerment, environmental ethics, education equity, civil rights, and diverse inclusivity.
Being the daughter of two elected officials, Lluvia has always believed that she is independent yet parallel to her and her parents' work. However, she resists the idea that she is successful through and under the iconic images of her parents. Lluvia de Milagros, believes overall in the power of the womyn author who has been too many times historically erased.