PEN OAKLAND (Readings, Music, Free t-shirts!) 7pm

Octopus debut for local lit organization PEN OAKLAND!

Readings, music and free t-shirts!

PEN Oakland presents “Such Freedoms”, a dutiful event that flirts with the significant relationship between the literary and musical arts. This event features local talents who continue to hammer out compelling and provocative works rich in spirit and conviction.


Time Slots:

7:00-7:05​​ PEN Oakland Event Intro

7:05-7:15​​ Lisa Gray

7:15-7:25​​ Erika M. Martinez

7:25-7:45​​ Lawson Navarro

7:45-7:55​​ Nanette Deetz

7:55-8:15​​ Modern Kicks

8:15-8:25​​ Sara Campos

8:25-8:35​​ Dee Allen.





African-Italian performance poet currently based in Oakland, California. Active on the creative writing & Spoken Word tips since the early 1990s. Author of 3 books [BoneyardUnwritten Law and his newest, Stormwater]and 12 anthology appearances [Poets 11: 2014Feather Floating On The Water, the first 4 Revolutionary Poets Brigade books and the newest, Rise, to name several] under his figurative belt so far.



Sara Campos is a writer, consultant, and lawyer. She has an MFA degree in creative writing from Mills College and is an alumna of VONA, Macondo, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Hedgebrook and the Anderson Center. She has published prose and poetry in a number of publications including, St. Anne’s Review, Rio Grande Review, 580 Split, Colorlines, AlterNet Media, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books.



Nanette Deetz (Dakota/Lakota/Cherokee/German) holds a B.A. and an M.A. from UCLA in Theater Arts/Dance. She is the co-coordinator and host of Alameda Island Poets reading series, and her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies including, "Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California" (2016) published by Scarlet Tanager Books. She is a journalist for Native News Online, Tribal Business Journal, and Bay Area News Group.



Lisa D. Gray’s award-winning writing appears in lit journals As UsMission at Tenth, and New Haven Noir, a recent anthology.  Her short story collection, American Like Me is searching for a home.



Erika M. Martínez received a Fulbright Fellowship to edit Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. Her writing appears in various anthologies and literary journals. She works for the National Writing Project.






Lawson Navarro is your average Californian with anukulele, guitar and a couple of harmonicas. He is an aspiring ukulele virtuoso based in Northern California, who also plays in the folk duo, The Sequoia Brothers. He covers classic tunes on his ukulele and creates lyrical and instrumental music that captures the emotions from his own life stories. 



Listening to their debut, Rock ‘N Roll’s Anti-Hero, is like being hit with a glitter-filled pillow at a champagne slumber party, and the mega-melodic hooks that power these glam pop songs are completely devoid of snarky intentions. Instead, the mischievous come-ons these Bay Area boy scouts employ are of the heartthrob nature, and it won’t be long before every inch of their collective collar is covered in strawberry lipstick.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:00pm