curated by Anna Allen + Katie Tandy & featuring:

– Set 2 –

Amy Choudhury Martin
Diana Donovan
Allison Landa
Lita Kurth
Trevor Ruth
Vivien Bui

 
Join us for a one-night only performance of sPARKLE & bLINK 113, featuring cover art by Kacy Jung!

About the curators

Anna Allen

Anna Allen, from Stockton, California, is a performance poet. She’s been published in Sparkle and Blinklittle death litChronicling Lit and others. Her poetry reflects the darkness and light that has been part of her life from the beginning.

Katie Tandy is a memoirist, editor, playwright, and digital media entrepreneur. She is a human dedicated to moving the needle towards justice. The former cofounding editor of three feminist online publications – Ravishly, The Establishment and PULP – Katie is a veteran alt-weekly journalist, with work appearing in SFWeekly, East Bay Express, The Arc, KQED, Dialogue magazine, Feministing, HuffPo, Oakland magazine, Time Out New York magazine and a whole host of literary journals including Quiet Lightning, Writing Without Walls, and The Write Club. She’s written on everything from architecture and amnesia to fashion, food and falconry; she is particularly invested in the intersection of art and social justice and the human body as a playground of politics. Katie recently joined Public Rights Project as a managing editor and launched an in-house publication — THE PUBLIC — on workers’ rights. She is the recipient of the Turkeyland Cove Foundation and Hambidge writing residencies, and a 2021 finalist with Blackacre.  In her spare time she fronts the rock band The Shattucks, devours paperbacks, and cooks a damn fine spaghetti sauce. She lives and writes in Oakland, California.

Kevin Madrigal Galindo is a food justice advocate that is reimagining health with ancestral Mexican cooking. He is a first-generation Chicano hijo de su chingada madre from South San Francisco by way of Zapopan, Jalisco. Kevin’s work has been featured in The Boiler, Bozalta, The San Franciscan, & Edible East Bay. His first chapbook Hell/a Mexican is out now(!) with Nomadic Press. Kevin shines light on the comunidad whose work supports countless American lives. In his free time, you can find him feeling his feelings to highly curated R&B playlists.

Landon Smith (he/him) is a father, a professor, a poet, a painter, half Mende and half Balanta & Fulani, that feeling of falling that wakes you up in a dream, the amethyst geode on your desk, Angela Davis’ afro, Frantz Fanon’s pocket notebook, Walter Rodney’s fingernail, the 7-10 bowling split, your favorite pillow. Despite his institutional degrees, he really became a poet through the East Side Arts Alliance in Oakland. Landon thanks his older sister Alia for buying him his first journal, starting his ever-evolving relationship with words. You can often find him processing the world through poetry.

Lorenz Mazon Dumuk is a poet, spoken word artist, and curator. He is a VONA alumni, and a MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute) alumni. Ay Nako: Writing Through the Struggle, and I Think In Poetry, are the titles of his two book collections of poetry. Lorenz had curated various events such as ReWrite Open Mic, Glowing with the Moon, and the Eastridge Open Mic. His want to create a nourishing experience at his events, pushes his desire to connect communities and its people.

+ 2 authors TBA

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Jenny Qi courtesy of the author

IF SOMEONE SAID I want to do what you do, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR THEM?

"Be open to all opportunities, but don’t burn yourself out. And as my friend tells me, don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides.”

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IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO YOUR 15 YEAR OLD SELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

"She wouldn’t listen to me."

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DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF SUCCESSFUL? WHY?

"Yes. Every day brings some success, big and small. Every day I fall, but I rise and continue walking, and I celebrate that. The day I stop walking, will be the day I fail."