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Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Curated by Baruch Porras-Hernandez.
Raina J. León is an Afro-Latina, native Philadelphian, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She seeks out communities of care and craft and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received numerous fellowships and residencies and is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Preeti Vangani is a poet & essayist. Her work has been published in BOAT, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, Threepenny Review among other journals. She is the winner of the RL Poetry Award 2017 and her debut book of poems titled Mother Tongue Apologize was published by RLFPA Editions in February 2019. She holds an MFA to the University of San Francisco.
Tanea Lunsford Lynx is a fourth generation Black San Franciscan on both sides. Tanea is a proud alum of Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and the Lambda Literary Retreat. In 2018 she co-curated ‘Still Here VI: Existence as Resistance’, a performance featuring queer Black San Franciscans as a part of the National Queer Arts Festival. Tanea has been awarded an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission as well as residency at Mesa Refuge, the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, Squaw Valley, and Under the Volcano. Tanea earned a BA from Columbia University and a MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She has more than 10 years of experience as a performing artist, curator, activist and educator in San Francisco. Tanea is currently at work on her first novel. You can find her work online at tanealunsfordlynx.com.
Lauren Wheeler writes poetry, fiction, and about the places where the personal, the political, and pop culture intersect. She sometimes contributes to Black Nerd Problems. After years in the game industry, she now makes robots in San Francisco and lives in Oakland with a a four-year-old and two brown dogs. Find her online at laurenwheeler.com and as @fightingwords at Twitter.
Jade Way is a singer/songwriter and musician from Michigan. Raised by musician parents, from an early age, Jade had many teachers of classical, jazz, pop and RnB influence. Jade is the front-person of her band, Jade VELVET, where she cultivates the sounds of being lost and found in the Bay. Jade is also a member of The Singing Bois, where she lives out her troubadour dreams. When Jade’s not performing, she loves to cook and travel with her partner.