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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.
Katherine Agard is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She recently graduated from the MFA program in Writing at UC – San Diego and now lives in San Francisco. You can find her writing in Yes Femmes, Anmly, the Black Warrior Review and Feminist Studies.
Luna Merbruja is a Mexican-Athabaskan writer and artist. They’re the author of Trauma Queen and the poetry book Heal Your Love. They have been published in the anthologies Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, Resilence, and the 2nd edition of Colonize This! Currently, Merbruja is the Board Chair of Heartspark Press and a project advisor for Mirror Memoirs.
Imani Sims is a curator, alchemist, and author from Seattle. She believes in the healing power of ritual and performance art. As the Curator of Kitchen Sessions, a running show series in collaboration with Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Theater Off Jackson, her work continues to invite black community to participate in writing and performing ourselves into the future. Her goal is to continue to shift the social narrative by providing artists of color with resources that empower and display our stories in public spaces all over the nation. Her book (A)live Heart is available on Sibling Rivalry Press. When she isn’t working, you can find her on the couch with a chilled glass of rosé.
Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Xicana writer, multimedia curator, and big sister of six, born and raised in San Francisco. She is the proud co-founder of Still Here San Francisco for which she was honored as a Local Hero by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. She is a VONA Voices alum and a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows. She first heard her call to write about vulnerability in the first grade when she wrote her poem, “You Make Me Glitter Up,” for her teacher, Mrs. Kahn.
Musical guest Azuah’s music weaves roots in alternative folk and soul with a poet’s sensibility and an unforgettable voice to create an infectious sound all her own. A Bay Area native, she has played all over the West Coast from the Roxy in Los Angeles to stages in Oakland and San Francisco. Known for her evocative lyrics and haunting melodies, Azuah captures the listener’s ear from first note to last strum with a sound that can only come from the depths of an old soul.