9th Ave: Nicola Andrews

Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Join us on Thursday, January 18 at 7pm PT when Nicola Andrews celebrates the release of their chapbook, Māori Maid Difficult, at 9th Ave!
Featuring Billy Gong, Edward Gunawan, Yeva Johnson, and Anastasia Le

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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About Māori Maid Difficult

Māori Maid Difficult is the debut poetry chapbook by Nicola Andrews, twining together themes of takatāpui (queer) urban Pasifika identity, Indigenous sovereignty and language, familial obligations, and jester-like wit for the chronically online.

Praise for Māori Maid Difficult
“He karanga: poems that call out to those who understand and have been yearning to hear a voice meant for them. He wero: poems that call out those who get in the way. Ancestors, family, language and land are everywhere – invoked, described, present, pulsing, overlapping – in this stunning collection that speaks from, about, to, and towards Aotearoa. In so many ways Māori Maid Difficult is a first yet it brings to mind generations of Māori poets who have gone before. Smart, sharp, funny, brittle, supple. Giving and refusing. Irreverent and sensitive. Vulnerable and mysterious. Aroha and hahaha and hā. All at the same time. All in the best ways.”—Alice Te Punga Sommerville, winner of the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry 

About the Readers
Nicola Andrews (Māori, Pākehā) is a member of the Ngāti Paoa iwi currently living on Ramaytush Ohlone territory. Their writing practice has been supported by communities including the Kearny Street Interdisciplinary Writers Lab, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Rooted & Written, and the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. In 2023, they were awarded the University of Washington Information School Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Impact Award, and won the AAALS Indigenous Writers Prize for Poetry. Their micro-chap SENTIMENTAL VALUE was published in the 2023 Ghost City Press Summer Series, and their work is forthcoming in several anthologies. In their spare time, they watch dinosaur documentaries with their cat.

Billy Gong is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing concurrently with a Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University, where he also taught Creative Writing. His flash piece, “The Korean Word for ‘Scared,’” is forthcoming from 14 Hills Literary Journal. 

Edward Gunawan [he/they] is a queer Indonesian-born Chinese writer and curator. The author of chapbooks The Way Back (winner of Start a Riot! Prize, Foglifter Press, 2022) and Press Play (Sweet Lit, 2020), Edward has also completed over 25 feature and short films as writer, producer, actor, and/or director. Residing on Ohlone land in Oakland, CA, Edward is the founder/co-host of HOME MADE @ ARTogether. More info at addword.com

Yeva Johnson, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and musician, whose work appears in Bellingham Review,Obsidian, sin cesar, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere, explores interlocking caste systems and possibilities for human co-existence in our biosphere.  Yeva is a current Brown Handler Writer’s Resident.  Her debut chapbook, Analog Poet Blues, is available at Black Lawrence Press.


The event is located on the ground level, and there are no stairs between the entrance and event space.


Analog Poet Blues By Yeva Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781955239356
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Black Lawrence Press, Inc. - February 4th, 2023

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