9th Ave: Write Now! SF Bay Uncommon Ground

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

Cover of the anthology Write Now! SF Bay. Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism. The title is written in bold yellow letters across the top of the cover. The main image, below the title, is a painting of a mural with a Chinese dragon, a young girl reaching out to it while stepping on giant flowers below her.
Join us on Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm PT when we celebrate the Write Now! SF Bay anthology, Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism, at 9th Ave!
Featuring Faith Adiele, Karla Brundage, Shizue Seigel, and Elizabeth Travelsight

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About Uncommon Ground
"Emblematic of the struggles, triumphs, and the work of art and culture we carry on our backs as Brown and Black creatives in this time and in this place. This book is essential and akin to the act of breathing. It needs to sit prominently on your table."—Truong Tran, book of the other, 2022 American Book Award

Write Now! SF Bay's  5th anthology, Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism, traces the creative trajectories of 22 of Bay Area’s leading writers and artists of color through prose, poetry and visual art. 

“Many writers and artists of color are deeply familiar with adversity and change. Our DNA is suffused with profound lessons on how to cope with challenging times.And our writing is linked with daily activism in large and small ways.”

What emotional, cultural and practical skills are needed to sustain a career as a creative activist of color? Seigel asked seasoned BIPOC creative activists for to respond to these questions:

  • What inspired you to pursue  art, creative writing, and activism?

  • What cultural, spiritual, and community values did you  grow up with?

  • What sustains your creative practice in turbulent times?

​Contributors include Faith Adiele, Salma Arastu, Adrian Arias, Avotcja, Lorraine Bonner, Karla Brundage, Charles Dixon, Rafael Jesús González, , Mark Harris, C. K. Itamura, Tehmina Khan, Tureeda Mikell, Josúe Rojas, Wanda Sabir, Shizue Seigel, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, Kim Shuck, Kimi Sugioka, Elizabeth Travelslight, Twin Walls Mural Company (Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong) and André Le Monte Wilson. These writers and artists with roots in Native America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Muslim world wrote from lived experience as teachers, journalists, poets, muralists, physicians, culture bearers, survivors of cancer, sexual abuse, and multi-generational trauma, and more. The breadth and depth of their experience brings authenticity and humanity to issues of equity and engagement.

About the Readers
Faith Adiele 
authored Meeting Faith (PEN Open Book Award) and The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, episodes of A World of Calm (HBO Max), and the PBS documentary My Journey Home. She teaches at California College of the Arts and VONA. www.adiele.com and @meetingfaith.

Karla Brundage is the founder of the West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange and the author of Swallowing Watermelons and Mulatta—Not so Tragic. A poet, activist, educator, and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in Konch, Hip Mama, sPARKLE & bLINK, and MiGoZine. www.karlabrundage.com

Shizue Seigel, Japanese American poet, memoirist, and visual artist, has contributed poetry, prose and art to many anthologies and journals. Her seven books, including the Write Now! anthologies, have been supported by the California Arts Council, California State Library, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Foundation, and others. www.shizueseigel.com

Elizabeth Travelslight, who draws on transnational Filipinx and white roots, has taught math, science, and media studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA), the University of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked for equity through the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and teachers' unions. www.elizabethtravelslight.com


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