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Virtual Reading: We’ve Been Too Patient
April 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDTFree
Please join us for the third event in our Disability Book Series featuring Kelechi Ubozoh and LD Green, and their recently published book “We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health”.
In this turbulent moment, we at SDA feel that this book and the voices within have much to offer. The urgency of the title speaks to the change we must fight for in all our efforts to create a society that values and respects the inherent worth of all our lives. Reserve your spot for free at the ticket link above to get the information for the Zoom. You do not need to have read the book to participate!
Kelechi and LD will be sharing timely readings from the book and fostering discussion. They feel their experience with their own mental health has given them each heightened capacity to navigate a shifting world with resilience and grace. We’re looking forward to a community discussion on mental health, surviving and thriving, and fostering mutual aid during this time of change.
More information about the book can be found here: www.wevebeentoopatient.org and the eventbrite registration can be accessed here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weve-been-too-patient-voices-from-radical-mental-health-tickets-101932284206?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch.
For any accessibility needs, please contact Peter at (415) 546-1333 ext 309 or email@example.com. Updates on our protocol will be posted here.
About Kelechi Ubozoh
Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American singer, writer, and mental health advocate. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kelechi holds a BA in journalism from Purchase College, and was the first undergraduate ever published in The New York Times. Recently, Kelechi was featured in the SAMSHA Voice Award-Winning documentary, The S Word, which follow the lives of suicide attempt survivors in an effort to end the stigma and silence around suicide. Previously, Kelechi supervised stigma discrimination reduction programs and led communication operations at a mental health non-profit organization, PEERS, including a mental health stigma reduction research program for Chinese mental health consumers where she partnered with Dr. Larry Yang and Columbia University. She also was the lead project coordinator in a California Mental Health Service Act funded statewide project, where she applied evidence-based research from working with Dr. Patrick Corrigan to train speakers’ bureau on how to share targeted mental health recovery stories across 41 California counties. When she isn’t working she runs a Bay Area quarterly, submission-based reading series called MoonDrop Productions, and performs at literary readings across the Bay. Her work was recently published in an Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers & Artists of Color, called Endangered Species, Enduring Values from Pease Press. https://kelechiubozoh.wordpress.com/
About L.D. Green
L.D. Green is an artivist: a genderqueer writer, performer, college educator, and mental health advocate living in Oakland, California. Their work has been published on Salon, The Body is Not an Apology webzine, in Sinister Wisdom, Foglifter, sPARKLE + bLINK, on truth-out.org and elsewhere. They have featured at dozens of reading series, slams, showcases, and workshops in schools, colleges, and open mics locally and across the country. LD was on two national slam teams in 2004 and 2005. As a playwright and writer/performer, they have had their work performed at multiple local and national theater festivals including the National Queer Arts Festival three times as well as the San Francisco Fringe Festival. LD received their BA from Vassar College and their MFA from Mills College in Creative Writing. They were a 2010 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. They attended Tin House Writers’ Workshop in 2012 and was a Catwalk Artist in Residence in 2013. LD is a long-time advocate of radical, critical pedagogy and applies this to their classrooms and theater work. LD is Assistant Professor of English at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California where they teach composition, creative writing, and literature. LD was an active member of The Icarus Project from 2009-2011 and has presented with Youth in Mind and the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth. LD writes poetry, plays, speculative fiction and non-fiction. They were waitlisted for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2018. For more information, visit https://www.ldgreen.org/
About the Disability Book Series
The intent of this book reading series is to highlight authors with disabilities, disabled writers, and to interrogate ableism and societal conceptions of disability. As we recognize the 30th anniversary of the ADA this year, we are working to bring together a broad set of perspectives on disability, disability rights, and disability justice.
We welcome any and all suggestions for future authors, free venues in San Francisco, and feedback as to how our events can be more accessible, inclusive, or generally better.