VIRTUAL: Wall + Response: Karla Brundage, Jennifer Hasegawa, Tureeda Mikell & Kim Shuck
January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
Booksmith and The Bindery are proud to host a four-event series presented by Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) called Wall + Response, featuring sixteen Bay Area poets responding to the social/ political/ racial/ justice narratives of four murals on Clarion Alley.
Curated by CAMP artist and organizer Megan Wilson (wall) and poet Maw Shein Win (response), the second event in the series features Karla Brundage, Jennifer Hasegawa, Tureeda Mikell and Kim Shuck responding to the mural We Want Respect, Freedom, Land, Housing, Justice, Peace, Bread by Emory Douglas/Black Panther Party / Remix by CUBA, D8, MACE.
We Want Respect, Freedom, Land, Housing, Justice, Peace, Bread (2011) by Emory Douglas/Black Panther Party / remix by CUBA D8, MACE reflects the legacy of the Black Panthers and their core work towards social, political, racial, economic, and food justice. The mural, based on a design by Emory Douglas with elements from the Black Panther Party’s Ten-Point Program is a remix painted by graffiti artists CUBA (Clarence Robbs), D8 (David Petrelli), and MACE (Alex Douhovnikoff). The artists ensure the work is maintained and periodically add messaging based on critical needs of the moment. These gestures of care and thoughtfulness reflect the intent of the original work and support the ongoing movement to secure the demands stated in What We Want Now!.
This virtual event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.
– ABOUT THE PROJECT –
Wall + Response was originally conceived to culminate in four quarterly public events to be presented on Clarion Alley. However, due to the pandemic the poets will instead be filmed by videographer Mahima Kotian reading their work in front of the murals on Clarion Alley. Kotian will be creating videos for each series that will be presented as part of live online events (of which this is the first). All the events are free and open to the public.
The poets are creating new poems in response to the murals, and will be reading those and other selected works at the events. The specific dates for each event will be announced in the month prior to the event.
Wall + Response is made possible by the generous support of the San Francisco Art Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
– ABOUT THE AUTHORS –
Karla Brundage is a Bay Area based poet, activist, and educator with a passion for social justice. She believes that in order to restore balance and to reclaim our humanity as Black people, this issue of racism and the racist structures that uphold this belief, must be dismantled. Her writing is primarily for Black women and people disenfranchised by poverty, abuse, neglect or violence. She is the founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange and her work can be found at http://westoaklandtowestafrica.com/ as well as on https://www.karlabrundage.com/ .
Jennifer Hasegawa is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who has sold funeral insurance door-to-door. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi and lives in San Francisco. The manuscript for her first book of poetry, La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Bamboo Ridge, Tule Review, and Vallum and is forthcoming in Bennington Review and jubilat.
Tureeda Mikell, Ture Ade, Story Medicine Woman, an ‘activist for holism, called a ‘word magician,’ an award winning poet, published nationally and internationally. Qigong Healer, workshop leader, storyteller, lyricist, performance artist, BMI and ASCAP member. Published 72 student anthologies with CA Poets in the Schools since 1989. Performed in schools, libraries and universities, Google, Genentech, Aspire, Lawrence Hall, Golden Gate Academy of Sciences, Randall, Oakland, and De Young Museums. 2020, was featured spoken word artist at SOAN [Soul of a Nation] Exhibit, the American Academy of Poets, Fire Thieves, at the De Young, and MoAD’s Lit-Quake Afrofuturism. Featured storyteller for the 50 Year Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, National Association of Black Storytellers, featured poet storyteller celebrating Octavia Butler’s 70th birthday, and Eth-Noh-Tec Nu Wa Delegate storyteller in Beijing, China in collaboration with the University of Beijing, 2018. Latest publication, Synchronicity, The Oracle of Sun Medicine, released 2/2020, by Nomadic Press.
Kim Shuck is the solo author of seven collections of poetry. Fog gazer, collector of odd ends and dreamer, Shuck was born in the 60s in San Francisco. Kim is the seventh poet laureate of that city. In 2019 Shuck was awarded a National Laureate Fellowship by the Academy of American Poets and a Censorship Award from PEN Oakland. In 2020 Kim was awarded a Golden Poppy Award from the California Independent Booksellers Association and a Groundbreaker Award from the Northern California Book Awards. Kim’s latest published work is a single poem chapbook Whose Water from Mammoth Publications. Shuck is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.