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#we : queer perspectives
March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree of charge and a hat will be passed
Please join us for the eighth installment of #we, a talk and performance series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers, musicians, or performers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading or performance of their creative work.
For our eighth event, poet Shilpa Kamat will speak on “Walking Between Worlds” and will read some relevant verse; and stand-up comic and biologist Nina Maryn will present a piece titled “Fuck it, it’s 2020: Navigating the Gender Landscape of the 21st Century”, mixing comedy with her discussion.
Note that #we has a new home through 2020 at ProArts Gallery in downtown Oakland. We try to start promptly at 7 pm. Q&A and chat time will follow.
Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred.
#we: queer perspectives
a talk and performance series
and Nina Maryn
Hosted by Richard Loranger
Shilpa Kamat is a writer, educator, and healing arts practitioner with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She was a finalist for the 2018 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet, was published by Newfound in 2019. Her writing is informed by ecology, global mythologies, and her diverse/intersecting identities; centralizes in-between and underrepresented experiences; and has an orientation towards healing and connectivity.
Nina Maryn is a queer stand-up comic, storyteller, and UC Berkeley PhD student from New York City. Her stand-up mostly comprises loving anecdotes highlighting the contradictions and irony of cosmopolitan liberalism. She’s performed at the Broadway Comedy Club in NYC, and White Horse Inn and Welcome to Queer Mountain since moving to the Bay Area. She’ll be telling the story of moving from New York to Berkeley and navigating the differences in dating cultures on the East and West Coast, being queer and single in your 20s in the 2020s, and following with a discussion on how we define sexual orientation in an era when we’re renegotiating gender identity.