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WATV Presents: Ashia Ajani and The Burl Concentrate

May 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

WATV Presents: Ashia Ajani and The Burl Concentrate

We Are The Voices Presents: Ashia Ajani and The Burl Concentrate (curated by Wolfman Books)

Yes! We are so excited for this reading! Ashia Ajani and The Burl Concentrate (Connie Zheng and Sarah Dawn Albani) will each read a short selection from their recent work with a Q+A to follow.

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About the Readers

Ashia Ajani (she/they) is a Black storyteller hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains. Her work explores the layered relationship between the Black diaspora and Western environmental stewardship. They have been published in Sierra Magazine, Sage Magazine and Foglifter Press, among others, and they are a 2019 PEN America Writing for Justice Finalist. She released her first chapbook, We Bleed Like Mango, October 2017.

Sarah-Dawn Albani is a writer and artist, teaching, gardening, and being freaky in Northern California for twenty-one years. Her interdisciplinary work looks for radical ways to improvise our way through the ends of capitalism. Dance and storytelling that seeks to open our networks to the power and potential of the vulnerability therein— form the basis of her most recent works.

Connie Zheng (she/her) is an artist, writer and filmmaker based out of Oakland, CA. In addition to The Burl Concentrate book project, she is working on a film about seeds and a speculative seed catalogue. She is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a Collection Fellow at Kadist, and the Art Director of Quiet Lightning, and will be starting a PhD in Visual Studies at UC Santa Cruz in the fall.

About We Are The Voices

Through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this project connects Mills College students with local and national poets, performers, writers, and scholars to collaborate around transformative art and critical scholarship.

Led by Mills Professor Sheila Lloyd, We Are the Voices We Have Been Waiting For: Poetry, Performance, and Public Humanities is a five-year, multi-pronged project that brings visiting artists and scholars to campus, broadening the conversation for Mills students and building connections with our local community.


May 21, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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