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#we – a talk and reading series of queer perspectives

July 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT


Please join us for the fourth installment of #we, a talk and reading series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work. For our fourth event, experimental non-binary wordsmith Julian Mithra will deliver a talk titled “Hybrid Gender & Genre”, and read selections of whatever they see fit, and poet and performer Marvin R. Hiemstra will present his upcoming memoir, Raven Knows: Your Smile Is Unique, detailing his amorous evolution through much of the 20th Century both extemporaneously and through passages. 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.


Hosted by Richard Loranger


free of charge, and a hat will be passed





Julian née Sara Mithra writes about things that haven’t happened and never could happen. If the Color Is Fugitive (Nomadic Press) was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Poetry. Read more experiments in The Lifted Brow, Meow Meow Pow Pow, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, Storm Cellar, Name and None, and inside bags of Nomadic Coffee.


Founding Editor-in-Chief of Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review for eight years Marvin R. Hiemstra has published satires and poetic humor in North American Review, The Satirist, Amsterdam Quarterly, Caveat Lector, and elsewhere.  Dana Gioia called Marvin’s performance DVD, French Kiss Destiny, “superb work.”  The Tower Journal defined Poet Wrangler: Droll Poems: “Marvin R. Hiemstra, profound humor and double-entendre, offers sheer joy.”  “What I hold closest to my heart is Marvin’s constant reminder of the importance of human affection in this totally terrifying 21st Century!”  Shawn Pittard in The Great American PinupLibrary Journal reported, “Whimsical poet/humorist Hiemstra is a very agreeable addition to contemporary American literature.”  Leslie Hills at The Scotsman noted, “Marvin R. Hiemstra’s A Turquoise Coyote Under Your Pillow is intense, refreshing theatre.”  RAVEN KNOWS: YOUR SMILE IS UNIQUE   is Marvin’s book of anecdotes that will appear in 2020. Marvin’s talk will share the delightful and sometimes shocking details of his amorous evolution.



July 31, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St #170
Oakland , CA 94612 United States
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