A SPECIAL EVENT: POETRY | SPOKEN WORD | READING, Saturday, 9/15, 6:30–7:30 PM

Vessel Gallery presents a Special Poetry | Spoken Word | Reading Event:
The Future is Female: Women Writing New Worlds curated by MK Chavez
Saturday, 9/15, 6:30–7:30 PM

 MK Chavez                             Michelle Lin                       Marguerite Munoz       Maw Shein Win

MK Chavez                             Michelle Lin                       Marguerite Munoz       Maw Shein Win

Oakland based Latinx writer, MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press.)  She is the recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself Among the Ruins, was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Poetry Award. She is a co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, a fellow with CantoMundo, and a writer in residence at Alley Cat Books.

Michelle Lin is a poet, community arts organizer, and author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), an examination of sisterhood, inheritance of stories, survival and trauma.  She has taught or performed for the United States of Asian America Festival, Lamba Lit Fest, and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. She is a Kundiman fellow, co-organizer of Kearny Street Workshop’s reading series, and fundraising manager for RYSE Center in Richmond, California, a social justice youth center. She studied poetry at University of Pittsburgh’s and UC Riverside’s writing programs. Recent work can be found in Underblong, The Margins, The Wanderer, and HEArt. 

Marguerite Munoz writes on the border of Berkeley & Oakland. For the past five years and under the sponsorship of Alley Cat Books and Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, she has co-curated the monthly multilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta. Marguerite’s poems and creative non-fiction have been featured at Get Lit, Liminal, Poems under the Dome, Jingletown Reading and Open Mic, City Limits Gallery, the Cante Jondo Series, Literary Speakeasy, and she is honored to have poems published in The Haight Asbury Journal and Cipactli, the Latina/Latino Studies Arts and Literature Journal at SFSU. She also organizes a sporadic women's group with Chicana poet, educator and cultural activist Naomi Quinonez — because let's be honest - the future is female.

Maw Shein Win is a poet and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. Along with Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. A collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press, and her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was recently published by Manic D Press. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.   
 http://www.el-cerrito.org/1262/Current-Poet-Laureate

CELEBRATION + ARTIST TALK | BEAST OF NO NATION | JUNE 1 & 2

BEAST OF NO NATION | MAY 4 – JUNE 23, 2018
New paintings by Chaves Smith

CELEBRATION | Friday, June 1, 6–9 PM: coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur, on 1st Friday
ARTIST TALK | Saturday, June 2, 2 PM: a conversation with Chaves Smith

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Explore Oakland Murals with an Artist | Sat. May 12, 2018

Mural tour with David Burke | $35

Sat, May 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Vessel Gallery | 471 25th St. Oakland, CA 94612

We'll meet at Vessel Gallery, then on foot take a walking tour of a number of beloved exciting murals. We'll be joined by local painter and muralist David Burke. As we walk we'll discuss the artists presented, the process of erecting a mural, how to analyze street art, and how public affects the community, city, and our lives. Afterward, we'll head back to the gallery to have a beer, wine, beverage. As we socialize, we'll tell you more about the artworks showing in the gallery by painter + street artist Chaves Smith, and we'll continue our conversation about murals and street art.

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