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March 2019

LACC Book Program Welcomes Ryka Aoki

March 21, 2019 @ 12:30 am - 3:00 pm

Truth and Hurt: A Queer Writer Discusses Balancing Artistic Risk and Vulnerability with Personal Safety and Health Please join us for this free event. Refreshments will be served. Event location: Student Union 2nd Floor Conference Room

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The Resistance is Femme (AF)

March 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s Books, Inc. (Powell’s City of Books), 1005 W Burnside ST
Portland, OR United States
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Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism Anthology Reading Friday, March 29th | 6:30 – 8:15pm Powell’s City of Books | 1005 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209 Join the editors of Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Danielle Barnhart & Iris Mahan, for a rapid-fire reading with award-winning poets, Lauren K. Alleyne, Ryka Aoki, Denice Frohman, Amanda Johnston, Ada Limón, Anastacia-Renée, & Patricia Smith, in celebration of the game-changing 2018 anthology "with a feminist ethos that…

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April 2019

April 4, PCC Borders of Diversity Keynote 1-3 pm

April 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

I'm looking forward to giving the keynote address this Thursday 4/4 for the PCC Borders of Diversity Conference. My talk: "How to Change the World (for the Better) by Not Taking Action" Because sometimes, you don't have to do that. No, really. Stop. 😉 So if you are near Pasadena City College this Thursday 4/4 and feel like hearing me yammer on about love and diversity, read poetry, and answer questions, please drop by! There should also be a most…

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April 7, Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin (Semiotexte)

April 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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Please join Johanna Fateman & Amy Scholder at the Los Angeles launch party for Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin With readings from the book by: Ryka Aoki, Christina Catherine Martinez, Jibz Cameron aka Dynasty Handbag, Anna Joy Springer, and Nao Bustamante

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September 2019

Dead Rabbits in Chinatown! 🙂

September 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
LA Wine, 900 N Broadway Suite 1070
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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Reading in Chinatown, L.A. on 9/16 as part of the Dead Rabbits L.A. reading series. The event starts at 8 p.m. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450592188870904/

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Rethinking the Literary Machine: New Work from The After School at Beyond Baroque

September 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Plummer Park Community Center – Room 3, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046 United States
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https://www.facebook.com/dissonancepress/photos/gm.2407039566053685/131091168239123/?type=3&theater The After School is a monthly work space and test platform for writers who are self-identified queers and people of color. Many of us strive to find great writers and writing wherever it may be. However, the landscape of genres, authorship, contests, publication, excludes many types of writing and writers on basis of culture, time, means of production, and economy. Our goal is to to develop writing projects that subvert or repurpose how literature is made and read. This…

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Intensely Feeling Pop Culture! 🙂 Again in Chinatown!

September 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Poetic Research Bureau, 951 Chung King Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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From a memoir written in the voice of Mary Kate Olsen to a science fiction narrative that focuses on the Kardashians’ powerful reproductive capacities, this reading will center on popular culture as subject matter, obsession, and site of intense feelings.   Performers JoAnna Novak Kate Durbin Myriam Gurba Ryka Aoki Sophia Le Fraga Christopher Soto

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The Bitter Laugh: Queer Writers on Comedy

September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A Love Bizarre, 3042 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States
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Laughter feels good. The pleasure is fleeting but comprehensive, like an ACA gold plan: when we’re laughing, it feels like we’re getting what we need—physically, emotionally, socially. It’s a sudden utopia, our laughter. But all that glitters is not an ACA gold plan, and this reading investigates laughter’s dim underbelly. Dark comedy. Mean camp. Funny fear. Bellicose absurdity. Sad satire and rude farce. Extreme, very silly negativity. The tendentious joke & the bitter laugh. Despite our pleasure, comedy threatens to…

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February 2020

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference–Feb. 21-22, 2020! 🙂

February 21 @ 8:00 am - February 22 @ 5:00 pm
Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University, 450 E Tyler Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
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I am in Arizona next week. I am so looking forward to this. Two events! Yay! A Question of Dialect Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: Traditions, University Club Type: Craft Talk, Presentation, Workshop Genre: Mixed Genre Learn More about this Session Writing in dialect or vernacular can be tricky. At its best, is can give one's writing an organic sense of place and perspective. When mishandled, however, dialect can offend readers, seem reductive, and cover lazy storytelling. This…

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The Beauty of the Beast–Release for Dissonance Press’s first publication, “Under the Belly of the Beast.”

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
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INFLUX COLLECTIV welcomes DISSONANCE PRESS and its first publication  UNDER THE BELLY OF THE BEAST Friday, February 28, 7:30 pm  Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center  FREE   "Moving, searing, gorgeous—a brash, dreamy, and impeccably crafted collection that announces new authors, a new press, a new world for books as we know them." —Casey Plett, author of Little Fish and A Safe Girl to Love   LOS ANGELES, CA, February 28th 2020—LA’s freshest free monthly queer poetry reading series, Influx Collectiv,…

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