Directed by Vernon Keeve III, the Association of Black and Brown Writers (ABBW) aims for equitable distribution and representation of black and brown voices across the East Bay lit scene. ABBW aims for diverse programming both within the Nomadic Press Oakland Workspace, as well as between community partners and within well-established venues across the East Bay. One such example is ABBW's monthly Hydra: Science, Flash, and Experimental Fiction show, which takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Woods Bar & Brewery at 1701 Telegraph Avenue in Uptown, Oakland. 

Poster by  Arthur Johnstone



Vernon Keeve III left his craggily cradle in the South, but it follows him in shadow. He constantly compares his new surroundings to that historic space and has noticed the ways in which the entirety of America is a bastard from Virginia—the state of his origin. He has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine, received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University, was a featured reader at the SF Jazz Poetry Festival of 2014, and is a contributing writer to Black Girl Dangerous. He earned his M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts and a M.A. in teaching from Bard College. He is always writing and teaches at the College of Alameda. He is working on his first chapbook, Conversations with a Southern Migrant, slated to be published by Nomadic Press.


Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Claudette Davis has had a long education in leading a double life. Those years spent in the South imbued her with a deep hunger for the divine feminine as well as an acute love and awareness of her own singular blackness in the prestigious but often prejudiced private schools she attended. She is an avid student of mythos, symbology, and women’s magic. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2013 with dual degrees in creative writing with a fiction-screenwriting focus and Africana studies with a concentration in fine arts. She is currently working on her first novel and pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from California College of the Arts. 

DeShara suggs-joe, Organizer

DeShara Suggs-Joe is a MFA Candidate at California College of the Arts where she studies Writing. She got a B.A at Columbia College Chicago in Marketing Communications. She made a transition into poetry in 2013 by way of a Cave Canem workshop in Brooklyn.  She has two poetry videos forthcoming, and she is currently compiling #butimcrazy posts found on her Instagram set to be released next year. She likes to write about social issues with a special interest on black women and her new home of Oakland.


MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health. 

She is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press). Mothermorphosis (Nomadic Press) was released in March 2016 and will be followed by her full-length collection Dear, Animal, (Nomadic Press), which will be available in the Fall of 2016. 

Chavez is co-founder/co-curator of the Berkeley-based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival

She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to obliterate all forms of oppression.

Recent and upcoming work can be found in Story MagazineAspasiology, and Jam Tarts Literary Magazine.