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Telegraph Open Mic (Features: James Cagney/MK Chavez)

  • Nomadic Press 2301 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA (map)

Join us at our Uptown location at 23rd and Telegraph for a six-slot open mic alongside two amazing features. This month's show features James Cagney and MK Chavez!

Telegraph Open Mic will happen every fourth Friday from 7-9:00 PM at our Uptown location. It will have six open mic slots open to the public. Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis and the list opens at 7:00 PM sharp. As is the case with our musicians and features at all events, open-mic readers from the community will be held to the Nomadic Press Safe Space Statement. Please see below for more details. 


Nomadic Press events are safe spaces for those who have been silenced and marginalized. There is no room for racism, misogyny, homophobia, or transphobia whether in the content of one's reading or in one's interactions with members of the community. We will protect the safety of this space by revoking a reader's access to the microphone if we feel they have violated these guidelines, and we encourage community members to come to us if someone has violated these guidelines away from the microphone. We are a community, and we will work together to ensure that the safety of our most vulnerable members is prioritized above all else.

Come early to sign up for the open mic and share your latest work! Curated and emceed by Rene Vaz. 

To help pay for our space and our artists and ensure that we can continue our robust programming series, we are calling for $10 at the door (plus whatever else you may be able to give), but no one turned away for lack of funds. Nomadic Press books, as always, will be for sale at the event. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available.

Information about the performers:

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland, Ca. Cagney has appeared as a featured poet at museums and venues throughout the San Francisco-Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver and Mumbai. His work has been published on line and in print via Print Oriented Bastards, Five-Eighty Split and Eleven-Eleven, among others. Visit his blog at

Latinx writer, MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks including Mothermorphosis. Dear Animal, a full-collection was released in October 2016 by Nomadic Press. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is a fellow with CantoMundo and the San Francisco Grotto. Chavez’s poem The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself in The Ruins, was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Poetry Award, she also a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award.