Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Salima Hamirani and Sarah Nick Johnson, with music by TBA.
Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available.
Information about performers:
Salima Hamirani began writing in earnest after she sat down with a friend one evening and put together a list of books by women of color. They made a sparse list. After, they scoured the internet for new authors but even after a week long search, they'd still only populated 50 names. At that point Salima realized that if she wanted to read the stories and desires of her own community, she'd have to write them herself. She began taking classes a year and a half ago around the bay, and this last year was accepted into the Voices of Our Nation's Arts summer workshop in Miami. She focuses on fiction but has a secret love affair with the essay and less frequently, narrative non-fiction. She is currently a radio journalist for Upfront, on KPFA and a personal trainer.
Nick Johnson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland but now calls Oakland home. He received his BA in English from Morgan State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts. His work has been featured on KPFA's Rude Awakening, and has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Brilliant Corners, Red Light Lit, Metazen, Samizdat, and Conversations at the Wartime Café: A Decade of War. His book music for mussolini was just released by Nomadic Press. He enjoys telling long-winded stories, Instagraming, making spicy curries, and drinking whiskey; typically in that order, but not always.