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The Lampshade Series

  • Nomadic Press 2301 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

This event is a showcase of writers and poets that identify as addict/alcoholics who are writing from the perspective of their clean and sober selves.The intention of this event is to showcase the multidimensional perspectives of artists who suffer from the disease of addiction.


Reader Bios:

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam and sometimes reluctant superhero. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released in Fall of 2016 on Nomadic Press. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

Peter Michael is a poet from Berkeley, CA. He writes on topics such as queerness, self-identity, owning the title of survivor, and the impermanence of our existence. He’s been writing poetry since grade school, but he found his authentic writing style and voice when he chose the sober path. His performance of poetry began in 2016 at the Berkeley Poetry Slam, and it was when he took a break to focus on his sobriety in September 2017 that his true self started to come into his writing.

Jordan Ranft was on the Berkeley Slam Team in 2015, the year they took 3rd place overall at the national poetry slam. He likes to write and perform introspective and confessional poetry that is anchored in equal parts brutal truth and humor (which he thinks is just as effective at elucidating deeper revelations and emotional inferiority). He has been published in ‘Rust+Moth,’ ‘Midway,” ‘Into The Void,’ and elsewhere. He believes in good writing, good beards, and good pizza.

Raggedy Andey is a poet and spoken-word artist born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. Raggedy Andey has been writing since the age of eight. Her poetry ranges from feminist slam poetry to dark metaphorical prose to intense self-reflection which has always been the role of writing in her life. She is the Santa Cruz Legendary Collective’s Co-Slam Master and Grand Slam Champion of 2015 and 2018. Raggedy Andey continues to work in her local poetry community as a core organizer of the Santa Cruz Word Church—a weekly open mic/slam—and as a mentor and coach to many young poets of Santa Cruz. As her renown continues to grow across Northern California, Raggedy Andey aspires to uplift the voices of young poets and encourage them to write loud. She has self published three original works, My Body that Comes off in Pieces (2014), The Powder Room (2016), and Portrait of an Infection (2018). “Portrait of an Infection is an intimate, dark and beautiful narrative about surviving addiction. For people working hard each day for a life that is no longer bound by substance abuse. A stunning capture of authenticity, this collection offers raw insight into the mind of a warrior battling demons daily.”-- Abby Davis & Margot Hoffman, 2018

Chris "L7" Cuadrado is a cultural worker and pro-people propagandist originally from Inglewood, CA. L7 uses words, sights, and sounds to further radical and critical thought. L7 draws from the aesthetic and political traditions of revolutionaries, agitators, and poor peoples movements from across the globe. L7 is committed to creating work that reflects the struggle of colonized and oppressed people, while aligning with their movements for liberation, self-determination, and decolonization. L7 is also co-host of the Poets of Color Podcast, available for listening on soundcloud, apple podcasts, &, Rate, and Review and follow us on instagram, twitter, facebook, and soundcloud at Poets of Color Podcast.

Earlier Event: August 3
Oakland First Fridays at Nomadic Press!
Later Event: August 21
Get Lit #39 (Music by TBD)