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Readings With Celeste Chan, Rasheeda Sabreen Shakir, and Annelyse Gelman

Join us at the cozy Nomadic Press Oakland Workspace for some phenomenal readings and musical performances by Celeste Chan, Rasheeda Sabreen Shakir and Annelyse Gelman! Donations called for but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Wine and Red Bay coffee will be available (donations asked for to help cover costs).

Parking: Street parking is usually available, but the easiest thing to do is to park at the Walgreens just a block away. Here is a handy map (you should see Nomadic Press on there):

Annelyse Gelman is a California Arts Scholar, the inaugural poet-in-residence at UCSD's Brain Observatory, and recipient of the 2013 Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere, and she is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone (2014). Find her at

Shoulderblades is Oakland-based songwriter Annelyse Gelman's mobile amplified-bedroom project — lyrical, spooky, surreal indie rock grounded with guitar-and-vocals and buoyed by an evolving cast of supporting musicians. Together, their sound leaps from lullaby-quiet to primal howl, interweaving delicate melodic lines with complex layers of fuzz and distortion. The first Shoulderblades release, Six Songs EP, is available at

Celeste Chan is a hybrid writer, filmmaker, and arts organizer. She is a queer student of experimentation, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She's received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, Soaring Gardens, SF Writer's Grotto, and VONA. Her writing can be found in Ada, As/us, AWAY, cream city review, Feminist Wire, Glitterwolf, Hyphen, Matador, and in anthologies: Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Galaxy (Publication Studio), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Transgenre Press). Her short films have screened locally and internationally. Alongside KB Boyce, she co-directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. Find out more!

Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir is a vocalist, musician and educator born and raised in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. She moved to San Francisco, California in 1972-82 and in 1982 relocated to Oakland, CA where she now resides. Blessed to derive from a musical family of vocalists and musicians, she performed for the first time at the age of three and started writing essays, stories, poetry and songs in elementary school. She enjoys singing and playing in the genres of blues, folk and rock with her acoustic and electric guitars and base. Audiences can also enjoy listening to her elaborate stories and hear some jokes in between sets. Some of her musical influences and icons are Billy Holiday, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, (All the girls groups of the 60’s) and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of two. After completing one of her most recent accomplishments as retired from Berkeley Unified School District, Rasheedah now makes it her goal to pursue all of her creative expressions.