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Uptown Fridays Presents: Joyce E. Young and Sharon Coleman (Music by the Space Country Museum)

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

Join us for a very special evening of readings with Joyce E. Young and Sharon Coleman. With musical guest: The Space Country Museum. 

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:

The Space Country Museum is May Oskan and Andy Maag. May Oskan writes fiction, theater, and songs. Andy Maag is a musician and teacher who currently takes inspiration from still life and portraits for his songs. May and Andy are co-creating an experimental planetarium show. They sing together in Andy's band The Space Country Museum and at various mealtimes.

Joyce E. Young currently lives and writes in Berkeley, California. She has read at venues as diverse as The Berkeley Public Library, Oakland Museum, The M.H. de Young Museum, La Peña Cultural Center, Art & Soul Oakland, Smith College, Mills College and elsewhere. She has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Museum of Children’s Art, The Oakland Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Youth Speaks. She was also an English teacher for the Mills College Upward Bound Program for 3 years. She is the founder and facilitator of Write in Peace. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She was awarded a Writers on Site residency through Poets & Writers, Inc. and has also been awarded writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Soapstone and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has most recently appeared in riverbabble, New Voices of the American West, and Temba Tupu! (Walking Naked): The Africana Woman’s Self-Portrait. She works privately as a writing consultant and also works with student writers at John F. Kennedy University. She is currently writing Parallel Journey, a novel, and working on a new series of poems.

Sharon Coleman's a fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She’s the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle, and a book of micro-fiction, Paris Blinks, that came out from Paper Press in 2016. Her recent work appears in Your Impossible Voice, Pith, and Ambush Review.