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Reading with Stephen Leeper and Audacious I Am (Music by Melinda Jones and John Givens)

  • Nomadic Press 2926 Foothill Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601 (map)

Join us for a entertaining night with the ever-so-talented Stephen Leeper and Audacious I Am. Music by Melinda Jones and John Givens. 

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Stephen Leeper is a city kid from the South that was raised mostly by women. He was taught early that black folks are defined by the stories of where they come from and what they've persevered through. His writing is an act of defiant (re)definition, a counter narrative to the Master Narrative of who his people are. In 2013, he published a poem entitled "Where You From in Africa?" in San Francisco publication Monday Night Lit. In 2014, he published a personal essay in the highly anticipated anthology, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy—a companion anthology to Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

BA in Psychology/University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MFA in Writing/California College of the Arts

award winning writer audacious i am:

birthed through the intoxicating waters of the mississippi delta, she arrived in the bay area of san francisco and definitively made her mark on the literary and artistic world.

often described as daring and infectious, audacious provides experiences through her revolutionary style of poetry and spoken word. she is a current teacher and educator at Oakland School for the Arts as well as one of the founding members of the new and explosive poetic and spoken word collective, pr3ssplay poets (and productions) 

ba degree/rust college (holly springs, ms) mfa degree/mills college (oakland, ca)

Born and raised in Oakland, Melissa Jones is a singer, songwriter, actor, and poet who gracefully blesses the stage with her many talents. She has performed her poetry and has sung and acted at various venues in the Bay Area. She published her first book last April entitled Pineapple Grenades and is also working on a new music project/collaboration with the band No Lovely Thing. 


There is ample street parking, but just to make it easy, there is an O'Reilly Auto Parts/Walgreens on the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill with a huge parking lot. Here's a Google Map link:'Reilly+Auto+Parts/@37.789393,-122.233008,14z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1so+reilly+auto+parts+near+Foothill+Blvd,+Oakland,+CA!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xa74c9fbc2152bd68

Nomadic Press should show up on that map as well. We are just in between Austin and Rutherford on Foothill.

Hope to see you soon!