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Nomadic Press at Write of Way Literary Festival

  • San Francisco Art Institute 800 Chesnut Street San Francisco, CA (map)

Join us at the first-ever Write of Way Literary Festival for a mind-blowing Nomadic Press lineup: Arisa White, MK Chavez, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Nick Johnson, and Harriet Poznansky. Music by the ever-amazing Azuah. Throughout the reading, a collective painting will be created by all of those performing. 

Once the reading is done, purchase our readers' books and have them sign them at our table in the Write of Way book bazaar in the courtyard. 

So many wonderful Bay Area literary organizations are going to be there, so definitely come through to say hello. 

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Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest book of poems titled, "someone's dead already" has been nominated for a California Book Award. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She’s a Cave Canem fellow and the author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. A 2013–14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the northwest regional representative for Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Arisa is a BFA faculty advisor at Goddard College. Forthcoming from Augury Books in Fall 2016 is her third full-length collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. In March 2016, White published Black Pearl with Nomadic Press. 

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast native living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her debut fiction collection, Collateral Damage: A Triptych, earned praise from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, and others—and won the RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize. You can find her work online in publications, including Eclectica Magazine, Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Kore Press, and Glimmer Train (bulletin 72, also featuring Anthony Doerr and Kate Gale). New work is forthcoming in Glimmer Train and ZYZZYVA. In March 2016, Frazier published Salve with Nomadic Press. 

Nick Johnson was born near the brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay and raised by his single mother in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother, who died when he was in his early teens, has become a consistent presence and voice in his work, along with themes of otherness, and alienation. johnson received his BA in English from Morgan State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts, and now lives and works in the Bay Area. 

His poems have been featured on KPFA’s Rude Awakening, and have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Brilliant Corners, Red Light Lit, Metazen, Samizdat, and the anthology Conversations at the Wartime Café: A Decade of War. He is the editor of Ouroboros, an anthology of art and literature. 

When he’s not writing poems he enjoys telling long-winded stories, Instagraming, making spicy curries, and drinking whiskey; typically in that order, but not always. In March 2016, Johnson published music for mussolini with Nomadic Press. 

Mk Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health. She writes about the world as it presents itself to her, broken and achingly luminous. She is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press) and several other chapbooks. Chavez is co-founder/co-curator of the Berkeley-based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is also a proud member of ABBW (Association of Black & Black Writers). She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to an obliterate all forms of oppression. 

Recent and upcoming work can be found in Rivet, Aspasiology, and East Bay Review. Chavez also has a full-length poetry collection, Dear Animal,, published by Nomadic Press in the Fall of 2016. In March 2016, Chavez published Mothermorphosis with Nomadic Press. @mkchavez

Harriet Poznansky is a visual artist, writer, and musician from the UK, based between Oakland, London, and Cornwall. She studied at the Slade School of Art London and School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC). She currently works from her studio in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, where she is part of a vibrant literary and arts community. Poznanksy’s artistic prac­tice predominately gravitates toward painting; however, she also makes electro / classical music and writes short stories. Poznansky is represented by The Koppel Project, and a solo show of Poznansky’s new work can be seen at The Koppel Project gallery in late 2016. Past exhibitions include “Pandiculate! The Joy of Stretching,” at The Koppel Project London (2016), “Autopsy of a Banquet” at the Nomadic Press Oakland Work­space (2015), “Waterbody” at London’s Hardy Tree Gallery, and “Death and Dying” at MAG3 Gallery Vienna. Her work can also be seen in The East Bay Review. She is a member of Grace God Collective, and her music and drawings have been used for many of the collective’s audio-visual and / or fashion projects. A collection of her short stories will be published by Lucky Bastard Press in 2016. In March 2016, Poznansky was published in Nomadic Journal: Sate as the featured artist of the annual journal published by Nomadic Press.


Inspired by the mesmerizing sounds of Lianne La Havas and the soulfulness in the music of Allen Stone, Azuah is underway of making her debut in the music world as an alternative folk and blues artist with just the right touch of soul. Her emotionally provocative songwriting in juxtaposition with her haunting melodies captivates her audiences from the first note until the last strum.

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