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Community Participants

The Nomadic Press Incubator Program aims to offer low-cost community space in Oakland for ongoing, bi/monthly reading series', events/classes/community meetings, or workshops that align with Nomadic Press' mission and vision.

Please take some time to review our about page or better yet, attend some of our events and read our publications if you have not yet done so to get a feel for who we are.

POC/LGBTQIA+ folks highly encouraged to apply.

If you have an idea for an ongoing, bi/monthly reading series, workshop, class/community meeting, please fill out this form. If selected, you and your group will be given 4 hours per month of use of the
Nomadic Press space at 111 Fairmount Avenue in Oakland for $80 per month.

There needs to be one main organizer who will be responsible for ensuring that the community guidelines for the space are followed and the space is taken care of properly and returned to the state in which it was found. Please read our Safe Space Statement to ensure that your idea will adhere as the safety of our spaces and community is paramount.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Writing Rainbow: QTPOC Free School

Organizer: Celeste Chan

Come flex your writing muscles in a supportive space for queer and trans* people of color, with QTPOC guest artists and teachers! 

We look forward to connecting with you soon! 

When: monthly. 1–5 PM, rotating between 3rd and 4th Saturdays

Dates: 1/26, 2/16, 3/23, 4/27, 5/12

Where: Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Writing Rainbow is held in collaboration with Queer Cultural Center (QCC), and supported by CAC and the Nomadic Press Incubator Program. 

Questions? Please contact Celeste at, and put "Writing Rainbow" in the header.


speaking axolotL

Organizer: Josiah Luis Alderete

A Latinx Reading series that happens the third Thursday of every month at Nomadic Press: Uptown in Oakland. Spanglish Verses, Decolonized Poetics, Latinx Lenguasos, Pocho Poetry . . .

!Speaking Axolotl is back in a whole new venue!

When: every third Thursday, 8-10:00 PM

Where: The Chapel, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Questions? Please contact Josiah at, and put "Speaking Axolotl" in the header.


This is my body

Organizers: Novalia Collective (Odelia Younge and Vina Vo)

There are no voiceless people. Only the voices we haven't heard yet. In the wake of #MeToo and other critical conversations on how women navigate this world, we have found that one of the most powerful mediums of resistance and healing is through the creative arts. This is my body is about starting the conversation at the point at which we own and love our bodies and our stories. This is my body is about taking up space and elevating impacted voices. Our cohort will consist of 10 amateur performers who identify as women who will take part in a creative experience to develop an original 5-minute one-woman show.

When: 02/23, 03/09, 03/16, 03/30, 10-12:00 noon

Where: Shelton Hall, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Questions? Please contact Novalia Collective at, and put "This Is My Body" in the header.

Video of the 2018 show


Sirèines cove

Organizer: Alie Jones

Sirèines Cove, a writing workshop specifically for Black women. A creative group facilitated by Alie Jones (Alexandria J. Jones) holding space to reflect on how we cultivate authentic connection. Incorporating magical self-care practices that highlight the healing power of writing. This is an extension of the community gathering Womxn Create Wednesday and part of the Nomadic Press Incubator Program.

When: 2nd Saturdays from 11–2:00 PM: 02/09, 03/09, 04/06, 05/11, 06/08, 06/15 (7–9 PM: culminating creative performance)

Where: Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Suggested donation: $7

Parking: free parking is available in the back of the building off of Fairmount Avenue, and the closest BART stop is the 19th Street station (it's about a 15-minute walk straight down Broadway to 29th).

Questions? Please contact Alie Jones at, and put "Sirèines Cove" in the header.

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Finding the words: a practice of narrative medicine

Organizer: Norma Smith (Nomadic Press author, Home Remedy)

Narrative Medicine is the recognition that no healing takes place without story. A participant-centered writing workshop for people living with illness and/or trauma and people who care for them. In keeping with the Nomadic Press vision, this workshop will center historically marginalized voices and experiences.

The workshop takes a harm reduction and community-building approach to healing. The content will be generated by the needs and vision of participants. We will explore the idea(s) of narrative medicine—healing through story—including considering the notion of narrative in various genres and specifically how narrative might inform the practice of healing. Each session will include participants’ expression of needs/desires for this session writing prompts, writing sharing writing discussion of applying narrative theory (in various genres) to individual and community healing sharing resources (Norma has developed some bibliographies and other lists of resources to jump-start your own resource searches)

When: every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening (except March 27), 7–9:00 PM

Sessions #1-6: beginning Wednesday February 13, 2019, through Wednesday May 8, 2019

Where: Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Fee: $240 for six, two-hour sessions ($20 per hour). Payable by check or cash at the workshop.

Please let us know if you can afford to support yourself and another participant. We will try to provide some partial scholarships.

To participate, please fill out form below.


Creative Writing for Gender Expansive and LGBTQ Tweens

Organizer: Dani Gabriel

Are you gay, transgender, lesbian, non-binary, questioning, otherwise outside the box? Are you too old for the little kid activities but not quite a teen yet?

Join us for silly and serious writing projects, art, games, and snacks. This is a safe space to be your amazing, fabulous, creative self. Come meet other youth with similar and different experience and have FUN together!

Ages: 9–13

When: Saturdays, February 2nd, 16th, March 2nd, 16th, April 6th, 20th from 2–4:00 PM

Where: Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607 (free parking in the back of the building)

Suggested Donation: $60

This is part of the Possibility Project and the Nomadic Press Incubator project.

The mission of the possibility project is to produce writing and lead art, performance, and learning opportunities that fight the idea that voices from the margins don’t matter. The project grows creative work, offers writing instruction, opens performance spaces, produces publishing projects, and creates leadership development opportunities in communities of survivors. Together we reach for transformation, our own and the world’s.