Get Lit #30 (Music by The Secret Emchy Society)
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #30 (Music by The Secret Emchy Society)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: TBD

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Get Lit #31 (Music by TBD)
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #31 (Music by TBD)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: TBD

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Get Lit #29 (Music by Jesse Alejandro)
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #29 (Music by Jesse Alejandro)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: TBD

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Get Lit #28 (Music by Phillip Michael Hermans)
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #28 (Music by Phillip Michael Hermans)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: TBD

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Get Lit #26 (Music by Band Together Creative Liberation Network)
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #26 (Music by Band Together Creative Liberation Network)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: TBD

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Perfectly Queer East Bay Presents: Pride Poetry Palooza
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Perfectly Queer East Bay Presents: Pride Poetry Palooza

Perfectly Queer East Bay presents its annual celebration of Queer pride, Pride Poetry Palooza!, with amazing LGBTQ poets MK Chavez, Thea Matthews, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, David Welper, Arisa White, and Shelley Wong

Baruch leads a discussion of writing Queer poetry after the readings. Book signing, door prizes, and free donuts--the poetic fuel of the gods! As-you-will door donations helps keep the doors open at Nomadic Press: Uptown. 

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Artists Self-care Guide G.Y.M. with Kehinde Koyejo
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Artists Self-care Guide G.Y.M. with Kehinde Koyejo

Walk away with the following:

- Remedy bag

- Calendars

- Palo Santo

- 30-minute consultation

- Fresh bundle smurdge sticks will be raffled

- 30-day Bikram Yoga

 

ASCG G.Y.M. provides artists with a safe and creative place to workout their emotional and mental stress using various practical tools and strategies. Artists will have an opportunity to connect with other artists and receive hands on guidance for daily emotional and mental stress management.

Cost: Pay-what-you-can

Space is limited. Reserve your spot TODAY!

(ascgworks@gmail.com or 929-314-2724)

It’s time to build your inner strength by working through and working out your emotional and mental stress. Don’t continue to allow the weight of trauma; anxiety, depression, and fear keep you from fitting into the life you deserve to live.

 

Workout includes:

Stress management techniques

Developing a personal Self-Care Plan

Space to create

 

Everyone will receive:

Creating a Culture of Self-Care in the Arts Handbook

One-on-one consultation (first come first serve)

Gift

Don’t forget:

 

Wear comfortable clothes

Bring Journal and Pen

Water

Open mind and spirit!

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Uptown Fridays Presents: Jenny Alton and Margaret Spilman
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Jenny Alton and Margaret Spilman

Join us for an excellent Uptown Fridays featuring readings by Jenny Alton and Margaret Spilman. Emceed and curated by Reńe Vaz and music by Nkechi.

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. 

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Get Lit #25 (Music by Blowdryer PunkSoul East Bay)
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #25 (Music by Blowdryer PunkSoul East Bay)

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only Christine No. 

Featured lineup of writers include: Ari Moskowitz, Alex Ivey, MG Roberts, Rene Vaz, Paul Corman-Roberts, Josey Rose, Victor Smith, Alison Moncrief, Salima Hamirani, Lauren Garcia, Riss Rosado, J de Salvo, Meg Hayertz, Jeff Chon, Danielle Bero and Abe Becker

Musical Guest: Blowdryer PunkSoul East Bay

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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Nomadic Press Summer Solstice 2017 Fundraiser
Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Nomadic Press Summer Solstice 2017 Fundraiser

We're bursting at the seams with activity, and we need your continued support to keep the doors open and our programming and publications as robust as they currently are. 

From June 5-June 20 (Summer Solstice), we will be raising money to help Nomadic Press cover its general operating costs and publication printing costs. Our goal for this Solstice is $10,000, and we need your help to get there. 

Donate what you can below. If things are tight for you at the moment, even $5 will help. For those that find themselves in a slightly better position, consider giving $100, $500, or $1,000. As always, your donations are tax deductible and every single dollar goes directly toward the continuation of everything bi-coastal Nomadic Press does. 

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Uptown Fridays Presents: Cassandra Dallett and Natasha Dennerstein
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Cassandra Dallett and Natasha Dennerstein

Join us for an excellent Uptown Fridays featuring readings by Cassandra Dallett and Natasha Dennerstein. Emceed and curated by Reńe Vaz and music by TBD.

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. 

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BOOK RELEASE: The Catamount by Sarah Van Arsdale
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

BOOK RELEASE: The Catamount by Sarah Van Arsdale

Join us at Nomadic Press (2301 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA) for the much-anticipated release of our Little Nomad children's book, The Catamount, a book-length narrative poem starring the mountain lion of New England and illustrated by the author, Sarah Van Arsdale.

Readings by Sharon Coleman and more, and of course, the star of the evening, Sarah Van Arsdale. Music by Lani Grooves.

Light refreshment and gnosh to be provided, and readings to be followed by a book signing.

Free, as always, but we will be calling for donations (suggested $10-25) to help cover our costs).

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Artists Self-Care Guide G.Y.M. with Kehinde Koyejo
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Artists Self-Care Guide G.Y.M. with Kehinde Koyejo

Cost: Pay-what-you-can

ASCG G.Y.M. provides artists with a safe and creative place to workout their emotional and mental stress using various practical tools and strategies. Artists will have an opportunity to connect with other artists and receive hands on guidance for daily emotional and mental stress management. 

Space is limited. Reserve your spot TODAY!

(ascgworks@gmail.com or 929-314-2724)

It’s time to build your inner strength by working through and working out your emotional and mental stress. Don’t continue to allow the weight of trauma; anxiety, depression, and fear keep you from fitting into the life you deserve to live.

Workout includes:

  • Stress management techniques
  • Developing a personal Self-Care Plan
  • Space to create 

Everyone will receive:

  • Creating a Culture of Self-Care in the Arts Handbook
  • One-on-one consultation (first come first serve)
  • Gift

Don’t forget:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring Journal and Pen
  • Water
  • Open mind and spirit!
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Uptown Fridays Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Reńe Vaz
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Reńe Vaz

Join us for an excellent Uptown Fridays featuring readings by the one-and-only Tongo-Eisen Martin and Reńe Vaz. Emceed by Natasha Dennerstein and music by TBD.

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.

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Moon Drop Presents: Prince
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Moon Drop Presents: Prince

Moon Drop is a quarterly reading series first Wednesdays.

Each reading will have a theme, June 7th being The Beautiful One's Birthday will be a tribute to Prince.

With readings about or inspired by Prince's life and music, featured readers will include Cassandra Dallett, Jenee Darden, Ingrid Keir, Joel Landmine, Natasha Dennerstein, Tomas Moniz, Airial Clark, James Cagney and Amber Flame. There willl also be seven open mic spots. Show up early and get your name on the list!!!!!!!!!!

We will feature purple everything!!

Let's Work!

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Uptown Fridays Presents: Yume Kim and Jacob Walse-Dominguez
Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Yume Kim and Jacob Walse-Dominguez

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Yume Kim, Jacob Walse-Dominguez and musical guest Azuah.

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:

Jacob Walse-Dominguez is an immigrant living in the Bay Area. He mostly works with poetry. He writes about issues of LGBT rights as income & housing inequality, as well as the stories of the homeless youth of San Francisco. He is also a cultural practitioner/community artist who dances indigenous Philippine dances & performs traditional music. He lives with his husband and their imaginary dog.

Yume Kim is a recipient of both an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Additionally she is also a 2012 recipient of the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry retreat fellowship at Fordham University. Some of her works can be found in sPARKLE + bLINK, The West Wind Review, gesture, Transfer, Writing Without Walls (Vol. 7), Sugared Water, and The East Bay Review. Prior to becoming an East Coast transplant here in the Bay Area, she was previously a server while also attempting to BS her way through her undergrad studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Has she succeeded with her BS attempts? Only time will tell.

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Uptown Fridays Presents:  MG Roberts & Melissa Eleftherion
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: MG Roberts & Melissa Eleftherion

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by MG Roberts and Melissa Eleftherion, with musical guest Heather Jovanelli

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:

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Roberts is the author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not so, sea (Durga Press, 2014). She is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, VONA/Voices Alum, and sits on the Board of Small Press Traffic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Cream City Review, the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Dusie, Bombay Gin, Web Conjunctions, Elderly and elsewhere. She co-edited the anthology Nests and Strangers: On Asian Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press) along with Timothy Yu and is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh with Ronaldo Wilson and Bhanu Kapilan anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, one puppy, and geologist husband. 

Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. She is the author of huminsec, prism map, Pigtail Dut, the leaves the leave, green glass asterism, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, is hot off the presses from H_NGM_ Books. ecent work is forthcoming in Glass, Italian-Americana Review, & Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel. ounder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series at the Ukiah Library. More of her work can be found @ www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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Uptown Fridays Presents: Denise Benavides & Trey "Drow Flow" Amos
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Denise Benavides & Trey "Drow Flow" Amos

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Denise Benavides and Trey "Drow Flow" Amos, with music by Meaghan Owens. 

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:

Denise Benavides is an Oakland based queer xicana performance artist, poet, and radical educator sharing her work with urgency—using the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Mills College. Her debut collection of poetry, Split, was released in the fall of 2016 by Kórima Press.

Trey "Drow Flow" Amos is a poetic emcee originally from Nashville, Tn by way of Chicago. He is a nationally recognized performer and teaching artist. He has shared stages with artists and public figures such as Talib Kweli, Dr. Cornel West, Saul Williams, Lemon, Mick Jenkins and more. Trey is currently working as a Poet Mentor Fellow at Youth Speaks, Inc.

Musical Guest Meaghan Owens is an Americana Roots performer with three critically acclaimed albums: "No Whiskey in a Good Girl's River"; "Gun Shy of a Kiss" and the recent "Bounty on my Heart." She has been a whirlwind nomad for the past two years with stops in Maui, Colorado and currently, a brief stint in San Francisco.

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GET LIT  #24
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

GET LIT #24

An amazing gathering of writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit.

The emcee for the night will be the one and only NO 'HARE (Isobel O'Hareand Christine No.)

Featured lineup of writers include: and more TBA!

Musical Guest: 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and coffee by our good friends next door, Red Bay Coffee.

Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

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WRITING COURSE: Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

WRITING COURSE: Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets

Join Natasha Dennerstein, renowned Bay Area poet, as she leads attendees through her 16-week course, "Form and Contemporary Poetry: A Course for Practicing Poets." The course will run from May 13, 2017, to September 2, 2017, taking place every Saturday from 12-2:00 PM at the Nomadic Press Fruitvale salon space. 

If you are interested, we highly recommended that you apply for the very quick and easy CCF Quick Grant, which will reimburse you for 100% of the class costs under the banner of professional development. Expenses for courses such as this one are reimbursed for up to $600, which means that this course would be free for you, and you may apply for one grant per fiscal year. Apply by April 15, 2017, and find out if your application has been approved by May 12, 2017. To find out more details and apply, please visit http://www.cciarts.org/quick_grant.htm

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Uptown Fridays Presents:  Ariel Gore and Sara Marinelli
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Ariel Gore and Sara Marinelli

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Ariel Gore and Sara Marinelli, with music by Nkechi. 

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:

Ariel Gore is the editor & publisher of the Alternative Press Award-winning magazine Hip Mama and the author of eight books. Her latest, The End of Eve, chronicles her years spent caring for her dying mother. The memoir has been called "Terms of Endearment meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

Born in Naples, Italy, Sara Marinelli is a writer, translator, and educator. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Rome and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her stories appear in New American WritingBlue Mesa ReviewSparkle & Blink, and many Italian publications. For her fiction, she was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, and BANFF Center for the Arts. Sara teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She is working on a novel about family grief, set in a superstitious and religious Naples. She curates Hazel Reading Series, and all-women literary salon.

Nkechi is a singer-songwriter whose evocative voice explores a wide range of music territory, including acoustic soul, folk rock and pop in a signature inspirational and lyrical sound called soul rock. Nkechi's rich vocal textures and knack for improvisation make live performances a dynamic one-of-a-kind experience. She delivers conscious messages through verse, rhyme and melody and has been blessed with an amazing roster of musicians who together form Nkechi Live! Band (NLB) the performing platform for her original soul rock music. NLB has performed at music venues and festivals on the west and east coasts. Nkechi is also a painter and performing actor in film and theater. The website for her creative happenings is http://www.nkechi.com.

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Uptown Fridays Presents: Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, with music by Phillip Michael Hermans. 

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:

Shideh Etaat is a writer and teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. An excerpt from her novel can be found in Tremors, New Fiction by Iranian Americans, and she has published short stories in The Delmarva Review, Amazon’s online journal, Day One, and Foglifter. She is a 2011 Breadloaf Work Study Scholar and a 2015 James D. Phelan Award recipient. Her first novel is about a love triangle, Iranian Jews, and other strange and wonderful things.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric Literature, and Guernica, and anthologized in Guernica Annual (Haymarket Books), Wise Latinas (Nebraska U. Press) and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She is the 2014 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Mary Tanenbaum award for non-fiction. She has received scholarships and support from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writer's ConferenceThe Camargo FoundationDjerassi Artist Residency Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.  She has a column called Book Spine at KQED. Her debut novel, The Fruit of the Drunken Tree, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2018.

Phillip Michael Hermans is a musician who uses computers and instruments to make music and sound for films, video games, theater production, animation, dance troupe production, chamber ensembles and anyone or anything else that may be interested. He enjoys performing, teaching, talking and writing about music as well. His website is philliphermans.com, his blog is plhermans.wordpress.coom. He wants you to be sure to drink plenty of fluids and be nice to each other.

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House of Godzilla (The Tour) with Kazumi Chin and Michelle Lin
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

House of Godzilla (The Tour) with Kazumi Chin and Michelle Lin

Celebrate the release of poetry collections A House Made of Water by MICHELLE LIN and Having a Coke of Godzilla by KAZUMI CHIN as they explore how a house of language may be built to exceed containment, transcend borders, and disrupt binaries. We will shape, together, what it means to be in relation to intersectional identities and languages, and move toward a radical new imagining of home. Our house exists in its being built. It is not one we belong to, but one we work toward.
 

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Uptown Fridays Presents:  Christine No and Jenee Darden
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Uptown Fridays Presents: Christine No and Jenee Darden

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Christine No and Jenee Darden, with music by Nkechi. 

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:

Christine No is a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, in sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Story Magazine, APOGEE, Atlas and Alice; and is forthcoming in The Oakland Review, Nomadic Journal and the anthology "If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration" by Sibling Rivalry Press. She is a VONA Alum, a Pushcart Prize Nominee and the First Place Poetry Winner the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She lives in Oakland with her talking dog, Brandy.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and proud East Oakland native. She has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, The LA Times and other outlets. Visit her website CocoaFly.com to read her research series Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature. Jeneé is a former National Book Foundation summer fellow. She has a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California and a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego.

As a singer-songwriter Nkechi's voice and music explore a range of music territory, from acoustic soul to folk rock and pop in a signature inspirational and lyrical sound. Nkechi's rich vocal textures and knack for improvisation make her live performances a dynamic one-of-a-kind experience. She writes conscious messages delivered through verse, rhyme, and melody. Nkechi's EP Soul Rock Butterfly is available on the Music page.

Our musical guest Nkechi believes her Creator designed her to utilize an integration of her left and right brains which requires a daily practice of staying out of her own way and not taking herself too seriously. Nkechi's passion is exploring Christ's love, the source of her joy, gratitude and talent, through the creative and entertainment arts. The website for Nkechi's creative happenings is www.nkechi.com

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