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Happy Hour Stories: A Celebration of Black History Month with ABBW

  • Pegasus Books 1855 Solano Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707 (map)

Happy Hour Stories Celebrates Black History Month

Join us for a special evening of readings, hosted and curated by Vernon Keeve III (Director of the Association of Black and Brown Writers). 

Featuring readers: Jezebel Delilah XDeShara Suggs-Joe, and Robert M.E.

Directed by Vernon Keeve III, the Association of Black and Brown Writers (ABBW) aims for equitable distribution and representation of black and brown voices across the East Bay lit scene. ABBW aims for diverse programming both within the Nomadic Press Oakland Workspace, as well as between community partners and within well-established venues across the East Bay. 

About Happy Hour Stories 

Created in 2014 by Pegasus on Solano's Elizabeth Freeman and Manuela Aronofsky, Happy Hour Stories is a special story time - for adults! 

Every last Tuesday of the month, short stories on a theme are read aloud by Pegasus employees and friends. ... Served up with a refreshing drink, and light snacks.

Past Happy Hour Stories themes have included a celebration of Black History Month, LGBTQ Pride, California-inspired fiction, and school stories; with special guests such as local authors Elizabeth Rosner, Darryl Brock, Nia King, and Alex Gino, as well as the Oakland-based band Halcyonaire, and various professional actors.

Performer bios

Jezebel Delilah X is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator and Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She loves to flirt, laugh, perform, crack corny jokes, and insert Octavia Butler references into every conversation. She is a Co-Managing Editor for Everyday Feminism; co-host of the queer/feminist Open Mic, Culture Fuck; Creative Director of queer, Black, multi-disciplinary performance troupe, Congregation of Liberation; and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has performed in a wide variety of Queer and Queer People Of Color theatre projects and cabarets, and has been a featured reader at literary events all over the Bay Area. She uses a combination of memoir, poetry, theatre, and feminist storytelling to advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, community accountability, critical reflection, love, healing, and liberation. She loves romantic songs, romantic films, romantic books, romantic conversations, romantic friendships, and writing long, vulnerable, passionate facebook statuses about romance.

Robert M.E. is a poet and erotica author from Detroit, MI. Robert's explicit-yet-poetic-style echoes from his influences Donald Goines and Samuel R. Delany. Soon, he will be releasing a collection of sex tales, Nasty Good.

DeShara Suggs-Joe is a MFA Candidate at California College of the Arts where she studies Writing. She got a B.A at Columbia College Chicago in Marketing Communications. She made a transition into poetry in 2013 by way of a Cave Canem workshop in Brooklyn.  She has two poetry videos forthcoming, and she currently compiling #butimcrazy posts found on her Instagram set to be released next year. She likes to write about social issues with a special interest on black woman, and her new home of Oakland.

Vernon Keeve III has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch online magazine, received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University, and was a featured reader at the SF Jazz Poetry Festival of 2014. He earned his M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, and a M.A. in teaching from Bard College. He is a high school English and history teacher for OUSD. Look out for his book of prose and poetry Conversations with a Southern Migrant from Nomadic Press.