a new Small Press Author Reading Series in partnership with and curated by F. Douglas Brown, featuring poets whose work examines how to create better societal or personal structures 

F. DOUGLAS BROWN is the author of two poetry collections, ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Brown, an educator for over 25 years, currently teaches English and African American Poetry at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, and is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. He is the co-founder and co-curator of un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. When he is not teaching, writing or with his children (Isaiah, Olivia, and Simone), he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area. 

What does it mean to build or make or create when the world is either endangering one’s freedom, one’s livelihood, or one’s opportunity to be more? What does it mean to live under the demands that society and personal structures have established for far too long? In these complex times, we need guidance to answer these complex questions and unpack the ideas of struggle, erasure, mixed/ re-mixed by joy and celebration. 

THE FRIDAY FRAMEWORK connects three BIPOC poets whose work serves both as a springboard for greater understanding of the self while also providing an example of how one fearlessly counters the duress their work addresses or may have been created under.

This is liberation in its finest hour.

NEXT UP: Poets T’ai Freedom Ford
Angela Peñaredondo, and Luivette Resto

December 4, 2020
5:30pm Pacific | 6:30pm Mountain
7:30pm Central | 8:30pm Eastern

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Poetry and others. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Body of Athletics edited by Natalie Diaz, The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Nepantla: An Anthology of Queer Poets of Color, and others. t’ai has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Camargo Foundation, The Center for Fiction, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Kimbilio, and The Poetry Project.  A 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship inaugural fellow, she is the author of two poetry collections, how to get over from Red Hen Press and & more black from Augury Books, winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

Of & more black poet Terrance Hayes notes: “& more black is full of “dance floor long division,” Hello Kitty lunchboxes, double-dutch, and “dyke dowry.” “we be makeshift / bodies got too many mouths” t’ai freedom ford writes in these propulsive, poly-vocal, poly-verbal gems. This is a book holding spectacular spells, songs and instructions for freedom.” Poet Patrick Rosal offers, “These poems suffer none of the ongoing American foolishness. They snap so hard you might—as I did—jump up and run out of the room laughing at their brilliant, slicing wit.”

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, 2016), winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Siya* is an assistant professor of creative writing and digital media at California State University, San Bernardino. Siya lives in Los Angeles, California.

Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, notes the following about Peñaredondo’s work: “Total magnificence. Multi-sensory voyager – sculptor of love and painter of concept and delirium, a choreographer of space and a duende-splicer between Baudelaire, Lorca and Strauss. Angela is somewhere in there, cinematic. She says,” I want to be that kind / who walks through a wall of fifty lives.” Indeed she possesses this kind of power. A genius at work.”

*Siya is the Tagalog gender neutral pronoun that refers to both he/him and she/her.

Of All Things Lose Thousands of Times, poet Carmen Giménez Smith, notes: “The poems in All Things Lose Thousands of Times aptly tell a transnational coming of age story, a becoming from the savage and the fertile, the urban and the fantastic, where “heaven comes after collision.” This is a stunning debut for Penaredondo, poems that shimmer with dense and riveting lyricism.”

Luivette Resto, a mother, teacher, poet, and Wonder Woman fanatic, was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in The Bronx. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been published by Tía Chucha Press. Some of her latest work can be found in the anthology titled What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump edited by Martín Espada and on the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center website. She is the Executive Editor of Angels Flight Literary West Magazine. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley with her three children aka her revolutionaries.

Of Ascension, Barbara Jane Reyes notes: “In Luivette Resto’s Ascension, our speaker is an unflinching witness and an exposed nerve. ‘Slut, murderer, mother,’ she carries betrayal, heartbreak, and hope. She mines the everyday, the ‘pedestrian or exquisite,’ for all its possibility. In paean, in dirge, in sonnet, she invokes Wonder Woman, and Puerto Rican Obituary. Without hesitation, she calls out misogynist colleagues, two-timing lovers. Personal and political, these are poems of defiance, affirmation, material and spiritual survival.”

Mark your calendars for upcoming FRIDAY FRAMEWORK events.

  • February 5, 2020
  • April 4, 2020
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