Sunday 04 28 4pm Poetry Afternoon

UUCLB is having a Poetry Afternoon on Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 pm.

Come one, come all! Invite your friends!

Featured poets will be our own UU Members Mauricio Moreno, Nancy Woo. Also performing are three great poets from outside our community AND there will be also an open mic.

This poetry event is in coordination with National Poetry Month. It is sponsored by the UUCLB “Black Indigenous People of Color” BIPOC Fellowship and supported by our Music and Arts Committee. NOTE: This is an all church event. The BIPOC sponsorship is simply because the idea flowed from our BIPOC Affinity Group.   

The open mic will be strictly monitored to control appropriateness of material, including length of time. Sign ups for the open mic will be limited to those who sign up on the day of the event (or prior). Best way is to reach out to us through Bipoc.chair@uuclb.org

This is a poet’s event. We encourage people to recite their original work.

 

Nancy Lynée Woo is an eco-centric poet based in southern California who harbors a wild love for the natural world. She has released a full-length poetry book entitled I’d Rather Be Lightning from Gasher Press, as well as two chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Radar Poetry, Stirring, West Trade Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, and others. Nancy has received fellowships from PEN America, California Creative Corps, Artists at Work, Arts Council for Long Beach, and Idyllwild Writers Week. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She has an MFA from Antioch University.

 

 

 

 

Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian and Eastern European gender-fluid writer living on unceded Tongva land. Their writing focuses on identity, mental health, survivorship, and the intersections of trauma and politics. They are a teaching artist for Community Literature Initiative’s Poetry Publishing class, author of loving my salt-drenched bones (World Stage Press, 2022), and are currently working on a memoir. They believe that writing is a craft and a restorative tool for well-being. Their classes focus on utilizing poetry to rejuvenate ourselves while improving our practice of language through the use of lyrical and literary elements. @karoo_skaa

 

 

 

Tommy Domino “Alias Big Six” (Mini Bio)

Member of the Stillwater’s Writers Collective since (2012-Pres). Member of the Watts Writers Workshop II (2018-Pres). His book Switches, Hot Wheel Tracks & Extensions Cords was published by World Stage Press (2018) Member of the poetry collective Never Speak Long Beach who featured at The House of Blues, Anaheim (2022). Community Literature Initiative Teacher of the Year (2022) Teaches the Long Beach Poetry Cohort for the Community Literature Initiative (2020-Pres.) performed in the first episode of Slanguage on Urban Soul TV. Along with Diverse Verses, he co-produced and featured in the documentary Brand New Day which was nominated as the best documentary in The Glendale International Film Festival (2023) His work has appeared in 8 poetry anthologies and 2 scheduled for release in 2024.

 

RAVINA

is a South Asian American, bestselling author, spoken word poet &  mental health therapist, based in Long Beach CA. RAVINA was born and raised in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. YELLOW is her debut full length collection of poetry and prose published by World Stage Press & recipient of the Long Beach Best Poetry Collection of 2021.

RAVINA has performed poetry on nationally and internationally acclaimed stages including the United Nations and the  House of Blues. Ravina is a touring and performing spoken word artist with the collective NeverSpeak Long Beach.