Sunday, March 6, 2011

Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out Anthology

I will be the Special Guest Host for the Bay Area Launch of "Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out" Anthology

Friday, March 11 · 7:30pm - 10:00pm

UC Berkeley - Multicultural Community Center
200 MLK Jr. Student Union (formerly Heller Lounge) - Northwest corner of Telegraph & Bancroft
Berkeley, CA

Authors Reading March 11th:

Mica Valdez
Kirya Traber
Amy Pimentel
Angela Dosalmas
Lisa Marie Rollins
Rage Hezekiah
Pheonix Rising

Artist Showing:
Margo Rivera-Weiss

Musical Guest:

There will be copies of the book for purchase on site!!

This event is co sponsored by:
Inanna Publications
Macha Femme
Third Root Art Collective
Hueso Productions
MultiCultural Center at UCB
and more coming soon!

OTHER TONGUES: MIXED-RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT is an anthology of poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word texts, as well as black and white artwork and photography, explores the question of how mixed-race women in North America identify in the twenty-first century. Contributions engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis.


In a fresh approach to the quest for understanding mixed-race identity in the Americas, the multiple genres that find their way into the Other Tongues anthology -- from poetry to photography, fiction to scholarship -- perfectly mirror the prodigious spectrum of their authors’ positions toward the topic. This collection speaks boldly and poignantly to who we are, and by "we" I mean not only women of mixed-race ancestry, but all citizens of 21st-century North America.
-- Lise Funderburg, author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

These exciting, beautifully inked narratives tell us that, as each woman embraces her biracial or multiracial identity, she mothers a new world, one with equal space for everyone.
-- George Elliott Clarke, Africadian & Eastern Woodland Metis, Laureate, 2001 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry

Passionate, courageous and insightful, Other Tongues speaks affectingly about the pleasures and paradoxes of living between the conventional categories of race. It is a significant anthology, one that I've been waiting for.
-- Karina Vernon, Assistant Professor, Black Canadian Literature and Diaspora Studies, University of Toronto

Faith presents at Literary Salon (oo la la!)

Tomorrow, at destination bookstore, BOOK PASSAGE in Corte Madera, I will be reading and speaking on putting oneself on the page.

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Faith Adiele, PEN Beyond Margins Award winner and Author of Meeting Faith
Faith Adiele
Faith Adiele
Monday, March 7, 2011 || 7pm 
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||

Faith Adiele is the author of Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, which received thePEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir of 2004. A Publishers Weekly starred review credited it with “a comic’s timing, a novelist’s keen observations about human idiosyncrasies and an anthropologist’s sensitivity to race and culture.”

She is also lead editor of the international collection, Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press, 2008), and writer/narrator/subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home. The film documents Adiele’s experiences—similar to President Obama’s—growing up with a Nordic-American single mother and traveling to Nigeria as an adult to find her father and siblings.

Her work is newly out in two great anthologies: The Word: Black Writers Talk about the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing and The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World.