Uptown Oakland's Beast Crawl is an annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, spread out over three hours and nearly 40 local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafes, and storefronts. Its fifth year, and Beast Crawl is going strong!
Mixer 2.0 brings the multilingual, mother tongue, split tongue, code-switching, cross-cultural punning, the translated, the approximation, the affirmation because often English struggles and fails as speech... to the stage; the legacy of the languages we carry from home, the languages crossing the borders, and the languages by which we communicate here in these United States.
Leg Three | 8PM-9pm | Stork Club
Ani Tascian, Saint Mary's
Ani Tascian was born in San Francisco, but didn’t learn English until she was four years old. She is VONA (Voices of Our Nation’s Arts) alumni and has her M.F.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California (2015). She is currently working on memoir that explores her family history of illness and her roots in the Armenian Genocide. Her work can be found in Buddhist Poetry Review, Citron Review, Bird’s Thumb and Cahoodadoodaling.
Monica Mody, CIIS
Monica Mody is a writer and poet from India currently living in San Francisco. Kala Pani, her book of cross-genre writing, is out from 1913 Press.
Aura Maru, UC Berkeley
Aura Maru was born in Moldova. She has recently published a collection of poetry in her native Romanian tongue, entitled "du-te free" (Moldova: Cartier Publishing, 2015). Currently a PhD student in the Comparative Literature department at UC Berkeley, she is focusing on her projects in the English language.
Jacob Walse-Dominguez, SFSU
Jacob Walse-Dominguez is an expat living in the Bay Area. He writes about issues of LGBT rights as well as income and housing inequality, and the homeless youth. He lives with his husband and their imaginary dog.