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Jennifer Baker & Dennis Norris II with Anastacia-Renee & More
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Jennifer Baker & Dennis Norris II with Anastacia-Renee & More
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
SummaryJoin us for an evening of readings and conversation celebrating local and national writers of color, in context of the publication of "Everyday People," a new collection of contemporary short fiction.
View in Catalog"Everyday People" by Jennifer Baker
Description"Everyday People" is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that presents new and renowned work by established and emerging writers of color. Editor Jennifer Baker and writer Dennis Norris II will talk about their contributions to the collection, and then be joined by Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee, Jessica Rycheal, Jane Wong and Daemond Arrindell for readings and conversation.

"Everyday People" illustrates the dynamics of character and culture that reflect familial strife, political conflict, and personal turmoil through an array of stories that reveal the depth of the human experience. Representing a wide range of styles, themes, and perspectives, these selected stories depict moments that linger—crossroads to be navigated, relationships, epiphanies, and times of doubt, loss, and discovery. A celebration of writing and expression, Everyday People brings to light the rich tapestry that binds us all.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of "Everyday People" will benefit the Rhode Island Writers Colony, a nonprofit organization founded by the late Brook Stephenson that provides space for speculation, production, and experimentation by writers of color.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. She has done social media for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books (where she was also a panel organizer), and presently for the I, Too Arts Collective. Learn more about Jennifer Baker.

Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of AWST Collection—Dennis Norris II, published by AWST Press, and other writing appears in Apogee Journal and SmokeLong Quarterly. Their story “Where Every Boy Is Known and Loved” was recently named a finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Anthology. Learn more about Dennis Norris II.

Anastacia-Renee is Seattle’s Civic Poet and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer (Me) (Argus Press) and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely. She has appeared in 9 Ounces, a One Woman Show, a theatrical mixed media project. She was a 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Writers Award nominee and a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Jessica Rycheal is a Southern interdisciplinary visual story-teller and Art Director based in Seattle, Washington. Though the disciplines in which Jessica Rycheal works vary, the common thread unifying her diverse mediums of expression is story-telling. Her passion for story-telling is rooted in a love for people, specifically humanity in regard to individuality. It is this love and passion that yield the emotive, impactful and relatable body of work for which Rycheal is known.

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, playwright and teaching artist. He is a faculty member of Freehold Theatre - leading poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for over ten years; Adjunct faculty at Seattle University; Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. His work has appeared in City Arts, Crosscut Magazine and Specter Magazine. Daemond is a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, a 2014 VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. Recently, Daemond co-adapted the acclaimed contemporary and satirical novel “Welcome To Braggsville,” by T. Geronimo Johnson into a stage production for Book-It Repertory Theater. Braggsville debuted in Seattle in June 2017.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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