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Monday, October 19 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
The Root Slam: Working People's Section

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This event is now available to watch on our YouTube page, along with the rest of our 2020 festival programming.

Co-presented by Oakland Public Library

"The Working People’s Section” is a tradition amongst poetry venues where the event organizers get to share their work. There are only three rules to The Root Slam's Working People’s Section: 1) all the organizers share, 2) it has to be new, and 3) it better shake the room. Join the organizers of The Root Slam for a special Litquake Out Loud edition of The Working People’s Section, where your favorite local writers / farmers / dancers / healers / educators / activists / festival planners / and twerk influencers bring you that world premiere, that new and necessary work. Featuring Isabella Borgeson, Tianna Bratcher, Gabriel Cortez, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Natasha Huey, Will Smith, and Sandy Vazquez. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited.
Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --

The Root Slam is an award-winning Oakland poetry venue. Our mission is to create an inclusive, socially just space to promote the artistic growth of the Bay Area poetry community. We are guided by values centering the voices of Black, indigenous, and people of color artists; queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and women poets; working class/low-income, disabled, im/migrant and undocumented folks. For more on The Root Slam, visit www.RootSlam.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TheRootslam.

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Isabella Borgeson

Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American writer and educator from Oakland, California. She has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation, Air Serenbe, and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. In 2015, Isa performed... Read More →
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Tianna Bratcher

Tianna Bratcher is a Queer, Black, woman, sister, and auntie originally from Anchorage, Alaska now residing in Oakland, California. The 2016 winner of Best Love poem at Collegiate Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), placed 5th at the National Poetry Slam 2017 & and placed 7th... Read More →
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Gabriel Cortez

Gabriel Cortez is a Black biracial poet, educator, and arts organizer of Panamanian descent. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4. He is a VONA fellow, #BARS workshop alum, NALAC... Read More →
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Ciera-Jevae Gordon

Ciera-Jevae Gordon is a Richmond Native serving her community as a teaching artist, a healer, a past Poet Laureate, writer, activist, and scholar. She reps her ancestors, & shines light on the lived experiences of the divinity in Black women & girls through poetry and performance... Read More →
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Natasha Huey

Natasha Huey is a poet, teaching artist, and project manager. Natasha has performed on stages across the nation and beyond including the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, and Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai. Natasha has been... Read More →
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Will Smith

Will Smith is a Black, Korean, queer farmer and poet. They reside in the Bay Area and work within communities to distribute food, knowledge, and love. Her favorite things to write about are their ancestors’ garden and how we can all heal through (re)claiming our relationship with... Read More →
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Sandy Vazquez

Sandy Vazquez is an interdisciplinary teaching artist, educator, and performer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, she graduated from UCLA with a dual degree in Dance and Chicanx Studies. Through her performance work, she has featured on stages such as The John Anson Ford... Read More →

Monday October 19, 2020 5:00pm - 6:15pm PDT