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It’s Not Right But It’s Okay
October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
A literary tribute to Whitney Houston, delivered by three poets who want to dance with somebody. All work will be closely inspired by or distantly related to the spirit of Whitney.
An award-winning writer, teacher, slam poet and performer, Amber Flame is also a singer and composer for multiple musical projects. Flame’s original writing and music have been published and recorded in many diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Requiem Press, Wicked Banshee Press, Another Passion, the Dialogist, and Fireign Productions. Her one-woman play, Hands Above the Covers: Hairy Palms & Other Nightmares of a Church Kid, was mounted as an Artist Residency with New City Theater under the auspices of a CityArtist grant through the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Since moving to the Bay Area, Flame has begun working with California Shakespeare Theater Company as a teaching artist and runs the Oakland Slam as slammaster. She performs regularly on musical, slam and literary stages, and works as an activist and organizer for a diverse number of theatrical, cabaret, queer, and POC communities.
Elaina Ellis is the author of the poetry collection Write About an Empty Birdcage (Write Bloody Publishing). Her poems are published in Poetry Northwest, Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Iowa Review, and Horsethief. Elaina has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and TENT, and she is a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists Council. She works as an editor at Copper Canyon Press.
A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, Poetry Northwest and The Cascadia Review. His firs full-length book: The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of 2017