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BIPOC Reading Series April

Fri, April 26 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

This monthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color.

Come listen to our featured readers, or sign up to share your work in our open mic. Readings will be followed by a short community discussion. Hosted by Kyle Yoshioka and Jessica Meza-Torres. April’s featured readers are Geeta Lewis and Lindsey Danae Perez.

This event is open to everyone, but only people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color will be invited to read. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Meza-Torres at jmezatorres24@gmail.com or Kyle Yoshioka at kyle.yoshioka@gmail.com.

Geeta Lewis

Geeta Lewis is a Writer, a Performance Storyteller, and a Visual Artist. As a Queer, Black, Trans Woman, she brings an intersectional lens to her prose, and her visual art. Geeta’s prose unearths an intimate vulnerability, informed by the intersectionalities of her lived experiences. Somewhere between the light, the darkness, and the laughter, she's found her weapons of choice, in response to inequities of being othered under an American apartheid. In her own words, “I try to find ways to repurpose the crux my personal narratives into my fiction. It is my hope that the stories I tell speak to a broader understanding of what it means to love, and be loved”. Regardless of the medium, Geeta endeavors to bring light to the dark places that divide us from our humanity. Her goal is to ignite our collective compassion for one another. She measures her progress through those she’s inspired to acknowledge the bitter truths of our shared American experience, and by their commitment to help build a more equitable world in spite of those truths. Geeta Lewis’ readings have been heard locally at the Artists Repertory Theater, The Armory Theater, and The Portland Arts & Lectures series. Her visual art has been displayed locally at the Paragon Gallery, The Portland Center for the Arts, and the Q Center Gallery. A series of her paintings are also part of a federal historical archive in Washington, DC.
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Lindsey Danae Perez

Lindsey Danae Perez is a two-spirit multimedia Tongva artist who encourages self-decolonization through visual storytelling, giving voice to gender-nonconforming experiences, cultural reclamation, and spiritual awakening in their collection of handmade, self published comic zines. Lindsey is currently enrolled in the Comics Portfolio program at the I.P.R.C. and frequently participates in pop up markets across the west coast, selling handmade art prints, zines, buttons, stickers, sketch portraits and more. You can follow their artistic adventures on social media @LindzenatorDraws.
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Jessica Meza-Torres

Jessica Meza-Torres
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Kyle Yoshioka

Kyle (they/he) is an apologetic Californian and 14-year resident of Portland who thinks and writes a lot about belonging. Their work and voice have appeared in various publications and podcasts. Kyle is the editorial director of Provecho, a multilingual publication exploring the intersection of food and identity.

@yearofthekyle | @provecho.magazine

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