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Black Joy Social Happy Hour

Fri, Nov 20, 2020 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org


A moment of casual celebration and recovery, where Black writers and makers, from PDX and across the country share things that bring them joy in 2020. Hosted by Shayla Lawson. Featuring: Danielle Evans, Kim Johnson, Nate Marshall, Natasha Marin, Nicholas Nichols, Phillip B. Williams. Musical guest: Donovan.

To view this event, go to: https://www.pdxbookfest.org/daily-live-stream/

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Suggested cocktail’s from Portland’s own Olive or Twist:

Tennessee Gold Cocktail
  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest whiskey
  • 1/2 oz of honey simple syrup (equal parts honey & water, warmed until blended)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice and lemon peel for garnish

Uncle Nearest was a brand established to honor Nathan Green, the African American who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey.

The Marionberry Mocktail
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz sweetened lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 oz marionberry juice

Shayla Lawson

Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook Pantone, and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean—and the essay collection This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope. She was born in Rochester, Minnesota, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, studied architecture in Italy and spent a few years as a Dutch housewife—milkmaid braids and all. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Purchase this is Major from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Black like Honey. Sweet like Midnight.
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Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" selection. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent book is The Office of Historical Corrections.

Purchase The Office of Historical Corrections from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson has held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She’s now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. This Is My America is her debut novel. It explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced, and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives in Oregon with her husband and two kids.

Purchase this is My America from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Natasha Marin

Natasha Marin (NONWHITEWORKS) is an antiracism consultant based in Seattle, specializing in communications, community building, and digital engagement. Marin is also the curator of Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures (McSweeney's, 2020) and a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. BLACK IMAGINATION—a series of conceptual exhibitions—amplifying, centering, and holding sacred a diverse sample of voices including LGBTQIA+ black youth, incarcerated black women, black folks with disabilities, unsheltered black folks, and black children is her bravest work thus far. Her viral web-based project, Reparations, engaged a quarter of a million people worldwide in the practice of "leveraging privilege," and earned Marin, a mother of two, death threats by the dozens.
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Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, rapper, educator, and editor. He is the author and editor of numerous works including Wild HundredsThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Finna. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and co-directs Crescendo Literary. He is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College. He is from the South Side of Chicago.

Purchase Finna from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Nicholas Nichols

Nicholas Nichols (He/They) is writer, photographer, and intersectional nerd based in Brooklyn, NY. Nicholas has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Watering Hole, Omnidawn, Community of Writers, and Tin House. Their work has been published or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine, Wildness Magazine, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Currently, they act as the Assistant Poetry Editor at The Rumpus and Associate Editor at The Offing.

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