Hazel Reading Series

Join Us: April 19, 2015

We cannot tell you how thrilled we are to feature Nayomi Munaweera as our special guest reader for HAZEL April! She’ll be joined by:

Mayra Lopez, nominated by Natalia Vigil
Wendy Trevino nominated by Zoe Addison
Sarah Heady nominated by Katrin Gibb
Aileen Pagdanganan, nominated by MaryGrace Burns
Yang Haung nominated by Marie Mockett

Come join us on Sunday April 19 at 5 pm–you’re not going to want to miss this one.

We’ll be at the California Institute of Integral Studies (1453 Mission Street) with snacks from the ever-generous Arizmendi, and wine, too.

Please do RSVP on Facebook.


We’ve been hearing from you, our community, that you want more opportunities to hang out and get to know each other. With that in mind, we’re hosting the first ever HAZEL Happy Hour Book-swap-stravaganza on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8 at the Edinburgh Castle and we would just love for you to join us. In the spirit of recommended reading, we’d love it if you could bring a book to swap–one you wrote or one you didn’t–or both. It’s going to be informal and fun and very Hazel–so come stop by and say hello!

And you can of course RSVP on Facebook here.

Perhaps we’ll see you twice this month! Lucky us.

As always, we welcome your priceless presence. The event is free but you’ll help support our dear readers with a donation of $5.

Nayomi Munaweera‘s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the Commonwealth prize for Asia. It was shortlisted for the Man Asia Prize and the DSC Prize for Asian literature. In America it was reviewed by the New York Times which called it “luminous”. Publishers Weekly has compared it to the work of Jumpha Lahiri and Michael Ondatjee. Nayomi lives in Oakland and is currently finishing her second novel.

Poet and essayist Sarah Heady writes on human geography, American history, and the built environment. She is a cofounder of Drop Leaf Press, a small women-run poetry outfit, and the author of Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013), which won the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award. Her manuscript Corduroy Road was a finalist for the 2013 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize. Sarah’s poems have been set to vocal music by composer Joshua Groffman and sewn into handmade books by artist Leah Virsik. She lives in San Francisco and is writing a book about women on the prairie.

Mayra Lopez is a queer xicana femme who has always called the Bay home. She is full-time advocate for LGBTQI youth and a part-time photographer and writer. Her work has been featured in shows at SOMArts and the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. She draws much of her writing inspiration from her communities, personal history and Latino authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sandra Cisneros and Cherrie Moraga.

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the US to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended the Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures is a Pen/Bellwether Prize finalist and an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist. Her fiction and a feature-length screenplay have appeared in Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Nuvein, and Stories for Film. She lives in Albany and works for UC Berkeley.

Aileen Pagdanganan is a Filipina American writer and youth educator based out of San Francisco. Currently she teaches Asian American History at Balboa High School with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) and runs an after-school program with the B-Boy Club at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. After class, she can be found writing or drawing in random coffee shops to balance her life as an educator. Aileen has learned how to bridge her love for writing with her passion in working with youth. She continues to write poetry to share her own story, but has learned to utilize writing as a tool to build, mentor, and advocate for youth as well. Hazel Reading Series will be the first time she’ll be sharing any of her work with an audience that isn’t in a classroom—a time and space long overdue.

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, Room 565
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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