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The Way Back Launch Party

November 10th, 6:00pm9:00pm

Join ARTogether and Foglifter in celebrating the release of Edward Gunawan’s Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize–winning chapbook The Way Back with readings, music, and conversation!
A collaboration between Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco, Start A Riot! is a response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and a celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history. Learn more and submit to this year’s prize here: https://foglifterjournal.com/start-a-riot/
Edward Gunawan is the author of two chapbooks—The Way Back (winner of Start a Riot! Prize, forthcoming by Foglifter Press) and Press Play (Sweet Lit). He has also completed over 25 feature films and shorts projects as writer, producer, actor, and/or director. A queer immigrant from Indonesia and of Chinese heritage, he now resides on unceded Ohlone land in Oakland, CA.
Reader: Alder Duan Hurley (they/them) is a trans nonbinary mixed-race poet who grew up between Maryland and the Bay Area. They’ve performed their spoken word poetry at the Brava Theater Cabaret and the Gunn Theater at the Legion of Honor. They are currently studying poetry in the Creative Writing department at SF State.
Reader: Troy Rockett (he/they, troyrockett.com) is a poet and producer of queer works, and holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature. He is a VONA Voices fellow, an Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund recipient, a 2021 Theatre Bay Area Titan Award Winner, and is part of the producers circle with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. His goal in sharing stories is to find new possibilities of freedom and an expanded sense of shared humanity.
Reader: Quinn Rennerfeldt (she/her, quinnrennerfeldt.com) is a queer poet, parent, and partner earning her MFA at San Francisco State University. Their heart is equally wed to the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. Her work can be found in Cleaver, Mom Egg Review, SAND, elsewhere, and is forthcoming in A Velvet Giant and Salamander. Their chapbookSea Glass Catastrophe was released in 2020 by Francis House Press. They are the Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills, a graduate-run literary journal with SFSU.
Band: NEBLINAS DEL PACIFICO or Fog of the Pacific (@neblinasdelpacifico) is a band of marimba de chonta music based in the Mission District of San Francisco. The music, developed by Black and Indigenous communities nestled along the rivers and mangroves in the Pacific Coast of Colombia and Ecuador, is a celebration of spirituality and everyday life, of roots and tradition, of celebration and resistance. The members of Neblinas have roots in Colombia, the Bay Area, Indonesia, and China. They have partnered with Eryen Korath, Cantares del Pacífico, and numerous other Afro-Colombian musicians and organizers to support grassroots community initiatives in Buenaventura, Guapi, Timbiquí, Tumaco, and Quibdó. They study and share this music in the spirit of respect and solidarity with the maestrxs and communities of the Afro-Colombian Pacific.
Interviewer: May-Li Khoe (she/her, maylikhoe.com) is a quatricultural, twice-immigrant, artist-designer-educator-writer who blends creation with cultural practices, critical consciousness, and glitter. She’s served, among other things, as a VP of Design, a co-founder of companies, an inventor of foundational human-computer interactions, a DJ, a musician, and recently a co-creator of a music and dance toy called Boogie Loops for the new Playdate game platform. Her work has been published in The Ana, Transfer Magazine, Umber Magazine, and The HTML Review. Currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, she lives in San Francisco with her partner and house plants.
MC: J Jha (all pronouns) is a gender non-conforming South Asian asylee, who is re-imagining the world from trans centers of gravity. She has been active in community organizing at the SF LGBT Center, Folsom Street Fair, UpYourAlley, Tenant and Neighbourhood Council(TANC), Parivar – Our South Asian Queer Trans Family, and Food Not Bombs SF. In November 2019, they presented the world premiere of Mahâbhârata, a solo-telling of the great Indian epic, adapted by Geetha Reddy, a South Asian-American playwright, where the re-tellng intentionally presents the non-cis gendered male perspective that has (and continues to) otherwise dominated this conversation for thousands of Hindu years. J, along with Circo Zero, performed Queer Migrants, a collaborative self-created/curated piece of street-story-telling on the steps of the US Customs and immigration Office, Sansom Street, San Francisco, CA in 2017 and 2018.


November 10th
6:00pm – 9:00pm
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El Rio
3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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