7:30 – 10:30
Suggested Donation but come and listen if you are unable.
Join Malcolm Friend in celebrating the release of his debut chapbook, mxd kd mixtape. Alongside Malcolm reading his work, featured readers and artists will showcase their own work.
MALCOLM FRIEND is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. He currently serves as a Poetry Editor for FreezeRay Poetry
About the featured readers:
JASMINE SCHWARTZ is a Filipinx QTPOC artist from Seattle, WA. Their work confronts different facets of diasporic existence, including anti-blackness in the non-black community. With their work they aim to decolonize artist spaces, provide comfort, and a solid place from which to begin healing. They are currently in process to put out a chapbook of their own titled Remember Me This Way which will be available in the coming months.
JESSE BERNSTEIN was born and raised in Beacon Hill. He has been working with youth with 4 and half years in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York and currently works at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club as the Education Director. He is a Spoken Word Artist and most of his themes revolve around race, gender, politics, philosophy, life, death, childhood, family, and his experience working with youth. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and TV Shows (right now The Wire, She’s Gotta Have It, and Mr. Robot), spending time with family and friends (including non-humans), performing, and living life.
LE’CHANTE’ RAIWALUI: “Motherhood is the ultimate test of balance between holding my daughter in one arm and deflecting the chaos of the world with the other, all while practicing unconditional love towards myself, my spouse, our daughter and others around me. So naturally mother-earth and life as I know it became the muse to my current work. Where I paint the image of my transition from a young woman being raised by my mother, to a mother myself raising a young woman. Every piece is my written guide to her as she becomes more aware of herself and the world around her. Between my involvement in the world and between raising a queen, Ive found just enough time to balance a glass of wine with a pen and notebook, to craft imagery by word for all women everywhere to relate to.”
ROBERT GAVINO was raised on occupied land called Renton, land of Coast Salish peoples. Born to Filipino immigrants, Robert traces their lineage to land-owners by Bikol volcanoes, landless farmworkers in Calumpit, and property-owners in Malabon. Robert’s creative & cultural work reflects their queer & non-binary life, their community organizing, & their clumsy navigation of the generational blessings & traumas of their family in diaspora. The focus of Robert’s community organizing as a non-black person in black youth-led movements like No New Youth Jail & Block the Bunker is to foster collective power through cultural & healing work. This work is Robert’s way of sharing their learning on this very clumsy, imperfect journey of liberation.
About the featured artists:
RAYCHELLE DUAZO is a queer femme Filipina-American visual artist from the Pacific Northwest. Artistically, her specialities include portraits, comics, and typography. Her work focuses on themes of love, heartbreak, loss, memory, identity, and place. She has spoken on QPOC art & activism panels both in Seattle & NYC, is an alumni of the VONA Voices Graphic Novel Program (2014), and is an active member of the Seattle-based comics artist collective, The HAND.
DEREK OBISO DIZON is a Filipino American cultural worker and grief companion residing in occupied Duwamish Territory. Born to immigrant parents from the Philippine Islands, the art Derek creates are expressions of a path in navigating and reclaiming the spirit, memory, and stories of his Ilokano, Cebuano, and Bikolano ancestry. Derek believes cultural work and artistic expression can be used as a vessel for healing and resistance for all peoples around the world who have been impacted by centuries of violence. Much of Derek’s work centers stories of intergenerational grief and liberation.
JULZ BOLINAYEN is a trans Ilokano queer femme dedicated to cultivating deeper relationship with plants and the Earth, and supporting intergenerational healing through Philippine plant-based tradition.
About mxd kd mixtape:
In his debut chapbook mxd kd mix tape, Malcolm Friend offers us a speaker on the fringe of becoming. If he were a superhero this would be his origin story. The musicality & rhythm that is promised in the title more than delivers, but what Friend also delivers on are poems forged within the many rooms of his identity. & these rooms are decorated with poetic craft & a keen knowledge of the songs that have shaped him. This collection, & Friend are a valuable addition to America’s poetic landscape. I look forward to many more work from this fresh new voice. — Yesenia Montilla, author of The Pink Box