Come celebrate Tenderness: An Honoring of my Black Queer Joy and Rage with Annika Hansteen-Izora, Kamra Hakim, and Abdu Ali, hosted by Mandy Harris Williams

Join us on Zoom, Thursday, December 9 at 4 PM PST/7PM EST with Annika Hansteen-Izora, author of Tenderness, in conversation with guests Kamra Hakim of Activation Residency and Abdu Ali of as they lay, hosted by FCCW’s Mandy Harris Williams.

Guests will be treated to readings from the book, and will explore the books’ themes of critical softness, Black queer imagination, and love as an action through collaborative conversation. 

This event is free, will offer live ASL interpretation, and is brought to you by Co—Conspirator Press, Activation Residency, and as they lay. To all attendees, please be aware we will be recording this event, for continued sharing with our audiences.

Annika Hansteen-Izora (they/she/he) is a writer, poet, and multi-disciplinary artist from East Palo Alto, California. They use the elasticity of language and design to explore love as an action, queered intimacy, and frameworks of care rooted in Black futurity. Their work has been shared by McNay Art Museum, Bustle, It’s Nice That, The Creative Independent, and others.

Kamra Hakim (they/m) is a Munsee Lenape occupied territory musician and founder of Activation Residency LLC. Their first body of work, Verdant Banks, is available on all streaming platforms and forthrightly demarcates dichotomies between pain and grief, prosperity and bounty. In all that they do, care is centered. Activation Residency is a small artist residency 2 hours north of New York City seeking to activate the creative practices of each participating artist through healing justice and somatic programming.  

Abdu Ali (they/he/she) is a Baltimore based music artist, producer, poet, and multidisciplinary artist who works in sound, video, social practice and performance. Their work often interrogates ideas of race, gender, and sexuality that manifests as poetic inquiries of identity, promoting liberation from oppressive ideologies and encouraging self-determination. Their work also centers promoting authentic Black queer legacies and narratives as our histories are often subjected to distortion and erasure.