This quarter, the reading series invites writers Jessica Gallion, Chenel King, Tamala Whittley, and Sarah Wheeler to respond to the idea of Critical Intuition, as presented in the work of Audre Lorde.
The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Bridgette Bianca and Nina Rota. The readings are thematically linked with WCCW programming.
This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. We will provide drinks and light snacks.
Jessica Gallion aka YELLAWOMAN Is a writer, poet, mother, friend, from Natchitoches, Louisiana, raised in Los Angeles, California where pen and poetry became her best friend. She is the author of Can’t No Woman Woman Like Me, published by World Stage Press in Leimert Park. She is also the creator and facilitator for Creatin’ After Hours (a guided writing night cap) at The World Stage. She has performed for Compton College, various high schools in Los Angeles County through The Living Writers Series, Cafe Con Libros, The Pasadena Lit Festival, un::fade::able, The Table Lit Readings, La Palabra, and many other venues around Los Angeles. Jessica is the 2016 champion of the Spoken Word Voices Heard Poetry Slam and a graduate of the Community Literature Initiative. Her work takes you on a journey through self discovery and affirmations, colorism, singlemotherhood, and trials and overcoming with a cayenne cultural thread of “sho ya right.” A second book is in the works. Find her at @_yellawoman on Instagram.
Chenel King was born and raised in Walnut, CA. King comes from a long line of storytellers and is obsessed with asking: “Why?” King has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University (2011) and is a candidate for her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Otis College of Art and Design (2018).
Tamala Whittley is a writer and educator born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently shopping her first novel , The Ghosts of Central Avenue, and is already hard at work on her next. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, or trying to draw and paint. *has no social media presence I believe.*
Sarah Wheeler is a poet, playwright, and performer from North Carolina who currently resides in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (with a minor in English Lit.) from Wake Forest University. Sarah moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to attend the Art of Acting Conservatory where she wrote and debuted her first one-woman show, /Once Again to Z/, which later ran in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Currently, Sarah is writing her first book and is enrolled in the Community Literature Initiative (CLI) publishing program based out of USC. As a poet, Sarah has featured at both /The Backyard LA/ and /Beatnik Café/, and has read her work at various open mics including /Da Poetry Lounge, The Worldstage, PS Poets’ events,/and/Rattle Reading Series/. Sarah is also a creator of erasure poetry, which can be found on her Instagram *@littlegoldenblackoutpoems.*
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