MK Chavez

December 13, 2021, 6PM, PST

The Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) will host social justice champion, MK Chavez, December 13, 6PM, PST. This one hour event is open to DPWC members and those who embrace speaking truth to power.

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Oakland-based writer, MK Chavez, is a champion for public health and social justice. She is the author of several chapbooks, one of which is Mothermorphosis (Nomadic Press, 2016). Her first full-length collection of poetry is Dear Animal (Nomadic Press).

Chavez is co-founder and co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, curator of the Fruitvale Friday readings at Nomadic Press, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and recipient of a 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to challenge all forms of oppression.

She is a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem “The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself Among the Ruins” was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Poetry Award. Chavez is a co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, a fellow with CantoMundo, and guest curator of the reading series at UC Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, Fall 2018.

Come with us as Gabriela Iniguez, poet, nonfiction writer, and creative writing MFA student at SJSU, kicks off the discussion and does a deep dive into our guest’s very cogent, heart wrenching, and sometimes uncomfortable topics.

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