8/6/17: TORCH Wildfire Reading Series: Raina J. León


Join us for the next installment of the TORCH Wildfire Reading Series featuring Raina J. León! Sunday, August 6, 2017 Bookwoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751 6:00PM – Community Open Mic 6:30 – Feature, Raina J. León Click Here To Join The Facebook Event Page! ALSO... *TORCH WORKSHOP The Myth Within with Raina J. León Saturday, August 5th Location & Time: BookWoman, 11:00AM - 1:00PM Age: Adult In this workshop, participants will draw from the myths that are rooted within our bones, those stories that sing out through the ages, and reimagine them through writing. We will use words to bring the ethereal to life. Registration is FREE. Email torchliteraryarts @ gmail.com to attend.

Raina J. León, member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry,Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, andsombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016), finalist in the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Award (2017). She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. Host: Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her debut poetry collection, Another Way to Say Enter, is forthcoming from Argus House Press. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Callaloo, Poetry, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.

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