From the folks at PEN Oakland, a new anthology:

Oakland Out Loud: Poetry and Prose in Celebration of “There”
Edited by Karla Brundage and Kim Shuck

Among the contributors: Floyd Salas, Sharon Doubiago, Ishmael Reed, Opal Palmer Adisa, Kim Addonizio, Lucha Corpi, Lucille Lang Day, Marianne Villanueva, Al Young, Doren Robbins

Here’s what a few artists have had to say about this forthcoming anthology:

“Oakland Out Loud is an opportunity for Oakland residents to rediscover their public library system which will proudly co-sponsor the Oakland Out Loud Literary Series in 2007.”

    -Carmen L. Martinez,
    Oakland Public Library Director

“With far more flavors than an ice-cream shoppe, and far more colors, too, ‘Oakland Out Loud’ is a reminder of what potery should be: original, audacious, and beautiful. As a result, it is a reminder that humanity can be all those things, too. This is a virtuoso collection.”

    -Gerald Haslam, author of Grace Period and Haslams’ Valley

“PEN Oakland writers are an amazing array of voices. Soak up their powerful prose and poems about the internal and external world, near and far.”

    -William Wong, author, Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown and Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America.

About PEN Oakland:

PEN Oakland, the brainchild of writer and activist Ishmael Reed, was launched in fall, 1989, at the Asmara Restaurant on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland at a lunch meeting hosted by Ishmael with soon-to-be co-founders Floyd Salas, Reginald Lockett and Claire Ortalda. Here Reed outlined the idea of forming a multicultural branch of PEN to, as Jack Foley would later write, “promote works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multi-cultural work.”

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