Leave a Message at the Beep, curated by Anastacia Renee, is a hybrid space/safe place for writers to stir up audience members with their creative grit, gifts and germinations. This month the theme is I Put a Spell on You! October 15th, 5 to 8pm sharp! Seatting is limited, please.... RSVP
Suggested Donation: $5 to $20
The glorious roster of writers includes:
Michelle Goodman is a journalist and storyteller. Her essays have been published by Narratively, Salon, Vice, the New York Times, the Seattle Times, The Magazine, and several anthologies. She is author of two career guides for the creatively inclined, The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and My So-Called Freelance Life, both published by Seal Press. She helped organize Lit Crawl Seattle for two years and currently organizes and co-hosts Working Stiffs: Tales from the Grind, a Seattle reading series about work
Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, activist, international educator and award winning journalist. She is a columnist for the Seattle Globalist and contributor to the South Seattle Emerald. Her work has been published in Crosscut, Yes! Magazine, the African American Literature Review, University of Wisconsin Feminist Quarterly and Black Girl Nerds Blog. Her self-published works include two children's books (Coco LaSwish: A Fish from a Different Rainbow and Coco LaSwish: When Rainbows Go Blue) and three collections of poetry (God, Hair, Love, and America, Love and Guatemala, and Summoning Unicorns). To find out more check her out at www.rejjarts.com.
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016) and Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is editorial director at Conium Review and co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat. You can read her work in Bodega, Hobart, H_NGM_N, Sonora Review, Monkeybicycle, Everyday Genius, andTupelo Quarterly, among others.
Kamari Bright I am nothing if not my memories/ With each poem, I write and rewrite myself/ And possibly you too I am a writer, artist, songwriter, and all-around creative who values introspection. As a soft-spoken person, poetry has helped me amplify my voice and speak without fear of vulnerability. I love being able to connect with people of all walks through my craft, and encourage you to do the same!
Naa Akua is a two-spirited emcee and poet. Intentionality and love is the focus of Akua's work. Her current first solo mixtape Odd(s) Balance is a compilation riffing layered thoughts about love, internal reflection, and evolution and pays homage to the compilations producer, 9th Wonder. You can listen to Naa Akua's thought provoking work at soundcloud.com. Raised in New York, Akua has performed at various venues inside and outside the tri-state area such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poets Club, the Wow Cafe Theatre, The Shrine, and a slew of others. Naa Akua is also known for her collaborative membership in the unforgettable group Speakers of the House and the Family. You can find Naa Akua's work and contact information on Facebook( Naa Akua ), Instagram (@naa_accepts) and a soul filling event near you.
Afrose Fatima Ahmed is a hybrid Texan-Washingtonian who writes on city streets and at the tops of evergreens. she holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Texas and is a VONA alumna. She released her first poetry chapbook; he won’t dance with me, in December 2013. she is currently working on her next collection of poems entitled blood gold and honey, which are a few of her favorite things, and takes the shape of a fictional tarot deck. afrose climbs in her spare time, in order to gain perspective.
Angela Wilhite Espiricueta works at Hugo House and has enrolled in creative writing courses there and at the University of Washington. She grew up in San Diego and currently lives in Seattle.
Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the 2015 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, Golden's work appears in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications and is a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House Fellow.