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SEASONAL VELOCITIES book release with Ryka Aoki
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us and Ryka Aoki as we celebrate the release of Aoki’s new book of poetry, essays, and stories: SEASONAL VELOCITIES!
“In the hands of Ryka Aoki, words can be everything – a tool, a fire, a gift, a weapon, a meal, a barricade, a refuge. I was tempted to ration this book, so I’d have some when I needed it, but found myself gulping it down and was so nourished by it the whole way along.”
–S. Bear Bergman, The Nearest Exit May be Behind You, and Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
Seasonal Velocities invites the reader on a fragile and furious journey along the highways and skyways of discovery, retribution, and resolve. Through her poetry, essays, stories, and performances, award-winning writer Ryka Aoki has consistently challenged, informed, and enthralled queer audiences across the United States.
Ryka Aoki is a writer, performer, musician, and educator who appears in the documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts.” Her work has been published in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press), and Tranfeminist Perspectives (Temple University Press). She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.”
Ryka was the inaugural performer for San Francisco’s first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride 2005, and has performed in venues including the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival. Ryka has an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her chapbook, Sometimes Too Hot
the Eye of Heaven Shines (RADAR/Inconvenient Press) won the 2010 Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.