Soul Sister Revue: Fall Reading with John Murillo, Ananda Lima, Yanyi & more Soul Sister Revue: Fall Reading with John Murillo, Ananda Lima, Yanyi & more

Thu November 2nd, 2017


The Gallery

Minimum Age: 21+

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

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This is a free event (with a one drink minimum purchase) in The Gallery at LPR

Join Soul Sister Revue for its Fall event at the Gallery at LPR where we ask “what does Soul mean to you?” Readers include John Murillo (Up Jump the Boogie), Ananda LimaYanyiCynthia Dewa Oka (Salvage), and Candace Williams with superfly host Ed Toney. Soul Sister Revue is reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

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Soul Sister Revue: Fall Reading with John Murillo, Ananda Lima, Yanyi & more

Ananda Lima’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Offing, PANK, Sugar House Review, Origins and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and is pursuing her MFA in fiction at Rutgers University, Newark. She was selected for the AWP Writer to Writer program and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Tin House, the Community of Writers and Sewanee (where she currently works as staff). Ananda is working on a full-length poetry collection centered on immigration and motherhood. She was born and grew up in Brazil and lives in New Jersey with her husband and their son.

Yanyi is a poet and critic based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2017-2018 Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow and contributing editor at Foundry. He formerly served as Director of Technology and Design at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, senior editor at Nat. Brut, and curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project. The recipient of a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House, Yanyi’s poems and criticism have appeared in Model View Culture, cellpoems, The Cortland Review, and DIARY, chaplet #193 at Belladonna* Collaborative. Find him at

John Murillo is the author of Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.  He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.

Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and immigrant justice organizer originally from Bali, Indonesia. A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, her work appears in Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Guernica, Black Renaissance Noire, and elsewhere. She has received grants from VONA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Leeway Foundation. Her first book, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, was published by Thread Makes Blanket, a Philly-based press. Her second book, Salvage, will be out this December from Northwestern University Press.

Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a middle school humanities teacher and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, the PEN Poetry Series, Lambda Literary Review, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press), Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), and Bettering American Poetry 2016 (Bettering Books, 2017), among other places. Her first collection, Spells for Black Wizards, won the Atlas Review’s 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. She’s earned a MA in Education from Stanford University, a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, scholarships from Cave Canem, and a Create Change Fellowship from the Laundromat Project. Candace has presented original poetry, performances, and lectures at the New Museum, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Arts and Design, Dixon Place, Eyebeam, the Obie Award-winning Bushwick Starr Theater, and the Poetry Project

The Host – Ed Toney – Poet, writer and chemist, born in Queens NY, resides in Brooklyn. He has featured and read at numerous poetry venues including McNally Jackson bookstore, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, rallies for Mumia, Eric Garner, a unique benefit for Michael Brown that included aerialist performers, “Black Lives Matter” Black poets speak out forums,  and elsewhere. Ed’s work has appeared in African Voices 20th Anniversary magazine, the chapbook; Of Fire of Iron, published by The Hot Poets collective,  a featured essay in Young’s Men Perspective magazine, MosaicBlue Lyra Review, and is very near, full completion on his first poetry manuscript entitled, “Nicks in the Tongue”.

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