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OUT OF THE BOX: Media and Literary Artists Studio

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on July 28th, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010
In collaboration with Rising Voices Press, Queer Women of Color and Friends presents OUT OF THE BOX!

260 Sumner Street
East Boston, MA

Co-hosted by Somos Latinos and Massachusetts South Asian Lambda Association (MASALA), featuring readings from Uriah Bell, Letta Neely, and Vivek Shraya, and a spectacular lineup of New Voices, with jazz/acoustic music accompaniment from ZUMIX youth.

This event will begin promptly at 6:00 PM

An evening gathering of literary artists of all kinds — poets, playwrights, songwriters, novelists, photographers, media artists, and more are invited to gather to support a diversity of voices and talent in music and the arts during our annual multicultural festival.

SPONSORED BY Rising Voices Press.

Hosted by Spectra Speaks and IDALIA Poetry.


Vivek Shraya is a gay, South Asian writer and musician from Toronto, Canada, inspired by art and bent on re-energizing the voices of people of color, particularly queer, who are stifled by the belief that they do not exist or that their existence is of little import. He has produced five albums, his latest “Keys & Machines,” released last year. He will be reading from his latest literary work, “God Loves Hair,” is a children’s book featuring short stories that reflect on his experiences growing up as a queer person of color.

Letta Neely is a spoken word artist who has authored two books of poetry, “Juba” and “Here,” and was named “Best Local Author 2001″ by a Boston Phoenix reader’s poll. Twice a Lambda Literary Awards finalist for lesbian poetry, Letta frequents poetry readings around New England and is a regular slam poetry winner. She is an ardent civil rights activist who has done anti-homophobia training and educational outreach. Letta has also conducted writing workshops privately, in public schools, and at juvenile detention centers.

The Martinez Sisters Originally from San Antonio, TX, Marissa Martínez’s (left) poetry and prose has appeared in Rio Grande Review, Seattle Arts, Texas Observer, Bay Windows, Raven Chronicles, Americas Review, Rune and others, and the anthologies Is This Forever, Or What? Poems and Paintings of Texas and What Have You Lost? (both edited by Naomi Shihab Nye), and A Millennium Reflection: Seattle Poets and Photographers. She is a co-editor of and contributor to Caring for Ourselves: The Lesbian Health Book. She has been a featured poet at Bumbershoot (Seattle Arts), Seattle Poetry Festival, and King Co. Poetry on the Bus. A long-time member of Los Norteños, a group of Latino writers, artists, musicians, and performers in the Pacific Northwest, she now makes her home in the Boston area.

Priscilla Martínez (right) began her career as a dancer studying in San Antonio, Boston & New York, performing with various dance groups. While in New York, she added theatre to her stage experience. There she performed in musicals and straight plays as well as numerous national commercials, voice-overs and print ads. Her choreographic works Fragil and Signs of Life were both performed at Regional Dance America’s Southwest Festival and both received the Monticello Award for Emerging Choreography. Out of Chaos, also performed at Festival, received the Project Tier Award. She has attended several National Craft of Choreography Conferences to further her work in choreography. She mixes her love of dance into her love of creating jewelry where her jewel art, using movement and balance, elicits an emotional response and connection much like her choreography. Her jewelry can be seen in galleries across the country and on her website www.joyarte.com.

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      Thanks to Adaora of QWOC, Ana of Zumix, and all the QWOC and Zumix volunteers and staff who helped make Monday night such an incredible breadth of performances. Priscilla and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were honored to be among such other great writers/performers/artists for the evening's festivities. Thanks for including us. Looking forward to future events!