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To everyone who works to get independent artists paid - in nickels dimes fives and twenties and a few hundreds that add up here and there: thank you. Writing will never be my full on bread and butter but I love it when it can be a satisfying meryenda for belly and soul. H/T @pennyloafa @poetswritersinc #ArtWork #CulturalLabor #Compensation
Another moment of the everyday magic that is summer in Seattle - stumbling across amazing gospel singer Arianne Maree trying out a new song on a piece of public art — thanks to Pianos in the Parks at Jimi Hendrix Park . . . #pianosintheparks #selftaughtmusician #jimihendrixpark #southseattleparks #Blackmusicmagic #seattleparks #seattleneighborhoods #onereel
All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita’s before the kleenex came out - nuthin like pre-reading laughs and a good reading-long cry with these badass brown artists. We say: Heeeey Go get your copy of FPOSE 2daaaay #FormerPossessionsoftheSpanishEmpire #PoetryisNotaLuxury . . . #Pinay #pinaypoets #pinxy #pinxypoets #filipina #filipinx #poetsofinstagram #writerslife #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #pocpoets #wocwriters #wocpoets
Today’s Beacon Hill reading for Michelle Peñaloza’s book launch was full of colorful stars both in the audience and on stage and I was moved and inspired AND I got to meet Michelle’s MOM. I loved being part of this. I knew it would be special and it went beyond and was necessary and fed my soul. Thank you to Estelita’s for hosting and to @martha_cooks for organizing and to @pennyloafa for inviting me and to everyone who carved time to come—y’all made the magic happen. Ps. I hope you’ll consider picking up Michelle’s prize winning collection of poems Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire - it’s a stunner . . . #formerpossessions #michellepenaloza #pinay #pinaypoets #poetrycommunity #pinxy #pinxyexcellence #filipina #filipinawriters #filipinapoets #writingcommunity #poetsofinstagram #writersofinstagram
Lake Chelan after the thunderstorm #PNWsummer
Rest in power rest in peace - Toni Morrison is the writer whose work has shown me most what it means to be a channel, to write with generational depth and to wield words like a fist of velvet and crushed glass. She made me want to be a writer with the way she pulled back the white curtain on the beauty and brutality of racialized humanity. We are all lucky to have lived in her lifetime. . . Posted @withrepost • @jackjoneslitarts The greatest writer to live in any time, in any place, in any world has departed. May this loss be felt in every time, in every place, in all of the worlds. All of creation mourns with us. Toni Morrison was the greatest writer of our lifetime, of any lifetime.