FIGHTIN’ WORDS: OAKLAND OUT LOUD
Presented by PEN Oakland
Hearing Room 3: 4:45—6:00pm

Readings by Bay Area writers on the history and activism in the Oakland community.

LUCILLE LANG DAY is a poet and memoirist. Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies.

JUDY JUANITA is a novelist, poet, playwright, and former member of the Black Panther Party. Her debut novel, Virgin Soul, is loosely based on those experiences.

GENNY LIM is an American poet, playwright, and performer. She is the author of three poetry collections, Child of War, Winter Place, and Paper Gods and Rebels. She is also the coauthor of the American Book Award winning, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island.

RUBEN LLAMAS is a memoirist from Oakland. His memoir, Eye from the Edge, depicts West Oakland from pre-WWII through the 1960s.

FLOYD SALAS is an award-winning author of seven books, including his Oakland-based memoir Buffalo Nickel. He was Regent’s Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, staff writer for the NBC drama series, Kingpin. He is the recipient of California Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, and Eugene F. Saxton fellowships, as well as the Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

CLAIRE ORTALDA (moderator) is an award-winning writer, treasurer, and cofounder of PEN Oakland, and coeditor of the PEN Oakland anthology, Fightin' Words: 25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from "The Blue Collar" PEN.