4:15 p.m. Poetry Reading by Palestinian-American poet Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis in “Hayv Kahraman: Project Series 52”
Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis is a Palestinian-American, born in Ramallah Palestine. She emigrated to the US in 1964. Lorene is a business owner, poet, writer, and human rights and peace activist, volunteering with dozens of organizations since the early 90’s. Lorene writes poetry, prose, historical fiction for children, and is currently writing an historical collection of stories about her mother’s life in Palestine. Another work in progress is an anthology of poems entitled Faces, the Nine Stations of Pain & Joy.
Lorene self-published a poetry chapbook in the late 80’s, entitled Inquire Within, and is published in 12 poetry anthologies--including The Poetry of Arab Women, Food for Our Grandmothers, The Space Between our Footsteps, War After War-SF City Lights Review #5, Three anthologies published by the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and A Different Path, published by Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI.)
Lorene earned her Associate of Arts degree from City College of San Francisco in 1982, and was published in a student anthology--which spiked her interest to major in creative writing. She attended San Francisco State University for nearly 4 years, and has recently returned to college to complete her BA degree in Creative Writing. It was at SFSU where she had her debut in publishing when three poems about the first Palestinian Intifada of 1987 were included in an anthology published by the Humanities & Women’s Studies Departments, entitled Out of the Maze.
7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Writing workshop with spoken word artist Jade Pheonix Martinez followed by an open-mic at 8:30 p.m. where Pheonix will feature. Hosted and DJed by Besskepp and JB from a Mic and Dim Lights (Pomona). This event is co-sponsored by QRC, OBSA, HEO, and AARC.
Jade Phoenix Martinez is a Queer, Trans, Femme, First-Generation Filipinx-American, Performance Poet, Keynote Speaker, Cultural Producer, Educator and Activist. Jade’s work is a poetic expression rooted in the multiple identities she holds and how they intersect with her day-to-day fight for collective liberation, while boldly creating art and cultural content in hopes of bringing queer and trans stories to the center of today’s current social, political and cultural landscapes.
Jade Phoenix is a fierce story and truth teller, a vulnerable yet dynamic performance poet, actress & comedian, an informative and engaging cultural producer and activist and has utilized her platform and art to shift and create much needed conversation and dialogue, specifically for trans women/femme and gender non conforming people of color in the arts, academia, and film.
Jade has been a featured performer and keynote speaker at multiple conferences, universities, and venues across the country. Jade’s previous appearances include keynote addresses at The Queer People Of Color Conference at UC Berkeley, The Ivy Queer Conference at Harvard University, and The Women’s Empowerment conference at UC Santa Barbara. Jade has also featured her poetry at the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York City and was a featured writer for the Lambda Literary.