Felicia Bridges: Coming Soon!
Terrilynn Cantlon is a coffee drinking guitar-playing whitish-pinkish-beige Liminal Feminist with disabilities and capabilities, The 2016 Liminal Writer-in-Residence researched, wrote, tutored, taught and mentored writers at Mills College’s Center for Academic Excellence. She calls her work “the literature of silenced populations” or Trans Medieval Poetics*. From Medieval Literature through Essays and Poetry to Critical Theory via Research and Academic Excellence: The 2016 Liminal Writer-in-Residence is also the 2015 City College of San Francisco Phoenix Award Winner for LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, and is a CRLA Certified Writing Tutor.
Kristen Caven is the co-author of The Bullying Antidote and founder of The Zorgos Project, a parent reading initiative to create a better future for Oakland Kids. She writes in a variety of voices to illuminate, inspire, educated, and amuse. Once a glamorous cartoonist, Kristen Caven managed to parent a kid into college and is now trying to re-kindle her glory days as a frantic working mom. Her blog, Life in the Fast Brain, mines the minefields of ADHD for straight answers.
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and proud East Oakland native. She has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, The LA Times and other outlets. Jeneé is a former National Book Foundation summer fellow. The daughter of former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.
Sarah Elovich is an Oakland based writer and performer. She has worked with Martha Rynberg, David Ford, and Alicia Dattner to develop a unique performance voice, which combines revealing, personal narrative with humor, characters, and philosophy. Sarah is a regular performer at Stage Werx and The Marsh.
Gina Goldblatt is the founder of LIMINAL and the ongoing reading series “From All Points But the Center” and a aerial silks performer. She specializes in teaching experimental writing as a means of subversion. She writes fiction that wants to be poetry, has her MFA from Mills College and her BA in Literature from Suny Purchase in New York. Her first novel, Screaming Against the Night is STILL in the works. However, her chapbook, “All Small Carcasses”came out in February 2015 from The Gorilla Press. You can find out more about her approach to writing and previous publications on her website.
Aqueila M. Lewis is an Award-winning, Bay Area Native and resident of Oakland, CA. Aqueila M. Lewis has been writing poetry since she was in high school. As a multi-talented artist, she is well-versed in composing, singing, modeling, poetry/spoken word, journalism (print and radio) and more. Aqueila is a graduate of Napa Valley College and UC Berkeley. For ten years, Aqueila served as Entertainment Chair for the annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC) at UC Berkeley. Aqueila’s work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, KPFA 94.1 FM Radio’s First Voice Media Apprenticeship Program and Full Circle Show, National Radio Project Making Contact Storytelling Fellowship, Oakland Tribune’s Oakland Voices, Sistah’s With Ink Voices anthology, Reflections: A Collaboration Between Painting And Literature, Til Death Do Us Part Lady Warrior Zine and Women in the Feminine: Stepping into Our Shoes anthology to name a few. She is the Co-host of “Side Show Radio” and “After Hours Radio” on 94.1 FM KPFA Radio and the Executive Producer and Co-host of “All the Rest of Us”. She is currently creating workshops and circles open to girls, youth, women, elders and writes children’s books focused on issues in relation to social justice and community. She has been a plus-model for the last four years, has experience in print modeling and on runway shows. She currently holds the titles as Ms. Oakland Plus America 2014 and SF Raw Performing Artist of the Year 2015.
Leah Mueller has been a Writing Instructor for Continuing Education classes at Truman College, Open mic coordinator for “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” Tacoma, Wa, a Reader and workshop presenter, of “What Does It Mean to be White in America?” in Portland, Oregon, Featured poet at the New York Poetry Festival in July 2015 and Featured reader at the Death Rattle Literary Festival, Nampa, Idaho, in October 2015.
Christine No is a writer and filmmaker. She was born and bred in Los Angeles, CA. but has added Santa Fe, Brooklyn and now Oakland to her growing definition of “Home”. She holds her BA in creative writing from the College of Santa Fe and her MFA in Film from the American Film Institute. Her work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, sPARKLE+bLINK, Tayo, Columbia Journal and Story Magazine. She is a board member of Quiet Lightning. Her writing focuses on mental health and cultural identity – especially amongst Asian American Women. She is a Pushcart Nominee and lives in Oakland with her dog, Brandeh.
Alma Papadopol is a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University who has taught for 10 years at Stanford classes in Philosophy, Literature and Writing, including: Existentialist Literature and Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Political Action, Feminist Philosophy and Writing, and Psychological Theories in Philosophy. I have extensive experience in guiding students’ writing projects, experience that involves leading Stanford honors students’ theses.
Heather Schubert is a student of classic literature, poetry, art, philosophy, psychology, religion, anthropology and early childhood education including the Waldorf and Montessori methods. She is also practiced and has taught classes in the disciplines of yoga, meditation, visualization and several forms of artistic expression. Her interests and talents lie specifically in applying the therapeutic aspects of creative expression across many scientific disciplines and philosophies as they relate to what cultivates thriving human experiences and self-healing. Heather has been an Ordained Priestess in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica since 2000 and is also an experienced Pastoral Counselor.
Kelechi Ubozoh is a singer, writer, mental health advocate, and survivor of trauma. Kelechi was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA in journalism from Purchase College, and was the first undergraduate ever published in The New York Times. She wrote for The New York Amsterdam News, The Journal News, Westchester Magazine, The Sound and Town, and was featured in The Quill. Kelechi merged her love of story telling and mental health advocacy, and started working in mental health advocacy training speakers on how to tell their stories of mental health recover. She performed at Oakland’s 2016 Beast Crawl, presented at the 29th Annual Empowering WOmen of Color COnference and the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference. She will be feature in the “S” Word documentary, a film following the lives of suicide attempt survivors, next year. She lives in Oakland and frequently moonlights as a karaoke singer named Vegas Cherry.
Brenda Usher-Carpino is a sixty-something life-long scholar who cannot resist the urge to pursue greater knowledge. Although she has written poetry, short—and not so short—stories, and essays, she also has a creative nonfiction book—A Strange Nostalgia/Memoir in a Prism—in progress. Brenda has written several plays, one of which has been staged twice. She recently adapted her play, Blood Types, into a libretto and is currently collaborating with a composer who will write the operatic score. She recently taught a workshop at LIMINAL on the art of dramatic dialogue. She blogs at justanotherwryter.wordpress.com, and her website is www.ucbrenda.com. Brenda holds a PhD in French from Stanford University and a MFA from Mills College.
Jasmine Wade is an instructor at Diablo Valley College and a facilitator with the Dreaming Wakefulness Collective. She has taught poetry workshops, composition classes, and cross-genre intensives. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Lunch Ticket, South 85, TAYO Literary Magazine, and The Copperfield Review.