ART WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS FEATURING NIKIA CHANEY
March 7, 2019
On Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., join us for a reading from us mouth by Nikia Chaney. This event will be held at Riverside Public Library downtown, upstairs. The library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue.
us mouth attempts to speak to the fracturing of intimate relationships, the importance of voice, song, and empathy as an instrument of connection and healing. The poems are filled with wordplay and rhythm to create an intensity of presence of various speakers who cry out in the pain and joy of being alive.
“The narrative seam that snakes through a list; the way a syllable serves as stitch to line; the hollow of silence a caesura opens in a sentence’s certainties to give language a ledge over which to lean and look: ‘dimensional blades / in / quiet,’ Nikia’s poems split and suture. ‘Where she is testing a moment’ we find the breaks in which we conduct our blooming, in the noise and whip she pulls us toward shade, and source, and spill.” —Lyrae Van Clief- Stefanon, author of Open Interval and Black Swan
Nikia Chaney is founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and also Jamii Publishing, a publishing imprint dedicated to fostering community among poets and writers. Highly active in the community, Nikia has won fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Squaw Valley, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Nikia’s projects included writing workshops that reached out to victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack and the North Park Elementary School shooting.
Reading will be followed by light refreshments and book sales and signing. This event is free and open to the public.