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ALL VOICES OPEN MIC

Sarah Nnenna Loveth Nwafor

October 16, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

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Sarah Nnenna Loveth Nwafor (They/Them)  is a queer Igbo-American Poet, Educator, and Facilitator who descends of a powerful ancestry. They believe that storytelling is magick, and they speak to practice traditions of Igbo orature. When they witness, their forebears are pleased. Sarah has been writing for a minute and is learning something new about their voice each year, but one thing they’re proud to share is that they have a chapbook with Game Over Books! When Sarah's not writing; they’re probably sitting under a tree, reading about Love, dancing with friends or cooking a bomb-ass meal like the true Taurus they are. They can be found on instagram (@sarahnwafor) or on their website:sarahnwafor.com




ALL VOICES OPEN MIC

Anya Achtenberg Sefara-Rabi

October 23, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

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ANYA ACHTENBERG SEFARA-RABI is an award-winning fiction writer and poet whose publications include the novel Blue Earth; novella The Stories of Devil-Girl; poetry collections The Stone of Language, and, I Know What the Small Girl Knew. Individual pieces are published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Gargoyle Magazine; Harvard Review; DC’s Beltway Poetry Quarterly; Tupelo Quarterly; Journal of Feminist Studies in     Religion; Malpais Review; and Poet Lore. Writing awards and distinctions have come from Southern Poetry Review; Another Chicago Magazine;Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story; New Letters; the Raymond Carver Story Contest; the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. Her novel History Artist, multivocal and genre-bending,with an ensemble cast of characters centered around a young Cambodian woman born at the moment the U.S. invasion began, is 5 minutes away from completion in novelist time;and, close, too, is a poetry and unprose collection, Matadors at the Crossing. Her occasional blog Writing in Upheaval explores Anya’s organic approach to writing craft that expands creativity; counters historical amnesia; and examines how trauma and narration connect, and how history sits in us. Anya teaches two series of fiction, memoir, and multi-genre creative writing courses, Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; and, The Disobedient Writer Workshops; consults with writers of fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, in English and in Spanish; and is blown away by the brilliant, original, diverse and urgent work of engaged writers, women and others, who have found their way to her, and to each other. See https://anya-achtenberg.com/


ALL VOICES OPEN MIC

Riham Adly

November 6, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

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Riham Adly is an award-winning flash fiction writer from Giza, Egypt. In 2013 her story “The Darker Side of the Moon” won the MAKAN award. She was short-listed several times for the Strand International Flash Fiction Contest. Her flash fiction has appeared in over fifty journals such as Litro Magazine, Lost Balloon, The Flash Flood, Bending Genres, The Citron Review, The Sunlight Press, Flash Fiction Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Flash Frontier, Flash Back, Ellipsis Zine, Okay Donkey, and New Flash Fiction Review among others. Riham is a Best of the NET and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work is included in the “Best Micro-fiction 2020” anthology.  Riham has worked as an assistant editor in 101 words magazine and as a first reader in Vestal Review magazine. She has taught creative writing all over Cairo for over five years with the goal of mentoring and empowering aspiring writers in her region.




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