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Emerging Women Writers of Color with Writer-in-Residence Sakae Manning

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Left to right: Shubha Venugopal, Janine Lim, Roxana Preciado and Chinyere Nwodim.

A reading and conversation with Janine Lim, Chinyere Nwodim, Roxana Preciado and Shubha Venugopal, moderated by Writer-in-Residence Sakae Manning. With four local writers who are just "emerging" (often a decades long process,) the conversation will cover sources of inspiration, developing voice, and the impact of identity, and will touch on the issues these writers have faced in resuming their writing journey after raising families, as lesbian/ bi/ trans/ queer/ gender-fluid writers who may identify as female, and as women who have survived trauma from immigration, abuse and other situations.

This is the first of three public events presented by Beach House Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence Sakae Manning. During her tenure, Manning is working on an untitled novella and Kimono Blues, a novel narrated in turn by two women who share a bond as family truth seekers. As their search unfolds, they discover what survival and sacrifice means when seeking refuge and opportunity in a new land. Manning is onsite working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House, October 10 through December 12 of this year. The public is invited to chat with her about her work and the residency during her office hours Saturdays from 11am-2pm. Her public programs champion women of color telling their stories, and take place 10/24, 11/14 and 12/5. From mid-October you can follow her progress on the Beach House Artist-in-Residence blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.

Janine Lim, a native of San Francisco, is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. Her photographic work was exhibited in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture and group show Abstract Vision at Hardware Gallery in Los Angeles. Her experimental short documentary film, Grandfather Clock produced by Pacific News Service was featured in Berkeley-based Women of Color Film Festival, Festival of Filipino Arts And Culture, and APAture. She is a former Bindlestiff Studio player and performed in “Stories High.” She is a long-time student of the martial arts training Capoeira Angola with Angoleiros Los Angeles. Her personal essays have been published in Youth Outlook Magazine and The Bold Italic.

Chinyere Nwodim was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Johns Hopkins University where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and history of science. Her work has been published in Your Impossible Voice and she is a 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Chinyere currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a collection of short stories.

Roxana Preciado is an indie author and artist recognized for her work as a poet and an activist. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, she immigrated to the US at 4-years-old. Not a Fairytale is Preciado's first book recounting her life through poetry and encompasses the harsh realities of overcoming family tragedy, homelessness, and learning what life is like without an anchor to parent or to country. Preciado has used poetry to support community engagement and activism around DACA, to bring awareness to violence against women through Take Back the Night, and to help Latino LGBT teens tell their own stories in Boyle Heights. Her book has been used as an interactive summer Lavender Book Club selection by teens at Mi Centro in Boyle Heights. She often speaks to LGBT teens and young adults about finding their own voice to tell their stories. Preciado is completing her graduate degree at CSULA, while working on her autobiography, and resides in Los Angeles with her wife and son.

Shubha Venugopal holds an MFA in fiction and a PhD in English. She was a winner in The Master’s Review 2016 annual fiction competition, a winner in Fish Publishing’s 2017 flash fiction competition, was a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter fiction prize 2017, and was a finalist of AWP’s 2016 WC&C Scholarship Competition. She has been selected for AWP’s Writer-to-Writer mentorship program, for a Tin House mentorship program, and for various grants at CSUN, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared or will appear in: Nimrod International Journal Awards Issue, 2017, Fish Publishing Anthology 2017, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Masters Review Volume 5, BANG!: New Guard Review, Kartika Review, Potomac Review, Post Road Magazine, Storyglossia, Word Riot, Mslexia and in other journals. Her stories appeared in the anthology, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection and in the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize anthology. She has placed in competitions given by Nimrod International Journal, Colorado Review, Fish Publishing, Kore Press, Glimmer Train, The Atlantic Monthly, and others, was a featured author in the New Short Fiction Series, LA, and was interviewed in Asia Pacific Arts journal. She teaches at the California State University Northridge.

Sakae Manning views storytelling as a means to forge alliances between women of color. Her work explores the intersectionality amongst women of color claiming their individual journeys around race, ethnicity, and class. A graduate of Mills College, Manning's poem, Okasan/Mother, was published in Making Waves: An Anthology of Asian-American Women Writers. Her flash fiction, Sammy's Shitkickers was published in The Salt River Review. Manning is currently working on a novel, Kimono Blues.


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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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