Painting the Streets: Book Talk + Performances with Book Contributors!

Painting the Streets: Book Talk + Performances with Book Contributors!

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley

2066 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Book Event featuring the artists and contributors of Painting the Street: Oakland Uprising in the Time of REBELLION! + BOOK SIGNING!

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UPDATE: We are sold out of in-person seats. In-store attendance restricted due to space limitations.

Please join us for the virtual screening. Tickets for the online event available - Register now!

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This summer marks the two-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder. Offering a reflection of this historical moment and inspiration for a future grounded in Black liberation is Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion, a timely collection that chronicles the murals, artwork, and rebellious spirit that surrounded Oakland's grassroot art that emerged in the May 2020 Black Lives Matter Rebellion.

This beautiful volume — a collaborative effort between Nomadic Press x EastSide Arts Alliance — serves as a vital manifesto of these times and features a visual catalog of nearly 100 Oakland murals created in solidarity with Black liberation struggle. Woven into the book are essays, poems, and other reflections by activists and cultural workers. Painting the Streets offers a perspective of where we are now, what is to be reckoned with still and how art is a part of the process to move forward, heal, bring joy, and more.

A book talk presentation with performances by book contributors will be present at Eastwind Books, and is part of a larger book tour around the Bay Area intended to facilitate critical dialogue, remembrance, and healing.

* Purchase the book here or visit our website at! *

About the Book

Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion features a selection of Oakland murals that emerged in tandem with the inter/national protests against the police brutality/murder of Black people and systemic-institutional racism in the US. The book also includes an introduction, interview, poetry, and essays by writers in solidarity with the Black liberation struggle.

*$1 from every book sale goes into the Nomadic Press Black Writers Fund and all net proceeds from the sales of this book will go into the Nomadic Press Painting the Streets Fund, which will disburse monies to visual arts programs in Oakland’s flatlands schools (fund overseen by 5 project members).

About the Poets and Artists

Emory Douglas is an American graphic artist and an influential force within the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1980. Douglas' images were printed on the covers and interiors of the organization's eponymous newspaper, The Black Panther. His depictions of African Americans as revolutionary fighters, instead of victims, and illustrations of pigs in place of police and politicians made Douglas a hero to his community. He was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. As a revolutionary artist and the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Douglas created iconography to represent black-American oppression.

J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He is a board member for North Atlantic Books and serves on Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere; he has performed across the Bay Area and in Brooklyn; and he has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. J.K. Fowler is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.

James Cagney is the author of Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory, winner of the 2019 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. His second book, Martian: The Saint of Loneliness won the 2021 Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award. It is due to be released by Nomadic Press in 2022. For more information, please visit

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, Someone’s Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His book Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award. His latest book Blood On The Fog was released this fall in the City Lights Pocket Poets series. In 2020, he co-founded Black Freighter Press to publish revolutionary works. He is San Francisco’s eighth Poet Laureate.

Tureeda Mikell is a story medicine woman, award-winning poet, mental health advocate, lyricist, Qigong therapist, and U. C. BAWP Fellow. As a survivor of child abuse, her passion for youth’s voices to be heard caused her to publish over seventy at-risk student anthologies from five Bay Area counties via California Poets in the Schools. She has Zoomed or traveled nationally and internationally across five continents, from China, Europe, UK, to Africa. Tureeda was featured in Octavia Butler’s 70th birthday, The Black Panther’s 55th Anniversary, Afrofuturism, and the de Young Museum’s “Soul of a Nation.” Her full-length book, Synchronicity, The Oracle of Sun Medicine (Nomadic Press, 2020) was nominated for a California Book Award. She is coauthor and curator with Elena Serrano of EastSide Arts Alliance of the Patrice Lumumba Anthology, released in January 2021 by Nomadic Press.

Dazié Grego-Sykes is a poet, artist and activist whose performance style was developed at The Experimental Performance Institute at New College, San Francisco, where he received his BA in Queer Performance and Activism. He’s developed, produced, and toured several multidisciplinary solo plays including 3, Where Is Adam and Am I A Man. Nigga-Roo was originally commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center and has been performed at The Marsh, The Flight Deck, and The San Francisco Fringe Festival where it received the Best of Fringe Award in 2017. In Fall of 2018, Dazié earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing from The California Institute of Integral Studies.

Terrion “Shido” Smith (Venmo: @Shogun-Shido) is a mixed media creator currently residing in Oakland, California, with a primary focus in visual arts. Terrion’s vision lies within their passion for ancestral arts, abstract expressionism, and storytelling. Throughout their life experience, they’ve faced a series of trials relating to fear, worry, and doubt. After having spent a period of time focusing on knowledge of self and projections of experience, they’ve realized they can use their creative platform to transmute that energy to promote love, power, wisdom. In doing so, they hope to create a spark of inspiration, promote positive living, and influence those who visually digest their creations to reflect these qualities onto themselves and others.

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