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Reading Identities with Writer-in-Residence Sakae Manning

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

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Left to right, Désirée Zamorano, Thea Monyee´, Shubha Venugopal and Sakae Manning

Can you see me now? Women writers read and discuss identity in their work, their own self-identification, and experiences translating their identity for a society that views race, gender, and sexual orientation as individual categories. Panelists include Désirée Zamorano and Thea Monyee´. CSUN English and Africana Studies Professor, Dr. Shubha Venugopal, will moderate the reading and discussion. Additional participants will be announced.

This is the second 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. Both 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.

Désirée Zamorano has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on. Her commentaries have appeared in the LA Times, NPR's Latino USA and Publishers Weekly. She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon. ​​Human Cargo,first in the series, was Latinidad's mystery pick of the year. A Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer, her most recent novel, the critically acclaimed The Amado Women, Cinco Puntos Press, is about four women linked by birth, separated by secrets. She is the director of Occidental College's Community Literacy Center.

Thea Monyee´ is an accomplished spoken word artist, speaker, and writer with credits that include appearances on HBO, BET, and TV One, performances at the legendary Ford Amphitheater and House of Blues in Los Angeles, countless college tours, and commissions to write poetry for the NAACP and other national organizations. In addition to blazing stages from theaters to film and television, Monyee´ is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Cal State L.A., a regular contributor to For Harriet and Black Girl in Om online publications, and co-host of Dem Black Mamas podcast. Currently, Thea is a contributor to SayWordLA.org and a board member of Manhood Camp for At-Risk males. She is the author of Murmurs of a MadWoman: An Unconventional Memoir, a contributor to Voices From Leimert Park Redux Anthology, and a signed author with Dystel, Goderich & Bourette.

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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Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

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 Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, Apr - Oct: $12/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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