Mazza Writer in Residence Brontez Purnell & Friends: Cisco Guzman, Mason J., Melissa Merin

The Poetry Center presents Brontez Purnell, Mazza Writer in Residence for Spring 2021, with longtime Bay Area friends Cisco Guzman, Mason J., and Melissa Merin, for a queer poets of color reading and round table. TreVaughn Malik Roach-Carter will emcee, and the writers will be available to engage with questions from the audience.

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist, author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, and two novels.

Cisco Guzman is a pragmatic revolutionary (also engaged in printed word, collage, song, and design of humane software that helps people to hate their lives less) who would rather dismantle the master’s house than have a conversation about it.

Mason J. is a Black & Indigenous SF-born artist, historiographer, media strategist, and community organizer, author of Crossbones on My Life (Nomadic Press, 2021) and co-editor of Still Here SF (Foglifter, 2019).

Melissa Merin is a queer Black woman, parent, and educator who has self-published a handful of chapbooks and blogs, participates in advocating and facilitating work toward accountability from transformative and restorative perspectives, and is actively working for the destruction of white power, with dreams of bankrolling Antifa.

This remote access event is free and open to the public. Media Captioning provided after the event, at Poetry Center Digital Archive and at our YouTube channel); for other reasonable accommodations please contact [email protected].

Program supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation.