Poetry Reading: Evan Kennedy & mimi tempestt

A Weekend with City Lights Publishers: Join us for two readings and a conversation featuring City Lights authors Will AlexanderRoberto HarrisonEvan Kennedy, and mimi tempestt, with events hosted and moderated by Garrett Caples. Presented as part of our Visions in Publishing / Small Press Appreciation series with support from the NEA.

In person at Woodland Pattern and livestreaming via Crowdcast


Evan Kennedy is a poet and bicyclist. He is the author of Metamorphoses (City Lights, 2023), I Am, Am I, to Trust the Joy That Joy Is No More or Less There Now Than Before (Roof Books), Jerusalem Notebook (O’clock Press), The Sissies (Futurepoem), Terra Firmament (Krupskaya), Shoo-Ins to Ruin (Gold Wake Press), and Us Them Poems (Book*hug). He runs the occasional press, Dirty Swan Projects, and was born in Beacon, New York, in 1983. He lives in San Francisco, California.

mimi tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and daughter of California. She has an MA in Literature from Mills College and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC–Santa Cruz. Her first book, the monumental misrememberings, was published with Co-Conspirator Press/The Feminist Center for Creative Work in 2020, and the delicacy of embracing spirals was published by City Lights in 2023. In 2021, she was selected for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices & Writers, and was a Creative Fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her works can be found in FoglifterInterim Poetics, and at the Studio Museum in Harlem. A native of Los Angeles, she currently resides in Berkeley, CA.