Our journey’s last step leads us toward light with bridgette bianca, Cassandra Lane, and traci kato-kiriyama and closing remarks from Shonda Buchanan.
The culminating event in the series will bring together poets, writers, and artists who live and create at the intersection of joy and hope and reckoning with pain.
bridgette bianca is a poet and educator from South Central Los Angeles. Her debut book of poetry, be/trouble (Writ Large Press, 2020), is a powerful love letter to oft-overlooked Los Angeles, one that offers as much danger as it does glamour and as much grit as beauty. traci kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Her recently published book from Writ Large Press, Navigating With(out) Instruments, is a collection of poetics, micro essays, and notes to self (and other)—a journey of several years, navigating through death moments, past/present tensions of war and violence, trauma and ideation, excavation and memory. Cassandra Lane is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. Her first book, WE ARE BRIDGES: A Memoir (Feminist Press, April 2021), weaves personal and historical geographies, lineages, upbringings, and upheavals into a complete tapestry, validating her glorious existence as a Black mother.
A moment of intentional connection will be led by Cat Moore, Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California. Shonda Buchanan will also participate in the discussion and close the series with a song of hope and
WeHo Reads is a literary series presented by the City of West Hollywood. More information and events at www.weho.org/wehoreads. BookSwell, a literary events and media company dedicated to lifting up writers from historically excluded communities, is producing the WeHo Reads 2022 season with a media partnership with the Los Angeles Review of Books.