WeHo Reads: Trans | Future | Poetics

Our journey ascends to where poetry meets science fiction meets activism with Ava Dadvand, Ryka Aoki, Harry Josephine Giles, and Simba the Poet, curated and hosted by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace.

“Poetry is a weapon loaded with future” — Gabriel Celaya

For National Poetry Month, this event will bring together two established and two emerging trans poets in a reading and dialogue about the future and the intersections of science fiction and poetry, activism and language. Curated and hosted by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, readers include Ryka Aoki, LA-based poet and author of the new sci-fi novel Light from Uncommon StarsHarry Josephine Giles, Scottish poet and author of Deep Wheel Orcadia, in conversation with young poets and organizers Simba the Poet (Nashville) and Ava Dadvand (from Los Angeles, currently writing and studying at Yale).

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.