If you were moved by the power of our poets and if you believe that #blacklivesmatter please buy their books, fund their projects, or consider supporting the movement by donating to progressive, nonprofit Black-led organizations such as the Oakland-based Color of Change which seeks to strengthen the political voice of black people by leading campaigns and designing strategies to fight racism and injustice. I also would like to remind everyone to please vote in November. —Aileen Cassinetto, Curator
Josiahluis Alderete (Oakland)
Ina Cariño (Raleigh)
Bernard Collins (Philadelphia)
Melinda Luisa de Jesús (Oakland)
Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco)
Cole Larry Eubanks (Mays Landing)
AmbitionthePoet Harper (Sicklerville)
Venus Jones (San Jose)
Antonio López (East Palo Alto)
Thea Matthews (San Francisco)
Indigo Moor (Sacramento)
Elijah B Pringle III (Philadelphia)
Tony Robles (Hendersonville)
Dena Rod (Oakland)
Raymond Tyler (Atlantic City)
Aileen Cassinetto (San Mateo) & Raymond Tyler (Atlantic City)
We encourage you to power the movement by donating directly to Oakland-based, Black-led nonprofit Color of Change.
Aileen Cassinetto, Tayve Neese and Michael Simms will host a virtual reading featuring Ivy Alvarez, Madeleine Barnes, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard DeNiord, Joe Osterhaus & Christopher X. Shade today at 1pm PST / 4pm EST!
The mission of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair is to create a space for an inclusive and diverse group of writers to collaborate, share and influence each other while also being immersed in the distinct literary culture of New Orleans. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival has been canceled. In lieu of the April 16-19 gathering, the organizers have mounted the Virtual NOPF 2020.
Robert Cowan reads from Elsewhen (Paloma Press, June 2019):
Jacki Rigoni reads from Seven Skirts (Paloma Press, Fall 2020):