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Award-Winning Literary Giants Converge For Berkeley Reading

Featuring celebrated authors: Junot Díaz, Patricia Smith, Chris Abani, M. Evelina Galang, David Mura, Elmaz Abinader, Mat Johnson, Faith Adiele, Willie Perdomo, Staceyann Chin, Randall Kenan, Tananarive Due, Marjorie M. Liu, & Andrew X. Pham
    BERKELEY, CA, June 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It's not often that literary giants converge, but on Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Bay-Area will have the opportunity to hear some of the most important and diverse voices literature has to offer. From MacArthur fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Díaz, to National Book Award finalist, Poetry Slam champion, and Pushcart Prize winner, Patricia Smith, this phenomenal lineup contains the most electrifying writers and performers of contemporary poetry and prose, including popular genres like urban fantasy, graphic lit, and LGBTQ narratives. This is a night not to miss--a stellar gathering of writers showcasing their work for the general public on one unforgettable Bay-Area evening.

VONA/Voices makes its home at the University of California at Berkeley and offers yearly workshops for writers of color. In 2014, VONA/Voices is initiating workshops in popular literatures--travel writing, speculative fiction, urban fantasy along with the more traditional poetry, fiction and memoir workshops. The reading is the showcase of the work of the faculty who spend their week with the emerging writers.

VONA/Voices Program Director and faculty member, Elmaz Abinader: "The expansion of our offerings to popular genres illustrates that writers-of-color have achievements in a range of literatures. Marjorie Liu, who is teaching Popular Fiction, is also a writer for Marvel Comics. Memoirist Faith Adiele is offering travel writing and Mat Johnson is bringing the Graphic Novel, and we are excited to welcome back Tananarive Due, this year offering Speculative Fiction."

The reading is called Articulations and is held at Berkeley City College, in downtown Berkeley @ 2050 Center Street on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 7-9PM. The reading is free and open to the public and promises to be an exciting event both in performance and response.

VONA/Voices faculty and the Executive Director, Diem Jones, are available for interviews.

ABOUT VONA/VOICES: VONA/Voices was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones in 1999. Each envisioned an arts organization that could change the landscape for writers of color by supporting individual writer growth, creating a platform for community engagement and providing a workshop and mentor focus to expand writing opportunities. Over 2,000 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA/Voices. In 2014 Thread Makes Blanket Press published an anthology of student and faculty writers from the VONA/Voices workshop, DISMANTLE, available online.

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