Litquake 2020 // The Root Slam: Working People's Section

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Oakland Public Library is pround to be a community partner for Litquake Festival 2020, featuring The Root Slam: Working People's Section.


"The Working People’s Section” is a tradition amongst poetry venues where the event organizers get to share their work. There are only three rules to The Root Slam's Working People’s Section: 1) all the organizers share, 2) it has to be new, and 3) it better shake the room. Join the organizers of The Root Slam for a special Litquake Out Loud edition of The Working People’s Section, where your favorite local writers / farmers / dancers / healers / educators / activists / festival planners / and twerk influencers bring you that world premiere, that new and necessary work. Featuring Isabella Borgeson, Tianna Bratcher, Gabriel Cortez, Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Natasha Huey, Will Smith, and Sandy Vazquez. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

Registration is required for Zoom access. Spots are limited. Event will also be livecasted on Facebook Live.

Buy the authors' books at Litquake's bookstore here --

The Root Slam is an award-winning Oakland poetry venue. Their mission is to create an inclusive, socially just space to promote the artistic growth of the Bay Area poetry community. They are guided by values centering the voices of Black, indigenous, and people of color artists; queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and women poets; working class/low-income, disabled, im/migrant and undocumented folks. For more on The Root Slam, visit, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TheRootslam.

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