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March 27 at 7:00 PM
White Noise Reading Series is a quarterly reading series featuring queer writers of color in the Northwest. The title, “White Noise,” comes from the fact that literature by queer people of color has the ability to break through the historical barriers of literature. It is presented in conjunction with Shade Literary Arts.
This round of the series will feature writers Jalayna Carter and Ananya Garg.
From St. Louis, MO, Jalayna Carter studied literature and journalism in the Midwest before moving to Seattle and pursuing nonprofit communications. The 2018 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and 2019 Artist Trust GAP recipient is fascinated by experimental trends in poetry. Her work has appeared in Five:2:One, Dryland, Puerto Del Sol, Reality Beach, the 2Leaf Press anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and the 2018 Jack Straw Writers Anthology, among other publications forthcoming. Currently, she reads poetry for the Pacific Northwest-focused literary journal Moss. More of her work lives at www.JalaynaCarter.com.
Ananya Garg is a South Asian lesbian, poet, and spoken word performance artist. She sees her creative practice as a community practice whether she writes in a circle or alone with her pen. Ananya has performed in Tasveer’s 2018 Yoni Ki Baat, directed by Uma Rao, Tasveer’s Subcontinental Drift, and Yoni Ki Baat 2018 in San Francisco at the Tenderloin Museum. She has also appeared in the University of Washington’s Womxn’s Action Commission’s The ____ Monologues, Lavish: A QTPOC Arts Showcase hosted by the Q Center at the University of Washington, the Viva La Healing Conference at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Queer Youth Pride, and more. She has also read at Hugo House, Gay City, and featured with YouthSpeaks Seattle, Alchemy Poetry Series, and Amplifier. Ananya has taught poetry and art through the Asian Pacific Environmental Network in the Bay Area, Seattle Art Museum, and worked as an educator for the Seattle Freedom Schools. Her poetry has appeared in Neither Here Nor There and The Asian American Feminist Collective “first times” collection. This March, Ananya will embark on the 2020 Sister Spit Tour with Radar Productions, stopping in eight cities along the West Coast.