Come join us for a special night as Jamii Publishing welcomes and celebrates the release of two new local authors: Elisa Urmston, author of Soundcheck, and Micah Tasaka, author of Expansions.
Light refreshments and book signing. Special guest readers to be announced!
Jamii Publishing is an independent publisher whose goal is to put great books out into the world for artists who might not have a chance otherwise. They publish chapbooks, artbooks, spoken word CD's, broadsides, anthologies, and handmade books for minorities and women as a means of breaking down barriers and creating community.
Elisa Grajeda-Urmston is a Mexican American poet who was born and raised in Southern California, and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts/Poetry. She has worked in the music industry for nearly 40 years as a singer/guitarist for bands that played all over the American Southwest in venues such as The Luxor, The Golden Nugget, Disney, The Crazy Horse Saloon, and The Excalibur. Her poetry is informed by the music and lyrics of the songs she has spent a lifetime performing, as well as the experiences only an itinerant musician can know.
Micah Tasaka is a queer mixed Japanese poet from the Inland Empire exploring the intersections of identity, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and transformation. They received their undergraduate degree in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside. They have performed throughout Southern California and have featured in Riverside, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Palm Springs. Their debut chapbook, Whales in the Watertank, was self-published in 2014. They have written for The Blood Jet Writing Hour literary blog, and their work was published in the In The Words Of Women 2016 International Anthology and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Volume VI, Issue I, Spring 2016