Upcoming Events: Muslim American Writers at Home

Freedom Voices


Stories, Essays and Poems of Identity, Diversity and Belonging

edited by by Valerie Behiery, Kitty Costello & Hanan Hazime

Monday, April 12,
7 pm to 8:30 pm (Pacific Time),
featured readers at Bird & Beckett bookstore,
open mic afterward. Click the link HERE to join.

Saturday, April 17,
12 noon to 1:15 pm,
author reading hosted by the editors:  Zoom link

YouTube conversation/reading with Kitty Costello and contributing author

Link to the book's website for more information.

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Mary Tallmountain Celebration SF Public Library - Nov. 14, 6-7:30pm

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A Celebration at San Francisco Public Library
Mary Tallmountain Celebration
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street • Latino Hispanic Room, Lower Level
November 14, 2019, 6–7:30pm

Mary TallMountain (1918-1994) was an Athabaskan Indian from a small Alaskan village on the Yukon River, 50 miles from the Arctic Circle, who settled in San Francisco in the 1960s. Adopted out of her tribe at an early age, much of her lifework and writing centered around her return to her homeland after 50 years of separation. Living in SF’s Tenderloin district, she chronicled the lives of the people there and supported other marginalized writers in finding their voices through poetry and story-telling. Though she was an acclaimed poet who won the Pushcart Prize and was featured on Bill Moyers “Power of the Word” series, she was always low-key as she continued her work in the Tenderloin. The TallMountain Circle was founded to carry on her mission of supporting marginalized writers, especially in the Tenderloin and Native communities. An archive of her work is housed at the Rasmussen Library at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

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Right to Write! 8/11/19 Readings at SF Library & East Side Arts Alliance

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In this 3oth anniversary year Freedom Voices is pleased to announce the publication of our newest title Mujeres Magicas: Domestic Workers Right to Write by Las Malcriadas. We are celebrating with double header SF /Eastbay release events co-sponsored by Reimagine! Movements Making Media.


Sunday August 11, 2019, 1 pm San Francisco Public Main Library
Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B Main Library 100 Larkin St.

(In English with some Spanish translation.)

Domingo 11 de Agosto, 2019, 5-7 pm East Side Arts Alliance
2277 Inter
national Blvd. Oakland

(Esta presentación va ser en español con interpretación simultánea en inglés.)

At the SF Event: Readings from Las Malcidas, women from Mujeres Unidas y Activas Celebrate their new book Mujeres Magicas: Domestic Workers Right to Write and Freeodom Voices authors published over these thiry years including: Margot Pepper, Eric Robertson, Faithful Fools, Kelly Curry, Kitty Costello, Jess Clarke and readings from beloved elders and ancestors Mary Tall Mountain, Rhett Stuart, Piri Thomas and Janice King.  MC: Freedom Voices cofounder and word magician, Jess Clarke.

At the Oakland Event: Presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English members of Las Malcriadas will read from the book in Spanish and celebrate their work with the support of Mujeres Unidas y Activas.

Mujeres Mágicas es una antología bilingue español-inglés de trabajadoras del hogar que escriben historias que cruzan idiomas, géneros y fronteras para revelar lecciones de resilencia y celebración para todas.

Both events are co-sponsored by Reimagine! Movements Making Media.

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Book Release Party & Smoothie Lab Anniversary

Freedom Voices

Freedom Voices and Reimagine invite you to join us at the release of the new book

Until the Streets of the Hood Flood with Green
at The Electric Smoothie Lab Apothecary (TESLA)
Saturday July 28th 2018

3001 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, Ca.

  Celebration and fundrsising party!
Please come hear about and support the work TESLA is doing in connecting and growing community while offering vital nutrition and education for our children living in deep East and West Oakland!

Buy a copy of the book Until the Streets of The Hood Flood with Green, By Kelly Curry 
Open House, Smoothies and Food: 6-7:30pm
Brief reading of a few excerpts from the book 7:45pm
Screening a movie about Oakland’s history of liberation and community supporting community at  9:15pm

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Meet the Authors and Editors: SF Public Library - Sunday, July 8 2018, 1-3pm

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Freedom Voices, Reimagine! and the SF Public Library invite you to join us for readings from new and forthcoming books

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St. (@ Grove St.), Lower Level
Sunday, July 8, 1-3pm

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Barbara Graves Memorial - February 24, 2018

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Barbara Graves, activist, former AFSC staff and committee member, and a founder of Strawberry Creek Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), died at her home at the Redwoods, Mill Valley, CA on December 22,  2017.  She was 104.

A memorial service will be held at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA on February 24th.  2:00 p.m. 

She volunteered in San Francisco's Tenderloin with residents on the margins of society facilitating a weekly Bible discussion group for decades and serving on the board of the Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center.

Born in Geneva, NY, in 1913, Barbara worked for the American Red Cross from 1942 to 1945 directing nursing homes for battle-fatigued Allied airmen in Britain in World War II.  She received a bronze star for her service, unusual for a civilian.  She was hired by the American Friends Service Committee in 1948 to administer AFSC work in Germany, working and living with local Germans in establishing neighborhood centers for five years.  She then worked at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital from 1953 to 1962 as a psychiatric social worker, serving on and off AFSC committees.  In 1962 she was recruited by AFSC as director of the VISA (Voluntary International Service Assignment) program in Tanzania, Haiti, Guatemala and India.  She then went to UC-Berkeley for research based on her VISA experience and then to Emory University in Atlanta for study within a black social work environment.  Back to California where she remained until her death, Barbara served as a leader in the Northern California AFSC, often as a consultant to solve organizational problems.

She risked arrest many times in opposition to U.S. wars in Central America and the Middle East.  In 1986 she returned her Bronze Star in a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial to protest the U.S. role in the conflict in Nicaragua.  
She is survived by her adopted daughter Nia Marie Graves Patterson and co-parent Glendora Patterson. 

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Roger Burbach's Memoir: Fractured Utopias - Release Party June 24, 2017

Freedom Voices & Reimagine! announce the release of

Roger Burbach's Memoir

Fractured Utopias: A Personal Odyssey with History

June 24, 2-4 pm

with readings and commentary by
Compañeros & Compañeras

Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609,

adjourning to the
Bateau Ivre Restaurant
2629 Telegraph Ave Berkeley, CA 94704
for hors d'ouevres and drinks (no host bar)

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Writing Workshop

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Women’s Writing Workshop at Faithful Fools

234 Hyde St. (at Turk)
2nd Saturday each month
from 11:30am – 2pm

Based on the Writing from the Soul practice

Write! Meditate! Listen & Share Deeply!

Workshop leader Kitty Costello is a longtime writer, editor, activist and teacher

Come access your truest voice, free from inner &outer critics.
New and experienced writers all welcome.

Refreshments served!
This workshop is free and open to all who identify as women.

Sponsored by:
Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center, Freedom Voices and Hedgebrook Women’s Writing Retreat.

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Freedom Voices Celebrates 25 Years with Reading at City Lights Bookstore — Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 pm

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City Lights Booksellers,

261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and our 2014 Award-Winner
with readings by Margot Pepper (left), Paul Boden (center), J. Douglas Allen-Taylor (right). MC, Jess Clarke

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Readings from Sugaree Rising by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

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Frank Bette Center For The Arts

Saturday, January 25, 2014

7 p.m.


1601 Paru Street

510 523-6957


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