Exiled Moon by Naomi H. Quiñonez
Los Angeles born and raised Naomi Quiñonez will read from her latest book of poetry, Exiled Moon, on Friday, October 26, at the Los Angeles Museum of Social Justice. Joining Quiñonez will be L.A. poets Gloria Alvarez, Liz Gonzalez and Abel Salas.
Exiled Moon offers truth to power bearing witness to the contradictions, injustices and traumas that relegate many to the margins of society. The experiences, struggles and resiliency of Latinas and women of color figure prominently in her work. Many of the poems in this collection celebrate the power of the collective spirit to fuel resistance, to take action and to transcend exclusion by creating new centers of existence away from the shadows of exile. Exiled Moon exposes the many nuances of exile and serves to remind, encourage and urge readers to look closely at adverse conditions women, families, communities and nature must confront. It is a call to take action in some way, whether it’s raising one’s voice, one’s fist or one's own consciousness.
The reading will feature a musical performance of her poetry with musician Martin Espino, who combines indigenous, jazz and experimental elements into his songs. Both her book and an audio CD of her musical collaboration with Espino will be available.
When: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Where: Museum of Social Justice
About the Author
Naomi Helena Quiñonez is a poet, educator and activist. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror and Exiled Moon. A recent recipient of the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Quiñonez edited several critical and literary publications including Invocation L.A: Urban Multicultural Poetry, which won the American Book Award and Decolonial Voices: Chicana Chicano Studies in the 21st Century. In addition to holding a PhD in American History and contributing to the scholarship of Latino/as and women of color, Quiñonez is part of a larger genre of U.S. writers of color and has appeared in programs with Ana Castillo, Octavia Butler and Luis Rodriguez. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Colorado Review, Infinite Divisions and From Totems to Hip Hop. Quiñonez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award and a California Arts Grant. She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. She currently resides in Oakland, California where offers poetry and healing workshops to diverse communities.