Anniversary Show: May 10th     

Sunday, May 10, 2020

ONLINE via Zoom Webinar

Show Time: 6:00 pm

Registration Required -


Join Soul Sister Revue for its free Spring anniversary event as we celebrate turning 7! This virtual reading will ask the question "What does Soul mean to you?" Readers include Tiana Clark (I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood), Chinaka Hodge  (Dated Emcees), Hala Alyan  (THE TWENTY-NINTH YEAR), Aricka Foreman (Salt Body Shimmer ), Hope Wabuke (The Leaving), and Adeeba Shahid Talukder (Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved).  

Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation and we can’t wait to see you! 


Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a winner for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award (Claremont Graduate University), a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Washington Post, VQR, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland. She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School, and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Chinaka has served as Educator, Program Director and Associate Artistic Director at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, she is a Senior Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and serves on the Advisory Board at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Chinaka has been recognized as a Glide Legacy Gala Honoree, an Oakland Indie Award winner in the category of Oakland Soul, one of Diablo Magazine’s 40 under 40, and one of KQED’s Women to Watch. Her 2016 book of poems, Dated Emcees, won Northern California Independent Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Chinaka is currently working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. Her credits include Jason Katims' RISE, TNT's highly anticipated SNOWPIERCER and Steven Spielberg's Apple+ project, AMAZING STORIES.


Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York TimesGuernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her newest poetry collection, THE TWENTY-NINTH YEAR, was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Aricka Foreman is an American poet, essayist and digital curator from Detroit, MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber, and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared in RHINO, Buzzfeed, James Franco Review, THRUSH and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press) among others. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Offing, and spends her time in Chicago, IL experimenting with photography & video-narratives.


Poet, critic, and essayist Hope Wabuke is the author of the chapbooks Movement No.1: Trains, The Leaving, and her. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Foundation for Women Writers and others; she is also an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. 


Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry. She is the author of What Is Not Beautiful (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and her debut collection, Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved (Tupelo Press, 2020), is a winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Poem-A-Day, Gulf Coast, Meridian, and The Margins, and her translations in PBS Frontline and Words Without Borders. A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, Adeeba holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an Emerging Poets fellowship from Poets House.

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