About the Fall 2022 Series: Public Engagement

Pamela Sneed Discusses "Funeral Diva"

The 2022 Fall Public Engagement series brings BIPOC thinkers and authors, whose work sits at the intersection of the personal and political, to explore big questions around illness, death, violence, food sovereignty, and intergenerational trauma.

Events in the Fall 2022 Series: Public Engagement

October 14: Pamela Sneed Discusses "Funeral Diva"

November 4: Chef Sean Sherman: "The Revolution Of Indigenous Foods Of North America"

December 7: Jenny Liou And Shin Yu Pai Discuss "Muscle Memory"

About the Curator

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About the Curator:

Shin Yu Pai is former program director of Town Hall Seattle and curated and produced events for Atlas Obscura, while leading public programs for Atlas Obscura Society in Seattle for five years. She is the author of 11 books of poetry and a 2022 Artist Trust Fellow. She is host and creator of The Blue Suit, a podcast on Asian American stories produced by KUOW Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR affiliate.

About the Fall 2022 Series: Bibliophilia!


The Bibliophilia! festival brings the page to the stage by combining poetry and prose with improvisational theatre. Programs will include interactive improv that celebrates the written word.

This event is being presented in person at Central Library. 

Events in the Fall 2022 Series

September 27: Bibliophilia - Heathcliff Letters

September 28: Bibliophilia - Bestsellers

September 29: Bibliophilia - Vonnegut

September 30: Bibliophilia - Quiz Show!

About the Curator

About the Fall 2022 Series: Bibliophilia!

Jekeva Phillips does a lot of things, mostly because she doesn’t want to get old and regret stuff. She is a writer, producer, actor and voice artist, events host, flies through the air on aerial fabrics, performs improv... you get the picture. Jekeva loves to create and produce events that showcase Seattle’s immense talent. She is the current Managing Director of Lit Crawl Seattle, Creator of Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival, and many more. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Word Lit Zine, a literary rag for Seattle’s readers and writers, from its birth in 2014 until its end in 2021. Her poetry chapbook Les Amants: Lovers and Other Strangers was published in 2016.

Jekeva graduated Point Park University with BA in Cinema & Digital arts and a creative writing minor. She lives in her hometown of Seattle with her two severed yeti heads, Ziggy and Mason. And, yes, she will do the voices if you ask.

About the Fall 2021 Series: Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism

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Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism was a series of online talks guest-curated by Olaiya Land. The series examined the ways life has shifted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can use meaningful self-care to move towards equity, justice and liberation. The series ran from Sept. 29 to Dec. 9, 2021.

Land, founder of the online journal and community Lionesse, spoke with authors and activists of diverse backgrounds about their personal journey towards self-acceptance and how their work aims to help others lean into embracing themselves more fully.

These conversations were centered around reclaiming the concepts of self-care and self-acceptance from the hands of capitalism and mass-marketing and enabling them to retain meaning. The series especially highlighted the experiences of marginalized groups—Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), queer and trans folks, fat people, women and neurodivergent individuals—as they push back against Western beauty standards, patriarchy and white supremacy and carve out spaces to feel accepted and whole.

Talks in the Fall 2021 Series

Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: The Laziness Lie presented by Devon Price
Using in-depth research, Price explained that people today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history. Yet, most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.

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Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: Body Resiliency presented by Lindsay Kite
Kite shared powerful and practical advice that goes beyond “body positivity” to help readers develop body image resilience.

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Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: BIPOC access to travel and the outdoors presented by Amanda Machado
Machado talked about how race, gender, power, and identity affect the way we travel and experience the outdoors. 

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Voices of Color in Food presented by Lionesse
Food experts discussed representation in the food industry. Speakers included food writer Tara O'Brady, sommelier Cha McCoy, and chef/owner at Musang restaurant, Melissa Miranda.

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Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism: Anti-diet presented by Caroline Dooner
Dooner tackled the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offered readers a counterintuitively simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food.

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Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism: The Sensual Self presented by Ev'Yan Whitney
The Sensual Self is a self-paced journal for writers who want to reconnect with their pleasure. Whitney’s questions help explore the body’s inner landscape—what textures, shapes, tempos and temperatures can bring bliss. 

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About the Curator

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Olaiya Land is the founder and editor of Lionesse, an online journal and community promoting connection, confidence, sisterhood & self-love. She is the host of the Lionesse podcast. Olaiya also leads retreats and workshops all over the world that help people feel empowered and connect to their creativity. You can learn more about her work at www.wearelionesse.com and @wearelionesse.

About the Spring 2021 Series: Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains

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In the five-part Spring 2021 Series: Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains, writer D.A. Navoti welcomed readers of all ages to consider the pains of growing up. The series ran from April 10 to July 15, 2021.

Talks in the Spring 2021 Series

Childhood: Presented in partnership with Writers in the Schools (WITS)

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The Teen Years: Presented in partnership with YouthSpeaks

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Young at Heart

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About the Curator D.A. Navoti

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D.A. Navoti is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and a nonfiction and poetic prose writer. His work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere. He produces the literary series “We the Indigenous” and co-created “Fight For Our Lives,” a reading series supporting communities targeted by divisive politics. He is a 2020 Radical Imagination grant recipient from the NDN Collective and was a 2020 CityArtist from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Navoti lives in occupied Duwamish territory (Seattle, WA).  You can learn more about his work at www.danavoti.com