OKHA - The Queer + Black Book Club

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OKHA is a queer + black book club. The focus is literature, poetry, and plays by African, Caribbean & Afro-Latinx writers.

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Oh My God we’re back again...this time with two reads for you!

Due to numerous demands for a bit of prose we've chosen James Baldwin, Dark Days - a collection of 3 essays compiled by Penguin Modern. If you do not know about James Baldwin it is in your best interest to google him, soak up everything he has ever said or written and come ready, because genuinely it is not possible to discuss the essays in this collection without considering all the elements that contribute to the words on each page. In short, it's a lot, but we will make it through.

Then we have the extremely talented T’ai Freedom Ford, blessing us with their presence all the way from the US with a reading and in-conversation on their new poetry collection & More Black. We'll be providing a few poems from the collection, once you register you'll be given a link to access. You can also purchase & More Black here.

T’ai Freedom Ford

T’ai Freedom Ford is a New York City high school English teacher. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Kimbilio and is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. Her second poetry collection, & more black, is forthcoming Summer 2019 from Augury Books. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.  

Finesse Onye

Our good sis and regular OKHA attendee will be moderating the in-conversation portion of this session, asking T'ai the questions we want to know and also what we didn't know we wanted to know. Finesse, is an avid reader with a strong and spirited personality. Humour is both her charm and disarming agent, she is a raving dyke who married her lovely wife in October 2018. She is also an advocate for harlotry on your own terms and forever sex kitten. It's a blessing to have her in any space and we trust she's going to make it an unforgettable experience for us all.

How we do things

We will provide 'The Read' and ask that you come having read it fully or perhaps only part read it. OKHA wants to bring works by African, Caribbean and Afro-Latinx people to the forefront, to provide a space for book lovers and those who never really read to come together and also create a space where we can share perspectives, learnings and experiences orally. Let's analyse, educate and build community one tale at a time.

OKHA BOOK FUND

We want everyone to be able to access and take part at OKHA without limitations due to funds. Our sessions are free but we encourage all attendees to give a donation towards the purchase of books for those who cannot afford it. We also have support from Audible who are providing access to free audiobooks for our sessions. Please email bailey@drybabes.com if you require this support. So far we've received £30 - thank you!

Brought to you by PRIM

PRIM is a platform for storytelling launching in 2019. Follow @prim.black for info - soon land.

OKHA means story/tale in the Edo language of Nigeria. It is a new community focused space aiming to bring people together, in particular, queer and black people. We do however, want this to be a fully inclusive space meaning being queer is not a prerequisite for attendance but a clear indication of the tone and energy of the space.

As we noted in the last session, OKHA is ever evolving and we are constantly learning. We appreciate you for being interested and for contributing so positively when you come. Be sure to be patient with us and always speak your mind, let us know what we're missing, what we can do better and how to ensure we keep the 'us' and the 'we' forever at the centre of what we do.

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