Book Launch & Salon

Saturday, November 9th, 7 PM
$5-10 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Please join us as we celebrate the release of

Xandria Phillips’ debut poetry collection, HULL &

Raych Jackson’s debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION.

Rachel “Raych” Jackson is a writer, educator, and performer. While teaching third and fourth grade in Chicago Public Schools, Jackson competed in numerous national poetry teams and individual competitions. Her poems have gained over 2 million views on YouTube. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion and a 2017 Pink Door fellow. Jackson recently voiced ‘DJ Raych’ in the Jackbox game, Mad Verse City. Her latest play, “Emotions & Bots”, premiered at the Woerdz Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Jackson wrote a room dedicated to her city for 29Rooms’first installment in Chicago, through Refinery 29. She co-created and co-hosts Big Kid Slam, a monthly poetry show in Chicago. Jackson’s work has been published by many— including Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, The Shallow Ends, and Washington Square Review. Her debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION released September 24th through Button Poetry. She currently lives in Chicago.

Even the Saints Audition: A book of poems exploring the relationship between blackness, shame, and what it is to live a life tied to the church. Rich with historical context and a deeply engaging personal narrative.

Xandria Phillips is a poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. They are the author of Reasons For Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Their poem “For a Burial Free of Sharks” won the 2016 Gigantic Sequins poetry contest judged by Lucas De Lima. Xandria has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where they are the First Wave Poetry Fellow. Their poetry has been featured in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.Org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. HULL is lyrical, layered, history-ridden, experimental, textured, adorned, ecstatic, and emotionally investigative.

Filed under: artist in attendance, autobiography, black and brown, collaboration, essay, experimental, lecture, performance, poetry, queer, reading, social justice

Japanese American Immigration

Wednesday, October 23rd, 7 PM, FREE

Homeroom and the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) present a special film screening and discussion: “Japanese American Immigration, Incarceration, and Resettlement”

Ryan Yokota
Anna Takada

Hosted by:
Fred Sasaki
Keidra Chaney

In 1975, the JASC received a federal grant to produce films and materials as part of an Issei Gerontology Project, which focused on first generation Japanese immigrants in Chicago. Four 16mm films were produced, which have not been screened in their entirety in over 40 years. In the Chicago community, this collection of first generation Japanese immigrant interviews is vitally important and exceedingly rare. The oral history interviews captured in these films and in the related materials in the JASC archival collection represent a historical archive and legacy that is unique not only in Chicago, but in the nation as a whole. In detailing their immigration history and their stories of incarceration and resettlement, they are a testimony to the importance of safeguarding civil and human rights in the U.S

The program will also feature Resettled Roots, a historical documentary that examines the vast migration of Japanese Americans to Chicago following their unconstitutional incarceration during World War II. Using first-hand accounts, Resettled Roots shares personal stories from this period known as “resettlement,” and challenges common narratives of “internment” to consider the immediate aftermath and lasting legacies of wartime incarceration.

Filed under: Asian, history, home movies

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