The Nasiona presents Community Readings, our monthly virtual series hosted by Mireya S. Vela.
During these troubled times, it’s important to come together to support art. We invite you to join us to celebrate the power of The Nasiona‘s writers, as well as the voices of talented storytellers from the wider community: Lisa D. Gray, Ana Reyes-Bonar, Tiffany Niles, and Juan Carlos Reyes.
With this virtual series, we continue The Nasiona‘s mission to center, elevate, and amplify the voices, histories, and experiences of those marginalized, undervalued, overlooked, silenced, and forgotten by the dominant culture. We welcome all allies and co-conspirators, but note that this event is first and foremost a safe space to project and protect writers from the aforementioned communities as they flex their beauty and power.
Audience spaces are limited, so register today here.
Our invited readers will share pieces they have either published in The Nasiona, elsewhere, or a work in progress.
We look forward to seeing you at our event.
Lisa D. Gray opens doors and helps other writers of color claim space in writing and publishing by curating several reading series in the Bay Area. She established Our Voices Our Stories SF in 2014 as a way to amplify and elevate the voices of women writers of color. Lisa won the 2018 Edgar Award named for Robert L. Fish and the Henry Joseph Jackson Prize for Distinguished Fiction in 2014. She was a Fellow at the San Francisco Writers Grotto where she is now a member, and has earned writing scholarships to attend The Fine Arts Works Center, The Voices of Our Nations Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center where she completed a residency. She is currently a fellow at The Ruby San Francisco and holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Spelman College and Mills College.
Tiffany Niles has recently obtained her AA in Creative Writing from Long Beach City College. She will be continuing her studies at the University of British Columbia for her BFA in 2020/2021. Tiffany has grown to love all aspects of the writing/publishing community and hopes to help other marginalized writers find their voices and tell their stories. Her story “Secret Admirer” was published in the Charmed Writers Flash Fiction Anthology in 2018; “Father and Son” was published through Perennial Press’ Super/Natural anthology (2019), and her first CNF piece “All My Safe Spaces Are Dead” is published here at The Nasiona. She is excited to be working as a partner for Perennial Press where she volunteers her time as a developmental editor, designer, correspondent, and social media liaison.
Juan Carlos Reyes has published the novella A Summer’s Lynching (Quarterly West) and the fiction chapbook Elements of a Bystander (Arcadia Press). His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Waccamaw Journal, Florida Review, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He was the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fiction Storyteller Grant in 2018, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. He also serves as the chief editor of Big Fiction magazine, and you can find him online at jcreyes.net
Mireya S. Vela is a Mexican-American creative nonfiction writer, storyteller, and artist in Los Angeles. Vestiges of Courage is her work of collected essays. In her work, Ms. Vela addresses the needs of immigrant Mexican families and the disparities they face every day. She tackles issues of inequity and how ingrained societal systems support the (ongoing) injustice that contributes to continuing poverty and abuse. Ms. Vela received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Whittier College—and received her Master of Fine Arts from Antioch University in 2018. Ms. Vela’s work has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Not Your Mother’s Breastmilk, The Nasiona, Miracle Monocle, Blanket Sea, Collective Unrest, and elsewhere. In 2018, she received four Pushcart nominations.