Gabriel Ojeda-Sague and Guests read from "Oil and Candle"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland is pleased to welcome Gabriel Ojeda-Sague on Saturday, March 5th at 7:00pm. He will be joined by Cheena Marie Lo and Hugo García Manríquez in reading select passages of his newly released book, Oil and Candle. There will be a special performance by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo.
Oil and Candle traces imagined rituals, failed rituals, and magical objects of Santería in confronting issues of race, warfare, and the precarity of Latino lives. Object-oriented, Oil and Candle localizes biographical, theoretical, and imagined content in Limpias oil and an Abrecaminos prayer candle (or velón). It is as much a confrontation of racism in poetry as it is a torch-song to cultures inherited and not necessarily lived. Oil and Candle was selected as the winner of Timeless, Infinite Light's 2015 TRACT Contest from an exceptionally strong pool of entries by guest judges Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Cheena Marie Lo, and Syd Staiti.
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is a Latino queer Leo living in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of the chapbooks Jogs, a re-writing of The Joy of Gay Sex, Nite, a collection of Cher’s tweets on systematic racism and violence, and Where Everything is in Halves, poems against death through The Legend of Zelda.
Cheena Marie Lo is the author of the full length title A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters . They currently coordinate a youth art program at California College of the Arts, and co-edit the literary journal, HOLD.
Hugo García Manríquez's most recent publications in English are Two Poems and Painting is Finite. In Spanish, Hugo has published, No Oscuro Todavía, and Los Materiales. His forthcoming book is A-H, Anti-Humboldt, a bilingual work that intervenes the NAFTA/TLC agreement. His translations into Spanish include William Carlos Williams and George Oppen among others. Hugo is a graduate student in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland.
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist working in printmaking that integrates sculpture and installation. Through the lengthy processes of printmaking, textile manipulation and installation building, she strives to re-create and re-tell her personal and family tales and those of the people that surround her. It is her intention that, through interaction with her art, viewers will be prompted to recall and tell their own stories, offering power and weight to the creation of a larger dialogue. Click here to view her work.
Copies of Oil and Candle will be available for purchase at the event as will titles from the participating readers.