Reading at a Distance: tanea lunsford lynx & Mmakgosi Anita Tau
Wednesday, May 6, 7PM PST.
Stream this event on Zoom.
We’ve partnered with Booksmith to bring you a series of distanced literary readings with Headlands Artists, curated by Emily Wolahan (AFF ’16–’19). Join tanea lunsford lynx (AIR ’20) and Mmakgosi Anita Tau (AIR ’20) for the second event of the series on Wednesday, May 6 at 7PM PST, streaming on Zoom
About the writers:
tanea lunsford lynx (AIR ’20) is a fourth-generation Black San Franciscan on both sides. tanea is a proud alum of Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and the Lambda Literary Retreat. In 2018 she co-curated ‘Still Here VI: Existence as Resistance,’ a performance featuring queer Black San Franciscans as a part of the National Queer Arts Festival. tanea has been awarded an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission as well as residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, The San Francisco Public Library (in collaboration with RADAR), Mesa Refuge, the Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley, and Under the Volcano. She has more than 10 years of experience as a performing artist, curator, activist, and educator in San Francisco. You can find her work online at tanealunsfordlynx.com.
Mmakgosi Anita Tau (AIR ’20) is a poet and an award-winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Picture Medium. She created and directs Mmakgosi Live, a show/campaign devoted to mental health awareness and activism in Botswana. She recently wrote and directed Section 82, a 24-minute short film about gender-based violence and modern-day slavery. Mmakgosi participates in the International Writing Program (IWP) Women’s Creative Mentorship Project for the University of Iowa, and she is a recipient of the 2019 British Council and Prince Claus Mobility Fund. Mmakgosi is a 2020 Yaddo Fellow (New York), and a 2020 Headlands Center for the Arts AIR Fellow (California). Mmakgosi has given speeches and performed Spoken Word pieces for programs in Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, and South Africa. She has been published in Drum Magazine, South Africa, Kalahari Review, Badilisha Poetry, Praxis Magazine, the University of Iowa’s Women’s Creative Mentorship Anthology, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in the United States of America. Her short stories and poems were also published in the Botswana Tourism Organization’s Share Botswana Tourism Fiction Award Anthology in 2018 and 2019.
Booksmith is an an off-center general interest independent bookstore and legacy business, a flagship of San Francisco’s Haight Street since 1976. Booksmith is the force behind The Bindery, a multi-purpose events parlor established in 2017 that features The Arcana Project: a deep, highly inclusive array of books—fiction and nonfiction, from all over the world—presented in chronological order by the date they were written. Booksmith also organizes Berkeley Arts & Letters, an East Bay speaker series since 2009 that features exceptional authors with new books. Between the three programs, Booksmith produces over 250 events per year.