Reading: Aerik Francis, Meca’Ayo Cole, Liza Sparks, and DJ Alisha B, Saturdaty, September 24, 2022, 7 pm

Join us on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7 pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for a reading by Aerik Francis, DJ Alisha B, Meca’Ayo Cole, and Liza Sparks. Light refreshments.

Meca’Ayo Cole (aka Tameca L Coleman) is a singer, multi-genre writer, itinerant nerd and artist in Denver, Colorado. Their work explores heartbreak and healing, familial estrangement, being ‘in-between’ things, finding beauty, even during times of strife, working towards finding the words for our experiences, and movement towards reconciliation as part of a way forward. Their art and writings have appeared in many print and online shows, journals, anthologies, and newspapers. Their debut book an identity polyptych (2021) is available from The Elephants on the Salish Sea. You can find Meca’Ayo on social media under the handle @sireneatspoetry.

Liza Sparks (she/her) has work forthcoming or published with Allium, TIMBER, CALYX, Honey Literary, Powders Press, Split This Rock’s social justice database—The Quarry, and many others. Her debut short story collection, All of the Ghosts in the Room, is forthcoming with Trouble Department in fall 2022. Her work is informed by her intersecting identities as a brown-multiracial-neurodivergent-queer-woman.

Aerik Francis (they/he) is a Queer Black & Latinx poet & teaching artist based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Francis is the author of the chapbook BODYELECTRONIC (April 2022, Trouble Department), and has also recently released an EP of poetry-songs called SYZYGY (available now on bandcamp). They are a Canto Mundo poetry fellow and a The Watering Hole fellow. They are also a poetry reader for Underblong poetry journal and a coordinator with Slam Nuba. Francis has poetry published widely, links of which may be found at linktr.ee/aerik as well as their website phaentompoet.com . Find them on social media @phaentompoet

DJ Alisha B is a DJ, artist, fashion designer, educator, and all-around polymath born & based in Denver, CO. Creator of Royal Jelly Fashion and host of the radio show Fashion Coup, she has also recently released a beat buffet called TASTY available now on all music streaming platforms. Find her on social media @djalishab303 .