Join us for the Lark Poetry Series. Lark No. 9 will feature poet Rose Booker, Jen Palmares Meadows, & Elsa Valmidiano.
Jen Palmares Meadows
Jen Palmares Meadows writes from Sacramento, California. Her work has appeared in Brevity, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Memoir Journal, Kartika Review, Tayo, Filipinas Magazine and other journals. She earned her MA in Creative Writing from California State University Sacramento. She is currently at work on a collection of Vegas stories where she writes about sex, gambling, and church, not necessarily in that order, but sometimes all at once. Visit her at jenpalmaresmeadows.com.
Philippine-born and LA-raised, Elsa Valmidiano is an Oakland resident, writer, poet, partner, feminist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter. A former women’s rights activist, Elsa has done extensive work regarding women’s issues at home and her Motherland, having worked as a women’s reproductive health advocate at Likhaan in Quezon City, as well as a women’s shelter advocate at Regional Haven in Tacloban. She has participated in various panel discussions in the Bay Area, most recently a panel discussing the role of the modern-day Babaylan, how Babaylan women of precolonial Philippine society – keepers of verse and narrative, as well as spiritual and civic leaders – applies to the modern-day Pinay writer.
Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift Magazine, Burner Magazine, As/Us, and forthcoming in Literature for Life, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and the forthcoming anthology Manifesting the Female Epic. She holds a BA from UC San Diego, a JD from Syracuse University, an MFA from Mills College, and is a long-time member of the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. where she has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area.
Doors Open at 3pm
We ask a $10 donation at the door, which directly supports Series. We are always looking for volunteers to help out and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Kids admission is free!