Posted by: Viola | August 15, 2015

Preparing for a poetry reading this Sunday

This week, I have taken a short break from lots of things (especially social media!) and shifted my focus to preparing for a poetry reading. I will read my poems this Sunday in Sacramento. I will read at the Avid Reader at Tower bookstore. The event is part of a series called Mosaic of Voices, organized by the Sacramento Poetry Center. I am so thrilled to be able to read my poems and very grateful to be a part of the series. Special thanks to Nancy Aidé González for including me in the series for August 2015. Here is more information about the reading taken from the Facebook publicity page for the event:

Join NSAA and Viola Allo for an afternoon of poetry.

Mr. Dinkins [a.k.a. NSAA, pronounced en-sah-ah] is a Sacramento style poet with a conscience. His poems attack injustice and inhumanity. [NSAA] goes beyond the African American experience to address all issues related to social justice, but also writes of simpler issues related to his personal life — growing up in a world of larger than life characters that he so adeptly and richly describes in his poetry.

Viola Allo is a Cameroonian-born poet based in the United States. Raised in Cameroon by her Cameroonian father and American mother, she migrated to America at nineteen. She holds a BA and MA in psychology and anthropology, respectively, from the universities of California (Davis) and Michigan (Ann Arbor). Her poems and essays have been published in the American River Review. In 2010, she received an Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation fellowship to attend the UC Davis Tomales Bay Workshops. Her poem Nigerian Girl With Calabash was published in the Library of Congress anthology “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy” (2010) and was selected as “Best in the Nation” by the Community College Humanities Association (2011). Viola was short-listed for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2013 and again in 2014. Viola’s first chapbook, Bird From Africa, was published in April 2015 as part of the Eight New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set (Akashic Books and the African Poetry Book Fund). Viola has read her poems at the Poetry Foundation and she conducts monthly poetry readings and workshops online. She resides in Sacramento and writes at her blog, “Letters to Cameroon.”

The Mosaic of Voices reading series is hosted by Nancy Aidé González. The series promotes an appreciation and understanding of contemporary poetry in a wide array of forms and styles. The series goal is to bring together poets, scholars, students, and the public for purposes of establishing strong links with the community through the dynamic vehicle of poetry. It is a showcase for Northern California poets to share their work. The Mosaic of Voices reading series is supported by the Sacramento Poetry Center.

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