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To Aid & Abet: A Reading and Fundraiser for Abortion Access
September 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shout Your Abortion and Beyond Baroque present an afternoon of poetry and storytelling dedicated to uplifting community voices protesting the recent overturn of Roe V. Wade by the Supreme Court. The event brings together several L.A. writers, activists, and artists for reproductive justice. Readings by bridgette bianca, Briana Muñoz, Lynne Thompson, Karla Lamb, Lisbeth Coiman, Alice Fulmer, Luivette Resto, Sam Chanse, Janine Lum, Shonda Buchanan, Alicia Voegl Sáenz, Cynthia Guardado and more! Mc’ed by writer and organizer Suhasini Yeeda. Keynote speaker, Amelia Bonow, co-founder of Shout Your Abortion, will also be sharing more on the resources SYA has been providing and what community members can do to remain involved.
The event will be in-person at our historic location in Venice, where world-renowned writers and artists have shared their words to the public over the last 50 years. While readings will take place in the theatre, our back patio will be open for anyone who needs a safe space if guests need to step out. We understand the subject of some readings can be overwhelming. SYA will also be tabling outdoors with merch items and resources.
As a fundraiser, the entry fee is $20 dollar donation. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Shout Your Abortion! Please note: No one will be turned away for lack of funds at the door.
Come and build community with us and learn how to get more involved in support of Reproductive Justice organizations like Shout Your Abortion at a local and national level!
“Aid & Abet is not just a slogan, it’s a statement of intent.” –Amelia Bonow.
If you would like to donate directly to SYA, click here!
Ticket purchase is required. No one will be turned away for lack of funds at the door! Tickets will be available at the Beyond Baroque bookstore on the day of the event, but we recommend registering in advance through Eventbrite. Masks are required while inside our center. If you can’t join us, donations are welcomed!
Reservation Policy: Please RSVP if you are planning to attend this event. We accept walk-ins, but priority will be given to people that have registered. Limited seating is available; we recommend arriving early.
About the Organization
#ShoutYourAbortion began as a viral hashtag in 2015, receiving extensive media coverage and inspiring countless people to share their abortion stories. SYA quickly evolved into a grassroots movement and non-profit project dedicated to normalizing abortion, through art, media, and community events all over the country. Currently, SYA is focused on increasing public awareness of abortion pills and elevating safe paths to abortion access, regardless of legality. SYA makes resources, campaigns, and media intended to arm existing activists, create new ones, and inspire supporters of reproductive freedom to start participating in abortion access at the community level.
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) operates six health centers in the Greater Houston area and two in Louisiana. Its mission is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education and advocacy. Updates from the Frontline material was created by PPGC’s physician Dr. Bhavik Kumar and Vice President, Communications & Marketing Rochelle Tafolla; special thanks to PPGC President & CEO Melaney Linton who ensured that the content reached Beyond Baroque in time. The files were collected and edited by To Aid & Abet committee member and writer Sehba Sarwar, who served on PPGC’s board while she resided in Houston, Texas. To learn more and support PPGC, please visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-gulf-coast
About the authors
Amelia Bonow is the founding director of Shout Your Abortion, an organization working to normalize abortion and elevate paths to abortion access regardless of legality. In 2015, Bonow’s abortion disclosure inspired a viral outpouring of abortion stories on social media, receiving front page coverage from The New York Times, LA Times, as well as The New Yorker, ABC’s Nightline, The BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Bonow left her graduate program and began developing SYA into a nationwide movement geared towards creating places for people to discuss their abortions in art, media, and at community events. Bonow also serves on the board of directors of Abortion Care Network, which serves and represents independent abortion providers all over the country.
Alice Fulmer (she/they) is a poet from southern California. After finishing her BA through community college and then at UCLA, she started an English MA/PhD over at UCSB emphasizing in medieval literature, media studies and the history of gender/sexuality. She believes in a world where people of all creeds and identities have equal access to care and autonomy over their bodies. Her debut poetry collection, Faunalia, is out through Gods and Radicals Press this December.
Alicia Vogl Sάenz, born in Los Angeles, is a poet, meditation instructor, and art museum educator who brings her queer and mixed immigrant background to her writing and teaching. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grand Street, Poets & Writers, Pratik, and Mischief and Other Poetic Strategies. She is the author of the chapbook The Day I Wore the Red Coat and translated poet Mariano Zaro’s book, Tres Letras into English. She is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop, the Lezerati Writer’s Group, and has been in residence at Hedgebrook. Currently, Alicia is working on book of poems and short prose, “Wildlife Lives Here” inspired by Los Angeles as an ecosystem and natural habitat. She blogs at aliciabird.me
Shonda Buchanan is a daughter of mixed bloods, a USC Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Fellow and a Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles (COLA) Master Artist Fellow, and is the author of five books, including the award-winning memoir, Black Indian. She serves as President of the Board of Trustees at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Briana Muñoz is a poet, author, Indigenous traditional dancer, and literary event coordinator from Southern California. She is the author of Loose Lips, a full-length poetry collection, published by Prickly Pear Publishing (2019) and of Everything is Returned to the Soil, a bilingual full-length poetry collection, published by FlowerSong Press (2021). She has performed poetry at the UNEAC (The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) by invitation from the International Poetry Festival of Havana, Cuba, the CECUT (The Tijuana Cultural Center) by invitation from the 2015 Festival de Poesia, as well as in Quito, Ecuador by invitation from the XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispanicos.
bridgette bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. Her first book of poetry, be/trouble, was released by Writ Large in 2020. When she is not sharing her poetry, she hosts two instagram series, Young, Black, and Tenure-Track where she documents her experiences in higher education and We Be Readin! Wednesdays where she discusses her romance reading obsession! Find her online at @bridgettebianca on instagram and bridgettebianca.com.
Sam Chanse is a theater and tv writer. Recent productions include MONUMENT, OR FOUR SISTERS (A SLOTH PLAY) (Magic Theatre); DISTURBANCE SPECIALIST (NAATCO/The Public Theater’s OUT OF TIME); WHAT YOU ARE NOW (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Civilians), and P.S. (Ars Nova). A past fellow at MacDowell, Sundance, and Djerassi, and recipient of the Lark Venturous Fellowship, she’s also developed work with Ma-Yi and New York Stage and Film, and is published by Kaya Press (Lydia’s Funeral Video) and TCG (The Kilroys List). She currently writes on ABC’s The Good Doctor, is a member of Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Lisbeth Coiman is a bilingual poet and educator, and a native Spanish speaker. She has a Masters in Education and over 25 years experience teaching both English as a Second Language and Spanish to children and adults in different settings. Her debut book, I Asked the Blue Heron: A Memoir (Independently published in 2017) narrates her immigration journey. Her first bilingual poetry collection, Uprising / Alzamiento, published by Finishing Line Press in 2021, brings attention to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in her homeland. She is an active member of several writing communities, Women Who Submit, the Community Literature Initiative, and the Wayward Writers.
Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American poet and Professor of English at Fullerton College. She is the managing editor of LiveWire, a literary arts magazine at Fullerton College. Her debut poetry collection, ENDEAVOR was published in 2017 by World Stage Press. Cenizas is her latest poetry collection.Cynthia also translated and transcribed interviews with journalist and Cuban exile, Normando Hernandez Gonzalez which were published in The Madrid Conversations (New Orleans Press 2013).
Originally from Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of four books of poems, most recently A Tinderbox in Three Acts (BOA Editions, 2022) and Fire Is Not a Country (Northwestern University Press, 2021). A recipient of the Amy Clampitt Residency, Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, and the Leeway Transformation Award, her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Oprah Daily, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, Hyperallergic, Andscape, and elsewhere. She has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, New Mexico State University, Blue Stoop, and Voices of Our Nations (VONA). She lives in Los Angeles.
Karla Lamb (she/hers) is a multidisciplinary Chicana poet & artist, with work appearing or forthcoming in A Women’s Thing Magazine, The Shallow Ends, Yes Poetry, Word Riot, Coal Hill Review, Fine Print Press, Dream Boy Book Club, & elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology 2019, & translated in Revista La Peste. She co-hosts Charla Cultural, a bilingual podcast centering underrepresented literary artists. Lamb earned an MFA from Carlow University, & is currently working on a full-length manuscript. Lamb lives in Los Angeles with her cat Fulano.
Janine Lim is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Los Angeles, California, whose work has been featured in YO! Youth Outlook Magazine, The Bold Italic, Light Bringer’s Literature for Life magazine, and the Prairie Schooner. In 2021, she was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Periplus Collective Fellowship, a mentorship program for emerging BIPOC writers. She is currently focusing her creative efforts in literary fiction exploring themes of the Philippine diaspora, motherhood, generational trauma, magic, and the effect of the internet on the youth.
Luivette Resto is an award-winning poet, a mother of 3 revolutionary humans, a Wonder Woman fan, and a middle school English teacher. She was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. She is a CantoMundo and Macondo Fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her two books of poetry Unfinished Portrait and Ascension have been published by Tía Chucha Press. Her third poetry collection Living on Islands Not Found on Map, published by FlowerSong Press, won the 2022 Juan Felipe Herrera Best Poetry Book Award at the International Latino Book Awards. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley.
In 2021, Lynne Thompson was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles. She is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, and Fretwork, winner of the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize in 2018. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Massachusetts Review and the 2020 Best American Poetry, among others. Thompson sits on the Boards of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
LA native, Pam Ward just released her poetry book BETWEEN GOOD MEN & NO MAN AT ALL, World Stage Press, 2022. She’s published two novels, WANT SOME GET SOME, and BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW, Kensington. A UCLA graduate, recipient of a California Arts Council Fellow, a Pushcart Poetry nominee, Pam has published in Calyx, Voices of Leimert Park and the LA Times. She’s currently working on a novel about the jazz of Central Ave and the Black Dahlia Murder, an event that happened in Pam’s own backyard. www.pamwardwriter.com
Suhasini Yeeda is a first-generation queer Indian American from Dallas, Texas. Her work can be found at Ms. Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Indian Review, Madcap Review, Packingtown Review, and the Arroyo Seco Press Anthology Redshift 5. Suhasini is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a one-time nominee for The Best American Short Stories and Best of the Net. She is the owner of NITI Communications, an independent consultancy dedicated to uplifting QTBIPOC small businesses and creatives. She holds her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Texas Wesleyan University. Suhasini is a 2021 California Arts Council Fellow. She is looking forward to her residencies at Dorland Arts Colony and Yefe Nof this fall, where she’ll HOPEFULLY finish her first book.