Ladies of Literature is the brainchild of aspiring Oakland playwright Elva NelsonHayes, who is the organizer and promoter of the event. The first in what will be an annual event series, the 2014 Ladies of Literature author meet and greet takes place Saturday June 7 between 7pm - 10pm at Xplosions Hair Salon at 3014 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland’s Dimond district.
“Oakland gets attention for anything negative that happens here, but the literary and artistic scene is underexposed. The fact is that there is a plethora of literary talent in Oakland. The lineup of the Ladies of Literature and the diversity of the genres in our event are proof that there is so much going on in Oakland that is positive. We need more options for artistic outlets for our community to alleviate some of the negative energy that gets so much press in Oakland,” said NelsonHayes
The event features a live musical performance by Oakland’s hip-hop diva Keldamuzik, an international touring artist. In addition to NelsonHayes, the event’s featured artists include DeeDee Dean, Crystal Graves, Serena Toxicat, Michele Mills and Sumiko Saulson. The women writers have expressed enthusiasm about participating in the event and being a part of what it represents.
“I'm honored to be a part of this creative sorority, keeping our Oakland scene strong, returning our focus homeward in an online world,” said Oakland poet and fantasy writer Serena Toxicat. “Women exist as a powerful force in our local arts scene and always have."
The woman writers run the gamut in terms of genre. DeeDee Dean is the author of “A Beautiful Book,” a book honoring black history month. Michele Mills is the author of Woman of Purpose, Passion and Power, an inspirational book released by Higgins Publishing. Serena Toxicat is the twice-published author of a dark fantasy novella, “Evangeline and the Drama Wheel.” Sumiko Saulson has three published horror novels.
“I truly believe it's going to be an incredible experience to be a part of Ladies in Literature. There's such a diversity (of women) taking part in this life changing event. I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with new people. I believe women who write have a great opportunity to express themselves openly to their audience. Expecting great new things,” inspirational author & speaker Michele Mills.
General admission is free. A $15 VIP option includes an autographed book, wine tasting, and hors d'oeuvres.