Freedom Voices Reading, Tuesday June 26 - 6pm, SF Main Library

Freedom Voices

The Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center & the San Francisco Public Library present


Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00pm

San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street @ Grove, lower level

Featuring recent and forthcoming books:

Art Hazelwood: Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present (2011) Based on the touring exhibition of the same name that first opened in early 2009, it places the diverse artwork within the history of social and political responses from the New Deal, through McCarthyism, to the rise of modern homelessness in the 1980s.

Clifton Ross: Translations from Silence (2010) Winner of the 2010 PEN Oakland Award for Literary Excellence. Gleaned from 30 years of Clif’s poetic works, it has also been published in Spanish by the Venezuelan Ministry of Culture. “The only reason to write a poem is to change the world."

Margarita Millar (translator): Song of the Flies/El canto de las Moscas [An Account of the Events] by Maria Mercedes Carranza (2009) Nominated in 2010 for the Northern California Book Award in Translation. 24 short poems named for 24 C0lombian villages where massacres took place. A poetic chronicle, addressing the brutality Colombia has endured for decades, and its cruel legacy.

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor: Sugaree Rising (forthcoming in 2012) This masterful novel tells the story of the Yelesaw people, African-Americans of the South Carolina Lowcountry, whose way of life is imperiled when a New Deal-era rural electrification project threatens to flood the community where they live.

Plus: The TallMountain Award for Community Service will be presented to the family of Beth Saunders Stanford for her decades of committed work in the Tenderloin community and beyond. Freedom Voices is a publishing collective, founded in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. For more information visit:


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About Freedom Voices

Some Information

Freedom Voices publishes works that speak to or from communities on the margins. Founded in 1989 in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District the press has grown from its origins as a community publisher to include works from around the globe.

FV works closely with the TallMountain Circle which produces, promotes and distributes Mary TallMountain’s literary works and chooses the winners of the TallMountain Award for Creative Writing and Community Service.

FV also distibutes New Earth Publications imprint such as translations of Nicaraguan Ernesto Cardenal’s Quetalcoatl , Costa Rican activist Luisa Gonzalez’s autobiography and Voice of Fire, Communiques and interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

Freedom Voices is a project of the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center and organizes public readings and writing workshops in conjunction with the Center. Freedom Voices is also a partner in the Encounters in the Americas/Encuentros de los Americas project for popular literacy. The founding editor of Freedom Voices is B. Jesse Clarke. Editorial decisions are made by a collective of writers, activists, and street scholars.