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Vanessa Huang

Author's Bio

POET, ARTIST, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZER Vanessa Huang weaves poemsongs with moments of creative aliveness and transformative encounter, color, and texture in call and response with kindred spirits who dream and make worlds where each and all of us are free. A finalist for Poets & Writers’ 2010 California Writers Exchange Award, Vanessa’s poetry and practice inherit teachings from the prison abolition, migrant justice, gender liberation, transformative justice, disability justice, and reproductive justice movements. Vanessa’s work and writings have conversed through performance and ritual, moving pictures and digital media, letterwriting, handcrafted letterpress prints, and a range of activist media and national print and online publications, including Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011), Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011), and Feminist Studies. Vanessa’s poetry and cultural organizing have stood-sat with courage hearts including California’s prison hunger strikers, Miss Major, Marilyn Buck, Melissa Roxas, Troy Davis, Cece McDonald, and a range of life-affirming collaborations including the Free Shifa campaign in Atlanta, organizing against transphobic violence and discrimination in NYC, Oakland’s first general strike since 1946, and campaigns in Providence to restore food stamps and voting rights for loved ones returning home from prison.

Publications and Prizes

Captive Genders (AK Press, 2011), The Revolution Starts at Home (South End Press, 2011), Here is a Pen (Achiote Press, 2009)
CounterPunch, Feminist Studies, Poets for Living Waters
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (2014), Bluestockings (2012), Charis Books & More (2012), La Casa Azul Bookstore (2012), Mills College (2012), The Compound Gallery (2012), Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe (2012), African American Arts and Culture Complex (2011)

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Listing last updated: January 31, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Chinese American, G/L/B/T
Prefers to work with:
Any, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors
Fluent in:
Born in:
Berkeley, CA

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