READINGS SPOTLIGHT ON NATASHIA DEÓN’S THE TABLE (aka I don't care that this is a long Insta post bc I want to spotlight Natashia)
TODAY! The first event to kick-off Natasia’s Deón’s The Table. Link to The Table website is on my profile.
What you must know at the outset of this post is that I love Natashia and her friendship is a gift from the universe.
When there is a friendship that shimmers and lights up your life and feels like magic, you say YES. Which is why, I always say YES to Natashia.
Awhile ago, I was chatting on the phone with Natashia and telling her that my plan for the very near future (which is almost here) is to take a very long break from producing literary events in LA. Instead I’ll spend more time writing fiction, studying craft, and teaching undergraduates rhetoric and composition. But, I told her, I wanted to do One Last Event and I wanted it to be Special.
She told me about THE TABLE and invited me to curate the FIRST one as my last lit event in LA. And you know where this story is heading, I said YES.
THE TABLE is a new series and I’m so glad it now exists, particularly because it’s focused on inclusivity and community building. Through mentorship, “the goal of The Table is to help raise up the next generation of writers and readers to be actively engaged in the writing community; to invest in them, give them a space to begin, to reach new or estranged writers in Los Angeles, and to provide fresh outlets for writers and fans to engage and contribute to the vibrancy of the Los Angeles literary community.” I’ve been lucky to be paired with enthusiastic hosts Avonne and Sophia and I wish I had more time to mentor them and pass along what I know about producing and curating lit events.
Inclusivity and community building and gathering and meeting new people is integral to surviving and thriving and celebrating, which is important NOW (in this insane political climate) more than ever.
Our two featured writers Porochista and Chiwan understand community and inclusivity and often speak and write about these things, so hey, it’s just a perfect way to kick off THE TABLE.
As Chiwan said, Join us. It will be beautiful.