Dogfish is thrilled to welcome NISI SHAWL and SHAINA MONET! This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.
DOORS open at 7 with MUSIC by SPIRIT MCINTYRE
READING at 7:30 featuring NISI SHAWL and SHAINA MONET
OPEN MIC at 8:30ish featuring your beautiful voices & words
SPIRIT MCINTYRE [pronouns: spirit/they/them] is a Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Dancer and Visual Artist — promoting empowerment and healing by any medium necessary. Spirit believes in the power of breath, creating intentional artistic relationships, honoring lovability, being seen/seeing, and growing compassionately through tight places to find authentic expansion. Healing affirmations, meticulous storytelling, and metaphor saturate their lyrics. They use their voice and cello to seamlessly blend: Blues, Soul, Folk, Classical, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds into an unforgettable musical landscape. Since the transitioning of their father, Paris McIntyre on January 16, 2017, Spirit has been exploring the divinity of grief.
NISI SHAWL’s acclaimed alternate history/steampunk novel Everfair was a 2016 Tor publication. Her collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and she has been a Guest of Honor for WisCon, the Science Fiction Research Association’s convention, and Austin’s Armadillocon.
Shawl is the coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach; and teaches the workshop it’s based on. She co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Since its inception she has been Reviews Editor for feminist literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone. Shawl is a founder of the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit supporting the presence of people of color in the fantastic genres; she serves on its board of directors and Clarion West’s. She lives in Seattle, taking daily walks with her mother June and her cat Minnie at a feline pace.
SHAINA MONET is a New Orleans native and the winner of the 2017 Vassar Miller Poetry Award. She completed her bachelor’s degrees in French and English at UNO in 2013. She has since joined the Creative Writing Workshop there to study poetry writing, where she serves as associate poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. Her work has appeared in several issues of Ellipsis and she has work forthcoming in Crazyhorse 92 this fall.
Currently working on her thesis and her first chapbook in which she plays with language, intertextuality, and sci-fi and fantasy tropes, she enjoys work that blurs the roles of speaker/addressee, persona/poet, poem/reader, and seeks to reject binary thinking that simplifies the phenomenon of human experience, identity, and behavior. Her photography, another feature of her work, focuses on identity as well as the nature of time and memory, themes she frequently interrogates and explores.
When she is not reading or writing poems, you might find her engaged (pun intended) in Star Trek (DS9, TNG, Voyager, and TOS, in that order), playing D&D, documenting street art, or practicing her cooking and mixology skills on her friends. You might also find her poorly playing the piano, or listening to music that makes her want to poorly play the piano. Her academic interests include linguistics, translation, and the treatment of identity and mental health in contemporary literature.
Set to graduate with her MFA in the fall of 2018, she plans to pursue a PhD in writing.