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2022 Write Now! SF Bay anthology:
BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism

Edited by Shizue Seigel

Pease Press, 284 pp: 114 color images. $22.95.

Publication date:  October 23, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-7330590-3-9     

View the SF Main Library Book Launch HERE

San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, 30 Grove at Hyde & Market

Write Now! SF Bay's  5th anthology, Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism, traces the creative trajectories of 22 of Bay Area’s leading writers and artists of color through prose, poetry and visual art. 

“Many writers and artists of color are deeply familiar with adversity and change.

Our DNA is suffused with profound lessons on how to cope with challenging times.

And our writing is linked with daily activism in large and small ways.”


What emotional, cultural and practical skills are needed to sustain a career as a creative activist of color? Seigel asked seasoned BIPOC creative activists for to respond to these questions:

  • What inspired you to pursue art, creative writing, and activism?

  • What cultural, spiritual, and community values did you grow up with?

  • What sustains your creative practice in turbulent times?

Contributors with roots in Native America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Muslim world wrote from lived experience as teachers, journalists, poets, muralists, physicians, culture bearers, survivors of cancer, sexual abuse, and multi-generational trauma, and more. The breadth and depth of their experience brings authenticity and humanity to issues of equity and engagement.

"Emblematic of the struggles, triumphs, and the work of art and culture we carry on our backs

as Brown and Black creatives in this time and in this place.

This book is essential and akin to the act of breathing. It needs to sit prominently on your table."

—Truong Tran, book of the other, 2022 American Book Award


CONTRIBUTORS (Bios & photos here)

Faith Adiele

Salma Arastu

Adrian Arias


Lorraine Bonner

Karla Brundage

Charles Dixon

Rafael Jesús González

Mark Harris

C. K. Itamura

Tehmina Khan

Tureeda Mikell

Josué Rojas

Wanda Sabir

Shizue Seigel

Sriram Shamasunder, MD

Kim Shuck

Kimi Sugioka

Elizabeth Travelslight

Twin Walls Mural Company

      Elaine Chu &
      Marina Perez-Wong

André Le Mont Wilson

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