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Introducing EL CERRITO POET LAUREATE dani Gabriel

photo of Dani GabrielEl Cerrito resident Danielle (Dani) Gabriel was selected to serve as the City's second Poet Laureate (2018-2020). Dani Gabriel is a poet and writer, the author of “The Woman You Write Poems About” (Civil Defense Press) and coauthor of “Molotov Mouths” (Manic D Press), as well as a manuscript in progress called “Low Rent Prophet.” Her work centers around an obsession with possibility: the possibility that we can heal the world, the possibility that we can heal ourselves. She looks at themes of queerness, faith, trauma, justice, and family with curiosity and depth. She is a postulant for the Diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of California, aspiring to ordination and service in the church and community. She works as a grant writer and writing teacher throughout the Bay Area. She is the parent of two amazing pre-teens and the partner of a fantastic cook, electrician, and human being. She is currently writing and organizing for radical change large and small.

Visit Dani’s website to learn more about her work.

Poet Laureate Events

Read Local: Celebrate El Cerrito's New Poet Laureate, Dani Gabriel!

El Cerrito's Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel joins author Thea Hillman on September 11th to celebrate community and the new LGBT+ collection at the El Cerrito Library with a reading and open mic.

Wanted: your stories of identity, love, journeys toward and away from home, and the power of owning who you are -  performers of all ages and experiences are welcome. There will be crafts and time to write so that everyone who wants to can participate in creating the evening.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton, El Cerrito)
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm. Free

Out Loud at Off the Grid
Join Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel for "Out Loud" at the Off the Grid event on Wednesday, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Hear featured poets and participate in an open mic and writing activities. All ages encouraged to participate! No experience necessary. Food available for purchase at food trucks.

Wednesday, October 3 (5pm - 9pm)
Wednesday, November 7 (5pm - 8pm)
Wednesday, December 5 (5pm - 8pm)
6159 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito

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