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Yrsa Daley-Ward: In Love, In Trouble

  • Duende 468 19th Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Yrsa Daley-Ward contemplates her role in the world in which she lives and loves, reading pieces from Alice Walker and other writers. The entire evening features open dialogue with audience members, and opens with a reading by Oakland writer, Christian Johnson. 

Yrsa Daley-Ward was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England, and is of mixed West African and West Indian heritage. After moving to London, Yrsa began a full-time career in modeling and acting, visible on runways and magazine covers in Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2013, her first collection of stories 'On Snakes and Other Stories,' was published while living between Cape Town and Johannesburg, followed up with Yrsa's widely acclaimed, 'Bone.'

Born in Oakland, California, Christian Johnson is a writer, image maker, and film curator. His work aims to create multi-layered revolutionary images of the black body in motion. Johnson is one half of the brain trust behind last years Black Atheistic film series, and as the artist in residence at E.M. Wolfman he is in pre-production on the short film "A Moment of Truth + Sin." A forthcoming book of essays on last years film series entitled "Black Aesthetic Season 1" will be released later this year.