Join us for our next reading series show! Featuring: Désirée Zamorano, Ravina Wadhwani, Jenise Miller, and Megan Dorame There is also an open mic portion open to all, along with a few other interactive goodies. This is a free event, but please help support Caffe Bene with a food or drink purchase.
Ravina Wadhwani is a Long Beach based poet, writer, mental health therapist, advocate, friend and ally, who relocated to the West Coast after spending 7 years on the East Coast . Ravina was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands, to a family of Indian immigrants and often reflects on her mixed Indo-Caribbean upbringing as a crucial part of her identity and worldview. Ravina is a life long learner, translating memories into words, through her personal experiences with family, movement, love, loss, and experiences as a woman of color. Ravina is the first in her immediate family to earn a masters degree and currently is a therapist for the South Asian community and feels immense privilege and honor to be doing healing and advocacy work for survivors, women, children, and families. She also deeply enjoys facilitating healing circles, and plans on expanding her work to more women of color in Long Beach. Ravina enjoys engaging in self love and gratitude as a lifestyle and enjoys food, fitness, getting out of her comfort zone, and soul-lifting conversations with those around her. Ravina values engaging in community, collective healing, and believes in radical softness as a pathway to justice.
Jenise Miller is an urban planner and inaugural DSTL Arts/Patria Coffee Shop Artist-in-Residence in Compton. She was a 2018 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) workshop fellow in poetry. She is working on her first chapbook The Blvd, which explores her experiences growing up Afro-Latina and in Compton, where she still resides.
Megan Dorame is of Tongva descent. She lives and writes in Hotuuknga, Santa Ana, California with her partner and two dogs. Megan holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, and is active in the revitalization of the Tongva language. Her work has appeared in The Ear, Dryland, and The Offing.
Désirée Zamorano is an award-winning short story writer and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Amado Women. Her many publications of essays and short stories include Cultural Weekly, Catapult, Huizache, and the Kenyon Review. She is a frequent contributor to the LA Review of Books.
Also a skilled educator, she is the director of Occidental College's Community Literacy Center and a lecturer at CSULB's College of Education.
She is currently at work on a collection of short stories, and getting that next novel PUBLISHED!