We’re looking for volunteers to help with the welcome desk, ushering, food set-up, photography and videography for June 14. Festival volunteers are guaranteed our undying appreciation and a Festival t-shirt! Sign up here. –Heidi Durrow
We can’t believe our luck in getting Krista Bremer to read at the Mixed Remixed Festival. My Accidental Jihad is available in stores everywhere TODAY including with our Official Festival Bookseller Skylight Books! (Yes, they do mail orders!)
Here’s a summary of a really great book about a bicultural marriage– a true love story: Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer from a secular middle-class family who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. Kind, sincere, and passionate, Ismail came from another world: one of eight children, he’d been raised in an impoverished fishing village in Libya. When Krista later realized she was carrying his child—and she and Ismail made the decision to become a family—she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined.
This is what people are saying about this lyrical memoir: “My Accidental Jihad is a bold piece of writing (and thinking) by an incredibly brave woman.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
Panelists: Abigail Allen, Mari Naomi, Grace Hwang Lynch, Channing Sargent
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A half-black, half-white native New Yorker, storytelling Buddhist, and branding extraordinaire, Abby is the creator of Perfectly Mixed, a project documenting belonging and identity in America through the mixed race experience. It’s been kicking around in her heart for as long as she can remember and she’s so grateful for the chance to bring it to life. Abby has worked in the advertising and marketing industries for over 12 years on billion dollar brands like Olay, Listerine, L’Oreal and Aunt Jemima, launching countless campaigns across everything from print to social media. Not too long ago, she left her traditional advertising job to fall head first into serving the world by developing brand strategies, identities and marketing platforms for small businesses, companies, individuals and organizations that are “doing good.” And so, because she believes marketing matters as much for saving the world as for selling toothpaste, she founded her firm, Neon Butterfly. Abby is also the Communications Director of the Brooklyn Zen Center and obsessed with pizza and peanut butter (not together).
MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the upcoming books Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Turning Japanese, (2D Cloud), and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics, (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including, I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, No Straight Lines,Anything That Loves, QU33R and Action Girl Comics. Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more. MariNaomi’s artwork has been featured in such venues as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum and the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Grace Hwang Lynch
As a journalist and blogger, Grace Hwang Lynch explores the evolving relationship between communities of color and mainstream America. A former television news reporter, she founded HapaMama.com in 2008 to give voice to Asian mixed-race family issues. As News & Politics editor for BlogHer, she writes about current events and finds a diversity of stories. Whether writing about parenting, food or politics, Grace analyzes her subjects through the lens of culture and ethnicity. Her work has also been published by PBS and Salon, and in 2012, she was nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award.
Panelists: Gerald Maa, Michael Noll, Jamie Moore
Moderator: Jedah Mayberry
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Gerald Maa is an editor-in-chief of the Asian American Literary Review. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine studying British Romanticism.
Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and independent workshops and craft seminars in Austin and New Mexico. He edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and The Owls. He was the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX, and is currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead. Find him on Twitter and his wesbsite.
Jamie Moore recently received her MFA in Fiction at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She shared her fiction at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in 2011, and is excited to be working to coordinate readings for Mixed Remixed. Jamie is the Co-Fiction editor for Blackberry:A Magazine, an Assistant Editor for ELJ Publications, and an Assistant Editor for Lunch Ticket Magazine. She has attended several writing workshops including the Tomales Bay Workshop, VONA, and the Mendocino Writers Conference. She has been published in Moonshot Magazine, Mojave River Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Blackberry, and Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative. In her spare time, she writes about mixed topics and literature for the blog Mixed Reader. She is the author of the recently published novella Our Small Faces.
Jedah Mayberry is an emerging fiction writer, born in New York, raised in southeastern CT, the backdrop for his fiction debut released in March 2013 by River Grove Books. He was a top ten finalist for the 2013 Best New Author Award sponsored by the National Black Book Festival. He also garnered honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s April 2012 Family Matters Short Story Contest. The Texas Association of Authors named the Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle 1st in Multi-Cultural Fiction. He currently resides with his wife and teenage daughters in Austin, TX.
We all got a little rest this week after that very exciting last-hours rally to meet our Indiegogo fundraising goal! Thank you all again. But now the countdown begins to the Festival. Have you saved your spot yet?–Heidi Durrow
We’re so excited that Cards in Color is among our sponsors for the Mixed Remixed Festival this year. We are able to give away to you as a perk of our Indiegogo campaign sets of these cards at two different giving levels: $6 and $11. You’ll love these cards because they actually reflect the multiracial family in beautiful designs. Please donate now. But hurry — these are only available until April 10.
We are so excited that Cards in Color is helping us make this the very biggest LA Loving Day ever. You can help us too and get a great gift! You can get either two or five Cards in Color greeting cards from Cards in Color, the first cards to celebrate multiracial individuals, family and experience.
You’ll love these beautiful greeting cards that show families that look like yours and mine. Please donate now. For just a $6 donation you will get 2 greeting cards. For an $11 donation you will get 5! And our eternal gratitude too!
It’s easy! Support the Mixed Remixed Festival Indiegogo campaign and you’ll get a call from either VH1’s Single Ladies star Terrell Tilford (plus his signed scripts); OR a call from the gorgeous Victoria Platt currently on CW’s hit sci-fi show Starcrossed! Do good and get a call from the stars! Hurry you’ve only got until April 10.
This is going to be a great panel about how to turn your dream of being a full-time writer into reality. The panel is full of great writers, TV writers, and screenwriters. This is your chance to get a road map to your dream! This panel features: Julie Buxbaum, Ernessa Carter, Lori Lakin Hutcherson, Marissa Jo Cerar and our Festival founder as moderator. Be sure to save your spot here.–Heidi Durrow #mixedremixed