You’re Invited! AFAAD Public Education Event and Benefit

AFAAD (Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora) would like to invite the larger Bay Area to our Annual Public education event and Benefit – “Art House: Adoptees and Foster Care Alumni Speak”, featuring poets, novelists, short films and performance by adult adoptees and foster care alumni.

Friday November 6, 2009
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Rhythmix Cultural Works,
2513 Blanding Avenue,
Alameda, CA 94501,
directly off the Fruitvale exit, off 880 South

$5 to $50
All donations go directly to benefit AFAAD’s work supporting adopted and foster care people and are tax deductible. This event is teen and family appropriate. Pact, An adoption Alliance will be on site selling books about adoption, race and identity.

Some Writers & Performers Featured

Screening of “Running Dragon”, a film by Kim Noonan. (Vietnamese adoptee)

Screening of “”Jagadamba, Mother of the Universe” by Amber Field (Korean adoptee, singer, filmmaker),

Korean Drums by Korean Adoptees: Amie Kim, Adria Otte and Codie Otte, are part of a Korean drum troupe called Jamaesori (SisterSound). Jamaesori uses traditional Korean drumming to support social justice movements.

James Cagney: (black, same race adoptee, poet)
JamesOakland native and Cave Canem fellow James Cagney is a writer, poet and performer. He has appeared as a featured artist at venues the San Francisco Public Library, The Starry Plough, La Pena Cultural Center, Above Paradise Lounge, Spasso’s Cafe, The Jahva House, Mahogany Restaurant, and OK Hotel among others. He has appeared on stage in the Afro-Solo Performance series, Four Brothers Featuring Will Power, Ritual Theater 2000, and Celebration of the Word with Maya Angelou and Quincy Troupe. He is the author of four volumes of poetry including Transmitting The Disease and Hot Death. He can be contacted at
Liberty Hultberg: (mulitracial TRA, novelist, blogger)
101_1431Liberty Hultberg teaches composition and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction. She is working on a memoir about the symbolic nature of hair within a particular experience of transracial adoption.
Susan Ito: (hapa adoptee, novelist, blogger)
headshotSusan Ito is a hapa transracial adoptee and writer. She edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption and has published stories and essays in Growing Up Asian American, CHOICE, Making More Waves, the Bellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She is a columnist and creative nonfiction editor at Literary Mama, and teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension and privately. She has coordinated the family camp for Pact, An Adoption Alliance for the past five years.
Amber Field: is a queer transnational/transracial adoptee writer, musician, and filmmaker.
IMG_0453She studied classical Indian music at Viswa Bharati University in India and plays many obscure instruments from around the world. Her first short doc “Jagadamba, Mother of the Universe” about adoption and her healing journey through music has screened at numerous film festivals around the world. She is currently working on a documentary on the queer scene in Peru. Check her out at
Music Contributed by:
dj fflood
dj fflood (aka Richard Wright, a 1st generation Jamaican born in New York City and loving living in OAKLAND) is a dj, producer, activist and writer. As a dj he has been musically transporting crowds with his intuitive, driving, and eclectic style for over 23 years now. He is the founder of the Oakland Love Uprising known as New Life. He can be heard every Saturday at Kingman’s Lucky Lounge in Oakland, California. fflood also writes in his blog, where he expresses some of his feminist/activist/gender politic stances. fflood sees himself as community oriented, a strong feminist, an advocate of polyamory, and an unapologetic straight ally.He is a music lover who aims to build spaces where communities can find healing, rejuvenation, connection, and inspiration, and has a really good time doing it.

Bookstore Contributed by
Pact, an adoption alliance.


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