Open Read : an evening of reading at Have Company

Monday night we were lucky enough to all gather in the back corner of the shop for an incredible evening of zines, poetry, and prose.  7 people read, each one showing so much bravery, style, and inspiration!  I feel so lucky to live this life and be apart of so many incredible journeys. 

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

Aaminah gave a powerful account of a dream birth situation.  After attending a doula training they were encouraged to manifest in the mind what the best situation would be to bring new life into the world.  Looking forward to this zine being complete and for you all to read - it really sheds light on what IS POSSIBLE for an epic birthing story!

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

Ben read a beautiful piece on why he needs feminism from the Feminism issue of The Bandit Zine. From disney movies to being called gay - wad : ben sheds light on how society pushes us to be "strong men" and "delicate women" and encourages us to abandon gender binaries and find our own path instead!

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

   Breezy read a beautiful story from a zine she made with her daughter, Joanna, who did all of the illustrations.  It's an engaging story about Breezy as a young mother and her empowering journey through a natural birth, connections to home & place, and a simple couch. 

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

Sofia brought in a few copies of her zine (now available in the shop) Some super micro stories and a few longer ones - Sofia has a way of combining humor and detailed story telling that brings everyone into the story and as a listener I felt like I was able to bring my own experiences and meaning into it. 

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

Richard is one of my greatest & truest friends.  We met a few years ago and only hangout for a few hours or days a year - but it's always some of the best days I get.  Richard's poems are like small performances in the way they are delivered.  From a list of names he's been called, to a piece about his room mate - i always laugh and cry through the same poem.  Richard dropped off some poetry chapbooks and zines from Monster House Press! 

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

I met Erin (Richard's sister) last March at a reading I hosted in my living room where I read from my zine The Art Of.  Erin had also quit drinking and we immediately connected on sober living.  Erin has since published her own book (!!!) which she read from and dropped copies off at the shop.  Social justice, feminism, recovery, and self care shine through in her mini poems and longer essays.  Erin is so inspiring to me and I loved hearing her read.

photo by brandon lake 

photo by brandon lake 

Morgan got up and read in front of people for THE FIRST TIME EVER!  That sort of bravery impacts the space so much, I can always feel it for days and days after when I enter the shop.  Morgan had a way of setting the scene in her short story that brought us right into her experience.  And her piece on variations of love left each sentence open ended yet so specific that you could apply it to your own life, or guess exactly what Morgan was going through.

What a great night! Thanks to everyone who same out and make sure to stop into the shop this weekend to pick up one of these fabulous writer's work! Thanks to Brandon Lake for documenting the evening!  We're open on Thursday from 11-7, Friday from 11-11 (Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY is from 5-11!) and Saturday 12-5!