Poetry Feature: Khalypso || Monday, January 7, 7:30 || SPC, 1719 25th St || Host CharRon Smith || Open Mic || Free Event

 Poetry Feature
Khaya “Khalypso” Osbourne
 Monday, January 7, 7:30 pm
Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St
Host: CharRon Smith
 Open Mic  🎆  Free Event
Khaya “Khalypso” Osbourne is a Sacramento-based activist,
actor, and poet. They are fat, black, neurodivergent, queer,
and an agender badass. Their work can be found in Francis
House, Rigorous Journal, Blood Orange Review, Calamus
Journal, Crab Fat Magazine, Black Napkin Press, Rising
Phoenix Review, and Shade Journal, as well as a few others.
They were a poetry editor for Cerurove Magazine, Culaccino
Magazine and the Social Media Manager of Black Napkin
A Sacramento Poetry Slam Champion that became a member
on 2018 Sac Unified Poetry Slam Team and participated in
the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL. The team
ranked top 20 in the National Poetry Slam Finals. Their
chapbook, The Hottentot Lights the Gas Herself,
was a runner up for the 2018 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize.
They are the 2019 Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate, a
Leo-Virgo cusp. To follow on social Media, find them on
Khaya Osborne
Matches & Flames
if i have to love a black boy
may he be a ghost before
we meet
there is no fear in loving your
own shadow
as opposed to a
mahogany time bomb/ charcoal wick
thick lips to butterfly / unkeepable promises on my neck
may i meet him fitted for coffin
and growing
accustomed to ground already
if i have to love a black boy
may he never disappoint me
by pulling this porcupine world too close to his
soft ballon belly
soft ballon lungs
unfit for breathing
unfit for laying upon and
casting my woes into the feeble pulse
of his matchstick arms
if i have to love a black boy
if i have to tug charcoal into my mouth
and lay it on the bed of nerves under my tongue
a name
may he have been
ignited and extinguished
so that i never have to watch him

Published on Black napkin press
Coming Events:  SPC and Elsewhere
 Events take place at the Sacramento Poetry Center
and are Free (unless otherwise noted)
☆  Poetry Center Gallery January ☆
Paradise Relief:
An Invitational Art Show to Benefit the Camp Fire Victims
Monday, January 7, Host CharRon Smith
Khalypso (Khaya Osborne), 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 9
Facilitated by Laura Rosenthal
 MarieWriters Generative Writing Workshop
Come and write freely in a small, guided group. 
Second Saturday reception, January 12 
 Paradise Relief: An Invitational Art Show
to Benefit the Camp Fire Victims, 5 – 8 pm  
Monday, January 14, Host Stuart Canton
 Emily Wallis Hughes, 7:30 pm
Thursday, January 17
Hosts Mary Zeppa and Lawrence Dinkins
Sacramento Room, Central Library, 828 I Street 
Bring a poem by a poet other than yourself. 12 noon
 Monday, January 21, Host Penny Kline
 Chris Olander and David Loret de Mola, 7:30 pm 
Monday, January 28, Host Tim Kahl
Book release reading for Josh McKinney’s “Small Sillion”
7:30 pm
Tuesday NightWorkshops
with Danyen Powell
Hart Center, 915 27th St
 7:30 pm
Jan 16 with Christin O’Cuddehy
Jan 23 with. Laura Martin
Jan 30 with Patricia Wentzel
To be held two doors down
in Women’s Wisdom Room.

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