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COORDINATORS

Tamiko, a biracial Asian femme with dark brown hair, sits smiling at the camera in front of a bright yellow bush of black-eyed Susans. She is wearing a black top and a patterned skirt.

Tamiko Beyer, Co-Coordinator

Tamiko Beyer (she/they) is the author of the poetry collections Last Days (2021) and We Come Elemental (2013), and co-editor Poetry As Spellcasting: Poems, Essays, and Prompts for Manifesting Liberation and Reclaiming Power (2023). Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, Black Warrior Review, and Georgia Review. She has received awards from Lambda Literary, PEN America, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. tamikobeyer.com

Image description: Tamiko, a biracial Asian femme with dark brown hair, sits smiling at the camera in front of a bright yellow bush of black-eyed Susans. She is wearing a black top and a patterned skirt. Photo credit: Susi Franco.

Franny, an Asian person with short black hair, sits in front of a messy home office. They are have firetruck-red lipstick, clear glasses, and a pattern with small leopard print.

Franny Choi, Founder, Co-Coordinator

Franny Choi (they/she) is a queer, Korean American writer, former organizer, and author of three books: The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (2022), Soft Science (2019), and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (2014). They developed their practice in community with artists and activists in Providence, RI, where they worked on campaigns for police accountability, youth power, and migrant justice. Their poems have been published in the New York Times, the Nation, and the Atlantic. They are Faculty in Literature at Bennington College and the current Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

Image description: Franny, an Asian person with short black hair, sits in front of a messy home office. They are have bright red lipstick, clear glasses, and a shirt with small leopard print.

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Ceci Pineda, Retreat Coordinator

Ceci Pineda (they/them) is a non-binary queer musician, ecosystem caretaker and facilitator. They sow seeds and songs for Tlalli (earth/land/soil), community liberation and relationships-based climate justice worlds. They love to grow medicine and ancestral crops among Queer, Trans* and BIPOC community. For over a decade, Ceci has been collaborating with nonprofits working to build community-based climate justice. Their climate resilience work is rooted in community practices that further land regeneration and reciprocally heal our communities.

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ADVISORY CIRCLE

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Aurielle Marie

Award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural strategist Aurielle Marie is a Black queer storyteller, political organizer, and child of the Deep South by way of Atlanta. Their poetry debut, Gumbo Ya Ya, is the recipient of both the 2020 Cave Canem Prize and the 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, and is out now with the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Lo Kwa Mei-en, Book Fair Coordinator

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books, 2015), The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), and two chapbooks from The Lettered Streets Press and Bloom Books. She lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

photocredit: Araminta Kellond-Knight

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Omkari Williams, Advisory Circle Member

Omkari L. Williams has worked as a political consultant and life coach for 30 years, with an emphasis on supporting activists who identify as introverted or highly sensitive. As a queer Black woman, she shares her own story of challenging injustice to empower others in making a difference in their communities. She leads workshops and trainings and is host of the popular podcast, Stepping into Truth, where she interviews people doing activism in their own unique ways. She was a 2022 Witches & Warriors Fellow.

WITCHES & WARRIORS FELLOWS

2022:

Sojourner Ahébée, Jamie Grace Alexander, Noa Coffrey-Moore, MacKenzie River Foy, Aarati Kasturirangan, Mon Mohapatra, Precious Chika Musa, Blue Nguyen, Bushra Rehman, Aftan Sethia, tae min suh, Omkari Williams.

VOLUNTEERS & MORE

Brew & Forge is largely a community-led effort, the result of the hard work of many volunteers, authors, interns, and friends. Thank you to everyone who's helped us organize the Book Fair, run an event, enter info into our database, and more! If you want to learn how to plug in, email Franny at franny [at] brewandforge.com. 

Seven people of color (Black, Latinx, and Asian) on a Zoom screen, smiling. One has put up a heart reaction.

Participants in the 2021 Catalyst Circle, from top left: Andrea Schmid, Franny Choi, MARS Marshall, Justice Ameer, Tamiko Beyer, Jess X. Snow, Candace Wiley. 

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Staff of the 2022 Witches & Warriors Retreat. From top left: Tamiko Beyer, Amelia deGuzman, tae min suh, Franny Choi, Patricia Jeon.

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