Poets Lawrence Dinkins and Josh Fernandez will read their work at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St., as part of the Poetry Night Reading Series.
Dinkins (aka NSAA, pronounced en-sah-ah) is a Sacramento poet whose poems attack injustice and inhumanity. NSAA explores the African-American experience, commenting on youth movements, musical rhythms and social justice. He makes up half of the jazz performance duo Electropoetic Coffee.
He recently released a new book, “Sub American,” a collection of poems dealing with the concept of being a hyphenated American. In the book he explores a broad range of topics ranging from President Bush and Hurricane Katrina to the civil rights movement.
Fernandez was born in Denver, raised in metropolitan California and now lives and works in Midtown Sacramento where he attends Sacramento State University as a master’s candidate in the English department. He writes for Spin.com, Boulder Weekly, San Antonio Current and the Sacramento News and Review.
His poetry is widely published, and he is often asked to speak on ethnic diversity, abuse and addiction, and his background as a writer and poet. Fernandez was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem “The Last Thing He Said.” His first, full-length collection of poems, “Spare Parts and Dismemberment,” was released May 1 on R.L. Crow Press.
Attendees are invited to sign up for a spot on the open-mic list.