2017 BUTCH Voices Spoken Word Featured Event

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
2:00pm- 3:00pm

Oakstop – 1721 Broadway
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Our Bodies, Our Stories. A spoken word event featuring masculine of center wordsmiths, poets, and authors sharing their stories. Free to conference attendees.


Lucky 7
SevanKelee Boult (bka Lucky 7) is a well known Bay Area poet and performance artist. This UC Berkeley graduate has a minor in Theatre Arts. SevanKelee is continuously redefining her poetry and performance. Hailing from East Palo Alto, CA and writing since childhood, her most recent artistic venture involves the ukulele and spoken word. She effortlessly blends music and poetry to engage the audience with her soft, raspy voice and mesmerizing stage presence. Gracing such stages as The Palace of Fine Arts, Yerba Buena, De Young Museum , Brava Theater and The Marsh Theater(s) in San Francisco, CA. Her poem Cucumber has been seen on HBO Real Sex since 2000. She has represented several Bay Area slam teams over the past 15 years. In 2014, she became the only person in the Bay to win the honored title Grand Slam Champion of 4 different Bay Area Slam teams (SF, Berkeley,Oakland and Palo Alto). SevanKelee’s poem Listening to Pain has been published in the 2017 Spring issue of Foglifter Journal. A 2017 QCC emerging artist, SevanKelee’s performances are full of excitement.
Day Walker
Day Walker was born in 1965 in Oakland, California. For over 20 years they have been an active participant and Mentor in the Butch Femme Community promoting the dynamics of diversity and the spirit of inclusion within the Culture. Daywalker is Agender and now resides in the mountains of Northern California with their wife. They have been described as a Modern day Philosopher, Peace maker, Photo taker, Author, Artist of the Fluorescence, and a Gender anomalous. And of course, the Hippy.
Jo “Paradigm” Roberts
A native of the Universe, Joann “Paradigm” Roberts was born and raised in the Chicago area. A Poet/MC and Musician/Producer; Paradigm is a 3x time Slam Champion as well as a Hip Hop Educator and Teaching Artist for at-promise youth. She promotes healing, self-reflection, growth, and awareness through the arts and is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerful words. Paradigm travels all over the United States and overseas, sharing her art and facilitating Poetry/Hip Hop workshops. She has feature performances at various events such as slams, open mics, festivals and retreats. In addition to speaking at many colleges and universities, Paradigm has also opened for Dr. Cornel West and performed on stage with Reggae artist Pato Banton. In mission to have a positive impact on the world using art as both a wellness and therapeutic practice, Paradigm continues to release a number of Hip Hop/Spoken Word albums and Poetry books since first taking her art on the road in 2012.
Evolve Benton
Evolve Benton is a black and queer writer from Los Angeles, CA. Evolve is a social justice educator and the Assistant Director at the University of California, San Francisco Multicultural and LGBT Resource Center where they focus on the retention and access to equity for underrepresented student health professionals. They hold a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Evolve lives with their family in Oakland, CA. Their writing has appeared in the Dillard Review (2008), Trans bodies, Trans Selves (2014) and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity (2016).