"My Soul Is a Witness": A night of performances celebrating Joyce Lee

Oakland writer, poet, and storytelling powerhouse Joyce Lee is releasing her first book of collected writings entitled, "My Soul Is A Witness." After the sudden loss of her husband, David, this summer, Joyce has decided to tour throughout Europe promoting her first book, and to continue journeying (while creating) abroad for an undetermined amount of time.

So, a few of the BEST Bay Area's storytellers have decided to come together and create a benefit show to send Joyce on her travels! Joyce is beloved by the storytelling, poetry and Oakland community, and anyone who has heard her on stage knows: she's powerful, talented, and no one can touch the real thing. We welcome YOU to join in supporting Joyce on this journey by enjoying an evening of storytelling. Please spread the word!

All storytellers from this show will be donating the proceeds directly to Joyce. Get your tickets today to support this amazing writer, womyn, and friend.

Cohosted by Tourettes Without Regret's Jamie DeWolf, this evening features some of the Bay Area's most stellar performers:

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, performer and standup comedian, named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco. He’s been featured in Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and is a winner of Literary Death Match, Write Club, The Moth, and Muni Diaries. As a comic he’s featured at Tourettes Without Regrets, ManHaters, Marga Gomez’s NYE Comedy Fiesta and all over the Bay Area. He is The Voice of Shipwreck SF Fan Fiction Competition and Podcast and regularly hosts literary shows with KQED. He is the founder and head organizer for ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? created in part by a grant from Galerìa de la Raza. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, California.

Gina Gold is an African American, Jewish humorist, filmmaker and stage artist. She grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said.  At the age of thirteen she attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and later wrote her own one woman shows before venturing into filmmaking. She launched her own show on a New York cable access channel. Calling it “The Gina Gold Show,” she filled the airtime with comedic, sometimes surreal, Saturday Night Live-style sketches and short films.

Jamie DeWolf is a writer, performer, film director, teaching artist, show producer and circus ringmaster from Oakland, CA. Known for his fast paced mix of stand up, theater and hip hop with a style called “over-the-top, raw and raucous” with “moving, intense verse”, DeWolf “brings that same inimitable, avant-garde style to everything he does.” He is the creator and host of Tourettes Without Regrets, “the longest running and most outlandish variety show in the Bay Area”, called “one of the best underground performance art shows in America” (Huffington Post) and “the most consistently spectacular event that Oakland’s ever seen.” He also tours with NPR's Snap Judgmentand was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, 60 Minutes, UPN, BBC, Vice, NBC and CBS. 

Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop (the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country).

Mighty Mike McGee is a storyteller, comedian, poetry champion. For just a funny-poet from San José, California, he has seen a lot of the world. In the arena of poetry competition, he is the first and (so far) only person ever to win the Grand Championship at both the National Poetry Slam (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (2006). He has toured at least 3/4 of a million miles throughout the U.S., Canada & Europe. He has also performed at the University of Paris, on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBC Radio & Television, and regularly on NPR's Snap JudgmentIn Search of Midnight, his first book of poetry, is available through Write Bloody Publishing. You can find his EPK here: Mighty Mike McGee has shows in San José and a local newsletter: Sweet Home San José

and more exciting performances to be announced!

Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without Joyce Lee herself!

"My Soul is a Witness": A night of performances celebrating Joyce Lee

Friday, Dec. 8

VIP early mingle with the artists/reception: 7pm   

General Admission:

Doors: 8 pm  Show: 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Skyhigh Odditorium

1255 26th Street, Oakland, CA (between Poplar and Union Streets near Peralta St.

About Skyhigh Odditorium: West Oakland's "portal to the creative dimension," the Skyigh Odditorium is an aireal arts school, yoga studio, art gallery, music production lab, projection-mapped oasis, ceremonial space, and Temple of superheroes.