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Third Place Books welcomes acclaimed local journalist Reagan Jackson for a discussion of her latest book, Still Here: A South End Mixtape from an Unexpected Journalist. She will be joined by poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and speaker Anastacia-Renee, author of the collections Forget It and (v.).
About Still Here. . .
Reagan Jackson is a powerful member of the community, committed to building strong relationships and developing opportunities to explore creativity, literacy, and civic engagement. This book is a collection of some of Jackson’s most grounded and meaningful work in journalism.
Often, journalism is regarded as impartial, unbiased, and truthful. Jackson understands that this institutions has deep roots in a perspective that often produces narratives that are oppressive. In Still Here, Reagan E.J. Jackson writes with both perspective and purpose, illuminating stories that reflect the mosaic of stories comprised in Seattle.
Praise for Still Here. . .
"Still Here is an orchestra of fantastic stories. From Cappy’s gym to burlesque shows; Japan to Honduras; and all-around fully embracing the important but devalued emotions of anger, grief and, importantly, joy and healing, the journalism collected in Still Here is both rigorous and deeply human. In it, community is a verb as well as a place."
—Sarah Neilson, South Seattle Emerald
"When Reagan Jackson writes, be prepared for straight talk. She does not hold back when talking about race, black lives, gender, white privilege, police accountability, the kind of hot button issues that make people uncomfortable. . . . What you will find in Reagan's mixtape is powerful, and at times, humorous writing about everyday herself, life, human foibles, complicated issues, race, justice, injustice, and hope for a better Seattle and world."
—Enrique Cerna, broadcast journalist
"Still Here is a collection of some of Jackson’s most grounded and meaningful work in journalism paired with deeply personal essays that tell a wide range of stories from South Seattle's ongoing gentrification to today's civil rights movements, as well as portraits of fascinating artists and activists and body politics as experienced through the lens of Black womanhood. These are her stories, the stories of her community, expanding out into stories of the world. She writes with both perspective and purpose."
—Anastacia-Renee, author of (v.)
Reagan Jackson is a multi-genre writer, activist, and international educator with an abiding love of justice, spirituality, and creating community. Reagan is passionate about providing young people with mentorship, leadership skills, and the opportunity to experience something new. To that end she has taken over two hundred youth abroad to Japan, Guatemala, and Mexico respectively and is the Program Director for Young Women Empowered. She is also the cofounder of Blackout Healing.
Anastacia-Renee is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker and podcaster. She is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean) and Forget It (Black Radish), in addition to Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere and Sidenotes from the Archivist, both forthcoming from Amistad. Recently she was selected by NBC News as part of the list of "Queer Artist of Color Dominate 2021's Must See LGBTQ Art Shows." Anastacia-Renee was a former Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), Hugo House Poet-in-Residence (2015-2017), and Arc Artist Fellow (2020). Her work has been anthologized in: Home is Where You Queer Your Heart, Furious Flower Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, and elsewhere. Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Ragdale, Mineral School, and The New Orleans Writers Residency.
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