Hope in the Face of Despair - A Literary Salon for Our Times

Hope in the Face of Despair
A Literary Salon for Our Times
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Please join us for an evening of poetry and discussion, community building and consciousness raising, in the first of an ongoing Literary Salon dedicated to inclusion and equity. Let us lift up our voices, express love, and find hope together as we resist, reclaim, and rebuild our communities.

Our Featured Poets

Ali Cannon Writer, organizer, activist, and public speaker, who is a recognized leader in the transgender community. Cannon’s provocative illumination of Jewish and transgender themes can be seen in the film, It’s A Boy: Journeys from Female to Male, and in the co-authored essay (with TJ Michels), Whose Side Are You On: Transgender at the Western Wall. His poetry appears in From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond. He is also the founder of the theater group, Transmen Tell Their Tales.

Prado Gomez Bay Area singer and writer born and raised in the
San Francisco Mission District, Gomez’s autobiographical writing reflects on family, race, gender, spirituality, gentrification, and sexuality from his perspective as a Mestizo-American man of trans experience. He developed his writing style under the tutelage of Cherrie Moraga and Ricardo Bracho.

Florence Miller Founding member of Shakespeare’s Sisters, Miller co- edited three anthologies, including State of Peace: The Women Speak. In the mid- nineties, she co-authored a renga trilogy with Alexis Rotella. She has published two poetry collections, Upriver (2012), and A Little Girl Straightening Worms (2019). A retired creative writing and English teacher from Oakland’s McClymonds High School, the 1972 Emmy-winning film by Allen Willis, Can You Hear Me? Young Black Poets from the Ghetto, is based on her students and their work.

Julian née Sara Mithra hovers between genre and gender, border mongering and mongreling. Their first book, If the Color Is Fugitive (Nomadic Press, 2018) follows vagrants around the collapsing frontier during a queer elsewhen. It’s a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Their work has appeared in Versal 12, Milvia Street, Storm Cellar, Sharkpack Annual, Anxy, Name and None, and inside bags of Nomadic Coffee.

Please refrain from wearing scents. Please remove shoes before entering the studio. Suggested Donation: $10


Thai Yoga and Massage with Amy Torgerson

On Saturdays, after this class you can also book privates of Thai Yoga and 
Massage with Amy. Assisted Thai Yoga is a one-on-one individualized therapeutic
experience that includes acupressure, passive stretching and energy work. It 
promotes peace in the mind and ease in the body; effects include relaxation, pain
relief, increased flexibility, boosting the immune system, reducing exercise soreness
and aiding digestion. The session begins with a brief discussion to provide an
intention for the practice, the participant then receives compressions and allows the 
body to be brought through range of motion exercises, and ends with energy healing 
while in savasana.   

Reservations require a non-refundable $20 deposit. There is almost always a waitlist 
for these coveted spots. If you cannot make your settime, please let us know 24 
hours before your appointmentand we can fill your spot. If you don't call/don't show, 
you will be charged a $20 late cancel fee.

Amy is a CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist with 10 years of experience,
who started studying Thai Massage in 2008.  She began her yoga practice
7 years ago and completed her 200hr YTT at Niroga Yoga Institue in 2013. 
Amy is an HAES (health at every size) adherent who believes that all bodies
are good bodies,  her approach to bodywork incorporates deep pressure,
stillness, energetic awareness, and postural correction.

When not immersed in yoga and massage, she enjoys going to the beach, 
jogging extremely slowly, baking bread, and going out to brunch.


You have friends who've never been through these doors?
How is that even possible?

We love you, and we imagine we'll also love your friends. Let's grow our community, we need to see more of you,
 and we want to meet your good friends and your neighbors. Now is the time to grow our sweet sangha. We are now offering your loved ones a "Welcome Home to Loka" package where they can come join our party/revolution, meet all of us, sample all of our classes, get physically and mentally stronger, and get some much needed serenity.

The unlimited pass is good for 30 days 
after the date they make the purchase.

And, of course, we still offer 3 classes for $30 for 
new students looking for less of a commitment.  

Yoga Class Pricing 
Classes paid for in person by cash or check will be discounted $2 a class.

online/atm/cc                discounted cash/check
one class - $20                  one class - $18
5 classes - $95                  5 classes - $85
10 classes - $170              10 classes - $160 
20 classes - $320              20 classes - $280 

  MONTHLY UNLIMITED Classes - $122/month