Friday, July 3, 2015 | For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making | Poetry Performance, Book Reading + Book Signing |


Friday, July 10, 2015 | For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making | Poetry Performance, Book Reading + Book Signing |208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011 | $5 Suggested | or


Saturday, July 18, 2015 | For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making | Poetry Performance, Book Reading + Book Signing | Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene + Monica McIntyre |


Monday, July 20, 2015 | RISE | Feature: Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene + Open Mic | 1081 Progress Ave. E (Burrows Hall Community Center) | $3


Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 7pm | One Summer Tuesday Night…Performance Poets, Storytellers, Burlesque. Performers: Dainty Box, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Sedina Fiati, Chiedza Pasipanodya and Sashoya | Unit 2: 163 Sterling Road, Toronto, CN | $5 Suggested Donation



Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | African Literature Book Club


Thursday, July 30, 2015 | For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making | Poetry Performance, Book Reading + Book Signing


Saturday, August 1, 2pm-3pm | Queer Immigrant Stories Reading; OutWrite Book Festival | Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene (Author, For Sizakele) and Mala Kumar (Author, The Paths of Marriage) |


Sunday, August 2, 2015:

For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making | Poetry Performance, Book Reading + Workshop | Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon | Location TBA


Wed, Apr. 30, 2014: Queer African Diaspora: Queer African Diaspora: A Radical Talk, Multi-Media Presentation, Performance + Dialogue

By Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

This talk and presentation is a celebration and honoring of the magical artwork and activism of Queer Africans within and outside of Africa and will center the ways Queer African liberation movements are using media to share their stories, create safe spaces, organize as well as build intra-African collaboration and global allyship.

From Sakia Gunn to David Kato, queer bodies are being killed all over the world.  Othering Africa as “more” dangerous, violent and scary than all the other homophobic places on the planet (including the U.S.) is racist.  Period.  And only serves as a distraction from the fact that homophobia is homophobia, no matter where it occurs.  *Also* there are vast differences between us-immigration status, language, access to education, gender, class and color-all of which impact how we experience love, our sexuality, homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia.

How can non-Africans be true allies to Queer Africans? This talk will create room for how to *not* contribute to oppressive ways of viewing, thinking of and talking about Queer Africa(ns) as well as tangible ways to support Queer African artwork and activism.
Sun, Mar 30, 2pm – 5pm
Betti Ono Gallery
1427 Broadway,
Oakland, CA

Sun, Mar. 30, 2014: Writing the Missing Story Workshop: This workshop will excavate some of our missing stories. What stories/poems are tumbling inside your chest that you know are missing from the world around you? What truths are curled on the insides of your bones aching to be spoken and written? What experiences are you praying some writer writes for you so you can, for once, see your own reflection in books/blogs/tweets/literature? No one can write those words but you, dear one. Writing the Missing Story will consist of various writing prompts, exercises and discussions that will serve the purpose of crafting those stories/poems/essays. We will write together and at the end of the workshop, everyone will leave with tools to continue to deepen the writing we began together.

Sun, Mar 30, 2pm – 5pm
Betti Ono Gallery
1427 Broadway,
Oakland, CA
$10-25 sliding scale

Reserve your spot and buy your tickets on Eventbrite right here.

Sat, April 5, 2014: Ships in the Night – Sugarcane Fundraiser – Come dance for a reeaaalllly good cause.  Queer dance party goodness.  Proceeds go to sustaining Sugarcane. I’ll also be performing, incase you needed more incentive than dancing with beautiful queers to music you love.  2 Rooms with DJ’s spinning hiphop and bootyjams.  DJS: (resident) DJ DURT, Jaqi Sparro, DJ ESSEX, Jiggles with an early set by DJ Rapture.  Also, the Berkeley Free Clinic will be outside of Ships again distributing condoms/dental dams/information & giving out free rapid HIV tests.Location/When/Cost:
Sat, Apr 5th, 9pm-2am
@ the New Parish
579 18th Street,
Oakland, CA

See the facebook event for more info

Mon, April 7 thru Mon, May 12th: Sugarcane LGBTQ Of Color Writing Workshop – You already know–my passion for co-creating safe spaces for LGBTQ folks of color to wreck lyrical shop is HUGE.  If you’ve ever wanted to be about that Sugarcane Life, now is the time–with my upcoming book tour, I won’t be able to offer a 6 week season of Sugarcane in Oakland for awhile.  Remember: the workshop is for LGBTQ folks of color of all writing backgrounds and levels. I designed Sugarcane to be an inclusive, genuine and lovingly affirming space.  All writing styles and genres are deeply welcome!  For real, for real.


1435 3rd Avenue,
Oakland, CA + Virtually (You can Skype in!)
$250 for the entire season of 6 workshops. Credit cards, checks and cash accepted. Full payment is due April 7th. Payment plans are available upon request.
Scholarships: Because of the generous contributions of community members, partial scholarships are available! If you’d like to be considered for a partial scholarship, please email me at myloveisaverb [at] gmail [dot] com to let me know why you’d like the scholarship and how much of a scholarship you need. I will respond to all requests by April 4th.

Friday, July 5, 2013, 8pm: Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance.  Queer Rebels presents the Harlem Renaissance (provocative performance and films.)  From Langston’s dreams deferred, to La Bentley’s gender bending Blues, we celebrate traditions of dissent and Queer Black Aesthetics. Join us as we reclaim history and the urgency of our voices.  Formed in late 2008, Queer Rebels showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future.

“An evocative panorama of exceptional talent” – SF Examiner
“…speaks quietly to our hearts and sets fire to our minds.” – Autostraddle

Where/When/How Much: African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton St, San Francisco, California.)  Doors 7:30pm, Show at 8pm. Event Pricing – Performances: $15-25. Films: $7-10 sliding.  No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds!  More info here.

Saturday, July 6, 2013, 6:30-7:30pm: BeastCrawl Presents Black Futurists Speak: Queer New Black. A night of literary, experimental, unapologetic queerness in the tradition of Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, June Jordan and Essex Hemphill served by writers who smash on gender norms and blur the boundaries of poetry, prose and performance.  In partnership with the 2nd Annual Beast Crawl literary pub crawl, this is the Summer installment of Black Futurists Speak, a quarterly literary, technology and arts collaboration featuring forward thinking Black artists from the Bay Area and beyond.  READERS:  Saeed Jones, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Marvin K. White, Juba Kalamka, Taijhet Nyobi & Bushmama Africa.  Where/When/How Much: 6:30pm – 7:30pm.  Betti Ono Gallery: 1427 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612.  More info here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 7-9pm: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck is an intimate dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Head to Feast of Words to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on the monthly theme and share your on-the-spot writing to be entered in a drawing for edibles, books and other prizes!   Feast of Words features a reading by Mia McKenzie, creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a multi-faceted online forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans people of color.  Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene anchors the evening’s potluck.  As always, guests can bring a dish, take part in a writing exercise and share the work they have created for a chance to win literary and culinary prizes.  Where/When/How Much: **Tickets go on sale June 19th. They are $5 with a potluck dish in advance or at the door, or $10 in advance with no dish and $12 at the door with no dish. Advance tickets are recommended as there are only 35 seats at the table.***  SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California)

Exact Date TBA: Queer African Diaspora Seminar

September 19 – 21, 2013: Performing GUAVA @ Critical Ethnic Studies, Univ of Illinois-Chicago

January 19, 2013, 11am – 4pm: Cooking Deliciousness & Crocheted Goods On Sale @ Self Care Saturday

January 17th – March 7, 2013: Sugarcane Workshops Season 2 (

January 16 – May 2013: Teaching “Poetry for the People” @ University of California, Berkeley

April 20, 2013, 7pm-10pm: Sugarcane Showcase: Event info is available here.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7:30pm – 9pmThe News: Fresh Queer Performance featuring QCC Artists including an excerpt of Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene’s multi-media one woman show, GUAVA.  More info here

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2pm-5pm: Beloved Brunch.  Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene of Kitchen Poems & Christian Eddings of Cultured Members of Society (C.M.O.S.) are teaming up to bring you…*drum roll please*…A Beloved Brunch! Beloved Brunch will consist of divine, mouth-watering food prepared by Yvonne and an outlet for people to create their own personal grooming experience with Christian. Come grub on good Nigerian, Caribbean & African Diasporic food, get fly with a new hair cut or image consultation, all while being blessed with afrobeat, funk and soul music kissing your eardrums.  When: 1919 Market Street, Oakland, CA. More info here

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Thursday, July 10, 2013: Sugarcane LGBTQ Of Color Writing WorkshopMore info here

Monday, June 17 & Tuesday, June 18  2013: GUAVA, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene’s multi-media one-woman show, seamlessly blends Nigerian Dyke holy texts, poems, dreams, heartbeats + dance while candidly exploring queer African sexuality, im/migration and the beautiful ways immigrants and children of immigrants create home. GUAVA debuts as part of the National Queer Arts Festival and will be followed by a brief talk back that engages the political issues raised in the performance.  GUAVA is part of the National Queer Arts Festival and is the recipient of a grant from the Queer Cultural Center.  More info here or at Brown Paper Tickets

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