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McSweeney's & Berkeley Poetry Review: A Reading in Oakland

McSweeney's & Berkeley Poetry Review are proud to present an evening of translation & poetry at E.M. Wolfman. Featuring Croatia's Olja Savicevic and local hometown heroes José Vadi and Jacqueline Last — We'd love if you could join us.

Beverages and light hor d'oeuvres will be provided. 
Doors at 7 pm! Readings at 7:30!


OLJA SAVICEVIC is a poet, writer and journalist from Split, Croatia. Her first collection of poetry was published when she was only fourteen, and since then she has published six collections of poems, a short story collection, and a novel. She regularly collaborates with theaters, and two of her short stories have been adapted into short films. She has been awarded the prize for the best prose author under thirty-five by the Croatian literary magazine Vijenac and the publishing house AGM. She is also the recipient of the Ranko Marinkovic award for the best short story in 2007 and the Kiklop prize for the best poetry collection in 2008. Adios, Cowboy was awarded the Roman T-portal prize for best Croatian novel of 2011 and was adapted into a successful stage play the following year. An excerpt of the novel was included in Dalkey Archive's Best European Fiction 2014 and won her a place at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her writing has been translated into over seventeen languages. 

JOSE VALDI is an award-winning writer and film producer based in Oakland, California. A two-time national slam poetry champion and recipient of the Shenson Performing Arts Award, José was the inaugural director of the Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting, that incorporated investigative journalism and poet’s original work into short films, documentaries and live performances. His work has been featured by the PBS NewsHour, The Daily Beast, Colorlines, The Huffington Post, Jupiter 88, and Catapult. 

JACQUELINE LAST is a queer, mixed-Latinx writer and poet. They were born in Southern California, and relocated to the Bay Area as a teenager. They are now in their mid-twenties, and have worked in the service industry for close to a decade. They currently attend the University of California, Berkeley. Their work has appeared in Issue 46 of The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Fem Literary Magazine, "Queer History, Queer Now" from Apogee Journal, and Gravel Magazine.