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Rex Renee Leonowitch Book Release/Funeral Party/Fundraiser: Oakland #2

Join Rex Renee Leonowitch and Denise Benavides for a night of poetry, drag, music, art, feels, and hype to celebrate the release of Rex's new book of poetry and illustrations, When There Is No One And There Is Everyone, available for preorder here:

The event will feature readings and performances and be a funeral party using drag, music, poetry, and visual art/digital media to pay homage to the events, people, and sites of protest, grief, triumph, and fabulosity present in the work and life. 

It's also a fundraiser for Rex, who is a poor trans disabled working artist who funded their book tour mostly by themselves and who is continuing their education in performance/theatre in the Fall in NYC and needs financial support for housing, life expenses, and tuition costs.

REX RENEE LEONOWICZ is a multimedia artist, performer, writer, and activist from Queens, New York. As a poor/working class, trans/nonbinary femme, Rex’s art and performance work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. Rex is a gender-bending, genre-blending artist whose work critically responds to the relationships people on the margins have with our surroundings and each other.

DENISE BENAVIDES is a performance artist, poet, and educator based in Oakland, California. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently teaching at Skyline College. Her debut collection of poetry, Split, was released in the winter of 2016 by Kórima Press. For more information please visit

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Edmond Lapine Memorial Reading
Later Event: September 1
Poiesis: An Opening Night Party!