Presented by Seismic Sisters: Seismic Sisters elevates and celebrates feminist artists and activists who are shaking things up. We amplify the voices of new leaders and rebels who are shifting culture and changing the landscape.
Juliana Delgado Lopera
Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and performance artist based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award she’s the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. She's received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. She's the recipient of the 2016 Jeanne Córdova Words Scholarship. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly, TimeOut Mag to name a few. She’s the creative director of RADAR Productions a queer literary non-profit in San Francisco. www.julianadlopera.com
ASHA is an Artist, Educator, and Revolutionary. Originally from LA, ASHA is currently an 8th grade teacher in San Jose. She is an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. ASHA has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, is a feature at many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. ASHA was the focus of a recent short documentary by KQED ARTS. She was given the Hank Hutchins award by the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators for supporting and advocating for black youth. She is actively training educators across California on equitable practices and building student agency. She is certified as a facilitator through Teaching Tolerance. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 school rooted in restorative justice and social justice based standards. ASHA consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries. www.ashapoet.com
Jessica Semaan is a writer, poet, and performer. Her debut book of poetry, Child of the Moon, was published in early 2019. Jessica finds inspiration in her journey to heal from complex trauma. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Jessica currently resides in San Francisco, where she is attending CIIS to become a psychotherapist. Jessica is a top writer on the platform Medium with close to 50,000 followers. Prior to following her authentic path of artist and healer, she attended Stanford Business School and founded The Passion Co., an organization that helps people find and pursue their passions. She is also one of the early Airbnb employees who was involved in building and scaling the hospitality startup. www.childofthemoonbook.com
Shmee, MA is an intermedia artist, storyteller and educator whose work is driven by a commitment to the creative process and the potential it holds for enrichment. In partnership with kind collaborators at non-profit and community arts centers, Shmee offers art-based interventions at public events and alongside therapeutic and rite of passage practices. These programs use mindfulness, embodiment, and creative play for self-inquiry, story weaving and community building. Shmee’s original works have been seen at the Bioneers conference, the conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, SF Fringe Festival, Cucalores Film Festival, and Figment Arts, among others. In addition to facilitating original and enchanting programs, Shmee supports higher education through curriculum development as adjunct professor, teaching artist, and administrator. With a BA in Film Studies and an MA in Depth Psychology, Shmee’s passion for storytelling spans from personal narrative to cultural mythology and fosters a commitment to the myriad of tales of our time. https://theartofshmee.weebly.com/