What can we learn from the evolution of one Oakland neighborhood and the dramatic changes it’s seen in the last 40 years? How has gang violence and gentrification affected the city’s sense of community? Join Alta and Books Inc. for a discussion on the history and evolving landscape of Oakland with someone who knows: playwright, author, activist, poet, professor and longtime East Bay resident Ishmael Reed. Reed’s latest accolades include the Alberto Dubito Award for International Poetry presented in Venice and the AUDELCO award for theatre. His feature film Personal Problems has been called “a work of art” by The New York Times and Art Forum magazine. Reed’s latest essay, My Neighborhood, Part 2, explores the extraordinary transition of his once close-knit North Oakland neighborhood and its residents. Reed will be in conversation with Alta publisher Will Hearst.
My Neighborhood, Part 2 is published in Issue 8 of the Journal of Alta California.