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Sights & Sounds: Thea Matthews' Picks

Thea Matthews

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During shelter-in-place, instead of recommending in person events, we're suggesting ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, Jenee Darden speaks with poet Thea Matthews.

Cassandra Dallett is an Oakland-based poet whose work is raw and inspiring. This book is about being frustrated with the state of the country when it comes to race and class, but finding refuge in the wilderness from the chaos.

This inspiring  and captivating FX series focuses on the Black and Latinx LGBTQ community who compete in New York City's ballroom culture during the 1980s. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix.

Jericho Brown is among the most profound poets alive today. He won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for The Tradition. Watch a discussion he recently took part in for the Bay Area Book Festival.

Thea Matthews' debut poetry collection is called Unearth [The Flowers]

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.