Who is P3ssPlay?
Founded in Oakland, CA in 2013 by writers Audacious IAM, Chanel Timmons and Shampale while attending and meeting in the Mills College Masters of Fine Art Program in Poetry; Pr3ssPlay Poets deemed it to be a necessity to contribute their art and talents to the community with intentions to provide a space for healing, identity exploration, social justice and more.
Chanel Timmons (Co-founder, Writer, Artist) Chanel prides her art on being a deviation from most rules and expectations. Born and raised in the bay area, she has a bit of home-grown rebellion flowing through her veins that leaks out in mellow doses. When the times demand for poets to write about loud revolution, count on her to be writing about that one hushed moment you thought you forgot in the middle of the chaos. Poetic stories on life blurred in between the lines of dirty made beautiful: she’s all about it. Chanel has three chapbooks currently available about love, sex, rage, seduction, loss and how to improperly handle it all.
Shampale Fenessa (Co-founder, Writer, Artist) Shampale Fenessa is the author of Alphabet Love. She is published in Souls of My Young Sisters, a collection of essays about empowerment for women by women. Shampale attended undergrad at Voorhees College, a private historically black college (HBCU) where she reigned as Miss Voorhees College 2009-2010 and a graduate of the Mills College MFA Program (2013). She is a middle school English teacher.
UniQ. Mical/pronounced "Unique My-Kell" (Writer and Artist) UniQ is a wryter, MC. and excyter who aims to keep it hyper from Baltimore, MD. She has performed for 12 years, featuring at venues & conferences throughout the DMV, Philadelphia, NYC, Western Massachusetts, Austin, Atlanta, Havana, Cuba, & now, here in The Bay. Her poetry is shaped in nuanced narratives, which usually embody the voices of communities she exists in (QT/POC, low-income, hybrid identities, untold family histories). Uni Q. Mical is a recent graduate of the Mills College MFA Program and a graduate from Hampshire College (2009).
A Works In Progress Script - Poetic Stage Production
Written by: Pr3ssPlay ♥ Directed by: Mona Webb © 2015
Hosted by: Sonya Renee Taylor
Full Length Viewings:
February 22, 2015 @Eastside Arts Alliance
Oakland, CA - Sold Out Event
May 23, 2015 @La Pena Cultural Center
Berkeley, CA - Sold Out Event
March 6, 2015 @BettiOno Gallery
1st Friday Art Murmur/Through Our Lens Photography Exhibition
March 15, 2015 @Oakland is Proud Block Party
50th Year Anniversary for The Black & Chicano Arts Movement
April 25, 2015 @777 O’Farrel Art Gallery
So Far To Go Art Exhibition with Priya Handa
San Francisco, CA
June 7, 2015 @Eastside Art Alliance
July 18, 2015 @SOMArts
Night Lights Annual Artist Garden Party and Exhibition
San Francisco, CA
September 7, 2015 @Humanist Hall
Revolve2015 - Oakland Pride Festival