Photo by Brock Scott
Jennifer Tara Takahashi grew up near the ocean, camping across California and dreaming under chirimoya trees in her grandmother’s wild back yard. This connection with nature is an important part of who she is as a teacher, artist and woman. She is an artist without the ability to commit to one material, since she enjoys the thrill of learning new techniques. Jennifer explores mixed media, watercolor, fiber arts, silk painting as well as creating crochet ocean meditation stones, fine silver jewelry and once-was-a-sweater plush animals. She creates art to convey serenity, love and to remind others of the joy and healing that connecting with nature can bring. With this in mind, Jennifer opened The Grateful Dandelion Atelier, a children’s studio in Pacific Beach, California, which offers classes in yoga, mindfulness, storytelling and the arts. She looks forward to sharing the hand work, creativity and relaxation that her aunts, mother and grandmother passed on to her when they taught her the many crafts she enjoys. When she is not creating, you might find Jennifer dancing, reading, drinking tea, traveling or relaxing in the beach in Baja.
Jennifer has been published in Incandescent Mind: Selfish Work and as the cover and featured artist in Conversations with Gravel.
Full-length poetry collection, Conversations with Gravel by Sarah Thursday. 110-pages, perfect bound, with cover and interior art by Jennifer Takahashi. Available soon through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach. Preorder online with the discount code PresaleCWG.
“In Conversations with Gravel, Sarah Thursday dissects love affairs gone wrong with surgical precision. These remarkable poems spare no one. Thursday and her lovers each bear the responsibility and the sorrow. How to win while losing at love? With exquisite imagery and unflinching honesty, these poems show us how.” —Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor, Cultural Weekly
“Sarah Thursday’s Conversations with Gravel are also conversations with conflict (‘you want me bath-soaked, / I need you tree-hollow’), grief, eroticism, self-discovery and courage (‘Keep kicking through splintered wood and twisted metal’). Her voice is fluid, honest, not afraid of vulnerability, not afraid of showing her strength: ‘my name is not prey'”. — Mariano Zaro, Author of Tres Letras and The House at Mae Rim
“The poems in Sarah Thursday’s Conversations with Gravel do not spare our feelings or soften the hammer-blows to the heart of love gone wrong. Sit back, take a deep breath, read. Such poetry allows us to grieve and rejoice together, making the world a more hospitable, less fearsome place.” —Donna Hilbert, Author of Gravity: New and Selected Poems
On Friday, August 24th, 2018, from 6 to 8:30 pm, Sadie Girl Press and Silver Star Laboratory will be participating in 4th Fridays on 4th Street in Long Beach. Authors and press runners, Bill Friday, Ra Avis, and Sarah Thursday will be in front of Past & Present / retroda. Buy a book, get it signed, or just say hello!
4th Fridays on 4th Street is a monthly event on Retro Row in Long Beach. Local artists, musicians, businesses, and organizations showcase their work.
The Long Beach Press Telegram published an article written by Mary Anne Perez about the poetry and literary scene in our community, including Sadie Girl Press. I was thrilled to help spotlight all the amazing things my friends are doing.
Antonio Appling, Sarah Thursday, Nancy Lynee Woo, Bill Friday, Shy Butflyy, and Ra Avis are local poets and writers from Long Beach who come together to connect, create, and collaborate. (Photo by Tracey Roman, Contributing Photographer)
Top row: Bill Friday, Nancy Lynee Woo, Antonio Appling Bottom row: Sarah Thursday, Shy Butflyy, and Ra Avis (Photo by Tracey Roman, Contributing Photographer)