ALAMEDA -- Books Inc. and Alameda Island Poets will hold a book signing and poetry reading for noted local poet and musician Avotcja from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Her new book of poetry and prose, "With Every Step I Take," published by Taurean Horn Press, Petaluma, has just been released. The book also includes original artwork by artist Eliza Land Shefler, who will also be featured at the event.

Avotcja is an award-winning poet and multi-instrumentalist who has been published in English and Spanish in the United States, Mexico and Europe. She is a Bay Area radio host with KPFA and KPOO radio, and has performed with her band, Avotcja and Modupue at Yoshi's, the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Asian American Jazz Festival in San Francisco and Chicago.

Avotcja has performed music with. among others, Rahsann Roland Kirk, John Handy and Nikki Giovanni. She has shared stages with Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti and gives poetry readings throughout the Bay Area.

"I am just a vehicle," Avotcja said. "There are stories everywhere waiting to be told and I'm grateful to be one of the many chosen to do the job."

Alameda poet laureate Mary Rudge and Nanette Bradley Deetz will also read poetry at this event.

Books Inc. is located at 1344 Park St. in Alameda. For more information, call 510-522-2226.



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