Devi Peacock

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Photo by Luna Merbruja

Executive Director & Founding Artistic Director

Devi Peacock is a sixteenth-generation storyteller and a comedy writer covering social justice issues like global warming and Beyoncé albums. A 2017 Best of the East Bay winner for “Best QTPOC Performance Activist and Status Quo Challenger” and 2017 recipient of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s Soma Award, they’re a certified life, career and wellness coach; an advisory board member of the Resilience Archives; a member of the QTPOC4SHO arts collective; co-organizer of the #Liberate23rdAve campaign to turn a long-time QTPOC block in Oakland into a land trust for the next 100 years; a steering committee member of Liberating Ourselves Locally, a queer and trans people of color -centered, gender-fabulous maker space in East Oakland that is now a program of Peacock; and a writer who’s shared their snarky tender social justice emo raunch across the US and in Canada, most often as part of the QTPOC cabaret Mangos With Chili. They’ve served as Director of Community Engagement at the Queer Cultural Center, home of the National Queer Arts Festival; Co-Editor of lolzculturalequity, a super-fun tumblr on racism in the Bay Area arts scene; a Cultural Equity Fellow with Emerging Arts Professionals, and co-coordinator of the South Asian anti-violence group ASATA. They’ve featured at the National Queer Arts Festival, the United States of Asian America Festival, the United States Social Forum, APAture, LitCrawl, the Fresh Meat Festival, SFinExile, and elsewhere. Their writing appears in Ghadar, the Hyphen blog, Fierce HungerBody Image/nation, and POOR Magazine’s Poverty Skolarship 101 – A Peoples Text: Words, Art, Theory & Tears on Decolonization. After getting a swift kick in the pens at VONA and at The Gardarev Center, their poetry collection Love Poems for Haters debuts soon.

Peacock Hats: Founding Artistic and Executive Director