Virtual Reading // Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven is a short prose reading series led by Liz Blood

Seven Minutes in Heaven is back with virtual short prose readings to liven up your at-home activities! Our April event was canceled, but three of its featured readers are here for this lineup: Alexandra Muñoz Avelar, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, and Karl Jones. We are thrilled to also introduce Portlyn Houghton-Harjo. Each reader presents a complete story in seven minutes or less. Their readings have been pre-recorded in beautiful outdoor locations around Tulsa and from launch will be accessible to watch at any time. Please enjoy and stay safe out there!


Alexandra Muñoz Avelar is a first generation American poet, teacher, and photographer born in southern California and raised in North Texas. She is an MAT candidate at the University of Southern California and resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she teaches at a local language academy. Her work can be found in Northeastern State University's The Talon, a Broken Thumb Press self-publication titled American Spirits & Dead Queens, Tulsa People’s The Tulsa Voice, Pollux Zine, and Oklahoma State University’s Dear Oklahoma podcast.

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is author of the poetry/photography collections, “Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking”; and “South Bronx Breathing Lessons.” A Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Bodhrán is editor of the international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; and co-editor of the Native issue of Movement Research Performance Journal.

Portlyn Houghton-Harjo is a Mvskoke and Seminole writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to being a fiction writer, she is a poet, a Riot Grrrl-raised musician, and an avid horror movie watcher. Her work has previously been in SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like.

Karl Jones is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to writing and editing children’s literature for Penguin Random House, he makes visual and performance work through a series of community art-making workshops and interactive theatrical experiences. He is a frequent faculty member at the Highlights Foundation, Kid Lit College and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and during his tenure as a Tulsa Artist Fellow, he has been developing a historical theatrical piece about the architect Bruce Goff.