Amanda Chaudhary is a composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music. Her solo work involves experimenting with innovative sounds via computers and mobile devices as well as folk and toy instruments. Her other ensemble projects include Reconnaissance Fly, an art-pop band and composers collective; and Surplus 1980, a Bay Area post-punk band.
Rohan DaCosta is an artist of multiple disciplines [Photography : Literature : Music Production : Curation] born in Chicago Illinois and currently based in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland California. He has studied at Columbia College Chicago of Liberal Arts. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective.
Classically trained in piano and violin, Hannah Glass has been sharing her multi-instrumental and vocal talents in the Bay Area. She has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland's 75th Anniversary, UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall at Ted Talks, The Great American Music Hall, and Chinatown's historic Great Star Theater. At UC Berkeley she sang, arrangedand studied Baroque violin and viola. She plays... Read More →
Tiffany Higgins is the author of "The Apparition at Fort Bragg" (2016), an e-chapbook, winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review e-single contest for a long poem, selected by Camille Dungy. Her book "And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet" (Carolina Wren Press, 2009) was selected by Evie Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, Broadsided Press, The California Journal of Poetics, Catamaran Literary Reader, From... Read More →
Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of poetry, memoir and fiction. Her next book is called My Heart, That Chew Toy of the Gods. It will be published by Pedestrian Press in Fall 2016.
Founder, Word Performances Reading Series
Cybele is the author of Ocean Sounds in New York a collection of poetry, essays and non-fiction prose about Dance, Love, and Family, Identity and Performance. Also: Dancer Girl: I Remember the NYC Ballet. Cybele holds an MA Degree from Columbia University, is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and has appeared in films, plays and voice overs. Cybele teaches writing at the Academy... Read More →
wordsmith. founder of Word Performances
Todd crafts and performs idea satire poetry, and was called "the e e cummings of San Francisco tech culture" by Joel Landmine at Identity Crisis III. |
He co-produces the Word Performances series with his infinitely lovely wife Cybele. In perpendicular, Todd designs and prototypes user experiences and serves as a wordsmith for startups, and was interviewed in The New Yorker about the future present of work.
Jared Swanson is the lead vocalist for indie rock band Abbot Kinney. His performance at the Great American Music Hall was recently featured on Live105 KITS San Francisco. Jared studied acting, voice and film at Boston University and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He's worked professionally in the industry in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. He produces a mini live music documentary series called Monday Morning.
Maw Shein Win’s writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is a poetry editor for Rivet and an instructor at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her chapbook, Score and Bone, was recently published by Nomadic Press. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California.