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Saturday, October 15
 

4:30pm

BART-to-Bar Lit Crawl Caravan
Readers battle the elements of noise pollution as they read in the first car of the Richmond/Daly City train from Downtown Berkeley to 16th and Mission.

Train leaves at 4:39 from Downtown Berkeley. 

Participants
avatar for Minna Dubin

Minna Dubin

Minna Dubin is a writer, artist, and educator living in Berkeley, CA. She is currently working on #MomLists, a Bay Area literary public art project on identity and motherhood. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in MUTHA Magazine, Story Club Magazine, GAMBA Magazine, *82... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho is a writer in Oakland whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and anthologies including 2015’s Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam.) She’s a badge-holding member of US Magazine’s Fashion... Read More →
avatar for A’Driane Nieves

A’Driane Nieves

A’Driane Nieves is a visual artist, writer & activist who utilizes creative expression for social justice and mental health advocacy. She believes art and words can serve as a catalyst for personal growth, healing, and social responsibility. You can find her on Instagram (@addyeb_art... Read More →
avatar for Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart is a professional storyteller. His novel The French Revolution details the upstart contortions of San Francisco's delightfully strange population. He rides BART fives days a week, usually reading quietly.



6:00pm

#Clitquake
#Clitquake presents stories about the clitoris, bringing a spirit of fun female sexuality to a literary scene that has traditionally been focused on male sexuality.

Participants
avatar for Meg Elison

Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a Tiptree Committee recommendation. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was published in 2017 by 47North. She writes like she's running... Read More →
avatar for Ardra Hren

Ardra Hren

Software Engineer
avatar for Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a writer based in Oakland. She is the cohost of GLOW the Distance: a Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling podcast, and a graduate of Hiram College’s Creative Writing program. She has written for the Toast, the Tusk, Ravishly, The Bold Italic, Harlot Magazine, Hoodline... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Truppi

Danielle Truppi

Danielle Truppi is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  .


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Armory Club 1799 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

San Francisco Writers' Grotto Presents Mistakes Were Made
The San Francisco Writers' Grotto celebrates its 20th anniversary by revealing blunders, mishaps, misunderstandings, and other mistakes they'd really rather not share... but will. Hosted by Ethan Watters and Laura Fraser.

Participants
avatar for Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Author, A RIVER OF STARS and DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin is a freelance journalist who has written about pastrami and Pt Reyes, speed-dating mothers and crack-addict ex-con ultra-marathoners, and more for such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Outside, Lucky Peach, Sunset, and Eater as its first San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn is the author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art & Made History (In That Order), essays on the artwork, lives and legacies of fifteen essential but overlooked artists, and co-host of The GrottoPod: Writers on Writing, the weekly podcast of the San Francisco Writers... Read More →
avatar for Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh is author of the recent memoir Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss, which chronicles her coming of age in the midst of the Stroh’s Beer family’s decline coupled with the unraveling of Detroit.
avatar for Maury Zeff

Maury Zeff

Maury Zeff's work has appeared in American Fiction 2012, Southern California Review, and the Best of PlayGround 2014. He is a recipient of a PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award and three People’s Choice Awards. His play "I Wanna Be So Dated," about teenage angst, helicopter parents... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elbo Room (upstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

100 Word Story Birthday Party Reading
Celebrate the fifth year of online flash fiction journal 100 Word Story with a reading, followed by cake, the birthday song, toasts, and free broadsides.

Participants
avatar for Andrew Dugas

Andrew Dugas

Work by Andrew O. Dugas has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100WordStory, LITnIMAGE, and elsewhere. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published in 2014 by Numina Press.
avatar for Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank's sixth book, Enchantment, includes two semi-autobiographical novellas and thirty-three stories. Heidegger’s Glasses (2010), about the mythical haven of an underground mine during WWII, sold to ten foreign countries. She is also the author of Sleeping in Velvet and A... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Frym

Gloria Frym

Professor, Chair MFA Writing Program, California College of the Arts
Gloria Frym is a poet and prose writer. Her most recent book is The True Patriot, a collection of proses (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015). She is the author of other short story collections--Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)--as well as many volumes... Read More →
avatar for Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award; Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth... Read More →
avatar for Jane McDermott

Jane McDermott

Oakland, California resident Jane McDermott is the 2014 Michael Rubin book award winner for her collection of microfiction Look Busy which was published by 14 Hills in November 2014. Her nonfiction has appeared in anthologies and her fiction can be found in Reunion: The Dallas Review... Read More →
avatar for Robert Scotellaro

Robert Scotellaro

Robert Scotellaro is a noted master of flash fiction. His short fiction has appeared in hundreds of print and online journals and anthologies, including Flash Fiction Internatinoal by W.W. Norton. He is the author of five chapbooks and full-length books of flash fiction, including... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Double Dutch 3192 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Anger Management Hour: COG Rehabilitates Former WIRED Angry Nerd With Literature
Can former WIRED Angry Nerd Chris Baker stifle his rage? Or will he rant? Find out, and hear from five more stellar COG (www.cogzine.com) contributors.

Participants
avatar for Opal Palmer Adisa

Opal Palmer Adisa

Distinguished Professor, California College of the Arts
Opal Palmer Adisa, Ph. D, diverse and multi-genre, is an exceptional talent, nurtured on cane-sap and the oceanic breeze of the Caribbean. Writer of both poetry and prose, playwright/director, professor, educator and cultural activist, Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout... Read More →
avatar for Ron Austin

Ron Austin

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis and serves as a senior editor for december. His stories have been placed in Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, Natural Bridge, december, The Tahoma Literary Review, Gulf Stream... Read More →
avatar for Chris Baker

Chris Baker

writer and editor
Chris Baker is an editor and writer living in the Bay Area.
avatar for Joseph DiPrisco

Joseph DiPrisco

Joe Di Prisco's most recent books are "Subway to California," a memoir, and "The Alzhammer," a novel. Forthcoming books include "The Pope of Brooklyn," a memoir, and "Sightlines from the Cheap Seats," a book of poems.
avatar for Irene Noguchi

Irene Noguchi

Forum Show Producer, KQED
I'm an NPR radio producer. That means I'm booking lively talkers to go toe-to-toe on issues on your radio dial - issues that you've been debating over beers or the dinner table yourself. I've been producing shows for 8-9 years now, from rainy Seattle to the shiny lights of Las Vegas... Read More →
avatar for Siamak Vossoughi

Siamak Vossoughi

My name is Siamak Vossoughi and I am a writer living in San Francisco. I was born in Tehran and grew up in Seattle. I have had stories published in various journals and my collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dalva 3121 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Eight-Track Takes from BARtab

BARtab/Bay Area Reporter’s eighth annual event at Martuni’s goes retro and romantic with gay, straight and other tales of desire from another era. With Mark Abramson (More Sex, Drugs & Disco), Louis Flint Ceci (Not Just Another Pretty Face), Jim Provenzano (Forty Wild Crushes), and others. 



Participants
avatar for Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson is the author of the Beach Reading Mystery series, set in San Francisco's Castro District, as well as three non-fiction books, his AIDS memoir: "For My Brothers," plus "Sex, Drugs and Disco - San Francisco Diaries from the Pre-AIDS Era" and its sequel "MORE Sex, Drugs... Read More →
avatar for Louis Flint Ceci

Louis Flint Ceci

Publisher, Editor, Beautiful Dreamer Press
avatar for Ajuan Mance

Ajuan Mance

A lifelong artist and writing, Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American | literature at Mills College. Ajuan's comics and zines include Gender Studies, an autobiographical comic series that follows her adventures as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black... Read More →
avatar for Jim Provenzano

Jim Provenzano

Jim Provenzano is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winner 'Every Time I Think of You,' and its sequel 'Message of Love' (a Lambda Literary Award Finalist), the novels 'PINS,' 'Monkey Suits,' 'Cyclizen,' the stage adaptation of 'PINS' (commissioned by New Conservatory Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Anna Pulley

Anna Pulley

Press, AfterEllen
Author of The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!). Talk to me about lesbians, sex, haikus, or cats. Or even books. WHY NOT.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Eleven Eleven and Fourteen Hills Present Panorama: SF Lit History, SF Lit Future.
Hear our contributors read from pieces that explore what it means to live as writers and citizens in increasingly fluctuating and globalized landscapes.

Participants
avatar for Alexandra Mattraw

Alexandra Mattraw

I'm an Oakland poet who curates a writing, art, and performance series called Lone Glen. Ask me about our schedule for 2016-17! Ask me about my latest chapbook, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Talk to me about your experience as a Bay Area resident in the midst of the rent... Read More →
avatar for Linda Norton

Linda Norton

Linda Norton’s debut collection, The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011), was a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize. Her work has been featured in the anthologies New California Writing (2013, edited by Dayle Wattawa and Kirk Glaser), Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (2012... Read More →
avatar for Robert Andrew Perez

Robert Andrew Perez

editor, author, alum respectively, speCt! books, Omnidawn, Saint Mary's College of California
poet, filmmaker, adjunctivitis-free as of 2014
avatar for Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun was a 2015 VONA/Voices Fellow. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Reed Magazine, and Blue Mesa Review. His essay, "Mothers Always Know," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2015. He's currently at work on his first novel about international... Read More →
avatar for Idrissa Simmonds

Idrissa Simmonds

I'm a Brooklyn-born, Vancouver-raised, Oakland-based poetry, fiction and sci-fi nerd. My Caribbean parents are still figuring me out. You will have my heart forever if you want to discuss the following topics: Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, running, Jamaican food, Angela Basset's... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer is author of AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora's Surrealist Fiction (Routledge, 2019), co-editor, of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2018), and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Wintergreen Women Writers Collective... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Steinberg

Deborah Steinberg

Talk to me about speculative fiction, writing for healing, experimental writing, and creative non-fiction! Talk to me about your manuscript if you're looking for an editor; I'm a freelance editor who works with individual writers at any stage of the writing process.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Latin American Club 3286 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

MUTHA Up!
Diverse perspectives on motherhood from writers keeping it real with kids—including fiction, memoir, and comics (projected on screen for live reading!). Presented by MUTHA Magazine.

Moderators
avatar for Rhea St. Julien

Rhea St. Julien

Rhea St. Julien, MFT, is a writer and an arts-based psychotherapist, living with her family in the Mission District of San Francisco. Her work about interracial family life has been in MUTHA, Hip Mama, The Bold Italic, KQED and Rad Dad.

Participants
avatar for Shoshana von Blanckensee

Shoshana von Blanckensee

Shoshana von Blanckensee has been published randomly over the last 15 years, but is too busy packing school lunches to go into it. She lives in Alameda with her Partner, her 17 year old, her 6 year old, her 3 year old, and a fluffy little mutt named Fritzi.
avatar for Tyler Cohen

Tyler Cohen

Cartoonist, Tyler Cohen
Tyler Cohen is a cartoonist who uses autobiography and surrealism to explore gender, parenthood, race, and female experience in her book Primahood: Magenta. Her work has appeared in the Ignatz Award-winning anthology, Qu33r, Alphabet, The Feminist Utopia Project, What’s Your Sign... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein

Writer
Cheryl Klein is the author of a story collection, The Commuters (City Works Press), and a novel, Lilac Mines (Manic D Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Normal School, Literature for Life, The Manifest-Station, Mutha Magazine, Razorcake and several anthologies. The... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at ZYZZYVA and Mutha Magazine. Her first novel... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Public Works (loft) 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Oakness Monsters Invade: Nomadic Press
Nomadic Press authors emerge from the Bay to roll words down the streets of SF and offer wicked turns of phrase to unsuspecting passersby.

Participants
avatar for Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye is the author of Cradles (Nomadic Press 2017), the current Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills, a Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series, and he has works published in The Collapsar, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and The Wildness.
avatar for Cyrus Armajani

Cyrus Armajani

Cyrus Armajani teaches reading and creative writing to youth who are incarcerated. He is a Jefferson Award recipient for his literacy work in the juvenile justice system and a Pushcart nominee. His poems have appeared in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, RHINO... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bullen

Peter Bullen

Somewhere sandwiched between a novella about a fella, a fleshy bit of flash fiction and a prose poem colliding with a short story lies the work of Peter Bullen. His first book of short fiction, Wallflower , came out a couple of years ago  from Nomadic Press.
avatar for MK Chavez

MK Chavez

Oakland based Latinx writer MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press.) She is a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem "The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself Among the Ruins" was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts... Read More →
avatar for Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts is an original core-founder of the Beast Crawl Lit Fest. He works extensively with SF Creative Writing Institute, Nomadic Press and his most recent collection of poems is We Shoot Typewriters (Nomadic Press 2015.)
avatar for Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Chair, English and the Humanities, Cogswell College
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her third prose chapbook, Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan, was selected as the winner of CutBank's 2018 contest and will be released... Read More →
avatar for Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a high school English and history teacher for the Oakland Unified School District. His book of poetry and rants Conversations with a Southern Migrant was published by Nomadic Press in spring 2016
avatar for Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam and sometimes reluctant superhero. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released in Fall of 2016 on Nomadic Press. Nazelah gives... Read More →
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

nick johnson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland but now calls Oakland home. He received his BA in English from Morgan State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts. His work has been featured on KPFA's Rude Awakening, and has appeared... Read More →
avatar for Sam Sax:

Sam Sax:

sam sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book ‘Bury It’ will be out on Wesleyan University Press in 2018. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Blondie's Bar 540 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Saint Mary's College MFA Alumni Mags, Editors, Authors & Publishers
SMC Alumni have gone on to serve as editors and create literary journals. Join us in celebrating just a few of our alumni at Lit Crawl 2016.

Participants
avatar for Jeff Chon

Jeff Chon

Jeff Chon is a graduate of the MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California. His work has appeared in The Portland Review, Blunderbuss, The Seneca Review, and Barrelhouse, among others. He is the editor-in-chief of The East Bay Review.
avatar for Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of three books of stories and essays and hybrid pieces, and winner of an American Book Award and numerous other honors. He teaches at California State University East Bay.
avatar for Gillian Hamel

Gillian Hamel

Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel’s work has appeared in VOLT, jubilat, The Volta, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. Her first book, occident, is forthcoming from Called Back Books in... Read More →
avatar for Angela Hume

Angela Hume

Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of the chapbooks The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in such journals as Little Red Leaves, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland... Read More →
avatar for Caroline O'Connor Thomas

Caroline O'Connor Thomas

Caroline is a proud graduate of the St. Mary's College of California MFA program. She currently works as a copywriter and Knowledge Manager for a grocery delivery startup. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Quiet Lightning, Foothill Poetry and White Stag.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elixir 3200 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Third Man Books Happy Hour at Casanova Lounge
Third Man Books—the publishing imprint of Jack White’s Third Man Records—has poetry and prose, free records, and more for you.

Participants
avatar for Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden... Read More →
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of Someone's Dead Already and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Pocket Poets Series), which won the 2018 California Book Award
avatar for Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. She curated the Canessa Reading Series at the historic Canessa Park Gallery and her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Books include The Precipice of Jupiter (Queue Books) and Camera Obscura (BlazeV... Read More →
avatar for Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov is the author of ghost machines (Slope Editions, 2016), Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), GHOST MACHINE (Caketrain, 2010) and the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011) Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011) I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Casanova Lounge 527 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Word Performances
Word Performances is a series of poetry, prose, comedy, and memoir where words are the lead, music is featured, and dance makes a cameo.

Participants
avatar for Amanda Chaudhary

Amanda Chaudhary

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... Read More →
avatar for Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. Often approaching his work with great emotional sensitivity, Rohan explores complex dilemmas, and frequencies found in lovers, in families, in ecosystems... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Glass

Hannah Glass

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... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Higgins

Tiffany Higgins

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... Read More →
avatar for Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee

Oakland writer Colleen McKee's fifth collection of memoir and poetry is called The Kingdom of Roly-Polys. It’s available in bookstores and at thepedestrianpress.weebly.com... Read More →
avatar for Todd Siegel

Todd Siegel

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... Read More →
avatar for Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College with a Masters Degree in English, and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currently, she teaches at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
avatar for Jared Swanson

Jared Swanson

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... Read More →
avatar for Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win's writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, The Fabulist, and others. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Along with composer and musician, Amanda... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elbo Room (downstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Steal This: A Panel Hosted by Story Makers Podcast
Writers and filmmakers explore inspiration and ownership, idea theft and homage, and how to make our influences into something new, original, and all our own.

Moderators
avatar for Angie Powers

Angie Powers

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.
avatar for Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Host/ Teacher/ Writer, Story Makers Podcast/ Book Writing World
Elizabeth Stark is the author of a novel, Shy Girl (FSG), and co-writer/ director of a few films, including FtF: female to femme (an imaginative documentary) and Little Mutinies (a narrative short), both distributed by Frameline. She writes reviews and interviews for The Rumpus. Elizabeth... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Juan Davis

Juan Davis

Juan Davis is a filmmaker from South Boston, VA.  He is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Master of Fine Arts in Motion pictures and television. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Media Production, from East Carolina University... Read More →
avatar for Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee has a memoir (TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER–February 14, 2017) and a novel (GOLEM OF SEOUL 2018), both forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Luckett

Jacqueline Luckett

In 1999 Jacqueline Luckett left the corporate world to kickstart her writing career with classes she took on a dare—from herself. People Magazine (February 2012) described Luckett’s sophomore novel, PASSING LOVE  as “beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of... Read More →
avatar for Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil is a feminist filmmaker passionate about independent film, social justice, environmentalism, and queer identities. A translator and subtitler, writer, filmmaker and mother, Florencia is committed to bringing underrepresented communities to the screen, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into 40 languages and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews and the cult classic... Read More →
avatar for Angie Powers

Angie Powers

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.
avatar for Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Host/ Teacher/ Writer, Story Makers Podcast/ Book Writing World
Elizabeth Stark is the author of a novel, Shy Girl (FSG), and co-writer/ director of a few films, including FtF: female to femme (an imaginative documentary) and Little Mutinies (a narrative short), both distributed by Frameline. She writes reviews and interviews for The Rumpus. Elizabeth... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Public Works (main room) 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

150th Anniversary of Reed Magazine
Reed Magazine is the West's oldest literary journal, established in 1867. Join us for a reading to celebrate our 150th anniversary edition.

Moderators
avatar for Cathleen Miller

Cathleen Miller

Editor-in-chief, Reed Magazine
Cathleen Miller is the editor-in-chief of 150-year-old Reed Magazine. Her publications includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, which has been translated into 55 languages and adapted as a feature film. Her biography of Nafis Sadik, Champion of Choice, was named one of... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Arlene Biala

Arlene Biala

Arlene Biala is a Filipino American poet and performance artist who has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is currently Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016-17. Her poetry has been described as "grounded in ritual... Read More →
avatar for Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia's first novel was Dreaming In Cuban. In that book, she tackled themes of family, politics, and memory that resonated with me. She went on to write The Augero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. Her work has been nominated for... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam

Editor, New America Media
Bio:Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America... Read More →
avatar for Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

Associate Professor, San Jose State University
Nick Taylor is the author of the novels THE DISAGREEMENT and FATHER JUNIPERO'S CONFESSOR. As T.T. Monday, he also writes detective novels featuring the relief pitcher Johnny Adcock (THE SETUP MAN, DOUBLE SWITCH). He teaches in the MFA program at San Jose State University.
avatar for Andrew Wesley Tucker

Andrew Wesley Tucker

Andrew Tucker lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he received his MFA in fiction and screenwriting from San Jose State University. He has served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine and as an Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus. His recent work has been awarded... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Accident & Artifact 381 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Action Fiction
Literary magic happens when local writers give their best stories, and creative control, to local actors who bring each story to life in a full theater.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Lambridis

Scott Lambridis

My debut novel, THE MANY RAYMOND DAYS, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, received the 2012 Dana Award and is represented by Richard Florest of Robert Weisbach Creative Management. Stories of mine have appeared in Amazon's Day One, Slice, Memorious, Cafe Irreal, Painted... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Gabriel Bellman

Gabriel Bellman

Gabriel Leif Bellman graduated from USC's Cinema School before going to work at MTV in New York. As a television Producer, Mr. Bellman helped start the 'True Life' series at MTV.  He received his M.A. from New York University, and his J.D. from U.C. Hastings.  Gabriel has directed... Read More →
avatar for Ben Black

Ben Black

Ben Black received his MFA from SFSU. His work appears in Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Harpur Palate, and the Los Angeles Review.
avatar for Scott Lambridis

Scott Lambridis

My debut novel, THE MANY RAYMOND DAYS, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, received the 2012 Dana Award and is represented by Richard Florest of Robert Weisbach Creative Management. Stories of mine have appeared in Amazon's Day One, Slice, Memorious, Cafe Irreal, Painted... Read More →
avatar for Eric Myers

Eric Myers

Eric Myers writes and teaches in San Francisco--and sometimes Columbus. He is the cofounder of MadLab Theatre and Burning Man Information Radio.
avatar for Benjamin Wachs

Benjamin Wachs

Benjamin Wachs is author of the short fiction collection A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City, and is Bar Columnist for SF Weekly, where he writes short facts.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Stage Werx 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

ARTfull Readings: Writing inspired by Art!
A horde of authors from The Writers Studio in San Francisco use work by the artists of Creativity Explored as influence and muse.

Participants
avatar for Hannah Buoye

Hannah Buoye

I am a pastry chef by trade but have always loved literature and writing.  I have never been published and this is the first time I've read anything out loud to a public audience since 8th grade when I won an essay contest for Martin Luther King Day.
avatar for Elizabeth Hollis Hansen

Elizabeth Hollis Hansen

Elizabeth is a writer whose work explores the facets of the human body, the natural world, mythology, and various spiritual traditions. When not writing, she acquires books for a local publisher with a focus in psychology and spirituality, and spends as much time as possible outdoors... Read More →
avatar for Mark Kinzie

Mark Kinzie

Mark has been writing fiction since third grade, but has been published only in legal journals. He is working to correct this.  Currently, however, he was thrilled to have learned so much more about Creativity Explored and the artwork produced here.
avatar for Anita Ngai

Anita Ngai

Anita has been wanting to write poetry for years and only found focus when she started at the Writers' Studio a year ago.  She was living in Asia before that, and had been writing about interior design and travel on and off.  During the day, she also tries to get some stuff done... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Norr

Sarah Norr

I have been shaped as a person and a writer by spending ten years as a social justice organizer, mostly working with low-wage immigrant workers. I'm also a drummer, and I make part of my living now by teaching street drumming workshops to women and youth. In my writing, I like to... Read More →
avatar for Tristan Silverman

Tristan Silverman

Tristan Silverman began writing poetry in Chicago's legendary slam poetry community and was one of the few genderqueer voices in the city to win several regional awards, amongst them the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry. Tristan received honorable mention in the Academy of American... Read More →
avatar for Vegar Svanemyr

Vegar Svanemyr

Vegar came from Norway to America in the pursuit of zen and freedom. Here he became a father, a widower, a fan of kitchen power tools, and now, an aspiring writer. He knows less and less as time goes by, but is grateful that his friends showed up tonight. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Celebrating June Jordan's Legacy: Poetry for the People
The late poet June Jordan founded the groundbreaking program Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley. This celebration features poets whose participation spans multiple decades of the program's legacy.

Participants
avatar for Xochiquetzal Candelaria

Xochiquetzal Candelaria

Xochiquetzal Candelaria earned an MFA from New York University and has received multiple fellowships, including those from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of Empire (Camino del Sol, 2011), which poet Cathy Park Ho... Read More →
avatar for Ananda Esteva

Ananda Esteva

Ananda Esteva was born in Chile and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A student of the late June Jordan, she co-authored the book June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint, dedicated to the teaching of poetry and formation of writing communities.  Her... Read More →
avatar for Jahan Khalighi

Jahan Khalighi

Student Teacher Poet, Poetry For The People
Poet, musician, and educator with a passion for the arts as a tool for personal and social transformation. I am a poet teacher for June Jordan's Poetry For The People program and California Poets In The Schools. I was a former member of the Eugene Poetry Slam team. I am currently... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Mee-hae Yun

Stephanie Mee-hae Yun

Stephanie Yun is a genderqueer artist and educator of the Korean diaspora. Coming up through the youth poetry scene in the Bay Area, they are a Student Teacher Poet for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program, a former member Youth Speak’s advisory board, SPOKES, and served... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Frame 418 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Cornucopia: Fiction From the Valley
Writers featured at Stories on Stage Sacramento and Stories on Stage Davis read from new work. Our diverse roster: seasoned authors, debut novelists, emerging writers.

Participants
avatar for Jodi Angel

Jodi Angel

Jodi Angel’s first collection of short stories, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 and was named as a San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of 2005" as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review "Discovery." Her work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore... Read More →
avatar for Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski is the author of the novel, THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD (Viking/Penguin 2015). She is a recent Wallace Sterner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University where she currently teaches fiction writing in the Continuing Studies Program. Her writing has been published... Read More →
avatar for Tigh Rickman

Tigh Rickman

Tigh Rickman is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA at the University of Southern Maine. His writing has appeared in The Bradford ReView, The Conium Review, The Farallon Review, Celebrities in Disgrace and in the forthcoming anthology Soap Opera Confidential from McFarland Books. His... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Williams

Naomi Williams

Naomi J. Williams is co-director of Stories on Stage Davis. The author of LANDFALLS, a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Award, and numerous short stories, one of which garnered a Pushcart Prize, she lives and teaches in Davis, CA, and is hard at work on two new books.
avatar for Anita Yu

Anita Yu

Anita Yu is a second-year English major at UC Davis. Her short story “Swindle” is the first story of a series of short stories called The Isolation Field. “Swindle” won the Diana Lynn Bogart Prize for Fiction. Yu is currently enrolled in ENL 100F, where she has written her... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mission Workshop 541 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
Vietnamese American literature has been flourishing in America, thanks to DVAN, an alliance of artists and writers. Come hear some of their most exciting voices.

Moderators
avatar for Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first novel, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Anhvu Buchanan

Anhvu Buchanan

Anhvu Buchanan is the author of The Disordered (sunnyoutside press) and Backhanded Compliments & Other Ways to Say I Love You (Works on Paper Press ) He is the recipient of the 2010 James D. Phelan Award and also received an Individual Artists Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission... Read More →
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Trami Nguyen Cron

Founder, Chopsticks Alley
Trami Nguyen Cron was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and when she was eight years old left Vietnam with her family for France. Three years later, they settled in the United States. | | Trami, a longtime resident of Northern California and is the founder of Chopsticks Alley, a multi-media... Read More →
avatar for Lan Anh Le

Lan Anh Le

Lananh Lê is a Viêtnamese artist and writer, based in Oakland, CA. After having graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in 2015, Lananh has been working on the intersection between arts and activism with Jeff Chang, Roberta Uno and... Read More →
avatar for Danny Thanh Nguyen

Danny Thanh Nguyen

Danny Thanh Nguyen is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese | American art and literature, and is the former fiction editor of | Indiana Review. His stories and personals essays have appeared in Gulf | Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and The Full Spectrum. Danny is currently... Read More →
avatar for Fong Tran

Fong Tran

Poet, Fong Tran Poetry
STORY: I was raised by a single mother in a Vietnamese family of five, fleeing from the aftermath and resettlement of the Vietnam War. I'm a proud product of South Sacramento, however growing up this neighborhood under welfare and food stamps, did not allow me many opportunities to... Read More →
avatar for Jaq Nguyen Victor

Jaq Nguyen Victor

Jaq Nguyen Victor is a filmmaker, stand up comic, playwright, and emerging therapist. Made of equal parts trans-whimsy and queer-wit, they are doing their Vietnamese-best to create original pieces that are playful and politicized. Jaq’s favorite work includes Drugs for Unicorns... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Samovar 411 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Home: Narratives of Place and Displacement
Clarion Alley Mural Project artists and writers reflect on their experiences of place and displacement, including being evicted, living on the streets, and exile. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO NOISEBRIDGE BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Participants
avatar for Ed Bowers

Ed Bowers

Ed Bowers is the recipient of the Kathy Acker award for poetry. He's been a writer and journalist for Central City Extra for over a decade. Well known as "The Poet Laureate" of the underground San Francisco poetry scene Ed spends most of his time working and helping with multiple... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Castillo

Raymond Castillo

Tenant Organizer, SOMCAN
I work as a tenant organizer at SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network). I provides tenant counselling referrals and conducts workshops in Tagalog and English. | | I am also a member of a Tagalog/English rap group called "KASAMAS" that started in 2004 at the Filipino... Read More →
avatar for Shaghayegh Cyrous

Shaghayegh Cyrous

Shaghayegh Cyrous is a multimedia and social practice artist based in San Francisco and Tehran. Her works deal with communication and translation caused by worldwide cultural and political circumstances. Using interactive strategies such as participatory engagement projects, performances... Read More →
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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, UC Santa Cruz
Erin McElroy directs the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and organizes mutual aid direct actions with Eviction Free San Francisco. As a doctoral student in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, Erin engages decolonial method and queer critique to study the postsocialist dispossession of... Read More →
avatar for Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

Clarion Alley Mural Project
Megan Wilson is a visual artist, writer, and activist based in San Francisco. Known for her large-scale installations, public projects, and street art, she incorporates a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics to address conceptual interests that include home, homelessness... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

InsideStorytime MAKEBELIEVE
Fairy tales retouched. Canadian crime capers. Ritualistic Angeleño murders. Sudden windows open. Healing games commence. Moderated by Ransom Stephens (The Sensory Deception).

Participants
avatar for Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner’s short stories have been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Sun, PANK, The Fabulist, Fence, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Writing That Risks. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Anything That Moves, Utne Reader, Men’s Health and other... Read More →
avatar for Dietrich Kalteis

Dietrich Kalteis

Award-winning author of Zero Avenue, House of Blazes, Triggerfish, The Deadbeat Club and Ride the Lightning – from Vancouver, BC.
avatar for Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau is the author of The Girl Wakes (Alternating Current, 2016). Her stories have appeared in Wigleaf, Fairy Tale Review, The Collagist, Catapult and other journals. Carmen graduated from UC Davis with an MA in Creative Writing in 2009 and has resided around the world since... Read More →
avatar for Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, musician, visual artist, and all-around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of Poetea, a monthly literary conversation group. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly... Read More →
avatar for Maria Nieto

Maria Nieto

Maria is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, East Bay where she has been involved in underrepresented minority recruitment, teaching, and research for over 27 years. Maria’s research interests and science publications have focused... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Muddy Waters 521 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Kundiman Presents THE UNSETTLED BODY
Join a stellar lineup of Kundiman fellows, exploring the uncanny through poetry and literature unsettling the formal structures of body and notions of family, lineage, and space.

Participants
avatar for Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Lau

Daniel Lau

Dan Lau is a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship, a William Dickey Fellowship, an Archie D. and Bertha Walker Scholarship from the FAWC in Provincetown, and an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He holds degrees from Hunter College of The City University... Read More →
avatar for Muriel Leung

Muriel Leung

PhD Student, Creative Writing & Literature, University of Southern California
Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Bel Poblador

Bel Poblador

Bel Poblador is a Los Angeles born writer who lives and creates in San Francisco. She received her Writing MFA from CalArts and is Managing Editor at TAYO Literary Magazine. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean.
avatar for Melissa R. Sipin

Melissa R. Sipin

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. Her work is in Salon, Slice Magazine, Bitch Media, Prairie Schooner, and Guernica Magazine, among others. She is hard at work on a novel on her grandmother's capture in WWII Philippines


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
18 Reasons 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Lit Camp Presents Venom
Spite. Malice. Revenge. Great writing can spew some serious venom. Join us as Lit Camp 2016 attendees read their most vitriolic & poisonous work. www.litcampwriters.org

Participants
avatar for Shideh Etaat

Shideh Etaat

Shideh Etaat is a writer and teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. An excerpt from her novel can be found in Tremors, New Fiction by Iranian Americans, and she has published short stories in The... Read More →
avatar for Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia tends broken hearts, offers spiritual wisdom and challenges readers to get a backbone in “Ask Joey” her advice column now celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Sacramento News & Review. She received a 2014 Pushcart nomination in poetry and has enjoyed poetry fellowships... Read More →
avatar for Scott Hoshida

Scott Hoshida

Writer
Oakland-based writer and teacher.
avatar for Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Tishman Review, Foliate Oak, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland with her family.
avatar for Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra is from Baltimore and lives in San Francisco. His work has most recently appeared in Glitterwolf, The Citron Review, Jonathan, Fifth Wednesday, Educe and Fourteen Hills. He is recipient of the Sidney Lanier Prize, the Clark-Gross Award and the Lambda Literary Fellowship... Read More →
avatar for Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Head Writer., Me. I'm the Company.
Okay, this fall I've got a second novel MONKEY BOTTOM on my desk in edit plus a raft of short stories heading toward a collection, meanwhile staging Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at Sonoma State University. I tell live, true stories onstage at Petaluma's version of “The Moth... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Manic D Presents Looking for Virtue: in Memory of Justin Chin
Manic D authors and friends celebrate the works of literary comrade, Justin Chin, with readings from a new Manic D release, "Justin Chin: Selected Works."

Participants
avatar for Jennifer Joseph

Jennifer Joseph

Jennifer Joseph is the founding publisher/editor at Manic D Press. She wonders where the time goes.
avatar for Daniel LeVesque

Daniel LeVesque

Daniel LeVesque is a recovering hairburner who does not participate in the cult of beauty. His work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Punk Globe. He is the author of the novel Hairdresser on Fire and lives in Oakland, California.
avatar for Jon Longhi

Jon Longhi

Jon Longhi has published four books of hilarious fiction with Manic D, all having to do with the absurdities of life in San Francisco.
avatar for Larry-Bob Roberts

Larry-Bob Roberts

Larry-Bob Roberts has a goal of being a pointer to queer cultural expressions. He is author of The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D), maintainer of the Queer Things to Do in San Francisco events website, and the co-host of Smack Dab Open Mic at Dog Eared Books Castr... Read More →
avatar for James Tracy

James Tracy

James Tracy is the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times (Melville House) and the author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars (AK Press). He has edited numerous books for... Read More →
avatar for David West

David West

David West was a prolific participant in the San Francisco spoken word scene of the 1980s and 1990s.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harrington Galleries 599 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Military Veterans Turned Authors
Military veterans unleash their creativity through the written word, and share their writing related to war, military life, or simply inspired by their military past.

Participants
avatar for Sean Mclain Brown

Sean Mclain Brown

Currently, I am an active member of Maxine Hong Kingston's Veterans Writing Workshop. "Art," says Maxine Hong Kingston, "is the transformation of feelings and experience into meaning. Writing is a tool for accessing events and memories and giving them meaning ...we have lived with... Read More →
avatar for Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan is a video game writer on such titles as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as a novelist and screenwriter. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program... Read More →
avatar for Juan Vaca

Juan Vaca

Game Designer, Telltale Games
I am a story teller and combat veteran using writing as part of my healing process. Armed with a fading collection of painful memories, it can sometimes be a rough trip down memory lane, but if we don't tell our stories, who will?


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mission Police Station 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Narrative Presents Wicked, Wily, and Wonderful
Narrative authors light up the night with fiction and poetry that promises to be anything but ordinary. Join us for a walk on the wild side.

Participants
avatar for Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.
avatar for Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian is an American author, editor, and publisher. She is known for her novels, Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement. She is also co-founder, editor and publisher of Narrative Magazine, an online literary magazine.
avatar for Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of California, and the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. Her second novel, Woman No. 17, will be published spring 2017. She is a contributing editor to The Millions and the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
avatar for Dean Rader

Dean Rader

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 201... Read More →
avatar for Debra Spark

Debra Spark

Debra Spark is an American short story writer, essayist, and editor. She teaches at Colby College and at Warren Wilson College.
avatar for Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize; her second book, Terrible Blooms, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2018 . She's a freelance editor in San Francisco.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Valencia Gardens Community Room 390 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Psychology Writes! Presented by The San Francisco Psychologists Writers Group
Through poetry and prose, listeners will explore Afghanistan, baseball parks, rural Montana, the ancient Maya, and then investigate the psychological sources of the writing spirit.

Participants
avatar for Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen writes poetry and nonfiction. Her poetry book "Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan," came out in 2014.
avatar for Jane Goldsmith

Jane Goldsmith

I'm a psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco. I'm also a writer, and have written several plays and screenplays, and have published a novel, "Indian Winter," available on Amazon!
avatar for William Vlach

William Vlach

William Vlach’s poetry has been published in the United States and the United Kingdom. Both his playwriting and parody have won writing awards. William's debut novel, The Golden Chalice of Hunahpú, won the 2015 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction. He was invited to present the novel... Read More →
avatar for Paul Watsky

Paul Watsky

Clinical Psychologist/Sole proprietor, Paul Watsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Watsky, poetry editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, is co-translator of Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006), the author of several chapbooks, and two full-length collections from Fisher King Press. About his poetry collection, Walk Up Music, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Watsky... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fouladi Projects 1803 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Queer Pulp Past & Present
Authors read from contemporary work and past pulp classics that inspired their writing. A look at our queer heritage and connections to our pre-Stonewall past.

Moderators
avatar for Monica Nolan

Monica Nolan

Monica Nolan is the author of the Lesbian Career Girl series: Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary; Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher; Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante; and Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady. She was nominated for a Lambda Literary award for her first book, The Big Book... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Katie Gilmartin

Katie Gilmartin

Katie Gilmartin’s checkered past includes stints as a buoyant union organizer, bona fide sex researcher, and engaged college professor. She now teaches printmaking classes and runs the Queer Ancestors Project, devoted to forging sturdy relationships between Queer young artists... Read More →
avatar for Allen Sawyer

Allen Sawyer

Allen Sawyer is the founder of the Hot Pants Homo Players and the author of the plays Hot Pants Homo, Senator Swish and Lavender Lockeroom
avatar for KM Soehnlein

KM Soehnlein

K.M. Soehnlein is the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys, You Can Say You Knew Me When, and Robin and Ruby. He’s been honored with the Lambda Literary Award and the Henfield Prize. His personal essays have appeared in the anthologies Love, Castro Street; Girls Who Like... Read More →
avatar for Mary Wings

Mary Wings

I wrote detective novels for a number of years, and even more fun was writing comic books. I love pulp of all kinds and I'm going to reading something by Rebecca Brown.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

6:00pm

RAD FAMILIES
In celebration of the release of the anthology Rad Families, we'll share stories about the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, and the myriad ways we create families.

Participants
avatar for Artnoose

Artnoose

letterpress printer, Ker-bloom!
avatar for Joe Loya

Joe Loya

Joe Loya Jr. is an American writer and former convicted bank robber. He grew up in Los Angeles, and from 1985 was robbing banks in Southern California until he began a seven-year prison sentence in Lompoc Federal Penitentiary. While in prison he was placed in solitary confinement... Read More →
avatar for Roger Porter

Roger Porter

Roger Porter is a writer and educator from Oakland, CA USA whose first book, “The Souls of Hood Folk,” is available at lulu.com. He has a degree in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He describes himself as “An average everyday man from... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith edits Greater Good Magazine and is the author or co-editor of four books, including The Daddy Shift, Rad Dad, and Are We Born Racist? His coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor is the author of "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm." He is a spoken-word performer and writer who focuses on gender, cultural identity, folklore, ancestry, and ritual


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Paxton Gate Kids 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

San Francisco Chronicle: Little Man, Empty Chair
Chronicle critics read some of the media organization's most scathing reviews, and talk about the thought that goes into writing raves or pans for our readers.

Participants
avatar for Benny Evangelista

Benny Evangelista

Benny Evangelista is a technology reporter for the business desk, primarily covering social networking. He’s covered Silicon Valley tech companies since the mid-1990s, getting a front-row seat for numerous digital revolutions, from Napster to the iPad, from AOL to Facebook, from... Read More →
avatar for Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub reviews movies and video games, writes feature profiles and covers local entertainment. One of the first bloggers at The Chronicle, he co-founded the parenting blog The Poop and the local culture blog The Big Event.
avatar for Lily Janiak

Lily Janiak

Lily Janiak joined the San Francisco Chronicle as theater critic in May 2016. Previously, her writing appeared in Theatre Bay Area, American Theatre, SF Weekly, the Village Voice and HowlRound. She holds a BA in theater studies from Yale and an MA in drama from San Francisco Stat... Read More →
avatar for John King

John King

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, a beat that covers architecture, planning and related issues in the Bay Area — from the design of major towers to the cultural impact of rooftop plaza. This year, he’s also focused on the region’s need to prepare... Read More →
avatar for Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1985. He is the author of two books on pre-censorship Hollywood, "Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood" and "Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man... Read More →
avatar for Esther Mobley

Esther Mobley

Esther Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 as its wine, beer and spirits writer. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and before that an intern for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Esther has worked two harvest seasons, at Round Pond Estate in Napa... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Santa Monica Review: Still Crazy After All These Years!
Santa Monica Review contributors join the magazine's editor in wry, funny, ironic, self-congratulatory yet somehow sincere readings celebrating nearly 30 years of literary provocation.

Participants
avatar for Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is the author of five novels – "Ordinary Money," "Particles and Luck," and "California’s Over," all three named as New York Times Notable Books of their respective years; and most recently, "Radiance" and "Innocence." He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell... Read More →
avatar for Janice Shapiro

Janice Shapiro

Janice Shapiro is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press). Her stories and comics have been published in Catapult, The North American Review, 52 Stories, The Santa Monica Review, Everyday Genius, Real Pants and other places. She lives in Berkeley, California... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich

Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a weekly books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. His most recent essays, short stories and reviews appear in the OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange Coast... Read More →
avatar for Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg

Raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga Zilberbourg makes her home in San Francisco, California. Her third book of fiction in Russian was published by Moscow-based Vremya Press in 2016. Her English-language fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Feminist Studies, Confrontation, World Literature Today, Tin House’s The Open Bar, Narrative Magazine, Outpost19’s Golden State anthology, The Common, and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Holy Mountain 680 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

She Writes: Community, Press, and Platform for Women’s Voices
She Writes Press is a local Bay Area independent publisher of women’s voices. In this action-packed hour, SWP brings together seven local authors to give a sampling of their diverse works.

Participants
avatar for Carole Bumpus

Carole Bumpus

Carole Bumpus, Author
My historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, 2014, and my newest book, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, 2015, have won both national and international awards. My blog, Savoring the Olde Ways, is being rewritten into an upcoming series of food/travel... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Dwight

Jennifer Dwight

Jennifer Dwight's newest book, The Tolling of Mercedes Bell, is a suspense novel, literary fiction, and a legal/ psychological thriller. A finalist in the 2016 Indie Next Generation Book Awards in both the Suspense and Thriller categories, it has been heralded by Suspense Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Betsy  Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a a novelist and memoirist who writes intimate stories of love and loss, the depths of friendship and the bonds of family. Her debut novel, Fire & Water was published by She Writes Press in 2013. Her upcoming publication, Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of... Read More →
avatar for Rita Gardner

Rita Gardner

Rita M. Gardner grew up as an expatriate in the Dominican Republic during a repressive dictatorship. Her memoir of that experience, The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean, has won two national awards. She is a contributor to The Magic of Memoir, a collection... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Levine

Jessica Levine

Jessica Levine is the author of the novel The Geometry of Love (She Writes Press, 2014), a Top 10 Women's Fiction Title in the American Library Association's Booklist (2015), which called it an "outstanding first novel." She is also the author of Delicate Pursuit: Discretion in Henry... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Six

Claudia Six

Claudia Six has an M.A. in counseling psychology, a Ph.D. in clinical sexology, and twenty-five years of experience as a clinical sexologist and relationship coach in private practice near San Francisco. In Erotic Integrity: How to be True to Yourself Sexually, Dr. Claudia Six... Read More →
avatar for Donna Stoneham

Donna Stoneham

Dr. Donna Stoneham is a Northern California transplant with deep Texas roots. For the past twenty-five years, she’s worked as an executive coach, transformational leadership consultant, and educator, helping hundreds of Fortune 1000 and not-for-profit leaders, teams, and organizations... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Skunkfunk 302 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

The Nocturnists
A group of physician-writers share musings on their lives in medicine. Learn more at www.thenocturnists.com.

Participants
avatar for Louise Aronson

Louise Aronson

Twitter @LouiseAronson
Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, writer, educator, and the author of the PEN/Bingham finalist, A History of the Present Illness. Her essays and stories can be found in literary journals, newspapers, and medical journals, including the New York Times, Narrative Magazine, and the New... Read More →
avatar for Krishna Chaganti

Krishna Chaganti

Krishna Chaganti has been on the rheumatology faculty at UCSF since 2008. She is humbled and amazed by the patients she gets to take care of everyday. She also loves spending time reading bedtime stories with her kids and playing family charades.
avatar for Jessica Tekla Les

Jessica Tekla Les

Jessica Les is a family medicine doctor and writer in Santa Rosa who gave breast cancer a run for its money at age 28 and 33. Every day she is in awe of the expansiveness of the human story. She's interested in how we as physicians get glimpses at 15-20 minute intervals while caring... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Shafer, M.D.

Audrey Shafer, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesia, Director of the Program in Arts, Humanities and Medicine, Stanford University
Audrey Shafer, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine / Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System; Director, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics; co-director, Biomedica... Read More →
avatar for David Watts

David Watts

David Watts, voted one of Americas Top Physicians, is also an award winning poet/writer, an NPR Commentator, a celebrated television producer, a classically trained musician, and a teacher.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Paxton Gate 824 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Timeless Infinite Light: Public Trauma, Private Trauma
These authors perceive trauma from different angles, but share a commitment to exploring the connections between personal trauma and broader political concerns through innovative language.

Participants
avatar for Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz

I'm the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015) and the editor of Mondo Bummer Books. I helped organize Sick Fest. I'm still writing about sick women, rape culture, and related activism, and I recently made a zine called Mad About Mad About You, which uses the '90s... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist working sometimes with the visual, sometimes with movement, sometimes with language, sometimes all three at once. They’ve taught movement and filmmaking to children and adults alike, and their work has been exhibited and performed in Los Angeles and... Read More →
avatar for Janice Sapigao

Janice Sapigao

Biography: | Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. Her first book, microchips for millions, critiques the Silicon Valley and its exploitation of immigrant women workers (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. 2016). Her second book, like a solid to... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Faye's Video and Espresso Bar 3614 18th St., San Francisco

6:00pm

Witches and Prose: A Reading by the Bruja Collective
In an evening celebrating the voices of early-career women of color writers, the Brujas will read spellbinding stories from their memoirs, novels, and works in-progress.

Participants
avatar for Amber Butts

Amber Butts

Amber Butts is a writer, educator and housing rights organizer from Oakland, CA. She is the co-author of “The Story of La Niña: A Chronicle of Today’s Professional Womyn”. She is currently at work on an afro-futurist novel focused on themes of intergenerational trauma, healing... Read More →
avatar for Angie Chau

Angie Chau

Angie Chau is the author of Quiet As They Come, a book described by Publisher's Weekly in a starred review as "serenely stirring stories" in which, "characters radiate dignity and depth, seek freedom but find crushing loneliness." She has received awards and support from Hedgebrook... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Nancy Jooyoun Kim’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature’s Okey-Panky, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, The Offing, Apogee Journal’s Perigee, The Butter, Prairie Schooner blog, and elsewhere. She lives... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Rey

Tanya Rey

Tanya Rey's writing has appeared in Granta, The Chattahoochee Review, The Morning News, Roads & Kingdoms, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney’s, Catapult and Trop. She holds an MFA degree in fiction from New York University and has received fellowships from the San Francisco Writers... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Valentine

Melissa Valentine

Melissa Valentine is a writer and editor from Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Jezebel, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is currently completing her memoir, a story about the aftermath and cost of black inter-community violence.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

ZYZZYVA's Fall All-Stars
ZYZZYVA celebrates the release of its Fall issue with a reading featuring its past and current contributors. Emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.

Moderators
avatar for Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon

Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA
Oscar Villalon is managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in VQR, The Believer, the Los Angeles Times, NPR.org, and elsewhere. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his family in the Mission District.

Participants
avatar for Earle McCartney

Earle McCartney

Earle McCartney is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded the Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. His stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Common, Meridian, Big Fiction, and elsewhere. He was awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award by the San Francisco Foundation in... Read More →
avatar for Caille Millner

Caille Millner

Caille Millner is the author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification, which won the Barnes & Noble Emerging Writers Award. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Best American Short Stories 2016. She is an editorial writer... Read More →
avatar for Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace is the founder of the San Francisco branch of Women Who Submit Writing. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Puerto del Sol, Copper Nickel, Asimov's and Clarkesworld. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award.
avatar for Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director whose works Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación... Read More →
avatar for Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War. Unferth was a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dolores Park Cafe 501 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

SFPL Bookmobile Presents Public Access Poetry
Join us for the first ever poetry reading inside the bookmobile featuring San Francisco Public Library staff broadcasting their work to Lit Crawl attendees.

Participants
avatar for Lydia Brown

Lydia Brown

I rarely write, but when I do, I can't stop. I rarely take selfies, as you can see from my image. I think a lot, and wish I wrote more of it down.
avatar for Sherilyn Connelly

Sherilyn Connelly

I'm a writer and a librarian, and a film critic for the Village Voice and SF Weekly.
avatar for Lyn Davidson

Lyn Davidson

I work in children's programming at the SF Public Library. I'm also an award-winning journalist and was editor of the Heritage Florida Jewish News in Orlando before I moved to SF six years ago. I'm working on a collection of poems about the Tenderloin neighborhood, and other thin... Read More →
avatar for Janine Mogannam

Janine Mogannam

Janine Mogannam is a writer and librarian, born and raised in San Francisco. She is a fellow of the VONA and Interdisciplinary Writers' Lab workshops. Her work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Kweli, 580 Split, and Writing the Walls Down.
avatar for Moazzam Sheikh

Moazzam Sheikh

I am a librarian, lecturer, translator, and writer. I am interested in political and economic justice, and a better world free of apartheid, occupation, and regime change obsession.



Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 9:30pm
SFPL Bookmobile, Outside Elbo Room during all 3 Phases 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

A Cave Canem Reading
Committed to fostering African American poets, Cave Canem presents a reading of works from West Coast fellows. These poets will show you why you need to "beware of the dog."

Participants
avatar for Alyss Dixson

Alyss Dixson

Alyss Dixson grew up in Portland, Oregon. She received the 2015 Joseph Henry Jackson award in fiction and is writing a collection entitled Fukuoka Woman. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Poetry Fellow, an AOJ Opinion Journalist Fellow and has publications in The Callaloo Journal... Read More →
avatar for Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon

Aya de León directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishied her debut feminist heist novel, UPTOWN THIEF, in July 2016, followed by the 2nd book in the series, THE BOSS in June 2017. Her writing and performance work has received acclaim in the Village... Read More →
avatar for Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor's second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red... Read More →
avatar for Shia Shabazz

Shia Shabazz

Shia Shabazz Smith is a committed teacher, mother, world changer. Shia's writing and performance collaborations include TAP, VONA, Poetry for the People, and Cave Canem.
avatar for Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Apogee, The Baffler, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Incline SF 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose/West Coast Cycle Presents Clothes-Lines
HANG IN THERE! PUT IT ON THE LINE! Stories of delicate cycles, unbalanced loads, sorting, hoarding, and letting go.

Participants
avatar for Annie Crawford

Annie Crawford

Annie Crawford is a freelance writer who loves discussing all things girly, dirty, and romantic. She hopes you'll check out her blog at scarletsass.com.
avatar for Maggie Diamond

Maggie Diamond

Maggie Diamond thought she'd have it figured out by now.
avatar for Colette Plum

Colette Plum

Colette Plum writes narrative non-fiction and is currently writing a memoir about raising her daughters as global nomads. She has a PhD in Chinese history from Stanford University and is a Lit Camp 2015 alumna.
avatar for Richie Rowena

Richie Rowena

Richie Rowena is an inter-disciplinary artist whose writing, dancing, and choreography have been performed at San Francisco venues including the S.F. Fringe Festival.
avatar for Emily Rubin

Emily Rubin

Emily Rubin founded Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose in 2005. Her novel, STALINA (Mariner Books) was published in 2011.
avatar for Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood is a fiction writer, playwright and poet originally from Sacramento, CA. She currently lives in NYC, where she has been a featured poet at the Bowery Poetry Club. The beginning of her first novel is set in the singular "City by the Bay." Her reading is dedicated to her... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Mission Laundromat 3282 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Tourettes Without Regrets
Tourettes Without Regrets has been called "The Fight Club of Underground Art." Featuring writers and storytellers who are weird, wild, and ribald. THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED TO ELBO ROOM UPSTAIRS IN PHASE 2 BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Participants
avatar for Magnoliah Black

Magnoliah Black

Burlesque Dancer, CMT, Model, Professional Facilitator, Writer,Speaker, Daily Activist, Betazoid, Queer Kid and Kinkster...I'm a luxury and therefore necessary.
avatar for Wonder Dave

Wonder Dave

Wonder Dave is a writer, performer and stand up comedian. You can catch him performing comedy all over the bay area. He is also the resident nerd in the Manarchy male burlesque revue. Find him online at WonderDave.org and @teamwonderdave on social media.
avatar for Sam Gilweit

Sam Gilweit

Stand-up comedian/ Single mother/ Emotional wreck
avatar for Gina Gold

Gina Gold

Gina Gold is an African American, Jewish humorist, filmmaker and stage artist. She grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said.  At the age of thirteen she attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and later wrote her own one... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Elbo Room (upstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Good Vibrations: Perverts Put Out!
This diverse, filthy, thought-provoking, surprisingly charming, long-running San Francisco spoken-word treasure, now held quarterly at the Center for Sex & Culture, comes to Valencia Street for Lit Crawl!

Participants
avatar for Greta Christina

Greta Christina

Greta Christina is an American blogger, speaker, and author. Her most recent book is The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life.
avatar for Jen Cross

Jen Cross

Founder/Facilitator, Writing Ourselves Whole
Jen Cross is a writer, performer, and writing workshop facilitator based in Oakland, CA. Her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, founded in 2003, focuses primarily on sexuality writing workshops and writing with survivors of sexual trauma. Jen's writing appears in more than thirty... Read More →
avatar for Marlo Gayle

Marlo Gayle

Father, Black, Queer, Pervert.
avatar for Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based performance poet.She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →
avatar for Carol Queen

Carol Queen

Staff Sexologist, Good Vibrations
All things sex & culture!
avatar for Simon Sheppard

Simon Sheppard

smutsmith
Simon is author and editor of a dozen books, including the Lambda-Award-winning Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica; Hotter Than Hell, which won the Erotic Authors Association Award; and Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard. His work has also appeared in hundreds of anthologies... Read More →
avatar for horehound stillpoint

horehound stillpoint

For raunchy gay poetry -- whether you're looking to laugh, cry, or go "Holy crap! Did he just say that?" -- you gotta see horehound stillpoint.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Good Vibrations 603 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

KALW Presents: Sights and Sounds Live at the Make-Out Room
A night of live storytelling and performance celebrating the cultural richness of the Bay Area and the artists who call it home.

Participants
avatar for Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka is an actor, singer, writer, director and teaching artist. He most recently completed a hit run of his solo show, Type/Caste, at Brava Theater and has also appeared in Schooled (Thomas Jones) with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sojourners (Disciple) and runboyrun... Read More →
avatar for Hana Baba

Hana Baba

Host/Producer/Reporter, The Stoop
Hana Baba is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, KALW's evening newsmagazine. Her reporting also appears on NPR , PRI's The World, and BBC World Service. A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese. She and KALW colleague Leila Day are launching The... Read More →
avatar for Jen Chien

Jen Chien

KALW
Jen Chien is Managing Editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in... Read More →
avatar for Leila Day

Leila Day

Leila Day is a reporter and editor at KALW, with a current focus on healthcare. Day is also a mentor for KALW's Audio Academy and the project manager for the San Quentin Prison Report. She holds a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and studied... Read More →
avatar for Star Finch

Star Finch

Star Finch is a proud San Francisco native and member of Campo Santo Theatre Company. Over the summer her play, H.O.M.E (Hookers on Mars Eventually) premiered in The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater. She has been a semi- finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2013) and the... Read More →
avatar for Pen Harshaw

Pen Harshaw

I'm an Oakland-based journalist, specializing in documentary photography. My work has appeared on the Huffington Post's site, Fusion, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio. My work addresses issues within the justice system and educational inequality, as well as arts... Read More →
avatar for No Lovely Thing

No Lovely Thing

soul family, No Lovely Thing
Led by singer Melissa Jones, this seven piece soul band comes to play. With elements of funk, blues, reggae, ska, and jazz, the group always leaves room for improvisation, making each performance unique and joyful. They love to fly and it shows.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Lip Service West: Everyone Has a Story
Lip Service West is a "gritty, real, raw" true story reading series. The pieces slant toward the darker side of life.

Participants
avatar for Cara Belladonna

Cara Belladonna

Recently paroled from Chowchilla. Lived in a tree-house on a hippy commune in Scotland. Stabbed a man who deserved it. Bought a One Way Ticket to South America in 2009 and is just now returning to San Francisco 7 years later. Cara writes creative nonfiction - vignettes about the real... Read More →
avatar for Jason Buchholz

Jason Buchholz

Jason Buchholz is a novelist, editor, and artist, a licensed and bonded pet sitter, and the nation's leading provider of rental backgrounds for high school dance photographers. His novel, A Paper Son, came out in January. He does not have a blog or a podcast. He grew up in the 707... Read More →
avatar for Justine Clifford

Justine Clifford

Co-Producer, Lip Service West
Co-Producer of Lip Service West. Runs the bookcontest.com | Director of Marketing and Communications by day. | Mom of two boys. Married to award winning author Joe Clifford. | www.joeclifford.com
avatar for Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of several books, including Junkie Love and the Jay Porter Thriller Series (Lamentation, December Boys, Give Up the Dead... Read More →
avatar for S.W. Lauden

S.W. Lauden

S.W. Lauden
S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in Oct. 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.
avatar for Ryan Leone

Ryan Leone

| *Ryan Leone wrote the cult classic novel, Wasting Talent, while serving time in federal prison for his involvement with an international drug cartel. He has worked extensively in television and his essays, poetry, and short fiction have appeared both online and in print. He lives... Read More →
avatar for Peter Mehlman

Peter Mehlman

Panelist
Peter Mehlman is an American television writer and producer, best known for serving as a writer and producer on the TV series Seinfeld through nearly all of the show's nine-year run from 1989–98. He also created the 1999 series It's Like, You Know... and produced the 2004... Read More →
avatar for Tom Pitts

Tom Pitts

Editor, Gutter Books
Tom Pitts received his education firsthand on the streets of San Francisco. He is the author of the novel, HUSTLE, and two novellas, Piggyback and Knuckleball. Tom is also acquisitions editor at Gutter Books and Out of the Gutter Online. His new novel, American Static, will be out... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Richardson

Kelly Richardson

Kelly works as a Hollywood stunt double, galloping across the plains on a horse, falling off buildings into boxes, flying through the air on a wire, and occasionally writing stories about behind-the-scenes experiences.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Beauty Bar 2299 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Shakespeare On Tour's Twelfth Night
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's one-hour version of the heartfelt comedy Twelfth Night follows the journeys of castaway twins who are separated in an unfamiliar, eccentric land. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RELOCATED FROM DEEPISTAN NATIONAL PARKLET TO ELBO ROOM DOWNSTAIRS DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Participants
avatar for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's greatest works to over 30,000 in the Bay Area each summer with Free Shakespeare in the Park. This series has become as much a part of summer in the Bay Area as a backyard barbecue — bringing professional... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Elbo Room (downstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Stanford Continuing Studies Presents Writers Without Borders
Six authors from the Stanford Continuing Studies' Online Writing Certificate program read from their newly finished books.

Participants
avatar for Christine Chung

Christine Chung

I'm a doctor by day, dancer and writer by night. I'm working on my first novel, The Breakthrough Phenomenon.
avatar for Roy Dufrain

Roy Dufrain

Roy Dufrain is a former college dropout, speedfreak, dive-bar pool shark, and newspaperman. He is a recent graduate of the Novel Writing Certificate program at Stanford University. He lives in the hills of Northern California, and makes a living as the editor and publisher of a travel... Read More →
avatar for Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald

I'm an entertainment producer by trade and a writer by vocation. My day job is making sure things run smoothly on the mobile game Covet Fashion. The rest of my waking life is devoted to finishing the next draft of "Dirty," the novel I started two years ago as a student in the Stanford... Read More →
avatar for Simi Monheit

Simi Monheit

I'm a writer wannabe, working on getting my first novel published! A former techie and teacher, a hiker, a swimmer and biker (okay, so I did a tin-man triathlon a few times, a long time ago), a Torah Chanter, a terrible singer, a worse dancer, a Berkeley mom, an MIT wife, a sister... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Kim Park

Nancy Kim Park

I recently had an essay published in The Rumpus. I enjoy volunteering at 826 Valencia and will be applying for my teaching credentials in the fall. As someone who has had a hard time speaking up, I want to help others find their voices as well. I live with my family in the San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortell

Ann Shortell

1868 Ottawa: A country at risk, a hero assassinated, the wrong man hanged. A housemaid uncovers the truth. | CELTIC KNOT | Ann Shortell is a Canadian non-fiction author. She plans to publish her novel, Celtic Knot, on April 7th 2018 -- the 150th anniversary of the assassination... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Wildhawk 3464 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

The Arts in Conversation: Readings and Performance from the CIIS MFA Programs
CIIS MFA students and alumni celebrate our inter-arts perspectives—and will offer visual memoir, novel excerpts, essays arising from drawing prompts, and performances based in movement and word.

Participants
avatar for Hope Casareno

Hope Casareno

A former artist/facilitator at Skywatchers in San Francisco, Hope's work interrogates the intersections of exile, erasure, and emergence in native and settler communities, exploring issues of recognition, sovereignty, and resilience. A UNM doctoral student in Anthropology, interests... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Hayertz

Margaret Hayertz

Tarot Reader for Writers and Artists, Meg's Tarot Readings
M. Hayertz is a novelist and the founder of Creative Momentum. She holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies.
avatar for Nicole Henares

Nicole Henares

Aurelia Lorca is a poet, storyteller, and teacher who lives in San Francisco, California. She has her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshops... Read More →
avatar for Paula Junn

Paula Junn

Program Coordinator, California Institute of Integral Studies
After spending her early childhood in the United States, her family moved to Seoul, Korea when she was six years old. The culture shock hit her in a way she didn’t expect. Her classmates and teachers at school bullied her, and it is during this hard time that she started to write... Read More →
avatar for Julie Levak-Madding

Julie Levak-Madding

Julie Levak is the Managing Editor of Mission at Tenth and a nonfiction writer who is sometimes referred to as VanishingSF. Julie is furiously at work on a collection of essays (and simple sketches)—tentatively titled A Gallery of Unintended Consequence—that explore the unexpected... Read More →
avatar for Maia Scott

Maia Scott

Maia Scott is a body worker, accessible theater and art instructor at City College, certified labyrinth facilitator and interdisciplinary artist; all of which keep her happily in motion and thinking creatively on her feet. She earned an AA in dance, a BA and certificate in Therapeutic... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Shearer

Cindy Shearer

Cindy Shearer is program chair for the MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts and MFA in Writing and Consciousness at CIIS.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Amnesia 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

17 Syllables: Fearless Asian American Fusion
Sushi burritos, Korean tacos... Asian remix culture isn't limited to food. These multidimensional writers explore race, language, sexuality, and beyond—the more flavors, the better.

Participants
avatar for Jay Ruben Dayrit

Jay Ruben Dayrit

Director of Editorial Operations, Wired
Jay Ruben Dayrit’s work has appeared in several magazines, literary journals and anthologies, including Sycamore Review, Minnesota Review, Santa Clara Review, Nexus, The Yale Quarterly, WIRED Magazine, His 2: brilliant new fiction by gay men (Faber & Faber), What Makes a Man: 22... Read More →
avatar for Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster’s debut book of poetry, Topaz, was published by Four Way Books in 2013 and received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. He is the editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan spent her early childhood in Tahiti and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her writings have been published in Asian American Literary Review, Café Irreal, Calyx, NewEngland Review, Vice-Versa, and the anthologies Ms. Aligned... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Kim-Brown

Caroline Kim-Brown

Caroline Kim-Brown graduated with an MFA in Poetry from The University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Award, and was a Michener Fellow in Fiction at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been published or has work forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Green Mountains... Read More →
avatar for Grace Loh Prasad

Grace Loh Prasad

Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the SF Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and she is an alumna of the VONA workshop for writers of color along with residencies at Hedgebrook and the... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Villanueva

Marianne Villanueva

Creative Writing Instructor, UCLA Extension Writers Program
Writes flash, dystopian science fiction, fan fiction, and novellas. Published in the Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, Juked, J Journal, Your Impossible Voice, the Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Monkeybicycle, and many other journals. Shortlisted for the O. Henry Lit Prize... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Casa Bonampak 1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

826 Valencia Young Writers
Join us at 826 Valencia as student authors (aged eight to 18) read from our latest publications. Cookies and milk to follow.

Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
826 Valencia 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Alabama Street Writers Group
Members of the Alabama Street Writer’s Group (ASWG) welcome you to listen to their latest written works. This year’s theme is Lost and Found.

Participants
avatar for Euphemia Ainsworth

Euphemia Ainsworth

Now undergoing final editing, Euphemia Ainsworth's long-term writing project is a mystery steeped in the Afro-Cuban world of Havana. She expects very soon to accept all changes, do the rewrites, then push the baby out into the world. Will it fly? That's her current question... Read More →
avatar for Peter Delacorte

Peter Delacorte

Peter Delacorte is the author of Games of Chance, Levatine and Time On My Hands. He resides in San Francisco with his wife, two strange cats and a well-adjusted dog.
avatar for Ateret Haselkorn

Ateret Haselkorn

Ateret Haselkorn writes fiction and poetry. She is the winner of 2014 Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest (adult contestants). Her writing is influenced by her experience working in the health care industry and observing the fragmented and indirect path to health that people... Read More →
avatar for M. Luke McDonell

M. Luke McDonell

Speculative Fiction Writer
M. Luke McDonell is a San Francisco-based writer and designer. Her near-future fiction explores the effects of technology on individuals and society, with particular focus on the growing power of corporations and the associated voluntary and involuntary loss of rights and privacy... Read More →
avatar for Susan McGarry

Susan McGarry

Susan McGarry is a user experience designer and aspiring fiction writer. She writes about relationships, women in tech, and cocktails. Her novel in progress, Invisible Ink, is set in a near-future San Francisco where the Golden Gate Bridge no longer exists. See excerpts, and more... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng is a writer in San Francisco. She recently published a nonfiction book, Ice Cream Travel Guide, and is working on a novel based on her grandparents' lives in China, Peru, and the United States. Her work has appeared in Arkana, Havik, Cold Creek Review, Shut Up and Write... Read More →
avatar for Chad Schimke

Chad Schimke

Author, Torquere Press
Chad Schimke’s newest novel ‘Secrets’ is available now through Torquere Press. He has read at San Francisco’s Litcrawl--part of the Litquake Festival--for the past three years: 2014, 2015 and 2016. His short stories have appeared twice in 2014, in Psychopomp special anthology... Read More →
avatar for Sonja Velez

Sonja Velez

Sonja is a nomadic consultant and winner of the HOW Journal prize for nonfiction. Her pursuits take her around the world, from working for a Burmese TV news station in Myanmar to picking wild berries at a Slovenian farmhouse to teaching yoga in the Tenderloin to sweeping monastery... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
City Art Cooperative Gallery 828 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Apocalypse Wow!
Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night when not one, but FIVE readers take a swing at queering The Apocalypse!

Participants
avatar for Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique

Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique

Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her ‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’, she performs nationally, internationally and regularly in SF. She made herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag pageant... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Mah

Leslie Mah

uncommon
avatar for Courtney Moreno

Courtney Moreno

Courtney Moreno's award-wining writing has appeared in LA Weekly, Your Impossible Voice, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her novel, In Case of Emergency, was named Best Books of Fall 2014 by Bustle, Writers Review, and Huffington Post.
avatar for Alvin Orloff

Alvin Orloff

author
Alvin Orloff is the author of three novels, I Married an Earthling, Gutter Boys, and Why Aren't You Smiling? He also co-wrote the transsexual showbiz memoir, The Unsinkable Bambi Lake, and has penned numerous personal essays that he is currently turning into a memoir about feckless... Read More →
avatar for Maryam Rostami

Maryam Rostami

Maryam Farnaz Rostami is a San Francisco based drag queen and contemporary performance artist from Texas. Her work deals with the complexities of the modern condition through the lens of an overachieving child of model minorities


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Are You Experienced? asks the Silicon Valley Romance Writers of America
Come get your sexy on as bestselling and up-and-coming SVRWA authors give you a tantalizing taste of modern romance that is smart, fresh, and diverse. 

Participants
avatar for Kate Allure

Kate Allure

4 Star Erotic Romance Author, RT Book Reviews. Publishers Weekly raves “sizzling and sensual…readers will cheer on these strong women” and RT calls her writing "escapism of the richest, most decadent variety. Kate Allure deals in pure fantasy, a spirited diversion from the... Read More →
avatar for Rich Amooi

Rich Amooi

Romantic Comedy Author
Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter... Read More →
avatar for Elisabeth Barrett

Elisabeth Barrett

Elisabeth Barrett is an educator, editor and author. Her books include Deep Autumn Heat (Random House), Christmas in Tahoe, and Once and Again (Random House).
avatar for Victoria De La O

Victoria De La O

Author
Victoria De La O is the award-winning author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends, available November 1. The series follows the lives of twenty-somethings living and loving in Silicon Valley, where Victoria grew up.
avatar for Layla Reyne

Layla Reyne

Debut author of M/F and M/M romantic suspense and contemporary romance. SINGLE MALT, about a widowed FBI agent who falls for his handsome younger partner while investigating cyber crimes and his late husband's murder, coming from Carina Press 2017. 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist... Read More →
avatar for Lia Riley

Lia Riley

Multi-published Contemporary Romance author (Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins). I write stories with kissing in them (and published them in four languages). Viking aficionado. Probably watching a costume drama.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Wonderland SF 1266 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

At The Inkwell Presents City Stories
Poets and fiction writers from the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute explore identity, belonging, gentrification, and the heart of home.

Participants
avatar for Chiwan Choi

Chiwan Choi

Partner, Writ Large Press
Chiwan Choi is the author of The Flood and Abductions. He is a founding partner of Writ Large Press, DTLAB, and the ongoing public publishing project, PUBLISH!.
avatar for Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Kostoulas

Alexandra Kostoulas

Founder, Director, SF Creative Writing Institute
Alexandra Kostoulas is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and journalism. She is the founder of the SF Creative Writing Institute and publisher and co-founder of the Mid-Market News. She has just finished a book of poems called Leaving Los Angeles about a young poet's coming-of-age... Read More →
avatar for Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Balm 788 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Behold The Invisible! Afro-Surreal's Radical Presence
Afro-Surreal presupposes that beyond this visible world, there is an invisible world striving to manifest, and it is our job to uncover it.

Participants
avatar for Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

Malcolm Hoover has written for 4080 Hip Hop magazine, blogged at deepculture.net, and i working on a book,  "144", and "Sons of the Circle", a graphic novel.
avatar for Ayize Jama-Everett

Ayize Jama-Everett

Ayize Jama-Everett is an African-American science fiction and speculative fiction writer. He is the author of the trilogy The Liminal People, The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones
avatar for D. Scot Miller

D. Scot Miller

Founder, Afrosurrealism
Columnist-In-Residence @SFMOMA @Open_Space, author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto, poet, curator, teacher. Inquiries: DScotMiller@gmail.com
avatar for Mark Sabb

Mark Sabb

Mark Sabb is a Bay Area based digital artist and designer.  Mark’s works are centered on ideas of visual semiotics, social progression, and technological experimentation.
avatar for giovanni singleton

giovanni singleton

giovanni singleton is the author of Ascension, informed by the life and work of Alice Coltrane, which won the California Book Award Gold Medal and AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper, a collection of visual art and poetry. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary... Read More →
avatar for Michael Warr

Michael Warr

Michael Warr’s books include The Armageddon of Funk (Tia Chucha Press), Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Travyon Martin (2016).


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Cleave: Bay Area Women Writers
Inspired by the work of the Hazel Reading Series, Cleave is a reading series focused on the work of Bay Area women writers.

Participants
avatar for Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is an educator and writer of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her work has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and elsewhere. In 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award... Read More →
avatar for Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Sara Marinelli is a writer and educator based in San Francisco. Her writing appears in Blue Mesa Review, New American Writing, and many Italian publications. She teaches Comparative Literature and Humanities at the USF and SFSU. Every month, she curates... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Montoya

Elizabeth Montoya

Elizabeth M. Montoya is a former mental health social worker, who loves fantasy, sci-fi, and post apocalyptic literature. She currently interns at Somos en escrito, a latino literary magazine, while working on her Nonfiction thesis about memory, loss, and physical spaces.
avatar for Pireeni Sundaralingam

Pireeni Sundaralingam

Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Born in Sri Lanka, Pireeni Sundaralingam is co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and others, and translated into 5 languages. A cognitive-neuroscientist, she is currently... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Mission Pie 2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Comedians with Criminal Records
A storytelling event perfect for a police station: comedians tell real-life tales of how they got arrested. With #HellaFunny and Funcheap.

Participants
avatar for Daniel Berna-Hicks

Daniel Berna-Hicks

(Possession - Punchline)
avatar for Keith D'souza

Keith D'souza

(Drunk in Public - SF Sketchfest)
avatar for Luke Lockfield

Luke Lockfield

(Returned a Monkey for SF Zoo and was Arrested for Theft - Cobbs)
avatar for Dan Mires

Dan Mires

(Citizens Arrest - Cobbs)
avatar for Leslie Smalls

Leslie Smalls

(Stolen Property - SF Sketchfest)


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Mission Police Station 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Community Memoir Project Presents Talking to the Wall: True Stories
Community Memoir Project celebrates its newest anthology from the Berkeley Public Library Memoir Writers with readings about coming of age in America and beyond.

Moderators
avatar for Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz

Author of the memoir To Have Not, about growing up poor in 1970s San Francisco, I am also founder of the Community Memoir Project, bringing free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries. My stories & essays appear in Tin House, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Catamaran, SFChronicle... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Doug Dohrer

Doug Dohrer

I'm a happily retired public school teacher. I'm grateful for many things, most notably my escape from Oklahoma.
avatar for Curtis L. Estes

Curtis L. Estes

I'm a retired Berkeley school teacher and I was on the advisory board for three years on the North Berkeley Senior Center. I'm a novice writer working on my family history memoir.
avatar for Janice Mason

Janice Mason

Although I'm DNA wired to shyness, I love telling and writing stories. I feel I’m now ready to crack the DNA code, a bit..
avatar for Mei-Ling Pastor

Mei-Ling Pastor

Hi folks! I am a retired deputy probation officer, now an avid reader and novice writer about probation and memoir writing.
avatar for Rebecca Prophet

Rebecca Prophet

Rebecca Prophet is from Berkeley CA, now lives in Oakland, and is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with teenagers. She hopes to inspire others with her writing and singing.
avatar for Roopa Ramamoorthi

Roopa Ramamoorthi

I am a biotech scientist and poet from India who now calls Berkeley home. My poetry , short stories and essays have appeared in Perspectives on NPR, in the anthologies Dismantle and She is Such a Geek and in other publications including India Currents, Ursa Minor, Spectrum and Berkeley... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Carousel Consignment 2391 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Disembodied Poetics Presents Broken Record
Each performer shares a personal story about how music inspired them. Then they will cover, in any way they see fit, a song encapsulating that story.

Participants
avatar for Chris Cole

Chris Cole

Disembodied Poetics
avatar for Maya Dorn

Maya Dorn

Singer, songwriter, producer, performer and creative instigator from Oakland, CA,
avatar for Evan Karp

Evan Karp

Executive Director, Quiet Lightning
I met almost every Bay person I know as a direct or indirect result of Litquake, which led to my writing for the SF Chronicle and also to the beginning of Quiet Lightning, which began only 6 weeks later and now, as part of this year's festival, is celebrating 100 shows with a free... Read More →
avatar for Hazel Rose

Hazel Rose

Hazel Rose is a lyricist and singer from San Francisco. Her message fiercely inspires change, and her sound ranges from Hip Hop, to Soul, to synthy electronic music. She released her debut solo album "The Seed" in 2015. Look out for her new music and videos on HazelRoseMusic.co... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Stranded 1055 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Friends of South Asia: Subcontinental Noir
Gritty stories from across the girth of the Indian subcontinent chock full of intrepid men and resourceful women conspiring in societies where belief begets commerce.

Participants
avatar for S. S. Mausoof

S. S. Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof is a Pakistani-American writer and filmmaker. Mausoof's feature narrativeKala PulThe Black Bridge (2006), a noir thriller shot in Karachi by Markus Huersch, was short listed at the Singapore Media Development Authority’s Asian Festival of First Films, and... Read More →
avatar for Fyza Parviz

Fyza Parviz

Writer and software engineer.
avatar for Phiroozeh Petigara

Phiroozeh Petigara

Writer and Educator
Phiroozeh Petigara is a Pakistan-Canadian writer based in Oakland. Her work has appeared in "Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion" and "The Karachi Literature Festival Anthology". Phi is the founder of Bharosa, which offers classes in... Read More →
avatar for Lutfus Sayeed

Lutfus Sayeed

Lutfus Sayeed was born in “Old” Dhaka- the part of Bangladesh’s capital city that can trace its history to 7th century. Colorful Hindu pujas, political turmoil, unrelenting monsoon rain, oppressive summers, soothing autumns and the resulting squalor from all these experiences... Read More →
avatar for Omer Wahaj

Omer Wahaj

Managing Editor, Desi Writers' Lounge
I am an independent writer and sometimes musician originally from Karachi but living in Toronto, Canada. Having written many short stories and some unpublished novels in various genres (including science fiction and humor), I decided to delve in some noir literature specific to... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Craftsman and Wolves 746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Ithuriel's Spear Press: SF Mystery/Noir Hour

Ithuriel's Spear Press writers bring their San Francisco mysteries/noir to The Green Arcade. In a changing city, the hidden remains.

F.S. (Francesca) Rosa, who organized this reading, died October 3, 6:15 pm.  Her passionate advocacy for these and many other writers, along with her critical acumen, corresponds to the deep engagement she brought to all the people and issues she encountered. This reading is dedicated to her and her legacy.


Participants
avatar for John Goins

John Goins

John Goins latest book from Ithuriel’s Spear is Coptic Cross, the second Bill Hayward noir. The first is A Portrait in the Tenderloin (Ithuriel's Spear, 2013). He lives in San Francisco.
avatar for Susie Hara

Susie Hara

Susie Hara is the author of Finder of Lost Objects, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of a first-place International Latino Book Award. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Stirring up a Storm and Best American Erotica. Her play Lost and Found... Read More →
avatar for F.S. Rosa

F.S. Rosa

F. S. Rosa was co-publisher of Ithuriel’s Spear Press. Her latest book is Lunchtime at the Muqata’a. She also authored the collection of short stories Post War and Other Stories, and the novel The Divine Comedy of Carlo Tresca. She left an incomplete novel Post Traumatic Dress... Read More →
avatar for Sin Soracco

Sin Soracco

Sin Soracco’s latest book is Come to Me (Ithuriel’s Spear/The Green Arcade, 2016). She lives at an undisclosed location in the woods by the River with her partner Andrew, Poppy the Newf and The Gentleman cat. In These Weird Times the job is to reach for joy whenever wherever—screw... Read More →
avatar for Will Torphy

Will Torphy

Ithuriel’s Spear has published Will Torphy’s Love Never Always (poetry), Snakebite (young adult fiction) and A Brush With History (biography).  William Torphy’s poetry, critical essays and articles have appeared in Sebastian Quill, Artweek, High Performance, Exposee, and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

7:15pm

Mission Comics
A reading of original comics' works while cartoonists stand semi-awkwardly in front of a screen projection of said works.

Participants
avatar for Teddy Hose

Teddy Hose

Teddy Hose has written for McSweeney's, The Bold Italic, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. His comedic webcomic, Oscillating Profundities was also featured in The Huffington Post, Mashable, and Laughing Squid. Otherwise, Teddy is an award-winning animator and filmmaker.
avatar for Doctor Popular

Doctor Popular

Doc is a cartoonist, musician, and game designer who enjoys working with limited palettes and/or constraints.
avatar for Christine Villanueva

Christine Villanueva

Christine Villanueva is an illustrator and visual artist from San Francisco, California. | | She studied Art History at University of California, Berkeley while cartooning for The Daily Californian Newspaper. After beginning her career as a gallery worker, she moved her interests... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Mission Comics & Art 2250 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

National Writers Union Takes on Social Justice
Hear Union members present works that challenge injustice and value diversity. Think you know what Social Justice means? It's broader than you think. https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge_Lit_Crawl_event

Participants
avatar for Sarah E. Kornfeld

Sarah E. Kornfeld

Writer + Cultural Curator, Author of WHAT STELLA SEES
Sarah E. Kornfeld is a cultural curator and writer. She is a member of the National Writers Union Northern California Chapter. In 2017, Sarah previewed WHAT STELLA SEES at LitCrawl which is a work of literary ficiton. She now returns to it in the Movement around disability, exploring... Read More →
avatar for Henry Millstein

Henry Millstein

Henry Millstein is a journalist, poet, and novelist, and long-time labor and social justice activist. His current writing projects are a young adult novel set in the first major strike by women in the U.S., in the Lower East Side of New York in 1909, and a historical novel depicting... Read More →
avatar for Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

Writer-in-Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts
Lyzette Wanzer is a San Francisco writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. She received her MFA in Fiction from Mills College. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal... Read More →
avatar for September Williams

September Williams

Author, Chasing Mercury
September Williams is a physician-writer, bioethicist and filmmaker. She is a contributing writer/editor of works on justice, bioethics and film. She's a member of the National Writers Union (UAW 1981/AFL-CIO) and the International Federation of Journalists. Her debut novel, Chasing... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Perfectly Queer
The Perfectly Queer series presents monthly readings of local LGBTQ authors. Hear three of our previous guests read from, and talk about, their works.

Participants
avatar for Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She spent many years working as a psychiatric nurse which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals including... Read More →
avatar for Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund’s first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize... Read More →
avatar for Wilfredo Pascual

Wilfredo Pascual

Wilfredo Pascual is a Pushcart-nominated essayist, a runner-up to the Steinberg Essay Prize, and winner of the Curt Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. He writes in English and Filipino and has won national awards in his native Philippines. He has worked in 17 countries and is currently... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Marsh Cafe 1070 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

San Francisco Writers Workshop Presents
Come hear not just words, but the best words. The SFWW—keeping it tight and real since the 1950s.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Bullard

Robin Bullard

Robin Bullard once drove in a demolition derby and came in fifth. Robin Bullard is trying to write a novel. Robin Bullard hitch-hiked across America four times. Robin Bullard ushers tourists to the best selfie locations. While in Paris, Robin Bullard worked as a laborer. Robin Bullard's... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Wallace Martin

Kurt Wallace Martin

Kurt is an SF writer, known for rolling on two wheels and talking about it. He's writing a novel about a Utopian community fighting for survival in the near future Bay Area.

Participants
avatar for Kitty Costello

Kitty Costello

Kitty Costello’s has attended the SF Writers Workshop on and off for nearly 40 years and is currently writing a memoir/essay documenting the group’s 70-year history. Her forthcoming poetry book, Upon Waking, will be released in early 2017. She is a psychotherapist and tai chi... Read More →
avatar for Asa Murphy

Asa Murphy

Writing
Read. Write. Throw away. Start again.
avatar for Anna Sears

Anna Sears

In her youth, Anna Sears traveled the world as an exotic dancer – from Guam to Alaska, New York City to Switzerland – wearing her Phi Beta Kappa key and keeping a detailed daily journal for 15 years. She is currently adapting skills developed by initiating, facilitating, promoting... Read More →
avatar for Joel Streicker

Joel Streicker

Joel Streicker’s fiction has appeared in Hanging Loose, The Opiate, Great Lakes Review, Burningword, Kestrel, and New Flash Fiction Review, and is forthcoming in Futures Trading. He has published poetry in both English and Spanish, including the collection “El amor en los tiempos... Read More →
avatar for Judy Viertel

Judy Viertel

A proud public educator, in 2014 Judy Viertel was named San Francisco Teacher of the Year. She can't seem to stay away from fiction, though. She's been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Gold Dust Magazine, Read Short Fiction, Mad Swirl, and others. One of her stories will appear... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Five and Diamond 510 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Small Press Distribution: A Feast of Friends
This is an event to showcase up-and-coming writers who have given their time and effort to supporting SPD's mission: to distribute and promote small presses and their authors to the world.

Participants
avatar for Aiden Arata

Aiden Arata

Aiden Arata is an INFP Gemini whose work has appeared in publications including BOMB, Hobart, Potluck, Electric Cereal, and Shabby Doll House.
avatar for Jason Mull

Jason Mull

Jason Mull lives and writes in Oakland. A longtime bookseller, he currently works at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley.
avatar for Eric Sneathen

Eric Sneathen

Eric Sneathen is a poet and PhD student who splits his time between Oakland and Santa Cruz. He is the author ofSnail Poems, published by Krupskaya in 2016.
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emji spero

emji spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, book art, installation and performance.  Their writing has been featured in Tripwire, Dusie, Jupiter88, Wheelhouse Magazine, The Vulgate and calmaplombprombombbalm.com. Their new book,almost any shit... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Trigg

Nicole Trigg

Nicole Trigg lives in Oakland. She is the author of two chapbooks, Double Cup (2011) and Slats (Hooke Press, 2016). Recent writing is published in SFAQ, Macaroni Necklace, 580 Split, Monday Night, and the Featherboard Writing Series release "Crossing Paths." She studies Italian feminism... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Serendipity 803 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Stanford’s Rooted Words: Farm-Fresh Words for Hungry Listeners
Poems, fiction, essays, and more from our farm-based reading series, paired with food samples that make the connection between literature, the land, and life tangible and delicious.

Participants
avatar for Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on food and agriculture, sustainability transition, and environmental communication.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley and a B.A... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Freeman

Patrick Freeman

Research Assistant, Carnegie Science Global Ecology
Patrick Freeman is a budding elephant scientist and conservation communicator. He's studied elephant behavior and conservation in Namibia, South Africa, and Kenya and enjoys writing about his experiences and sharing his photography as a way to educate and inspire.
avatar for Thomas Hayden

Thomas Hayden

Stanford University
Tom Hayden directs the Earth Systems Master of Arts program in Environmental Communication at Stanford University. He is co-editor of The Science Writer’s Handbook, http://pitchpublishprosper.com.
avatar for Richard Nevle

Richard Nevle

Stanford University
Naturalist, teacher, scientist, and mountain lover Richard Nevle is the Deputy Director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford. He muses at the The Feral Naturalist blog: http://feralnaturalist.blogspot.com/
avatar for Lauren E. Oakes

Lauren E. Oakes

Lecturer, Stanford University
Lauren E. Oakes is an ecologist and human-natural systems scientists who teaches at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is currently writing The Canary Tree, a book about finding faith in the ability of people to cope with a rapidly changing planet. It... Read More →
avatar for Emily Polk

Emily Polk

Emily Polk is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Human Rights from Columbia University. She researches and presents her work focused on the rhetoric of sustainability and... Read More →
avatar for Nic Romano

Nic Romano

Nic Romano is currently completing his Earth Systems major in the Biosphere track. Nic is interested in all aspects of ecology, from the deepest oceans to the darkest forests. His current research focuses upon the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, in which plants exchange nutrients with... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Mission Cheese 736 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

The Arts Resistance Presents Dangerous Thinking
Philosophers, street poets, comedians, dancers, and punks from around the world create a passionate thinking space outside of the totalitarian mentality. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RELOCATED FROM CLARION ALLEY TO VALENCIA GARDENS COMMUNITY ROOM DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Participants
avatar for Jenny Alton

Jenny Alton

Jenny Alton is an MFA fiction candidate at SFSU and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 2011-2013). A former Curator at VelRo Readings, Graduate Teaching Associate at SFSU, and Assistant Fiction Editor at Fourteen Hills, her writing has appeared in Lumen, Entropy, and Vertebrae... Read More →
avatar for Edie Eve

Edie Eve

I'm interested in attending as many film school workshops and costuming panels as possible.
avatar for Luna Malbroux

Luna Malbroux

Founder, Luna Is America
Luna Malbroux is a comedian, writer, host of comedic talk show Live Sex and creator of EquiTable and is currently traveling across the country, #MappingPrivilege
avatar for Fernando Meisenhalter

Fernando Meisenhalter

Fernando Meisenhalter is of German ancestry, raised in Mexico City, a full-time immigrant in the US since 1995, and a God-fearing citizen since 2002. He's MFA-free, somehow survives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and writes mostly flash fiction.
avatar for Simon Rogghe

Simon Rogghe

Simon Rogghe grew up in Belgium and studied philosophy in Netherlands, France, and New York. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in French Literature at U.C.Berkeleу. He is an author of Green Lions, a collaborative book of poetry.
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Jeremiah Walton

Nostrovia! Press
Jeremiah Walton grew up around NH campfires + hit the road fall 2013. He founded / co-manages Nostrovia! Press, & runs traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. He’s featured at the NYC Poetry Festivals + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl + Lit Crawl San Francisco, among other venues... Read More →
avatar for Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is an award-winning American author of five books published internationally, including a novel "We, Monsters" and three short story collections, "Iron," "A Cute Tombstone," "Explosion" and "Green Lions," a book of collaborative poetry co-written with Simon Rogghe... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Valencia Gardens Community Room 390 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

7:15pm

The Beat Within Presents Young Voices Behind Bars
Since 1996, The Beat Within has been publishing the work of juvenile hall inmates in and outside California. We'll read some extraordinary recent submissions.

Participants
avatar for Kathy Ellison

Kathy Ellison

Author, journalist & workshop leader, Ink, Inc.
I'm a former foreign correspondent, freelance journalist, and author and co-author of ten non-fiction books, on subjects ranging from Imelda Marcos to environmental conservation to ADHD. I'm passionate about the power of writing to change minds and hearts.
avatar for Elvia Esquide

Elvia Esquide

Chevron Refinery
I am a walking book full of anecdotes and experiences. Intrigued by the relationship where cultures collide, amazed by a lens of a my camera and the images that freeze time.
avatar for David Inocencio

David Inocencio

founder and director, The Beat Within
The Beat Within was founded in San Francisco, (1996) when San Francisco native, David Inocencio, former assistant director of the Detention Diversion Advocacy Program, teamed up with Pacific News Service, a non-profit media/communications organization, to offer writing workshops to... Read More →
avatar for Jill Wolfson

Jill Wolfson

I'm a journalist and novelist who writes often about children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. A long-time fan of The Beat Within who has been facilitating workshops in Santa Cruz juvenile hall for more than 20 years.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
ScholarMatch 849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110, US

7:15pm

The Coop’s Literary Relay Race!

The Castro Writers' Cooperative presents "Fahrenheit 4-1-5," the story of San Francisco's dystopian future, an original piece written solely for Lit Crawl, with writers handing off portions of the tale to one another. http://www.castrowriterscoop.com/ 


 


Participants
avatar for Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman was born in Macon, Georgia in 1969, the same place and time as her family's legendary band, the Allman Brothers Band. Her father, Duane Allman, is considered one of the greatest Rock guitarists of all time. Galadrielle was raised primarily in Berkeley, California... Read More →
avatar for Alison Bing

Alison Bing

Write/ edit/ curate content on travel/ food/ drink/ art/ design for Lonely Planet, Airbnb, BBC, Time Inc mags, sundry others.
avatar for Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen is a journalist based in San Francisco.  Her coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe ran in The Nation, PRI’s The World, Foreign Policy and other publications.  She’s working on a book about the deadliest day of the crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos, told... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Citrak

Joshua Citrak

Joshua Citrak - author and podcaster, host of Do Better and Hangin’ with Old Lew available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Store.
avatar for Andrea Coombes

Andrea Coombes

Andrea Coombes is a staff writer at NerdWallet. Her personal-finance stories have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald and elsewhere. In other news, she's working on a book about unreliable mothers. She walks her dog every day, almost. Sometimes... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Frisch

Sarah Frisch

Sarah Frisch work has been published in The Paris Review, the VQR, and The New England Review. She has won a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. She is a former Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer at Stanford.
avatar for Scott James

Scott James

Co-founder, Castro Writers' Cooperative
Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, "SoMa" and "The Sower," published... Read More →
avatar for Mercilee Jenkins

Mercilee Jenkins

Mercilee Jenkins is an award winning playwright/performance artist, published poet and fiction writer.  Her current play-in-progress, Incident at the Beach, had a staged reading in June and is being developed as podcast for an audio drama series, Twelve Chimes, It’s Midnight... Read More →
avatar for Mike Karpa

Mike Karpa

Gay San Francisco writer and malcontent whose memoir, short fiction and novel excerpts have recently appeared in Chaleur, Tin House, Sixfold and a handful of other discerning litmags.
avatar for Lee Kravetz

Lee Kravetz

Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of Strange Contagion (Harpercollins), as well as 2014’s international bestseller, Supersurvivors. He has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as PBS’s Frontline. He is a proud member of the... Read More →
avatar for Jenelle Lindsay

Jenelle Lindsay

Born and bred in the SF Bay Area, Jenelle left for Chicago where she received a Master's Degree in Film/English before moving to New York which began a career writing for soap operas (Guiding Light, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless) and a teen drama (South of Nowhere... Read More →
avatar for Shana Mahaffey

Shana Mahaffey

Co-Founder, Castro Writers Cooperative
Shana Mahaffey is the author of the novel, Sounds Like Crazy, a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009.
avatar for Tina LeCount Myers

Tina LeCount Myers

Writer
Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she'd one day be an author. Tina lives in San Francisco with... Read More →
avatar for Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

I'm the author of a memoir and two novels--all currently in print. I'm also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, which will be held at Esalen this upcoming May.
avatar for Melina Selverston-Scher

Melina Selverston-Scher

Courage Seeker, The Castro Writers Coop
Writer, editor, journalist, political science professor, environmental non-profit director, global warrior for indigenous peoples and the environment, feminist, ally, musician with San Francisco's first and foremost industrial ragtime band: Parlor Tricks. What Would Judith Do?
avatar for Cameron Tuttle

Cameron Tuttle

Cameron Tuttle is an American author. She began her career as a writer for an advertising agency before writing her first book, "The Paranoid's Pocket Guide," which landed her on Oprah. Inspired by the movie Thelma and Louise, Tuttle went on the lam in 1996, doing research for what would become the Bad Girl's... Read More →
avatar for Anna Volpicelli

Anna Volpicelli

Art /Design/ lifestyle Journalist  San Francisco Bay Area.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Fellow Barber 696 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Threepenny Presents!
Three poets, two fiction writers, and two essayists (combined in the persons of five writers) read aloud powerful work that showcases The Threepenny Review.

Participants
avatar for Sativa January

Sativa January

Sativa holds an MFA in fiction from New York University, where she received a Veterans Writing Workshop fellowship. At NYU, she served as co-fiction editor for Washington Square Review and led writing workshops for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work has appeared... Read More →
avatar for Nate Klug

Nate Klug

Nate Klug earned a BA in English at the University of Chicago and a Masters from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). His writing... Read More →
avatar for Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough is the recipient of Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her most recent book is Reaper (Alice James, 2017); Here All Night, her fifth collection, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. She teaches in the MFA program... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Pufahl

Shannon Pufahl

Jones Lecturer, Stanford University
Shannon Pufahl is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was previously a Stegner Fellow in fiction. She is at work on a novel set in the American West about gambling and surveillance in the post-War period, and on a collection of essays... Read More →
avatar for Atsuro Riley

Atsuro Riley

Atsuro Riley is the author of 'Romey’s Order' (Chicago, 2010), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, the Whiting Writer's Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. He reads at City Arts & Lectures (Nourse Theater, SF—with... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Thrills, Chills, Zen, and Trains
Join us for an eclectic mixture of fascinating mystery and mind-blowing speculative fiction authors!

Participants
avatar for Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson has written two novels featuring Zephyrette Jill McLeod – Death Rides the Zephyr and Death Deals a Hand, and twelve novels with Oakland PI Jeri Howard; a standalone suspense novel, What You Wish For; and numerous short stories, including Macavity winner "Voice Mail... Read More →
avatar for Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan

Alex Dolan is the author of The Empress of Tempera and The Euthanist, and the host of “Thrill Seekers Radio” on the Authors on the Air network.
avatar for Eliot Fintushel

Eliot Fintushel

Eliot Fintushel is the author of ZEN CITY and BREAKFAST WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE. His short fiction has appeared in many genre magazines and anthologies. He is a Nebula nominee. Fintushel’s solo shows have been produced at The Marsh.  He is currently working on a cultural history... Read More →
avatar for Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels including Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award-winning short novel We Are All Completely Fine... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Borderlands Books 866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Travelers' Tales: Encounters in Faraway Places
Through encounters with foreign people and cultures, these writers uncover profound and universal lessons that help us to see the world in a different light.

Participants
avatar for Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele was born to a Nigerian father and a Nordic-American mother, and the PBS film My Journey Home documents her travels abroad to find her father and siblings, while the e-book, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems, establishes her tri-cultural POV. Her memoir... Read More →
avatar for Tania Amochaev

Tania Amochaev

Writer, Photographer, Traveler
Tania Amochaev's stories of global adventure appear in The Best Travel Writing. Her upcoming book, Mother Tongue, follows three generations of women through the chaos of Balkan history.
avatar for Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne is author of Wings - Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award, editor of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris and Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco, writer of The Storykeeper film, and occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and... Read More →
avatar for Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia DeSanctis is the New York Times bestselling author of 100 PLACES IN FRANCE EVERY WOMAN SHOULD GO (Travelers’ Tales, 2014), a Foreword Review INDIEFAB Book of the Year in Nonfiction/Travel. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a journalist and photographer. In addition he has created exhibits, lectures, and educational programs for San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the University of California, The Body Shop, and the Asian Art Museum... Read More →
avatar for Larry Habegger

Larry Habegger

Executive Editor, Travelers' Tales
Larry Habegger is a writer and editor who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than three decades, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Temo Cafe 3000 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

USF MFA in Writing Showcase
A reading of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from current students in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing at University of San Francisco.

Participants
avatar for Kelsey Ahlmark

Kelsey Ahlmark

MFA Candidate, University of San Francisco
Kelsey Ahlmark is a MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco. She's a fan of the non-fiction essay, true crime shows, and rescue dogs. She is currently the non-fiction editor for Switchback and an educator in the Bay Area. She received her BA from the University of Arizona... Read More →
avatar for Alan Chazaro

Alan Chazaro

Second year MFA poet at USF. Previously graduated from June Jordan's Poetry for the People Program at UC Berkeley. Work forthcoming in Borderlands, Huizache, The Cortland Review, and others. Born and raised in the Bay Area.
avatar for Sage Curtis

Sage Curtis

Poet, University of San Francisco
Sage is a Bay Area poet/ writer and MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and she performs it whenever possible. Recently, she's been interested in the glamour and grit of addiction, and the places where it creeps... Read More →
avatar for Rose Heredia

Rose Heredia

Rose is currently in her 2nd year the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of San Francisco. She is from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in Oakland. She is currently on the Litquake Committee and this is her first time reading at Lit Crawl. She is SO EXCI... Read More →
avatar for Eric Mueller

Eric Mueller

A former college football player, Eric Mueller moved across the country to join USF’s MFA in writing program in 2014,
avatar for Colter Ruland

Colter Ruland

Colter lives in San Francisco where he is pursuing his MFA in Fiction at the University of San Francisco, and working at The Booksmith. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Persona Magazine, Danse Macabre, and The Thought Erotic. He is working on his first novel.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Ruby 3602 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

Write On Mamas Presents Mamas Misbehaving
Let’s just say we hope our children don’t attend. How do fishnet stockings and dog collars go together? Talk about airing your dirty laundry!

Participants
avatar for Vicki DeArmon

Vicki DeArmon

Vicki DeArmon is a frontline documenter of the survival syndrome known to women with grown kids and aging parents which she relays through fiction, memoir, and plain ol' story telling--accompanied by a shot of hysteria. She is a writer who has a day job as the Marketing & Events... Read More →
avatar for Claire Hennessy

Claire Hennessy

Random Ramblings, Humor Writer
Claire Hennessy moved from the UK to live in California in 2008, the shock of which propelled her to start writing a humorous memoir as a form of cheap therapy. She writes in inappropriate detail about her personal and sexual life, but it does have the desired effect of keeping her... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Hilton

Laurel Hilton

Laurel is co-founder and former President of Write on Mamas. She is the Founder of The Marin Writers' Nest. She is featured in three anthologies including the upcoming "She's Got This: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On" (January 2019). Laurel previously was a Producer of Listen... Read More →
avatar for Sheri Hoffmann

Sheri Hoffmann

The Boss Lady, Sheri Hoffmann-Writer and Storyteller
Sheri is married with two children, and lives in Benicia. Leaving her corporate job because it depleted her soul, she entered the field of serving in schools and the community. This provided beautiful and ample subject matter; she writes about the ridiculous, the mundane and the... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Lonsdale

Marianne Lonsdale

Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays and short stories, and is developing a novel. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Grown and Flown, Pulse and has aired on KQED. She is a founding member of the Write On Mamas, a Bay Area writers grou... Read More →
avatar for Maria Ramos-Chertok

Maria Ramos-Chertok

Founder & Facilitator, The Butterfly Series Writing Workshop
Maria is a writer, workshop leader and coach who facilitates The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their life journey. Her essay What Matters was selected for the 2016 San Francisco production of Listen to Your Mother... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Saltzman

Gloria Saltzman

Gloria is a long time member of the Write on Mamas since the early days when we met at Book Passage as the Writing Mamas. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and a dog named Kirby . Her two daughters are fully winged and exploring the world.Gloria works as a psychotherapist... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Van Santvoord

Jennifer Van Santvoord

Jennifer Van Santvoord writes humor essays and creative non-fiction, and was a contributing writer for the anthology, Mamas Write. She is also a member of The Write On Mamas, a group of Bay Area writers. She would love to say that "her work appears" in lots of other places, but... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

7:15pm

¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? and KQED present I Heart San Francisco

¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Seeks to continue the long tradition of San Francisco being a focal point for groundbreaking, electrifying Latino spoken and written word. Founded in 2014 by Baruch Porras Hernandez, DEMG’s mission is to be a leading performance series that showcases the top Latinx Performers and Writers. We want to collaborate with established Latinx writers, be a launch pad for emerging Latinx writers, queer and straight, of various Latinx origins who have a passion for performing. DEMG was started so that Latinx writers and lovers of spoken word never have to ask ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? (Where my people at?) when it comes to the literary performance scene. 


Moderators
avatar for Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a two time winner of Literary Death Match named one of the 13 BayArea writers to watch in 2016 by 7x7 Magazine. He’s a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and Playwrighting, he is the Voice of Shipwreck SF, and regularly hosts shows with KQED. He was born... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Azuah

Azuah

Inspired by the mesmerizing sounds of Lianne La Havas and the soulfulness in the music of John Legend, Azuahis underway of making her debut in the music world as an alternative folk and blues artist with just the right touch of soul. Her emotionally provocative songwriting in juxtaposition... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the Clark- Gross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories... Read More →
avatar for Lydia Popovich

Lydia Popovich

Lydia Popovich hails from San Francisco, CA. Her anecdotal humor and vivid storytelling make her a unique voice in a sea of dick jokes. On stage, she is a force to be reckoned with bringing energy and unparalleled confidence to each performance. SF Weekly named her the #1 Artist... Read More →
avatar for Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

A Reading and Discussion by Contemporary Korean American Female Poets & Writers
Three award-winning writers discuss difficult truths about identity, answering political and practical issues that arise from living as women on the hyphen between “Asian” and “American.” 

Participants
avatar for Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Program Coordinator, Miami Book Fair
MARCI CALABRETTA CANCIO-BELLO is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Florida Book Awards bronze medal, and Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She has received fellowships from the American... Read More →
avatar for Arlene Kim

Arlene Kim

Arlene Kim's first collection of poems, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? (Milkweed Editions), was a recipient of the American Book Award and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She grew up in Northern Virginia and gradually made her way westward—via... Read More →
avatar for E. J. Koh

E. J. Koh

Researcher, University of Washington
E. J. Koh is the author of A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Press Editors Prize (Louisiana State University). Her work appears in Boston Review, Columbia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She was a fellow for the American Literary Translators Association, Kundiman... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

A Totally 80s Reading Party
Join Rare Bird Books as authors read their 80s favorites, and original stories set in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and beyond.

Participants
avatar for David Kukoff

David Kukoff

A native Angeleno and graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name (including the hit Disney movies “Model Behavior” with Justin Timberlake and Kathie Lee Gifford and “Switching Goals” with the... Read More →
avatar for Tom Stern

Tom Stern

Tom Stern is the author of the novels Sutterfeld, You Are Not A Hero (Rare Bird, 2015) and the upcoming My Vanishing Twin (Rare Bird, Spring 2017). He is also the writer/director of the feature films Half-Dragon Sanchez and This Is A Business. Tom's films have played festivals across... Read More →
avatar for Delfin Vigil

Delfin Vigil

Delfin Vigil is a veteran San Francisco Chronicle journalist and contributor to The Rumpus. His novel Death of a Newspaperman pens a humorous and honest portrait of a city and its news.
avatar for Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco in 2009. He currently works as a writing coach, teaches for Take My Word For It – Creative Writing for Kids, facilitates writing workshops at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center for The Beat Within... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Coffee Mission 3325 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

An Evening with The Rumpus
An explosive Rumpus production live and in person. Featuring readings, comedy, and music. Free! At a bar! And we'll be giving away books!

Participants
avatar for Nato Green

Nato Green

In 2018, Nato Green released his second comedy album The Whiteness Album on Blonde Medicine Records, and will be appearing in the film Sorry to Bother You, and lived in Cuba for six months. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been... Read More →
avatar for Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling

Editor, The Millions
Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions and has written for a variety of venues including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and the New Yorker Page-Turner. Her essay "Beautiful Babies" was listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is writing a nov... Read More →
avatar for Michael David Lukas

Michael David Lukas

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California... Read More →
avatar for Monique Morris

Monique Morris

President/Co-Founder, National Black Women's Justice Institute
I ask questions. I seek solutions. I believe in Justice (not the kind rooted in patriarchy or other oppressions) and I write about it.
avatar for Na'amen Tilahun

Na'amen Tilahun

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun has spent most of his life shuttling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He writes many different things that have appeared in/on io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, Spelling the... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Irish Women Rising?
In the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and its Proclamation of Independence radically endorsing equal rights for women, Irish writers explore women's roles in today's Ireland.

Moderators
avatar for Colm Ó Riain

Colm Ó Riain

is a composer, violinist, lover of literature and paid-up member of the modern Irish diaspora.

Participants
avatar for Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin is a schoolteacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She runs writing groups and retreats in San Francisco’s East Bay for anyone in recovery from addiction, alcoholism, trauma and abuse, and for anyone longing to return... Read More →
avatar for Emer Martin

Emer Martin

Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various parts of the U.S. Her first novel, Breakfast in Babylon, won Book of the Year 1996 at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel, was published internationally... Read More →
avatar for Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She won the Nautilus Award for her debut novel The Weight of Him and the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award. She was also shortlisted for the CUIRT, Roberts, and Bristol Short Story Prizes, and longlisted... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dovre Club 1498 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Red Light Lit
Red Light Lit is a collective of writers, musicians and artists who explore love relationships and sexuality through poetry, prose, art, and song.

Participants
avatar for Lara Coley

Lara Coley

Curator for VelRo Reading Series | MFA Candidate in Poetry at SFSU | Poetry, fiction, and art published in New American Writing, Rogue Agent, sPARKLE&bLINK, Opium Magazine, and others.
avatar for Allyson Darling

Allyson Darling

Equally lovely and ferocious in nature, Allyson Darling resides in San Francisco. She writes nonfiction essays about sex, relationships, and pantries (and sometimes about having sex in pantries).
avatar for Sarah Kobrinsky

Sarah Kobrinsky

Sarah Kobrinsky’s poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Magma Poetry, Monkeybicycle, Jewish Quarterly, 100 Word Story, Fjords Review, Shampoo Poetry, Bayou, The Molotov Cocktail, Berkeley Fiction Review, among many others. She is a former Poet Laureate of Emer... Read More →
avatar for Loria Mendoza

Loria Mendoza

Loria Mendoza hails from Austin, Texas, where she learned to keep it weird. Her stories have been published in The Walrus Literary Journal, featured at the MFA Mixer, Beast Crawl, Red Light Lit, and Voz Sin Tinta. She studies fiction in the Creative Writing MFA program at San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Ari Moskowitz

Ari Moskowitz

Born in Philadelphia, Ari Moskowitz holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from SFSU, where he was the Editor of Fourteen Hills. In February '17, he was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where he was inspired to write from a second person voice... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Lone Palm 3394 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Brown People Don't Read?
Brown People Don't Read? dispels notions that black and brown stories don't matter, challenging the established narratives of culture, belonging, and coming of age.

Participants
avatar for Scott R. Duncan

Scott R. Duncan

Scott Russell Duncan is a Chicano writer with the whitest name in America. His unpublished novel The Ramona Diary of SRD is about Spanish California. He is assistant editor at Somos en escrito, The Latino Literary Online Magazine. 
avatar for Lisa D. Gray

Lisa D. Gray

Lisa reads, writes, and rants about the things that tick her off and amuse her. She follows trends and looks back at how the past affects our present. She lives and writes in the Bay Area. Her writing focuses on intersections of blackness, womanhood, and Americaness. She earned her... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary is working on a memoir about growing up along the Russian River. Her work is published in Sick Lit, Squalorly, Snapping Twig, Communion, Atticus Review, and other journals.
avatar for Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres earned a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Mills College and is a founding member of Sunday Stories. She is finishing a short story collection and a memoir about her mother’s childhood in Mexico.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Philz Coffee 3101 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Foglifter Press: Eyeing the Margins
Foglifter is a queer press, but more than that. We publish work that queers our perspective.

Participants
avatar for Denise Benavides

Denise Benavides

Denise Benavides is an Oakland based Queer Xicana Poet/Bruja and Performer Artist. Bred from a single immigrant mother, Denise shares her work with urgency using the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to... Read More →
avatar for Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan teaches creative writing to LGBTQ youth with Queer Ancestors Project and coordinates QTPOC Free School. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow, she works across documentary, creative writing, performance, and oral history projects. From 2008-2018, she co-directed Queer... Read More →
avatar for J.K. Fowler

J.K. Fowler

Founder and Executive Director of Nomadic Press, writer, part-time professor at Rutgers University. Oakland, CA, and Brooklyn, NY
avatar for Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator and Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She loves to flirt, laugh, perform, crack corny jokes, and insert Octavia Butler references... Read More →
avatar for Randall Mann

Randall Mann

Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Proprietary (Persea Books, 2017). He lives in San Francisco.
avatar for D.A. Powell

D.A. Powell

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

From Inside Your Head, to Under the Sea, to Beyond the Stars
These brilliant science fiction and fantasy authors will take you to entirely unexpected realms.

Participants
avatar for Skye Allen

Skye Allen

Skye Allen is the author of two YA novels, Pretty Peg and The Songbird Thief. Her short fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Of Dragons and Magic and her poetry in Insomnia and Sinister Wisdom. She lives in Berkeley.
avatar for Chaz Brenchley

Chaz Brenchley

Chaz Brenchley has published thrillers, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction and ghost stories, under his own name and others; also books for children and over 500 short stories. He has recently married and moved from Newcastle to California, with two squabbling cats and... Read More →
avatar for Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is the author of the award-nominated science fiction novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, as well as the upcoming stand-alone sequel, A Closed & Common Orbit. Learn more at otherscribbles.com, or find her on Twitter at @beckysaysrawr... Read More →
avatar for Serena Valentino

Serena Valentino

Serena Valentino brings her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary female protagonists.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Guilty Minds, Criminal Bodies
Five women writers plus: two stolen children; one murder; assorted thought crimes; lots of disorderly conduct; a few miscellaneous felonies; and a little prison time.

Participants
avatar for Karen Bjorneby

Karen Bjorneby

Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, and anthologized online at Poetry Daily. She’s received a Pushcart Special... Read More →
avatar for Judy Myers

Judy Myers

Professor, Diablo Valley College
Judy Myers’ flash piece “Is Girl Here” (published in Quiddity) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story “Runaway” was a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction She’s currently working on a novel set primarily in Oakland about runaways, babies, and searching... Read More →
avatar for Robin Silverman

Robin Silverman

Robin's first novel Lemon Reef , a Lambda Literary Award finalist, was nominated (in excerpt) for a Pushcart Prize and received the Golden Crown Literary Award for Best Debut Novel, and the Alice B. Award for Excellent First Work. She has published numerous articles and critical... Read More →
avatar for Saramanda Swigart

Saramanda Swigart

English Instructor, CCSF
Saramanda Swigart has an MFA from Columbia University, with a supplementary degree in literary translation. Her short work has appeared in Oxford Magazine, Border Crossing, Superstition Review, Fogged Clarity, Caveat Lector, The Literati Quarterly, Ragazine. She lives in San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Thaai Walker

Thaai Walker

Thaai Walker is a former daily newspaper reporter who has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mercury News , the Oakland Tribune and the Dallas Morning News. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Half a Dozen Brilliant Reasons: Why There Are Words
Six writers take on Why There Are Words: the acclaimed reading series (and now small press!). Emceed by Peg Alford Pursell.

Participants
avatar for Karen Llagas

Karen Llagas

Karen Llagas’s first collection of poetry, Archipelago Dust, was published by Meritage Press in 2010. A recipient of a Hedgebrook Residency, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, she lives in San Francisco and works as a translator & lecturer at UC Berkeley.
avatar for Edward Porter

Edward Porter

Edward Porter's short fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Hudson Review, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Glimmer Train. He holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, a PhD from the University of Houston, and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

I write poetry; my most recent book is The Greenhouse, the poems in which David Baker called "profound, fundamental works, born of a deep interiority and making their intricate ways, phrase by phrase, toward a design both organic and artful.” My next book, Annihilation, includes... Read More →
avatar for Janet Thornburg

Janet Thornburg

Janet Thornburg is the author of the short story collection, Rhubarb Pie. Her stories have appeared in Carve Magazine, The Distillery, In The Family, Lumina, The MacGuffin, Phantasmagoria, Phoebe, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and Sanskrit. In addition to writing fiction, she has written... Read More →
avatar for Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press. Twister was also shortlisted for the 2016 Housatonic Book Award in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and dogs.
avatar for John Zic

John Zic

John Zic holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His fiction has appeared in The Fabulist, and the museum of americana. His poetry has appeared in Fierce Hunger. He has worked in Bay Area theatre for 30 years, including Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, TheatreWorks, Attic Theatre... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Haus Coffee 3086 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Joyland
Joyland Magazine, publisher of regionally selected stories, features authors from its San Francisco section for a night of boundary-pushing short fiction.

Moderators
avatar for Kara Levy

Kara Levy

Principal, Kara Levy Coaching

Participants
avatar for Kate Folk

Kate Folk

Kate Folk's stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Granta, and many other publications. She has completed a story collection, Doe Eyes, and is currently at work on a novel about artificially intelligent limbs and a clandestine... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Kwan

Susanna Kwan

Susanna Kwan is a writer, editor, and illustrator. She has received fellowships from Kundiman and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and has an MFA from Vanderbilt University.
avatar for Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia

is a San Francisco (and often Missoula, Montana) author whose first novel, The Given World, was praised in a starred Kirkus review as “an immensely rewarding and remarkable debut.” It has been nominated for both the PEN/Bingham Prize and the Saroyan International Prize for Fi... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Lanza Rivers

Daniel Lanza Rivers

Daniel Lanza Rivers recently completed his Ph.D. in English and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, where his research explored the relationship between landscape, development, and desire in Californian literature and public cultures. His fiction has appeared in Joyland... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dijital Fix 820 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Memoir Pool
What no one remembers, never really happened. All we remember is story, so here are six writers keepin' it real by turning life into life/story.

Participants
avatar for Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet... Read More →
avatar for Dana Freedman

Dana Freedman

Dana Freedman is a critical care nurse who spends several nights a week in a helicopter flying over the San Francisco Bay Area saving lives. By day she keeps busy as a single parent to a 1-year old boy and a back-talking Siberian Husky. In all of her spare time she is writing a memoir... Read More →
avatar for Beverly Parayno

Beverly Parayno

Beverly Parayno is a Filipino American writer. Her fiction, memoir excerpts and interviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Rumpus, Memoir Pool, Huizache, Warscapes and Southword: New Writing from Ireland. Her work has been translated into Chinese. A resident of Oakland... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Roth Patton

Laurel Roth Patton

Laurel Roth Patton has been published in anthologies including Stigma Fighters Anthology Vol. 2 and First-Class Times, and in the journal Teacher Librarian: “Karaoke in the Library.” An education junkie, she holds an MLIS, MFA, and a BA in Jungian Interpretation of World Creation... Read More →
avatar for Emily Thurston

Emily Thurston

Emily knows people, from geniuses, athletes, and businesspeople to hippies, felons, addicts, and bums. She has been a national class bicycle racer, an organic produce warehouser, and a marketer for architects. She currently runs two thriving busineses with her partner, Dennis: a bike... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Wonderland SF 1266 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Naughty, Good Magic
Literary burlesque readers tease you with each story, taking it all off, one word at a time.  

Participants
avatar for Nancy Au

Nancy Au

Nancy Au is an Oakland-based writer and co-founder of The Escapery. She teaches creative writing (in the biology department!) at CSU Stanislaus. Her writing appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, Forge Literary Magazine, Foglifter Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere... Read More →
avatar for Carson Beker

Carson Beker

Carson Beker is a San Francisco-based writer, playwright, storyteller, and actor with an MFA and MA from SFSU. They've taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, 826 Valencia, and around San Francisco. They are the former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills and was co-founder... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown was technically born and raised in New York, but her heart (and most of her writing) will always belong to New Orleans. She is the co-curator of the Voices from the Margins reading series and editor of the forthcoming Footsteps of Baldwin Anthology, a collection of works... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Gomes

Kimberly Gomes

Writer & Editor
Kimberly is a MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, a freelance editor and a travel writer. She's currently working on her first novel and a chapbook tapping into all things woman. When she's not wiggling her way through vulnerability, she's out romping on mountains and... Read More →
avatar for Yume Kim

Yume Kim

Yume Kim is a recipient of both an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Additionally she is also a 2012 recipient of the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry retreat fellowship at Fordham University. Some of her works can be found in sPARKLE... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Red Poppy Arthouse 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Nepotism Night: Lit Crawl Edition
Nepotism Night is a variety show that seeks to cultivate community and bring diverse disciplines together in our increasingly artistically beleaguered city.

Moderators
avatar for Dawn Oberg

Dawn Oberg

Dawn Oberg is a songwriter and recording artist who inflicts her taste on people with the variety show, Nepotism Night. She is very excited about this year's Litquake and about Nepotism Night, Lit Crawl Edition in particular.

Participants
avatar for Steve Artnson

Steve Artnson

Steve Arntson was born on the east coast but moved west early.  Although he was trained as a pianist, he discovered spoken word in SF around 1985 and has been writing and performing poetry ever since.
avatar for Sellassie Blackwell

Sellassie Blackwell

Sellassie Blackwell would rather walk straight into hell knowing he is right than follow a bunch of fools into heaven.
avatar for Larry Gallagher

Larry Gallagher

Larry Gallagher describes his songs as “intelligent lyric-driven stylings for the end of the world,” although the world doesn’t necessarily have to end for you to be able to enjoy them.
avatar for Allison Mick

Allison Mick

Allison Mick is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. She’s performed in festivals in Northern California (SF Sketchfest), New York (Hudson... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Columbia University and San Francisco State University. Her chapbook Warning Coloration is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
1-2-3-4 Go! Records 1038 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Our Bodies, Our Stories: Mixed-Race Women on Accessing Truth
Accessing your truth can be like peeling an artichoke—many layers might shield the heart of it. Fierce truth telling by the women of Mixed Writes.

Participants
avatar for Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco is a South Korean and Italian Voices of Our Nation alum and was an Academy of American Poets Prize winner by age twenty. Her pieces have been featured on KPFA and Mutiny Radio, and performed for SOMArts, LitQuake, Kearny Street Workshop, The Intersection For The Arts... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Graves

Jackie Graves

Jackie Graves, a tenured English instructor at Laney College, writes personal essays, plays, fiction, poetry, and memoir. Her work has appeared in African Voices, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and onstage performances include the Guerrilla Jazz Collective and Strong Current... Read More →
avatar for Audrey T. Williams

Audrey T. Williams

Audrey T. Williams is a multi-racial, multi-cultural Storyteller, Writer and Poet based in Oakland. She writes, performs, and podcasts creative nonfiction in the form of personal narratives, and is also working on short stories of Speculative Fiction and AfroFuturism.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

pariahs from outside the margins: Not Straight Outta Iowa
Sharing experiences of exclusion via poetry, essays, prose, and diverse languages coupled with printed art, pariahs celebrates writers far beyond the common pages.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Rafael García

Sarah Rafael García

Founder/Project Director, LibroMobile
Sarah Rafael Garcia is a writer, community educator and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas (Floricanto Press 2008), she founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studio. In 2016, Sarah Rafael was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales (Raspa Magazine 2017), which was supported... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Majda Gama

Majda Gama

Majda is a Saudi-American poet based in the Washington DC area where she has roots as a Punk, DJ & an activist. Her poems explore her racial duality & the world transnationals create in order to feel safe. She thinks Nick Cave should win the Nobel in Literature next.
avatar for Sarah Rafael García

Sarah Rafael García

Founder/Project Director, LibroMobile
Sarah Rafael Garcia is a writer, community educator and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas (Floricanto Press 2008), she founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studio. In 2016, Sarah Rafael was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales (Raspa Magazine 2017), which was supported... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Anne Guerrero

Laurie Anne Guerrero

Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and the International Latino Book Award for poetry, her first full-length collection, A... Read More →
avatar for Mónica Teresa Ortiz

Mónica Teresa Ortiz

Poet. muted blood. black radish books, 2018.
avatar for Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson

Editor, Hayden's Ferry Review, Arizona State University
Dustin Pearson is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University, where he also serves as the editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. He was awarded the 2015 Katharine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets and is the recipient of fellowships from the Watering Hole and Cave Ca... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Rose

Christopher Rose

Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington and he writes about the intersection of the Filipino and Black Diasporas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crabfat, Chelsea Station, The Outrider Review, Glitterwolf, Fjords Review, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Scarlet Tanager Books Presents Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California
This event showcases contributors to Red Indian Road West. “A diverse and illuminating volume of Native American poetry that explores Western migration” —Kirkus Reviews

Participants
avatar for Lucille Lang Day

Lucille Lang Day

Director, Scarlet Tanager Books
Lucille Lang Day, coeditor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems. She is also a coeditor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California... Read More →
avatar for Alison Hart

Alison Hart

Talk to me about being mixed race in America, about historical trauma and it's reverberation in present day politics and personal trauma. Talk to me about finding ancestry, digging for roots, my own Native American, African American, Irish, Scottish, English roots. Talk to me about... Read More →
avatar for Senna Heyatawin

Senna Heyatawin

Senna Heyatawin, poet, was born in San Francisco, California and is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Heyatawin’s poems have been published in journals, magazines and anthologies and have won poetry prizes since the 1980s. Senna Heyatawin received her... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Meadows

Stephen Meadows

Stephen Meadows is a Californian of pioneer and Ohlone descent. His poems have appeared in anthologies and journals nationwide, and one of them graces a bronze plaque in San Francisco. Stephen now resides with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills. His poetry collection, Releasing... Read More →
avatar for Linda Noel

Linda Noel

Linda Noel is of Koyoonk’auwi (Concow) descent and grew up in Mendocino County. She is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Ukiah, Ca. Her work has been included in many anthologies and she has a chapbook titled Where You First Saw the Eyes of Coyote. She resides in Mendocino County... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Needles & Pens 1173 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

SF Flor y Canto Presents Radical Women's Poetry
Please join us for a night of femme and furious poetry with word-slingers who will make your ears spin. By centering the voices of our varied experience, we are met with painful resonating laughter and the occasional face palm.

Moderators
avatar for Kari Riesgo Bañuelos

Kari Riesgo Bañuelos

Kari Riesgo Bañuelos is a queer mixed native Xicana from South East Los Angeles. As a student, youth advocate, poet, and organizer, Kari centers their work and expression in navigating jotería, neocolonialism, diaspora, fetishization, and vulnerability. They have curated for San... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Cristal  Ibana Bonilla

Cristal Ibana Bonilla

moonbunny prince, the moonbunny chronicles.
I am a queer Colombian-Latinx creative endeavorist, writer, and poet with a decolonial feminist framework writing on and humanizing the experiences of first-generation queers of color. My work is felt as deeply personal, but interpreted and delivered through an intersectional praxis... Read More →
avatar for Rielle Klassen

Rielle Klassen

Rielle is a radically sensitive Asian American woman who moved to the Bay Area two years ago to discover lyfe is beautiful but the struggle is rielle. Always tearful but never silent, Rielle has been using music and poetry to put into words the thoughts and emotions her social anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Berlin Macuixtle

Berlin Macuixtle

Born in Rio Blanco, Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Long Beach, California, Berlin Macuixtle Tecpile has now found herself living in different corners in the Bay Area. Currently she has set down roots in Oakland while she finishes her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University... Read More →
avatar for AK de Morais

AK de Morais

AK is a queer poet and scholar from Mozambique and other places, currently living and studying in Santa Cruz
avatar for Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American mental health advocate, writer, and SF Bay Area poet. In summer of 2019, her book with co-editor Liz Green, We’ve Been Too Patient will be released from North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. We’ve Been Too Patient... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Acción Latina 2958 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

SF Flor y Canto Presents Return of the Pan Dulce Poets
Writers and troubadours at the sweetest little poetry scene in town. Feast on poetry and pan dulce at the historic La Reyna Bakery.

Participants
avatar for Cathy Arellano

Cathy Arellano

SALVATION ON MISSION STREET, I LOVE MY WOMEN, SOMETIMES THEY LOVE ME
Just another Mexican lesbian poet from the Mission, Cathy Arellano is thrilled to read from her recently published collection of broken-hearted lesbian love poems I LOVE MY WOMEN, SOMETIMES THEY LOVE ME and her memoir SALVATION ON MISSION STREET (2016) both published by Kórima... Read More →
avatar for Leticia Hernandez

Leticia Hernandez

The daughter of a Salvadoran family, Leticia was born in Los Angeles and has been living, writing and working in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1995. For twenty years, she has been merging music and performance with her writing to communicate a poetry that crosses genre... Read More →
avatar for Aura Maru

Aura Maru

Poetry in Romanian ("Du-te free" Cartier Publishing, Moldova, 2015 ) and English. PhD student in Comparative Literature.
avatar for Silvia Oviedo

Silvia Oviedo

Desbandada
I like good coffee and great books. I publish bilingual poetry @ www.desbandada.com
avatar for Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez

SF Flor Y Canto Literary Festival
Ricardo Tavarez is a writer, educator and aspiring baker.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
La Reyna Bakery 3114 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

SF Flor y Canto Presents Terremoto Twenty Sixteen: Poetry Beyond the Richter Scale
Five poets who write about life on the fault line. A reading to shake the books off the shelves.

Participants
avatar for César Love

César Love

Cesar Love regularly shares his poetry at Bay Area open mics. His new book of poems is titled "Birthright."
avatar for Marguerite Munoz

Marguerite Munoz

Marguerite Munoz writes on the border of Berkeley and Oakland. She is the founder and producer of Voz Sin Tinta at Alley Cat Books under the sponsorship of Alejandro Murguia. Her work has been featured at Get Lit, Liminal, Poems Under the Dome, Cante Jondo, Literary Speakeasy, Cipacti... Read More →
avatar for Tony Robles

Tony Robles

Tony Robles is the author of Cool Don't Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco, Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, and two children's books. In 2017, Tony was short-listed for San Francisco Poet Laureate. He is Board President of the Manilatown Heritage Project, and housing rights... Read More →
avatar for Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski lives and writes in a yellow house in San Francisco. She is the co-founder & editor of Just Chugged Four Beers magazine.
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René Vazquez

Co-Curator, Voz sin Tinta
René Vazquez is a local Bay Area writer. He is the editor in chief of Cipactli journal, is the Co-Curator for the bilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta. He has a Master's degree in English from San Francisco State University, where he is an MFA candidate in fiction.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Alley Cat Books 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown
Celebrate the enduring spirit of the African-American and Japanese-American communities in San Francisco's gentrifying Western Addition, with editor Shizue Seigel and guests.

Participants
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Sandra Bass

Director, Public Service Center, UC Berkeley
For over 20 years, Sandra Bass has been a champion for social justice. With professional and personal experiences cutting across issue areas and geographies, her passion is educating and activating our next generation of social change agents. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in... Read More →
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Ravi Chandra

Author, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks, releasing in October, 2017. www.facebuddha.co.
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Lyndsey Ellis

Lyndsey Ellis is a fiction writer, essayist and editor who's passionate about exploring intergenerational struggles and resiliency in the Midwest. She's a 2018 recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and 2016 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry... Read More →
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Jennifer Hasegawa

Jennifer Hasegawa is a poet and performance artist. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii and lives in San Francisco. Her poetry manuscript, La Chica's Field Guide to Banzai Living, received the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award in 2014. She has curated... Read More →
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Roji Oyama

Third generation Japanese American immigrant (born in Japan). Raised in San Francisco, BFA graduate of SF State and SF Art Institute. Activist at SFSU, we all worked to create first Department of Ethnic Studies in the U.S. Lived and worked in Latin America, South Pacific and Japan... Read More →
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Shizue Seigel

Shizue Seigel is a third –generation Japanese American writer and artist who explores complex intersections of history, culture and spirituality. Her five books include Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown, and In Good Conscience. She has been... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Think You Know Your Lit? Presented by 7x7
Test your knowledge of Bay Area authors, literary landmarks, and classic novels at this rowdy night of trivia, hosted by quizmaster Carl Gibbs and 7x7. Brilliant minds may win genius prizes. 

Participants
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Carl Gibbs

Carl Gibbs hosts San Francisco's most famous and undoubtedly hardest trivia night.


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

Thirsty
Though your cup is full. Because it’s always empty. And the drink is sweet. But the tap's gone dry.

Participants
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Judy Halebsky

Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Sky=Empty, Tree Line and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance. Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center have supported her work. Her passions include the Moth-style storytelling... Read More →
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Happy/L.A. Hyder

L.A. Hyder Photography/Gallery
Visual artist & writer Happy/L.A. Hyder walks the Mendocino cliffs these days, filled with season by season's exquisite beauty, camera & pen at the ready. She opened L.A. Hyder Gallery a few short months ago in the Village of Mendocino. An ongoing project, 'the Feminist series', brings... Read More →
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Shikha Malaviya

Shikha (Saklani) Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was launched in December 2013, in India, to acclaim and featured in The Times of India Literary Carnival, Poetry with Prakriti & other festivals. Shikha... Read More →
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Sarah Paris

Sarah Paris is a Swiss-American poet, writer, and photographer. Her most recent publication is "The Traveler," a queer "shaggy-dog-chasing-ghosts story" penned by her alter ego, Chris Solano. | Haiku & photography @SFSwissPoet
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Tony Acarasiddhi Press

Tony Acarasiddhi Press tries to pay attention. Sometimes he does. His short story collection, Crossing the Lines, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing. About 100 of his stories and poems can be found in many fine journals. He lives near San Francisco but has no website.
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Jenny Qi

Poet, writer, medical editor. Co-host @BoneLabRadio. Former cancer researcher @UCSF... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
San Francisco Buddhist Center 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm

We Aren't Going Anywhere: Stories From the Latinx Frontlines
These are the stories of Latinxs who have been unconquered. Shades of fiction, memoir, and arts and culture journalism convene to create poetry of resistance.   

Participants
avatar for Candace Eros Díaz

Candace Eros Díaz

Candace Eros Díaz writes in the dreamy space where fact and fiction collide. She has held fellowships at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Lambda Literary, and The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. She earned a dual-concentration MFA at Saint Mary’s College... Read More →
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Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the author of the memoir The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. She lives in Oakland with her family: a jazz pianist, a Mexican nationalist, and three Mexican dogs.
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Maceo Montoya

Maceo Montoya’s first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book” and Latino Stories named him one of its "Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch." In 2014, University of New Mexico... Read More →
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Michelle Threadgould

Michelle Threadgould is a biracial, Chicana journalist who covers Latinx issues and resistant art movements. Her work has been featured in CNN, Pacific Standard, GOOD, KQED, The New York Observer, Remezcla, and Latino USA. Her investigative work has covered the secret history of leftist... Read More →
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Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir, which received a 2016 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention for Best Biography in English. He is a graduate... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Casa Bonampak 1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

9:30pm

Litquake After-Party

Join San Francisco’s biggest literary party of the year, immediately following the Lit Crawl! Sip on specialty cocktails, mingle with your new literary friends, enter a raffle at the Moleskine pop-up shop, peruse our Litquake swag table, and dance to tunes by DJ Matt Haze. FREE


Saturday October 15, 2016 9:30pm - Sunday October 16, 2016 1:00am
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110