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Saturday, October 15
 

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 the author of THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, a post-apocalyptic feminist speculative novel, Tiptree recommendation, and winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel to MIDWIFE, THE BOOK OF ETTA will be published in early 2017. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she is always saying something: | | megelison.com | | @megelison
avatar for Ardra Hren

Ardra Hren

Software Engineer
avatar for Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a writer and podcaster based in Oakland. She's been published in Ravishly, Harlot Magazine, the Tusk, The Bold Italic, the Toast, and Loose Lips the erotic fan fiction anthology. She rants about feminism on medium and has a Goosebumps podcast called Listener Beware. She owns a cat named Zelda who has a Ron Swanson face and she loves her mother very much.
avatar for Danielle Truppi

Danielle Truppi

Born in the Inland Empire, Danielle Truppi moved to the Bay Area to earn a BA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley. She is now pursuing an MFA in Fiction at San Francisco State University where she is a Co-Editor-In-Chief at Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Danielle has written for Write Club SF, Oatmeal Magazine, and ZYZZYVA's "Obsessions" blog series.


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

Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and a forthcoming novel, is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Guernica, and elsewhere.
avatar for Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin has written about single-parent communes and pot-smoking suppers, ex-con ultra-marathoners and speed-dating mothers, and more, for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Lucky Peach, Outside, and Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor. A contributing writer at San Francisco magazine and a contributing editor at OZY, her work appears in Best Food Writing 2016.
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, out March 2017 from Chronicle Books. Excerpts from her unpublished memoir, Home Team, have appeared in Narrative Magazine, with one included in Best American Sports Writing 2013.
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, artistic expression, and the Ramones, premiered in March at the Vermont State Drama Festival.


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

Andrew O. Dugas's work has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100 Word Story, LITnIMAGE, MIXER, Instant City, and elsewhere. His novel SLEEPWALKING IN PARADISE was published in 2014 by Numina Press. He recently snail-mailed 1,001 original hand-inscribed haiku postcards to as many randomly selected recipients, and he still doesn't know why,
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 Brief History of Camouflage. Her one non-fiction book, Finding Your Writer’s Voice, has been translated into... 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 of poetry, including The Stage Stop Motel and Mind Over Matter.
avatar for Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles is the author of a novel and four award-winning collections of stories. Recently retired from thirty years of teaching Creative Writing, she has new and forthcoming stories in Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, Fiction International and The Superstition Review.
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; Red Light Lit; Writing Without Walls, and others. She received an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University and is currently at work on a novel. Learn more... 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 What We Know So Far. 


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 the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, Spain, France, England and Prague, and has performed in Italy and Bosnia. An award-winning poet and... 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, and other journals. He is at work on a collection of short stories: Avery Colt Is A Snake, A Thief, A Liar. He resides in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife... Read More →
avatar for Chris Baker

Chris Baker

writer and editor
Chris Baker is a freelance editor and feature writer living in the Bay Area. His work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, California Sunday, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, San Jose Metro, Austin Chronicle, Giant Robot, Spin, Blender, Film Threat, and Gamasutra. He has a very involved theory about how the Death Star attack sequence from Return of the Jedi was inspired by the Bay Bridge. He'll be glad to explain his theory to you in great detail if... Read More →
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 (during the bottom of the recession). Now I'm at KQED-San Francisco during the hey day of gentrification and our latest tech boom. Feel free to ask me about our range... 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 & Disco."
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 Bears, a tribute to African American men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, a humorous appeal for recognition from Black Santa himself, told in rhyme... 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,' and the short story collection 'Forty Wild Crushes.' | | The curator of 'Sporting Life,' the world's first gay athletics exhibit, he also wrote the syndicated Sports Complex column for ten years. A... 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 crisis. Talk to me about being a parent-teacher-poet. Ask me why I love teaching history & literature to high school students. Talk to me about where I can find... 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, edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi), and As If It Fell from the Sun (2012, edited by Colleen Lookingbill... 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 gay surrogacy and adoption.
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 arms in "What's Love Got to Do With It", and/or resting. My work has most recently appeared in James Franco Review, 14 Hills, The Caribbean Writer, and Black... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer

Founder, AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
I'm passionate about weird, strange, or surreal art!
avatar for Deborah Steinberg

Deborah Steinberg

I am a writer whose fiction and prose poetry explore themes of healing, the body, gender, and what it’s like to live without wings in a post-apocalyptic society. My short work is published in literary journals, and I am seeking representation for my speculative fiction novel, Splitting The Wind. I serve as Fiction Editor at Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks and I am co-editor, with Liana Holmberg, of the... Read More →


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, Girl? and online at MuthaMagazine.com.
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 shortest story she ever wrote (100 words) won The Rattling Wall's Microfiction Contest. Her work has been honored by the MacDowell Colony and the Center for Cultural... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran lives in Berkeley, California. She has two sons, ages 3 and 8, who describe her as mean, beautiful, the best defender and stinky-butt. She teaches writing and literature at CCA, is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and her new novel, Lucky Boy, comes out in January. 



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

Poet, Nomadic Press
Cyrus Armajani lives in Oakland with his wife and two sons. He teaches reading and creative writing to youth who are incarcerated. Benefits of Doubt (Nomadic Press) is his first book.
avatar for Peter Bullen

Peter Bullen

Peter Bullen started writing after discovering that people will give you their attention if you are standing at the front of a room, holding text and quivering in fear. He'll do almost anything for attention. His first chapbook 'Wallflower' is just out from Nomadic Press.
avatar for MK Chavez

MK Chavez

MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health and social justice. She is the author of Virgin Eyes, Mothermorphosis, Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press) will be released in October 2016. Chavez is co-founder and curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She has been a fellow at VONA, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and Antioch Writers Workshop. Chavez believes in... Read More →
avatar for Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts

Event Manager, Nomadic Press
I am an original founder of Oakland's Beast Crawl Literary Festival. I am also the author of the poetry collections "We Shoot Typewriters" and "Notes From an Orgy." I edit poetry for the Oakland Review and edit fiction for Full of Crow Online.
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. Her two fiction chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press), earned praise from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. You can find her work online at Eclectica Magazine, Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven and Kore Press. New work is... Read More →
avatar for Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III

Association of Black and Brown Writers, Nomadic Press
| Vernon Keeve III is a black and queer writer from Virginia, and a high school teacher in Oakland, CA. He has read his poetry at the SF Poetry Jazz Festival, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and the Oakland Book Festival. He has poetry and essays published in Ishmael Reed's Konch Online Journal, Black Girl Dangerous, Entropy, and Foglifter, and Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South and Migration; received the Zora Neale Hurston Award... Read More →
avatar for Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison is a gifted poet, emcee, and vocalist who has learned from and graced the stage with some of the finest people in entertainment today. She has competed on and/or coached 12 National Slam teams; and has performed poetry & music across 3 continents. Until she retired (ha!) in 2014, she hosted and co-produced The Oakland Poetry Slam & Open Mic, an on-going monthly poetry slam in Oakland, CA, as well as performing at venues around the... 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 in The Cincinnati Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Brilliant Corners, Red Light Lit, Metazen, Samizdat, and Conversations at the Wartime Café: A Decade of War. His... 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, & The Michener Center where he served as the Editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of four chapbooks. Winner of... 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 has published three books, and he calls them My 3- Volume BOXED Set because they all hang together, Elements, Live from Fresno y Los, for which he won an American Book Award, and The Mexican Man in His Backyard. He has published widely, both fiction and nonfiction. He teaches at Cal State 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 2017. She is managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter... 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 Poetry, and Spinning Jenny. Her critical work has appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and... 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 (forthcoming from A Strange Object in 2018). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications including Tin House, VICE, NOON, Spork and Guernica. Her story "Passing" was a finalist for The Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Prize judged by Amelia Gray. Her story “In the South the Sand Winds are Our Greatest Enemy” was selected by Joyland Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California's San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times . He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American... Read More →
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 (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with Bay Area artist Mark Stephen Finein, and Murmur in the Inventory (Shearsman Books, January... 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, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.


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, an art-pop band and composers collective; and Surplus 1980, a Bay Area post-punk band.
avatar for Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta is an artist of multiple disciplines [Photography : Literature : Music Production : Curation] born in Chicago Illinois and currently based in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland California. He has studied at Columbia College Chicago of Liberal Arts. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective.
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, The Great American Music Hall, and Chinatown's historic Great Star Theater. At UC Berkeley she sang, arrangedand studied Baroque violin and viola. She plays... Read More →
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 Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, Broadsided Press, The California Journal of Poetics, Catamaran Literary Reader, From... Read More →
avatar for Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of poetry, memoir and fiction. Her next book is called My Heart, That Chew Toy of the Gods. It will be published by Pedestrian Press in Fall 2016.
avatar for Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Founder, Word Performances Reading Series
Cybele is the author of Ocean Sounds in New York a collection of poetry, essays and non-fiction prose about Dance, Love, and Family, Identity and Performance. Also: Dancer Girl: I Remember the NYC Ballet. Cybele holds an MA Degree from Columbia University, is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and has appeared in films, plays and voice overs. Cybele teaches writing at the Academy... Read More →
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 user experiences and serves as a wordsmith for startups, and was interviewed in The New Yorker about the future present of work.
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 worked professionally in the industry in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. He produces a mini live music documentary series called Monday Morning.
avatar for Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win’s writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is a poetry editor for Rivet and an instructor at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her chapbook, Score and Bone, was recently published by Nomadic Press. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California.


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 teaches writing classes at http://BookWritingWorld.com. Find our podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or at http://StoryMakersShow.com.

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, NC.  He started his career as a video editor, editing for a long list of independent companies. He is also veteran of the United States Air Force where... Read More →
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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 Rumpus, The New York Times, Hyphen Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Men Undressed.
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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 Paris in its Jazz Age and today.” Essence Magazine selected SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER  as the January 2010 book-of-the-month selection. The novel follows a... Read More →
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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 showcasing Oakland and the Bay Area at large. Fiona’s Script (2008), a film about a young bisexual woman finding her footing in life, was Florencia’s... Read More →
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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 Angry Black White Boy, which has been taught at more than eighty schools.  His most recent novel, Rage is Back, was Amazon.com’s January 2013 Book of... 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
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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 Booklist’s Top Ten Biographies of 2013.

Participants
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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 object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world." She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone... Read More →
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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 a National Book Award, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA... Read More →
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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. | | His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The... Read More →
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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.
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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 the James D. Phelan award for short fiction, and his band, Demon in Me, just released their first studio album, "Here's Your Way Out."


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 Bride, and other journals. I recently completed my MFA from San Francisco State where I received the Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship and three literary awards. Before... 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 several successful documentary films, and is the co-founder of the Frozen Film Festival. He was a featured speaker at the International Film Festival Summit... 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 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.
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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 with her husband and daughter.
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 for a tech company.
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 look for the overlap between social realism, nature, and magic.
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 Poets College Award, is a recent Alum of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and has been published in numerous journals including Boxcar Poetry, decomP... Read More →
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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 Hong called “a sensuous and lucid meditation on lineage, from the haunting and mythic narratives of [Candelaria's] ancestry to her... 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 first solo book of poetry, Pisco Sours brings you home with passion and grace.  In these poems you will hear the rhythms of conquest and... 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 a participating member of the Justice Arts Collective a multicultural group of poets, musicians, dancers dedicated to social justice through the arts.
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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 as Oakland’s first Youth Poet Laureate. At present, they are finishing up their Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor... 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 Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations and she was selected for Special Mention in... Read More →
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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 in VQR, The Rumpus, Vogue, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was raised in rural Idaho.
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 fiction has also appeared at Stories on Stage Sacramento and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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 second story in the series, titled “Inclusion.”


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 grew up in Orange County, California, and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian... 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. He received an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State and currently teaches in Berkeley.
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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 publication that promotes positive images of Vietnamese-American for the VietNow generation. | | When asked about why she wanted to author a book about the... Read More →
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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 other artists from ArtChangeUS and Ford Foundation's Future Aesthetics. Currently, Lananh is working on multiple projects in writing, visual art and film, revolving... Read More →
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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 a | Kundiman Fiction Fellow.
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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 thrive as a young person. I was one of three students from my high school to get accepted and attend UC Berkeley. Therefore, I’ve relentlessly seek to support... Read More →
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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, Gender Assimilation: A Rebuttal, and Decolonizing is Like Hard. For their role in The Kid Thing at New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), Jaq received a 2015... 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 Faithful Fool's projects and also as an employee at St. Boniface. Ed lives in the tenderloin.
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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 Community Center. Utilizing music as an extension of our commitment to serving the people.
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, video, installations and video chats to create poetic spaces and opportunity for communication and connections. She is also co-founder and creative director... 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 Roma communities.
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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, social justice, anti-capitalism, impermanence and generosity. She co-founded the San Francisco based arts website stretcher.org. Her writings have also... 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's writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals including Best American Nonrequired Reading and PANK. She teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is working on a memoir and a short story collection.
avatar for Dietrich Kalteis

Dietrich Kalteis

Author of House of Blazes, Triggerfish, The Deadbeat Club and Ride the Lightning – from Vancouver, BC.
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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 then. She has been a full-time volunteer for Berkeley’s Tibetan Aid Project and taught English as a foreign language to both children and adults in Shanghai and... Read More →
avatar for Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. His new book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been enthusiastically reviewed. He is also the author of the Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review #2, Overthrowing Capitalism vol. 2 (Revolutionary Poets Brigade), and the new anthology... Read More →
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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 on cancer cell detection and destruction. More recently Maria’s interests have centered on the subject of sex and gender where she has written popular press... 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, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams... Read More →
avatar for Dan Lau

Dan 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 of New York and San Francisco State University. His poem have appeared in Generations, Cape Cod Review, CRATE, Gesture, RHINO, The Collagist.
avatar for Muriel Leung

Muriel Leung

Muriel Leung is from Queens, NY. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine, inter|rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. She is also a Poetry Co-editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern... Read More →
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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.
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Melissa Sipin

Lecturer, CSUMB
Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014). Her work is in Guernica Magazine, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Eleven Eleven Magazine, and PEN American Center, among others. She cofounded and is editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine, and her... Read More →
avatar for Jane Wong

Jane Wong

Jane Wong won the American Poetry Review's Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “I Put on My Fur Coat.”


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 Delmarva Review and in Amazon's online journal, Day One. She is a 2011 Breadloaf Work Study Scholar and a 2015 James D. Phelan Award... 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 in Paris and Spoleto. Born in Belize, and raised in the East Bay, she is at work on a memoir about using the spiritual traditions of her Mayan, Welsh and African... Read More →
avatar for Scott Hoshida

Scott Hoshida

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

Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mother in Oakland. Her writing has appeared in The Bold Italic and Mothers Always Write. Her short story, Cosmic Blues, was recently named a finalist in Glimmer Train's 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers.
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. He is editor of queer literary magazine, Foglifter.
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.” #busyhappyauthor.


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 is into sparking culture and politics, and creating fusions between the two. He is author of The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D).
avatar for James Tracy

James Tracy

James Tracy is a writer/activist and the author of six books, including "Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe: Explosive New Writing" (Manic D).
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 war experiences in our hearts. Now we can put them through the process of art. Now is the time for the healing and the coming home." | | Maxine Hong Kingston and the... 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 in Screenwriting. | | Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy. He currently lives with his amazing wife and children in... 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.
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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.
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Dean Rader

Dean Rader’s first book, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and his recent collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Books. He is the editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry and the recipient of the 2015 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America. He writes regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Huffington... Read More →
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Debra Spark

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

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is 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
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Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen writes poetry and nonfiction. Her poetry book "Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan," came out in 2014.
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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!
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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 has published essays on diverse topics such as police psychology, the history of health care ethics, film noir, and the psychology of genocide. Currently he is completing his second historical novel, The Naked Greek. | He continues his practice of clinical psychology in San Francisco where he... Read More →
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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 does the work of 10 poets in this excellent, slim collection."


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
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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 of Lesbian Horse Stories, co-written with Alisa Surkis. Her articles about film and pop culture have appeared in Noir City, Keyframe, Bitch Magazine, Lambda... Read More →

Participants
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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 and their ancestors. Her illustrated noir mystery, Blackmail, My Love, is set in San Francisco in the Dark Ages of Queerdom: 1951. Winner of Lambda and Indiefab Gold... Read More →
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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
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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 Boys Who Like Boys; Who’s Yer Daddy: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners; and Bookmark Now: Writers in Unreaderly Times. He teaches in the MFA in... Read More →
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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
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Artnoose

letterpress printer, Ker-bloom!
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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 for violent behavior. During this time he developed a friendship with the author Richard Rodriguez. After his release in 1996 he wrote about prison life for the... Read More →
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Roger Porter

Roger Porter is an East Oakland writer and educator whose first book, The Souls of Hood Folk, is available at lulu.com. He has an MFA in creative writing from Mills College, and blogs at ghettosun.com.
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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, most recently the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting, the National Award for Education Reporting, and the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association.
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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
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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 DVDs to online video streaming. 
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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.
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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 State.
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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 for sea level rise. 
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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." He was a panelist at the Berlin Film Festival and has served as a panelist for eight of the last ten years at the Venice Film Festival.
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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 Valley and Bodega Rolland in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as in wine retail and fine dining in her hometown of Boston. 


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 Colony in New Hampshire. For a while, he was a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. He has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges... Read More →
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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. |
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Andrew Tonkovich

Editor/Propaganda Minister, Santa Monica Review
Longtime editor of excellent West Coast literary magazine founded by my mentor Jim Krusoe, novelist and short story writer, and creative writing instructor. SMR is a project of Santa Monica College, part of its commitment to literacy, community and the literary arts. Recent contributors to the magazine include Stanley Crawford (one of my all-time favorite writers) as well as Janice Shapiro, Michelle Latiolais, Diane Lefer, Gary Amdahl, Gary... Read More →
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Olga Zilberbourg

I'm a bilingual author who grew up in Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen. My English-language writing is forthcoming from World Literature Today, California Prose Directory, and Feminist Studies; work currently out in Santa Monica Review, Narrative Magazine, Epiphany, and others. I cohost the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop.


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
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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 books. www.carolebumpus.com
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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, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and numerous on-line venues such as Bustle, Brit + Co., Buzzfeed, and The Reading... Read More →
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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 an Inherited Family will arrive in May 2017. Betsy lives in Marin County with her husband in their recently empty nest, with their salt-and-pepper doodle, Edgar as... Read More →
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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 of inspirational stories for memoir writers (coming in fall 2016 from She Writes Press.) She is a member of Wanderland Writers, and will also be featured in a... Read More →
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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 James and Edith Wharton (Routledge, 2002). She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former Mellon Fellow. As a... Read More →
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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 leads readers through ten sexual themes applicable to individuals and couples of all ages and sexual orientations.
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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, including Gilead Science, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, The American Medical Association, and UC Berkeley, “unleash their power to thrive™&rdquo... 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
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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 England Journal of Medicine. To sneak reading and writing into her medical career, she often teaches narrative and advocacy writing to doctors, nurses, patients and... Read More →
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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.
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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 for patients. And how we as patients are witnessed by health professionals in these same snippets of time.
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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, Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration; and co-founder of Pegasus Physician Writers. Her courses include Creative Writing for Medical Students and... Read More →
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David Watts, MD

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 sitcom as a jumping-off point to talk about stigmas around mental illness. I was once a writer in residence at Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery and I love independent... Read More →
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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 the Bay Area. Written work has been published in a chapbook, PDF, by Solar Luxuriance; appeared in Esferas, the journal of the department of Spanish and... Read More →
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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 a shadow, about fatherlessness, grieving, and family lineages is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light. She is the author of the chapbook toxic city (tinder tender... 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
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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 and imagination. Amber’s writing challenges multiple systems of oppression through the use of queer and womanist frameworks. She works to highlight... Read More →
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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, the Anderson Center, and the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. She is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto and is currently at work on a novel set in Vietnam... Read More →
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the 2014 recipient of the Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award in Nonfiction from the San Francisco Foundation. She has received awards and support from Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Djerassi Artist Residency, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her grandfather, a medicine man from Colombia who it... Read More →
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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 in Oakland, CA where she's working on a novel and personal essays.
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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 Grotto, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, UCross Foundation and Blue Mountain Center. She has... 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
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Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is managing editor of the San Francisco literary journal ZYZZYVA. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his family in the Mission District.

Participants
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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 2013.
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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 and columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace is a math tutor who writes science fiction and occasionally literary fiction. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, ZYZZYVA, F&SF and Clarkesworld. She has won a Pushcart Prize, a Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park and The MacDowell Colony.
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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, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro,Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, andLa Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California... Read More →
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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 five years ago. I'm working on a collection of poems about the Tenderloin neighborhood, and other things.
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