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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.


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 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 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 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... 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... 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 Deborah Steinberg

Deborah Steinberg

Writer
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 Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is a biracial American author living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate.  
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 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... 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 has new work due in Chicago Quarterly Review, Permafrost, Oakland Review and the [100 word story] anthology Nothing Short... Read More →
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 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 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
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 →
avatar for Trami Nguyen Cron

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's writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Fence and PANK. She teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is working on a memoir and a short story collection. If you would like to be invited to the writing-in-progress... 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 of poetry and prose, as well as a spoken word, performance, and visual artist, who has been working around the United States for over thirty years.  He has lived in many parts of the country, including New York, Austin, Boulder, Ann Arbor, Chicago, and San Francisco, and he currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Pres... 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

Writer
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 James

Elizabeth 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 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 →
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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... Read More →
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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, Biomedica... Read More →
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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
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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 →
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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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 →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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.
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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... 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
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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.
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Sherilyn Connelly

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