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Saturday, October 15


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.

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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.
avatar for Sherilyn Connelly

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 five years ago. I'm working on a collection of poems about the Tenderloin neighborhood, and other things.
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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


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

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Alyss Dixson

Alyss Dixson grew up in Portland, Oregon. She received the 2015 Joseph Henry Jackson award in fiction and is writing a collection entitled Fukuoka Woman. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Poetry Fellow, an AOJ Opinion Journalist Fellow and has publications in The Callaloo Journal, Day One, and The Atlantic. She studied at Yale, Columbia and San Francisco State. She also makes movies.
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Aya de Leon

Aya de León directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishied her debut feminist heist novel, UPTOWN THIEF, in July 2016, followed by the 2nd book in the series, THE BOSS in June 2017. Her writing and performance work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian and the East Bay Express. A graduate of... Read More →
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Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor's second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre’s Spring Playwright’s festival. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the... Read More →
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Shia Shabazz

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

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Apogee, The Baffler, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, The Manhattanville Review, The New Republic, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, which awarded him the 2015 Edward Stanley Poetry Award. For his work... Read More →

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


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

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Annie Crawford

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

Maggie Diamond is returning to her roots as a writer/performer after an extended hiatus. A veteran of Chicago's spoken-word scene, her poetry chapbook Wanderlust was adapted for the stage by Smoke & Mirror Productions in 2004.
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Colette Plum

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

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

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

Hannah Wood is a fiction writer, playwright and poet originally from Sacramento, CA. She currently lives in NYC, where she has been a featured poet at the Bowery Poetry Club. The beginning of her first novel is set in the singular "City by the Bay." Her reading is dedicated to her uncle, David Goldstein, who lived in the Marina District for 43 years.

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


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

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Magnoliah Black

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

Wonder Dave is a writer and performer from Minneapolis, MN, now living in California. He has toured the country performing at poetry venues, schools, cabarets, science fiction conventions, burlesque shows, and bowling alleys. Dave’s poetry has been published in anthologies by Write Bloody and Lethe Press as well as in the Legendary, Orange Room Review, Pedestal, Shit Creek Review and Assaracus.  He is currently the host of... Read More →
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Sam Gilweit

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

Gina Gold is an African American, Jewish humorist, filmmaker and stage artist. She grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said.  At the age of thirteen she attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and later wrote her own one woman shows before venturing into filmmaking. She launched her own show on a New York cable access channel. Calling it “The Gina Gold Show,&rdquo... Read More →

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


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

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Greta Christina

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

Founder/Facilitator, Writing Ourselves Whole
Jen Cross is a writer, performer, and writing workshop facilitator based in Oakland, CA. Her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, founded in 2003, focuses primarily on sexuality writing workshops and writing with survivors of sexual trauma. Jen's writing appears in more than thirty anthologies and periodicals, including The Healing Art of Writing, Nobody Passes, Visible: A Femmethology, Best Sex Writing 2008; she is also the co-editor of Sex... Read More →
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Marlo Gayle

Father, Black, Queer, Pervert.
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Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author of 10 books including works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and a graphic novel. Her 10th book, short stories entitled "Pretty Much Dead", is being released this fall by Small Doggies Press. She is the winner of an Audre Lorde, an Acker, and a Firecracker Alternative Book Awards. She was a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellowship winner for 2016.
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Carol Queen

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

Simon is author and editor of a dozen books, including the Lambda-Award-winning Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica; Hotter Than Hell, which won the Erotic Authors Association Award; and Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard. His work has also appeared in hundreds of anthologies, and he curates and co-hosts Perverts Put Out!
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horehound stillpoint

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

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


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

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Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka is an actor, singer, writer, director and teaching artist. He most recently completed a hit run of his solo show, Type/Caste, at Brava Theater and has also appeared in Schooled (Thomas Jones) with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sojourners (Disciple) and runboyrun (boy) with Magic Theatre, Hair (Hud) with Bay Area Musicals, Holiday High Jinx (Dancing Dan) with Word for Word, Choir Boy (Junior) at Marin Theatre Company, The Amen... Read More →
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Hana Baba

Host/Producer/Reporter, The Stoop
Hana Baba is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, KALW's evening newsmagazine. Her reporting also appears on NPR , PRI's The World, and BBC World Service. A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese. She and KALW colleague Leila Day are launching The Stoop - a podcast airing stories about Black identity that aren't always had in the open. It's like a griot, a newsroom, a hair salon and your mama's kitchen all in... Read More →
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Jen Chien

Jen Chien is Managing Editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of... Read More →
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Leila Day

Leila Day is a reporter and editor at KALW, with a current focus on healthcare. Day is also a mentor for KALW's Audio Academy and the project manager for the San Quentin Prison Report. She holds a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and studied audio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She's produced work for AARP, NPR, USA TODAY and other national outlets. In 2015 she was... Read More →
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Star Finch

Star Finch is a proud San Francisco native and member of Campo Santo Theatre Company. Over the summer her play, H.O.M.E (Hookers on Mars Eventually) premiered in The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater. She has been a semi- finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2013) and the Princess Grace Award (2016). AlterTheater will produce her play Bondage in January 2017.
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Pen Harshaw

I'm an Oakland-based journalist, specializing in documentary photography. My work has appeared on the Huffington Post's site, Fusion, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio. My work addresses issues within the justice system and educational inequality, as well as arts and culture. Aside from working as a journalist, I teach media arts at a local high school and work on my photo essay dedicated to elders in my... Read More →
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No Lovely Thing

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

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


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

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Cara Belladonna

Recently paroled from Chowchilla. Lived in a tree-house on a hippy commune in Scotland. Stabbed a man who deserved it. Bought a One Way Ticket to South America in 2009 and is just now returning to San Francisco 7 years later. Cara writes creative nonfiction - vignettes about the real things that happen. The real love, loss and emotion of this crazy adventure called life.
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Jason Buchholz

Jason Buchholz is a novelist, editor, and artist, a licensed and bonded pet sitter, and the nation's leading provider of rental backgrounds for high school dance photographers. His novel, A Paper Son, came out in January. He does not have a blog or a podcast. He grew up in the 707 but now he lives in the 510.
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Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of several books, including Junkie Love and the Jay Porter Thriller Series (Lamentation, December Boys, Give Up the Dead), as well as editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen. Joe’s writing can be found at www.joeclifford.com. |
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Justine Clifford

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

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

| *Ryan Leone wrote the cult classic novel, Wasting Talent, while serving time in federal prison for his involvement with an international drug cartel. He has worked extensively in television and his essays, poetry, and short fiction have appeared both online and in print. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanleone85
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Peter Mehlman

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

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

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

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


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

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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's greatest works to over 30,000 in the Bay Area each summer with Free Shakespeare in the Park. This series has become as much a part of summer in the Bay Area as a backyard barbecue — bringing professional, free performances of the Bard's greatest works to diverse audiences for over 25 years. Each year they reach a new audience of over 70,000 kids throughout the... Read More →

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


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

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Christine Chung

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

Roy Dufrain is a reformed college drop-out, chronic hitchhiker, drug dealer and dive-bar pool shark. And an UNreformed newspaperman, living-room musician and wannabe novelist. He graduated from high school in 1975 and received a BA from Sonoma State University in 2013. What happened in-between is research. He currently pays the bills as the editor/publisher of a regional travel magazine in Northern California.
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Megan McDonald

I'm an entertainment producer by trade and a writer by vocation. My day job is making sure things run smoothly on the mobile game Covet Fashion. The rest of my waking life is devoted to finishing the next draft of "Dirty," the novel I started two years ago as a student in the Stanford Online Writing Certificate in Fiction. Current obsessions include: women's literature and the role of female authors in public discourse; playoff prospects for... Read More →
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Simi Monheit

I'm a writer wannabe, working on getting my first novel published! A former techie and teacher, a hiker, a swimmer and biker (okay, so I did a tin-man triathlon a few times, a long time ago), a Torah Chanter, a terrible singer, a worse dancer, a Berkeley mom, an MIT wife, a sister, a daughter, a Brooklyn College Alum, a transplanted New Yorker, a Yeshiva survivor, a resident of Silicon Valley and a pretty good friend. Oh, yeah, I read alot... Read More →
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Nancy Kim Park

I recently had an essay published in The Rumpus. I enjoy volunteering at 826 Valencia and will be applying for my teaching credentials in the fall. As someone who has had a hard time speaking up, I want to help others find their voices as well. I live with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you can find me on Twitter @nancykimpark.
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Ann Shortell

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

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


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

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Hope Casareno

A recent fellow of Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab, Hope's work examines the intersections of exile, erasure, and emergence in native and indigenous California communities, exploring issues of recognition, sovereignty, and resilience. She counts cats, ravens, and trees among her closest friends.
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Margaret Hayertz

Tarot Reader for Writers and Artists, Meg's Tarot Readings
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Nicole Henares

Aurelia Lorca is a poet, storyteller, and teacher who lives in San Francisco, California. She has her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshops. Her work has appeared throughout the small press. She is interested in how Lorca’s duende, the duende of Andalusia and flamenco, is a cross cultural spirit.
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Paula Junn

Program Coordinator, California Institute of Integral Studies
After spending her early childhood in the United States, her family moved to Seoul, Korea when she was six years old. The culture shock hit her in a way she didn’t expect. Her classmates and teachers at school bullied her, and it is during this hard time that she started to write a lot of poetry and stories. The writing ultimately saved her. | | At the age of eighteen, she returned to the U.S. to go to college, where she was hit with... Read More →
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Julie Levak-Madding

Julie Levak is a San Francisco writer currently at work on a book of stories and essays that explore the effects of inequality and environmental trauma on health and wellbeing. Julie is also the person behind the VanishingSF social media campaign, and serves on the board of San Francisco Vision. She is a former director at the California affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has written professionally about social justice... Read More →
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Maia Scott

Maia Scott Scott graduated with AA in Dance with honors from El Camino College in Torrance, CA; a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from CSU Long Beach in Long Beach, CA; and a certificate in nonprofit management from San Francisco State in San Francisco, CA. She most recently earned an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and presented her thesis project at the San... Read More →
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Cindy Shearer

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

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


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

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Jay Ruben Dayrit

Editorial Operations Manager, WIRED
Jay Ruben Dayrit’s work has appeared in Sycamore Review, Minnesota Review, Santa Clara Review, WIRED, His 2: brilliant new fiction by gay men, and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future. He is a recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Grant and the SF Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant.
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Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster's debut book of poetry, Topaz, was published by Four Way Books in 2013 and received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. He teaches at the University of San Francisco, where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies.
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Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan is an editor of the works of playwright Wakako Yamauchi, 91 years young. Her first novel, The Charm Buyers, will be published by University of Hawai'i Press in January 2017.
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Caroline Kim

Caroline Kim-Brown's work has appeared in MANOA, The Michigan Quarterly, Green Mountains Review and Spinning Jenny. She lives in Walnut Creek.
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Grace Prasad

Grace has been published in Ninth Letter, Hedgebrook Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Release Print. Her memoir-in-progress is entitled The Translator’s Daughter.
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Marianne Villanueva

Creative Writing Instructor, UCLA Extension Writers Program
Writes flash, dystopian science fiction, fan fiction, and novellas. Published in the Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, Juked, J Journal, Your Impossible Voice, the Potomac Review, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Monkeybicycle, and many other journals. Shortlisted for the O. Henry Lit Prize and for the 2014 Saboteur Awards.

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


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

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


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

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Euphemia Ainsworth

Now undergoing final editing, Euphemia Ainsworth's long-term writing project is a mystery steeped in the Afro-Cuban world of Havana. She expects very soon to accept all changes, do the rewrites, then push the baby out into the world. Will it fly? That's her current question. She imagines this part of the experience will be similar to a roller coaster ride (her least favorite ride at the fair, ugh). She will take the plunge, no matter.
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Peter Delacorte

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

Ateret Haselkorn writes fiction and poetry. She is the winner of 2014 Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest (adult contestants). Her writing is influenced by her experience working in the health care industry and observing the fragmented and indirect path to health that people follow. She is a member of the Alabama Street Writer's Group of San Francisco. Twitter: @HealthyHalo1.
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M. Luke McDonell

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

Susan McGarry is a user experience designer and aspiring fiction writer. She writes about relationships, women in tech, and cocktails. Her novel in progress, Invisible Ink, is set in a near-future San Francisco where the Golden Gate Bridge no longer exists. See excerpts, and more, at soozsf.com. Follow her on twitter @smcgarry.
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Jennifer Ng

If she was asked what she enjoyed doing at the age of 8, Jennifer Ng would have answered “observing”. A design strategist by day, a writer by night, and an ice cream lover anytime, Jennifer published a book about her global journey about ice cream, Ice Cream Travel Guide, where she interviewed over 60 ice cream shops, stayed overnight at a dairy plant, and visited the Gelato University and Museum. She is currently working on a novel based... Read More →
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Chad Schimke

Author, Torquere Press
Chad Schimke’s newest novel ‘Secrets’ is available now through Torquere Press. He has read at San Francisco’s Litcrawl--part of the Litquake Festival--for the past three years: 2014, 2015 and 2016. His short stories have appeared twice in 2014, in Psychopomp special anthology issues via Artifice Comics, with 'Hallowseve' appearing in the Halloween issue and 'Midwinter' appearing in the Christmas issue. His article, ‘Writer’s... Read More →
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Sonja Velez

Sonja is a nomadic consultant and winner of the HOW Journal prize for nonfiction. Her pursuits take her around the world, from working for a Burmese TV news station in Myanmar to picking wild berries at a Slovenian farmhouse to teaching yoga in the Tenderloin to sweeping monastery steps in Nepal. She enjoys writing about the awkward encounters, bizarre luck, and incredible characters she meets while bumbling around the world.

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


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

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Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique

Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her ‘campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art’, she performs nationally, internationally and regularly in SF. She made herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag pageant, and went on to become a Fellow at the de Young Museum, an SF Bay Guardian GOLDIE winner, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist’ and one of 7X7’s ‘Hot 20... Read More →
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Leslie Mah

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Courtney Moreno

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

Alvin Orloff is the author of three novels, I Married an Earthling, Gutter Boys, and Why Aren't You Smiling? He also co-wrote the transsexual showbiz memoir, The Unsinkable Bambi Lake, and has penned numerous personal essays that he is currently turning into a memoir about feckless queer club kids in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis.
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Maryam Rostami

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

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


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

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Kate Allure

4 Star Erotic Romance Author, RT Book Reviews. Publishers Weekly raves “sizzling and sensual…readers will cheer on these strong women” and RT calls her writing "escapism of the richest, most decadent variety. Kate Allure deals in pure fantasy, a spirited diversion from the mundane and a chance to explore some of the most titillating “what ifs” readers can imagine."
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Rich Amooi

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chiwan Choi

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

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems. She teaches at the SF Creative Writing Institute, SFSU, and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, curates Flight of Poets, and produces Oakland's Beast Crawl Literary Festival.
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Alexandra Kostoulas

Founder, Director, SF Creative Writing Institute
Alexandra Kostoulas is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and journalism. She is the founder of the SF Creative Writing Institute and publisher and co-founder of the Mid-Market News. She has just finished a book of poems called Leaving Los Angeles about a young poet's coming-of-age. She also wrote Persephone Stolen, a novel that weaves together the Persephone myth, the immigrant experience and stolen artifacts.
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Nick Mamatas

Nick is the author of several novels, including The Last Weekend and I Am Providence. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, New Haven Review, etc. His anthologies include the crime-SF hybrid Hanzai Japan (co-edited with Masumi Washington) and the forthcoming flash fiction/drink recipe title Mixed Up! (co-edited with Molly Tanzer).

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


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

avatar for Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

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

Ayize Jama-Everett

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

D. Scot Miller

D. Scot Miller is a Bay Area writer, visual artist, teacher, and curator. He is an author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto.
avatar for Mark Sabb

Mark Sabb

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

giovanni singleton won the California Book Award for Ascension, which was reviewed in Poetry Flash. She is coordinator of the U.C. Berkeley Lunch Poems series.
avatar for Michael Warr

Michael Warr

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

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


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

avatar for Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan

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

Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli grew up in Naples, Italy. Like her heart, her writing is split between English and Italian. Her work has appeared in several Italian publications and in New American Writing. She also translates for cinema and teaches literature at USF and San Francisco State University. She co-curates Hazel Reading Series, a bi-montly reading series devoted to women writers in SF Bay Area.
avatar for Elizabeth Montoya

Elizabeth Montoya

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

Pireeni Sundaralingam

Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Born in Sri Lanka, Pireeni Sundaralingam is co-editor of "Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry" (U. Arkansas Press, 2010), winner of the 2011 N.California Book Award & PEN Josephine Miles Award. Her poetry has been published in over twenty literary journals including The American Poetry Review and Ploughshares, featured in anthologies such as Amnesty's "101 Poems for Human Rights", and translated into five... Read More →

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


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

avatar for Daniel Berna-Hicks

Daniel Berna-Hicks

(Possession - Punchline)
avatar for Keith D'souza

Keith D'souza

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

Luke Lockfield

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

Dan Mires

(Citizens Arrest - Cobbs)
avatar for Leslie Smalls

Leslie Smalls

(Stolen Property - SF Sketchfest)

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


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

avatar for Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz

Author of the memoir To Have Not, about growing up poor in 1970s San Francisco, I am also founder/director of the Community Memoir Project, which brings free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries. My stories and essays appear in Tin House, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Catamaran, San Francisco Chronicle, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, and many more. BookWorm/SurferGirl.

avatar for Doug Dohrer

Doug Dohrer

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

Curtis L. Estes

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

Janice Mason

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

Mei-Ling Pastor

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

Rebecca Prophet

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

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

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


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

avatar for Chris Cole

Chris Cole

Disembodied Poetics
avatar for Maya Dorn

Maya Dorn

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

Executive Director, Quiet Lightning
I met almost every Bay person I know as a direct or indirect result of Litquake, which led to my writing for the SF Chronicle and also to the beginning of Quiet Lightning, which began only 6 weeks later and now, as part of this year's festival, is celebrating 100 shows with a free day-long festival in the Mt. Tam amphitheater. We're running a Kickstarter right now to establish our first paid full-time staff member. Our show's on Sunday, October... Read More →
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Hazel Rose

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

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


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

avatar for S S Mausoof

S S Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof is a writer and filmmaker with multiple IMDB credits and a online following build upon his noir thrillers Kala Pul and a unique documentary on the Indus valley civilization called In Search of Meluhha. His debut novel, The Warehouse, has been published by Hachette in India and is scheduled to be published in UK, France and Spain. He lives and sins in San Francisco.
avatar for Fyza Parviz

Fyza Parviz

Software Engineer
Fyza Parviz originally hails from Peshawar Pakistan and has been living in the Bay Area for 14 years. She is a Software & Electrical Engineer by profession and loves to read, write, attend events, and create literary experiences. She is also the Web Producer for the Annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley. She is currently developing an engaging Online Social Platform for writers and readers. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have been... Read More →
avatar for Phiroozeh Petigara

Phiroozeh Petigara

Writer and Educator
Phiroozeh Petigara is a Pakistan-Canadian writer based in Oakland. Her work has appeared in "Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion" and "The Karachi Literature Festival Anthology". Phi is the founder of Bharosa, which offers classes in writing, yoga and Bollywood dance. Find out more at bharosa.co.
avatar for Lutfus Sayeed

Lutfus Sayeed

Lutfus Sayeed was born in “Old” Dhaka- the part of Bangladesh’s capital city that can trace its history to 7th century. Colorful Hindu pujas, political turmoil, unrelenting monsoon rain, oppressive summers, soothing autumns and the resulting squalor from all these experiences form the kernel of his creative urges. A member of an immigrant family since his early teens, the feelings of displacement is another thread in his perception about... Read More →
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Omer Wahaj

Managing Editor, Desi Writers' Lounge
I am an independent writer and sometimes musician originally from Karachi but living in Toronto, Canada. Having written many short stories and some unpublished novels in various genres (including science fiction and humor), I decided to delve in some noir literature specific to my hometown Karachi. I believe Karachi has many stories to tell and I feel that I should be playing a part in telling at least a few of them.

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


Ithuriel's Spear Press: SF Mystery/Noir Hour

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

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

avatar for John Goins

John Goins

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

Susie Hara

Susie Hara is the author of Finder of Lost Objects, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of a first-place International Latino Book Award. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Stirring up a Storm and Best American Erotica. Her playLost and Found in the Mission, written with Rowena Richie, won the Best Ensemble award in the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has received... Read More →
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F.S. Rosa

F. S. Rosa was co-publisher of Ithuriel’s Spear Press. Her latest book is Lunchtime at the Muqata’a. She also authored the collection of short stories Post War and Other Stories, and the novel The Divine Comedy of Carlo Tresca. She left an incomplete novel Post Traumatic Dress Disorder. Francesca was a rank and file union member and long time student of labor and left history. She lived, loved and worked in San Francisco. 
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Sin Soracco

Sin Soracco’s latest book is Come to Me (Ithuriel’s Spear/The Green Arcade, 2016). She lives at an undisclosed location in the woods by the River with her partner Andrew, Poppy the Newf and The Gentleman cat. In These Weird Times the job is to reach for joy whenever wherever—screw the theocratic oligarchs. And so on. Sin's previous titles include Low Bite and Edge City, published by PM Press/The Green Arcade.
avatar for Will Torphy

Will Torphy

Ithuriel’s Spear has published Will Torphy’s Love Never Always (poetry), Snakebite (young adult fiction) and A Brush With History (biography).  William Torphy’s poetry, critical essays and articles have appeared in Sebastian Quill, Artweek, High Performance, Exposee, and the Occupy SF anthology.  Two flash fiction works were recently featured in The Fictional Café and a short story appears in the... Read More →

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


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

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Teddy Hose

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

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

Christine Villanueva

Christine Villanueva is an emerging cartoonist and illustrator currently residing in Berkeley, CA. She studied art history and social criticism at UC Berkeley while working as a cartoonist for The Daily Californian newspaper. Her work is informed by fine art and the mishaps of academia.

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


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

avatar for Sarah E. Kornfeld

Sarah E. Kornfeld

Sarah E. Kornfeld is a writer, cultural curator and activist. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Education/International Multicultural Education Department. She is a member of the National Writers Union, and currently acts as the Outreach Director for the NWU / Northern California Chapter.
avatar for Henry Millstein

Henry Millstein

Henry Millstein is a journalist, poet, and novelist, and long-time labor and social justice activist. His current writing projects are a young adult novel set in the first major strike by women in the U.S., in the Lower East Side of New York in 1909, and a historical novel depicting the rise of ancient Israel from a peasant revolt against the feudal lords of Canaan.
avatar for Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer

Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts
avatar for September Williams

September Williams

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

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


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

avatar for Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha is an Australian-born poet, resident in San Francisco, with two recently published collections from NorfolkPress in San Francisco. Her work looks at the performative nature of identity and gender and aims to examine what it mean to be a human. She is currently working with the team at Nomadic Press.
avatar for Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade ( Scribner, 2015) was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick. Her first book, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award and the California Book Award for First Fiction. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with her wife and cats.
avatar for Wilfredo Pascual

Wilfredo Pascual

Wilfredo Pascual is a Pushcart-nominated essayist, a runner-up to the Steinberg Essay Prize, and winner of the Curt Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. He writes in English and Filipino and has won national awards in his native Philippines. He has worked in 17 countries and is currently completing his first collection of essays. He lives in the Mission with his husband Jack and eight Domos.

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


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

avatar for Robin Bullard

Robin Bullard

Robin Bullard writes fiction and is an occasional facilitator at San Francisco Writers Workshop.
avatar for Kurt Wallace Martin

Kurt Wallace Martin

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

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Kitty Costello

Kitty Costello’s has attended the SF Writers Workshop on and off for nearly 40 years and is currently writing a memoir/essay documenting the group’s 70-year history. Her forthcoming poetry book, Upon Waking, will be released in early 2017. She is a psychotherapist and tai chi teacher and serves of the board of Girl Power, a martial arts and empowerment organization. Since 1991 she has been on the editorial board of Freedom Voices... Read More →
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Asa Murphy

Content Marketing and Strategy, Saama
Asa Murphy has published in 7X7 Magazine, has been a freelancer for Examiner.com, and was nominated for the James Kirkwood literary prize. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently working on a novel.
avatar for Anna Sears

Anna Sears

Anna Sears is the author of a novella, Exile, set in the 1970s on the island of Guam. In the 1990s, she originated a nonprofit women’s group, Goddesses We Ain’t – facilitating writing workshops, promoting public readings, obtaining funding, and publishing five books. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in a number of obsolete magazines, including Other Voices. She is currently revising her novel, Espionage: a Love Story... Read More →
avatar for Joel Streicker

Joel Streicker

Joel Streicker is a writer, poet, and literary translator. He is the author of a book of poetry, "El amor en los tiempos de Belisario" (Bogotá: Común Presencia), and an as yet unpublished book of short stories tentatively titled "The Major Mistakes Have Already Been Made." His fiction and translations have appeared in A Public Space, McSweeney's, Gargoyle, and Words Without Borders, among other publications.
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Judy Viertel

Judy Viertel has been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Gold Dust Magazine, Identity Theory, Mad Swirl and Read Short Fiction. She's one of four facilitators currently running that venerable local institution, The San Francisco Writers' Workshop. A proud public educator, in 2014 she was named San Francisco Teacher of the Year.

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


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

avatar for Aiden Arata

Aiden Arata

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

Jason Mull

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

Eric Sneathen

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

emji spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, book art, installation and performance.  Their writing has been featured in Tripwire, Dusie, Jupiter88, Wheelhouse Magazine, The Vulgate and calmaplombprombombbalm.com. Their new book,almost any shit will do, published by Timeless, Infinite Light, uses found language, word-replacement and erasure to strange the familiar... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Trigg

Nicole Trigg

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

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


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

avatar for Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on food and agriculture, sustainability transition, and environmental communication.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, and she formerly served as Legislative Correspondent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Office of... Read More →
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Patrick Freeman

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

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

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

Lauren E. Oakes

Lecturer, Stanford University
Lauren E. Oakes is an ecologist and human-natural systems scientists who teaches at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is currently writing The Canary Tree, a book about finding faith in the ability of people to cope with a rapidly changing planet. It chronicles her 6-year journey along the outer coast of southeast Alaska studying forests impacted by climate change and how people respond to the loss of a sacred tree... Read More →
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Emily Polk

Emily Polk is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters in Human Rights from Columbia University. She researches and presents her work focused on the rhetoric of sustainability and the communication of global social movements in the digital and public spheres. Prior to getting her doctorate, Emily worked for nearly ten years around the world as a... Read More →
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Nic Romano

Nic Romano is currently completing his Earth Systems major in the Biosphere track. Nic is interested in all aspects of ecology, from the deepest oceans to the darkest forests. His current research focuses upon the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, in which plants exchange nutrients with fungal associates beneath the earth. In the long term, Nic hopes to do work in conservation biology and promote a greater awareness for our... Read More →

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


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

avatar for Jenny Alton

Jenny Alton

Jenny Alton is an MFA fiction candidate at SFSU and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine 2011-2013). A former Curator at VelRo Readings, Graduate Teaching Associate at SFSU, and Assistant Fiction Editor at Fourteen Hills, her writing has appeared in Lumen, Entropy, and Vertebrae, was a semi-finalist in Conium Review’s Innovative Short Fiction contest, and has twice been a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. She... Read More →
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Edie Eve

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

Luna Malbroux

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

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

Simon Rogghe

Simon Rogghe is a poet and fiction writer. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Belgium, where he got his MA in Philosophy. A polyglot, he speaks English, French, Dutch, German and Italian. After traveling in the US and Europe, competing at horse shows as a professional rider, he found a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. When not working on his PhD in French literature, he also translates French surrealism as well as contemporary fiction... Read More →
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Jeremiah Walton

Nostrovia! Press
Jeremiah Walton grew up around NH campfires + hit the road fall 2013. He founded / co-manages Nostrovia! Press, & runs traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. He’s featured at the NYC Poetry Festivals + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl + Lit Crawl San Francisco, among other venues & street corners. | | He’s currently settled in Tucson AZ. He writes this bio in Detroit (& updates it in New Orleans).
avatar for Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky

writer, Zarina Zabrisky
Zarina Zabrisky is the author of three short story collections, a poetry book written in collaboration with Simon Rogghe, and a novel "We, Monsters" (Numina Press). Her work appeared in six countries and was featured and reviewed in over thirty magazines, including The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, Guernica, PANK Magazine, Anthropology Now and more. She has received literary awards and nominations, including Acker Award for Achievement in The... Read More →

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


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

avatar for Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison

writer & workshop leader, Ink, Inc.
I write a lot about ADHD and redemption stories.
avatar for Elvia Esquide

Elvia Esquide

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

David Inocencio

program founder and director
David Inocencio graduated from the social work program at San | Francisco State University, he worked in the San Francisco Public | Defender’s Office Juvenile Division. David later helped launch the | Detention Diversion Advocacy Project, a nationally recognized program | of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. In 1995, as the education director of Youth Outlook Magazine, a publication produced by Pacific News Service... Read More →
avatar for Jill Wolfson

Jill Wolfson

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

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


The Coop’s Literary Relay Race!

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


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Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman was born in Macon, Georgia in 1969, the same place and time as her family's legendary band, the Allman Brothers Band. Her father, Duane Allman, is considered one of the greatest Rock guitarists of all time. Galadrielle was raised primarily in Berkeley, California, where she still lives happily. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College, always hoping to tell her family's story. On the eve of her 40th birthday, she... Read More →
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Alison Bing

For research, Alison Bing has done many things that aren't strictly advisable - including accepting dinner invitations from cults, researching 250 wineries in 30 days, and trusting the camel to know the way. She has survived to tell tales for BBC, NPR, NBC, Telegraph, Guardian, New York Times and sundry other global outlets.
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Jeanne Carstensen

I write about culture, science, global affairs and human rights for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, PRI’s The World, Nautilus, The Intercept, Salon and other publications. When I'm not traveling, I park my laptop at the Castro Writers' Cooperative in San Francisco. Orpheus is my muse.
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Joshua Citrak

Joshua Citrak is the creator of slouch magazine, and his work has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Air In the Paragraph Line, SoMa Literary Review, Instant City and a whole bunch of others that he can't remember at the moment. He is currently at work on his first best seller.
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Andrea Coombes

Andrea Coombes writes about personal finance for the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and others. Does she have hot stock tips? She does not. Coombes also is writing a memoir about two women: an Austrian mother whose experiences during World War II helped form her into a wild young émigré, a party girl, an anorexic who couldn’t be saved—and her daughter, whose own journey as a single parent pushed her to confront her family’s past.
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Sarah Frisch

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

Writer, Castro Writers' Cooperative
Scott James is co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, The Coop, a co-working space for writers in The Castro. He's a three-time Emmy winning journalist, best known for his weekly column about San Francisco that was published in The New York Times. In the world of fiction he's the author of the bestselling novels "SoMa" and "The Sower," published under the pen name Kemble Scott. He's also on the Board of Directors of Litquake.
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Mercilee Jenkins

Writer, The Castro Writers' Cooperative
Lee is a playwright, poet and some time fiction writer who loves San Francisco but wishes we had summer. She is thrilled that her play, Winning, was published in The Best American Short Plays 2014-15. She's working on a series of one acts with overlapping characters and stories entitled The Tenderloin Trilogy. The first two plays in the series, Laws of Attraction and Apocalypse Now or Maybe Later will have a staged reading on December 6 at the... Read More →
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Mike Karpa

San Francisco writer and translator Mike Karpa's short fiction has appeared in Faultline, Steelhead Special, Santa Clara Review and other magazines, including most recently, selections from the unpublished novel Between Countries in Red Wheelbarrow. He has written about translation for national and international publications and translated from Japanese and Chinese, including works by Bai Xian-yung and million-selling author Taichi Sakaiya.
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lee kravetz

Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of the upcoming book Strange Contagion (Harpercollins), as well as 2014’s international bestseller, Supersurvivors. He has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as PBS’s Frontline. He is a proud member of the Castro Writers Coop and the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and is on the founding board of the Lit Camp Writers Conference
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Nick Krieger

A native of New York, Nick Krieger realized at the age of twenty-one that he’d been born on the wrong coast, a malady he corrected by transitioning to San Francisco. He is the author of the memoir, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender (Beacon Press, 2011), winner of a Stonewall Honor Book Award and an Independent Literary Award. His writing has also earned several travel-writing awards and has been published in multiple... Read More →
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Jenelle Lindsay

Born and bred in the SF Bay Area, Jenelle left for Chicago where she received a Master's Degree in Film/English before moving to New York which began a career writing for soap operas (Guiding Light, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless) and a teen drama (South of Nowhere). Writing for TV eventually took her to LA where she wrote for these shows and also worked as a show runner on non-fiction TV programs. When the writer's strike hit... Read More →
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Shana Mahaffey

Writer, Castro Writer's Cooperative
Shana Mahaffey is co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in The Castro, and the author of the San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009, Sounds Like Crazy. She is a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever living in an old San Francisco Victorian with 2 cats, a husband, and a haunted attic. You can find her shorter pieces in different places and consistently on Facebook every Caturday. 
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Tina LeCount Myers

Tina LeCount Myers is a word wrangler, surfer, and glue-stick artist who has lived in Mexico, Finland, Scotland, Spain, and Italy. She now lives in San Francisco with her adventurer husband and two loud siamese cats. The Song of All, the first of her epic fantasy trilogy The Legacy of the Heavens will be published by Night Shade Books Fall 2017. www.tinalecountmyers.com
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Janis Cooke Newman

Founder, Lit Camp
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, named one of the Best Books of 2015 by the SF Chronicle, as well as the novel Mary; Mrs. A Lincoln, a Finalist for an LA Times Book Prize and USA Today's Historical Novel of the Year. She is also the author of the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow, and the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, now in its fifth year.
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Melina Selverton-Scher

San Francisco Writer's Cooperative
Melina believes that everyone is brave in their own way. Her agent is shopping Bride of Bethulia, a historical novel of Judith and Holofernes. She is completing a second novel, Parrot Park, in which unlikely alliances challenges an oil company in the rainforest. Follow her at WhatWoudlJudithDo.
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Cameron Tuttle

Cameron Tuttle began her career as a writer for an advertising agency before writing her first book, "The Paranoid's Pocket Guide," which landed her on Oprah. Inspired by the movie Thelma and Louise, Tuttle went on the lam in 1996, doing research for what would become the Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road." She is also the author of the Paisley Hanover series (Penguin Books).
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Anna Volpicelli

Content Writer, Editor and strategist with experiences in creating high - quality content for consumer magazines, print and web. | Publication: Il Sole 24 Ore, The San Francisco Chronicle, SOMA MAGAZINE, D la Repubblica delle Donne, L'Espresso (print & web), Marieclaire.it, A, Leiweb.it, Yoga Journal Italy, Vogue Sposa & Vogue Bambini | Specialties: Technology,cultural trends, yoga | Founder and app content, video interviewer for Yoga for... Read More →

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


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

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Sativa January

Sativa holds an MFA in fiction from New York University, where she received a Veterans Writing Workshop fellowship. At NYU, she served as co-fiction editor for Washington Square Review and led writing workshops for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Rattle magazine, The International Journal of Transitional Justice, and is forthcoming in TriQuarterly.
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Nate Klug

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil's Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013) and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). A Congregationalist minister, he has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and the Bay Area of California, where he currently lives. 
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Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →
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Shannon Pufahl

Jones Lecturer, Stanford University
Shannon Pufahl is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was previously a Stegner Fellow in fiction. She is at work on a novel set in the American West about gambling and surveillance in the post-War period, and on a collection of essays on topics ranging from John Brown to taxidermy to the nude in Western art.
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Atsuro Riley

Atsuro Riley is the author of 'Romey’s Order' (Chicago, 2010), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, the Whiting Writer's Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. He reads at City Arts & Lectures (Nourse Theater, SF—with Kay Ryan) on January 31.

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


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

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Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson has written two novels featuring Zephyrette Jill McLeod – Death Rides the Zephyr and Death Deals a Hand, and twelve novels with Oakland PI Jeri Howard; a standalone suspense novel, What You Wish For; and numerous short stories, including Macavity winner "Voice Mail." Check out Janet’s website at www.janetdawson.com.
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Alex Dolan

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

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

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

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


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

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Faith Adiele

Associate Professor, California College of the Arts
Author of the PEN-Award-winning travel memoir, Meeting Faith, about becoming Thailand's first black Buddhist nun. Narrator/writer/subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home, about finding her father & siblings in Nigeria. Co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Created the first workshop for travel writers of color through VONA/Voices.
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Tania Amochaev

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

Erin Byrne is author of Wings - Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award, editor of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris and Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco, writer of The Storykeeper film, and occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company, Paris. www.e-byrne.com
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Marcia DeSanctis

Marcia DeSanctis is the New York Times bestselling author of 100 PLACES IN FRANCE EVERY WOMAN SHOULD GO (Travelers’ Tales, 2014), a Foreword Review INDIEFAB Book of the Year in Nonfiction/Travel. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, Time, National Geographic Traveler, More, Tin House, Creative Nonfiction and The New York Times. Her travel essays have... Read More →
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Jeff Greenwald

Jeff writes on travel, art, science and other subjects. His narrative about a round-the-world journey without airplanes in 1993/1994 (The Size of the World) introduced the world's first Internet travel "blog." His book about meditative materialism (Shopping for Buddhas) is out in a new-ish 25th Anniversary edition. And his irreverent romp through Star Trek in global culture (Future Perfect) has just been re-released in eBook form.
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Larry Habegger

Executive Editor, Travelers' Tales
Larry Habegger is a freelance writer and editor and also co-founder and executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, where he has worked on all of the company’s 130-plus books.

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


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

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Kelsey Ahlmark

MFA Candidate, University of San Francisco
Kelsey Ahlmark is a MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco. She's a fan of the non-fiction essay, true crime shows, and rescue dogs. She is currently the non-fiction editor for Switchback and an educator in the Bay Area. She received her BA from the University of Arizona. This bio makes her seem like a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone, so she'd like to reveal that she has a nipple piercing in an effort to not seem so vanilla.
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Alan Chazaro

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Vicki DeArmon

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

Random Ramblings, Humor Writer
Claire Hennessy moved from the UK to live in California in 2008, the shock of which propelled her to start writing a humorous memoir as a form of cheap therapy. She writes in inappropriate detail about her personal and sexual life, but it does have the desired effect of keeping her kids from reading her published work or from heckling her when reading aloud at events such as Lit Crawl..
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Laurel Hilton

Write on Mamas, Write on Mamas
Laurel’s work has been featured in the anthologies Mamas Write and Nothing but the Truth: Transitions, as well as Sonoma Weddings magazine, Parents’ Press magazine, Examiner.com and KQED’s Perspectives. She produced the 2015 Listen to Your Mother show. This will be Laurel’s second time performing in Lit Crawl. Laurel is President and Co-founder of Write on Mamas and working on a historic fiction novel.
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Sheri Hoffmann

The Boss Lady, Sheri Hoffmann-Writer and Storyteller
Sheri is married with two children, and lives in Benicia. Leaving her corporate job because it depleted her soul, she entered the field of serving in schools and the community. This provided beautiful and ample subject matter; she writes about the ridiculous, the mundane and the bittersweet of life. She studies moments others ignore and questions commonly held beliefs. The goal of her pieces is to heal or inspire, entertain, celebrate... Read More →
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Marianne Lonsdale

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

Founder & Facilitator, The Butterfly Series Writing Workshop
Maria is a writer, workshop leader and coach who facilitates The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their life journey. Her essay What Matters was selected for the 2016 San Francisco production of Listen to Your Mother and her poem, Womanhood was recently published in the Apogee Journal. In 2017, her essay Meet Me By the River will appear in ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING... Read More →
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Gloria Saltzman

Gloria is a long time member of the Write on Mamas since the early days when we met at Book Passage as the Writing Mamas. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and a dog named Kirby . Her two daughters are fully winged and exploring the world.Gloria works as a psychotherapist in private practice and in addition to writing she enjoys, piano playing, reading, dinner parties, walking in nature and dancing with wild abandon.
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Jennifer Van Santvoord

Jennifer Van Santvoord writes humor essays and creative non-fiction, and was a contributing writer for the anthology, Mamas Write. She is also a member of The Write On Mamas, a group of Bay Area writers. She would love to say that "her work appears" in lots of other places, but at the moment the words reside more in her head than on paper, as she lovingly (and sometimes reluctantly) chases around her three small children. She lives in Marin... Read More →

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


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

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

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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Is the founder of ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latinx Literary Performance series which was created in part by the REGEN Arstit Grant from Galería de la Raza. He has organized live spoken word and storytelling shows all over San Francisco for the past 7 years. He’s the Voice of Shipwreck SF Erotic Fan Fiction Competition, he’s won Literary Death Match, WriteClub SF, has won the Moth in LA He was a Lambda Literary... Read More →

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Inspired by the mesmerizing sounds of Lianne La Havas and the soulfulness in the music of John Legend, Azuahis underway of making her debut in the music world as an alternative folk and blues artist with just the right touch of soul. Her emotionally provocative songwriting in juxtaposition with her haunting melodies captivates her audiences from the first note until the last strum. is a singer songwriter who has performed all over the... Read More →
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Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer/educator/oral-historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, a finalist of the Clark-Gross Novel award and a Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts fellow, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latin@ immigrants awarded theRegen Ginaa Grant from Galería de la Raza and a 2014... Read More →
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Lydia Popovich

Lydia Popovich hails from San Francisco, CA. Her anecdotal humor and vivid storytelling make her a unique voice in a sea of dick jokes. On stage, she is a force to be reckoned with bringing energy and unparalleled confidence to each performance. SF Weekly named her the #1 Artist to Watch in 2016 describing her humor as "Hilarious and brutally honest" stating "Her comedy does more than make us laugh; it also makes us think." She's a... Read More →
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Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of... Read More →

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