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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.

avatar for Lydia Brown

Lydia Brown

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

Sherilyn Connelly

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

Lyn Davidson

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

Moazzam Sheikh

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

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


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

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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

MARCI CALABRETTA CANCIO-BELLO is the author of Hour of the Ox, which won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry (Pittsburgh, 2016) and Last Train to the Midnight Market (2013). She holds degrees from Florida International University (MFA, Creative Writing) and Carnegie Mellon University (BA, English and Creative Writing). Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, Los Angeles Review of Books, The... Read More →
avatar for Arlene Kim

Arlene Kim

Arlene Kim's first collection of poems, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? (Milkweed Editions), was a recipient of the American Book Award and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She grew up in Northern Virginia and gradually made her way westward—via Providence, via Minneapolis—to Seattle, where she now lives, works, and writes.
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EJ Koh

EJ Koh is the recipient of the 2016 Pleiades Press Editors Prize and her collection of poems A Lesser Love is forthcoming in 2017. She has appeared in World Literature Today, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Pleiades, Columbia Review, Narrative Magazine, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean Press, 2014). She has been featured in... Read More →

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


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

avatar for David Kukoff

David Kukoff

A native Angeleno and graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name (including the hit Disney movies “Model Behavior” with Justin Timberlake and Kathie Lee Gifford and “Switching Goals” with the Olsen Twins). Following a spec screenplay sale that made the front page of Variety, he went on to write for every studio and network in Hollywood... Read More →
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Tom Stern

Tom Stern is the author of the novels Sutterfeld, You Are Not A Hero (Rare Bird, 2015) and the upcoming My Vanishing Twin (Rare Bird, Spring 2017). He is also the writer/director of the feature films Half-Dragon Sanchez and This Is A Business. Tom's films have played festivals across the United States and in Europe. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Eckerd College and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University. Tom lives in Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Delfin Vigil

Delfin Vigil

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

Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco in 2009. He currently works as a writing coach, teaches for Take My Word For It – Creative Writing for Kids, facilitates writing workshops at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center for The Beat Within, co-hosts the quarterly reading series Babylon Salon, writes educational books for Scobre Press, authors long and short fiction and sleeps like a teenager on the... Read More →

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


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

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Nato Green

Nato Green is a San Francisco-based comedian and writer. He has a regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, a regular show on KALW public radio, and hosts monthly comedy shows at the Alamo Drafthouse, the Verdi Club, and Modern Times Bookstore.
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Lydia Kiesling

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

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Forty-Third Name of God, was recently acquired by Spiegel & Grau. A... Read More →
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Monique Morris

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

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun has spent most of his life shuttling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He writes many different things that have appeared in/on io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, Spelling the Hours, Eleven Eleven and others. He was recently named one of 13 Bay Area Writers to Watch/Read in 2016 by 7X7 magazine and his debut novel, a second-world epic/urban... Read More →

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


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

avatar for Colm Ó Riain

Colm Ó Riain

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

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Eanlai Cronin

Write the Soul Awake
Eanlai Cronin is a teacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. As a survivor of childhood trauma, reared in a small Irish village where lies, silence, and denial were embroidered into the landscape, Eanlai was very drawn to the ability of the AWA Method to empower the disempowered and give voice to the voiceless. She designed a workshop series called Writing the Soul Awake based on three... Read More →
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Emer Martin

founder, rawmeash
Emer is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. More Bread Or I'll Appear, her second novel was published internationally in 1999. Emer studied painting in New York and has had a sell-out solo show of her... Read More →
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Ethel Rohan

I write hard. I write with heart. Talk to me about what you do hard and with heart.

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


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

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Lara Coley

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

Allyson Darling

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

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

Loria Mendoza hails from Austin, Texas, where she learned to keep it weird. Her stories have been published in The Walrus Literary Journal, featured at the MFA Mixer, Beast Crawl, Red Light Lit, and Voz Sin Tinta. She studies fiction in the Creative Writing MFA program at San Francisco State University and is working on a collection of short stories. Let’s assume the title will be something like, “69 Ways to Ruin Good Oral... Read More →
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Ari Moskowitz

Ari Moskowitz is an award-winning Philly writer/editor based in San Francisco. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU where he was the Editor in Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. His writing has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Transfer Magazine, Red Light Lit, and Eventbrite. His story, "Three Blinking Dots," was a finalist for the 2016 Glimmer Train April/May Very Short Fiction contest. Last year, he wrote an article about haunted... Read More →

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


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

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Scott Russell Duncan

Scott Russell Duncan is the author of The Ramona Diary of SRD, a recently completed memoir of growing up Chicano-Anglo and a fantastical tour reclaiming the myths of Spanish California. Scott’s fiction involves the mythic, the surreal, the abstract, in other words, the weird. Scott received his MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California where he now lives and writes. His work has appeared in Border Senses, Label Me Latina/o, Gemini... Read More →
avatar for Lisa D. Gray

Lisa D. Gray

Lisa Gray writes about growing up black in post—civil rights America. She won a 2013 SF Foundation Literary Prize and is a SF Grotto Fellow.
avatar for Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary holds a literature MA from Mills College. A neurotic Swede—Rican from the Russian River wine country, she now lives in Oakland
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Blanca Torres-Aldana

Blanca Torres is a San Francisco-based journalist, Mills MFA graduate, memoirist, and fiction writer who writes about family, culture, and identity.

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


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

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Denise Benavides

Denise Benavides is an Oakland based Queer Xicana Poet/Bruja and Performer Artist. Bred from a single immigrant mother, Denise shares her work with urgency using the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost. Most of all, she writes for the women in her life, the ones that look like her. She holds an MFA in... Read More →
avatar for Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan is a hybrid artist, writer, and organizer. She is a queer student of experimentation, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA alumna, her writing can be found in Ada, As/us journal, cream city review, Feminist Wire, Glitterwolf, Hyphen, Matador, and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Transgenre Press). Her experimental... Read More →
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Jezebel Delilah

Jezebel Delilah X is a faerie-princess-mermaid-gangsta’ for the revolution!
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J. K. Fowler

Founder and Executive Director, Nomadic Press
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Randall Mann

Randall Mann is the author of Straight Razor (Persea Books, 2013). He lives in San Francisco.
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D.A. Powell

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National... Read More →

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


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

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Skye Allen

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Karen Bjorneby

Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season. Her work has appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, New Orleans Review, Confrontation, and online at Poetry Daily. Her novel, Naked, Shining, and Alive, is now in the hands of her agent.
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Judy Myers

Professor, Diablo Valley College
Judy Myers’ flash piece “Is Girl Here” (published in Quiddity) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story “Runaway” was a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction She’s currently working on a novel set primarily in Oakland about runaways, babies, and searching for mothers. In her other life, she teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Diablo Valley College.
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Robin Silverman

Robin's first novel Lemon Reef , a Lambda Literary Award finalist, was nominated (in excerpt) for a Pushcart Prize and received the Golden Crown Literary Award for Best Debut Novel, and the Alice B. Award for Excellent First Work. She has published numerous articles and critical essays about the social aspects of mental illness in children and families. Robin will be reading from her current novel in progress, The Invisible Side of Things.
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Saramanda Swigart

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

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

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


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

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Karen Llagas

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

Edward Porter

Edward Porter's short fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Hudson Review, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Glimmer Train. He holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, a PhD from the University of Houston, and has been a Madison, MacDowell, and Stegner Fellow. Currently he is a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University.
avatar for Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

I write poetry; my most recent book is The Greenhouse, the poems in which David Baker called "profound, fundamental works, born of a deep interiority and making their intricate ways, phrase by phrase, toward a design both organic and artful.” My next book, Annihilation, is shaping up to be not quite so dire as the title suggests. I just moved from Oakland to Portland, for all the usual reasons. And I'm reading with Peg Alford Pursell's fabulous... Read More →
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Janet Thornburg

Janet Thornburg is the author of the short story collection, Rhubarb Pie. Her stories have appeared in Carve Magazine, The Distillery, In The Family, Lumina, The MacGuffin, Phantasmagoria, Phoebe, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and Sanskrit. In addition to writing fiction, she has written and performed seven solo shows. Website: www.janetthornburg.com
avatar for Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in San Francisco with her wife and dogs.
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John Zic

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

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


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

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Kara Levy

San Francisco Editor, Joyland Magazine
Kara Levy is is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University and was a recent Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Her work appears in such places as Mississippi Review Prize Stories, TriQuarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Huffington Post, California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State, Audible, and Narrative Magazine, where she was a winner of the 30Below Prize for writers under 30. | | Kara lives in... Read More →

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Kate Folk

​Kate Folk is a fiction writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Colorado Review, Tin House, The Baltimore Review, and Joyland. She is a 2016-17 Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, was a 2016 finalist for the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing fellowships, and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She... Read More →
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Susanna Kwan

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

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

Daniel Lanza Rivers recently completed his Ph.D. in English and Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, where his research explored the relationship between landscape, development, and desire in Californian literature and public cultures. His fiction has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Apogee, Connu, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and he is currently at work on a novel. He lives in Oakland, CA with his partner and teaches Liberal... Read More →

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


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

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Tamim Ansary

Publisher, Memoir Pool
I have a blog dedicated to the art of writing/telling the real-life story, and I run a memoir writing workshop called Life/Story. I've written two memoirs including West of Kabul, East of New York (San Francisco's One-City-One-Book pick for 2008) and Road Trips, about coming here from Afghanistan and becoming an American in the late 60's/early 70's. I also write history, novels, children's books and other stuff Talk to me about anything: my... Read More →
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Dana Freedman

Dana Freedman is a critical care nurse who spends several nights a week in a helicopter flying over the San Francisco Bay Area saving lives. By day she keeps busy as a single parent to a 1-year old boy and a back-talking Siberian Husky. In all of her spare time she is writing a memoir. "The Kind of Woman Who Would" is a story of love and relationships, death and dying, and what to do if you should find yourself single at 39 with a desperate... Read More →
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Beverly Parayno

In the mid-80s, I dropped out of high school and ran away from California to upstate New York with my long-haired, motorcycle-driving boyfriend. I'm working on a coming-of-age memoir set during this time period to explore my pursuit of love and freedom, and the desire for someone to save me. | | My work has appeared in The Rumpus, Narrative, Huizache, Warscapes and Southword. I have an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and am a... Read More →
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Laurel Roth Patton

Laurel Roth Patton has been published in anthologies including Stigma Fighters Anthology Vol. 2 and First-Class Times, and in the journal Teacher Librarian: “Karaoke in the Library.” An education junkie, she holds an MLIS, MFA, and a BA in Jungian Interpretation of World Creation Myths. Laurel is furiously polishing her memoir of mania, which chronicles the wonder, horror, and absurdity in bipolar disorder.
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Emily Thurston

Emily knows people, from geniuses, athletes, and businesspeople to hippies, felons, addicts, and bums. She has been a national class bicycle racer, an organic produce warehouser, and a marketer for architects. She currently runs two thriving busineses with her partner, Dennis: a bike shop and a moving company, both named "Lulu's" after the parrot who owns them. | | She is writing a memoir about her grandfather and his ecological canoe... Read More →

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


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

avatar for Nancy Au

Nancy Au

Co-founder and instructor, The Escapery
I am an Oakland-based writer. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, and am completing my MFA at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where I taught creative writing. I teach creative writing at California State University Stanislaus (CSUStan), and am co-founder of The Escapery. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Liminal Stories, Foglifter, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Journal for Compressed Creative Arts, Necessary... Read More →
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Carson Beker

Carson Beker is a writer, playwright, storyteller, and actor with an MFA and MA from SFSU. She is the co-founder of The Escapery, an SF Bay Writing Unschool and has also taught creative writing at San Francisco State University. She is the former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills. Her work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, Sparkle + Blink, Transfer Magazine, and Bourbon Penn, her plays have been at the San... Read More →
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Lynn Brown

Lynn Brown was technically born and raised in New York, but her heart (and most of her writing) will always belong to New Orleans. She is the co-curator of the Voices from the Margins reading series and editor of the forthcoming Footsteps of Baldwin Anthology, a collection of works by African American expats living in Paris. Her nonfiction work has been published in Conde Nast Traveler, the Colorado Daily News and the Matador Network, while her... Read More →
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Kimberly Gomes

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

Yume Kim is a recipient of both an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Additionally she is also a 2012 recipient of the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry retreat fellowship at Fordham University. Some of her works can be found in sPARKLE + bLINK, The West Wind Review, gesture, Transfer, Writing Without Walls (Vol. 7), Sugared Water, and The East Bay Review. Prior to becoming an East Coast transplant here... Read More →

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


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

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Dawn Oberg

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

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Steve Arntson

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

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

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

Allison Mick is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. She’s performed in festivals in Northern California (SF Sketchfest), New York (Hudson Valley Comedy Fest), and Even Farther Northern California (Savage Henry Festival). In 1997, she was featured in the book “Humor Works” by Dr. John Morreall, the... Read More →
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Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Callaloo, and Columbia University and is currently a William Dickey Fellow and MFA candidate in poetry at San Francisco State University. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Time.com, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Alternative Press, ESPN the Magazine, Jane, Honey, NY1 News, and The Best American Poetry blog. Her fiction is... Read More →

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


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

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Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco is a South Korean and Italian Voices of Our Nation alum and was an Academy of American Poets Prize winner by age twenty. Her pieces have been featured on KPFA andMutiny Radio, and performed for SOMArts, LitQuake, Kearny Street Workshop, The Intersection For The Arts, and The San Francisco International Arts Festival. Her work has been published inThe Lantern Review, Fusion Magazine, Monday Night, Sparkle and Blink, and in the... Read More →
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Jackie Graves

Jackie Graves, a tenured English instructor at Laney College, writes personal essays, plays, fiction, poetry, and memoir. Her work has appeared in African Voices, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and onstage performances include the Guerrilla Jazz Collective and Strong Current Dance Company. She has received a City of Oakland Spoken Word Fellowship, and residencies at Djerassi, Jentel, Soapstone Writers Residency for Women, and Julia and... Read More →
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Audrey T. Williams

Audrey T. Williams is an Oakland-based writer. She is a VONA alum, and working towards an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at CCA. Audrey is currently writing the manuscript for "Chutney and Chitlins," a mixed-race family memoir that makes use of hybrid creative nonfiction using narratives and images. The book begins with stories from her African-American father as he joined thenewly integrated US Marines in the late 1950's (possibly the first... Read More →

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


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

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Sarah Rafael García

Founder/Project Director, LibroMobile
Sarah Rafael García is a writer, community educator and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas, she founded Barrio Writers and obtained a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Most recently, García is a 2016 Macondista and was awarded for Santana's Fairy Tales, which is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, through a grant supporting the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California.

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Majda Gama

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

Laurie Ann Guerrero, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among others, from Smith College. Winner of the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and the International Latino Book Award for poetry, her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, was selected by Francisco X. Alarcón and released by University of Notre Dame Press in 2013... Read More →
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Monica Teresa Ortiz

Mónica Teresa Ortiz was born and raised in Texas, and is the poetry editor for Raspa, a queer latinx literary & art journal. She also is the co-editor of pariahs, an anthology of writers outside traditional margins. Her work has appeared in Huizache, Bombay Gin, and others.
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Dustin Pearson

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

Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington and he writes about the intersection of the Filipino and Black Diasporas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crabfat, Chelsea Station, The Outrider Review, Glitterwolf, Fjords Review, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow Chair Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawai'i Review and others. He teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Portland Community College in Portland... Read More →

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


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

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Lucille Lang Day

Director, Scarlet Tanager Books
Lucille Lang Day (http://lucillelangday.com), co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, winner of the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. She has also authored an award-winning memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. She is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent.
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Alison Hart

Talk to me about being mixed race in America, about historical trauma and it's reverberation in present day politics and personal trauma. Talk to me about finding ancestry, digging for roots, my own Native American, African American, Irish, Scottish, English roots. Talk to me about your own roots, your own history. | Talk to me about the majority minority in this country, brown, black, mixed, people of color and our perspectives on race and... Read More →
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Senna Heyatawin

Senna Heyatawin, poet, was born in San Francisco, California and is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Heyatawin’s poems have been published in journals, magazines and anthologies and have won poetry prizes since the 1980s. Senna Heyatawin received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Some of Ms. Heyatawin’s poetry may be found in RED INDIAN ROAD WEST: Native American Poetry from... Read More →
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Stephen Meadows

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

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

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


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

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Kari Riesgo Bañuelos

Kari Riesgo Bañuelos is a queer mixed native Xicana from South East Los Angeles. As a student, youth advocate, poet, and organizer, Kari centers their work and expression in navigating jotería, neocolonialism, diaspora, fetishization, and vulnerability. They have curated for San Francisco's Flor Y Canto Literary Festival 2016 in centering queer women / femmes of color in a poetry event called "Radical Vulnerability" and will be curating a... Read More →

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Cristal Ibana Bonilla

moonbunny prince, the moonbunny chronicles.
I am a queer Colombian-Latinx creative endeavorist, writer, and poet with a decolonial feminist framework writing on and humanizing the experiences of first-generation queers of color. My work is felt as deeply personal, but interpreted and delivered through an intersectional praxis and prose that is relatable. The goal of my work is to address the interlocked struggles that our ancestors have gone through and manifested through our... Read More →
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Rielle Klassen

Rielle is a radically sensitive Asian American woman who moved to the Bay Area two years ago to discover lyfe is beautiful but the struggle is rielle. Always tearful but never silent, Rielle has been using music and poetry to put into words the thoughts and emotions her social anxiety wouldn't let her say out loud by expressing them through performance. Frequent criers unite!
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Berlin Macuixtle

Born in Rio Blanco, Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Long Beach, California, Berlin Macuixtle Tecpile has now found herself living in different corners in the Bay Area. Currently she has set down roots in Oakland while she finishes her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University in anthropology and Latino/a studies. With more than half her lifetime lived as undocumented and the past four years as a citizen all while experiencing the... Read More →
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AK de Morais

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

Board Member, Liminal Center
Kelechi Marie Ubozoh is a singer, writer, and mental health advocate. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kelechi holds a BA in journalism from Purchase College, and was the first undergraduate ever published in The New York Times. She wrote for The New York Amsterdam News, Westchester Magazine, Kitu Kizuri, The Sound and Town, and was featured inThe Quill. | Kelechi combines her love of story telling and song in her poetry and reads at... Read More →

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


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

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Cathy Arellano

Kórima Press, Salvation on Mission Street
Just another Mexican lesbian from the Mission, Cathy Arellano is thrilled to read from her memoir, SALVATION ON MISSION STREET recently published by Kórima Press at her friend Louie's panadería! Palabras y Pan! What's a poet not to love?!
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Leticia Hernandez

The daughter of a Salvadoran family, Leticia was born in Los Angeles and has been living, writing and working in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1995. For twenty years, she has been merging music and performance with her writing to communicate a poetry that crosses genre boundaries and geopolitical borders. Interdisciplinary at the core, she has collaborated with many talented visual artists and incorporates digital media, audience... Read More →
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Aura Maru

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

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

Ricardo Tavarez is a writer and educator from Watsonville who teaches at Contra Costa College and facilitates youth writing workshops. Ricardo curates the Pan Dulce Poets reading series in the Mission.

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


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

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César Love

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

Co-Curator, Voz sin Tinta
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Tony Robles

Born and Raised San Franciscan and Author of "Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco", published in 2015 by Ithuriel's Spear Press. Nominee for next poet laureate of San Francisco (Next laureate to be announced at end of 2016). Poems and stories published in various journals. Working on upcoming book of Poems and short stories, "Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike". Board President of Manilatown Heritage Foundation--Long Live the... Read More →
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Katie Tomzynski

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

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

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


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

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Sandra Bass

Assistant Dean of Students, Director Public Service Center, U.C. Berkeley
For over 20 years, Sandra Bass has been a champion for social justice. With professional and personal experiences cutting across issue areas and geographies, her passion is educating and activating our next generation of social change agents. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Jose State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley. She is currently Assistant Dean of Students and Director... Read More →
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Ravi Chandra

Psychiatrist and writer, blogging for Psychology Today and the Center for Asian American Media. I've got two books-in-progress, one on the psychology of social networks, and another on insecurity, power and transcendence in the American psyche. Sign up for an occasional newsletter at www.RaviChandraMD.com
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Lyndsey Ellis

Lyndsey Ellis is a St. Louis native who lives and works as a mental health & social justice advocate in Oakland. She received her MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Ellis is a VONA/Voices alumna and a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson literary award. She’s working on her first novel.
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Jennifer Hasegawa

Poet and Information Architect
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Roji Oyama

Third generation Japanese American immigrant (born in Japan). Raised in San Francisco, BFA graduate of SF State and SF Art Institute. Activist at SFSU, we all worked to create first Department of Ethnic Studies in the U.S. Lived and worked in Latin America, South Pacific and Japan. Part-time actor (recent film credit: East Side Sushi-2014). Novice writer (2015). In loving relationship.
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Shizue Seigel

Editor, Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown
Shizue Seigel’s San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission helped initiate Write Now! community writing groups where African Americans and Asian Americans explore their literary creativity. She’s written or edited three books on the Japanese American experience including “In Good Conscience” and “Distillations” and is working on a memoir.

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


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

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Carl Gibbs

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

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


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

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Judy Halebsky

Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Sky=Empty, Tree Line and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance. Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center have supported her work. Her passions include the Moth-style storytelling and walking as a day-long activity. She chairs the Department of Literature & Languages at Dominican University of California and lives in Oakland.
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Happy/L.A. Hyder

L.A. Hyder Photography/Gallery
Visual artist & writer Happy/L.A. Hyder walks the Mendocino cliffs these days, filled with season by season's exquisite beauty, camera & pen at the ready. She opened L.A. Hyder Gallery a few short months ago in the Village of Mendocino. An ongoing project, 'the Feminist series', brings her own & others' writing together with images from her 48 years in photography. (She can be reached at lahyderphotography@mcn.org)
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Shikha Malaviya

Shikha Malaviya is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press dedicated to new voices from India & the Indian diaspora. She has been a featured TEDx speaker, AWP mentor and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. Shikha will serve as San Ramon, California's Poet Laureate from Fall 2016-18. Her book of poems is Geography of Tongues.
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Sarah Paris

Sarah Paris has written just about anything from poetry to investigative journalism and recently published The Traveler, a "shaggy dog chasing ghosts story."
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Tony Acarasiddhi Press

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

Jenny Qi spent her early years in Las Vegas, NV and Nashville, TN. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic andHuffington Post, and she has worked as a Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief for Synapse. She is a co-founder, co-host, and producer of the storytelling podcastBone Lab Radio. On the creative writing front, her poems are published or forthcoming in... Read More →

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


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

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Candace Eros Díaz

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

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

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

Michelle Threadgould is a journalist who lives in Oakland, California, and covers punk, the intersection between arts and culture and social justice, and the politics of resistance. She has written for the New York Observer, Oakland Magazine and SF Weekly.
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Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir, which received a 2016 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention for Best Biography in English. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California.

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