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Saturday, October 15
 

6:00pm

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

Participants
avatar for Lydia Brown

Lydia Brown

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

Sherilyn Connelly

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

Lyn Davidson

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

Janine Mogannam

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

Moazzam Sheikh

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



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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

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

Arlene Kim

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

E. J. Koh

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for David Kukoff

David Kukoff

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

Tom Stern

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

Delfin Vigil

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

Zach Wyner

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Nato Green

Nato Green

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

Lydia Kiesling

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

Michael David Lukas

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

Monique Morris

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

Na'amen Tilahun

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


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

8:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Colm Ó Riain

Colm Ó Riain

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

Participants
avatar for Emer Martin

Emer Martin

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

Ethel Rohan

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Lara Coley

Lara Coley

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

Allyson Darling

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

Sarah Kobrinsky

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

Loria Mendoza

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

Ari Moskowitz

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


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

8:30pm

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Denise Benavides

Denise Benavides

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

Celeste Chan

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

Randall Mann

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

D.A. Powell

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Skye Allen

Skye Allen

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

Chaz Brenchley

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

Becky Chambers

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

Serena Valentino

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Judy Myers

Judy Myers

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

Robin Silverman

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

Saramanda Swigart

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

Thaai Walker

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Karen Llagas

Karen Llagas

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

Edward Porter

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

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

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

Janet Thornburg

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

Genanne Walsh

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

John Zic

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


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

8:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Kara Levy

Kara Levy

Principal, Kara Levy Coaching

Participants
avatar for Susanna Kwan

Susanna Kwan

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

Marian Palaia

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

Daniel Lanza Rivers

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary

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

Dana Freedman

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

Beverly Parayno

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

Laurel Roth Patton

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

Emily Thurston

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Nancy Au

Nancy Au

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

Carson Beker

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

Lynn Brown

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

Kimberly Gomes

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

Yume Kim

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


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

8:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Dawn Oberg

Dawn Oberg

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

Participants
avatar for Steve Artnson

Steve Artnson

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

Sellassie Blackwell

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

Larry Gallagher

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

Allison Mick

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

Kimberly Reyes

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco

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

Jackie Graves

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


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

8:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Rafael García

Sarah Rafael García

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

Participants
avatar for Majda Gama

Majda Gama

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

Sarah Rafael García

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

Laurie Anne Guerrero

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

Dustin Pearson

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

Christopher Rose

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Lucille Lang Day

Lucille Lang Day

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

Alison Hart

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

Senna Heyatawin

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

Stephen Meadows

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

Linda Noel

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


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

8:30pm

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

Moderators
avatar for Kari Riesgo Bañuelos

Kari Riesgo Bañuelos

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

Participants
avatar for Cristal  Ibana Bonilla

Cristal Ibana Bonilla

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

Rielle Klassen

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

Berlin Macuixtle

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

AK de Morais

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Cathy Arellano

Cathy Arellano

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

Silvia Oviedo

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

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for César Love

César Love

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

Marguerite Munoz

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

Katie Tomzynski

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

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Sandra Bass

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... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Chandra

Ravi Chandra

Author, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks, releasing in October, 2017. www.facebuddha.co.
avatar for Jennifer Hasegawa

Jennifer Hasegawa

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

Roji Oyama

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

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
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Carl Gibbs

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


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Judy Halebsky

Judy Halebsky

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

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

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

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.


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

8:30pm

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

Participants
avatar for Candace Eros Díaz

Candace Eros Díaz

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

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.
avatar for Maceo Montoya

Maceo Montoya

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

Juan Alvarado Valdivia

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


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