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Saturday, October 15
 

6:00pm

#Clitquake
#Clitquake presents stories about the clitoris, bringing a spirit of fun female sexuality to a literary scene that has traditionally been focused on male sexuality.

Participants
avatar for Meg Elison

Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed as a Tiptree Committee recommendation. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was published in 2017 by 47North. She writes like she's running... Read More →
avatar for Ardra Hren

Ardra Hren

Software Engineer
avatar for Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker is a writer based in Oakland. She is the cohost of GLOW the Distance: a Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling podcast, and a graduate of Hiram College’s Creative Writing program. She has written for the Toast, the Tusk, Ravishly, The Bold Italic, Harlot Magazine, Hoodline... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Truppi

Danielle Truppi

Danielle Truppi is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  .


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Armory Club 1799 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

San Francisco Writers' Grotto Presents Mistakes Were Made
The San Francisco Writers' Grotto celebrates its 20th anniversary by revealing blunders, mishaps, misunderstandings, and other mistakes they'd really rather not share... but will. Hosted by Ethan Watters and Laura Fraser.

Participants
avatar for Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Author, A RIVER OF STARS and DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin is a freelance journalist who has written about pastrami and Pt Reyes, speed-dating mothers and crack-addict ex-con ultra-marathoners, and more for such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Outside, Lucky Peach, Sunset, and Eater as its first San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn is the author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art & Made History (In That Order), essays on the artwork, lives and legacies of fifteen essential but overlooked artists, and co-host of The GrottoPod: Writers on Writing, the weekly podcast of the San Francisco Writers... Read More →
avatar for Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh is author of the recent memoir Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss, which chronicles her coming of age in the midst of the Stroh’s Beer family’s decline coupled with the unraveling of Detroit.
avatar for Maury Zeff

Maury Zeff

Maury Zeff's work has appeared in American Fiction 2012, Southern California Review, and the Best of PlayGround 2014. He is a recipient of a PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award and three People’s Choice Awards. His play "I Wanna Be So Dated," about teenage angst, helicopter parents... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elbo Room (upstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

100 Word Story Birthday Party Reading
Celebrate the fifth year of online flash fiction journal 100 Word Story with a reading, followed by cake, the birthday song, toasts, and free broadsides.

Participants
avatar for Andrew Dugas

Andrew Dugas

Work by Andrew O. Dugas has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100WordStory, LITnIMAGE, and elsewhere. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published in 2014 by Numina Press.
avatar for Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank's sixth book, Enchantment, includes two semi-autobiographical novellas and thirty-three stories. Heidegger’s Glasses (2010), about the mythical haven of an underground mine during WWII, sold to ten foreign countries. She is also the author of Sleeping in Velvet and A... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Frym

Gloria Frym

Professor, Chair MFA Writing Program, California College of the Arts
Gloria Frym is a poet and prose writer. Her most recent book is The True Patriot, a collection of proses (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015). She is the author of other short story collections--Distance No Object (City Lights Books), and How I Learned (Coffee House Press)--as well as many volumes... Read More →
avatar for Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published four award-winning collections of stories: Rough Translations, which won The Flannery O’Connor Prize, the Boston Globe Award, and The Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award; Creek Walk, which won The Small Press Best Fiction Award, the California Commonwealth... Read More →
avatar for Jane McDermott

Jane McDermott

Oakland, California resident Jane McDermott is the 2014 Michael Rubin book award winner for her collection of microfiction Look Busy which was published by 14 Hills in November 2014. Her nonfiction has appeared in anthologies and her fiction can be found in Reunion: The Dallas Review... Read More →
avatar for Robert Scotellaro

Robert Scotellaro

Robert Scotellaro is a noted master of flash fiction. His short fiction has appeared in hundreds of print and online journals and anthologies, including Flash Fiction Internatinoal by W.W. Norton. He is the author of five chapbooks and full-length books of flash fiction, including... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Double Dutch 3192 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Anger Management Hour: COG Rehabilitates Former WIRED Angry Nerd With Literature
Can former WIRED Angry Nerd Chris Baker stifle his rage? Or will he rant? Find out, and hear from five more stellar COG (www.cogzine.com) contributors.

Participants
avatar for Opal Palmer Adisa

Opal Palmer Adisa

Distinguished Professor, California College of the Arts
Opal Palmer Adisa, Ph. D, diverse and multi-genre, is an exceptional talent, nurtured on cane-sap and the oceanic breeze of the Caribbean. Writer of both poetry and prose, playwright/director, professor, educator and cultural activist, Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout... Read More →
avatar for Ron Austin

Ron Austin

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis and serves as a senior editor for december. His stories have been placed in Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, Natural Bridge, december, The Tahoma Literary Review, Gulf Stream... Read More →
avatar for Chris Baker

Chris Baker

writer and editor
Chris Baker is an editor and writer living in the Bay Area.
avatar for Joseph DiPrisco

Joseph DiPrisco

Joe Di Prisco's most recent books are "Subway to California," a memoir, and "The Alzhammer," a novel. Forthcoming books include "The Pope of Brooklyn," a memoir, and "Sightlines from the Cheap Seats," a book of poems.
avatar for Irene Noguchi

Irene Noguchi

Forum Show Producer, KQED
I'm an NPR radio producer. That means I'm booking lively talkers to go toe-to-toe on issues on your radio dial - issues that you've been debating over beers or the dinner table yourself. I've been producing shows for 8-9 years now, from rainy Seattle to the shiny lights of Las Vegas... Read More →
avatar for Siamak Vossoughi

Siamak Vossoughi

My name is Siamak Vossoughi and I am a writer living in San Francisco. I was born in Tehran and grew up in Seattle. I have had stories published in various journals and my collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dalva 3121 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Eight-Track Takes from BARtab

BARtab/Bay Area Reporter’s eighth annual event at Martuni’s goes retro and romantic with gay, straight and other tales of desire from another era. With Mark Abramson (More Sex, Drugs & Disco), Louis Flint Ceci (Not Just Another Pretty Face), Jim Provenzano (Forty Wild Crushes), and others. 



Participants
avatar for Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson is the author of the Beach Reading Mystery series, set in San Francisco's Castro District, as well as three non-fiction books, his AIDS memoir: "For My Brothers," plus "Sex, Drugs and Disco - San Francisco Diaries from the Pre-AIDS Era" and its sequel "MORE Sex, Drugs... Read More →
avatar for Louis Flint Ceci

Louis Flint Ceci

Publisher, Editor, Beautiful Dreamer Press
avatar for Ajuan Mance

Ajuan Mance

A lifelong artist and writing, Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American | literature at Mills College. Ajuan's comics and zines include Gender Studies, an autobiographical comic series that follows her adventures as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black... Read More →
avatar for Jim Provenzano

Jim Provenzano

Jim Provenzano is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winner 'Every Time I Think of You,' and its sequel 'Message of Love' (a Lambda Literary Award Finalist), the novels 'PINS,' 'Monkey Suits,' 'Cyclizen,' the stage adaptation of 'PINS' (commissioned by New Conservatory Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Anna Pulley

Anna Pulley

Press, AfterEllen
Author of The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!). Talk to me about lesbians, sex, haikus, or cats. Or even books. WHY NOT.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Eleven Eleven and Fourteen Hills Present Panorama: SF Lit History, SF Lit Future.
Hear our contributors read from pieces that explore what it means to live as writers and citizens in increasingly fluctuating and globalized landscapes.

Participants
avatar for Alexandra Mattraw

Alexandra Mattraw

I'm an Oakland poet who curates a writing, art, and performance series called Lone Glen. Ask me about our schedule for 2016-17! Ask me about my latest chapbook, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Talk to me about your experience as a Bay Area resident in the midst of the rent... Read More →
avatar for Linda Norton

Linda Norton

Linda Norton’s debut collection, The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011), was a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize. Her work has been featured in the anthologies New California Writing (2013, edited by Dayle Wattawa and Kirk Glaser), Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (2012... Read More →
avatar for Robert Andrew Perez

Robert Andrew Perez

editor, author, alum respectively, speCt! books, Omnidawn, Saint Mary's College of California
poet, filmmaker, adjunctivitis-free as of 2014
avatar for Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun was a 2015 VONA/Voices Fellow. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Reed Magazine, and Blue Mesa Review. His essay, "Mothers Always Know," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2015. He's currently at work on his first novel about international... Read More →
avatar for Idrissa Simmonds

Idrissa Simmonds

I'm a Brooklyn-born, Vancouver-raised, Oakland-based poetry, fiction and sci-fi nerd. My Caribbean parents are still figuring me out. You will have my heart forever if you want to discuss the following topics: Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, running, Jamaican food, Angela Basset's... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer is author of AfroSurrealism: The African Diaspora's Surrealist Fiction (Routledge, 2019), co-editor, of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2018), and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Wintergreen Women Writers Collective... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Steinberg

Deborah Steinberg

Talk to me about speculative fiction, writing for healing, experimental writing, and creative non-fiction! Talk to me about your manuscript if you're looking for an editor; I'm a freelance editor who works with individual writers at any stage of the writing process.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Latin American Club 3286 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

MUTHA Up!
Diverse perspectives on motherhood from writers keeping it real with kids—including fiction, memoir, and comics (projected on screen for live reading!). Presented by MUTHA Magazine.

Moderators
avatar for Rhea St. Julien

Rhea St. Julien

Rhea St. Julien, MFT, is a writer and an arts-based psychotherapist, living with her family in the Mission District of San Francisco. Her work about interracial family life has been in MUTHA, Hip Mama, The Bold Italic, KQED and Rad Dad.

Participants
avatar for Shoshana von Blanckensee

Shoshana von Blanckensee

Shoshana von Blanckensee has been published randomly over the last 15 years, but is too busy packing school lunches to go into it. She lives in Alameda with her Partner, her 17 year old, her 6 year old, her 3 year old, and a fluffy little mutt named Fritzi.
avatar for Tyler Cohen

Tyler Cohen

Cartoonist, Tyler Cohen
Tyler Cohen is a cartoonist who uses autobiography and surrealism to explore gender, parenthood, race, and female experience in her book Primahood: Magenta. Her work has appeared in the Ignatz Award-winning anthology, Qu33r, Alphabet, The Feminist Utopia Project, What’s Your Sign... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein

Writer
Cheryl Klein is the author of a story collection, The Commuters (City Works Press), and a novel, Lilac Mines (Manic D Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Normal School, Literature for Life, The Manifest-Station, Mutha Magazine, Razorcake and several anthologies. The... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at ZYZZYVA and Mutha Magazine. Her first novel... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Public Works (loft) 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Oakness Monsters Invade: Nomadic Press
Nomadic Press authors emerge from the Bay to roll words down the streets of SF and offer wicked turns of phrase to unsuspecting passersby.

Participants
avatar for Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye is the author of Cradles (Nomadic Press 2017), the current Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills, a Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series, and he has works published in The Collapsar, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and The Wildness.
avatar for Cyrus Armajani

Cyrus Armajani

Cyrus Armajani teaches reading and creative writing to youth who are incarcerated. He is a Jefferson Award recipient for his literacy work in the juvenile justice system and a Pushcart nominee. His poems have appeared in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, RHINO... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bullen

Peter Bullen

Somewhere sandwiched between a novella about a fella, a fleshy bit of flash fiction and a prose poem colliding with a short story lies the work of Peter Bullen. His first book of short fiction, Wallflower , came out a couple of years ago  from Nomadic Press.
avatar for MK Chavez

MK Chavez

Oakland based Latinx writer MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press.) She is a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem "The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself Among the Ruins" was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts... Read More →
avatar for Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts is an original core-founder of the Beast Crawl Lit Fest. He works extensively with SF Creative Writing Institute, Nomadic Press and his most recent collection of poems is We Shoot Typewriters (Nomadic Press 2015.)
avatar for Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Chair, English and the Humanities, Cogswell College
Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an East Coast native living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her third prose chapbook, Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan, was selected as the winner of CutBank's 2018 contest and will be released... Read More →
avatar for Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a high school English and history teacher for the Oakland Unified School District. His book of poetry and rants Conversations with a Southern Migrant was published by Nomadic Press in spring 2016
avatar for Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam and sometimes reluctant superhero. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released in Fall of 2016 on Nomadic Press. Nazelah gives... Read More →
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

nick johnson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland but now calls Oakland home. He received his BA in English from Morgan State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of the Arts. His work has been featured on KPFA's Rude Awakening, and has appeared... Read More →
avatar for Sam Sax:

Sam Sax:

sam sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book ‘Bury It’ will be out on Wesleyan University Press in 2018. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Blondie's Bar 540 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Saint Mary's College MFA Alumni Mags, Editors, Authors & Publishers
SMC Alumni have gone on to serve as editors and create literary journals. Join us in celebrating just a few of our alumni at Lit Crawl 2016.

Participants
avatar for Jeff Chon

Jeff Chon

Jeff Chon is a graduate of the MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California. His work has appeared in The Portland Review, Blunderbuss, The Seneca Review, and Barrelhouse, among others. He is the editor-in-chief of The East Bay Review.
avatar for Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of three books of stories and essays and hybrid pieces, and winner of an American Book Award and numerous other honors. He teaches at California State University East Bay.
avatar for Gillian Hamel

Gillian Hamel

Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel’s work has appeared in VOLT, jubilat, The Volta, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. Her first book, occident, is forthcoming from Called Back Books in... Read More →
avatar for Angela Hume

Angela Hume

Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of the chapbooks The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in such journals as Little Red Leaves, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland... Read More →
avatar for Caroline O'Connor Thomas

Caroline O'Connor Thomas

Caroline is a proud graduate of the St. Mary's College of California MFA program. She currently works as a copywriter and Knowledge Manager for a grocery delivery startup. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Quiet Lightning, Foothill Poetry and White Stag.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elixir 3200 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

6:00pm

Third Man Books Happy Hour at Casanova Lounge
Third Man Books—the publishing imprint of Jack White’s Third Man Records—has poetry and prose, free records, and more for you.

Participants
avatar for Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden... Read More →
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of Someone's Dead Already and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Pocket Poets Series), which won the 2018 California Book Award
avatar for Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis

Erica Lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. She curated the Canessa Reading Series at the historic Canessa Park Gallery and her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Books include The Precipice of Jupiter (Queue Books) and Camera Obscura (BlazeV... Read More →
avatar for Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov is the author of ghost machines (Slope Editions, 2016), Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), GHOST MACHINE (Caketrain, 2010) and the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011) Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011) I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Casanova Lounge 527 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Word Performances
Word Performances is a series of poetry, prose, comedy, and memoir where words are the lead, music is featured, and dance makes a cameo.

Participants
avatar for Amanda Chaudhary

Amanda Chaudhary

Amanda Chaudhary is a composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music. Her solo work involves experimenting with innovative sounds via computers and mobile devices as well as folk and toy instruments. Her other ensemble projects include Reconnaissance Fly... Read More →
avatar for Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. Often approaching his work with great emotional sensitivity, Rohan explores complex dilemmas, and frequencies found in lovers, in families, in ecosystems... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Glass

Hannah Glass

Classically trained in piano and violin, Hannah Glass has been sharing her multi-instrumental and vocal talents in the Bay Area. She has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland's 75th Anniversary, UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall at Ted Talks... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Higgins

Tiffany Higgins

Tiffany Higgins is the author of "The Apparition at Fort Bragg" (2016), an e-chapbook, winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review e-single contest for a long poem, selected by Camille Dungy. Her book "And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet" (Carolina Wren Press, 2009) was selected by Evie... Read More →
avatar for Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee

Oakland writer Colleen McKee's fifth collection of memoir and poetry is called The Kingdom of Roly-Polys. It’s available in bookstores and at thepedestrianpress.weebly.com... Read More →
avatar for Todd Siegel

Todd Siegel

wordsmith. founder of Word Performances
Todd crafts and performs idea satire poetry, and was called "the e e cummings of San Francisco tech culture" by Joel Landmine at Identity Crisis III. | He co-produces the Word Performances series with his infinitely lovely wife Cybele. In perpendicular, Todd designs and prototypes... Read More →
avatar for Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College with a Masters Degree in English, and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currently, she teaches at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
avatar for Jared Swanson

Jared Swanson

Jared Swanson is the lead vocalist for indie rock band Abbot Kinney. His performance at the Great American Music Hall was recently featured on Live105 KITS San Francisco. Jared studied acting, voice and film at Boston University and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He's... Read More →
avatar for Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win's writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, The Fabulist, and others. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Along with composer and musician, Amanda... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Elbo Room (downstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

6:00pm

Steal This: A Panel Hosted by Story Makers Podcast
Writers and filmmakers explore inspiration and ownership, idea theft and homage, and how to make our influences into something new, original, and all our own.

Moderators
avatar for Angie Powers

Angie Powers

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.
avatar for Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Host/ Teacher/ Writer, Story Makers Podcast/ Book Writing World
Elizabeth Stark is the author of a novel, Shy Girl (FSG), and co-writer/ director of a few films, including FtF: female to femme (an imaginative documentary) and Little Mutinies (a narrative short), both distributed by Frameline. She writes reviews and interviews for The Rumpus. Elizabeth... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Juan Davis

Juan Davis

Juan Davis is a filmmaker from South Boston, VA.  He is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Master of Fine Arts in Motion pictures and television. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Media Production, from East Carolina University... Read More →
avatar for Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee has a memoir (TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER–February 14, 2017) and a novel (GOLEM OF SEOUL 2018), both forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Luckett

Jacqueline Luckett

In 1999 Jacqueline Luckett left the corporate world to kickstart her writing career with classes she took on a dare—from herself. People Magazine (February 2012) described Luckett’s sophomore novel, PASSING LOVE  as “beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of... Read More →
avatar for Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil is a feminist filmmaker passionate about independent film, social justice, environmentalism, and queer identities. A translator and subtitler, writer, filmmaker and mother, Florencia is committed to bringing underrepresented communities to the screen, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into 40 languages and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews and the cult classic... Read More →
avatar for Angie Powers

Angie Powers

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.
avatar for Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Host/ Teacher/ Writer, Story Makers Podcast/ Book Writing World
Elizabeth Stark is the author of a novel, Shy Girl (FSG), and co-writer/ director of a few films, including FtF: female to femme (an imaginative documentary) and Little Mutinies (a narrative short), both distributed by Frameline. She writes reviews and interviews for The Rumpus. Elizabeth... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Public Works (main room) 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Magnoliah Black

Magnoliah Black

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

Wonder Dave

Wonder Dave is a writer, performer and stand up comedian. You can catch him performing comedy all over the bay area. He is also the resident nerd in the Manarchy male burlesque revue. Find him online at WonderDave.org and @teamwonderdave on social media.
avatar for Sam Gilweit

Sam Gilweit

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

Gina Gold

Gina Gold is an African American, Jewish humorist, filmmaker and stage artist. She grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said.  At the age of thirteen she attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and later wrote her own one... Read More →


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Greta Christina

Greta Christina

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

Jen Cross

Founder/Facilitator, Writing Ourselves Whole
Jen Cross is a writer, performer, and writing workshop facilitator based in Oakland, CA. Her organization, Writing Ourselves Whole, founded in 2003, focuses primarily on sexuality writing workshops and writing with survivors of sexual trauma. Jen's writing appears in more than thirty... Read More →
avatar for Marlo Gayle

Marlo Gayle

Father, Black, Queer, Pervert.
avatar for Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based performance poet.She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →
avatar for Carol Queen

Carol Queen

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

Simon Sheppard

smutsmith
Simon is author and editor of a dozen books, including the Lambda-Award-winning Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica; Hotter Than Hell, which won the Erotic Authors Association Award; and Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard. His work has also appeared in hundreds of anthologies... Read More →
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horehound stillpoint

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


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka is an actor, singer, writer, director and teaching artist. He most recently completed a hit run of his solo show, Type/Caste, at Brava Theater and has also appeared in Schooled (Thomas Jones) with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sojourners (Disciple) and runboyrun... Read More →
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Hana Baba

Host/Producer/Reporter, The Stoop
Hana Baba is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, KALW's evening newsmagazine. Her reporting also appears on NPR , PRI's The World, and BBC World Service. A Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese. She and KALW colleague Leila Day are launching The... Read More →
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Jen Chien

KALW
Jen Chien is Managing Editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in... Read More →
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Leila Day

Leila Day is a reporter and editor at KALW, with a current focus on healthcare. Day is also a mentor for KALW's Audio Academy and the project manager for the San Quentin Prison Report. She holds a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and studied... Read More →
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Star Finch

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

I'm an Oakland-based journalist, specializing in documentary photography. My work has appeared on the Huffington Post's site, Fusion, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Public Radio. My work addresses issues within the justice system and educational inequality, as well as arts... Read More →
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No Lovely Thing

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


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Cara Belladonna

Cara Belladonna

Recently paroled from Chowchilla. Lived in a tree-house on a hippy commune in Scotland. Stabbed a man who deserved it. Bought a One Way Ticket to South America in 2009 and is just now returning to San Francisco 7 years later. Cara writes creative nonfiction - vignettes about the real... Read More →
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Jason Buchholz

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

Justine Clifford

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

Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of several books, including Junkie Love and the Jay Porter Thriller Series (Lamentation, December Boys, Give Up the Dead... Read More →
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S.W. Lauden

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

| *Ryan Leone wrote the cult classic novel, Wasting Talent, while serving time in federal prison for his involvement with an international drug cartel. He has worked extensively in television and his essays, poetry, and short fiction have appeared both online and in print. He lives... Read More →
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Peter Mehlman

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

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

Kelly Richardson

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


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings Shakespeare's greatest works to over 30,000 in the Bay Area each summer with Free Shakespeare in the Park. This series has become as much a part of summer in the Bay Area as a backyard barbecue — bringing professional... Read More →


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Christine Chung

Christine Chung

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

Roy Dufrain is a former college dropout, speedfreak, dive-bar pool shark, and newspaperman. He is a recent graduate of the Novel Writing Certificate program at Stanford University. He lives in the hills of Northern California, and makes a living as the editor and publisher of a travel... Read More →
avatar for Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald

I'm an entertainment producer by trade and a writer by vocation. My day job is making sure things run smoothly on the mobile game Covet Fashion. The rest of my waking life is devoted to finishing the next draft of "Dirty," the novel I started two years ago as a student in the Stanford... Read More →
avatar for Simi Monheit

Simi Monheit

I'm a writer wannabe, working on getting my first novel published! A former techie and teacher, a hiker, a swimmer and biker (okay, so I did a tin-man triathlon a few times, a long time ago), a Torah Chanter, a terrible singer, a worse dancer, a Berkeley mom, an MIT wife, a sister... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Kim Park

Nancy Kim Park

I recently had an essay published in The Rumpus. I enjoy volunteering at 826 Valencia and will be applying for my teaching credentials in the fall. As someone who has had a hard time speaking up, I want to help others find their voices as well. I live with my family in the San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Ann Shortell

Ann Shortell

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


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

7:15pm

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

Participants
avatar for Hope Casareno

Hope Casareno

A former artist/facilitator at Skywatchers in San Francisco, Hope's work interrogates the intersections of exile, erasure, and emergence in native and settler communities, exploring issues of recognition, sovereignty, and resilience. A UNM doctoral student in Anthropology, interests... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Hayertz

Margaret Hayertz

Tarot Reader for Writers and Artists, Meg's Tarot Readings
M. Hayertz is a novelist and the founder of Creative Momentum. She holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies.
avatar for Nicole Henares

Nicole Henares

Aurelia Lorca is a poet, storyteller, and teacher who lives in San Francisco, California. She has her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshops... Read More →
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Paula Junn

Program Coordinator, California Institute of Integral Studies
After spending her early childhood in the United States, her family moved to Seoul, Korea when she was six years old. The culture shock hit her in a way she didn’t expect. Her classmates and teachers at school bullied her, and it is during this hard time that she started to write... Read More →
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Julie Levak-Madding

Julie Levak is the Managing Editor of Mission at Tenth and a nonfiction writer who is sometimes referred to as VanishingSF. Julie is furiously at work on a collection of essays (and simple sketches)—tentatively titled A Gallery of Unintended Consequence—that explore the unexpected... Read More →
avatar for Maia Scott

Maia Scott

Maia Scott is a body worker, accessible theater and art instructor at City College, certified labyrinth facilitator and interdisciplinary artist; all of which keep her happily in motion and thinking creatively on her feet. She earned an AA in dance, a BA and certificate in Therapeutic... Read More →
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Cindy Shearer

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


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

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 →
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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 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 Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin

Eanlai Cronin is a schoolteacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She runs writing groups and retreats in San Francisco’s East Bay for anyone in recovery from addiction, alcoholism, trauma and abuse, and for anyone longing to return... Read More →
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 →
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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... Read More →
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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