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Saturday, October 15


BART-to-Bar Lit Crawl Caravan
Readers battle the elements of noise pollution as they read in the first car of the Richmond/Daly City train from Downtown Berkeley to 16th and Mission.

Train leaves at 4:39 from Downtown Berkeley. 

avatar for Minna Dubin

Minna Dubin

Minna Dubin is a writer, artist, and educator living in Berkeley, CA. She is currently working on #MomLists, a Bay Area literary public art project on identity and motherhood. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in MUTHA Magazine, Story Club Magazine, GAMBA Magazine, *82 Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Forward. When not chasing her toddler in circles around the dining room table, she is eating chocolate in the bathroom while... Read More →
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Nancy Davis Kho

Nancy Davis Kho is a writer in Oakland whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and anthologies including 2015’s Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam.) She’s a badge-holding member of US Magazine’s Fashion Police, has been recognized as a Voice of the Year in the Humor Category by BlogHer, and was the inaugural champion of Oakland’s Literary Death Match. Nancy taught in... Read More →
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A’Driane Nieves

A’Driane Nieves is a visual artist, writer & activist who utilizes creative expression for social justice and mental health advocacy. She believes art and words can serve as a catalyst for personal growth, healing, and social responsibility. You can find her on Instagram (@addyeb_art) & her website: addyeb.com.
avatar for Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart is a professional storyteller. His novel The French Revolution details the upstart contortions of San Francisco's delightfully strange population. He rides BART fives days a week, usually reading quietly.


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.

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Andrew Dugas

Andrew O. Dugas's work has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100 Word Story, LITnIMAGE, MIXER, Instant City, and elsewhere. His novel SLEEPWALKING IN PARADISE was published in 2014 by Numina Press. He recently snail-mailed 1,001 original hand-inscribed haiku postcards to as many randomly selected recipients, and he still doesn't know why,
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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 Brief History of Camouflage. Her one non-fiction book, Finding Your Writer’s Voice, has been translated into... Read More →
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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 of poetry, including The Stage Stop Motel and Mind Over Matter.
avatar for Molly Giles

Molly Giles

Molly Giles is the author of a novel and four award-winning collections of stories. Recently retired from thirty years of teaching Creative Writing, she has new and forthcoming stories in Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, Fiction International and The Superstition Review.
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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; Red Light Lit; Writing Without Walls, and others. She received an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University and is currently at work on a novel. Learn more... 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 What We Know So Far. 

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


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.

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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 the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, Spain, France, England and Prague, and has performed in Italy and Bosnia. An award-winning poet and... Read More →
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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, and other journals. He is at work on a collection of short stories: Avery Colt Is A Snake, A Thief, A Liar. He resides in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife... Read More →
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Chris Baker

writer and editor
Chris Baker is a freelance editor and feature writer living in the Bay Area. His work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, California Sunday, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, San Jose Metro, Austin Chronicle, Giant Robot, Spin, Blender, Film Threat, and Gamasutra. He has a very involved theory about how the Death Star attack sequence from Return of the Jedi was inspired by the Bay Bridge. He'll be glad to explain his theory to you in great detail if... Read More →
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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.
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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 (during the bottom of the recession). Now I'm at KQED-San Francisco during the hey day of gentrification and our latest tech boom. Feel free to ask me about our range... 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


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. 

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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 & Disco."
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Louis Flint Ceci

Publisher, Editor, Beautiful Dreamer Press
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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 Bears, a tribute to African American men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, a humorous appeal for recognition from Black Santa himself, told in rhyme... Read More →
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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,' and the short story collection 'Forty Wild Crushes.' | | The curator of 'Sporting Life,' the world's first gay athletics exhibit, he also wrote the syndicated Sports Complex column for ten years. A... 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


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.

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 crisis. Talk to me about being a parent-teacher-poet. Ask me why I love teaching history & literature to high school students. Talk to me about where I can find... 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, edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi), and As If It Fell from the Sun (2012, edited by Colleen Lookingbill... 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
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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 gay surrogacy and adoption.
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 arms in "What's Love Got to Do With It", and/or resting. My work has most recently appeared in James Franco Review, 14 Hills, The Caribbean Writer, and Black... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Spencer

Rochelle Spencer

Founder, AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
I'm passionate about weird, strange, or surreal art!
avatar for Deborah Steinberg

Deborah Steinberg

I am a writer whose fiction and prose poetry explore themes of healing, the body, gender, and what it’s like to live without wings in a post-apocalyptic society. My short work is published in literary journals, and I am seeking representation for my speculative fiction novel, Splitting The Wind. I serve as Fiction Editor at Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks and I am co-editor, with Liana Holmberg, of the... Read More →

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


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.

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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.

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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.
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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, Girl? and online at MuthaMagazine.com.
avatar for Cheryl Klein

Cheryl Klein

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 shortest story she ever wrote (100 words) won The Rattling Wall's Microfiction Contest. Her work has been honored by the MacDowell Colony and the Center for Cultural... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran lives in Berkeley, California. She has two sons, ages 3 and 8, who describe her as mean, beautiful, the best defender and stinky-butt. She teaches writing and literature at CCA, is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and her new novel, Lucky Boy, comes out in January. 

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


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.

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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.
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Cyrus Armajani

Poet, Nomadic Press
Cyrus Armajani lives in Oakland with his wife and two sons. He teaches reading and creative writing to youth who are incarcerated. Benefits of Doubt (Nomadic Press) is his first book.
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Peter Bullen

Peter Bullen started writing after discovering that people will give you their attention if you are standing at the front of a room, holding text and quivering in fear. He'll do almost anything for attention. His first chapbook 'Wallflower' is just out from Nomadic Press.
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MK Chavez

MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health and social justice. She is the author of Virgin Eyes, Mothermorphosis, Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press) will be released in October 2016. Chavez is co-founder and curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She has been a fellow at VONA, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and Antioch Writers Workshop. Chavez believes in... Read More →
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Paul Corman-Roberts

Event Manager, Nomadic Press
I am an original founder of Oakland's Beast Crawl Literary Festival. I am also the author of the poetry collections "We Shoot Typewriters" and "Notes From an Orgy." I edit poetry for the Oakland Review and edit fiction for Full of Crow Online.
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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. Her two fiction chapbooks, Salve (Nomadic Press) and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (RopeWalk Press), earned praise from Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. You can find her work online at Eclectica Magazine, Carve Magazine, Eleven Eleven and Kore Press. New work is... Read More →
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Vernon Keeve III

Association of Black and Brown Writers, Nomadic Press
| Vernon Keeve III is a black and queer writer from Virginia, and a high school teacher in Oakland, CA. He has read his poetry at the SF Poetry Jazz Festival, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and the Oakland Book Festival. He has poetry and essays published in Ishmael Reed's Konch Online Journal, Black Girl Dangerous, Entropy, and Foglifter, and Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South and Migration; received the Zora Neale Hurston Award... Read More →
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Nazelah Jamison

Nazelah Jamison is a gifted poet, emcee, and vocalist who has learned from and graced the stage with some of the finest people in entertainment today. She has competed on and/or coached 12 National Slam teams; and has performed poetry & music across 3 continents. Until she retired (ha!) in 2014, she hosted and co-produced The Oakland Poetry Slam & Open Mic, an on-going monthly poetry slam in Oakland, CA, as well as performing at venues around the... Read More →
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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 in The Cincinnati Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Brilliant Corners, Red Light Lit, Metazen, Samizdat, and Conversations at the Wartime Café: A Decade of War. His... Read More →
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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, & The Michener Center where he served as the Editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of four chapbooks. Winner of... Read More →

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


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.

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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.
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Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez has published three books, and he calls them My 3- Volume BOXED Set because they all hang together, Elements, Live from Fresno y Los, for which he won an American Book Award, and The Mexican Man in His Backyard. He has published widely, both fiction and nonfiction. He teaches at Cal State East Bay.
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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 2017. She is managing editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter... 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 Poetry, and Spinning Jenny. Her critical work has appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and... Read More →
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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


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.

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Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up (forthcoming from A Strange Object in 2018). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications including Tin House, VICE, NOON, Spork and Guernica. Her story "Passing" was a finalist for The Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Prize judged by Amelia Gray. Her story “In the South the Sand Winds are Our Greatest Enemy” was selected by Joyland Magazine... Read More →
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Tongo Eisen-Martin

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California's San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times . He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American... Read More →
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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 (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with Bay Area artist Mark Stephen Finein, and Murmur in the Inventory (Shearsman Books, January... Read More →
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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, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.

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


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.

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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, an art-pop band and composers collective; and Surplus 1980, a Bay Area post-punk band.
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Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta is an artist of multiple disciplines [Photography : Literature : Music Production : Curation] born in Chicago Illinois and currently based in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland California. He has studied at Columbia College Chicago of Liberal Arts. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective.
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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, The Great American Music Hall, and Chinatown's historic Great Star Theater. At UC Berkeley she sang, arrangedand studied Baroque violin and viola. She plays... Read More →
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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 Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Poetry, Broadsided Press, The California Journal of Poetics, Catamaran Literary Reader, From... Read More →
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Colleen McKee

Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of poetry, memoir and fiction. Her next book is called My Heart, That Chew Toy of the Gods. It will be published by Pedestrian Press in Fall 2016.
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Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Founder, Word Performances Reading Series
Cybele is the author of Ocean Sounds in New York a collection of poetry, essays and non-fiction prose about Dance, Love, and Family, Identity and Performance. Also: Dancer Girl: I Remember the NYC Ballet. Cybele holds an MA Degree from Columbia University, is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and has appeared in films, plays and voice overs. Cybele teaches writing at the Academy... Read More →
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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 user experiences and serves as a wordsmith for startups, and was interviewed in The New Yorker about the future present of work.
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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 worked professionally in the industry in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. He produces a mini live music documentary series called Monday Morning.
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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win’s writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is a poetry editor for Rivet and an instructor at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her chapbook, Score and Bone, was recently published by Nomadic Press. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California.

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


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.

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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.
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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 teaches writing classes at http://BookWritingWorld.com. Find our podcast on iTunes or Stitcher or at http://StoryMakersShow.com.

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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, NC.  He started his career as a video editor, editing for a long list of independent companies. He is also veteran of the United States Air Force where... Read More →
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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 Rumpus, The New York Times, Hyphen Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Men Undressed.
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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 Paris in its Jazz Age and today.” Essence Magazine selected SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER  as the January 2010 book-of-the-month selection. The novel follows a... Read More →
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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 showcasing Oakland and the Bay Area at large. Fiona’s Script (2008), a film about a young bisexual woman finding her footing in life, was Florencia’s... Read More →
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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 Angry Black White Boy, which has been taught at more than eighty schools.  His most recent novel, Rage is Back, was Amazon.com’s January 2013 Book of... Read More →

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


150th Anniversary of Reed Magazine
Reed Magazine is the West's oldest literary journal, established in 1867. Join us for a reading to celebrate our 150th anniversary edition.

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Cathleen Miller

Editor-in-chief, Reed Magazine
Cathleen Miller is the editor-in-chief of 150-year-old Reed Magazine. Her publications includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, which has been translated into 55 languages and adapted as a feature film. Her biography of Nafis Sadik, Champion of Choice, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Biographies of 2013.

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Arlene Biala

Arlene Biala is a Filipino American poet and performance artist who has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is currently Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016-17. Her poetry has been described as "grounded in ritual object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world." She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone... Read More →
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Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia's first novel was Dreaming In Cuban. In that book, she tackled themes of family, politics, and memory that resonated with me. She went on to write The Augero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA... Read More →
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Andrew Lam

Editor, New America Media
Bio:Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America. | | His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The... Read More →
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Nick Taylor

Associate Professor, San Jose State University
Nick Taylor is the author of the novels THE DISAGREEMENT and FATHER JUNIPERO'S CONFESSOR. As T.T. Monday, he also writes detective novels featuring the relief pitcher Johnny Adcock (THE SETUP MAN, DOUBLE SWITCH). He teaches in the MFA program at San Jose State University.
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Andrew Wesley Tucker

Andrew Tucker lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he received his MFA in fiction and screenwriting from San Jose State University. He has served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine and as an Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus. His recent work has been awarded the James D. Phelan award for short fiction, and his band, Demon in Me, just released their first studio album, "Here's Your Way Out."

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Accident & Artifact 381 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Action Fiction
Literary magic happens when local writers give their best stories, and creative control, to local actors who bring each story to life in a full theater.

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Scott Lambridis

My debut novel, THE MANY RAYMOND DAYS, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, received the 2012 Dana Award and is represented by Richard Florest of Robert Weisbach Creative Management. Stories of mine have appeared in Amazon's Day One, Slice, Memorious, Cafe Irreal, Painted Bride, and other journals. I recently completed my MFA from San Francisco State where I received the Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship and three literary awards. Before... Read More →

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Gabriel Bellman

Gabriel Leif Bellman graduated from USC's Cinema School before going to work at MTV in New York. As a television Producer, Mr. Bellman helped start the 'True Life' series at MTV.  He received his M.A. from New York University, and his J.D. from U.C. Hastings.  Gabriel has directed several successful documentary films, and is the co-founder of the Frozen Film Festival. He was a featured speaker at the International Film Festival Summit... Read More →
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Ben Black

Ben Black received his MFA from SFSU. His work appears in Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Harpur Palate, and the Los Angeles Review.
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Eric Myers

Eric Myers writes and teaches in San Francisco--and sometimes Columbus. He is the cofounder of MadLab Theatre and Burning Man Information Radio.
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Benjamin Wachs

Benjamin Wachs is author of the short fiction collection A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City, and is Bar Columnist for SF Weekly, where he writes short facts. 

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Stage Werx 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


ARTfull Readings: Writing inspired by Art!
A horde of authors from The Writers Studio in San Francisco use work by the artists of Creativity Explored as influence and muse.

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Hannah Buoye

I am a pastry chef by trade but have always loved literature and writing.  I have never been published and this is the first time I've read anything out loud to a public audience since 8th grade when I won an essay contest for Martin Luther King Day.
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Elizabeth Hollis Hansen

Elizabeth is a writer whose work explores the facets of the human body, the natural world, mythology, and various spiritual traditions. When not writing, she acquires books for a local publisher with a focus in psychology and spirituality, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and daughter.
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Mark Kinzie

Mark has been writing fiction since third grade, but has been published only in legal journals. He is working to correct this.  Currently, however, he was thrilled to have learned so much more about Creativity Explored and the artwork produced here.
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Anita Ngai

Anita has been wanting to write poetry for years and only found focus when she started at the Writers' Studio a year ago.  She was living in Asia before that, and had been writing about interior design and travel on and off.  During the day, she also tries to get some stuff done for a tech company.
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Sarah Norr

I have been shaped as a person and a writer by spending ten years as a social justice organizer, mostly working with low-wage immigrant workers. I'm also a drummer, and I make part of my living now by teaching street drumming workshops to women and youth. In my writing, I like to look for the overlap between social realism, nature, and magic.
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Tristan Silverman

Tristan Silverman began writing poetry in Chicago's legendary slam poetry community and was one of the few genderqueer voices in the city to win several regional awards, amongst them the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry. Tristan received honorable mention in the Academy of American Poets College Award, is a recent Alum of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and has been published in numerous journals including Boxcar Poetry, decomP... Read More →
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Vegar Svanemyr

Vegar came from Norway to America in the pursuit of zen and freedom. Here he became a father, a widower, a fan of kitchen power tools, and now, an aspiring writer. He knows less and less as time goes by, but is grateful that his friends showed up tonight. 

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Celebrating June Jordan's Legacy: Poetry for the People
The late poet June Jordan founded the groundbreaking program Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley. This celebration features poets whose participation spans multiple decades of the program's legacy.

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Xochiquetzal Candelaria

Xochiquetzal Candelaria earned an MFA from New York University and has received multiple fellowships, including those from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of Empire (Camino del Sol, 2011), which poet Cathy Park Hong called “a sensuous and lucid meditation on lineage, from the haunting and mythic narratives of [Candelaria's] ancestry to her... Read More →
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Ananda Esteva

Ananda Esteva was born in Chile and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A student of the late June Jordan, she co-authored the book June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint, dedicated to the teaching of poetry and formation of writing communities.  Her first solo book of poetry, Pisco Sours brings you home with passion and grace.  In these poems you will hear the rhythms of conquest and... Read More →
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Jahan Khalighi

Student Teacher Poet, Poetry For The People
Poet, musician, and educator with a passion for the arts as a tool for personal and social transformation. I am a poet teacher for June Jordan's Poetry For The People program and California Poets In The Schools. I was a former member of the Eugene Poetry Slam team. I am currently a participating member of the Justice Arts Collective a multicultural group of poets, musicians, dancers dedicated to social justice through the arts.
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Stephanie Mee-hae Yun

Stephanie Yun is a genderqueer artist and educator of the Korean diaspora. Coming up through the youth poetry scene in the Bay Area, they are a Student Teacher Poet for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program, a former member Youth Speak’s advisory board, SPOKES, and served as Oakland’s first Youth Poet Laureate. At present, they are finishing up their Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Frame 418 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Cornucopia: Fiction From the Valley
Writers featured at Stories on Stage Sacramento and Stories on Stage Davis read from new work. Our diverse roster: seasoned authors, debut novelists, emerging writers.

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Jodi Angel

Jodi Angel’s first collection of short stories, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 and was named as a San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of 2005" as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review "Discovery." Her work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations and she was selected for Special Mention in... Read More →
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Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski is the author of the novel, THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD (Viking/Penguin 2015). She is a recent Wallace Sterner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University where she currently teaches fiction writing in the Continuing Studies Program. Her writing has been published in VQR, The Rumpus, Vogue, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was raised in rural Idaho.
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Tigh Rickman

Tigh Rickman is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA at the University of Southern Maine. His writing has appeared in The Bradford ReView, The Conium Review, The Farallon Review, Celebrities in Disgrace and in the forthcoming anthology Soap Opera Confidential from McFarland Books. His fiction has also appeared at Stories on Stage Sacramento and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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Naomi Williams

Naomi J. Williams is co-director of Stories on Stage Davis. The author of LANDFALLS, a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Award, and numerous short stories, one of which garnered a Pushcart Prize, she lives and teaches in Davis, CA, and is hard at work on two new books.
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Anita Yu

Anita Yu is a second-year English major at UC Davis. Her short story “Swindle” is the first story of a series of short stories called The Isolation Field. “Swindle” won the Diana Lynn Bogart Prize for Fiction. Yu is currently enrolled in ENL 100F, where she has written her second story in the series, titled “Inclusion.”

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mission Workshop 541 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
Vietnamese American literature has been flourishing in America, thanks to DVAN, an alliance of artists and writers. Come hear some of their most exciting voices.

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Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California, and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian... Read More →

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Anhvu Buchanan

Anhvu Buchanan is the author of The Disordered (sunnyoutside press) and Backhanded Compliments & Other Ways to Say I Love You (Works on Paper Press ) He is the recipient of the 2010 James D. Phelan Award and also received an Individual Artists Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He received an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State and currently teaches in Berkeley.
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Trami Nguyen Cron

Founder, Chopsticks Alley
Trami Nguyen Cron was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and when she was eight years old left Vietnam with her family for France. Three years later, they settled in the United States. | | Trami, a longtime resident of Northern California and is the founder of Chopsticks Alley, a multi-media publication that promotes positive images of Vietnamese-American for the VietNow generation. | | When asked about why she wanted to author a book about the... Read More →
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Lan Anh Le

Lananh Lê is a Viêtnamese artist and writer, based in Oakland, CA. After having graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in 2015, Lananh has been working on the intersection between arts and activism with Jeff Chang, Roberta Uno and other artists from ArtChangeUS and Ford Foundation's Future Aesthetics. Currently, Lananh is working on multiple projects in writing, visual art and film, revolving... Read More →
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Danny Thanh Nguyen

Danny Thanh Nguyen is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese | American art and literature, and is the former fiction editor of | Indiana Review. His stories and personals essays have appeared in Gulf | Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and The Full Spectrum. Danny is currently a | Kundiman Fiction Fellow.
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Fong Tran

Poet, Fong Tran Poetry
STORY: I was raised by a single mother in a Vietnamese family of five, fleeing from the aftermath and resettlement of the Vietnam War. I'm a proud product of South Sacramento, however growing up this neighborhood under welfare and food stamps, did not allow me many opportunities to thrive as a young person. I was one of three students from my high school to get accepted and attend UC Berkeley. Therefore, I’ve relentlessly seek to support... Read More →
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Jaq Nguyen Victor

Jaq Nguyen Victor is a filmmaker, stand up comic, playwright, and emerging therapist. Made of equal parts trans-whimsy and queer-wit, they are doing their Vietnamese-best to create original pieces that are playful and politicized. Jaq’s favorite work includes Drugs for Unicorns, Gender Assimilation: A Rebuttal, and Decolonizing is Like Hard. For their role in The Kid Thing at New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), Jaq received a 2015... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Samovar 411 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Home: Narratives of Place and Displacement
Clarion Alley Mural Project artists and writers reflect on their experiences of place and displacement, including being evicted, living on the streets, and exile. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO NOISEBRIDGE BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS!

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Ed Bowers

Ed Bowers is the recipient of the Kathy Acker award for poetry. He's been a writer and journalist for Central City Extra for over a decade. Well known as "The Poet Laureate" of the underground San Francisco poetry scene Ed spends most of his time working and helping with multiple Faithful Fool's projects and also as an employee at St. Boniface. Ed lives in the tenderloin.
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Raymond Castillo

Tenant Organizer, SOMCAN
I work as a tenant organizer at SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network). I provides tenant counselling referrals and conducts workshops in Tagalog and English. | | I am also a member of a Tagalog/English rap group called "KASAMAS" that started in 2004 at the Filipino Community Center. Utilizing music as an extension of our commitment to serving the people.
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Shaghayegh Cyrous

Shaghayegh Cyrous is a multimedia and social practice artist based in San Francisco and Tehran. Her works deal with communication and translation caused by worldwide cultural and political circumstances. Using interactive strategies such as participatory engagement projects, performances, video, installations and video chats to create poetic spaces and opportunity for communication and connections. She is also co-founder and creative director... Read More →
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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, UC Santa Cruz
Erin McElroy directs the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and organizes mutual aid direct actions with Eviction Free San Francisco. As a doctoral student in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, Erin engages decolonial method and queer critique to study the postsocialist dispossession of Roma communities.
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Megan Wilson

Clarion Alley Mural Project
Megan Wilson is a visual artist, writer, and activist based in San Francisco. Known for her large-scale installations, public projects, and street art, she incorporates a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics to address conceptual interests that include home, homelessness, social justice, anti-capitalism, impermanence and generosity. She co-founded the San Francisco based arts website stretcher.org. Her writings have also... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


InsideStorytime MAKEBELIEVE
Fairy tales retouched. Canadian crime capers. Ritualistic Angeleño murders. Sudden windows open. Healing games commence. Moderated by Ransom Stephens (The Sensory Deception).

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny's writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals including Best American Nonrequired Reading and PANK. She teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is working on a memoir and a short story collection.
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Dietrich Kalteis

Author of House of Blazes, Triggerfish, The Deadbeat Club and Ride the Lightning – from Vancouver, BC.
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Carmen Lau

Carmen Lau is the author of The Girl Wakes (Alternating Current, 2016). Her stories have appeared in Wigleaf, Fairy Tale Review, The Collagist, Catapult and other journals. Carmen graduated from UC Davis with an MA in Creative Writing in 2009 and has resided around the world since then. She has been a full-time volunteer for Berkeley’s Tibetan Aid Project and taught English as a foreign language to both children and adults in Shanghai and... Read More →
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Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. His new book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been enthusiastically reviewed. He is also the author of the Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review #2, Overthrowing Capitalism vol. 2 (Revolutionary Poets Brigade), and the new anthology... Read More →
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Maria Nieto

Maria is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, East Bay where she has been involved in underrepresented minority recruitment, teaching, and research for over 27 years. Maria’s research interests and science publications have focused on cancer cell detection and destruction. More recently Maria’s interests have centered on the subject of sex and gender where she has written popular press... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Muddy Waters 521 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Kundiman Presents THE UNSETTLED BODY
Join a stellar lineup of Kundiman fellows, exploring the uncanny through poetry and literature unsettling the formal structures of body and notions of family, lineage, and space.

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Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams... Read More →
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Dan Lau

Dan Lau is a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship, a William Dickey Fellowship, an Archie D. and Bertha Walker Scholarship from the FAWC in Provincetown, and an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He holds degrees from Hunter College of The City University of New York and San Francisco State University. His poem have appeared in Generations, Cape Cod Review, CRATE, Gesture, RHINO, The Collagist.
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Muriel Leung

Muriel Leung is from Queens, NY. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine, inter|rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. She is also a Poetry Co-editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern... Read More →
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Bel Poblador

Bel Poblador is a Los Angeles born writer who lives and creates in San Francisco. She received her Writing MFA from CalArts and is Managing Editor at TAYO Literary Magazine. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean.
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Melissa Sipin

Lecturer, CSUMB
Nicknamed "small but terrible" by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize, and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014). Her work is in Guernica Magazine, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Eleven Eleven Magazine, and PEN American Center, among others. She cofounded and is editor-in-chief of TAYO Literary Magazine, and her... Read More →
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Jane Wong

Jane Wong won the American Poetry Review's Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for her poem “I Put on My Fur Coat.”

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
18 Reasons 3674 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Lit Camp Presents Venom
Spite. Malice. Revenge. Great writing can spew some serious venom. Join us as Lit Camp 2016 attendees read their most vitriolic & poisonous work. www.litcampwriters.org

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Shideh Etaat

Shideh Etaat is a writer and teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. An excerpt from her novel can be found in Tremors, New Fiction by Iranian Americans, and she has published short stories in The Delmarva Review and in Amazon's online journal, Day One. She is a 2011 Breadloaf Work Study Scholar and a 2015 James D. Phelan Award... Read More →
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Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia tends broken hearts, offers spiritual wisdom and challenges readers to get a backbone in “Ask Joey” her advice column now celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Sacramento News & Review. She received a 2014 Pushcart nomination in poetry and has enjoyed poetry fellowships in Paris and Spoleto. Born in Belize, and raised in the East Bay, she is at work on a memoir about using the spiritual traditions of her Mayan, Welsh and African... Read More →
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Scott Hoshida

Oakland-based writer and teacher.
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Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mother in Oakland. Her writing has appeared in The Bold Italic and Mothers Always Write. Her short story, Cosmic Blues, was recently named a finalist in Glimmer Train's 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers.
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Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra is from Baltimore and lives in San Francisco. His work has most recently appeared in Glitterwolf, The Citron Review, Jonathan, Fifth Wednesday, Educe and Fourteen Hills. He is recipient of the Sidney Lanier Prize, the Clark-Gross Award and the Lambda Literary Fellowship. He is editor of queer literary magazine, Foglifter.
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Amanda McTigue

Head Writer., Me. I'm the Company.
Okay, this fall I've got a second novel MONKEY BOTTOM on my desk in edit plus a raft of short stories heading toward a collection, meanwhile staging Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at Sonoma State University. I tell live, true stories onstage at Petaluma's version of “The Moth.” #busyhappyauthor.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Manic D Presents Looking for Virtue: in Memory of Justin Chin
Manic D authors and friends celebrate the works of literary comrade, Justin Chin, with readings from a new Manic D release, "Justin Chin: Selected Works."

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Jennifer Joseph

Jennifer Joseph is the founding publisher/editor at Manic D Press. She wonders where the time goes.
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Daniel LeVesque

Daniel LeVesque is a recovering hairburner who does not participate in the cult of beauty. His work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Punk Globe. He is the author of the novel Hairdresser on Fire and lives in Oakland, California.
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Jon Longhi

Jon Longhi has published four books of hilarious fiction with Manic D, all having to do with the absurdities of life in San Francisco.
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Larry-Bob Roberts

Larry-Bob Roberts is into sparking culture and politics, and creating fusions between the two. He is author of The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D).
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James Tracy

James Tracy is a writer/activist and the author of six books, including "Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe: Explosive New Writing" (Manic D).
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David West

David West was a prolific participant in the San Francisco spoken word scene of the 1980s and 1990s.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harrington Galleries 599 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Military Veterans Turned Authors
Military veterans unleash their creativity through the written word, and share their writing related to war, military life, or simply inspired by their military past.

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Sean Mclain Brown

Currently, I am an active member of Maxine Hong Kingston's Veterans Writing Workshop. "Art," says Maxine Hong Kingston, "is the transformation of feelings and experience into meaning. Writing is a tool for accessing events and memories and giving them meaning ...we have lived with war experiences in our hearts. Now we can put them through the process of art. Now is the time for the healing and the coming home." | | Maxine Hong Kingston and the... Read More →
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Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan is a video game writer on such titles as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as a novelist and screenwriter. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting. | | Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy. He currently lives with his amazing wife and children in... Read More →
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Juan Vaca

Game Designer, Telltale Games
I am a story teller and combat veteran using writing as part of my healing process. Armed with a fading collection of painful memories, it can sometimes be a rough trip down memory lane, but if we don't tell our stories, who will?

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mission Police Station 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Narrative Presents Wicked, Wily, and Wonderful
Narrative authors light up the night with fiction and poetry that promises to be anything but ordinary. Join us for a walk on the wild side.

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Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.
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Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian is an American author, editor, and publisher. She is known for her novels, Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement. She is also co-founder, editor and publisher of Narrative Magazine, an online literary magazine.
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Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the New York Times bestselling author of California, and the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. Her second novel, Woman No. 17, will be published spring 2017. She is a contributing editor to The Millions and the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.
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Dean Rader

Dean Rader’s first book, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and his recent collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Books. He is the editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry and the recipient of the 2015 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America. He writes regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Huffington... Read More →
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Debra Spark

Debra Spark is an American short story writer, essayist, and editor. She teaches at Colby College and at Warren Wilson College.
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Valencia Gardens Community Room 390 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Psychology Writes! Presented by The San Francisco Psychologists Writers Group
Through poetry and prose, listeners will explore Afghanistan, baseball parks, rural Montana, the ancient Maya, and then investigate the psychological sources of the writing spirit.

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Adrienne Amundsen

Adrienne Amundsen writes poetry and nonfiction. Her poetry book "Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan," came out in 2014.
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Jane Goldsmith

I'm a psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco. I'm also a writer, and have written several plays and screenplays, and have published a novel, "Indian Winter," available on Amazon!
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William Vlach

William Vlach’s poetry has been published in the United States and the United Kingdom. Both his playwriting and parody have won writing awards. William has published essays on diverse topics such as police psychology, the history of health care ethics, film noir, and the psychology of genocide. Currently he is completing his second historical novel, The Naked Greek. | He continues his practice of clinical psychology in San Francisco where he... Read More →
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Paul Watsky

Clinical Psychologist/Sole proprietor, Paul Watsky, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Watsky, poetry editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, is co-translator of Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006), the author of several chapbooks, and two full-length collections from Fisher King Press. About his poetry collection, Walk Up Music, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Watsky does the work of 10 poets in this excellent, slim collection."

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fouladi Projects 1803 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Queer Pulp Past & Present
Authors read from contemporary work and past pulp classics that inspired their writing. A look at our queer heritage and connections to our pre-Stonewall past.

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Monica Nolan

Monica Nolan is the author of the Lesbian Career Girl series: Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary; Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher; Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante; and Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady. She was nominated for a Lambda Literary award for her first book, The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories, co-written with Alisa Surkis. Her articles about film and pop culture have appeared in Noir City, Keyframe, Bitch Magazine, Lambda... Read More →

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Katie Gilmartin

Katie Gilmartin’s checkered past includes stints as a buoyant union organizer, bona fide sex researcher, and engaged college professor. She now teaches printmaking classes and runs the Queer Ancestors Project, devoted to forging sturdy relationships between Queer young artists and their ancestors. Her illustrated noir mystery, Blackmail, My Love, is set in San Francisco in the Dark Ages of Queerdom: 1951. Winner of Lambda and Indiefab Gold... Read More →
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Allen Sawyer

Allen Sawyer is the founder of the Hot Pants Homo Players and the author of the plays Hot Pants Homo, Senator Swish and Lavender Lockeroom
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KM Soehnlein

K.M. Soehnlein is the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys, You Can Say You Knew Me When, and Robin and Ruby. He’s been honored with the Lambda Literary Award and the Henfield Prize. His personal essays have appeared in the anthologies Love, Castro Street; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; Who’s Yer Daddy: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners; and Bookmark Now: Writers in Unreaderly Times. He teaches in the MFA in... Read More →
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Mary Wings

I wrote detective novels for a number of years, and even more fun was writing comic books. I love pulp of all kinds and I'm going to reading something by Rebecca Brown.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


In celebration of the release of the anthology Rad Families, we'll share stories about the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, and the myriad ways we create families.

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letterpress printer, Ker-bloom!
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Joe Loya

Joe Loya Jr. is an American writer and former convicted bank robber. He grew up in Los Angeles, and from 1985 was robbing banks in Southern California until he began a seven-year prison sentence in Lompoc Federal Penitentiary. While in prison he was placed in solitary confinement for violent behavior. During this time he developed a friendship with the author Richard Rodriguez. After his release in 1996 he wrote about prison life for the... Read More →
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Roger Porter

Roger Porter is an East Oakland writer and educator whose first book, The Souls of Hood Folk, is available at lulu.com. He has an MFA in creative writing from Mills College, and blogs at ghettosun.com.
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Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith edits Greater Good Magazine and is the author or co-editor of four books, including The Daddy Shift, Rad Dad, and Are We Born Racist? His coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, most recently the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting, the National Award for Education Reporting, and the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association.
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Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor is the author of "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm." He is a spoken-word performer and writer who focuses on gender, cultural identity, folklore, ancestry, and ritual

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Paxton Gate Kids 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


San Francisco Chronicle: Little Man, Empty Chair
Chronicle critics read some of the media organization's most scathing reviews, and talk about the thought that goes into writing raves or pans for our readers.

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Benny Evangelista

Benny Evangelista is a technology reporter for the business desk, primarily covering social networking. He’s covered Silicon Valley tech companies since the mid-1990s, getting a front-row seat for numerous digital revolutions, from Napster to the iPad, from AOL to Facebook, from DVDs to online video streaming. 
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Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub reviews movies and video games, writes feature profiles and covers local entertainment. One of the first bloggers at The Chronicle, he co-founded the parenting blog The Poop and the local culture blog The Big Event.
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Lily Janiak

Lily Janiak joined the San Francisco Chronicle as theater critic in May 2016. Previously, her writing appeared in Theatre Bay Area, American Theatre, SF Weekly, the Village Voice and HowlRound. She holds a BA in theater studies from Yale and an MA in drama from San Francisco State.
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John King

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, a beat that covers architecture, planning and related issues in the Bay Area — from the design of major towers to the cultural impact of rooftop plaza. This year, he’s also focused on the region’s need to prepare for sea level rise. 
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Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1985. He is the author of two books on pre-censorship Hollywood, "Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood" and "Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man." He was a panelist at the Berlin Film Festival and has served as a panelist for eight of the last ten years at the Venice Film Festival.
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Esther Mobley

Esther Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 as its wine, beer and spirits writer. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and before that an intern for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Esther has worked two harvest seasons, at Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley and Bodega Rolland in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as in wine retail and fine dining in her hometown of Boston. 

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Santa Monica Review: Still Crazy After All These Years!
Santa Monica Review contributors join the magazine's editor in wry, funny, ironic, self-congratulatory yet somehow sincere readings celebrating nearly 30 years of literary provocation.

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Louis B Jones

Louis B. Jones is the author of five novels – "Ordinary Money," "Particles and Luck," and "California’s Over," all three named as New York Times Notable Books of their respective years; and most recently, "Radiance" and "Innocence." He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. For a while, he was a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. He has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges... Read More →
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Janice Shapiro

Janice Shapiro is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press). Her stories and comics have been published in Catapult, The North American Review, 52 Stories, The Santa Monica Review, Everyday Genius, Real Pants and other places. She lives in Berkeley, California. |
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Andrew Tonkovich

Editor/Propaganda Minister, Santa Monica Review
Longtime editor of excellent West Coast literary magazine founded by my mentor Jim Krusoe, novelist and short story writer, and creative writing instructor. SMR is a project of Santa Monica College, part of its commitment to literacy, community and the literary arts. Recent contributors to the magazine include Stanley Crawford (one of my all-time favorite writers) as well as Janice Shapiro, Michelle Latiolais, Diane Lefer, Gary Amdahl, Gary... Read More →
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Olga Zilberbourg

I'm a bilingual author who grew up in Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen. My English-language writing is forthcoming from World Literature Today, California Prose Directory, and Feminist Studies; work currently out in Santa Monica Review, Narrative Magazine, Epiphany, and others. I cohost the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Holy Mountain 680 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


She Writes: Community, Press, and Platform for Women’s Voices
She Writes Press is a local Bay Area independent publisher of women’s voices. In this action-packed hour, SWP brings together seven local authors to give a sampling of their diverse works.

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Carole Bumpus

Carole Bumpus, Author
My historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, 2014, and my newest book, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, 2015, have won both national and international awards. My blog, Savoring the Olde Ways, is being rewritten into an upcoming series of food/travel books. www.carolebumpus.com
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Jennifer Dwight

Jennifer Dwight's newest book, The Tolling of Mercedes Bell, is a suspense novel, literary fiction, and a legal/ psychological thriller. A finalist in the 2016 Indie Next Generation Book Awards in both the Suspense and Thriller categories, it has been heralded by Suspense Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and numerous on-line venues such as Bustle, Brit + Co., Buzzfeed, and The Reading... Read More →
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Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a a novelist and memoirist who writes intimate stories of love and loss, the depths of friendship and the bonds of family. Her debut novel, Fire & Water was published by She Writes Press in 2013. Her upcoming publication, Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family will arrive in May 2017. Betsy lives in Marin County with her husband in their recently empty nest, with their salt-and-pepper doodle, Edgar as... Read More →
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Rita Gardner

Rita M. Gardner grew up as an expatriate in the Dominican Republic during a repressive dictatorship. Her memoir of that experience, The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean, has won two national awards. She is a contributor to The Magic of Memoir, a collection of inspirational stories for memoir writers (coming in fall 2016 from She Writes Press.) She is a member of Wanderland Writers, and will also be featured in a... Read More →
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Jessica Levine

Jessica Levine is the author of the novel The Geometry of Love (She Writes Press, 2014), a Top 10 Women's Fiction Title in the American Library Association's Booklist (2015), which called it an "outstanding first novel." She is also the author of Delicate Pursuit: Discretion in Henry James and Edith Wharton (Routledge, 2002). She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former Mellon Fellow. As a... Read More →
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Claudia Six

Claudia Six has an M.A. in counseling psychology, a Ph.D. in clinical sexology, and twenty-five years of experience as a clinical sexologist and relationship coach in private practice near San Francisco. In Erotic Integrity: How to be True to Yourself Sexually, Dr. Claudia Six leads readers through ten sexual themes applicable to individuals and couples of all ages and sexual orientations.
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Donna Stoneham

Dr. Donna Stoneham is a Northern California transplant with deep Texas roots. For the past twenty-five years, she’s worked as an executive coach, transformational leadership consultant, and educator, helping hundreds of Fortune 1000 and not-for-profit leaders, teams, and organizations, including Gilead Science, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, The American Medical Association, and UC Berkeley, “unleash their power to thrive™&rdquo... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Skunkfunk 302 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


The Nocturnists
A group of physician-writers share musings on their lives in medicine. Learn more at www.thenocturnists.com.

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Louise Aronson

Twitter @LouiseAronson
Louise Aronson is a geriatrician, writer, educator, and the author of the PEN/Bingham finalist, A History of the Present Illness. Her essays and stories can be found in literary journals, newspapers, and medical journals, including the New York Times, Narrative Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. To sneak reading and writing into her medical career, she often teaches narrative and advocacy writing to doctors, nurses, patients and... Read More →
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Krishna Chaganti

Krishna Chaganti has been on the rheumatology faculty at UCSF since 2008. She is humbled and amazed by the patients she gets to take care of everyday. She also loves spending time reading bedtime stories with her kids and playing family charades.
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Jessica Tekla Les

Jessica Les is a family medicine doctor and writer in Santa Rosa who gave breast cancer a run for its money at age 28 and 33. Every day she is in awe of the expansiveness of the human story. She's interested in how we as physicians get glimpses at 15-20 minute intervals while caring for patients. And how we as patients are witnessed by health professionals in these same snippets of time.
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Audrey Shafer, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesia, Director of the Program in Arts, Humanities and Medicine, Stanford University
Audrey Shafer, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine / Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System; Director, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics; co-director, Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration; and co-founder of Pegasus Physician Writers. Her courses include Creative Writing for Medical Students and... Read More →
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David Watts, MD

David Watts, voted one of Americas Top Physicians, is also an award winning poet/writer, an NPR Commentator, a celebrated television producer, a classically trained musician, and a teacher.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Paxton Gate 824 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Timeless Infinite Light: Public Trauma, Private Trauma
These authors perceive trauma from different angles, but share a commitment to exploring the connections between personal trauma and broader political concerns through innovative language.

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Amy Berkowitz

I'm the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015) and the editor of Mondo Bummer Books. I helped organize Sick Fest. I'm still writing about sick women, rape culture, and related activism, and I recently made a zine called Mad About Mad About You, which uses the '90s sitcom as a jumping-off point to talk about stigmas around mental illness. I was once a writer in residence at Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery and I love independent... Read More →
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Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist working sometimes with the visual, sometimes with movement, sometimes with language, sometimes all three at once. They’ve taught movement and filmmaking to children and adults alike, and their work has been exhibited and performed in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Written work has been published in a chapbook, PDF, by Solar Luxuriance; appeared in Esferas, the journal of the department of Spanish and... Read More →
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Janice Sapigao

Biography: | Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. Her first book, microchips for millions, critiques the Silicon Valley and its exploitation of immigrant women workers (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. 2016). Her second book, like a solid to a shadow, about fatherlessness, grieving, and family lineages is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light. She is the author of the chapbook toxic city (tinder tender... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Faye's Video and Espresso Bar 3614 18th St., San Francisco


Witches and Prose: A Reading by the Bruja Collective
In an evening celebrating the voices of early-career women of color writers, the Brujas will read spellbinding stories from their memoirs, novels, and works in-progress.

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Amber Butts

Amber Butts is a writer, educator and housing rights organizer from Oakland, CA. She is the co-author of “The Story of La Niña: A Chronicle of Today’s Professional Womyn”. She is currently at work on an afro-futurist novel focused on themes of intergenerational trauma, healing and imagination. Amber’s writing challenges multiple systems of oppression through the use of queer and womanist frameworks. She works to highlight... Read More →
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Angie Chau

Angie Chau is the author of Quiet As They Come, a book described by Publisher's Weekly in a starred review as "serenely stirring stories" in which, "characters radiate dignity and depth, seek freedom but find crushing loneliness." She has received awards and support from Hedgebrook, the Anderson Center, and the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. She is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto and is currently at work on a novel set in Vietnam... Read More →
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the 2014 recipient of the Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award in Nonfiction from the San Francisco Foundation. She has received awards and support from Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Djerassi Artist Residency, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her grandfather, a medicine man from Colombia who it... Read More →
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Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Nancy Jooyoun Kim’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature’s Okey-Panky, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, The Offing, Apogee Journal’s Perigee, The Butter, Prairie Schooner blog, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, CA where she's working on a novel and personal essays.
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Tanya Rey

Tanya Rey's writing has appeared in Granta, The Chattahoochee Review, The Morning News, Roads & Kingdoms, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney’s, Catapult and Trop. She holds an MFA degree in fiction from New York University and has received fellowships from the San Francisco Writers Grotto, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, UCross Foundation and Blue Mountain Center. She has... Read More →
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Melissa Valentine

Melissa Valentine is a writer and editor from Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Jezebel, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is currently completing her memoir, a story about the aftermath and cost of black inter-community violence.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


ZYZZYVA's Fall All-Stars
ZYZZYVA celebrates the release of its Fall issue with a reading featuring its past and current contributors. Emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.

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Oscar Villalon

Oscar Villalon is managing editor of the San Francisco literary journal ZYZZYVA. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his family in the Mission District.

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Earle McCartney

Earle McCartney is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded the Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. His stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Common, Meridian, Big Fiction, and elsewhere. He was awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award by the San Francisco Foundation in 2013.
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Caille Millner

Caille Millner is the author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification, which won the Barnes & Noble Emerging Writers Award. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Best American Short Stories 2016. She is an editorial writer and columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace is a math tutor who writes science fiction and occasionally literary fiction. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, ZYZZYVA, F&SF and Clarkesworld. She has won a Pushcart Prize, a Deming Award and fellowships from I-Park and The MacDowell Colony.
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Octavio Solis

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director whose works Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro,Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, andLa Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California... Read More →
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Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War. Unferth was a finalist for a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Saturday October 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dolores Park Cafe 501 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


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

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Greta Christina

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

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

Father, Black, Queer, Pervert.
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Daphne Gottlieb

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Rotimi Agbabiaka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Cara Belladonna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

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

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


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

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Christine Chung

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Hope Casareno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Jay Ruben Dayrit

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

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

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

Caroline Kim

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

Grace Prasad

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

Marianne Villanueva

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

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


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

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


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

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Euphemia Ainsworth

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

Peter Delacorte

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

Ateret Haselkorn

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

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

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

Jennifer Ng

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

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

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

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


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

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Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique

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

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Courtney Moreno

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

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

Maryam Rostami

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

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


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

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Kate Allure

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

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

Elisabeth Barrett

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chiwan Choi

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

Hollie Hardy

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

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

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

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


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

avatar for Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

Malcolm Shabazz Hoover

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

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

D. Scot Miller

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

Mark Sabb

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

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

Michael Warr

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

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


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

avatar for Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan

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

Sara Marinelli

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

Elizabeth Montoya

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

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

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


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

avatar for Daniel Berna-Hicks

Daniel Berna-Hicks

(Possession - Punchline)
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Keith D'souza

(Drunk in Public - SF Sketchfest)
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Luke Lockfield

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

Dan Mires

(Citizens Arrest - Cobbs)
avatar for Leslie Smalls

Leslie Smalls

(Stolen Property - SF Sketchfest)

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


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

avatar for Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz

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

avatar for Doug Dohrer

Doug Dohrer

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

Curtis L. Estes

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chris Cole

Disembodied Poetics
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Maya Dorn

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

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

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

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


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

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S S Mausoof

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

Fyza Parviz

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

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

Lutfus Sayeed

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

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

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


Ithuriel's Spear Press: SF Mystery/Noir Hour

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

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

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John Goins

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Teddy Hose

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

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

Christine Villanueva

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

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


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

avatar for Sarah E. Kornfeld

Sarah E. Kornfeld

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

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

Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts
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September Williams

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

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


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

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Natasha Dennerstein

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

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

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

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


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

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Robin Bullard

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

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

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Kitty Costello

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Aiden Arata

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Liz Carlisle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Jenny Alton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Katherine Ellison

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

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

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

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

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


The Coop’s Literary Relay Race!

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


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Galadrielle Allman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Sativa January

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Janet Dawson

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Faith Adiele

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Kelsey Ahlmark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Vicki DeArmon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.  

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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