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Saturday, October 20


Lit Crawl Book Fair
Co-presented by Small Press Distribution

Join local presses, businesses, and literary magazines for the first-ever Lit Crawl Book Fair, in the heart of the Mission District just preceding the world-famous Lit Crawl! Featured exhibitors include McSweeney's, Stanford University Press, Write On Mamas, ZYZZYVA, Santa Monica Review, Cinco Puntos Press, and many more. Browse the tables, bid on raffle prizes, grab food and drink from the Chapel's newly reopened Curio Restaurant, and brace yourself for the evening Lit Crawl madness! FREE

Saturday October 20, 2018 12:30pm - 4:00pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Aural Intercourse: Performances by Men's A Capella Group CHORUM and Marin Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust
What happens when poetry hooks up with music? Find out at this unique event featuring musical adaptions of work of poems by Robert Burns, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, and others performed by the men’s a Capella group CHORUM and read by Marin Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust.

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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (Tenor) has performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir and was invited by San Francisco State to participate in their production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in 2005.
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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s book of poetry Paradise Drive won the Press 53 Award and was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. She is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change.
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Christophe Hery

Christophe Hery (Tenor) began singing in an a cappella group at age 8 as a soprano soloist for Les Petits Chanteurs de Sainte Jeanne d’Arc, a prestigious french choir that dates from 1954.
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Nic Meredith

Nic Meredith ((Tenor) Nic was Head Quirister for the Winchester College Chapel choir and also sang at Winchester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and on BBC TV.
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Richard Perlstein

Richard Perlstein co-founded M.I.T.’s original co-ed a cappella group the Chorallaries  and has sung with Off at Five in Boston, the Men’s Octet at U.C. Berkeley, the Baytones  and Just Voices, and Musaic in Marin.
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Chris Pilcher

Chris Pilcher (Bass) began singing with the Harvard Krokodiloes and earned pocket change as a medical student singing doo–wop in bars with Burlington VT favorites the Spinouts.
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Tim Silva

Tim Silva (tenor) direct Chorum and works with Volti, Gaude, and the Throckmorton Theatre Chorus and as a guest artist with the California Bach Society

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
People's Barber & Shop 321 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Bay Area Generations: And The Beat Goes On
Lit Crawl 2018 presents Bay Area Generations And The Beat Goes On:
Genny Lim + Mo Sati
Nahid Fattahi + Andrew Dugas
Tongo Eisen Martin + Chris Peck "Loan"

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Andrew Dugas

Work by Andrew O. Dugas has appeared in Unlikely Stories, 100WordStory, LITnIMAGE, and elsewhere. His novel Sleepwalking in Paradise was published in 2014 by Numina Press.
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Tongo Eisen-Martin

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

Nahid Fattahi is an Afghan-American human rights activist, writer, and published poet. Her day job is as a Marketing Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, and she moonlights as a clinical/counseling psychology graduate student at Santa Clara University.  
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Genny Lim

Genny (Genevieve) Lim is an American poet, playwright, and performer. She served as the Chair of Community Arts and Education Committee, and as Chair of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Writers Corps.[1] She has performed with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, Jong Jang in San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Houston and Chicago... Read More →
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Chris Peck

“I am a Town Crier, so I engage with the public by making albums, performing indoors and out, teaching guitar, putting my heart down in written form and, lastly — most important — being there to observe when something’s happening!”

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Harrington Galleries Furniture Store 599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


BAYS: Sex, Yoga, and Chemo
A San Francisco yoga teacher, a Bolinas attorney and a travel and wine enthusiast and others read for Bay Area Young Survivors, an action group for young women with breast cancer

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Kate Holcombe

Kate Holcombe feels lucky every day for her loving husband and their four wonderful children. She feels doubly lucky to do meaningful work she cares about deeply: empowering individuals in their own health, healing, and personal development through Yoga, regardless of background... Read More →
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Mary Ladd

SF Writers’ Grotto member and writer for: California Magazine, Playboy, Time Magazine/Extra Crispy, SF Weekly, etc. I love walking my adorable rescue dog around the Mission District.
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Missy Moppins

Missy is a Midwestern transplant, a professional friend, and wine enthusiast who loves to travel. She dreams of having a family of 4, composed of a man who can keep up with her quietly quirky cancer kicking badassery and 2 chocolate labs.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Artillery AG 2751 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Bazaar Writers Salon
For six years Bazaar Writers Salon has featured many of the very best Bay Area writers in a warm and intimate setting in the Richmond District. 

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Aamina Ahmad

Aamina Ahmad grew up in London. She completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction appears in the Normal School, the Missouri Review, and the anthology And the World Changed. She was a 2015–2017 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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Tracey Knapp

Tracey Knapp's first full-length collection of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2015. Tracey has received awards and scholarships from La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg... Read More →
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D. Scot Miller

Founder, Afrosurrealism
Columnist-In-Residence @SFMOMA @Open_Space, author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto, poet, curator, teacher. Inquiries: DScotMiller@gmail.com
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Lila Savage

Lila Savage is originally from Minneapolis. Prior to writing fiction, she spent nearly a decade working as a caregiver. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship and graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2018. Her first... Read More →
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Shimon Tanaka

Shimon Tanaka has received fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow from 2005-2007. His stories have appeared and/or are forthcoming in Best New American Voices, The Missouri Review... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Blondies' Bar 540 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Berkeley Poetry Slam
Come hear some of the top poets from the Berkeley Poetry Slam, the longest running poetry slam on the West Coast.

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Zach Goldberg

Zach Goldberg is a slam poet.
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Kay Nilsson

Kay Nilsson is a poet performer. He has featured at several events including Queer Rebels Performance Festival, KQED’s Literary Hour with LitCrawl, and ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latino Spoken Word and Poetry Festival.
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Jenna Robinson

As the descendent of back-porch storytellers, Jenna Robinson is a poet and musician whose writing explores the intersections of intergenerational trauma and identity. She is a competitive member of the national slam community, holding two Hawaii Slam grand slam titles and placing... Read More →
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Jaz Sufi

Slammaster, Berkeley Poetry Slam
Jaz Sufi is a Kundiman fellow, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the slammaster of the Berkeley Slam, the longest running poetry event on the West Coast. She was a featured poet at the 2011 USF Creative Justice Art Show and has featured at venues across the country, from the Scottish... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Double Dutch 3192 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Celebrating Twenty Years of VONA/ Voices: Twenty Years of Amplifying Voices of Color
Founded by and for writers of color as a revolution, The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) is the only national, multi-genre writing workshop for writers of color. Over its twenty years, VONA has nurtured 2,400 writers from around the globe, who have published 400 books, established presses and anthologies, and won awards, changing the literary landscape.

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Tara Dorabji

Tara Dorabji is a writer, mother, and radio journalist at KPFA. Her work is published in Huizache, Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, and Mutha Magazine, among others.
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Duane Horton

Duane Horton is an MFA student in prose at Mills College and received his undergraduate degree at Allegheny College in English and Women Studies. He keeps Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, and Tananarive Due close to his pen as he writes.
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Dickson Lam

Dickson Lam is the author of Paper Sons: A Memoir, winner of the 2017 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize. Lam’s work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore is the author of the novella, "Our Small Faces." She is a Kimbilio Fellow, VONA alum, and has recently published in The Nervous Breakdown. She lives in the Central Valley and works as an English Professor
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Melissa R. Sipin

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. Her work is in Salon, Slice Magazine, Bitch Media, Prairie Schooner, and Guernica Magazine, among others. She is hard at work on a novel on her grandmother's capture in WWII Philippines

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Cocoa Fly: Let Her Tell It
CocoaFly.com is back celebrating Black women's voices with Let Her Tell It. This exciting and diverse group of writers are going to tell it like it is, about being Black women in today's society.

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Jeneé Darden

Founder, Cocoa Fly
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, mental health advocate, and proud Oakland native. She is the author of When a Purple Rose Blooms, a collection of essays and poetry about her experience as a Black woman. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, the Los... Read More →
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Natalie Devora

Natalie Devora is a writer and Albinism advocate, and author of the memoir Black Girl White Skin: A Life In Stories.
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Lyndsey Ellis

Lyndsey Ellis is a fiction writer, essayist and editor who's passionate about exploring intergenerational struggles and resiliency in the Midwest. She's a 2018 recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and 2016 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry... Read More →
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Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American mental health advocate, writer, and SF Bay Area poet. In summer of 2019, her book with co-editor Liz Green, We’ve Been Too Patient will be released from North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. We’ve Been Too Patient... Read More →
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Yodassa Williams

Yodassa, a writer and award winning performing storyteller, creates from her intense life experiences and wild imagination. She is an alumnae of VONA's travel workshop and recently launched a wilderness writing retreat for women of color. Her debut YA fantasy, The Goddess Twins, will... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN): She Who Has No Master(s)
DVAN-sponsored She Who Has No Master(s) is a collective of writers elucidating the Vietnamese feminine, as touched by war, history, heritage, mythology, and personal experience.

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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... Read More →
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Mai Do

Đỗ Nguyên Mai is a Vietnamese American poet, scholar, and advocate for Vietnamese America’s future. Mai is the founding executive editor of Rambutan Literary, the Editor-in-Chief of The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer, and the Political Fellow for Courage Campaign. She was... Read More →
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Susan Lieu

Writer & Performer, Nasus Media
Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American playwright, solo performer and activist whose parents are Vietnamese refugee nail salon workers. “140 LBS” is a one-woman show on Body, Beauty + Death. It is the unfortunate true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and... Read More →
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Thao P. Nguyen

Thao is a solo performer, writer, and producer. They make art about whatever pisses them off — racism, sexual violence, white power, hetero/cis-sexism, and people who don't say "please" and "thank you." thaosolo.com
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Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen

Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is a poet, community artist, activist and educator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California where she was awarded the Mary Merrit Henry Prize in Poetry and the Ardella Mills Literary Composition Prize in Creative Non-Ficti... Read More →
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Julie Thi Underhill

Julie Thi Underhill is a Bay Area filmmaker, photographer, poet, essayist, and performer with fine art, documentary, experimental, & historical work.


Dirty Old Women: Erotica By Older Women
Older, wiser and experienced women share juicy, kinky and outrageous stories and poems of their exploits and explorations in the sensual realm.

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Stella Fosse

Stella Fosse is a celebrant of ripe sex, with a story in the recently published Dirty Old Women anthology. Next?  A how-to book for mature women starting erotic writing groups.  
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Susan Kuchinskas

Susan writes erotica under the pen name Lynx Canon. She's the founder and host of the quarterly erotica reading series Dirty Old Women, held at Oakland's Octopus Literary Salon, and editor of the eponymous anthology. She wrote the science fiction/detective novel Chimera Catalyst, and her literary and genre stories have appeared in anthologies, journals and zines... Read More →
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Rose K. Mark

Rose K. Mark is a sensualist. Her poems and stories share the sensual allure and pleasure of everyday objects and interactions. Her book, Tasting Life, holds a collection of stories and poems about her favorite subject, FOOD.  Her poems have been featured in a number of anthologies... Read More →
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Chris Orr

I am a founding member of the Elderotica writing group in the East Bay. My specialty is short fiction with humor and hotness. I also publish more conventional "around town" pieces from time to time in Oakland Magazine. Back in the 70s I had a blast publishing Plexus newspaper, created... Read More →
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Frances Spector

Frances Spector, born in the Fifties firmly wrapped in a red diaper, is a healer,  dancer, drummer, musician and adventurer . She is spending her retirement spinning tales real and imagined, having great sex, and exploring her own gender.
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Cheral Stewart

Cheral Stewart believes that age does not limit joy but allows us time to expand it. In her fifties, she began adventuring into the world of kink and playful sexuality. Dedicated to ongoing sexual/kink exploration, she enjoys writing short stories of sexual encounters, some true... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Good Vibrations Valencia 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Foglifter Press: Queer, Sweet Home
Co-presented by Lambda Literary

How do queer writers negotiate their feelings of home when their nation has further precluded them a sense of comfort? Foglifter Press, publisher of San Francisco's only queer literary journal, invites a handful of writers to explore how they claim their homestead, and what they claim it as in these times.

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Indira Allegra

Indira Allegra has been honored with the Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship and Windgate Craft Fellowship. Her commissions include works for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival... Read More →
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Vianney Casas

Vianney Casas was born in San Diego but raised in Tijuana. Before moving to San Francisco in 2013, she crossed the border every day for 6 years to go to school. She has been featured in Canto, Cipatli, Bossy, Chevere, Gentromancer, and Yerba Mala. Her work is a surrealist testimony... Read More →
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Vernon Keeve III

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

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life.  He is a Cave Canem fellow and was the recipient of an individual artist's grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011.  Author... Read More →
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Daniel 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... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Public Works (loft) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Friends of South Asia (FOSA)
Border crossing can be stressful and sometimes dangerous. Here we present stories of crossing borders by land, sea and air, mostly legally but sometimes illegally. 

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Tami Carter

PM, Cloud & Enterprise, Informa
Lapsed poet. Traveler. Southern Expat. Lover of bourbon.
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Kashif Maqsood

Unrealized humanist. Frequently found contemplating, discussing and selling the humanist agenda through familiar tales of overcoming challenge. In a time of talking over each other without the willingness to understand another voice. I specifically want to gear the conversations... Read More →
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S. S. Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof is a Pakistani-American writer and filmmaker. Mausoof's feature narrativeKala PulThe Black Bridge (2006), a noir thriller shot in Karachi by Markus Huersch, was short listed at the Singapore Media Development Authority’s Asian Festival of First Films, and... Read More →
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Fyza Parviz

Writer and software engineer.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
18 Reasons 3674 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Ghost Tour: Memories From Dolores Park
Ghost Tour Is a large-scale public art project created by artist, Elina Ansary. The idea is to reclaim spaces for the people whose history took place there: small monuments commemorating collective memory will be installed in several parks across the city, linked together by a zine filled with those memories. 
"Memories from Dolores Park" will launch volume 1 of the zine with readings by some of the San Franciscans who submitted memories.  

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Tamim Ansary

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

Elina Ansary is a visual artist and writer. Her project, "Ghost Tour: San Francisco" is a multimedia attempt to chart the collective memory of San Francisco in the face of gentrification and transformation. "Memories of Dolores Park" is the inaugural piece of this project, the first... Read More →
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Maya Castleman

Maya Castleman is a musician, poet, and proud San Franciscan. You can check out her music at www.mayacastleman.com
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Liam Passmore

PR Guy, foodie, tennis player and part time flaneur whose philosopher king is Popeye the Sailorman
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Liliana Silva

Liliana Silva is a freelance writer from San Francisco, California. When she’s not devouring historical fiction novels, you can find her road-tripping on the California coast and questing for the World’s Greatest Breakfast Burrito. Follow along with her adventures on instagram... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dolores Park Cafe 501 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Jokes Review: Fiction and Poetry Reading for the Street Art Crowd
Jokes Review authors read humorous literature for connoisseurs of street art, urban legends, rants, and manifestos.

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Peter Clarke

Managing Editor, Jokes Review
Author of the novel Politicians Are Superheroes.
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Kyle Flak

Kyle Flak does stuff for the "POETS NOT TALKING ABOUT POETRY" thing at Maudlin House. His newest book is: I AM SORRY FOR EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE (Gold Wake Press).
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Leigh Lucas

creative writer, promiscuous reader
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Eric Orosco

Eric Orosco is a queer, Sacramento based poet whose writing has appeared in American River Review, Jokes Review, Calliope, and Fearsome Critters. He’s the co-founder/co-editor of Levee Magazine (leveemag.com). When he’s not stressing about paying back student loans, he can be found watering his peace lilies and eating carbs... Read More →
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Audra Puchalski

Audra Puchalski lives and dabbles in esoteric fiber arts in Oakland, California. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan.
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Jeffrey Zable

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies. More recent writing in Serving House... Read More →


Joyland Magazine: The West
Joyland Magazine is one of the nation's leading journals for boundary-pushing short fiction. Though its main operations are based in New York, Joyland is uniquely distributed across North American cities, with local editors assigned to each region. Joyland West strives to publish fiction representing diverse styles, cultural experiences, and interpretations of California and the American West, providing a platform for both emerging and established writers. This event will showcase a selection of writers whose work has been published in Joyland West over the past two years.

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Wesley Cohen

Wesley Cohen is a writer and editor living in Davis, California. Her fiction has been featured by Quiet Lightning, Potluck Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, Here Comes Everyone, and others. She was a 2017 Writing By Writers Newberry Fellow, and serves as prose editor of Foglifter... Read More →
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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of Chimerica (WTAW Press, 2019) and Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Still House Press), winner of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.  Her essays and criticism have appeared in the SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Slate, Catapult... Read More →
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Jasper Henderson

Jasper is a writer and teacher from the Mendocino Coast. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, Juked, 7×7, Lunch Ticket, Permasummer, Your Impossible Voice, and an anthology of California writing, Golden State 2017. As a poet-teacher, he works with over four hundred... Read More →
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Tom Pyun

Tom Pyun is a writer based in Los Angeles. He was a fellow with Tin House, Vermont Studio Center, Gemini Ink, and VONA/Voices. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, Eleven Eleven, Blue Mesa Review, and Reed magazine, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the... Read More →
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Aaron Sunshine

Aaron Sunshine is from San Francisco. His first published story appeared in Joyland in 2018. He also paints and sews.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Craftsman and Wolves 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


KALW Presents: Live at The Chapel
KALW returns to the Lit Crawl once again with an evening of live storytelling from Bay Area radio journalists, writers and entertainers.  

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David Boyer

David Boyer is a writer and radio producer. His audio series, THE INTERSECTION, looks at our changing cities through the lens of different street intersections. Boyer's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Might and Salon, and he's published two oral histories Kings & Queens... Read More →
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Alicia Kester

Alicia Kester is an award-winning writer and filmmaker based in the Bay Area. Raised between Los Angeles and Lagos, Nigeria, Kester tells stories that reflect her experiences as a mixed-race, queer, 2nd generation, Woman-of-Color, and reflect the realities of her neighbors, family... Read More →
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Liz Mak

Liz Mak is a writer and multimedia producer who makes radio stories at the WNYC public radio show and podcast Snap Judgment.  Mak has reported for KQED and KALW in San Francisco, and her pieces have taken her from Beijing to the remote Anambas Islands to the protests at Standi... Read More →
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Maria Jose Montijo

Maria Jose Montijo is a musician whose life changed in 2009, on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, when a friend gave her a used Celtic harp. Since then she has been composing música esotérica tropical inspired by her love for the Caribbean, her traditional medicine practice, our... Read More →
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Desert of the Real

Instrumental trio fusing progressive rock, metal, and jazz.
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Don Reed

Don Reed is a multi-hyphenate, comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, solo performer and a comedic molotov-cocktail of storytelling, characters, sound-fx, impersonations and improvisation. Reed has shared a number of hilarious and heartbreaking stories on NPR/WNYC's hit broadcast... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Kearny Street Workshop
Featuring alumni from Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. Kearny Street Workshop and Asian Art Museum's yearly multi-genre master class for writers of color.

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Nefertiti Asanti

Nefertiti Asanti is a poet, cultural worker & facilitator from the Bronx. Nefertiti is a fellow of The Watering Hole (2016, 2017) & EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute (2015) & an alum of Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab (2017). Currently, Nefertiti is a poetry... Read More →
avatar for Jade Cho

Jade Cho

Jade Cho is a writer, educator, and granddaughter of Toisanese immigrants. She is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts (First Word Press, 2016), a founding member of Ghostlines Collective, and an organizer of The Root Slam, a bimonthly open mic & slam venue in Oakland.
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Adrienne Chung

Adrienne Chung is a nonfiction writer. She lives in the Sunset district of San Francisco with her dog Bjärk.
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Steve Fujimura

Steve Fujimura is a poet based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has participated in programs with The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Hweilan International Artists Workshop in Taiwan, and Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture festival. His work can be found in New American... Read More →
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Michal "MJ" Jones

Michal "MJ" Jones is a Black, queer, trans writer and activist in Oakland, CA. Focusing on memoir, fiction, and essay, their work has been featured on Everyday Feminism, The Body Is Not An Apology, and Black Girl Dangerous.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


KQED: Survival of the Queerest
Resistance is fragile when all your friends are depressed by the state of the union. Queer writers speak on staying strong during resistance fatigue. Hosted by and with a performance from Baruch Porras-Hernandez.

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Luna Malbroux

Luna Malbroux is a comic, writer, one of KQED's Women to Watch, creator of the award winning play, "How to Be A White Man", and the creator of the EquiTable, a downloadable app that won Comedy Hackathon at SF SketchFest and made international headlines for satirically solving the wage gap and providing ‘reparations, one meal at a time... Read More →
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Luna Merbruja

Luna Merbruja is a Mexican-Athabaskan writer, artist, healer, and community organizer. She’s the author of Trauma Queen and the forthcoming poetry book Heal Your Love. She has written about gender, sexuality, healing, and feminism for Autostraddle and Everyday Feminism, and is published in the anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic... Read More →
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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is the author of two chapbooks from Sibling Rivalry Press. He is a two time winner of Literary Death Match, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and Playwriting, has been part of the legendary Sister Spit Tour with Radar Productions, and regularly hosts shows... Read More →
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Anand Vedawala

Anand Vedawala is the executive director of San Francisco Zine Fest and the author of several zines, including Hair, which was recently nominated for a Broken Pencil Zine Award. His self-published book, 100 Years from Now Our Bones Will Be Different, with co-author and illustrator Lawren... Read More →
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Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams is a stand-up comedian, a semi-finalist in the 2016 Sacramento Comedy Festival and has performed at the San Francisco Punchline, Cobb's Comedy Club, all over New York, Denver and several other locations with a stage and a microphone. He's funny as hell.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Public Works (main room) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Naked Bulb Press began as an open-mic in a little, Fruitvale backyard.  Naked Bulb is an inclusive, friendly, open space for all voices, but especially for those who are not being heard.  Naked Bulb Press is rolling out her fifth publication this month with poet, Kelly Landmine - Weak Hearts and Big Egos. Other authors include Andrew J. Thomas and Elynn Alexander. Naked Bulb Press is happy to include poets from the Fruitvale community and long time supporters of the Naked Bulb open-mic. 

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Abe Becker

Abe Becker was recently published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, After Happy Hour Review, Cog Magazine, and other publications. He is the 2018 Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, a Grand Slam Champion of Cal Slam (at UC Berkeley), a CUPSI finalist as both poet and... Read More →
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Missy Church

Missy Church, a Bay Area resident since 1996, writes poetry and and memoir. She has appeared in numerous readings in San Francisco and Oakland. Her memoir/bio/novelish thing is in progress. She prides herself on co-creating a tiny human in the form of a boy and... Naked Bulb, an open... Read More →
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Rohan DaCosta

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

G. Macias Gusman lives in Oakland, California writing prose poems to the factories, mountains, and ditches that enslave many a good women/ men and the bars they escape too. He’s had work published in a few tight rags and has performed around the Bay Area.  G. Macias is still discovering... Read More →
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Kelly Landmine

Kelly Landmine was once a burlesque performer and producer of Macabaret: Grotesque Burlesque for the Sick and Twisted. She had dreams of running away with the circus and becoming a sword swallower but her gag reflex got in the way. She settled in Oakland, Ca and became a hairdresser... Read More →
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Andrew J. Thomas

Andrew J. Thomas is a father, a husband, and a poet. He lives in Vacaville with his wife, a dog, and until recently, two teenage sons. He adamantly supports the use of serial commas. He has no classic training in the art of the written word, other than years of heart break and a love... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Skunkfunk 302 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Literary Stubbornness at Santa Monica Review
Small Print, No Pictures, Just Beautiful Sentences in Black on White. Contributors read short fiction in celebration of the West Coast magazine's thirtieth anniversary. 

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Michael Cadnum

Michael Cadnum is the author of nearly forty books of fiction and poetry. A National Book Award Finalist for The Book of the Lion, his most recent books include Earthquake Murder, a book of short fiction, and the just- released Kingdom, a book of poetry.
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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... 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, Santa Monica Review
Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. He is author of a novella collection, The Dairy of Anne Frank, and co-edited the first-ever anthology of literary Orange County... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Casanova Lounge 527 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Mirabel Street Writers: The Annotated Hammock
Join Mirabel Street Writers to investigate place and perception, from James Wright lying in a hammock at William Duffy's farm, to Emily Dickinson's celestial arc, from elevated haikus, to rocking the narrative of (dis)belief. Experience the text as body anchored and memory suspended. Got two trees in mind and an hour to spare? Suspend your astral body and dream with us.

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Richard Schwarzenberger

Richard Schwarzenberger is author of In Faro’s Garden, with work in The Utne Reader, Agni, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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William Torphy

William Torphy’s poetry, critical reviews and articles have appeared in numerous magazines. Ithuriel’s Spear in San Francisco has published three books. His short stories have appeared in The Fictional Café, ImageOutWrite Volume 5, Chelsea Station, Main Street Rag, Miracle Monocle... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA


Moxie Road Productions: Prudes at the Armory
Unlock your chastity belt, we're going all the way...six writers take you on their glorious journeys of awkward sexual awakenings.

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Matthew DeCoster

Producer, Literary Death Match
Board of Directors, Foglifter Press. Founding board member at Lit Camp. Former Litquake Committee member; host of Barely Published Authors 2015 and WRITE ON. Published in sPARKLE & bLINK, SFWIRE and Bang Out.
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Courtenay Hameister

Principally a memoir and satire writer, Courtenay's book, "Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things" was released in July from Little, Brown. She also writes a bi-weekly column for the Portland Mercury, teaches humorous... Read More →
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Shannon Hughes

Shannon Hughes is a Bay Area native and a resurrected writer and performer, who has recently swapped out the corporate stage for an artistic one. After a decades long career devising recruitment marketing strategies for Fortune 500 clients, she is following her heart and mind toward... Read More →
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Janine Kovac

co-founder, Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, a memoir about the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and a 2017 semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize and the 2019 memoir winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards. A former ballet... Read More →
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Justin McCarthy

Justin P. McCarthy lives in Marin with his wife, three children, and two cats. After helping people sue one another for a decade, he retired to be a full-time dad. Now, with the kids a bit older, he's pursuing his true passion of making no money as a writer, which has been a rousing... Read More →
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Tarja Parssinen

Tarja Parssinen is a writer, performer, producer, and director.  Her written work has appeared in places like The Washington Post, Salon, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and her own blog, The Flying Chalupa. Tarja also does frequent performances and readings at places like the... Read More →


Musical Muses: BARtab's Tenth Lit Crawl Event
In celebration of our tenth Lit Crawl event, BARtab, the nightlife section of the Bay Area Reporter, returns with notable local authors reading excerpts that include a mention of music; Queen, jazz, folk and the blues. Hosted by Lambda Literary Award-winning author and BARtab Editor Jim Provenzano.  With piano accompaniment by Suzanne Beignet Ramsey, aka Kitten on the Keys. 

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Jim Provenzano

Jim Provenzano is the author of the novels Now I'm Here, PINS, Monkey Suits, Cyclizen, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award winner Every Time I Think of You, its sequel Message of Love (a Lammy finalist), and the stage adaptation of PINS. His short fiction collection, Forty Wild Crushes... Read More →

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Bud Gundy

Bud Gundy is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer, writer, director, and on-air host at KQED, San Francisco's PBS and NPR affiliate. His most recent novel Somewhere Over Lorain Road was published by Bold Strokes Books in February of 2018. His upcoming science fiction/thriller/mm... Read More →
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Trebor Healey

San Francisco born Trebor Healey is the author of 3 novels, 3 story collections and a book of poetry. His debut novel, Through It Came Bright Colors, won both the Publishing Triangle's Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award and the Violet Quill Award. In 2013, his third novel, A Horse Named... Read More →
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Kathy Knowles

Kathleen Knowles grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has lived in San Francisco for more than thirty years. She finds the city's combination of history, natural beauty, and multicultural diversity inspiring and endlessly fascinating. Her first novel, Awake Unto Me, won the Golden... Read More →
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Gar McVey-Russell

Gar began writing early in life, but thought he wanted to be an astronomer. (He also thought he was straight. Go figure.)At UCLA, he co-created a left-leaning paper called Free Association. He also wrote commentaries for The Daily Bruin and feature articles for the African-American... Read More →
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K. R. Morrison

When she’s not writing poems or drumming in an all-girl garage rock band, K.R. Morrison teaches English Literature and Creative Writing to inner city high school students at Galileo in San Francisco, CA. She has featured twice in Bay Area Generations, Saturday Night Special, and... Read More →
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Suzanne Ramsey

Musician, Kitten on the Keys
Bay Area Native- Suzanne Ramsey aka Kitten on the Keys plays piano , accordion, and ukulele at a variety of venues in San Francisco and beyond . Catch her at the Madrone Art Bar, Dandy Drag King Cabaret , the Rite Spot , Flower Piano , and at special events. Tickle her ivories at... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


On The Cusp: Moments That Matter
An exploration of the small experiences that make a major difference. It's not just about losing your virginity, though we're not ruling out a story about that.

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James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland.  A Cave Canem fellow, Cagney has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco-Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver and Mumbai.  
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Rosa del Duca

Rosa del Duca is a writer, journalist, teacher and musician. She grew up a tomboy in rural Montana, where she joined the Army National Guard when she was seventeen. During her six-year contract, she became not only a conscientious objector, but a feminist and unlikely rebel. That... Read More →
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Dietrich Kalteis

Award-winning author of Zero Avenue, House of Blazes, Triggerfish, The Deadbeat Club and Ride the Lightning – from Vancouver, BC.
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Arthur Klepchukov

Arthur Klepchukov was born between Black Seas, Virginian Beaches, and San Franciscan waves. He adores trains, swing sets, and music that tears him outta time. Read Art’s words in The Common, Necessary Fiction, KYSO Flash, Fiction Southeast, and more at ArsenalOfWords.com
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Allison Landa

Allison Landa is a Berkeley, CA-based real estate writer and editor.
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Colleen McKee

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dalva 3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Poetry Express
Meeting weekly for 16 years of features and open mic, Poetry Express Berkeley presents a few of their many diverse voices.

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Dee Allen

African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on the creative writing & Spoken Word tips since the early 1990s. Author of 3 books (Boneyard, Unwritten Law and Stormwater, all from POOR Press). 15.5 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far (including... Read More →
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Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown aka Poet E Spoken is the Co host of My Word Open Mic at Cafe Leila in Berkeley. She recently released her 1st CD entitled “Every Knee.” Her work has appeared in Porter Gultch Review in 2016 & Poetry Express Magazine in 2018. Her first book Freckle Tongue from the... Read More →
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Britt Peter

Britt Peter lives in Richmond, CA. He has been around artists, musicians, painters and political activists most of his adult life and continues to take delight in poetry, movies, nonviolent resistance, good food and impromptu community. He and his son have put fifty poems of his on... Read More →
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Gary Turchin

Gary Turchin is a poet, and visual and performance artist living in Berkeley. He is the author/illustrator of the wondrous, If I Were You (Simon DeWitt 2011). He also authored and illustrated the recently released Ditty-Ditty Doggerel, A Life From Bad To Verse.   Gary also has three... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Samovar Tea & Chai Bar 411 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Reading with the OWLs (Older Writers' Lab)
The Older Writers' Lab (OWL), started over 15 years ago at City College of San Francisco as a poetry writing group for seniors, now meets weekly at the Bernal Branch Library. Participants range in age from 43 to 93. OWL poets are impassioned writers who use their breadth of life experiences to write poems dealing with love and loss; family histories; nature; art; music; and social justice. Several of the OWLs are musicians, artists, and actors who love to perform and share their poems aloud.

(Please note this event has been relocated from the location specified in the program and on the map.)

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Louise Billotte

Louise Billotte has been writing poetry for 15 years.
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Barbara Blong

Barbara Blong has been writing poetry from a young age but has found joining the Older Writer's Lab (OWL), has spurred her efforts to good effect 
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Helen Dannenberg

Helen Dannenberg is orginally from New York City, has lived in San Francisco for 45 years, and is recently retired. 
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Robert Emerson

Robert Emerson is a retired San Francisco teacher. He writes poetry and short prose as part of the OWL Group. He has been a frequent performer in community theater productions.  
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Bill Lautner

Bill Lautner, now retired, is a member of the OWLS of Bernal Heights and the Diamond Street Poets. Formerly a farm boy from southern Indiana, he's been a poet since 2001.  
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Vernard Maxam

Vernard Maxam was born in Hollywood and has never received any awards for his poetry, but he was named to the Los Angeles All City High School Basketball Tournament Team in 1966. He visits the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge every December to witness the wondrous return of thousands... Read More →
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Mimi Mueller

Mimi Mueller is retired, although not from Scottish and English Country Dancing, Dog Agility, amateur calligraphy and - all her life - writing what she tries to shape into poetry. 
avatar for Maggie Roberts

Maggie Roberts

Maggie Roberts lives in San Francisco. She is a disability rights attorney who has been writing poetry for one year. Her poetry has been published in Forum Literary magazine.  
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Pauline Crowther Scott

Pauline Crowther Scott studied Fine Art in London, UK, then moved to San Francisco in 1980, teaching art and exhibiting her paintings in the Bay Area. She has been writing poetry since retiring from teaching four years ago.
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Ellen Sharbach

Words written have helped Ellen Sharbach cope with the grief of loosing her daughter, a young history professor, in 2004. Ellen came to San Francisco in 1982 having been transferred by her employer from Michigan. She retired in 1990 from the telephone company and has a good life--especially... Read More →
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Susan Terence

Susan Terence, San Francisco Area Coordinator and poet teacher for Calif. Poets in the Schools, is a writer and performer who has been published in: SF Bay Guardian, SF Chronicle, S. Poetry Review, Nebraska Rev., Americas Rev., St. Petersburg Rev., District 11, and has been a winner... Read More →
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Toshi Washizu

Born in Shizuoka, Japan, at the foot of Mount Fuji, Toshi Washizu never climbed his native country's highest peak. Instead, in his youth, he crossed the ocean to America. He became a filmmaker and for decades produced award-winning documentary films. His movies include Bone, Flesh... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Valencia Gardens Housing Ltd Community Room 390 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Smoking Pens: Stirring the Pot
Women writers of color reflect on food, migration, and culture.

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Melissa Hung

Melissa Hung is a writer and journalist. Her writing on culture and immigrant communities has appeared in NPR, Vogue, Catapult, Longreads, and Pacific Standard. Melissa is the founding editor of Hyphen and the former director of WritersCorps. She has received fellowships from VONA... Read More →
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Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a writer and Muslim Feminist (she is still working on a definition of Feminist that fits her ideology) who advocates and demands equal rights and space for women in all scopes. Sabina is a writer and editor with work published on BlogHer, Huffington Post, InCulture... Read More →
avatar for Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch is a San Francisco Bay Area based freelance writer with a focus on race, culture and family. Her work has appeared on PBS, Salon, MSNBC, xoJane and BlogHer. She also blogs about Asian mixed-race families at HapaMama.
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Shikha Malaviya

Shikha (Saklani) Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was launched in December 2013, in India, to acclaim and featured in The Times of India Literary Carnival, Poetry with Prakriti & other festivals. Shikha... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng is a writer in San Francisco. She recently published a nonfiction book, Ice Cream Travel Guide, and is working on a novel based on her grandparents' lives in China, Peru, and the United States. Her work has appeared in Arkana, Havik, Cold Creek Review, Shut Up and Write... Read More →
avatar for Anna Sterling

Anna Sterling

Anna Sterling is an independent reporter and video journalist based in the SF Bay Area. Her published works can be seen in NBC News, VICE, Los Angeles Times, AJ+, HuffPost, Fusion and more. Her interactive mini-doc on abortion access was nominated for an EPPY in the Best Innovation... Read More →
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Michelle Villegas Threadgould

Michelle Threadgould is a biracial, Chicana journalist who covers Latinx issues and resistant art movements. Her work has been featured in CNN, Pacific Standard, GOOD, KQED, The New York Observer, Remezcla, and Latino USA. Her investigative work has covered the secret history of leftist... Read More →
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Thy Tran

Culinary Writer & Chef-Instructor, Wandering Spoon
Thy Tran is a culinary writer, chef-instructor, and book artist who loves her letterpress as much as her cast-iron pans. Carried along in streams from the Mekong to the Mississippi, she's inspired by the many ways migration shapes and reshapes our recipes, stories, and traditions... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wallflower 1176 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Tale Spin
In Tale Spin, local performers experiment with words and instruments through improvisation, gesture, and text. They surf through the day-to-day in these tsunami times with poetic collaborations and songs. They weave in an out of the personal and the political, engaging with the audience with fierce honesty and delightful artistry. They attempt to untwist and untangle language weaving in and out of the personal and the political, engaging the audience with their fierce honesty and delightful artistry. They offer prayers, love, and humor, as they nurture our collective resilience to garner our humanity back.

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Susan Dambroff

Susan Dambroff is a poet, performer, teacher. She is drawn to the detailed placement of words, the alchemy of timing and sequence. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals, and her chapbook, “Conversations with Trees” has been recently published by Finishing Line... Read More →
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Robert Ernst

I was born on a pig farm; then the following happened—I went on staff at The University of Iowa as a co-founder of The Iowa Theatre Lab/American Growtowski,--next I became co-founder of The Blake St. Hawkeyes in Berkeley, CA., then I directed TOKENS, a 65 person musical at Theatre... Read More →
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Christine Kammler

Chris Kammler is a writer, director, performance artist, and qigong practitioner. Her work was recently published in Aphrodite’s Pen. She and poet Susan Dambroff perform as Spoken Duets.
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Kimi Sugioka

Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter and educator who earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She was also the curator of the seminal San Francisco Café Babar reading series in the 1990s.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage Werx Theatre 446 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Teenquake Writing Awards
Congratulations, award winners! A broad range of teen voices and perspectives will be on showcase. Emceed by Shanthi Sekaran. In partnership with Writopia Lab.

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Shanthi Sekaran

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mission Workshop 541 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Writers Studio: Art Speaks To Art
The fresh, colorful, surprising, and moving work of artists at Creativity Explored inspires The Writers Studio students to read in response.

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Eanlai Cronin

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

Gail Ford is a poet and graduate of Stanford University. She has taught for The Writers Studio since 2012 and will be teaching workshop and intermediate level classes when fall session starts in October 2018. She loves writers, talking about writing, and happily welcomes new and continuing... Read More →
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Kathie Jacobson

Kathie Jacobson has published stories in Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, Pithead Chapel, Necessary Fiction, Twisted Vine and other literary journals, and her work has been featured as a Longform Fiction Pick-of-the-Week
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Tamara Schuyler

Tamara Schuyler’s fiction has appeared in CutBank, Mulberry Fork Review, and Crack the Spine, among others. One of her stories received a special mention in Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses, and another was awarded honorary mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short... Read More →
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Manikya Veena

Before moving to the United States in 2001, Manikya Veena worked as a journalist for Magna Publishing, India’s largest publications company, and freelanced for several National newspapers and magazines. In addition, she authored a short story compilation for children, The Banjara... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Whoop Whoop That's the Sound of the Police/ Whoop Whoop That's the Sound of the Beast
A unique line-up of top-notch writers offer a multi-genre literary performance, traversing the terrain of state sponsored police violence with critical vengeance and intellectual fortitude.

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Amalia Alvarez

Amalia Alvarez was born in San Diego, Califas. Alvarez holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from UC Riverside, an MA in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Alvarez taught English... Read More →

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Tyson Amir

Tyson combines his experience surviving America as a black man with hip hop prose, and original analysis to shape what is arguably the most revolutionary statement of the 21st century.
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Adriana Camarena

Check out my new project “Unsettled in the Mission/Inquietos en la Misión,” a series of literary non-fiction essays based on portraits of the resilient working class and poor residents of the traditionally Latino Mission District of San Francisco. The work is published in English... Read More →
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Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo

(Ana) Clarissa Rojas Durazo grew up in the border cities Mexicali, Baja California and Calexico, California. She practices transformative mama pedagogies by day while decolonizing chicanx studies pedagogies by trade. She is an internationally published poet who believes the creative... Read More →
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Rebeca Flores

A daughter of Central and Mexican American immigrants Rebeca Flores is a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of San Fransisco. She is from Fresno California and has served as a design and poetry editor for the local newspaper, "La Voz de Aztlan" and as a fiction... Read More →
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Felipe Macay AKA Gemimac

Gemimac raps from a unique perpective about life in San Francisco's Mission District.Home grown, earth born, Peace.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Writers Without Borders: Presented By The Stanford Continuing Studies' Online Writing Certificate Program
Six authors from the Stanford Continuing Studies' Online Writing Certificate program read from their newly finished books.

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Lawrence Amaeshi

Lawrence Amaeshi holds an MBA in marketing. He will read from  Five Brown Envelopes, to be released later this year. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Nancy Anderson

Working from Seattle and Milan where she splits the year – and thanks to the Stanford Certificate program – Nancy recently completed her first novel Verdi’s Flame.
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Janice Billingsley

Janice Billingsley is a journalist and ghostwriter. She is completing her first novel, I Live In Beaufort, through the Stanford Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing.
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Mairead Brodie

Stanford OWC
M.J. Brodie grew up in Ireland but now lives in the Bay Area. She writes about immigration and family and is finishing her first novel.
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James Ennen

James Ennen has written one novel, fragments of a second, and multiple short stories. He lives in Crow Wing County and often canoes.
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Jane Gilmore

Jane Gilmore is launching a novel writing program for teens with the San Jose Area Writing Project while editing her manuscript, The Weeks List.

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Latin American Club 3286 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


826 Valencia
Join us at 826 Valencia as student authors ages 8 to 18 read from the latest issue of the 826 Quarterly. Cookies and milk to follow.  With author Vickie Vértiz.

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Vickie Vértiz

 Vickie Vértiz’s debut collection of poetry, “Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut,” was published in 2017 by the University of Arizona Press.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
826 Valencia St 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Babar in Exile
Babar in Exile at Lit Crawl aims to recreate an open mic from San Francisco's raucous and ground-breaking poetry scene of the 1980s and '90s. 

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Paul Corman-Roberts

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

David Gollub was born in 1951, the son of an opera singer and a trial lawyer. He got a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He met David Lerner in Palo Alto in 1973. Lerner got him his first poetry publication. He has been on the Bay Area poetry scene since April 7, 1983, when... Read More →
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Bruce Isaacson

Zeitgeist Press
Bruce Isaacson was an early scheduler at Cafe Babar, a mid-'80s spoken word free-for-all. David Lerner rightly called it Gladiator School for Poets. Since, he was read at Poetry in Motion readings at Hollywood's Helena's and Largo, and was a finalist in the first Nuyorican Poetry... Read More →
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Richard Loranger

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, musician, visual artist, and all-around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of Poetea, a monthly literary conversation group. His books include Sudden Windows (flash prose), Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book... Read More →
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Margery Snyder

Margery Snyder is a poet, flute-player & accidental photographer who pronounces her first name with a hard ‘g.’ She was born in a small town amid the dry wheatlands in the downwind shadow of the Hanford Atomic Reservation in eastern Washington state, grew up in southern California... Read More →
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Jan Steckel

medical and scientific copy editor, freelance
I am a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. My poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. My fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist... Read More →
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Julia Vinograd

Julia Vinograd was born a native of Taurus w/Pisces rising in the coal and corn bread heart of West Virginia, in 1943. She writes, "I left school to pursue a career of vagrancy, experimental mysticism and small villainies. I've been around the block and tackled; got a million miles... Read More →
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Kathleen Wood

Kathleen Wood was born in MO and currently resides in San Francisco. She was a constant habitué of the Cafe Babar reading series though most of its run. She’s had three chapbooks published by Zeitgeist Press, The Wino, the Junkie, and the Lord, Tenderloin Rose, and recently Tenderloin... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Intentionally Blank 1360 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Celebrating Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story
The Bay Area literary journal 100 Word Story is celebrating the publication of its first anthology dedicated to micro fiction. Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story represents 116 favorite stories from the journal's first seven years. Meet the anthology's co-editors, Grant Faulkner, Lynn Mundell, and Beret Olsen, and the book's San Francisco publisher, Jon Roemer from Outpost19. Pick up a broadside of a story from the book—a treasure to take home and inspiration for your own future micro writing.

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Jacqueline Doyle

Jacqueline Doyle’s award-winning flash fiction collection THE MISSING GIRL was recently published by Black Lawrence Press. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Pinch, Wigleaf, Monkeybicycle, Catamaran Literary... Read More →
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Stephen D. Gutierrez

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

Cornelia Nixon is the author of four novels, Angels Go Naked, Now You See It, Jarrettsville, and The Use of Fame, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has won two O. Henry Awards (one of them the first prize in 1995), two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, a Carl Sandburg... Read More →
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →
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Ethel Rohan

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Clitquake: Cliterary Salon
#Clitquake presents stories about the clitoris, bringing a spirit of fun sexuality to a literary scene that's traditionally been focused on cis male experience. 

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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
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Lauren Parker

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

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco and a tendency to spill things. As a longtime children's bookseller she has read her fair share of stories, and she is always hungry for more. Her favorite animal is an octopus, or else an elephant.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Good Vibrations Valencia 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Crawling Up From Underground
The SF Creative Writing Institute celebrates the success of its students and authors who forged their own path from the grassroots to the public eye.

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Daphne Gottlieb

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

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
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Julia Jahn

Julia Jahn, a lefty from Nebraska, has been keeping an eye on the Mission from the high perch of her apartment for quite some time. Sometimes she writes about what she sees. Sometimes she writes about her outfits. Sometimes she has no idea what to write. She’s excited easily, but... Read More →
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Alexandra Kostoulas

Alexandra Kostoulas is the founder of the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. She has performed her work on stage at Litcrawl, Bay Area Book Festival, Santa Barbara Book & Author festival, Los Angeles Festival of Books, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People in Berkeley, and... Read More →
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Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels including The Last Weekend, I Am Providence, and the forthcoming Hexen Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he is also an award-winning anthologist, most recently with Mixed Up, a hybrid cocktail... Read More →
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Marguerite Munoz

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

Maurisa Thompson was born and raised in San Francisco, and is a proud alum of June Jordan's Poetry for the People. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pedestal Cosmonauts Avenue, Poems for Our Children and En Vuelo: In Celebration of el Tecolote, and The Haight-Ashbury... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Holy Mountain 680 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose
The Washing Society, a film by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs is a poetic, illuminating look at the hidden labor that goes into cleaning your clothes.  The screening will be followed by stories about of hidden labor by writers, Emily Rubin, Sunisa Manning, Colette Plum, and Rowena Richie.

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Sunisa Manning

Sunisa Manning. Half American and half Thai, Sunisa holds degrees from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Atlas and Alice and elsewhere. She’s been a writer in residence at Hedgebrook and The Hambidge Center... Read More →
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Lizzie Olesker

Lizzie Olesker, director, is a writer/director/performer whose plays and performances explore the poetry of the everyday. Recent work includes a solo performance TINY LIGHTS: Infinite Miniature seen at the New Ohio Theater and Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog. She was an Audrey Fellow at... Read More →
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Colette Plum

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

Rowena Richie is grateful to have another go-round with West Coast Loads of Prose. Richie’s recent highlights include collaborating with Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan D. Tacata on For You, a series of performance works for audiences of twelve, playing Finist the Falcon in the sold-out... Read More →
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Emily Rubin

Emily Rubin, producer/reader, is a writer living in NYC.  Her debut novel, STALINA, Mariner Books 2011, was a winner of the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest. Her fiction and essays have been published in the Red Rock Review, Confrontations, NY Observer, Poets and Writers, and HAPPY... Read More →
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Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs, director, makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Strongly committed... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission Laundromat 3282 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Feather Press Presents: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise is a reading series hosted by Feather Press, an independent, literary press dedicated to printing poetry and prose by female writers. 

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Jennifer Barone

Jennifer Barone is an Italian-American poet and artist. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Saporoso: Poems of Italian Food & Love (FeatherPress.org). She is known to collaborate with artists and musicians as founder and co-host of the monthly WordParty Poetry... Read More →

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Saeeda Hafiz

Saeeda Hafiz  is the author of the award-winning book, The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches, which was re-released by Parallax Press on July 17, 2018.  She has appeared on various radio and television programs and has been featured in several national and... Read More →
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Ingrid Keir

Managing Editor, Feather Press
Ingrid Keir is a poet, literary curator, and publisher. She runs Feather Press, an independent women’s literary press based in the Bay Area. She is co-founder of the WordParty, a long-running San Francisco poetry and jazz series. Ingrid taught undergraduate Creative Writing at San Francisco State University while simultaneously engaging students with writers... Read More →
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Sarah Kobrinsky

Sarah Kobrinsky was the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. Her collection, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, is forthcoming by New Rivers Press (Autumn 2019). Her poems and stories have appeared in Magma Poetry, Eleven Eleven, Monkeybicycle, 100 Word Story, Fjords... Read More →
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Raina León

Raina J. León, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow, Macondo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  Her first collection of poetry, Canticle ... Read More →
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Kim Shuck

San Francisco Poet Laureate
Kim Shuck is San Francisco’s Poet Laureate. She embraces the fool and jester qualities of being a modern poet and artist. She is a devotee of San Francisco, whose hills she wanders nearly always on foot. Her maternal grandparents met at the Polish Hall on Shotwell and she spent... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Wildhawk 3464 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


FORUM Magazine
Contributors to City College of San Francisco's FORUM literary magazine will read works published within its pages during its 81-year history. Emceed by Jackie Davis Martin.

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Matthew Andrews

Born and raised in Sacramento, Matthew Andrews moved to San Francisco almost a decade ago by way of Ann Arbor. He is a student at CCSF where he is pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate.
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a native of southern New England, bloodflower has been publishing his singular yet provocative poesy since his teens, leading to publication in The New England Anthology of Poetry. bloodflower is an accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist and has exhibited his photography... Read More →
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Vincent Calvarese

Vincent Calvarese was born and raised in the Bay Area and has lived here all of his life. He has worn many hats in the Bay Area—barista, salesperson, journalist, graphic designer, union representative, deputy sheriff, homeless advocate and published writer and poet. After a long... Read More →
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Zachariah Greer Hauptman

Zach Hauptman is a Reference Librarian with the South San Francisco Public Library by day, a CCSF student at night, and a gigantic genderqueer nerd at all times (they/them pronouns, pls!).With their group, Truth Sans Justice, they run panels on popular culture, misogyny and the queer... Read More →
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Matt Luedke

Matt Luedke was the Fiction Editor for CCSF's Forum in Spring 2018. You can often find Matt either hiking through the nature of the Bay Area, biking up a steep SF hill in the easiest gear on his beloved, sticker-covered hybrid, or bundled up at one of SF's cold beaches with a notebook... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Fourteen Hills presents: GNIDAER A : A READING?
Join Fourteen Hills for an evening with some of the finest contemporary creative community of writers that San Francisco State has to offer.

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Neil Ballard

Neil Ballard is a writer and illustrator based in San Francisco. Since 2014, Ballard has produced illustrated journalism and history comics for the Ingleside-Excelsior Light, a neighborhood newspaper. He is currently working on a graphic novel.
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Matthew Davison

Founder & Teacher, www.matthewclarkdavison.com
Matthew Clark Davison's prose has been recently anthologized in By the Rivers of Babylon: Apostates Remember Believing (forthcoming, Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in or on Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, and others... Read More →
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Keith Donnell

Keith Donnell Jr. is a San Francisco Bay Area poet, book editor, and educator. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MA in English from the University of Southern California. He was the 2017-18 Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU... Read More →
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Zenya Prowell

Writer, old New Yorker, new Bay Area-er, OG #TWiBnation-er.
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Truong Tran

Truong Tran is a poet, teacher, and visual artist, author of Four Letter Words (Apogee Press, 2008).
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Danielle Truppi

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Hazel Reading Series
Hazel celebrates the diversity of Bay Area women writers. Join us for an evening of some the very best readers from our five-year history.

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Meilan Carter-Gilkey

Meilan Carter-Gilkey writes about relationships, identity, health and everything she is trying to understand. Her work has been published in the anthologies “All the Women in My Family Sing” and “Who's Your Mama?: The Voices of Unsung Women and Mothers”, Huffington Post... Read More →
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Spoken Word Artist
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Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She spent many years working as a psychiatric nurse which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals including... Read More →
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Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she studied literature and pursued writing, her passion since childhood. Her collection of linked family stories My Old Faithful won the Juniper Prize for Fiction... Read More →
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Sara Marinelli

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Sara Marinelli is a writer and educator based in San Francisco. Her writing appears in Blue Mesa Review, New American Writing, and many Italian publications. She teaches Comparative Literature and Humanities at the USF and SFSU. Every month, she curates... Read More →
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Thea Matthews

Thea Matthews is an American poet of African and Mexican descent. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Thea utilizes Spoken Word to address the complexities of humanity, resiliency, and ultimately, the triumph over trauma. She is currently working on her first book (expected out... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Headlands Center for the Arts
Current and former Headlands Affiliates share work inspired by Marin Headlands on militarism versus nature, art versus aggression, and the weight imposed on the present by our troubling pasts. 

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Ploi Pirapokin

Ploi Pirapokin has work featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, the Bellingham Review, Fiction International, Cleaver Magazine and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Kundiman and others. She... Read More →

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Kate Folk

Kate Folk's stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Granta, and many other publications. She was a 2016-19 Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the... Read More →
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Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first novel, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable... Read More →
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Dean Rader

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 201... Read More →
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Emily Wolahan

Emily Wolahan is the author of the poetry collection Hinge. Her poems have appeared in Oversound, The Georgia Review, Boston Review, and Gulf Coast, among other places. She is senior editor at Two Lines Press and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Benny Gold 968 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


If I Told Napoleon
Readings will range from straight-ahead realism to magical realism, cat noir to tech boudoir noir, potent poetry to personal essay. 

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Corin Chellberg

Corin Chellberg came to the San Francisco writing scene and If I Told Napoleon by way of Shipwreck, SF's premier literary erotic fanfiction parody competition, of which he is currently the back-to-back champion. Come watch him try and fail to defend his title in Shipwreck's final... Read More →
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Blair Hanley Frank

Hey, I'm Blair, a principal analyst at ISG who resides in San Francisco with a pair of delightful air plants. When I'm not busy researching the latest and greatest, you can usually find me with my nose stuck in a book, cooking something in the kitchen, getting caught up on a television show I missed when it aired years ago... Read More →
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Ty Mecozzi

Ty writes from 7 in the morning to about noonish. He used to write fiction, and now his life is sort've like fiction, so he just writes what's happening, or what he thinks is happening, and calls it "writing". Currently he's working on a long-letter form inspired by Karl Ove, in which... Read More →
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Melinda Noack

Melinda is a poet living in Oakland and a writer at an affordable housing nonprofit in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in sPARKLE & bLINK, Dream Pop Press, Oatmeal Magazine, and Two Lines Press, among others. Once upon a time she helped build Lacuna, “the world’s most public... Read More →
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Joel Streicker

Joel Streicker’s short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines, including Great Lakes Review, Kestrel, and Gravel. His forthcoming story in Blood Orange Review is also the winner of that journal’s inaugural fiction contest and will appear in its December 2019 issue. He has... Read More →
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Spencer Tierney

Spencer Tierney is a writer in San Francisco. He once won a Florence + the Machine facebook caption contest with a pun, volunteered as an IRS-certified tax preparer in the Mission, and started the morning of his first SF Marathon by running a half mile the wrong way before finding... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission Pie 2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


InsideStorytime SHADOW
"When a situation is not made conscious, it operates outside, as fate." -- Jung

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James Warner

James Warner's stories have appeared in Best of British Science Fiction 2018, The Best of British Fantasy 2018, Georgia, EPOCH, ZYZZYVA, etc. He is about to cease to be European..

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Cyrus Armajani

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

Simi Singh Juneja was born in India and raised in the American South. She graduated from NYU in Paris with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is the keeper of stories in her family and the resident poet. Her debut short story, "How Doc Met Lady J"  was published by the Smithsonian Indian-American... Read More →
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Emer Martin

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

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, which Shelf Awareness calls "a striking debut from a writer to watch." Her writing appears in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lilith Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award as wells grants and fellowships from V... Read More →
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Colin Winnette

Colin Winnette is the author of Revelation, Animal Collection, Fondly, Coyote, and Haints Stay. His writing has appeared in Playboy, McSweeney's, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and numerous other journals and anthologies.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Incline Gallery 766 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Kundiman Northern California presents writings that explore the act of poetry as protest and examine both the internal and external spaces of undoing in our current America.

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Cristiana Baik

Cristiana Baik is a poet residing and working in Oakland. Her work is published in Dusie, TYPO, American Letters & Commentary, The Conversant, and Drunken Boat, among other publications. Her short collection of poems, entitled The Stars Went Out and So Did the Moon, was released... Read More →
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Michelle Lin

Michelle Lin is a poet, community arts organizer, and author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), a lyrical examination of sisterhood, the inheritance of stories, and survival from trauma. She has performed for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, Litquake, and... Read More →
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Mia Malhotra

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is a Kundiman Fellow, and her poems have appeared in Greensboro Review, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, and DISMANTLE: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a founding editor... Read More →
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Danny Nguyen

Danny Thanh Nguyen is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow. His stories and personal essays have appeared in Foglifter, Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and the anthology The Full Spectrum. He is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature.
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Emily Yamauchi

Writer, artist, educator. It's all for the stories.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Temo's Coffee 3000 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Literary Speakeasy
Join Literary Speakeasy for a special Lit Crawl edition. For the past three years, Literary Speakeasy has been taking over Martuni's Piano Bar on the last Thursday of every month. Please join us as we highlight some of our favorite Bay Area performers from those past three years at Martuni's. We will bring you some of the best poets, writers, and songwriters for the night...as well as some great martinis. 

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James Siegel

James J. Siegel is the author of the poetry collection "How Ghosts Travel" from Spuyten Duyvil Press, which was a finalist for the Ohioana Library Book Award. He hosts and curates the monthly Literary Speakeasy show at Martuni's, always held on the last Thursday of every month, which... Read More →

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Matt Carney

Matt Carney is a Latinx human type residing in San Francisco. He holds an MA and MFA from SFSU. His work has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Inkwell, Red Light Lit, Writing Without Walls, sPARKLE & bLINK, Entropy, and in readings at eclectic or seedy bars. His short story 'On Becoming... Read More →
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Jase Peeples

Jase Peeples is an award-winning journalist, author, and storyteller. He is the former entertainment editor of The Advocate, the leading LGBT-focused media outlet. He was named “Journalist of the Year” at the 2014 L.A. Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards where he was praised for his “original angles and points of view” which cast “new light on many beaten tracks of entertainment journalism... Read More →
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Postcapitalism are Michael Holmes and Mike Linn. They believe, paraphrasing Dostoevsky, that ballads can save the world. Postcapitalism is excited to be part of Lit Crawl!
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Joyce Young

I'm a poet and writer who loves the sun, the ocean and dark chocolate with almonds. Nomadic Press published my poetry collection "How it Happens" last month. Feel free to talk with me about space travel, time travel, any portal through which I can escape from the current sociopolitical... Read More →
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Emily Zisman

Lead Writer, Zismonster Music
Emily Zisman is an unapologetic storyteller of the contemporary woman’s experience. She uses unabashed honesty and humor to punctuate the complexity of the entire escapade. Hilarity and devastation continue to ensue, and so in turn does she.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Manic D celebrates Jack Hirschman's new Mallarme's For a Tomb of Anatole + Vote for Literature 2018
Living legend Jack Hirschman & friends read from his new book + Manic D authors share tales of voting & politics as we register new voters on site.

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Matt Gonzalez

Matt Gonzalez is a poet, artist, activist, lawyer, and former politician. He has served on the SF Board of Supervisors, run for Mayor, and currently serves as Chief Attorney in the SF Public Defender's office. 
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Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman is an American poet and social activist who has written more than fifty volumes of poetry and essays.
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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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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 has a goal of being a pointer to queer cultural expressions. He is author of The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D), maintainer of the Queer Things to Do in San Francisco events website, and the co-host of Smack Dab Open Mic at Dog Eared Books Castro... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Harrington Galleries Furniture Store 599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Mission: Comics and Art
Comics, the ninth artform, are a unique blending of literature and sequential art. We'll be hosting comic book writers reading from their works.

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Chris L. Brown

Manages Omega Black Comic Book.
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Antoine Maillard

Antoine Maillard is 28 and lives between Toulouse and Strasbourg (France). He obtained a master’s degree in Comics Studies from the European School of Image in Angoulême and a degree in illustration from the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg (HEAR). He currently works as a freelance... Read More →
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Harry Nordlinger

Harry Nordlinger is an Illustrator, cartoonist, painter and videographer from San Francisco, California, having studied art at the University of Puget Sound and the Academy of Art University.
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Writing, editing, building, launching. top of mind rn: AR, AI,apps, social justice, comics, rap & jazz.SF, Califaztlán.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission: Comics & Art 2250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Mojo Down The Mountain
These authors emerged from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers as many do — with a desire to keep the magic going.  They have been meeting in workshop — with some slight alterations — for over five years, usually at the Mojo Café in South Berkeley.  Their work is diverse, and there is a strong thread of place as subject.  Chris has been writing intensely beautiful poems about the borderlands of Berkeley/Oakland, not just geographically, but by examining the tensions and revelations of living where cultures intersect.  Dan mines memory, music, and roads that have spanned from America to Israel in cadences that similarly span from clipped to rolling.  Eliot also has written to give voice to uniquely American longings, with long lines that are nevertheless increasingly compressed.  Judy's lines are shorter—often a carefully constructed pastiche of imagery, dense with reference to Japan, where she studied and worked.  All four share mutual respect and humor.  Cumulatively, they've got the mojo.

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Dan Alter

Dan Alter has  published poems recently  in The Burnside Review, Compose Journal, Field, Pank, and Zyzzyva among others. He has been a fellow of the Arad Arts Project, and is a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Eliot Schain

Eliot Schain has run poetry series at the Beat 'N Path Cafe in Hoboken, NJ and Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA.  His publications include American Romance and Westering Angels.
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Chris Simpkins

MFA Poetry Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran U. MA English Literature SF State U. BS Chemistry CSUEB. Feminist. Poet. Scholar of women poets of the 20th century. Data Privacy Analyst.


Noir At The Bar, with Mystery Writers of America
Nine Mystery Writers of America authors, on stage reading selections from their work, traditional to gritty. MWA Goes Noir.

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Heather Haven

Heather is a story teller by nature and loves the written word. In her career, she's written short stories, novels, comedy acts, plays, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and even ghost-wrote a book on how to be a successful temp. She was unemployed at the time. Murder is... Read More →
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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.
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Mary O'Shaughnessy

Perri O'Shaughnessy is the pen name for two sisters, Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy.
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Pamela O'Shaughnessy

Together the O'Shaughnessy sisters have written twelve Nina Reilly legal thrillers, a stand-alone thriller, Keeper of The Keys, and one short story collection, Sinister Shorts.
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Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. She writes the #ownvoices Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories.
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Kirk Russell

Kirk Russell is a writer and widow of late award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe Judy Rodgers.
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Terry Shames

Terry grew up in Texas, and her Samuel Craddock series, set in the fictitious town of Jarrett Creek, is based on the fascinating people, landscape, and culture of the small town where her grandparents lived.The first book in the series A Killing at Cotton Hill received the Macavity... Read More →
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Sheldon Siegel

Sheldon Siegel is the New York Times, Amazon, and USA Today best-selling author of ten critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Originally published traditionally by Bantam and Putnam, it took Sheldon five... Read More →
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Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline’s first novel, Maisie Dobbs, was a National Bestseller and received an array of accolades, including New York Times Notable Book 2003, a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Mystery 2003, and a BookSense Top Ten selection. In addition, the novel was nominated for 7 awards, including the Edgar® for Best Novel—only... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Amnesia Beer & Music Hall 853 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Odd Salon: Cemetery Stories
Join Odd Salon and Loren Rhoads, author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die  plus Odd Salon Fellows Laura Rubin and Casey Selden for tales from the surprising history of cities of the dead.

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Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She blogs about graveyards as travel destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.Loren is also the author of The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes, a... Read More →
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Laura Rubin

Odd Salon Fellow.
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Casey Selden

Casey Selden is a Fellow of Odd Salon and a fermentation dabbler. She’s made beer, cider and wine for kicks in her kitchen.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Laundry (downstairs) 3359 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Out of Bounds
Writers from SF State remix traditional narratives of identity. Expect boundaries blurred, veils lifted, and shade thrown.

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Just Duléa

Creative Director/Founder, Conviction 2 Change LLC
Just Duléa is an author, songwriter, educator, and spoken word artist from the East Coast. She is the Founder/CEO/Creative Director of Conviction 2 Change LLC, a publishing company devoted to helping those in under-represented communities be heard. Being an African-American, queer... Read More →
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Molly Olis Krost

Molly Olis Krost is a Bay Area based playwright currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at SFSU. Growing up raised by Filipina mother and Jewish father made her aware of the internal collisions that come with struggling to bridge two different cultures together into one identity... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Faye's Video 3614 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Perfectly Queer Reading Series
The Perfectly Queer Reading Series began in 2016 bringing queer-identified authors into local independent bookstores.

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Michael Alenyikov

Michael Alenyikov's novel, "Ivan and Misha" won the Northern California Book Award for Fiction and was a Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. He received the 2013 Gina Berriault Award from San Francisco State University. He's a MacDowell Fellow and his stories have... Read More →
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Nona Caspers

Nona Caspers' new book The Fifth Woman, a Novel in Stories (Sarabande Books, 2018),  was selected by Stacy D’erasmo for the Mary McCarthy award. The story, "Frontiers" was originally published in Cimarron Review and was selected by Best American Short Stories  as a "Distinguished... Read More →
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Margo Perin

Margo Perin  is the author of the autobiographical novel, The Opposite of Hollywood, that tells the story of her childhood growing up on the lam with a criminal father through the US, Mexico, Bahamas, and United Kingdom. She is the contributing editor of Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA


Red Light Lit
We are a collective of writers, musicians and artists who explore love relationships and sexuality through spoken word, art and song. 

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Peter Bullen

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

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator and Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She loves to flirt, laugh, perform, crack corny jokes, and insert Octavia Butler references... Read More →
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Sarah Bethe Nelson

Sarah Bethe Nelson is a songwriter, musician, and poet living in San Francisco, California. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is currently recording a new album for a Summer 2019 release and her most recent collection of poetry Illuminate... Read More →
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Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell is a zinester, writer, dancer and musician, who now lives in California.Brontez was originally from Triana, Alabama, then moving to Huntsville, Alabama, and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he released Schlepp Fanzine while still living at home. He then relo... Read More →
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Riss Rosado

Riss is bad with names but still wants to know yours. They write poetry, prose, short stories, and hand-written letters. They have featured at Quiet Lightning, Red Light Lit, Get Lit, You’re Going to Die, and more. You can enjoy some of their published work in sPARKLE & bLINK, Buddy... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Rolling Writers: Rolling With The Punches
Our seasoned alums of the School Of Hard Knocks read lit and sing songs about taking a licking but keeping on ticking.

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Clyde Always

Clyde Always, for the promotion of bliss, writes and recites his own blend of tall tales and clever verses.
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Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree is a multi-instrumentalists, a singer-songwriter, and the steady rolling musical soul of Rolling Writers.
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Sean Craven

Sean Craven is like Richard Corey from the waist up, Bartleby the Scrivener from the waist down.Many people to expect him to burst into stardom at any moment. Suckers.
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Jon Sindell

Jon Sindell, the curator of Rolling Writers, wrote the story collections The Roadkill Collection and Family Happiness (both from Big Table Publishing). His humor has appeared dozens of times in lit mags and before barnyard animals in petting zoos everywhere. Much of his writing... Read More →
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Deborah Steinberg

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Topdrawer 980 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sanctuary City: Voices In The Dark
Voices in the Dark is an anthology and reading series featuring poetry, essays and true stories written by immigrants, migrant laborers, and the sons and daughters of immigrants.

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Laurie Ann Doyle

Laurie Ann Doyle is the author of World Gone Missing, winner of the Nautilus Book Award in fiction and praised by bestselling author Peter Orner as "a gorgeous debut." Laurie's stories and essays appear in The Los Angeles Review, The Rumpus, Jabberwock Review, Under the Sun, and many... Read More →
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Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong

Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is a multidisciplinary artist and software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in nine states and two continents. Art is a way for her to traverse seen and unseen geographies.  Bonnie's poetry has been published in such journals as The California... Read More →
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Paul Ocampo

Paul Ocampo is the Development Director at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. He was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. at the age of eleven. He earned a B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at... Read More →
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Shanthi Sekaran

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

Author, Alfred A. knopf
Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist. She wrote “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure” (Grove/Atlantic) and “The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty” (Gotham/Penguin... Read More →
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Maw Shein Win

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

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Laundry (upstairs) 3359 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


SF Chronicle: Roast Of The Little Man
Join The Chronicle's Datebook staff at Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 20 at The Chapel for a lively and good-humored roast of The Chronicle's iconic rating system, The Little Man. Learn about The Little Man, such as where did he come from, how long he's been around and more. Hear from staff members as they share their biggest grievances and frustrations with a man of such small stature.

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city's Mission District. Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world's largest FREE pop-up literary event. 

The San Francisco Chronicle is a proud sponsor of Litquake.

Attendance is free!! Come for the cocktails, stick around for the roast. There will surely be a lively debate about why there isn't a Little Woman!

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Don "Bad Reporter" Asmussen

Don Asmussen is an American cartoonist working for the San Francisco Chronicle and Universal Press Syndicate. He was born in Rhode Island. He worked at the Portland Press Herald, The Detroit News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Time Magazine before joining the San Francisco Chronicle... Read More →
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Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle’s pop culture critic and host of the podcast The Big Event. The Bay Area native has worked at The Chronicle since 2000, and was a Chronicle paperboy from 1982 to 1984. He reviews movies, television and comedy, covers entertainment, creates... Read More →
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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 Stat... Read More →
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Aidin Vaziri

Aidin Vaziri covers pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle. Along with his off-the-cuff interviews for the weekly Pop Quiz column, he spends most days shuffling through stacks of new releases and nights at Bay Area concert venues, big and small. He also reports on emerging trends... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Small Press Distribution: A Spotlight on the Bay
A Spotlight on the Bay: is a celebration of poetic voice and seeks how commonality can be underlying to all the voices in the bay area. SPD strives to present a wide range of writers and aesthetics in the hopes of broadening the listeners and readers view of what is possible through exposure (both through print and events).

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Liam Curley

Liam Curley is a writer from Wallkill, New York and a graduate of Ithaca College. He works at Small Press Distribution and the Oakland Public Library. He is a board member of Aggregate Space Gallery and Make Oakland Better Now and volunteers with 826 Valencia. He was the employee... Read More →
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Jacq Greyja

Jacq Greyja is a writer from California. They are a graduate student in the Creative Writing MFA program at San Francisco State University, where they are a William Dickey Poetry Fellow. Jacq's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hold: A Journal, BAMPFA, Bushel Collective, Bettering... Read More →
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Jocelyn Saidenburgh

Jocelyn Saidenberg is a Bay Area writer, whose books include Mortal City, Cusp, Dusky, Negativity, Shipwreck, and Dead Letter. kith & kin(The Elephants, 2018) is her most recent book. She is one of the editors of KRUPSKAYA Books and teaches at UC Berkeley and San Quentin State Pr... Read More →
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giovanni singleton

giovanni singleton is the author of Ascension, informed by the life and work of Alice Coltrane, which won the California Book Award Gold Medal and AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper, a collection of visual art and poetry. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sound and Fury: The Arts Resistance and Erotic Eclectic Fight Back
SF Bay Area art collectives join forces to present a fusion of poetry, prose, theater, dance, music and light to carry us through.

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Janina Glasov

Janina Glasov was a young journalist, fiction writer and burgeoning filmmaker. Glasov wrote for The Bay Guardian and Oakland Magazine and was awarded The Sander Thoenes Journalism Research Award and the Gregory and Toni Prince Research Award for Bad Girls and Their Stories of Glory... Read More →
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Victoria Lobitas

Victoria (Vicky) is a Mexican Trans Woman. She is a Poet, Visual Artist, & Writer. Graduated from CSU Monterey Bay & she currently lives in the Bay Area trying to settle with post-graduate life & something steady. She writes with passion & elegance in honest & bold poetry that speaks... Read More →
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Genevieve Marie

A recent addition to The Erotic Eclectic, Genevieve Marie has had a lifelong love affair with dance and theater. From her childhood she had trained in many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. In recent years she has turned to belly dance, fire dancing, and burlesque... Read More →
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Liz McDonald

Liz MacDonald holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from San Jose State University. You can read her writing in Lonely Planet's anthology, A Moveable Feast, or listen on NPR's Only a Game. She lives in rural southern Monterey County with her German shepherd, Ringo, and a hive of honeybees... Read More →
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Carri Newhouse

Carri Newhouse shifts shapes within bellydance, lyrical, burlesque and flow arts. These and her passion for cultivating community arts take her from quiet Pacific Grove to That Thing In The Desert. She is co-creator of three passionate teenagers and HipNautic Flowers dance tribe... Read More →
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Janice Rocke

Creative Director, Erotic Eclectic
Janice Blaze Rocke is the Creative Director of The Erotic Eclectic, a loosely affiliated group of creatives that produce multimedia, literary based performance art featuring exotic dance performance. Janice has a degree in creative writing and has been involved with theatrical and... Read More →
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Simon Rogghe

Simon Rogghe grew up in Belgium and studied philosophy in Netherlands, France, and New York. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in French Literature at U.C.Berkeleу. He is an author of Green Lions, a collaborative book of poetry.
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Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is an award-winning American author of five books published internationally, including a novel "We, Monsters" and three short story collections, "Iron," "A Cute Tombstone," "Explosion" and "Green Lions," a book of collaborative poetry co-written with Simon Rogghe... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sunday Stories Presents: Brown People Don't Read?
This event pushes boundaries and dispels the myth that brown people don't value the written word. We bring you voices of humor, rage, wonder and introspection.

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Scott Russell Duncan

Assistant Editor, Somos en escrito
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Lisa D. Gray

Lisa reads, writes, and rants about the things that tick her off and amuse her. She follows trends and looks back at how the past affects our present. She lives and writes in the Bay Area. Her writing focuses on intersections of blackness, womanhood, and Americaness. She earned her... Read More →
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Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary is working on a memoir about growing up along the Russian River. Her work is published in Sick Lit, Squalorly, Snapping Twig, Communion, Atticus Review, and other journals.
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Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres earned a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Mills College and is a founding member of Sunday Stories. She is finishing a short story collection and a memoir about her mother’s childhood in Mexico.
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Norma Liliana Valdez

Norma Liliana Valdez is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, her poems have appeared in Calyx, As It Ought To Be, Dismantle, and elsewhere. She lives... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beauty Bar 2299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Surviving Encounters of the Human & Animal Kind: The San Francisco Writers' Grotto
The San Francisco Writers' Grotto reveals how to survive encounters of all kinds - from whales to Colombian drug lords, from fallen angels to treacherous lovers, from the INS to kitty cats

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Faith Adiele

Assoc Professor, California College of the Arts
Faith Adiele’s work includes the audio/ebook The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems; Meeting Faith, a memoir about becoming Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun that won the PEN Open Book Award; My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about finding her family in Nigeria... Read More →
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a silver medal winner in First Fiction at the California Book Awards and a New York Times editor's choice. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New... Read More →
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Kristen Cosby

SF Grotto
Kristen Cosby is a freelance writer, editor, and educator.  She is currently at work on her first book project thanks to generous support from the Jan Michalski Fondation, the MacDowell Artist's Colony, the Corperation of Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her... Read More →
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Rachel Levin

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

Writer, SF Writers Grotto
Roberto Lovato is a San Francisco-born & bred journalist and writer working out of the Grotto. Prior to joining the Grotto, he was a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley's Center for Latino Policy Research. Roberto is also the recipient of a crisis reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center... Read More →
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Zoe Young

Zoe Young is a fiction writer and journalist. She holds a writing M.F.A. from California College of the Arts and has taught at San Francisco State University. Her short fiction has been published in A Tale of Four Cities Review and The Bensonhurst Review. Her short story “Angel... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Elbo Room (upstairs) 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


That 80s Show: Love, Like, and Angst in the Awesome Era
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. The Writers and Storytellers Collective shares amusing stories of love, longing, and angst in the awesome era. Put on your stone-wash or flip up your collar, and get your hair big and ready for some back to the future moments when Jerry Brown was governor, and greed was declared good; and take the way back machine to a time when a Saturday high school detention group was not forgotten, and Prince gave us Purple Rain.

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Alex DiSclafani

Alex DiSclafani hails from Florida and now calls San Francisco home. In her day job, she works in tech, where she helps prevent real-world harm to children. On her long commutes she writes.She published work in Dying Dahlia Review and The Ginger Collect. Her favorite show is Golden... Read More →
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Nada Djordjevich

Nada Djordjevich is a writer and consultant. She attended the screenwriting program at UCLA and has degrees from Harvard University and UC Berkeley. Her screenplays and fiction have received recognition from Vermont Studio Center, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, American Zoetrope... Read More →
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Rachel Hamilton

Creator & Boss Lady, RH Improv
Rachel Hamilton is an Improviser, Improv teacher and an Emmy-nominated writer. A former main-stage performer at The Second City in Chicago, she teaches improv workshops around the world, thinks big thoughts and likes you already.
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Allison Muir

Owner, Allison Muir Design
Allison Muir is a San Franciscan born writer, artist, and interior designer. During her varied career she has designed D.I.Y. projects for ReadyMade magazine, coordinated postproduction for clients such as Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks and Pixar, and produced and written... Read More →
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Mayra Padilla

Mayra Padilla is a born and raised New Jersey native who lives in San Francisco and might still be recovering from the '80s. A branding and marketing consultant, she is working on a memoir entitled Survival Delia. She is a devotee and lover of words and stories and you can follow... Read More →
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Meika Rouda

Meika Rouda is a writer and producer whose essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Fresh Yarn, The Next Family and Underwired Magazine as well as the upcoming anthology "She's Got This". Meika is a prior resident filmmaker for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and has consulted... Read More →
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Pamela Weymouth

Pamela Alma Weymouth writes for Truthdig, Justmeans and the HuffingtonPost. She teaches humor writing in San Francisco and tells stories on any stage that will have her. She lives with 1.5 puppies, a flock of hens and 2 boys, which explains why her columns are not as regular as Jack... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Elbo Room (downstairs) 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Coop's Literary Relay Race: The ManMaid's Tale
The Castro Writers Cooperative presents The ManMaid's Tale,  a twisted take on Atwood's dystopia, an original piece written solely for Lit Crawl.

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Alison Bing

Write/ edit/ curate content on travel/ food/ drink/ art/ design for Lonely Planet, Airbnb, BBC, Time Inc mags, sundry others.
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Karen Bjorneby

Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, and anthologized online at Poetry Daily. She’s received a Pushcart Special... Read More →
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Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen is a journalist based in San Francisco.  Her coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe ran in The Nation, PRI’s The World, Foreign Policy and other publications.  She’s working on a book about the deadliest day of the crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos, told... Read More →
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Joshua Citrak

Joshua Citrak - author and podcaster, host of Do Better and Hangin’ with Old Lew available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Store.
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Andrea Coombes

Andrea Coombes is a staff writer at NerdWallet. Her personal-finance stories have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald and elsewhere. In other news, she's working on a book about unreliable mothers. She walks her dog every day, almost. Sometimes... Read More →
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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 play Lost and Found... Read More →
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Scott James

Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, "SoMa" and "The Sower," published... Read More →
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Lee Jenkins

Mercilee Jenkins is an award winning playwright/performance artist, published poet and fiction writer.  Her poetry was recently published in a new online magazine, Reinventing Home (www.reinventinghome.org). Her 10-minute play, Armistice At Home received a staged reading in March... Read More →
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Mike Karpa

Gay San Francisco writer and malcontent whose memoir, short fiction and novel excerpts have recently appeared in Chaleur, Tin House, Sixfold and a handful of other discerning litmags.
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Shana Mahaffey

Co-Founder, Castro Writers Cooperative
Shana Mahaffey is the author of the novel, Sounds Like Crazy, a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009.
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Janis Cooke Newman

I'm the author of a memoir and two novels--all currently in print. I'm also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, which will be held at Esalen this upcoming May.
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Susanne Pari

I'm an Iranian-American writer and author of The Fortune Catcher, a novel of a young woman—American and Iranian, Jewish and Muslim—caught in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. I write and speak on issues of immigration, religious fundamentalism, women’s rights, and... Read More →
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Jessica Raya

Jessica Raya’s latest novel, Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit, was one of iPad Books’ Summer's Most Anticipated in 2017. Before that, The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club, published in four languages under a pseudonym, was a Redbook Top 10 Summer Read and a Kirkus Best Books... Read More →
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Doug Robson

Douglas Robson is an award-winning journalist. He has covered professional tennis since 2002, and written about other sports ranging from cycling and soccer to America’s Cup and the Iditarod. He also has written about business and the business of sports.
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Natacha Ruck

Do you remember an embarrassing moment? Let's talk about it. I am a storyteller and a storymonger. There is power in telling stories, event the embarrassing ones, and I strive to harness this power through video, audio, prose and live performance. I teach multimedia storytelling... Read More →
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Melina Selverston-Scher

Courage Seeker, The Castro Writers Coop
Writer, editor, journalist, political science professor, environmental non-profit director, global warrior for indigenous peoples and the environment, feminist, ally, musician with San Francisco's first and foremost industrial ragtime band: Parlor Tricks. What Would Judith Do?
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Cameron Tuttle

Cameron Tuttle is an American author. She 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... Read More →
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Anna Volpicelli

Art /Design/ lifestyle Journalist  San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fellow Barber 696 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts Presents: The #1 Bestseller: SF Writing Now
Tom Barbash on John Lennon, Jasmin Darznik on politics and prose, Joseph Lease on rent as theft, and Leslie Carol Roberts on climate chaos.

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Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of five books, including Dakota Winters. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio Prize and picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. His... Read More →
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Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the debut novel Song of a Captive Bird, a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, which was chosen by The New York Times Book Review as an “Editor’s Choice.” She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The... Read More →
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Eric Dolan

i am a poet from new jersey, by way of bed-stuy & many couches - i promise to have plenty of copies of my little booklets, it means the world to share my poems & ill have oodles of free everything to give & let go - i love writing, i love this opportunity, and i cannot wait to celebrate... Read More →
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Joseph Lease

Professor of Writing, California College of the Arts
Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send My Roots Rain" were anthologized in... Read More →
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Gabe Martinez

Gabe Martinez is an ex-farm boy, ex-New Yorker, ex-advertising lawyer, and ex of many men in the Castro. He writes fictional accounts of these experiences and other fun social commentary. He is writing his first novel about self-actualization. He received his BA and JD from Columbia... Read More →
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Leslie Carol Roberts

Professor and Chair, MFA Writing, California College of the Arts
Leslie Carol Roberts is Professor and Chair of MFA Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is also faculty with the Architectural Ecologies Lab at CCA, where she founded the ECOPOESIS Movement with Adam Marcus and Chris Falliers, which explores embodied messaging... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Writing Salon: A Roar Before Twenty
The Writing Salon celebrates its twentieth year offering creative writing classes to Bay Area writers with a cocktail of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

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Junse Kim

Before ever taking a writing class, Junse Kim worked as a concert promoter, Peace Corps volunteer, managerial consultant, scriptwriter, nonprofit fundraiser, and “full-time” temp. He has since received a Pushcart Prize (for his short story “Yangban”), a Faulkner Award, and... Read More →
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Nate Klug

Nate Klug earned a BA in English at the University of Chicago and a Masters from Yale Divinity School. He 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). His writing... Read More →
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Kerry Muir

Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was recently named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay... Read More →
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Lori Ostlund

Lori Ostlund’s first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize... Read More →
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Brian Tierney

Brian Tierney is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Bennington College’s MFA Writing Seminars, and holds a BA in English and Journalism, as well as an MA in Literature, from Duquesne University, where he was a teaching fellow... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fellow 820 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Tuesday Night Social: Prompt With A Vengeance
One Tuesday Night Social writer starts by writing a short piece, then passes it on to the next member, who uses it as a prompt. 

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Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau is a Berkeley-based writer. She was a Tupelo Press30/30 poet, a journalist whose work appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, and a former Political Affairs Officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia. Her first collection of... Read More →
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Andrew Dugas

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

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Lucy Flood

Lucy Flood
Lucy Flood is the author of the forthcoming novel The Way Minnows Kiss. Her writing has appeared in InsideClimate News, The Atlantic, and the Jackson Hole News and Guide, in addition to other places. One of her favorite places to write is under her fig tree.
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Matt Leibel

If Matt Leibel were an element on the periodic table, he would likely be called Leibelium. In such a case, it would then be super-weird that he is also a fiction writer, published in places like Wigleaf, Juked, Diagram, Barcelona Review, and Carolina Quarterly. DM him if you’re... Read More →
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Anne Trausch

Anne Trausch's favorite word is lollygag. Anyone who's traveled with her knows why: she has a propensity to linger in wonder, bemusement, or delight. She channels that inspiration into short fiction, screenplays, and her day job as a writer-designer at IDEO.
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Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong works as a researcher, interviewing and observing people for a living. She's also produced radio stories for KALW. When she's not researching, producing, or writing, she's dancing alongside her infant daughter.
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Liz Worthy

Liz Worthy hails from Montana. She has shown her art at Intersection for the Arts, The Roxie, 826 Valencia, Ruby’s Clay Studio, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, and the Pacific Ocean (where messages in bottles bob towards Japan). Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency... Read More →
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Sonya Worthy

Sonya Worthy photographs and interviews people reading books in public places, like laundromats, coffee shops, and parks.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
theBalm Cosmetics 788 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Tuesdays Untitled Presents: Death, Dharma & Drag
Two Sikhs, three Jews and two Queers = four writers (not mathematicians) with stories from ten years of sharing tea, tofu and typing together on Tuesdays.

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Dawn Gross

"If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?" Hospice and Palliative Care physician, mother, wife, sister and daughter, writer, magic wand-bearer and radio host, and lover of all furry things that purr, Dawn is passionate about discovering what matters most and empowering each... Read More →
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Japa Kaur

Japa is a Stanford graduate turned Astrologer turned rockstar turned Kundalini Yoga teacher. She writes horoscopes for a website and songs for her all-female rock band, "Down in Front." Claims to fame include being pictured in National Geographic playing a sousaphone while riding... Read More →
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Awtar Kaur Khalsa

Director, Kundalini Yoga Center
Awtar practices and teaches Kundalini Yoga and trains teachers internationally. She lives with her husband of 40 years in colorful Haight Ashbury. They have an adult daughter. She strives to promote social justice, access, and equity in her yoga community.
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Julia Query

Twenty years ago, Julia Query made the award winning documentary Live Nude Girls UNITE! about the unionization of the iconic Lusty Lady peep show. She has a secret life as a therapist and sometimes publishes essays. She has two sons, one husband and is still a queer, femme, lesbian... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Serendipity 803 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Voices and Writings From Behind Prison Walls
The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation leads the U.S. in prison reform by supplying inmates with educational and self-help programs geared towards early earned release opportunities. Yardtime Literary Program operates inside six California State Prisons, helping both men and women inmates "find their voices on the page." We present to you vivid samples of current inmate writings as well as an open forum on California's efforts towards permanently altering the state's prison agenda. Former inmate students and prison administrators will be in attendance.

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Alan Black

Alan Black teaches creative writing to inmates at Folsom Women's Facility. He attended the birth of Litquake in a Tenderloin bar in the late-20th century.  
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Scott Bohlmann

Scott Bohlmann is an amateur writer and long-term prison volunteer. He currently teaches African American History, Philosophy and Creative Writing with the Yardtime Literary Program at three different CDCR institutions.  
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David Corbett

David Corbett is the award-winning author of six novels, including 2018's The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, plus the story collection Thirteen Confessions, and The Art of Character ("A writer's bible"—Elizabeth Brundage).  
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Kent Zimmerman

Kent Zimmerman, Yardtime Literary Program co-founder, is also the co-author of New York Times bestsellers Hell's Angel with Ralph "Sonny" Barger, Operation Family Secrets as well as London Times bestseller Rotten: No Irish No Blacks No Dogs with John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon.

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
HOMEY 2221 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Women Who Submit Writing
Women Who Submit Writing seeks to empower women writers by creating physical and virtual spaces for sharing information, supporting and encouraging literary submissions, and clarifying the submission and publication process. This reading is a chance for some of our members to celebrate their publication successes.

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. Her first fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, debuted in August 2017 from Meerkat Press. You can find her shorter works in over twenty publications including Defenestration, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and most... Read More →
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Jennifer Hasegawa

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

L.S. Johnson writes speculative fiction, with work appearing in Year's Best Weird Fiction, Strange Horizons, Interzone, and other venues. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, won the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
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Janna Layton

Janna Layton lives in Oakland, California with her wonderful cat Eponine. Her poetry and fiction have been published in various literary journals, including The New Yorker, Apex, Mythic Delirium, Zone 3, and Caesura.
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Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace is the founder of the San Francisco branch of Women Who Submit Writing. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Puerto del Sol, Copper Nickel, Asimov's and Clarkesworld. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award.


Young Adult Writers of Mills College
A selection of Young Adult readings from the MFA and undergraduate creative writing program at Mills College.

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Anna Erice

Anna Erice graduated from UC Davis with degrees in English, Philosophy, and Education. She is pursuing an MFA in prose and young adult fiction at Mills College. She lives in Novato with her husband and their two chubby cats. She works as a caretaker for children with developmental... Read More →
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John C. Gregan

John Gregan is a senior at Mills College, where he is majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Queer Studies. Originally from a former biker town just outside of Los Angeles, John's writing focuses on grief, trans masculinity, family, and ghosts.
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Leah O'Sullivan

Leah O'Sullivan is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. She previously attended University of Puget Sound and graduated with a B.A. in English in 2016. She has had prose and poetry works published in CrossCurrents Literary & Arts Magazine, Wetlands Magazine... Read More →
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Kathryn Reiss

Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time... Read More →
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Ariadne Wolf

Ariadne Wolf will complete her MFA and enter a Ph.D program in 2019. Her creative nonfiction has been published in ten literary journals, including Rascal and Echo Literary Journal, and two anthologies. She writes at the intersection of mythology and trauma, spirituality and mermaids... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
ScholarMatch 849 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Zoetic Press
Zoetic Press authors read new work - poetry, prose and nonfiction. 

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Taylor Imel

Taylor Imel is a Chicago based writer. She holds a Bachelors degree in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College. Her current project centers around women, their bodies and the rosary---talk with her about any or all. Previous publications include Hypertrophic Press (Pushcart Prize... Read More →
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David Maduli

David S. Maduli is a father of two, veteran public school teacher, deejay, and author of the chapbook 00:33:33 (thirty-three and a third) (Zoetic Press, 2018). He is a proud alumnus of the VONA, Las Dos Brujas, and Napa Valley Writers' workshops, and he was the 2011 recipient of the... Read More →
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Effie Seiberg

Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer who likes to mix whimsy and philosophy. Her stories can be found in the "Women Destroy Science Fiction!" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine (winner of the 2015 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology), Galaxy's Edge, Analog... Read More →
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Sean VanSickel

Sean VanSickel is a writer living in Bakersfield, CA, where he works as an English teacher. He's a former staff writer at The Runner (Cal State University Bakersfield's student newspaper) and has been published in The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. This is his first publication since... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Laundré 2401 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


An Evening with The Rumpus
Come feel the literary love. Featuring readings from five of our favorite Bay Area writers, with comedy by Nato Green. Hosted by Christine H. Lee.

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Nato Green

San Francisco native Nato Green is the country's only semi-functional hybrid of comedian, writer, and union organizer. In 2018, Nato Green released his second comedy album The Whiteness Album on Blonde Medicine Records, appeared in the film Sorry to Bother You, and lived in Cuba... Read More →
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Lizz Huerta

Lizz Huerta is a Mexi-Rican writer from the Borderlands of Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Cut, The Miami Rail, Portland Review and various anthologies. Her first novel, The Lost Dreamer, a young adult novel set in a fantastical mesoamerican world is... Read More →
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R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon's first novel, The Incendiaries, was published by Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere... Read More →
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Christine H. Lee

Editor, The Rumpus
Christine H. Lee is the author of a memoir (TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER), which was featured in Self magazine, Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, The New... Read More →
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Christine No

Christine No is a Korean American poet, essayist and producer. She is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, two time Pushcart Prize nominee, and Best of the Net Nominee. You can find her work in: The Rumpus, sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Story Online, Apogee, Atlas and Alice, and various... Read More →
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Matthew Siegel

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, which received the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. Siegel’s poems and essays have appeared in the Academy of American Poets... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Anthony Bourdain
Our theme is Anthony Bourdain. Storytellers are encouraged to tell about a story inspired by the man himself, food, or adventure. Even after death his legacy and stories live on. Bourdain is an inspiration to so many on so many levels. He is dearly missed, but by telling stories, and sharing experiences at this lit crawl we echo his journey to connect interesting people and gather.  

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Silvi Alcivar

“my poems emerge from the dark of you meeting i. then there is something more than light. there is life.” Silvi Alcivar received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a BA in English and Women’s Studies, with a focus on fine... Read More →
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Nicole Hankton

Nicole Hankton, a Bay Area Native, is the youngest of six and a member of a huge extended family. Big families come together around food, and so much happens during those gatherings. Life, family and home-cooked meals make up a recipe of sorts, and she’ll share her observations... Read More →
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Leslie Jonath

Leslie Jonath is the author or co-author of many children's books and two cookbooks, including Miette. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sheri Giblin is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in food. Her work has appeared in numerous cookbooks and magazines.
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Eden Stein

Owner and Curator, Secession Art & Design
Eden Stein has lived in SF since 1999. Her first experience with writing was in the 2nd grade when she wrote a poem that got published. Throughout her teenage years, she wrote a zine called 7th Street that was sponsored by Maximum Rock & Roll and got global recognition. She traveled... Read More →
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Hiya Swanhuyser

Hiya Swanhuyser was born on the ninth floor of UCSF, earned her MFA from USF, and has lived in the city for 14 yearsthis time. Her work has appeared in SF Weekly, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, and her Backstage Heroes column runs on the KQED Arts website.  

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Secession Art and Design 3235 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


As-Am Authors Spill the Tea
"Tea." Noun, American slang: stories, gossip and personal truth. Catch Asian-American writers baring their souls to you in the 2018 Lit Crawl.

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Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen's novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, was named a best book of 2018 by Entropy, Popsugar and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper's Bazaar, and In Style. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She has received awards from... Read More →
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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, where she recently served as a San Francisco Library Laureate. Her third prose chapbook, Don't Give Up on Alan Greenspan, was selected as the winner of CutBank's 2018 contest and will be released... Read More →
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Akemi Johnson

Akemi Johnson is the author of Night In The American Village: Women in the Shadows of the U.S. Military Bases on Okinawa, forthcoming from The New Press in 2019.  Akemi has contributed to The Nation, NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, Travel + Leisure, Roads & Kingdoms... Read More →
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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong is the author of Goodbye, Vitamin , pubished by Henry Holt and Co.
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Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors," won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and was a Target Book Club selection. Munaweera's second novel, "What Lies Between Us," won the Godage Prize for Best English Novel.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission Branch Library 300 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Authors of The Ruby
The Ruby is an arts and letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions.

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Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, winner of the Believer award. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica.She is an editor at large for McSweeney's.
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Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. She is the author of MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS (2018), selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award; HOUSE A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and INVOCATION... Read More →
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Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel, The Border of Paradise, which was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
ScholarMatch 849 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Beyond Wakanda
Writing/dreaming ourselves into a future as African people is a surreal act in itself. Six black writers read their surreal, futuristic, or Wakanda-inspired work.

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Alan Saint Clark

Your friendly neighborhood super villain and ontological machanicist moved to Oakland to write his latest graphic novel series, In Search of the Black Panther Party., and also franchise villainy to the west coast. He is also author of the sci fi soap opera, Babylon, and the founder... Read More →
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Thaddeus Howze

THADDEUS HOWZEAuthor | Editor | Futurist | TechnologistThaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus' speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary... Read More →
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Rochelle Spencer

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

President, Bay Area Generations
Amos White is a haiku poet and author, producer, director and activist. He is author of "The Sound of the Web: Haiku and Poetry on Facebook and Twitter" (CreateSpace, 2013, www.amazon.com/Sound-Web-Poetry-Facebook-Twitter/dp/1456581473/) and is published in several national and international... Read More →
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Audrey T. Williams

Audrey T. Williams is a Poet|Writer|Activist. In 2018, she earned her MFA in Writing from CCA. She writes through a lens of Black, multi-cultural ancestry infused with flights of fantasy. Current projects: Of Chutneys and Chitlins: Stories from a Multi-cultural American Girl and Liberation... Read More →
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Dera R. Williams

Director- Time Capsules, Co-Director Special Projects, AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
Dera R. Williams is an Oakland writer who writes in the fiction, nonfiction and memoir genres. A child of the Great Migration, she moved to California from Arkansas at two years old. As a family historian, Dera researches and writes about her family and has assisted others in researching... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Laundry (upstairs) 3359 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Borderlands Cafe
Borderlands Cafe presents four brilliant genre authors for your listening pleasure. This year we have a bit of everything; science fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

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Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of The City in the Middle of the Night (January 2019), and hosts the Writers With Drinks reading series.
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Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the World Fantasy and Hugo Award-nominated author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent.
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Megan E. O'Keefe

Megan E. O'Keefe writes fantasy and science fiction stories. Her fantasy debut novel, Steal the Sky, is the winner of the Gemmell Morningstar Award.
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Nancy Tingley

Nancy Tingley, like the curator protagonist in her Jenna Murphy mystery series (A Death in Bali), is a specialist in Southeast Asian art.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Celebrating Mission At Tenth
Mission At Tenth is the Inter-arts journal published through the MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. The event will include Bay Area writers and artists who have been featured in our seventh issue.

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Randall Babtkis

Randall Babtkis is the Founding Editor of Mission at Tenth. He is currently at work on a novel called The Origginals. The second "g" is silent.
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Carolyn Cooke

Carolyn Cooke is the author of The Bostons, Daughters of the Revolution, and Amor & Psycho. She teaches in the MFA Program at CIIS.
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Anne Finger

Anne Finger is the author of A Woman, in Bed (just out from Cinco Puntos Press) and Call Me Ahab (winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize and nominee for the Northern California Book Award).  She has taught disability studies and creative writing at both the university level and in... Read More →
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Paula Junn

Paula Junn is a maker of stories, photography, and jewelry. She moved to San Francisco over four years ago to pursue a dream of becoming more of herself, and she continues to follow that path, wherever it takes her.
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Julie Levak

Julie Levak is the Editor of Mission at Tenth and a nonfiction writer who is sometimes as VanishingSF.
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Jenni Olson

Jenni Olson is a writer, queer media historian, filmmaker, and online pioneer. Her most recent film, The Royal Road, premiered at Sundance in 2015 and is now available worldwide on DVD and digital. Jenni is the proud proprietor of Butch.org — a conceptual worldwide safe space dedicated... Read More →
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Tony Robles

Tony Robles, "The People's Poet" is a born and raised San Franciscan, Filipino/Friscopino/Black poet currently living in North Carolina. Author of two books of poetry/short stories: Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco and Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, published... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Cogswell College: Get Gory
Sometimes, gross is gorgeous and gore makes sense. Sometimes it's what really happened -- or a necessary escape from some subtler pain. Let's get gory.

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Ron Austin

Ron Austin's book Avery Colt Is A Snake, A Thief, A Liar is forthcoming in the fall of 2019. His story "Cauldron" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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JK Fowler

Nomadic Press, founder
J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications for Peace and Partnerships at the Oakland Peace... Read More →
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Molly Giles

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

Tomas Moniz edited Rad Dad and Rad Families. His novella Bellies and Buffalos is about friendship, family and Flamin' Hot Cheetos. He's the recipient of the SF Literary Arts Foundation's 2016 Award, the 2016 Can Serrat Residency, the 2017 Caldera Residency and others. He's recently... Read More →
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Keenan Norris

Keenan Norris's novel Brother and The Dancer won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. His next book, By The Lemon Tree, came out in September 2018. He's also completing a book about Richard Wright and the probkem with "Chi-raq."  He holds an M.F.A. from Mills College and a Ph.D. from... Read More →
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July Westhale

July Westhale is a poet and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Via Negativa (forthcoming from Kore Press), Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award),  The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dovre Club 1498 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Consider the Crab Collective [Verbs]
Come witness the eclectic San Francisco collective who brings you poetry performed, poetry read, poetry improvised, and poetry combined with multimedia, art, & various ephemera in this interactive & immersive poetry experience.

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Jade Chan

Jade Chan loves words and daylights as a software engineer. She studied English Literature and Computer Science at Tufts University, enjoys typography & algorithms, and spends an extraordinary amount of time on her computer.
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Kevin Dublin

Academic Success Manager & TA, Kickstart Coding
Kevin Dublin is author of the chapbook How to Fall in Love in San Diego and editor of Etched Press. He has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, North Carolina Poetry Society, and more. He enjoys making video adaptations... Read More →
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Antony Fangary

Antony Fangary is a Coptic-American working on his MFA in Poetry at San Francisco State University. He was the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize, and curates his own reading series called Tenderlovin in the TL, which doubles as a charity event for... Read More →
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Lisa Galloway

Lisa Galloway is a queer San Francisco-based poet with an MFA from Pacific University. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, she’s the author of the chapbook Liminal: A Life of Cleavage published by Lost Horse Press. She directs and teaches poetry for Litquake’s Elder Writing Project... Read More →
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Nikki Henderson

Poet, Consider the Crab
Nikki Henderson, author of The Tower Diaries, is a skeleton that lives (and occasionally sleeps) in San Francisco. The only true soulmates she believes in are beans and rice, but entertains love affairs with delicious weirdos of all kinds. Anywhere she goes, a bouquet tends to spontaneously... Read More →


Encounters in Faraway Places: Traveling Writers Explore the Wide World
Traveling out of our comfort zones creates opportunities for discovery, transformation, and illumination, whether in far-flung places or unfamiliar neighborhoods close to home.

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Sivani Babu

Co-founder, Hidden Compass
Sivani Babu is the co-founder and Creative Director of exploration-driven media company Hidden Compass. She is an award-winning nature photographer and travel journalist with a sometimes-unhealthy fascination with extreme landscapes and weather. As a writer and photographer, she has... Read More →
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Sabine Bergmann

Co-Founder and Editorial Director, Hidden Compass
Sabine Bergmann is the co-founder and Editorial Director of Hidden Compass. As an award-winning travel, science and nature writer, she has contributed stories to dozens of publications — including WIRED, Sierra Magazine, and The Best Travel Writing book series — with a collective... Read More →
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Matthew Félix

Matthew Félix is an author and podcast host.Matthew’s debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, is the story of a young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition. The 2019 BookLife Prize called A Voice Beyond Reason “(a) highly crafted gem.”Matthew’s With Open Arms: Short Stories of... Read More →
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Carla Gambescia

Founder, La Dolce Vita University
Carla’s passion for Italy began early: with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades, she’s written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle. Carla was a former partner... Read More →
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Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald has traveled extensively through five continents, working as a journalist and photographer. In addition he has created exhibits, lectures, and educational programs for San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the University of California, The Body Shop, and the Asian Art Museum... Read More →
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Larry Habegger

Executive Editor, Travelers' Tales
Larry Habegger is a writer and editor who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than three decades, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Haus Coffee 3086 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Endangered Species, Enduring Values
A community anthology about how heritage, history, and spirituality inspire writers of color to work for a just and inclusive society.

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Sandra Bass

Sandra Bass, Ph.D. is Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Public Service Center at UC Berkeley where she works with students, communities, and faculty on promoting social justice and transformative social change. Sandra is a Bay Area native and San Francisco resident for... Read More →
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Francée Covington

After an exciting four decades career as a TV and video director, producer and writer at WCBS New York, WBZ Boston and KGO, KPIX and KQED in San Francisco, she headed her eponymous video production company, counting Fortune 500 companies and branches of state and municipal governments... Read More →
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Tiny Gray-Garcia

co-founder, POOR Magazine
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork... Read More →
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Dena Rod

Managing Editor, Argot Magazine
Dena Rod is a writer, editor, and poet based in the Bay Area. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have a Master’s Degree in English Literature. They are currently the managing editor at Argot Literary Magazine. Through creative nonfiction essays and poetry, Dena works... Read More →
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Shizue Seigel

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

Born in Havana and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district, Jesus Francisco Sierra writes about Cuba during the first ten years of the Revolution and growing up in the Mission as one of few Cubans there during the seventies. He holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
DCopper+ 1017 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California
Scarlet Tanager Books presents the editors and three contributors reading from a new anthology of poems on California ecosystems.

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Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen is an award-winning journalist and poet, the author of a non-fiction book, two poetry chapbooks, and two full-length collections of poems: Throat Singing (2012, WordTech) and A Different Wakeful Animal (2016, Red Dragonfly Press, David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize)
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Lucille Lang Day

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

Jack Foley was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Berkeley Poetry Festival in 2010, and June 5, 2010 was declared Jack Foley Day in Berkeley. Jack Foley is also the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  Since 1988, Foley has also... Read More →
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Dave Holt

Owner, Bohemian Hwy Music & Books
After high school, Dave Holt began setting his poems to music. This led to a reenactment of the well-known songwriter fable, moving from his birthplace, Toronto, Canada, to California. He followed the muse of story-telling and poetry into San Francisco State University’s Creative... Read More →
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Sangye Land

Sangye Land is a life-long poetry enthusiast and Jack Foley’s new life partner. She has helped edit manuscripts written by poet Julie Rogers, her mother, and lived with Julie Rogers and poet David Meltzer during the final year of his life. She is a student of Buddhism and a volunteer... Read More →
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Ruth Nolan

Professor of Creative Writing / Author, College of the Desert
Talk to me about the California deserts! And all that unfolds there. I write poetry and prose about this mythopoetic, storied landscape, my lifelong home. You can also talk to me about my desert-based writing. My works include: "Badwater," a finalist in the 2018 Hilary Gravendyk Poetry... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Needles & Pens 1173 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Harina, Agua y Corazón: From the Mission to the Bronx
Poets bob and weave through booming memory and ambivalent fictions to conjure new poetics on intuition and forgotten names.

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Farah Amezcua

Farah Amezcua is going through it, but at least she has at least one good friend. She has no cats but she imagines that she wants one. Her veins are filled with marinara sauce and her hair smells like hookah. She currently lives with a spider, a snake, and a piece of trash. Get r... Read More →
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Oscar Bermeo

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the poetry chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below and To the Break of Dawn. He makes his home in Oakland with his wife, poeta Jane Reyes. He has facilitated poetry workshops at Rikers Island Penitentiary... Read More →
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Estela de la Cruz

Estela de la Cruz was born in El Paso, Texas, but grew up in California. She has lived in San Francisco Mission District for ten years. She published in Konch Magazine, and has a chapbook titled For the Hell of it. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, which she obtained as a single mother... Read More →


Keats Literary Soul-Making Competition: Soul-Making From A To Z
The annual Soul-Making Keats literary competition awards cash prizes across twelve genres. Seasoned contest judges will read recent prize-winning work and share tips and guidelines.

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Mary Kennedy Eastham

Writer, Self-employed
My first book The Shadow of A Dog I Can't Forget - Poems & Prose was a 2017 Wild Card Runner-Up Winner in the Amsterdam Book Festival. My second book Squinting Over Water - Stories is a 2019 First place Winner in the Florida Book Festival and a 2013 Wild-Card Runner-Up Winner in the... Read More →
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Robert Eastwood

Robert Eastwood is widely published both in print and online. He has three poetry chapbooks all published by Small Poetry Press. His first book, “Snare” was published by Broadstone Books in 2016. His latest book, “Romer” was released in August by Etruscan Press. He worked... Read More →
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Sue Granzella

I'm a later-in-life writer who's found great fulfillment in the richness of the Bay Area writing community. My writing has been recognized as Notable in Best American Essays, I've won two contests, and have won the Naomi Rodden Essay Award. I've been widely published in literary journals... Read More →
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Li Miao Lovett

Li Miao Lovett is an award-winning writer telling stories of cultural and environmental change. Her debut novel, In the Lap of the Gods, is a tale of the dammed and displaced in China’s Three Gorges.
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Kathleen McClung

I am the author of two poetry collections, The Typists Play Monopoly (2018) and Almost the Rowboat (2013). I teach at Skyline College and The Writing Salon and am associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, a national writing contest based in the Bay Area.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission Yoga 2390 Mission St #200, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Kinda True Stories
Six writers deliver the emotional depth of life with a fictional edge. Or as Emily Dickinson said "Tell all the truth but tell it slant."

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner’s short stories have been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Sun, PANK, The Fabulist, Fence, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Writing That Risks. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Anything That Moves, Utne Reader, Men’s Health and other... Read More →

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Pia Chatterjee

Pia Chatterjee was granted the 2011 SF Grotto fellowship for emerging writers. Previously, she won the Ledge fiction competition and was named a finalist for the BreadLoaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation scholarship. She has recently completed a novel Freeschool Street, and her stories have... Read More →
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Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook is an award-winning journalist and author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, The Economist , Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Columbia Journalism... Read More →
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Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard's debut novel, The Risk of Us, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt April 2019. A fellow of the MacDowell Colony and member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, she is also the author of a memoir, The Lost Night, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared... Read More →
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Kirin Khan

Kirin is a writer living in Oakland, California, who callsAlbuquerque, New Mexico, her hometown, and Peshawar, Pakistan,her homeland. Kirin is an alumnus of VONA, Las Dos Brujas, and theTin House Writers Workshop, and she is a 2017 PEN Emerging VoicesFellow, a 2017 SF Writers Grotto... Read More →
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Lisa Lerner

freelance writer, SF Writers Grotto
Lisa Lerner is the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year JUST LIKE BEAUTY, in development as a feature film with Lars Von Trier's Zentropa Production Company. Her children's book titles forthcoming from Heinemann in 2019 include TRULY DELICIOUS and A PERFECT MESS... Read More →
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Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg is the author of Like Water And Other Stories (WTAW Press, 2019), and of three Russian-language story collections, the most recent published in Moscow in 2016.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Onecommons 3019 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


LibroMobile: Why We Choose Small Presses
In an age where people believe books are endangered and New York publishers know best, we choose small presses over the name recognition, book listings and mainstream popularity. We choose small presses because they recognize we do not represent one label in society but a variety of intersectional conversations. We choose small presses because they know us best—and they choose us. Diverse and award-winning authors celebrate their publishers, new writings and recently released small press books.

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Sarah Rafael García

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

Julayne Lee is an overseas adopted Korean American poet, essayist, artivist, curator and producer. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior (2018, Rare Bird) was on BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March. She is a Las Dos Brujas & VONA alum. Co-founder of Adoptee... Read More →
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Aurielle Marie

Aurielle Marie is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer cultural strategist and a community organizer. Through her work as a poet and an activist, she explores the uses of intimacy and ritual in the practice of Black resistance. Aurielle is a 2018 Lambda Literary Writer Retreat fellow, a 2017... Read More →
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Mónica Teresa Ortiz

Poet. muted blood. black radish books, 2018.
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Dustin Pearson

Dustin Pearson is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson... Read More →
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Norma Smith

Norma Smith was born in Detroit, grew up in Fresno, and has lived in Oakland since the late 1960s. She worked for many years in hospitals and has also worked as a journalist, as a translator/interpreter, community scholar-educator, event and conference organizer, and as an editor... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Acción Latina 2958 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Litquake's Writing Contest Winners
Join us for readings from the winners of Litquake's fourth annual writing contest. Hosted by Sophia Cross.

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Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary is working on a memoir about growing up along the Russian River. Her work is published in Sick Lit, Squalorly, Snapping Twig, Communion, Atticus Review, and other journals.
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Kevin Lewis

A queer guy who’s made SF home for 24 years, I’ve finally accepted that I’m an artist and I have to own it. I’ve not had any of my poetry published yet.
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Djenanway Se-Gahon

Djenanway Lennea Siwey Se-Gahon is a Seattle-born writer of Canadian and Ivorian descent. She was selected to speak as a part of the Social Justice and Equity project in King County, "Reflecting on Race and Racism through Poetry, Spoken Word and Conversation." She is currently pursuing... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Memoir, From the Margins to the Core: Writing Our Truths
Four women take to the mic with stories from our Black, Xicana, White, queer, straight experience and what it’s like to write memoir in community with each other, first as MFA students, now officially as MoFoArtists. We all write to understand our challenging pasts and, most of all, to reveal our common humanity.

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Britney Hill

Bay Area born and raised, Britney Hill has spent much time living on both the West and East Coasts, but accredits much of her creativity and flair to the experiences in which she gained living down South in Atlanta, GA. As an out of place city girl in the rural South, she found herself... Read More →
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Stacy Johnson

Writer and Photographer
Stacy Johnson was born in Jackson, Mississippi and often relies on her Southern roots for inspiration. She grew up in the Bay Area writing short stories and poetry in the margins of her notebooks and taking pictures of everyday life in Oakland, California. Stacy combines prose, poetry... Read More →
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Karina Muniz

Karina Muñiz-Pagán is a queer Xicana prose writer of mixed-heritage with roots in San Francisco and the El Paso/Juarez border. She has a MFA from Mills College where she was the Community Engagement Fellow and taught creative writing to members of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a Latina... Read More →
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Phyllis Oscar

Phyllis Oscar is hard at work on her memoir We Were That Family: Confronting A Murderous Legacy. Phyllis earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Mills College in 2017, where she won the Melody Clarke Teppola Graduate Creative Writing Award in 2016. She challenges herself to... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gents Barber Club 3041 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Neighborhood Raizes y Latinx Futuras
What La Mission was and continues to be is celebrated in the vozes of poets whose palabras remind us of the strength of our shared cultures. 

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Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded POCHO spanglish speaking poet from La Area Bahia who learned to write poetry in the kitchen of his Mama's Mexican restaurant. He first began performing his poetry en La Mission in San Pancho at the now infamous Thursday night readings at Cafe... 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... Read More →
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Flavia Elisa Mora

Flavia Elisa is an immigrant artivist from Mexico, raised in San Francisco. Her writing focuses on her experience as an immigrant chingonx, spiritual old soul, and her role in intersectional feminism, and the healing of systematic oppression in unrepresented communities.
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Norman Zelaya

The child of Nicaraguan immigrants, Norman Zelaya was born in San Francisco in 1972 and grew up in the Mission District, the setting for his debut book, “Orlando and Other Stories” (Pochino Press... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Parnassus Poets and Writers
Join the Poets on Parnassus as they give poetic and narrative voice to myth, trauma, immigration, death, the bizarre and the search for truth.

(Please note that this event has been relocated from the venue indicated in the program and on the map.)

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Sheyda Aboii

Sheyda writes to uncover the magic of things mundane.
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Krishna Chaganti

I write out of compulsion. As a physician, mother, hyphenated American, friend, wife and more I write to try to understand the unknowable in daily things. I've read before as part of the physician-writers group the Nocturnists and am working on several personal essays, but mostly... Read More →
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Terri Mason

Terri is a writer who likes to eat, walk her dog, and remember her Angelino roots. She writes to find out what she thinks about things.
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Jenny Qi

Poet, writer, medical editor. Co-host @BoneLabRadio. Former cancer researcher @UCSF... Read More →
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Daniel Raskin

Daniel is a retired child whisperer, living in Bernal Heights. He writes with Poets on Parnassus and Laguna Writers. Writing is primarily a practice for him, much like yoga or meditation might be.
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Suzanne TK

Carer, poet, voyager. I celebrate sparks and wonder amid storms and indifference.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Casa Bonampak 1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA


Perspectives from Coeditoria
Readings inspired by being an exotic dancer in Guam, leaving Russia forever, navigating San Francisco's hook-up scene in the seventies, and gambling away a college tuition.

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Eric Fain

Eric Fain is a voracious, omnivorous, and retentive reader of almost all genres of fiction and non-fiction.  A retired immigration attorney and tax law specialist, he's now working on memoirs of his childhood on a farm in the Ozarks, his 47 years in San Francisco, and his adventures... Read More →
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Sam Gong

Sam Gong is an entrepreneur and aspiring writer of speculative fiction. He strives to bridge history and futurism with creative storytelling, and to portray a vision of the future that provokes reaction and discussion. His professional career spans government work in Washington DC, ex... Read More →
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Harriet Rohmer

Harriet Rohmer is the founder and long-time publisher of Children’s Book Press, the pioneering publisher of bilingual and multicultural picture books (now an imprint of Lee & Low). Her books have won many major awards, including the American Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award... Read More →
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Ekaterina "Kate" Rossikhina

Ekaterina “Kate” Rossikina was born and raised as an only child in a top-secret, closed city in the USSR where she decided as a youngster that forbidden berries were more fun to eat than those her parents allowed her to pick.
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Anna Sears

In her youth, Anna Sears traveled the world as an exotic dancer – from Guam to Alaska, New York City to Switzerland – wearing her Phi Beta Kappa key and keeping a detailed daily journal for 15 years. She is currently adapting skills developed by initiating, facilitating, promoting... Read More →
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Teck Sway-Bien

I am a writer based in the East Bay. I have been featured on Wattpad.com, the world’s largest writing community, and in 2016 won a Watty, one of its annual prizes. I write fiction and non-fiction, and am currently working on a novel titled Memoirs of a Gaysian.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Beer Nerds 3331 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


San Francisco Buddhist Center
Walls are Stories; Stories are Doors. 

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Nabil Arnaoot

Nabil Arnaoot is interested in bittersweet: the sway and shift between resistance and surrender; freedom and loneliness; tecnophiliac play and justice. He lives in San Francisco.
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Alex Gurevich

Investor and writer. Author of The Next Perfect Trade: A Magic Sword of Necessity.
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Sarah Paris

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

Tony Acarasiddhi Press tries to pay attention and sometimes he does. His poetry e-chapbook EQUINOX AND SOLSTICE can be seen at Right Hand Pointing. His short story collection - CROSSING THE LINES - (published by Big Table), is available via some indy bookstores, from that Amazon... Read More →
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Lisa Rosenberg

Poet Laureate, San Mateo County
Poet, once and future consultant, recovering engineer. Author of A DIFFERENT PHYSICS, winner of the 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize. Interests include multidisciplinary outreach: science, technology, and poetry.
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Mary Salome

Queer Arab- and Irish-American Buddhist, writer, media activist, independent radio producer, & nerd. I write across genres about impostors, and the little nooks where we can be naked in our happiness and in each other’s company. I also write about the spaces where our happiness... Read More →


San Francisco Writers Workshop
Where is/are the town(s) called Moron? When is Schrödinger catsitting again? The universe's oldest writing workshop has answers, kinda. Hosted  by Judy Viertel.

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Judy Viertel

A proud public educator, in 2014 Judy Viertel was named San Francisco Teacher of the Year. She can't seem to stay away from fiction, though. She's been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Gold Dust Magazine, Read Short Fiction, Mad Swirl, and others. One of her stories will appear... Read More →

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Conrad Bishop

Conrad Bishop is a professional actor/playwright, now writing fiction. With his mate Elizabeth Fuller he has written 50+ plays, 2 novels, and a memoir, and shared two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Their radio series "Hitchhiking off the Map" was broadcast... Read More →
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Robin Bullard

Robin Bullard once drove in a demolition derby and came in fifth. Robin Bullard is trying to write a novel. Robin Bullard hitch-hiked across America four times. Robin Bullard ushers tourists to the best selfie locations. While in Paris, Robin Bullard worked as a laborer. Robin Bullard's... Read More →
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Hannah Custis

Hannah Custis is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. student. Originally from rural Maryland, she lived in Florida and New York City before moving to the West Coast to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her current research explores mythology and therapeutic storytelling... Read More →
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Cynthia Gómez

Cynthia Gómez is an educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work was published in From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry.
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Tatyana Sundeyeva

Originally from Kishinev, Moldova, Tatyana Sundeyeva is a Russian-American writer living in San Francisco. She writes short literary fiction and Young Adult novels, with particular interest in transportive travel writing, Young Adult novels with witty female characters, and short... Read More →
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Tony Tepper

Tony's mother was a butterfly trainer, and his father died from a tragic blotting paper accident when Tony was four. He may not have ink in his blood, but Tony has it all over his pants, white shirts, and hands. He has been the recipient of the Lifetime Procrastination in Writing... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Café La Bohème 3318 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Seventeen Syllables: Things We Don’t Talk About: Secrets and Silences
Seventeen Syllables, a Bay Area-based Asian American writers collective, confront and explore the Things We Don’t Talk About in a mixed-genre reading of fiction, poetry and memoir.

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Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster’s debut book of poetry, Topaz (Four Way Books, 2013) received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. His second poetry collection, Seize, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2020. He is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s... Read More →
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Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan spent her early childhood in Tahiti and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her writings have been published in Asian American Literary Review, Café Irreal, Calyx, NewEngland Review, Vice-Versa, and the anthologies Ms. Aligned... Read More →
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Jay Dayrit

Director of Editorial Operations, Wired
Jay Ruben Dayrit’s work has appeared in several magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, including Jellyfish Review, Sycamore Review, Minnesota Review, Santa Clara Review, Nexus, The Yale Quarterly, WIRED Magazine, His 2: brilliant new fiction by gay men (Faber & Faber), What... Read More →
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Caroline Kim-Brown

Caroline Kim-Brown graduated with an MFA in Poetry from The University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Award, and was a Michener Fellow in Fiction at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been published or has work forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Green Mountains... Read More →
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Grace Loh Prasad

Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the SF Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and she is an alumna of the VONA workshop for writers of color along with residencies at Hedgebrook and the... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Praxis 3047 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Tasty Lit with 7x7
Join the editors of 7x7 and Rich Table chefs Sarah and Evan Rich to get the flavor of crafting a cookbook. Nosh one of the restaurant's signature recipes + more crafty surprises.

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Aubrie Pick

Aubrie is a food, portrait, lifestyle, travel, and interiors photographer whose work takes her around the world. She has worked on cookbooks with Giada DeLaurentis, Sam Kass, Cedellay Marley, and Guy Fieri, and you can find her photographs in Chrissy Teigen's cookbook Cravings: Recipes... Read More →
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Evan Rich

Queens-born and Jersey-raised Evan Rich graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and initially worked for David Bouley before rising to Chef de Cuisine at a series of high profile restaurants, including Quince and Coi. In 2012, he and Sarah Rich opened Rich Table in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley... Read More →
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Sarah Rich

Sarah Rich lived in Louisiana until age 15, moved to east Texas and attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan before clocking time at Bouley. She switched to Mas and moved with husband Evan to San Francisco, where she continued her upward trajectory as sous chef of Michael... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Beat Within: Voices Behind Bars
Since 1996, The Beat Within has been leading writing and conversation workshops in juvenile and adult correctional facilities in and outside California. From these workshops we publish the work of these talented and thoughtful participants.  We’ll read some extraordinary recent submissions

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Kathy Ellison

Author, journalist & workshop leader, Ink, Inc.
I'm a former foreign correspondent, freelance journalist, and author and co-author of ten non-fiction books, on subjects ranging from Imelda Marcos to environmental conservation to ADHD. I'm passionate about the power of writing to change minds and hearts.
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David Inocencio

founder and director, The Beat Within
The Beat Within was founded in San Francisco, (1996) when San Francisco native, David Inocencio, former assistant director of the Detention Diversion Advocacy Program, teamed up with Pacific News Service, a non-profit media/communications organization, to offer writing workshops to... Read More →
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I'm just tryna make sense
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Riley Thompson

I'm a high school student, writer and activist, energized by the pursuit of social justice. I became involved with The Beat over a year ago, and have continued to work with them in many capacities, including working with them to organize and facilitate a poetry night by means of a... 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 more than 20 years.
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Zach Wyner

I'm a writer and educator living in El Cerrito, CA. My debut novel, What We Never Had, was published by Rare Bird Books in 2016. I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and have published work with The Good Men Project, Atticus Review, Curly Red... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Escapery: H(a)unting the Moon
Poets throughout history have used the moon as a metaphor to describe passionate loves, or the wavering emotions/moods that we experience, or the contemplative times when we muse over death and loss, or the ways we run from love or seek out pain.  This reading features five writers who will explore life's peaks and craters, the ways that the moonshine reaches all of us, the glint and glare of love and death, the waning gleam of the moon as we move through our lives.  

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Nancy Au

Co-founder/Educator, www.TheEscapery.org
NANCY AU is the co-founder of The Escapery, an Oakland-based writing and arts un-school. She teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus. Her stories and essays are published in many journals including, Redivider, Gulf Coast, Foglifter... Read More →
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Haldane King

Haldane King is the founder, curator, emcee, and coordinator of Terra Incognita, a new literary reading series hosted in Oakland's fabulous Octopus Literary Salon,  which is partnered with The Escapery. He is an instructor with The Escapery. He earned his Master of the Fine Arts... Read More →
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Kathryn Kruse

Kathryn Kruse received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was an instructor with The Escapery from 2016-2017. She holds a BA in English with a certificate in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UNLV she taught writing... Read More →
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Ploi Pirapokin

Ploi Pirapokin has work featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, the Bellingham Review, Fiction International, Cleaver Magazine and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Kundiman and others. She... Read More →
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Roxanne Villaluz

Roxanne Villaluz is a queer artist, writer, baker/experienced cook and member-owner at a local bakery and pizzeria. Her first writing experiment was writing Sweet Valley High fan fiction influenced by Beverly Cleary's Ramona series. Roxanne's excitement for learning and growing in... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Fabulist Words & Art Presents: Deep Genre Subversion
Ever notice our world is looking more and more like a work of bad genre fiction? The Fabulist proposes that true liberation is in writing different endings to these stories...

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Terry Bisson

Hugo-winning science fiction author, PM Press editor, andhost of SFinSF reading series. Said to be entirely made outof meat.
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Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau is a Berkeley-based writer. She was a Tupelo Press30/30 poet, a journalist whose work appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, and a former Political Affairs Officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia. Her first collection of... Read More →
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Lael Gold

As a fiction writer and Ph.D. in comparative literature, Lael Gold knows how to craft narratives that draw readers in and can magnetically tell the story of a business or a brand. She also interprets dreams and performs standup comedy.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission: Comics & Art 2250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Legendary Stud Bar and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!/ OX Present
Drag and Words altogether now- queens reading about queens and lipsynching about books. These writers perform their ways into and around words, queerly.

(Please note: this event has had to be relocated from Lone Palm, the venue shown in the printed program and on the printed map.)

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Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan is a queer artist, writer, and organizer, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She is a Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow – and Sister Spit alumna. Her recent work can be found in AWAY, Citron Review, Foglifter, and The Rumpus... Read More →
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James Fleming

James Fleming is into shipwrecking alazons. currently a seafaring maison de maitre made of snakes. indiscriminately enthralled, and hot for abject sincerity. art criticism, poetry, performance, queer heterarchies, folkloristics, first and foremost a pasticheur. his most recent collection... Read More →
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Juliana Delgado Lopera

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the Clark- Gross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories... Read More →
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Brittany St. John Newell

Brittany Newell, who often writes and performs under the nom de plume Ratty St. John, is a 2017 graduate from Stanford. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the winner of the Norman Mailer Award for Fiction. Oola is her first book.
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Silk Worm

Silk Worm is an independent artist working in drag, dance, and performance. A 2017 Danceweb Europe Scholar at Impustanz Vienna, Silk is currently at work on a solo called Bottom Bride and a workshop called Bad Acting, With Brittany Newell she leads and organizes Hush-Hush.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Beauty Bar 2299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Racket: COLLAPSE
With the world seemingly tipping over, The Racket brings a handful of local writers to tackle the theme of COLLAPSE.

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Claire Calderón

Claire is an Oakland-based writer and curator at work on her first novel. She is a co-founder of the New American Story Project, a digital storytelling project dedicated to the voices of Central American refugees and the Workshop Coordinator of Las Dos Brujas Writers' Workshops. She... Read More →
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Vincent Chu

Vincent Chu was born in Oakland, California. His fiction has appeared in PANK Magazine, East Bay Review, Pithead Chapel, Fjords Review, Cooper Street, Stockholm Review, Chicago Literati, Forth Magazine, The Collapsar, WhiskeyPaper and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Pushcart... Read More →
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Philip Harris

 A gay, Mexican man from Southern California, Harris finds himself at the center of cultures, sexuality, and generations
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Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth's stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Idaho Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Her first novel is forthcoming in 2021.
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Nazelah Jamison

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

Stories by Elizabeth Stix have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly, Tin House, Eleven Eleven, The Southampton Review and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. Her short story, "Alice," won the Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and was optioned by Sneaky Little Sister Films. She is finishing... Read More →
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Joe Wadlington

Joe Wadlington has satire and personal essays published in The New Yorker, The Rumpus, Racked.com, Sparkle + Blink, and Loose Lips (A SF Shipwreck anthology).

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Salon Reading Series
The Salon Reading Series is a series that promotes marginalized writers. We are here to promote the unheard and those who want to be heard.

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Robert Elcock

Writer and director, Robert Elcock, brings together voice and visuals to defy stereotypes and open minds. "My Sexual Future", his upcoming collection of erotica, is a funny look at queer sex before and after the internet.
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Cierra Green

Cierra Green, Bobbi Kindred, Jolinda's baby, and Storyteller, because there are multiple energetic beings that exist within Them and each must be honored. Storytelling is how they honor the wounds within themself that still gape, and how they invoke the spirit of their ancestors... Read More →
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Aáron Heard

Aáron B. Heard is a Los Angeles native who calls Oakland home. She majored in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry at University of Southern California. Aáron is actively looking to find the sweet spot between being a middle school teacher by day and an artist by night... Read More →
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Audacious IAM

Writer, poet, educator and activist Audacious IAM was recently named Greater Bay Area Teacher of the Year by Youth Speaks (2016), nominated for an Oakland Innovative Artist Award (2017 - 2015), a 2016 National Queer Arts Festival of San Francisco Grant recipient, named Best Literary... Read More →
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Mason J

San Francisco Public Library
Mason J. Olaya-Smith went from sleeping in the San Francisco Public Library to being the first fellow at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center on the third floor. In the past, Olaya-Smith, who identifies as a trans, intersex, and genderqueer person, struggled to secure employment and... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Travel Deeper with AFAR
AFAR magazine presents tales of adventure, discovery, and other magical things that happen when we leave home.

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Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and internationally recognized speaker on issues affecting girls and women. She is the author of six books, including her latest, Don’t Call Me Princess.... Read More →
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Josh Sens

Golf, food and travel writer; puzzled father; co-author with Sammy Hagar of Are We Having Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.
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Miranda Smith

Fargo native. Mizzou graduate. @huckberry editorial assistant. aspiring world traveler.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Laundry (downstairs) 3359 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


University of San Francisco Presents: Risks In Writing
Experiments in poetry and prose from our vibrant community of MFA students.

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Darcy Allred

TA at USF.
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Shannon Andres

Shannon Andres grew up in Sonoma County, the only child of a single mother. After finishing her undergrad in English at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, she moved to the Silicon Valley, where she became a wife, mother, and teacher. She is currently a MFA candidate in creative... Read More →
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Sara Fan

Sara Fan is a MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of San Francisco and has an MFA in poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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Jason Henderson

Fiction writer. Grew up in the Delta river system here in CA, I write about outcasts and weirdos, road trips and cats that ride shotgun in stolen cars.
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Sayantika Mandal

MFA '19, Editor-in-Chief of Switchback, University of San Francisco, Switchback
Sayantika is an MFA in Writing student at the University of San Francisco. She came to the Bay Area from West Bengal, India. She loves reading novels and exploring places, especially historical ruins. She formerly worked as a copy editor with Hindustan Times in India. She is currently... Read More →
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Feliz Moreno

Feliz Moreno was born and raised in the Sacramento metropolitan area and comes from a family of Mexican-American farm workers. She earned her undergraduate degree in English at Santa Clara University. Post graduation she worked in the marketing and advertising industries for The Sacramento... Read More →
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Jared Stokes

Jared Stokes was born and raised everywhere in New Hampshire, and spends most of his time trying to re-learn the desire to speak words. He is an MFA candidate in fiction and writes about unforgivable rooms, Space Camp hallucinations and the fallacies of nostalgia and personalitie... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
pyramid records 3174 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Women On The Verge (Of A Literary Breakthrough)
Feel the power as eight audacious women transform into their literary superhero selves and read the breakthrough works that catapult them to fame and fortune!

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Wendi Olson

Wendi Olson is a Storytelling Instructor at the Academy of Art University in SF and the Director of Bonita Playhouse, a living room play reading series in Berkeley. She has an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her latest play, Jo's Pants, the heroine... Read More →

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Ai is a Japanese-born playwright, poet and translator, who is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She is a member of the Writers Pool for Berkeley Rep Theatre's PlayGround and a winner of the Austin International Poetry Festival.
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Nara Dahlbacka

Nara Dahlbacka is an Oakland native, currently living in Alameda. A playwright and director, she holds an MFA from SFSU. Her work has been in the GreenHouse Festival, The Exit Theatre, SF Olympians (2018), and (this) SF Lit Crawl. She is also in the SF Playground Writers Pool. She... Read More →
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Jacqueline Haudek

Jacqueline Haudek is a writer and journalist who enjoys community activism and creative exploration. She holds a BA in Journalism from SF State and lives in San Francisco. Jacqueline is a co-creator and writer with Ladybird Collective, an organization developed for creative women... Read More →
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Rose Heredia

Rose Heredia is Dominican-American and from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a VONA/Voices alum, has read at the InsideStoryTime series, The Racket at Adobe Books, Lit Crawl 2016, Lit Crawl 2017, and... Read More →
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Christin Rice

Creative writer and leadership development professional.
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Lily Salter

Lily is non-fiction writer and educator based out of Los Angeles. Her dark, humorous memoir, Death-Defying Nina, chronicles her experiences caring for her diva-like, terminally-ill sister. The author is currently working on her second novel, and apropos of nothing, loves dogs!
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Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele Zufolo is a graduate of Columbia University Teachers College with a Masters Degree in English, and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cybele's book, Ocean Sounds in New York a collection of poetry and essays is available. Currently, Cybele teaches... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Jenny Lemons 3043 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Write on Mamas: She's Got This: Women As Heroes Of Their Own Stories
Five women writers share stellar stories of standing strong and moving on, essays from their upcoming second anthology.

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Laurel Hilton

Laurel is co-founder and former President of Write on Mamas. She is the Founder of The Marin Writers' Nest. She is featured in three anthologies including the upcoming "She's Got This: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On" (January 2019). Laurel previously was a Producer of Listen... Read More →

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Sweta Chawla

Retired Professor - Life Artist/Soul Coach - Story Weaver/Author.Author of the Book: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for Now What?Theater Reviewer @ Theatrius
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Christina Julian

Christina Julian is a wine and food columnist by day, novelist by night. Her debut novel, a romantic comedy called, The Dating Bender, was a 2017 Best Book Awards finalist. As a journalist, Christina has enjoyed covering the Napa Valley Film Festival where she had the honor of interviewing... Read More →
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Dorothy O'Donnell

Writer specializing in travel, arts,  culture, health, and lifestyle. I've also penned an essay or two. And then there's that memoir...
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Jessica O'Dwyer

Jessica O'Dwyer is the author of the memoir, Mamalita, and an MFA candidate in Fiction at Antioch Los Angeles.
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Mindy Uhrlaub

I write music, screenplays, novels, essays, and memoir. I love boots with buckles and hate cooked fruit. Talk to me about 40th Day, lymphoma, and women's issues, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Carousel 2391 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


ZYZZYVA Fall All-Stars
Short readings from recent, past, and upcoming contributors to San Francisco's acclaimed literary journal, emceed by Managing Editor Oscar Villalon.

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Oscar Villalon

Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA
Oscar Villalon is managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in VQR, The Believer, the Los Angeles Times, NPR.org, and elsewhere. The former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, he lives with his family in the Mission District.

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Michelle Latiolais

Michelle Latiolais is the author of the novels She and A Proper Knowledge and the story collection Widow. She is an English professor and co-director of the Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine.
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Ismail Muhammad

Ismail Muhammad is a staff writer at the Millions, a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, a board member at the National Books Critics Circle, and a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at U.C. Berkeley. His work has appeared in Slate, New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books... Read More →
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Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland is the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. He is the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF!, and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell, Jr. of D... Read More →
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Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy's poems have been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, and The Threepenny Review, among other magazines. Her book Half-Hazard is the Winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation and will be published by Graywolf in November.

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Lit Crawl Afterparty!
Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00pm - Sunday October 21, 2018 2:00am
The Chapel 777 Valencia St