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Saturday, October 20

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Blondies' Bar 540 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Double Dutch 3192 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Good Vibrations Valencia 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Public Works (loft) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Public Works (main room) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Casanova Lounge 527 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

5:00pm PDT

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, and co-founder of Moxie Road Productions. Her written work has appeared in places such as The Washington Post and Salon.com, and anthologized in You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, Scary Mommy’s Guide To Surviving the Holidays and She's Got This... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
The Armory Club (basement room)

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Martuni's 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Latin American Club