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Saturday, October 20


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


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 →
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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.


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 →
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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


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


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


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.

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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. 
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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 immigration 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 and the Interdisciplinary... 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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Felipe Macay AKA Gemimac

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