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Saturday, October 20

8:00pm PDT

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. Nato recently starred in the streaming series Laughter Against the Machine on Means.tv, the first worker-owned post-capitalist streaming platform. He also appears... 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 PDT
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Secession Art and Design 3235 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Mission Branch Library 300 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
ScholarMatch 849 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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

Attendee, Krypton Radio
Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus works as a writer and editor for two magazines, the Good Men Project, a men's magazine... 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

Founder, Ancestral Futures
Audrey T. Williams is a Poet|Writer|Activist. In 2019, she earned her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. 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... Read More →
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Dera R. Williams

Attendee, 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 PDT
The Laundry (upstairs)

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Haus Coffee

8:00pm PDT

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 supports San Francisco Bay Area writers and artists of color through Write Now! SF Bays writing workshops, events and anthologies (www.writenowsf.com). Her books include Civil Liberties United, Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown... 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 PDT
DCopper+ 1017 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Needles & Pens 1173 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
La Reyna Bakery & Coffee Shop

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Mission Yoga 2390 Mission St #200, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Onecommons 3019 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Acción Latina 2958 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Ritual Coffee Roasters 1026 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Gents Barber Club

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Casa Bonampak 1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Beer Nerds 3331 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
San Francisco Buddhist Center

8:00pm PDT

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 Gomez

I live in the Bay Area. I write stories about vengeful ghosts, feminist bogeywomen, mysterious plagues, and very ... drastic solutions to police brutality. So far. I have an adorable little doggy who helps me write my scariest prose. I'm great at starting stories and not so good at... Read More →
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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 PDT
Café La Bohème 3318 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Praxis 3047 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Mission: Comics & Art

8:00pm PDT

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

Before becoming a writer Elizabeth was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares Blog, The Idaho Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. Her... Read More →
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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 or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly, Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and Best Microfiction 2019. Her short story, "Alice," won the Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and was... 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 PDT
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 →

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
The Laundry (downstairs)

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
pyramid records 3174 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Jenny Lemons

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT

8:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Dog Eared Books