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Saturday, October 19


Bay Area Generations
Bay Area Generations presents "Two Turntables and a Microphone": six writers and poets read their poetry and tell their stories before a live DJ mix.

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Vince Montague

Vince Montague is an artist and writer. He earned his B.A. from UCLA and his M.A. from New York University. He is an exhibiting artist at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA, and a member of the artist collective The Oakland Museum of Ceramics. Recent solo exhibitions include THE WHALE SHOW... Read More →
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Sarah Kobrinsky

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

Garrett Murphy is well-known on the Bay Area poetry scene as a political and human nature satirist. He lives in Oakland, and has written several chapbooks of poetry and prose.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Harrington Galleries Furniture Store 599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Bay Area Reporter's Prime Numbers
At the 11th annual Bay Area Reporter reading at Martuni's, host/author Jim Provenzano welcomes writers Erika Atkinson, Iris Bloomfield, Vernon Keeve III, and Alan Lessik. Enjoy a tasty cocktail and enticing prose.

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Vernon Keeve III

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

Author of The Troubleseeker
Alan Lessik is a novelist, writer, zen practitioner, amateur figure skater, LGBT activist and member of the National Writers Union. His debut novel, The Troubleseeker, was a finalist for Publishing Triangle's 2017 LGBTQ Fiction Award. Critics have compared his writing to Gabriel Garcia... Read More →
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Jim Provenzano

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

ERIKA ATKINSON was born into a family of penurious Russian Mennonite immigrants on the prairies of central Canada, in southern Manitoba. Having little interest in formal higher education, she instead began preparing to join the Canadian Foreign Service,which brought her to Washington... Read More →
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Iris Bloomfield

Iris Bloomfield is an artist and educator from Berkeley, CA. Her writing is concerned with transsexuality, body horror, theology, and trauma. She has been published in sPARKLE & bLINK, Haverthorn, and Matchbox Magazine, with a forthcoming piece in Erase the Patriarchy: an Anthology... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Civil Liberties United
Bay Area writers/artists of color back up our words with deeds. We are healers, educators, and activists, lighting the darkness with compassion.

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Sriram Shamasunder

Co-founder, UCSF HEAL
Sriram Shamasunder is a doctor/poet who started writing poetry during college at UC Berkeley where he studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and co-founder of the HEAL Initiative... Read More →
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Andre Le Mont Wilson

Poet and Writer
Andre Le Mont Wilson hails from a family of writers in LA and settled in the East Bay. In addition to the anthology Civil Liberties United (for which he also served on the editorial committee), this year his work has appeared in sPARKLE + bLINK, Failed Haiku, and Not Your Mother's... Read More →
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Charlie Amore

Charlie Bartlett is a black biracial queer, non-binary writer. Born and raised in London, Charlie moved to California in 2016, shortly after graduating. They write about Gender, Sexuality, trauma, mental health, and Life.
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Kevin Madrigal

Founder, Farming Hope
Yo! My name is Kevin, and I'm a decolonizer of food, art, and health. I'm a Chicano first-generation child of inmigrantes Mexicanos from Sur San Francisco. In 2016, I founded Farming Hope in San Francisco to provide employment opportunities in food for folks experiencing homelessness... Read More →
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Susana Praver-Perez

Susana is an Oakland-based poet who turns the political/social/climate chaos that surrounds us, as well as the beauty that remains, into poetry. She has studied Creative Writing at: Naropa Institute, Berkeley City College, and UC Berkeley's Poetry for the People. She is also a... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Valencia Gardens Housing Ltd Community Room 390 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


A magical realist conceived in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a young Russian yearning for a Babushka, a writer rebelling against her sexist background, an entrepreneurial Eurasian with a mixed Mormon/Buddhist background, and a Jewish family man who writes better short stories than John Updike. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED FROM THE VENUE LISTED ON THE MAP/PROGRAM.

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Joel Streicker

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

​​​​Linda Fiddler has written food columns, grants and research but has just found her voice as a story teller these last few years. She is currently revising a memoir about the conflict between her mid-twentieth century gender-traditional upbringing and the Women's Movem... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Manny’s (front area) 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Colossus is a spoken-word event which evokes the spirit of sanctuary and radical inclusion that Emma Lazarus intended the Statue of Liberty to embody.  

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Laura Joakimson

Laura Joakimson is the author of a recent chapbook, white is not a country. She’s the co-creator of a reading series called sanctuary city.
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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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Sara Biel

Sara Biel is a poet, visual artist and social worker. She is passionate about collaborative art and performance processes. She focuses on art as resources for building community.
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Karla Brundage

Programs Manager, 826 Valencia
Karla Brundage is a Bay Area poet, activist and educator with a passion for social justice. She is the author of "Swallowing Watermelons" published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company and her poetry and essays are included in more than twenty publications including, Bamboo Ridge Press... Read More →
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Shilpa Kamat

Shilpa Kamat's writing is informed by her intersectional identities, political and spiritual truths, and the natural world. She was a finalist for the 2018 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet, is being published by Newfound this fall... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Temo's Coffee 3000 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Conspiracy of Beards & Friends: The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen
A preview of this November's 2019 San Francisco Leonard Cohen Festival, Conspiracy of Beards, along with Gabby La La & Lila Nelson, Pet The Tiger, and Zack Vieira, delve into the palette Leonard created. Expect poetry, music, insight, and humor.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Third Haus 455 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Crime Time
A great lineup of crime fiction authors reading from their latest novels.

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Rob Pierce

Rob Pierce wrote the novels Uncle Dust and With The Right Enemies, the novella Vern In The Heat, and the short story collection The Things I Love Will Kill Me Yet. Rob has been nominated for a Derringer Award for short crime fiction and a Pushcart Prize, and has had stories published... Read More →
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Tom Pitts

Tom Pitts is a Canadian/American author and screenwriter who received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. He is the author of 101, AMERICAN STATIC, HUSTLE, and the novellas PIGGYBACK and KNUCKLEBALL. His new novel... Read More →
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Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford is an editor for Gutter Books, and author of Choice Cuts, Junkie Love, Wake the Undertaker, and Lamentation.
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Kris Calvin

When Kris Calvin isn't writing, she's cheering on the Warriors or SF Giants with her kids. Or reading. She loves reading. Trained in economics & psychology, she's been honored by the CA Assembly & Gov's office for child advocacy. Her debut novel was awarded the Killer Nashville... Read More →
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Dietrich Kalteis

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

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Blondies' Bar 540 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose Presents HORMONES: The Unbalanced Spin Cycle
From mood swings and impetuous indulgences to hot flashes and beyond, intergenerational stories from the Endocrine Archipelago of our bodies, hearts, and minds.

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Emily Rubin

Writer /Director, Wash and Dry Productions
Emily Rubin founded Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose in 2005. Her novel, STALINA (Mariner Books) was published in 2011.

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Annie Crawford

Annie Crawford is a lady-loving writer who lives in Oakland. She writes style, travel, and Oakland news. Find her at www.annielcrawford.com.
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Rowena Richie

Richie Rowena is an inter-disciplinary artist whose writing, dancing, and choreography have been performed at San Francisco venues including the S.F. Fringe Festival.
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M. Colette Plum

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

Maggie Diamond writes poetry and other text-based experiments and performs regularly at San Jose’s Live Lit open mic. Always a work in progress. Satisfaction not guaranteed. More volatile than the stock market and a hell of a lot more fun.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Carlin's Laundromat 290 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Dystopia, Refuge, and Astral Sightings
Presenting new fiction, memoir, and poetry about home, memory, and alternate realities.  

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MK Chavez

MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal. She is a recipient of the 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her latest publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and online at Academy of American Poets... Read More →
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Audrey T. Williams

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

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

Hamdy Elgammal is an Egyptian software engineer and writer based in Oakland, CA. His prose has been published in Bourbon Penn, Origins Journal, Jersey Devil Press, Easy Street, Five on the Fifth and Cease, Cows.  
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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win's chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). Her collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018), and her forthcoming book of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in 2020.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Public Works (main room) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Erotic Eclectic: How Beauty Speaks
Selected works read as nude dancers perform behind an illuminated sheer fabric to thematically composed soundscapes.  

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Janice Rocke

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

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

Marie Boucher teaches writing and professional presentation skills at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. She is an active poet in the Monterey Bay Region, having presented at Curated Words, Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium, Bridging the Bay, Networking Aloud... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Everyone Escapes: Fresh Subversion from Santa Monica Review
Novelist Louis B. Jones (Radiance), short story writers Michael Cadnum (Earthquake Murder)and Janice Shapiro (Bummer), join editor Andrew Tonkovich (The Dairy of Anne Frank) in reading—loud!—short literary provocations for the liberatorily minded, featuring humor, social observation, irony, and neologism.

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Andrew Tonkovich

Editor, Santa Monica Review
Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. He is author of a novella collection, The Dairy of Anne Frank, and co-edited the first-ever anthology of literary Orange County... Read More →
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Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is an American author and essayist. He has written five novels, the first three of which were named New York Times Notable Books of their respective years. He is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and was a regular reviewer... Read More →
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Michael Cadnum

Michael Cadnum is the author of nearly forty books of fiction and poetry. A National Book Award Finalist for The Book of the Lion, his most recent books include Earthquake Murder, a book of short fiction, and Kingdom, a book of poetry.
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Janice Shapiro

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

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Casanova Lounge 527 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


FOSA (Friends of South Asia): Fear of the Unknown
In "Fear of the Unknown," writers will share encounters with fear along with the phobic, the psychic, and the paranormal responses of experiencing the unknown.

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S.S. Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof (host) is a bay area writer-filmmaker. He hosts litcrawl for Friends of South Asia.  He has sinned in Karachi, Kansas and California.  

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Marc Fortin

Marc Fortin is a poet and a zen swordmaster of Kwan Um Do Kwang school. He was trained as an artist at Boston Museum School and works in the SF bay area as a landscape artist.
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Moazzam Sheikh

Moazzam Sheikh is an SF resident for the last three decades, he has written and translated fiction; librarian by profession, he has authored two fiction titles.
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Dylan Freitas-D'Louhy

Dylan Freitas-D'Louhy is a multi-talented mutt, experiential enthusiast, and a middle-man on the outside.  A native that is never understood.  Diverse skills unidentifiable by any temporary standards.
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Tami Carter

Tami Carter is a Southern Expat and recovering poet who lives in San Francisco with her family.

Kashif Maqsood

Kashif Maqsood is an unrealized humanist. Frequently found contemplating and selling the humanist agenda through familiar tales of overcoming challenges. He is the Partisan Within.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Muddy Waters Coffee House 521 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Hidden Compass: A New Age of Exploration
Stories from around the world that celebrate discovery, and show us that there are still new frontiers to be explored.

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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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Valerie Stimac

Space Travel Guide / Valerie & Valise
Valerie is an Oakland-based space tourism and travel writer and blogger. She’s also a freelance writer and has worked in an ongoing capacity with Lonely Planet, as well as other travel publications like AFAR, Nat Geo Travel, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first book, Dark... Read More →
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Russell Bradley

Director, Santa Rosa Island Research Station, CSU Channel Islands
My parents threw me in the ocean when I was five years old. I cried for a minute but then never got out. Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I am a marine biologist, improviser, storyteller, writer, and nature lover. My special affinity for islands and travels for... Read More →
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Brandon McWilliams

Student, Seattle University
I am a Bay Area born and raised writer and nature lover. Currently, I am living in Seattle and working on my degree at Seattle University in creative writing and environmental studies. When not studying or writing, I am usually climbing tall things, exploring new tracts of forest... Read More →
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Sabine Bergmann

Co-Founder and Editorial Director, Hidden Compass
Sabine 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 readership... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dolores Park Cafe 501 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Horror Writers Association
Members of the Horror Writers Association read from Tales for the Camp Fire, an anthology raising money for communities ravaged by last year’s devastating wildfire.

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Clifford Brooks

Clifford Brooks writes both graphic and subtle horror. For him, it’s the story beneath the story that provides the real shivers.  
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L.S. Johnson

L.S. Johnson’s publications include Harkworth Hall, Leviathan, and over 30 short stories. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
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E.M. Markoff

Latinx author and publisher E.M. Markoff writes about damaged heroes and imperfect villains. Works include The Deadbringer, To Nurture & Kill, and “Leaving the #9.”
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Ben Monroe

Ben Monroe is a lifelong Californian who writes about scary and spooky things around here. Find him at www.benmonroe.com and on Twitter @_BenMonroe.
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Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads is the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire. Her fiction appeared recently in Weirdbook, Space & Time, and Occult Detective Quarterly. headshots also available

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dalva 3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


It Was Twenty Years Ago Today
Two decades after the very first Litquake, we're older and wiser. Some of us are yelling at kids to get off our lawn. Some of us are still partying like it's 1999. Eight authors reflect.  

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Danny Scuderi

Danny Scuderi is the Director of Primary and Lower School at Marin Horizon School and a former National Poetry Slam award winner. He has been in education for over 12 years and has performed spoken word at various venues across the country, often including his experiences in the... Read More →
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Jack Boulware

Jack Boulware is a San Francisco Library Laureate, journalist, and author of three books, including the Bay Area punk oral history Gimme Something Better. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival.
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Jane Ganahl

Jane Ganahl is the co-founder of Litquake, a former journalist for 25 years, author of one book and editor of another. She has not done a reading in a long time.
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Janine Kovac

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

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet, teacher, and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best... Read More →
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Tarja Parssinen

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

John Caperton is the author of Subterranean Living, a collection of short fiction and his first book. He was once a contributing writer as well as the photo editor for The Nose Magazine, a staff photographer for The Nashville Banner and an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine... Read More →
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Katie Morell

katiemorell.com and watch her videos @lucysmummma.">Katie Morell is a Sausalito-based journalist who regularly nosedives off the edge her of comfort zone by way of speaking on stage; hosting events where people laugh and cry; collaborating on creative projects; writing a monthly newsletter... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Joyland Magazine
Though based in New York, Joyland Magazine is uniquely distributed across North American cities, with local editors assigned to each region. Helmed by editors Lisa Locascio and Kate Folk, Joyland West strives to publish fiction representing diverse styles, cultural experiences, and interpretations of California and the American West.

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Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie is based in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in AGNI, Ninth Letter, Adroit Journal, and The Offing, among others. She's been awarded the Driftless Prize from Devil's Lake and the Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, named one of Narrative Magazine's 30 Below 30... Read More →
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Carson Ash Beker

Carson Ash Beker is a writer, playwright, storyteller, and experience creator, co-founder of the Pirate Art School The Escapery, and co-founder of Queer Cat Productions, an immersive theater company recipient of a 3Girls Innovation in Theatre Grant and PlayGround Theater Innovation... Read More →
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Tomas Moniz

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

Marco Lean's work is forthcoming or has previously been published in FENCE, New American Writing, and the now defunct Digital Artifact Review. Marco was an Affiliate Artist in Writing at Headlands Center for the Arts from 2015 through 2018, and has participated in Writing Residencies... Read More →
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Maddy Raskulinecz

Maddy Raskulinecz lives in San Francisco, CA. Her fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, Guernica, DIAGRAM, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. Her story "Now That We Found Love What Are We Gonna Do" was published in Joyland West in 2018.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Craftsman and Wolves 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Lit Camp: The Comeback
In honor of having risen from the (literal) ashes, Lit Camp presents six talented writers on second chances, beating the odds, improbable returns, and unlikely successes.

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Laura Holmes-Haddad

I'm a writer, both non-fiction and fiction. I worked in publishing as an assistant editor in cookbooks at Simon & Schuster before becoming a freelance writer for cookbooks & lifestyle books. My career took a detour after a battle with cancer and now I write about cancer from several... Read More →
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Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz is a writer from Northern California. She is the Executive Assistant for the Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference and is currently working on a memoir.
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Gark Mavigan

Gark Mavigan is a prose-fessional, hip hop artist, poet, and music journalist based in San Francisco. He has performed at venues like The White House and National Poetry Slam, and his work has appeared in The Huffington Post, EARMILK, sPARKLE & bLINK, HotNewHipHop, Respect Magazine... Read More →
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Rob Oxenham

Coming of age stories, writing and amphibians.
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Umit Unerdem

Umit Unerdem is a Lit Camp 2019 alum, and a student in the Stanford Certificate Program in Novel Writing. He's currently at work on a novel.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Barrel Coffee 375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Little Earthquakes Everywhere: Breast Cancer and its Aftershocks
Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) relay stories of breast cancer diagnosis, living with breast cancer, and the aftershocks that follow.

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Ann Kim

Ann Kim is one of the founding directors of BAYS and served for many years as its President. Ann is a lawyer, community volunteer, and proud mother of two sons. Writing as A.H. Kim, Ann has a debut novel -- A GOOD FAMILY, based very loosely on her experience supporting her brother... Read More →
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Laura Goodspeed

Laura Goodspeed is a grateful-to-be-middle-aged dyke who splits her time between San Francisco and rural Western Massachusetts, where she is taming the persistent insurrection of a pre-Civil War farmhouse and busily tending to a four-legged brood. She is a psychotherapist who has... Read More →
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April Stearns

WILDFIRE Magazine, Founder, Editor-in-Chief
A lifelong writer, April was diagnosed at 35 years old with Stage 3 breast cancer that she found while breastfeeding her daughter. Four years later, while struggling to "go back to normal" and find other young women in similar circumstances, April launched WILDFIRE Magazine as a way... Read More →
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Laurie Weed

Laurie Weed is a writer, an editor, and the proud mama of a budding young naturalist. She is also a breast cancer survivor and grateful member of Bay Area Young Survivors since July 2018.    
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Yamini Kesavan Ranchod

Yamini Kesavan Ranchod is an epidemiologist and an expert in chasing after a toddler while fanning her hot flashes.  Her academic research on social determinants of health has been cited in Reuters and published in prestigious public health journals such as The American Journal... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Evil Eye 2937 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Memoir as Inner and Outer Revolution
As individuals, we are collectively affected by social injustices and political positions that impact our lives and how we interact with others.

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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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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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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 →
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Stacy Johnson

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 →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Double Dutch 3192 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Moms Getting an MFA: San José State University MFA Program
Mother-writers pursuing graduate study in the MFA program at San José State read poetry and prose in a multitude of genres.  

avatar for Sarah Dalton

Sarah Dalton

Sarah Dalton is a writer, teacher, and mother from the East Bay. She is a Macondista and alumna of AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. Her nonfiction has been published on the AWP Writer to Writer blog, in River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things,” and twice in the “Readers... Read More →
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Talia Adry

Talia Adry is an American essayist and poet. She spent two years working as a textbook editor before switching gears to focus on writing. Her foray into nonfiction came during the completion of her BA in Journalism at Framingham State University, where she served as Features Editor... Read More →
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Ume Ali

MFA Student, Steinbeck Center Assistant, SJSU
Ume Ali is a Creative Writing MFA student at San Jose State University. Her writing primarily deals with issues of patriarchy in Indian/Pakistani immigrant families, assimilation and third culture backgrounds, and social/emotional displacement. Ume has been an editor and marketing... Read More →
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Anne Cheilek

Poetry Editor, Reed Magazine
Anne Cheilek is a writer, editor, and musician living in Silicon Valley. Her poems and stories have appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, DMQ Review, gone lawn, Reed Magazine, The Sand Hill Review, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor for Reed Magazine and a recipient of the 2019... Read More →
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Rachel A. Crawford

Rachel A. Crawford is a wife, mother, poet, teacher, and editor. She is studying poetry and nonfiction in the MFA program at San José State University where she is also a teaching associate. She worked for two years on Reed Magazine, the oldest literary journal west of the Mississippi... Read More →
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Lily Dayton

writer, freelance
Lily Dayton is a freelance writer and investigative journalist who also writes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work appears in Writer’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard and The Rumpus, among other fine outlets. She authored the book Sea Otters for the... Read More →
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Aleix Hodges

Writer, MFA student, Mother, Traveler
Aleix is happily married with two, almost adult, children. She graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and holds a master’s degree in Education. She is currently working on her MFA in creative writing at San Jose State University... Read More →
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Ching-Ching Tan

Lecturer; MFA Creative Writing Student, San Jose State University
Although I am a lecturer and a second-year MFA Creative Non-fiction Writing student, I consider myself a forever English learner.I love to explore language, identity, and immigration.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Women's Building (Audre Lorde room) 3543 18th St #8, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA)
PAWA is a nonprofit arts organization and independent publisher of Filipinx American literature. Poets and writers illuminate the diaspora with works on feminism, resistance, history, mythology, and memory.

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Rachelle Cruz

UC Riverside; Orange Coast College
Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Monsters, which won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize (Inlandia, 2017), Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood and co-editor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology of Philippine... Read More →
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Tony Robles

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

Beverly Parayno

Beverly Parayno is from East San Jose. Her fiction, memoir, essays and author interviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, World Literature, The Rumpus, Warscapes and Huizache, among others. Her work has been translated into Mandarin by the Chinese Academy of... Read More →
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Veronica Montes

Veronica Montes was born in San Francisco and came of age in the fog and mist of Daly City. Her short fiction has appeared in many print journals and online spaces. Her collection, Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, was published by Philippine American Literary House in 2018... Read More →
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Barbara Jane Reyes

Author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017), and four previous poetry collections, including Poeta en San Francisco and Diwata. Letters to a Young Brown Girl is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2020.
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Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Visiting Liberal Arts Fellow, Saint Mary's College of California
Rashaan Alexis Meneses is a past resident of The MacDowell Colony and The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK. She has received fellowships from the Jacob K. Javits Program, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and an Ancinas Scholarship for the... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Amado's 998 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Play On Words: Live in San Francisco
From cultural voodoo to labor in the cane fields, San Jose's premier literary performance series features professional actors interpreting original work by Bay Area writers.

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Gary Singh

Gary Singh’s byline has appeared over 1200 times, including newspaper columns, travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles, poetry and short fiction. He is the author of The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy (2015, The History... Read More →
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Sage Curtis

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

Wild Boar in the Cane Field, is a celebration of the rural women of Pakistan whose indomitable spirit keeps them struggling despite all odds. She has interviewed Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan, and has published essays on gender and education.  Her next project Tales of Many Nations... Read More →
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Tiffany Edwards

T.A. Edwards is a former theatre kid and current professional treehugger. She lives and sometimes writes in San Francisco.
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Ryan Alpers

Ryan Alpers teaches high school English and journalism in San Jose. He has an MS in Mass Communications from San Jose State University.
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Becky Kling

Becky Kling recently earned her PhD in English. When she isn't writing, she loves to spend time outside with her family.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage Werx Theatre 446 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Poetry Off the Page
What happens when poetry flies off the page, out a window, and into a pair of tap-dance shoes, and then dresses as a human-sized gold nugget? Come see a short film and two answers.

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Cintia Santana

Cintia Santana is a poet and interdisciplinary artist. Through poetry, installation, assemblage, and experimental film, her practice investigates perception and the subset of processes that are reading, misreading, and translation. The page is all around us. Our eye is the beholder... Read More →
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Shiriel King Abramson

Shiriel King Abramson is a tap dancer and sound explorer. Through rhythm, play, and improvisation, her work probes possibilities for joyful collaboration with fellow artists and the natural world. Shiriel is a senior at Stanford University majoring in American Studies with minors... Read More →
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Annie Albagli

As a multimedia artist, Annie Albagli examines personal narratives and their entanglements with ecological histories and landscapes shaped by different forms of power. Her work creates scenarios for viewers to build meaningful connections between one another and the environments we... Read More →
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Minoosh Zomorrodinia

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind's eye inspired by nature and her environments. Having immigrated from Iran to the USA in 2009, her work expresses the uncertainty of living in... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Artists' Television Access 992 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Red Light Lit
The readers explore love relationships, sexuality, and gender.

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Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She spent many years working as a psychiatric nurse which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals including... Read More →
avatar for Christine No

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 →
avatar for Sarah Bethe Nelson

Sarah Bethe Nelson

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

Peter Thomas Bullen, a hairdresser and co-founder of Peter Thomas Hair in Berkeley, California, began writing at the urging of his wife. After throwing himself blindly into the literary open mic scene, he discovered that if you are standing at the front of a room holding text and... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Good Vibrations Valencia 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


San Diego State MFA in the Bay: Connections
Witness a group of poets shaped by Beats and Spanglish, Kumeyaay land and cable car rattle. Bay Area writers of the past, present, and future.

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Kevin Dublin

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

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Amanda Fuller

Managing Editor, Locked Horn Press
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Erin Rodoni

Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Armory Club (basement room) 1799 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Age Restrictions 21+


San Francisco Chronicle: Why Books Matter, Now More than Ever
Chronicle columnists Vanessa Hua and Barbara Lane, book reviewer Anisse Gross, and Deputy Features Editor Kitty Morgan discuss why we'll always need books for their importance in explaining our history, for their ability to expose us to and enable us to understand other cultures, and to reflect and make sense of our current world.

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
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Kitty Morgan

Kitty Morgan is deputy managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, overseeing the food, wine, home, style, arts and entertainment and travel content on all platforms. As a media executive, Kitty has worked at some of the largest magazines in the country, including Better Homes... Read More →
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Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane began her time as a books columnist for The Chronicle in 2019 and she can't remember a time when she didn't have her nose in the pages of a book. Books have played a large part in her career in print and broadcast media, as a producer and onstage host, as current director... Read More →
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Anisse Gross

Anisse Gross is a writer and editor living in San Francisco where I'm a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. My work has been featured in The New York Times, TheNewYorker.com, Quartz, Lucky Peach, The Believer, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Manny’s (main room) 3092 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


San Francisco Writers Grotto: A Night of Firsts
First steps, first kiss, first love, first job...there's a first time for everything. Join the Writers Grotto on its 25th anniversary as Julia Flynn Siler, David Ewing Duncan, Meghan Ward, Lyzette Wanzer, and Constance Hale regale us with sad, funny, and tragic tales of firsts. Hosted by Lisa Gray.

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Lisa D. Gray

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

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David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning journalist in print, television, and radio; and the best-selling author of ten books published in 21 languages. His most recent book is Talking to Robots: Tales from our Human-Robot Futures (Dutton). David is a frequent contributor to Wired... Read More →
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Lyzette Wanzer

Author, Authors Guild
Lyzette Wanzer is a writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. Her work reflects the peri-racial, social, and economic experiences of African-Americans and others in these times. A flash fiction connoisseur and essay aficionado, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa... Read More →
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Julia Flynn Siler

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

Meghan Ward is the author of “Runway: Confessions of a not-so-supermodel,” a thoughtful yet dishy memoir that tells the story of what she learned about the world of high-fashion modeling — and herself — as a model in Paris. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Mutha, San Francisco... Read More →
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Constance Hale

Writer, Writers Grotto
Constance Hale is a San Francisco–based journalist and the author of cheeky writing manuals, a book for adults on hula, and a picture book for children set in Hawaii. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, and many magazines. She just released Writing Character... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sensitive Skin
Sensitive Skin is an online arts and literature magazine, founded in 2010, based in both SF and NYC. We also publish books (14 since 2012, three more scheduled for this fall). Our readers include previous contributors.

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Patrick O'Neil

Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoirs: GUN, NEEDLE, SPOON (Dzanc Books, 2015), and HOLD-UP (13e Note Editions, 2013). He is currently shopping several new projects: "Anarchy At The Circle K" - a memoir chronicling his former career as roadie/road manager for several major... Read More →
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Marc Olmsted

Marc Olmsted has appeared in City Lights Journal, New Directions in Prose & Poetry, New York Quarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and a variety of small presses.  He is the author of five other collections of poetry, including What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost?, which has an... Read More →
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Suzi Kaplan Olmsted

Suzi Kaplan Olmsted has appeared in The Sun, Maintenant, Blue Satellite, 51%, F.T.S, Big Scream, poetrysuperhighway.com, M.A.G., Lummox Journal, getunderground.com and Napalm Health Spa. She is also one of illustrators of The Ellyn Maybe Coloring Book and the Beatitude Golden Anniversary... Read More →
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Tony DuShane

Tony DuShane is the author and award-winning screenwriter of "Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk". The film adaptation is available on Amazon Prime and directed by Eric Stoltz. He hosts of the long-running lit podcast, "Drinks with Tony." 
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Jenny Wade

Jenny Wade is an author and translator of the acclaimed bilingual poetry collection "Mayakovsky Maximum Access"
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Anton Yakovlev

Anton Yakovlev  is an acclaimed poet and author/translator of the upcoming poetry collection "The Last Poet of the Village," a bilingual collection of Sergei Yesenin.
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Bernard Meisler

Editor-in-Chief, Sensitive Skin Magazine
Bernard Meisler is editor-in-chief of Sensitive Skin, and author of the upcoming meta-crime novel, "Never Been A Better Time to Die."

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Valencia Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sonoma County Writers Camp
Sonoma County Writers Camp explores and celebrates the role of the writer in troubling times. Floods, fires, and fanatics versus fruit, wine, and words.

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Maureen Fan

Maureen Fan is a Berkeley resident working on a family memoir about her grandfather and his estranged, eldest daughter. Her grandfather, whose buildings still stand in Shanghai today, was one of the first generation of Chinese architects to study in America. Her aunt, desperate to... Read More →
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Lucy Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s newest novel, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, is an American love story with Cold War complications, and the New York Times says it "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." She’s won a Yaddo Fellowship, the Saturday... Read More →
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Shanthi Sekaran

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

co-founder, co-director, Sonoma County Writers Camp
Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary... Read More →
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Devi Laskar

poet, photographer, TarHeel, author of two poetry chapbooks and debut novelist, The Atlas of Reds And Blues (Counterpoint Press 2019).
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Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark is the author of a novel, Shy Girl (FSG), and co-writer/ director of a few films, including FtF: female to femme (an imaginative documentary) and Little Mutinies (a narrative short), both distributed by Frameline. She writes reviews and interviews for The Rumpus. Elizabeth... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA


Speculative Fiction In The Loft
Cutting-edge make-believe from today's wildest story hackers and plot splicers. Kick off your Crawl at the outposts of imagination.

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Sumiko Saulson

Sumiko Saulson is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and... Read More →
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Elwin Cotman

Elwin Cotman grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whee the post-industrial landscape was a great inspiration for him. He is a writer of urban fantasy. He is also the author of two collections of speculative short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues. His... Read More →
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Timothy Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently theAxiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist TheWrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume TheForbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and hasbeen a finalist... Read More →
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Rahul Kanakia

Rahul Kanakia is the author of two novels (Enter Title Here, Disney '16) and We Are Totally Normal (HarperTeen, '20). Additionally, his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, The Indiana Review, and Nature.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Public Works (loft) 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Teenquake Teen Writing Competition
Congratulations, award winners! A broad range of teen voices and perspectives will be on showcase.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mission Workshop 541 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The SF Commune: Poems of Resistance
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Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco and earned his MA at Columbia University. He is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), nominated for a California Book Award; and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017), which received a 2018 American Book... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Writers Studio: Art Speaks to Art
The Writers Studio delights in the work by artists at Creativity Explored. Our creative writing students have selected an item, discovered why it moves them, translated visual techniques into elements of writing, and used these to write poems and stories. Join us to hear art speak to art.

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Grace Chao

Market Research and Publications, Tribe Dynamics
Grace Chao grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Stanford in 2015, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English and wrote mostly creative nonfiction. She has written with the Writers Studio since fall of 2016. Her perfect Sunday would incorporate watching... Read More →
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Julia Cope

Julia Cope has been writing stories for thirty years. Occasionally, she shares them with family, friends, and fellow writers. Next steps include tiptoeing into the publication pond and writing a novel. During the week, Julia manages the creation of content for employee digital experiences... Read More →
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Bianca Barela

Bianca Barela is a poet that grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and never could have dreamed she’d make a life in San Francisco as an adult. Her therapist says her ability to feel so deeply could be considered a talent. Thankfully, poetry allows her to channel that super power into... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Word Performances
Word Performances is a spoken-word literary variety show where words are the lead, music is featured, and dance makes a cameo. Featuring a poet, a novelist, a wordsmith, a musical guest, a performance of poetry, dance, and acting.

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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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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 →
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Todd Siegel

wordsmith. founder of Word Performances
Todd Siegel crafts and performs idea satire poetry, and was called "the e e cummings of San Francisco tech culture" by Joel Landmine at Identity Crisis III. He co-produces the Word Performances series with his infinitely lovely wife Cybele. In perpendicular, Todd designs and prototypes... Read More →
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Hannah Glass

Classically trained in piano and Baroque violin, Hannah Glass has shared her multi-instrumental and vocal talents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland, UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, The Great American Music Hall, Chinatown's historic Great Star Theater... Read More →
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Mikl (Michael McElligott) has been active in San Francisco’s art and theater scene as a performer and instigator of unusual events for more than 20 years. From 01999 to 02003 Michael hosted and co-produced The Tentacle Sessions a monthly series spotlighting accomplished individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area scene—including writers, artists, and scientists... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SKNK 302 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Writers Without Borders: Presented By Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing
Authors from the Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing read from their newly finished books.

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Joseph L. McCarthy

A lifelong journalist and writer, Joe’s novel, The Gospel of Water, follows a diverse group of friends whose bonds are tested over a drought-stricken summer when media sensationalism and religious bigotry place one of them in jeopardy.
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Shannon Turner

I have published short stories in Fence and Cement. I recently completed my first novel, Bedlam.
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Jessica Weaver

Jessie Weaver lives in Colorado with her family. Her YA thriller was inspired by an Irish castle, a fire, and some awesome high school students.
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Diana Brawley Sussman

Diana Brawley Sussman recently completed the Stanford novel writing program. Her multi-generational novel Far from Manhattan explores St. Louis, Missouri’s role in the Manhattan Project.
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Scott T. Barnes

Scott T. Barnes grew up on a farm, lived in Mexico and France, and now resides in Orange County as a proud husband and father of two girls. He studies samurai arts (Nami Ryu Aiki Kenjutsu) and Russian Systema. In both the fantasy and science fiction genres, Scott’s short fiction... Read More →
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Joseph Registrato

I am a writer and lawyer from Tampa, Florida. Before attending law school in 1987, i was a reporter and editor of The Tampa Tribune from 1971 to 1986, when newspapers were still cool, or at least profitable. During that time I covered some of the most exciting and interesting stories... Read More →
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Madeleine Watson

Madeleine started her writing journey locked in her preteen bedroom, listening to Tracy Chapman and journalling. She is currently finishing her first novel.

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Latin American Club 3286 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA