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Saturday, October 19
 

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Vince Montague

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 →
avatar for Sarah Kobrinsky

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 →
avatar for Garrett Murphy

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Vernon Keeve III

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
avatar for Alan Lessik

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 →
avatar for Jim Provenzano

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 →
avatar for Erika Atkinson

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 →
avatar for Iris Bloomfield

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Sriram Shamasunder

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 →
avatar for Andre Le Mont Wilson

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 →
avatar for Charlie Amore

Charlie Amore

Writer
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.
avatar for Kevin Madrigal

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 →
avatar for Susana Praver-Perez

Susana Praver-Perez

Poet
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

5:00pm

Coeditoria
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.

Authors
avatar for Joel Streicker

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 →
avatar for Sam Gong

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 →
avatar for Harriet Rohmer

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 →
avatar for Tatyana Sundeyeva

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 →
avatar for Linda Fiddler

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

5:00pm

Colossus
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.  

Authors
avatar for Laura Joakimson

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.
avatar for Christine Kammler

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.
avatar for Sara Biel

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.
avatar for Karla Brundage

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 →
avatar for Shilpa Kamat

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

5:00pm

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

Authors
avatar for Janice Rocke

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 →
avatar for Liz McDonald

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 →
avatar for Marie Butcher

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

5:00pm

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.

Moderators
avatar for Sivani Babu

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 →

Authors
avatar for Valerie Stimac

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 →
avatar for Russell Bradley

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 →
avatar for Brandon McWilliams

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 →
avatar for Sabine Bergmann

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Jenny Xie

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 →
avatar for Carson Ash Beker

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 →
avatar for Tomas Moniz

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 →
avatar for Marco Lean

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 →
avatar for Maddy Raskulinecz

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Laura Holmes-Haddad

Laura Holmes-Haddad

Writer
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 →
avatar for Amy Lutz

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.
avatar for Gark Mavigan

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 →
avatar for Rob Oxenham

Rob Oxenham

Writer
Coming of age stories, writing and amphibians.
avatar for Umit Unerdem

Umit Unerdem

Writer
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

5:00pm

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.  

Authors
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 →
avatar for Talia Adry

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 →
avatar for Ume Ali

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 →
avatar for Anne Cheilek

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 →
avatar for Rachel A. Crawford

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 →
avatar for Lily Dayton

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 →
avatar for Aleix Hodges

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 →
avatar for Ching-Ching Tan

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Gary Singh

Gary Singh

Columnist/Author, Metro/Freelance
Gary Singh is currently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. As a professional scribe, he's published over 1000 works including newspaper columns, travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles, poetry and... Read More →
avatar for Sage Curtis

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 →
avatar for Anniqua Rana

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 →
avatar for Tiffany Edwards

Tiffany Edwards

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

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.
avatar for Becky Kling

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Cintia Santana

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 →
avatar for Shiriel King Abramson

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 →
avatar for Annie Albagli

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 →
avatar for Minoosh Zomorrodinia

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

5:00pm

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.

Authors
avatar for Vanessa Hua

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 →
avatar for Kitty Morgan

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 →
avatar for Barbara Lane

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 →
avatar for Anisse Gross

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