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Saturday, October 19


13 Ways of Looking at Soul-Making
Soul-Making Keats literary contest offers cash prizes in 13 categories and annual awards reading. Judges read past poetry and prose winners and offer insider tips.

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Kathleen McClung

Kathleen McClung Is a poet with two books of published poetry, The Typists Play Monopoly and Almost the Rowboat and writing instructor at the Writing Salon and the English Department of Skyline College.

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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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Eileen Malone

Founder/Director, Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition
Resume: www.eileenmalone.usWhat screeners check for when logging literary contest entries.
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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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Ellen Woods

I am a poet and memoirist, the author of "Warriors in Transition: A Memoir in Twenty-Eight Stories". My work appears in literary journals and anthologies, including the upcoming "Social Justice Anthology: Beautiful Cadaver Project to be published in Fall 2019. I am the co-judge/sponsor... Read More →
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Elise Kazanjian

Elise Kazanjian is a poet/writer who grew up in Tian Jin, China where her father managed an American rug factory. She has worked at Sunset Magazine, at CCTV in Bei Jing, China, for August Coppola’s Audio Vision Project at SF State U, and has been a pawnbroker. Her poems/essays have... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Topdrawer 980 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


826 Valencia
Join us at 826 Valencia as student authors aged 8 to 18 read from the latest issue of the 826 Quarterly. Cookies and milk to follow.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
826 Valencia St 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Bazaar Writers Salon
For seven years Bazaar Writers Salon has featured many of the best Bay Area writers in a warm and intimate setting in San Francisco's Richmond District.

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David Roderick

Co-director, Left Margin LIT
David Roderick is the author of two books of poems, BLUE COLONIAL and THE AMERICANS. From 2017-2019 he wrote the "State Lines" poetry column for The San Francisco Chronicle. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Amy Lowell Scholar, Roderick lives in Berkeley, California and co-directs... Read More →
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Shelley Wong

Shelley Wong is the author of RARE BIRDS (Diode Editions) and a 2019-2020 Headlands Center for the Arts affiliate artist. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and The New Republic. Her full-length debut collection As She... Read More →
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Randall Mann

Randall Mann is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Proprietary (Persea Books, 2017). A new collection, A Better Life, is forthcoming in April 2021. He lives in San Francisco.
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Danusha Lameris

Danusha Laméris’s next book, Bonfire Opera (Pitt Poetry Series), is due out in April 2020. Other work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Tin House, and New Ohio Review, as well as in a variety... Read More →
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Nick Taylor

Professor, San Jose State University
Nick Taylor is the author of the novels The Disagreement and Father Junípero's Confessor. Under the pseudonym T.T. Monday, he also writes a series of thrillers about the relief pitcher detective Johnny Adcock. The latest book in that series, Double Switch, was published by Doubleday... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Holy Mountain 680 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Behind the Scenes at San Francisco Media Co.
San Francisco Examiner managing editor Sara Gaiser, reporters Laura Waxmann and Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, production editor Montse Reyes, page designer Ming Vong, and photographer Kevin Hume tell the stories behind the news stories.

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Sara Gaiser

Sara Gaiser is managing editor for the San Francisco Examiner. She has lived and worked in San Francisco, covering the Bay Area as a reporter and editor, since 2000.  
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Laura Waxmann

Laura Waxmann has been covering education and community news for the San Francisco Examiner since 2017.  
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Columnist/Staff Reporter, San Francisco Examiner
Born and raised in San Francisco, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez writes the S.F. Examiner's political column On Guard, covering City Hall slugfests and The City at large. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels.
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Montse Reyes

Montse Reyes is the production manager for the San Francisco Examiner. She was born and raised in California's Central Valley and studied sociology at UC Santa Cruz, where she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. Before joining the Examiner's staff, she was an inaugural fellow... Read More →
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Ming Vong

Designer Melissa (Ming) Vong has a long history in the newspaper business. In her first position at Asian Week in late 1980, she was a master doing layout with glue and an X-Acto knife at the Fang family-owned publication. She has worked at the San Francisco Examiner longer than any... Read More →
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Kevin Hume

An East Bay native, Kevin Hume graduated from San Jose State University in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and received a Master of Journalism degree in Multimedia and Photojournalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. He has worked as a photographer at the... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Marsh Cafe 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Big Mouth Productions Presents
1st Tuesday's Spoken Word is a artist showcase providing a creative space for expression in the underserved community of Bayview Hunters Point.

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Javier Reyes

Javier Reyes is a actor, writer, educator, and poet from San Francisco, CA.. He is the Founder and Artistic Director Colored Ink: a hip-hop theatre group that uses the arts to educate and uplift urban communities for social change. Javier is currently also the Executive Director of... Read More →
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Natriece Spicer

Natriece Spicer is a published author/poet and owner of The Inspired Life - a Total Wellness Business where she offers wellness workshops, public speaking, life coaching & creative start up support. Her other current projects include being a cohost on Level'n Up, a new online community-based... Read More →
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Roxanne Hanna-Ware

San Francisco Born, Bay Area Raised her words have been heard since from far off as East Oakland to the middle of a puddle in the alley of Chicago. Appointed Poet Laureate for Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Diseases (WORLD) an organization fighting for the cure of... Read More →
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"C-Who? Is from the city by the bay, and grew up in the Bayview district. He can be found gracing stages a cappela, speaking words, or lacing verbs on beats on the studio. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and infuses his works, with sensitivity, forethought, passion, and soul, with... Read More →
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Danee Black aka Queen D

Danee Black also known as Queen D is a poet, teacher, coach and recently published author. She has been on 4 nationally ranked poetry teams, she is a 2 time Golden State grand slam champion, 2010 Indie Inkslam champion and was a featured poet on TVOne's Verses and Flow. She is currently... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Chapel (outdoors) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


California College of the Arts (CCA)
Join Chair Leslie Carol Roberts, faculty, students, and alumni of the MFA in Writing Program as they read new poetry and prose. CCA's MFA celebrates 20 years as one of the Bay Area's leading MFA programs, and was recently named one of the five best in California.

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Leslie Carol Roberts

Professor and Chair, MFA Writing, California College of the Arts
Leslie Carol Roberts is Professor and Chair of MFA Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is also faculty with the Architectural Ecologies Lab at CCA, where she founded the ECOPOESIS Movement with Adam Marcus and Chris Falliers, which explores embodied messaging... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Castro Writers Cooperative: Into Thin Hair
A mountain of candidates battle a follically challenged president.

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Shana Mahaffey

Co-Founder, Castro Writers Cooperative
Shana Mahaffey is the author of the novel, Sounds Like Crazy, a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009.
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Lee Daniel Kravetz

Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of Strange Contagion (Harpercollins), as well as 2014’s international bestseller, Supersurvivors. He has written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as PBS’s Frontline. He is a proud member of the... Read More →
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Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen is a journalist based in San Francisco.  Her coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe ran in The Nation, PRI’s The World, Foreign Policy and other publications.  She’s working on a book about the deadliest day of the crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos, told... Read More →
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Doug Robson

Douglas Robson is an award-winning journalist. He has covered professional tennis since 2002, and written about other sports ranging from cycling and soccer to America’s Cup and the Iditarod. He also has written about business and the business of sports.
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Scott James

Scott James is the co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, a co-working space for writers in San Francisco. He's a contributor to The New York Times and has three Emmy Awards for his work in TV news. He's also the author of two bestselling novels, "SoMa" and "The Sower," published... Read More →
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Joshua Citrak

Joshua Citrak - author and podcaster, host of Do Better and Hangin’ with Old Lew available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Store.
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Lee Jenkins

Mercilee Jenkins is an award winning playwright/performance artist, published poet and fiction writer.  Her poetry was recently published in a new online magazine, Reinventing Home (www.reinventinghome.org). Her 10-minute play, Armistice At Home received a staged reading in March... Read More →
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Janis Cooke Newman

I'm the author of a memoir and two novels--all currently in print. I'm also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference, which will be held at Esalen this upcoming May.
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Cameron Tuttle

Cameron Tuttle is an American author. She began her career as a writer for an advertising agency before writing her first book, "The Paranoid's Pocket Guide," which landed her on Oprah. Inspired by the movie Thelma and Louise, Tuttle went on the lam in 1996, doing research for what would become the Bad Girl's... Read More →
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Kathryn Lefroy

Kathryn writes novels, screenplays and articles. She has a PhD in marketing, several screenwriting credits, and her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online. Her debut novel, Alex and the Alpacas Save the World, was published by Fremantle Press in May 2019. She spends... Read More →
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Andrea Coombes

Andrea Coombes is a staff writer at NerdWallet. Her personal-finance stories have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald and elsewhere. In other news, she's working on a book about unreliable mothers. She walks her dog every day, almost. Sometimes... Read More →
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Wendy Voorsanger

Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger holds a huge interest in the historical women of California. She started her career in the Silicon Valley writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies. She... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fellow Barber 696 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Cleavage Writing Collective: When Home Means Other
Cleavage Writing Collective is a small group of San Francisco poets writing about sex, death, displacement, and the liminality inherent in our individual marginalized identities of race, immigration, and sexual orientation.

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Antony Fangary

Antony Fangary is a Coptic-American working on his MFA in Poetry at San Francisco State University. He was the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize, and curates his own reading series called Tenderlovin in the TL, which doubles as a charity event for... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
San Francisco Public Library Bookmobile, outside Valencia Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


College of San Mateo's Writers' Ruckus: In the Wild
The creative writing program at College of San Mateo showcases up-and-coming writers from the Bay, all current or former students and faculty of CSM.

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Robbie Baden

Professor, College of San Mateo
Robbie Baden is a professor at College of San Mateo. He teaches courses in creative writing, composition, and literature.

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James Bitoy

Experience Guide, Sandbox VR
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Laurie Olson

Laurie Olson is a Bay Area native who is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is a fiction writer, former editor of Transfer magazine, staff member of Fourteen Hills, and a lover of all things bizarre.
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Jessica Yousef

Jessica Yousef is an interior design major at the college of San Mateo, she enjoys painting and creative writing as a form of self expression
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David Lau

Professor, College of San Mateo
Poet, essayist, editor, professor. I am the author of two books of poetry: Virgil and the Mountain Cat and Still Dirty. I am co-editor of Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion. My essays have been published in New Left Review, Bookforum, Socialist Forum, and Boom: a Journal... Read More →
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Jill Kolongowski

Assistant Professor, College of San Mateo
Jill Kolongowski is a nonfiction writer, professor, and the author of the collection of essays Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me (Ulysses Press, 2017). She received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and has received fellowships residencies at the Artist Artsmith... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
ScholarMatch 849 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Exposition Review Presents: San Francisco in a Flash
Pack your pen and paper—we want to hear you read at this interactive, multi-disciplinary micro-reading and workshop! The editors and contributors of Exposition Review read, then the tables turn.

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Lauren Gorski

Lauren Gorski is the Co-Editor-in-Chief and on the Editorial Board of Exposition Review. She has a Master's in Professional Writing from USC, with emphasis in Stage & Screen. Her fiction and poetry have been featured in apt, Badlands, Jersey Devil Press, Underground Voices, and elsewhere... Read More →

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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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Kate Bove

Writer, Exposition Review
Kate holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco, and was a Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow in 2018. Her work has appeared in Portland Review, Emerson Review, Concrete Literary, Lambda Literary's Emerge, and Exposition Review's Flash 405, among other journals.
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Guy Biederman

Guy Biederman writes short fiction and poetry and lives on a houseboat 5 nautical miles west of San Francisco with his wife and two salty cats. He's the author of four books, including Edible Grace: lyrical micro prose (KYSO FLASH, Sept. 2019). Guy's work has been rejected 700 times... Read More →
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Mia Kirsi Stageberg

Mia Kirsi Stageberg is a fiction writer who has been a researcher, development director, art writer, editor, oral historian, and singer in a few bands. She’s been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She has fifteen books, ebooks, and chapbooks, including two novels... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Fourteen Hills
Join Fourteen Hills for an evening of fine contemporary creative writing from past contributors.

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Mitchell Duran

Mitchell Duran is a writer of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BFA in Acting from DePaul University. Winner of the ClarkGrossman and Wilner Award, his work has been featured in Drunk Monkeys, Broke Ass... Read More →
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Keith Donnell

Keith Donnell Jr. is a San Francisco Bay Area poet, book editor, and educator. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MA in English from the University of Southern California. He was the 2017-18 Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU... Read More →
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Lorraine Lupo

Lorraine Lupo's work has appeared in The New England Review, Fourteen Hills, Breather, The Art Book Review and Art Practical, among others. She edits the Periodic Postcard series.  
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Ai is a Japanese-born poet and playwright, who holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her children's book Öykü Denizi (The Sea of Stories; wrote and illustrated) was published by National Geographic and her work has appeared in New American Writing... Read More →
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Junse Kim

Junse Kim is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a  Faulkner Society Short Story Award, and the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in a number of literary journals, including Ontario Review, ZYZZYVA... Read More →
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Sara Brody

Sara Brody is a playwright and fiction writer from San Francisco, California. On top of writing, she enjoys roaming the streets aimlessly, mindlessly refreshing webpages, and inhaling smoke of all kinds into her lungs. Her work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Narrative Magazine, Bellingham... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Hazel Reading Series
Hazel celebrates the diversity of Bay Area women writers. Join us for an evening of some the very best readers from our five-year history.

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Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan moved to SF in search of community in 2004. Since that time, she founded and directed Queer Rebels (a queer and trans people of color arts project), created and screened experimental films, joined Foglifter as an editor and now board member, created a one-woman show titled... Read More →
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Sara Marinelli

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Sara Marinelli is a writer and educator based in San Francisco. Her writing appears in Blue Mesa Review, New American Writing, and many Italian publications. She teaches Comparative Literature and Humanities at the USF and SFSU. Every month, she curates... Read More →
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Raina León

Raina J. León, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow, Macondo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.  Her first collection of poetry, Canticle ... 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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Dominica Phetteplace

Dominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Wigleaf, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy and Best Microfiction 2019. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Rona... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
THE WOODS 910 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Hello Rumi
There will be reading in Farsi and English from Rumi's poems. We will also talk a little about the life of Rumi.

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Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman is an American poet and social activist who has written more than 50 volumes of poetry and essays
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Mahnaz Badihian

Mahnaz Badihian is a poet, painter, and translator whose work has been published into several languages worldwide, including Persian, Italian, French, Turkish, Spanish and Malayalam. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines including exiled ink! In the United Kingdom, International... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
UP Fordayz Coffee & Tea Bar 1198 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


InsideStorytime TECHNIQUE
Albert Murray described the blues, and by extension all art, as survival techniques. Diane Arbus said technique comes mostly from dark choices someone has made that keep haunting them.

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James Warner

James Warner's stories have appeared in Best of British Science Fiction 2018, The Best of British Fantasy 2018, Georgia, EPOCH, ZYZZYVA, etc. He is about to cease to be European..

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Andrew J. Thomas

Andrew J. Thomas is a father, a husband, and a poet. He lives in Vacaville with his wife, a dog, and until recently, two teenage sons. He adamantly supports the use of serial commas. He has no classic training in the art of the written word, other than years of heart break and a love... Read More →
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Makram Abu-Shakra

Makram Abu-Shakra is an award-winning writer, artist, and experimental musician whose interests lie in exploring consciousness and excavating expressions from the deeper self. Working with the subtle and the ambiguous led him to develop a multi-faceted creativity to "create a matrix... Read More →
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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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Lena Mahmoud

Lena Mahmoud is the author of Amreekiya, an Arab American Book Award winner, a finalist for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize, and one of Foreword's "Four Phenomenal Debut Novels." Her work has appeared or will appear in Fifth Wednesday, Sukoon, and The Offing, among others... Read More →
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Linda Jackson

Linda A. Jackson, a native San Franciscan, received her BA in English from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is currently working on a collection entitled THE RELIGION OF SLAVES, short stories that... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Incline Gallery 766 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


KQED Presents: Latin Invasion: Queer Latin American Writers Respond to Hate from the White House
Latinos are taking over, and these queer Latinx writers will invade your heart with their dynamic literary performance responding to the anti-Latino hate in America fueled by the White House. We will survive, we will write, we will push back with words and love. Hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez.

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Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is the author of two chapbooks from Sibling Rivalry Press. He is a two time winner of Literary Death Match, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and Playwriting, has been part of the legendary Sister Spit Tour with Radar Productions, and regularly hosts shows... Read More →

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Caitlin Hernandez

Caitlin Hernandez's writing focuses primarily on queerness, disability, and the intersection thereof. A two-time Lambda Literary fellow, Hernandez's current project is a largely autobiographical young-adult novel about a blind, queer teen surviving sexual assault. Caitlin lives in... Read More →
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Jaimie Cortez

Jaime Cortez is a writer, visual artist, organizer and curator based in Northern California. His fiction, essays, and drawings have appeared in diverse publications. He’s been featured in literary shows, storytelling shows, and performance art projects all over California.
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Kay Nilsson

Kay Nilsson is a writer, performer and standup comedian living in Oakland. He has featured at slams and shows across the Bay Area from "Donde Esta Mi Gente", Radar Productions, San Francisco Queer Open Mic, and Trans Voices.
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Natalia Vigil

Natalia M. Vigil is a queer Xicana writer, multimedia curator, born and raised in San Francisco. She is the co-founder of Still Here San Francisco for which she was honored as a Local Hero by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. She is a VONA Voices alum and a 2016 Lambda Literary... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Chapel (main stage) 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


La Reyna Bakery & Dulce Axolotl Present: Un Viento del Pueblo
An evening of spirited artistry with formidable West Coast Latinx writers. Featuring Imparcial, Lourdes Figueroa, Super Pulga, and Camilo Villa. A Mexica Invocation by Jesus Medina from Xochipilli Men's Group to open the reading. Cohosted by Josiah Luis Alderete of Speaking Axolotl and Ricardo Tavarez of Pan Dulce Poets.

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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 →

Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez is a writer, educator and aspiring baker.


Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
La Reyna Bakery & Coffee Shop 3114 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Lighten Up: Comedy on Colorism
Colorism affects our daily lives. It is such an everyday, insidious oppression that has utterly absurd day-to-day effects. Simply put, it's ripe for comedy.

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Thao P. Nguyen

Thao is a solo performer, writer, and producer. They make art about whatever pisses them off — racism, sexual violence, white power, hetero/cis-sexism, and people who don't say "please" and "thank you." thaosolo.com
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Joy Alexander

Joy Alexander inhabits intersections, and has been referred to as the dancing engineer. J.A. can be found cooking low-fodmap foods, contemplating technology's impacts on life, or folding clothes in the KonMari style.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Manic D's 35th Anniversary Celebration
Manic D's 35th Anniversary Reading features Kimi Sugioka, Daphne Gottlieb, Thea Hillman, James Tracy, Jon Longhi, Daniel LeVesque, and Jennifer Joseph, with special guests.

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Kimi Sugioka

Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter and educator who earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She was also the curator of the seminal San Francisco Café Babar reading series in the 1990s.
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Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based performance poet.She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award... Read More →
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Jon Longhi

Jon Longhi has published four books of hilarious fiction with Manic D, all having to do with the absurdities of life in San Francisco.

Daniel LeVesque

Daniel LeVesque is a recovering hairburner who does not participate in the cult of beauty. His work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Punk Globe. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Jennifer Joseph

Jennifer Joseph is the founding publisher/editor at Manic D Press. She wonders where the time goes.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Harrington Galleries Furniture Store 599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Marin Poetry Center
Poetry from widely-published Marin Poetry Center board members reflects the broad range of MPC's poetry offerings in Marin, the East Bay, and San Francisco.

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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s book of poetry Paradise Drive won the Press 53 Award and was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. She is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change.
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Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Best New Poets, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and she is the recipient of writing awards from The Writing Salon, Brush... Read More →
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Siân Killingsworth

Siân Killingsworth’s poetry has appeared in Stonecoast Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), Columbia Poetry Review, Mom Egg Review, Ekphrastic Review, Oakland Review, and Mudfish. She has an MFA in poetry from the New School, where she served on the staff of Lit... Read More →
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Meryl NatchezNatchez

Events Chair, Marin Poetry Center
I am a poet and translator, I have translated from Russian and Polish, but my most fluent language other than English is Spanish. I have a new book coming out in March, and I manage the Marin Poetry Center reading series. I am always looking for new readers.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Faye's Video 3614 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Noir at the Bar, MWA-Style
Seven Mystery Writers of America pour out their hearts—and their prose—to amuse, to provoke, to stir up their audience. Let the Noir begin!

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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology.
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Kelli Stanley

Kelli is the creator of the Miranda Corbie series (CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, CITY OF GHOSTS), literary noir novels set in 1940 San Francisco and featuring "one of crime's most arresting heroines" (Library Journal). Critics have compared her work to her icons Raymond Chandler... Read More →
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Eileen Rendahl

Eileen Rendahl is the national-bestselling and award-winning author of the Messenger series and four Chick Lit novels. Her alter ego, Eileen Carr, writes romantic suspense. Her other alter egos, Kristi Abbott and Lillian Bell, write cozy mysteries. ​Both Eileens were born in Dayton... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Amnesia Beer & Music Hall 853 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


One Skateboard Ahead of ICE
In this time of vigilance against ICE, we are often looking for quick exits and fast escapes. We celebrate skateboards, bicycles, and running shoes as helpful modes of escape. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO PHASE 2, AND IS NO LONGER IN PHASE 3 AS IT SAYS IN THE PRINTED PROGRAM AND MAP.

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Rebeca Flores

A daughter of Central and Mexican American immigrants Rebeca Flores is a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of San Fransisco. She is from Fresno California and has served as a design and poetry editor for the local newspaper, "La Voz de Aztlan" and as a fiction... Read More →
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Lindsay Quintanilla

Manager of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions, USF School of Management
Lindsay Quintanilla is a Central American writer born and raised in North Las Vegas. Her parents are Guatemalan and El Salvadorian. Currently, she is an MFA in Writing candidate at the University of San Francisco. She writes stories that raise awareness on important issues facing... Read More →
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Olivia Peña

Olivia Peña is a Black-Salvadoran writer, storyteller, and MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Primary Treasure Magazine, and Spectrum Magazine.
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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 MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. She is working on a story collection about a young, Mexican-American woman who... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission Skateboards 3045 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Potluck Club
 What makes us feel at home? Where is home when you are part of a diaspora? Seven women writers of color reflect on identity, belonging, and the idea of home.

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Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch is a San Francisco Bay Area based freelance writer with a focus on race, culture and family. Her work has appeared on PBS, Salon, MSNBC, xoJane and BlogHer. She also blogs about Asian mixed-race families at HapaMama.
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Michelle Villegas Threadgould

Michelle Threadgould is a biracial, Chicana journalist who covers Latinx issues and resistant art movements. Her work has been featured in CNN, Pacific Standard, GOOD, KQED, The New York Observer, Remezcla, and Latino USA. Her investigative work has covered the secret history of leftist... Read More →
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Shikha Malaviya

Shikha (Saklani) Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was launched in December 2013, in India, to acclaim and featured in The Times of India Literary Carnival, Poetry with Prakriti & other festivals. Shikha... Read More →
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Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a writer and Muslim Feminist (she is still working on a definition of Feminist that fits her ideology) who advocates and demands equal rights and space for women in all scopes. Sabina is a writer and editor with work published on BlogHer, Huffington Post, InCulture... Read More →
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Melissa Hung

Melissa Hung is a writer and journalist. Her writing on culture and immigrant communities has appeared in NPR, Vogue, Catapult, Longreads, and Pacific Standard. Melissa is the founding editor of Hyphen and the former director of WritersCorps. She has received fellowships from VONA... Read More →
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Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng is a writer in San Francisco. She recently published a nonfiction book, Ice Cream Travel Guide, and is working on a novel based on her grandparents' lives in China, Peru, and the United States. Her work has appeared in Arkana, Havik, Cold Creek Review, Shut Up and Write... Read More →
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Jenn Chen

Jenn Chen is a San Francisco-based coffee marketer, writer, and photographer. Her journalism and photography pieces have been published in publications like Sprudge, Standart, Fresh Cup, Barista Magazine, and Edible. She’s now focusing her writing time on personal essays with an... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Wabi Sabi Beauty 888 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Queer Words Podcast
Queer Words Podcast, conversations with queer-identified authors about their works and lives, will present guests from three previous episodes: Richard May, Nona Caspers, and Avery Cassell. Moderated by podcast host Wayne Goodman.

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Richard May

Richard May's short fiction has been published in his collections Inhuman Beings and Ginger Snaps: Photos & Stories (with photographer David Sweet), his series Gay All Year on Amazon Kindle, in anthologies like Never Too Late, Best Gay Erotica, and the Lambda Literary nominated Outer... Read More →
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Nona Caspers

Nona Caspers' new book The Fifth Woman, a Novel in Stories (Sarabande Books, 2018),  was selected by Stacy D’erasmo for the Mary McCarthy award. The story, "Frontiers" was originally published in Cimarron Review and was selected by Best American Short Stories  as a "Distinguished... Read More →
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Avery Cassell

I am a queer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who spent much of my childhood in Iran in the 1960s, returning to the U.S. at age 16 in 1971. I still sometimes dream in Persian.Behrouz Gets Lucky is my first novel; Behrouz Gets Lucky is a romantic, literary, kinky... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA


Seventeen Syllables
From ancient myths to recent science fiction, we love tales about supernatural beings. This reading explores how Asian ghost stories are haunted by immigration, war, and diaspora. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED FROM THE VENUE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM AND ON THE MAP.

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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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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 →
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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 →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fellow 820 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


SF in SF Presents: Women Imagine Different Worlds
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Lisa Goldstein

Lisa Goldstein has written fifteen novels, the latest of which is Ivory Apples.  Other novels have won the National Book Award and the Mythopoeic Award.
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M. Luke McDonell

M. Luke McDonell is a science fiction author and visual designer. Her five-minutes-into-the-future fiction explores the effects of emerging technologies on individuals and society.  
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Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy is a multiple-award-winning science writer, and author of science fiction and fantasy novels.  
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Madeleine Robins

Madeleine Robins is the author of the dark fantasy The Stone War (NY Times Notable Book 1999) and three books in the Sarah Tolerance mystery series.
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Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus. Her debut young adult novel, The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea is slated for release in May 2020.  

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Borderlands Books 866 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Subterranean Splendor
Get into the underground at Subterranean Splendor, when the SF Cultural History Museum presents international talents and San Francisco legends, performing at Onecommons. PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED FROM THE LOCATION LISTED IN THE PROGRAM AND ON THE MAP..

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kevin hunsanger

earlier this year, kevin hunsanger left a lucrative career in used books so that he could try to save san francisco's cultural history, and he hasn't stopped smiling since. he hasn't published a thing in like 15 or 20 years, and he also thinks that capital letters are elitist.

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Abdul Kenyatta

Abdul Kenyatta made a speech about a murder case in the 70's and was invited to appear as a comedian at Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park. Who knew he was a comedian????
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Luke Miner

Luke Miner is a journalist turned economics professor turned data scientist. He is the author of Paris Jazz, A Guide, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and Your Impossible Voice. In his free time he worships Ashur, the almighty winged disk of his Assyrian ancestors... Read More →
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Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer used to write and perform in 90's San Francisco. She was lured back into poetry a few years ago, and it is how she processes the world. She self-published a small book of poems titled "I Didn't Come Here to Fight" in 2019. Despite the title, she will fight anyone who... Read More →
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Mauro Ffortissimo

Mauro Ffortissimo has worked in multiple medias in the Bay area for 40 years.  His career took off after playing a grand piano while it burned by the beach in Half Moon Bay, and soon after that, a documentary about his work called "Twelve Pianos" was produced.  He co-produces the... Read More →
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P Segal

P Segal's life in the arty local underground is the stuff of memoirs, forever in progress. While playing hard with the San Francisco Cacophony Society, she became an auto-didactic Proust scholar and co-founder of Burning Man. Her zine, Proust Said That, was assigned reading in two... Read More →
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Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Jean-Claude Mourlevat taught German for many years before devoting himself to the theater as an actor, teacher, and director. He then began writing for young people and has become a prolific and beloved author of children’s books in his native France, where his novels have garnered... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Onecommons 3019 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Sunday Stories' Brown People Don't Read? Presents the writers of Somos en Escrito
Sunday Stories Writing Group uses its Brown People Don't Read? (BPDR?) platform to highlight writers of color the publishing world does not always elevate. Sunday Stories founding member Scott Duncan hosts and presents four Somos en escrito contributors, reading poetry and prose for and about the indigenous-Hispanic community.

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Scott Russell Duncan

Assistant Editor, Somos en escrito

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Maria Nieto

Maria Nieto's writing forces us to see the unseen; those killed and abused under the cover of nightfall. Maria's third book will be released in 2020.
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Michelle Marie Robles Wallace

Michelle Marie Robles Wallace is working on a collection of stories set along the borderlands, a memoir and a YA novel. She has is particularly interested in themes of healing and borders.
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Jesús Mena

Jesús Mena is the son of undocumented immigrants whose stories focus on life along the border. He grew up as a migrant farmworker.
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Carlota Caulfield

Carlota Caulfield is a Cuban-born American poet, editor, translator, and author of nine poetry collections. She is a professor at Mills College.
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Armando Rendón

Armando Rendón is the author of Chicano Manifesto, Up to Earth, an eco-poetry chapbook and five award-winning books. He is the editor of Somos en escrito.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beauty Bar 2299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Synchronized Chaos
Published authors read short new pieces they have written inspired by the work of an aspiring author, who joins them in reading onstage.  

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Kristen Caven

Working creatively in all available media, Kristen Caven is a fierce and funny writer, a charming artist, and an action-oriented innovator who guides energy with intellectual insight and emotional wisdom.  Generous Muse represents her creative and collaborative outpouring... Read More →
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Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry and a novella. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of... Read More →
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Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, California. Her first published writing experiences began while she was a student at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland as a columnist for the College's newspaper, and as the youth editor for a local magazine... Read More →
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Christine Volker

Foreign cultures have always intrigued me. My studies of Spanish, Italian, and German, along with a year abroad in Spain, deepened my appreciation of different approaches to life. After an MLS (University at Albany) and an MBA (UC Berkeley), I was drawn to international banking, capped... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative 3130 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


The Fabulist Words & Art Presents: My Fantasy America
Comic book spectacle dominates the movie theaters, feverishly detailed fantasy worlds and technological dystopias rule our screens—all producing passionate debate and deep emotional connection, as viewers look for representations of themselves. Join The Fabulist for a deeper dive still into this fantastical landscape of hopes, hype, dreams, and nightmares.  

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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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Elizabeth Stix

Stories by Elizabeth Stix have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly, Tin House, Eleven Eleven, The Southampton Review and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. Her short story, "Alice," won the Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and was optioned by Sneaky Little Sister Films. She is finishing... Read More →
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Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth's stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Idaho Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Her first novel is forthcoming in 2021.
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Ruth Crossman

Ruth Crossman is a community educator and Pushcart-nominated author. Her work has appeared in publications including sPARKLE&bLINK, MaximumRocknRoll and Litro. Her first chapbook, All the Wrong Places, is forthcoming from Naked Bulb Press. She was born and raised in Berkeley and currently... Read More →
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Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga

Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga, the former Poet Laureate of Lake County and a champion slam poet, was born in the Philippines and raised in Oakland. He is a Dervish, minister, writer, freelance journalist, editor, social justice activist, teacher, youth mentor, and martial artist... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission: Comics & Art 2250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Tuesday Night Social Presents Prompt this Write 4: Write Free or Prompt Hard
TNS unveils its game of literary telephone. A collective writing adventure not to be missed. No single writer knows the whole sequence...until the Lit Crawl.

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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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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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Liz Worthy

Liz Worthy hails from Montana. She has shown her art at Intersection for the Arts, The Roxie, 826 Valencia, Ruby’s Clay Studio, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, and the Pacific Ocean (where messages in bottles bob towards Japan). Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency... Read More →
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Anne Trausch

Anne Trausch's favorite word is lollygag. Anyone who's traveled with her knows why: she has a propensity to linger in wonder, bemusement, or delight. She channels that inspiration into short fiction, screenplays, and her day job as a writer-designer at IDEO.
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Lucy Flood

Lucy Flood
Lucy Flood is the author of the forthcoming novel The Way Minnows Kiss. Her writing has appeared in InsideClimate News, The Atlantic, and the Jackson Hole News and Guide, in addition to other places. One of her favorite places to write is under her fig tree.
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Matt Leibel

If Matt Leibel were an element on the periodic table, he would likely be called Leibelium. In such a case, it would then be super-weird that he is also a fiction writer, published in places like Wigleaf, Juked, Diagram, Barcelona Review, and Carolina Quarterly. DM him if you’re... Read More →
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Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong works as a researcher, interviewing and observing people for a living. She's also produced radio stories for KALW. When she's not researching, producing, or writing, she's dancing alongside her infant daughter.
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Sonya Worthy

Sonya Worthy photographs and interviews people reading books in public places, like laundromats, coffee shops, and parks.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
theBalm Cosmetics 788 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Voz Sin Tinta
What is space? How do you define breathing? Where do the lines between energy and reality meet and diverge? Authors will explore what it means when the right to exist meets the demand for a place to exist.  

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Amanda Muniz

Amanda Muniz is a Mexican writer born in Puebla and raised in Oakland, California. She majored in English Literature from San Francisco State. Her work has been published by Pochino press, and she has been a featured reader in various shows in the Bay Area including the electrifying... Read More →
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Ash Phillips

Ash Phillips  is a genderqueer poet born and raised in the Bay Area. They are a maker of puns, brewer of coffee, and destroyer of gender. They are a two-time Youth Speaks' Teen Poetry Slam finalist, with their debut poem "An Open Letter to Cis People" gathering over 10,000 views... Read More →
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Gamal Abdel Chasten

Gamal Abdel Chasten is a poet, playwright and composer. He is a co-founder of Universes theater ensemble, originally based out of New York.Gamal's theatrical writing credits include: The Last Word, God Took Away His Poem, The Black Mann Act Trail of Jack Johnson, The Wall, The Ride... Read More →
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Tony Aldarondo

Tony Aldarondo is a Puerto Rican writer (actor) and POET. He humbly admit to falling in love with rhymes from the moment he read Dr. Seuss in the 1970s and heard rap music in the 1980s. From then on Rhymes have been a part of his poetical DNA. He has performed in award winning films... Read More →
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Katie Aliferis

Katie Aliferis a Greek-American poet and lyricist from San Francisco. She has been a featured performer at At The Inkwell, Get Lit, Greek Writers Night, Literary Speakeasy, Quiet Lightning, the SFSU Center for Modern Greek Studies, VelRo's Global Voices: A Celebration of Translation... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Womxn's Write Inn
A collective of immigrant, transnational, queer, and chronically ill WOC writers will give a reading and discuss ways to create inclusive spaces for underrepresented authors.

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Alicia Vogl Saenz

Alicia Vogl Saenz is a poet, meditator, and museum educator who brings her queer and mixed immigrant background to her writing and teaching. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grand Street, Blue Mesa Review, Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies (Red... Read More →
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liz gonzález

liz gonzález grew up in the San Bernardino Valley. She is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018) and the poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000). Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published... Read More →
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Sehba Sarwar

Sehba Sarwar creates essays, stories, poems, and art that tackle displacement, migration, and women’s issues. Her writings have appeared in publications including New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Time Reports, Asia: Magazine of Asian Literature and elsewhere. Her short... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Women's Building (Audre Lorde room) 3543 18th St #8, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


Writing Salon Interactive
Come feel the spirit of the Writing Salon's popular Round Robin class, with featured readings and an interactive writing activity on postcards which the Writing Salon will mail. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED FROM THE VENUE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM AND ON THE MAP. This event is now located at Martuni's.

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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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Elaine Beale

Teacher, The Writing Salon
Elaine Beale has published two novels, the most recent of which, Another Life Altogether, was featured in Oprah Magazine and received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers... Read More →
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Andy Touhy

Fiction Instructor, The Writing Salon
Andy Touhy, a recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society's Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills' Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize, is also a nominee for inclusion in Best New American Voices. In 2016 his story manuscript, The Secret of Mayo, was named the finalist for BOA Editions... Read More →
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Rob Williams

Rob Williams teaches Creative Writing and English at Skyline College and writing workshops on The Lyric Essay, Short Story, and Writing Through Transitions at The Writing Salon in San Francisco. In addition he has led writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink on flash fiction and... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA


Writing Sex & Culture
Join the co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture (and Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist) Carol Queen PhD, for an unforgettable night some of CSC's favorite authors! Enjoy sips while we explore the many sides of sex and sex writing.

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Deamer Dunn

Deamer Dunn is the author of more than a dozen novels. For his erotica and poignant love stories, he writes under the name of RM Blake. He lived in SDeamer Dunn is the author of more than a dozen novels. For his erotica and poignant love stories, he writes under the name of RM Blake... Read More →
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Greta Christina

Greta Christina writes about atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She edits the annual anthology series "Best Erotic Comics"; is the author of the erotic novella "Bending," part of "Three Kinds of Asking For It," edited... Read More →
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Zoe Kat

Zoe Kat is a longtime resident of San Francisco. She has written and performed in the Bay Area focusing around issues of disability and sexuality. Her latest practice includes endless tirades against Sesta/Fosta culminating in a movie called "Is Friendship Legal?" with Salty Brine... Read More →
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Sherilyn Connelly

Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer and librarian, and the head film critic for SF Weekly. Her first work of scholarly sparkliness, Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016, was published by McFarland & Company in 2017. Her second... Read More →
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Charles Lyons

Charles Lyons is a filmmaker and writer who lives in San Francisco with his dog. He's been participating in the Center for Sex and Culture's Erotic Reading Circle for nine years; his feature film Rough Edges was workshopped there and is currently finishing post-production.
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Carol Queen

Carol Queen co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture and is staff sexologist  at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex shop, where she has worked since 1990. A noted cultural sexologist whose work has been widely published, she's written, co-authored or edited several books, most... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Good Vibrations Valencia 603 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA


WTAW Press
WTAW Press and Friends present readings from our outstanding and exceptional authors and friends of the small and mighty, excellent and exhilarating independent publisher. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE RELOCATED FROM THE VENUE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM AND ON THE MAP.

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Amber Butts

Amber Butts is currently at work on an Afro-futurist novel that requires elders be written into our futures. Her work asks big and small questions about how we move towards actualizing spaces that center tenderness, nuance and joy while living in a world reliant on our terror.
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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.
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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is the author of Chimerica (WTAW Press, 2019) and Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Still House Press), winner of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.  Her essays and criticism have appeared in the SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Slate, Catapult... Read More →
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Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone is the author of Hungry Ghost Theater (WTAW Press, 2018), finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and The True Sources of the Nile (Doubleday).
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Meghan Flaherty

Meghan Flaherty is the author of Tango Lessons: A Memoir (HMH), and has published in O Magazine, Psychology Today, The Iowa Review, the New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.
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Theodore Gioia

Theodore Gioia is critic living in San Francisco. Hailing from a line of writers, he has the dubious distinction of being the second best-known writer named Ted Gioia in his family. He has held a range of jobs from host at the Olive Garden to the editorial staff at McSweeney’s... Read More →
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Louise Marburg

Louise Marburg is the author of the award-winning collection of stories, The Truth About Me (WTAW Press, 2017).
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Ron Nyren

Ron Nyren is the author of the novel The Book of Lost Light, winner of the Big Moose Award and forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.
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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest (Dzanc 2019). She is Editor in Chief and Director of WTAW Press.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Third Haus 455 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA