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Saturday, October 19


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


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


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


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


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


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


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