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Saturday, October 14


KALW presents Music / Moments and Movements
Bay Area musicians and journalists share songs, lyrics, and stories about the music they make and listen to.

avatar for Bill Amatneek

Bill Amatneek

Bill Amatneek, a life-long string bassist in the acoustic music movement, has concertized with Peter, Paul & Mary, played bluegrass with Jerry Garcia, and accompanied Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. His book, Acoustic Stories: Pickin' for the Prez, won a silver book of... Read More →
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Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks works on storytelling podcasts for KQED Public Radio. She's a co-creator and reporter behind the docu-podcast American Suburb, exploring the flip side of gentrification in a changing suburbia. She hosts, produces and edits KQED's new narrative podcast, Q'ed Up.  
avatar for Paul Keim

Paul Keim

Paul Keim is a seasoned musician, songwriter, and community organizer who has been living, performing, and working in and around the East Bay for over 15 years. His unique approach to songwriting comes from his appreciation for many different forms and styles of music, along with... Read More →
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Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers are a nationally touring kid-focused hip hop group out of Oakland. Core members Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd address complex issues around identity and social justice through their hip hop music. Their new album Rise Shine #Woke offers a set of songs to get... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


"20 Minutes of Action": JUST ART: Stanford Artist/Activist Collective
Race, rape and social justice. Stanford writers of color respond to Brock Turner's "20 minutes of action," Donald Trump's "locker room talk," and rape culture. 20minutesofaction.weebly.com

avatar for Afroz Zain Algiers

Afroz Zain Algiers

PhD Student, JUST ART: Stanford Artist/Activist Collective
Afroz is a community organizer, actor & improviser. Her past theatre projects have been on South Asian gender struggles and Islamophobia.
avatar for Kari Barclay

Kari Barclay

PhD Student, Stanford University
Kari Barclay is a theater director, researcher, and community organizer from Washington, DC and Durham, NC, currently based at Stanford University. Directing credits include THE BULL CITY DIGNITY PROJECT, ME TOO MONOLOGUES, BULLY BOY, and the THE MAN WHO. He continues to work around... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Hong

Jenny Hong

Storyteller, JUST ART: Stanford Artist/Activist Collective
Jenny is a PhD candidate and storyteller at Stanford University.
avatar for Sage Isabella

Sage Isabella

Symbolic Systems Masters Student, Stanford University
Sage has too many passions to ever be incredible at any of them. She loves too hard and cares too much. She is currently completing a master's degree in Symbolic Systems on the ethical responsibility of tech companies to assist in poverty alleviation while designing an application... Read More →
avatar for Thao P. Nguyen

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
avatar for Luz Minerva Jimenez Ruvalcaba

Luz Minerva Jimenez Ruvalcaba

Luz is a VONA Alumna and a PhD Candidate at Stanford University.
avatar for Amber Walker

Amber Walker

Teacher/ Poet/ Activist
Amber Walker identifies first as a black queer woman and second as a spoken word poet. She has been practicing her craft for 7 years. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from Stanford in June, with a M.A. in education. She now teaches high school math in San Francisco. Her... Read More →
avatar for Hope G. Yi

Hope G. Yi

Hope G. Yi studies racial representation in media at Stanford University. By centering neurodivergent and QTPoC experiences, they endeavor to make art that is uncomfortable and real to the point of absurdity.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


1st Tuesday's Spoken Word
Showcased at Radio Africa & Kitchen, 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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Tyson Amir

Tyson combines his experience surviving America as a black man with hip hop prose, and original analysis to shape what is arguably the most revolutionary statement of the 21st century.
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Lyrical Comp

As the product of both a Christian and Muslim family, Lanre A. Gamu Jr., also known as L.C. or Lyrical Comp, has been writing ever since his 7th grade teacher, told him he had a natural talent for it. Drawing from great minds such as W.E.B. Dubois, el Hajj Malik el Shabazz, Thomas... Read More →
avatar for Joy Elan

Joy Elan

Joy Elan is an award winning author and spoken word artist from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She uses her writing to advocate for civil rights for Blacks/people of color, women, and people with disabilities. With her poetry and novels, she speaks about social issues that affect people... Read More →
avatar for Venus Jones

Venus Jones

Venus earned her MFA in poetry from Mills College and her BA in business communications from The University of Akron. She’s a board member for Poetry Center San Jose, volunteers for Santa Clara Read and promotes literacy. This accomplished actress opened for Def Poetry on Broadway... Read More →
avatar for Kwesi Wilkerson

Kwesi Wilkerson

Poet, Kwesi The Dreamer
Terron “Kwesi” Wilkerson is a published author, spoken wordsmith and emerging poet. He is also an alumnus of the Emerging Arts Professionals SF/BA 2016-17 Fellowship. Kwesi began writing poetry to chronicle a deeply introspective journey while traveling abroad in Ghana, West Africa... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Clarion Alley (main stage) Between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets


7x7 presents: Joan Didion Power Hour
Joan Didion Power Hour Landslide: Scenes from Californian's Edge. Stories of contemporary Californian culture honoring the 50th Anniversary of Joan Didion's seminal Summer of Love essay, Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

avatar for Alex DiSclafani

Alex DiSclafani

Alex DiSclafani hails from Florida and now calls San Francisco home. In her day job, she works in tech, where she helps prevent real-world harm to children. On her long commutes she writes.She published work in Dying Dahlia Review and The Ginger Collect. Her favorite show is Golden... Read More →
avatar for Nada Djordjevich

Nada Djordjevich

Nada Djordjevich is a writer and consultant. She attended the screenwriting program at UCLA and has degrees from Harvard University and UC Berkeley. Her screenplays and fiction have received recognition from Vermont Studio Center, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, American Zoetrope... Read More →
avatar for Kris Malone Grossman

Kris Malone Grossman

Kris Malone Grossman earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently at work on a PhD in Women’s Spirituality. Her work has been anthologized in Dirt is Good for You and The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection... Read More →
avatar for Kate Haug

Kate Haug

Kate Haug is a San Francisco based artist. Haug's reading is the outcome of a recent San Francisco Arts Commission project on the Summer of Love, which lead to her obsession with Joan Didion’s essay "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Her piece, "Santa Cruz," investigates California's... Read More →
avatar for Allison Muir

Allison Muir

Owner, Allison Muir Design
Allison Muir is a San Franciscan born writer, artist, and interior designer. During her varied career she has designed D.I.Y. projects for ReadyMade magazine, coordinated postproduction for clients such as Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks and Pixar, and produced and written... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Elbo Room (upstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


826 Valencia
826 Valencia will release a fifteenth anniversary publication about the weird, wonderful experience of being fifteen, featuring writers of all ages. Cookies and milk to follow.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
826 Valencia 826 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


A Poetry Bestiary
Five California poets read recent work that explores our complex relationship to our animal relatives—crows, bears, lizards, and a host of other beasts.

(Please note that this event appears in the print program and map as a phase 3 venue but has had to be shifted to phase 2. Sorry for any inconvenience.)

avatar for Molly Bendall

Molly Bendall

Molly Bendall is the author of five collections of poems, most recently WATCHFUL from Omnidawn Press. She is interested in Human & Animal relation and ecopoetics. She teaches at the University of Southern California.
avatar for Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writinghas been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press)and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection... Read More →
avatar for Evan Kennedy

Evan Kennedy

Evan Kennedy is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Terra Firmament (Krupskaya), Us Them Poems (BookThug), and The Sissies (Future Poem).
avatar for Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Lizard (Chax, 2016), Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009), and several chapbooks, including The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow, a collaboration with Valerie Witte engaging the work of dancer-choreographers Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer (Operating... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Stricker

Meredith Stricker

Meredith Stricker is a visual artist and poet. She is the author of Our Animal, (Omnidawn); Tenderness Shore (National Poetry Series Award); Alphabet Theater, mixed-media performance poetry (Wesleyan), and Mistake (Caketrain Press). She works in visual poetry collaborative, a studio... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
1-2-3-4 Go! Records 1038 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


A Wiggle & A Prayer: True Stories
A celebration of the latest anthology from the Community Memoir Project, featuring new writers from a 6-week memoir workshop held at the Berkeley Public Library this spring.

avatar for Frances Lefkowitz

Frances Lefkowitz

Author of the memoir To Have Not, about growing up poor in 1970s San Francisco, I am also founder of the Community Memoir Project, bringing free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries. My stories & essays appear in Tin House, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Catamaran, SFChronicle... Read More →

avatar for Gloria Delgado

Gloria Delgado

Gloria Delgado: Native of San Francisco, raised in the City's Haight-Ashbury and Parkside Districts, oldest child of a Mexican father and Puerto Rican mother. Graduate of San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain), long -time resident of Albany, CA.
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Judy Gussmann

I started writing in my retirement, for my own pleasure. I am an Israeli-Palestinian peace advocate, a retired ESL teacher currently volunteering at Oakland International High School for students in the USA three years or less, and the parent of two beautiful adult children. I was... Read More →
avatar for Judy Kim

Judy Kim

When I was a child, I travelled into books to escape. Words were like a protective shield. Now I'm sharing true stories of traumatized love that survived intergenerational grief.
avatar for Lisa Kleinbub

Lisa Kleinbub

A Queens NY native living in the Bay for 30 years. Self-described as a dork whose disparate interests occasionally result in soliloquies on why some love cilantro and other random topics
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Ann Rowland

Ann lives in Berkeley and works in the field of Oncology drug development. She commutes to work via boat. This is her first foray into creative writing.
avatar for Sarita Sarvate

Sarita Sarvate

Sarita Sarvate writes a monthly column for India Currents.  She has also written commentaries for the Oakland Tribune, KQED FM, Los Angeles Times, New America Media, and San Jose Mercury News.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Benny Gold 968 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


An Evening with The Rumpus
Come feel the literary love, Rumpus style! Featuring readings from some of our favorite writers and comedian Nato Green. Hosted by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee.

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Nato Green

San Francisco native Nato Green is the country's only semi-functional hybrid of comedian, writer, and union organizer. In 2018, Nato Green released his second comedy album The Whiteness Album on Blonde Medicine Records, appeared in the film Sorry to Bother You, and lived in Cuba... Read More →
avatar for Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar is the author of three books, the latest of which will be out with Catapult in 2020. She lives in Los Angeles.
avatar for Jen Palmares Meadows

Jen Palmares Meadows

Jen Palmares Meadows’ essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Fourth Genre, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been performed for Kearney Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts, and Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon. She writes... Read More →
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Alexandra Naughton

Founder/Editor in Chief, Be About It Press
Alexandra Naughton isn't a household name. Yet. The stylish, mostly self-made 31-year-old founded the literary arts imprint, Be About It Press, in 2010 because she wanted to make zines. She has since published 14 zines, 8 chapbooks, and 2 full-length poetry collections through Be... Read More →
avatar for Christine No

Christine No

Christine No is a Korean American poet, essayist and producer. She is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, two time Pushcart Prize nominee, and Best of the Net Nominee. You can find her work in: The Rumpus, sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, Story Online, Apogee, Atlas and Alice, and various... Read More →
avatar for Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

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

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Laundry Gallery and Cafe (upstairs) 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


BentBoyBooks, home to experimental writing that transgresses expectations, delights in sensation and awakens language anew, presents innovative new work.

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Drew Cushing

Founder, BentBoyBooks
Not since New Narrative shook up the city and gave voice to a particular San Francisco style has writing been this much fun. Home of the brave and ever so slightly depraved, BentBoyBooks are where language meets pleasure and pleasure becomes an artful purpose all its own. BentBoyBooks... Read More →
avatar for Jan Johnson Drantell

Jan Johnson Drantell

I published my first story at age 8, using my father's LC Smith typewriter and carbon paper, about a brother and sister who ran away to Paris and lived across the street from the Eiffel Tower. I was a founding member of Women Poets of the Twin Cities (Mpls/St. Pau) in 1972 and my... Read More →
avatar for Pam Martin

Pam Martin

Pam Martin is a facilitator at NIAD Art Center in Richmond,CA. Her recent work has been exhibited at Shadow Office Oakland; CTRL+SHFT with Cranium Corporation Oakland; Rocksbox Contemporary Fine Art Portland, OR. Recent publications include REVERSE REHEARSALS, Southern Exposure... Read More →
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Ronald Palmer

Prick Queasy, Manikin
Ronald Palmer is the author of Prick Queasy (Publication Studio) and Logicalogics (Soft Skull Press). His new novel is titled Manikin and is about the next silent virus waiting on the horizon. He lives in San Francisco with his husband Kevin Rolston near Golden Gate Park. He's excited... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Brown People Don't Read
This event pushes boundaries and dispels the myth that brown people don't value the written word. We bring you voices of humor, rage, wonder and introspection.

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Scott Russell Duncan

Assistant Editor, Somos en escrito
avatar for Lisa D. Gray

Lisa D. Gray

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

Jenny Irizary

Jenny Irizary is working on a memoir about growing up along the Russian River. Her work is published in Sick Lit, Squalorly, Snapping Twig, Communion, Atticus Review, and other journals.
avatar for Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian writer who has received fellowships from CantoMundo and Jackstraw. She’s been selected for residencies with SFAI, SAR, and Hedgbrook. Her chapbook Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center, and... Read More →
avatar for Roger Porter

Roger Porter

Roger Porter is a writer and educator from Oakland, CA USA whose first book, “The Souls of Hood Folk,” is available at lulu.com. He has a degree in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He describes himself as “An average everyday man from... Read More →
avatar for April Sinclair

April Sinclair

April Sinclair is author of three novels, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Coffee Will Make You Black (named a 1994 Book of the Year by the American Library Association), Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, and I Left My Back Door Open. Sinclair received the Carl... Read More →
avatar for Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres earned a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Mills College and is a founding member of Sunday Stories. She is finishing a short story collection and a memoir about her mother’s childhood in Mexico.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beauty Bar 2299 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Chronicle Books Book Bike
San Francisco-born publisher Chronicle Books turned 50 this year! Come browse their latest creations and say hello to their new book bike, Specs.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Clarion Alley (Valencia Street side) just off Valencia Street between 17th and 18th Streets


Dog Eared Books presents: Prose Before Bros
Innovative, honest nonfiction from some of the Bay Area's most talented writers.

avatar for Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz

I'm the author of Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015) and the editor of Mondo Bummer Books. I helped organize Sick Fest. I'm still writing about sick women, rape culture, and related activism, and I recently made a zine called Mad About Mad About You, which uses the '90s... Read More →
avatar for Meagan Day

Meagan Day

​Meagan Day is a freelance writer who focuses on politics, social movements, labor, law and history. Her book Maximum Sunlight, a journalistic portrait of a remote town in Nevada's Great Basin, is available from E.M. Wolfman and will be excerpted in the Best American Nonrequired... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Karnes

Jordan Karnes

Jordan Karnes is the author of It Hasn't Stopped Being California Here (Carville Annex Press) and More Silver Than Gold (Finishing Line Press), a collaboration with artist Heather Watson. Her work has appeared at 2016's Place Talks series, as well as in ElevenEleven Journal, The 2015... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


FORUM Magazine Showcase
Contributors to City College of San Francisco's FORUM magazine will read works published within its pages during its 80 year history.

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Jen Sullivan Brych

Advisor, Forum magazine, City College of San Francisco
Jen Sullivan Brych has published most recently in Fourteen Hills and sPARKLE + bLINK. Past publications include The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Times and Wired. Her plays have also been read and performed in various Bay Area theaters. She’s currently working on a novel.

avatar for Brianna Allen

Brianna Allen

Brianna Allen is a poetry and short story writer based in Oakland, CA. She has appeared at various slams, the National Black Arts Conference, and other public appearances. She is currently studying creative writing at City College of San Francisco and working on a chapbook.
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Kevin Cosby

Word-haver. Train-thief. Lives in San Francisco.
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Zachariah Greer Hauptman

Zach Hauptman is a Reference Librarian with the South San Francisco Public Library by day, a CCSF student at night, and a gigantic genderqueer nerd at all times (they/them pronouns, pls!).With their group, Truth Sans Justice, they run panels on popular culture, misogyny and the queer... Read More →
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John Isles

Instructor, Forum Magazine at CCCSF
John Isles is the author of Ark and Inverse Sky (University of Iowa Press, 2003 and 2008) and has published widely in magazines, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, and Zyzzyva. He was co-editor of the Baltics section of Contemporary European Poetry (Graywolf... Read More →
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William Petersen

William Petersen has had work in The North American Review, The New England Review, The Sunday Magazine of The Washington Post, and the anthology Fathering Daughters, edited by DeWitt Henry and James Alan McPherson. He has worked as a musician, a cook, and video producer for... Read More →
avatar for Bryce Riegel

Bryce Riegel

Bryce Riegel was the fiction editor of Forum Magazine's Spring 2017 issue. He makes money building houses and is currently working on a collection of short stories.
avatar for Lucretia Samuel

Lucretia Samuel

I am a poem-writer and a zine-maker residing in the Richmond District of San Francisco. I currently study Creative Writing and Visual Media Design at CCSF, work at the San Francisco SPCA, and spend too many hours hogging the xerox machine at the public library publishing my own z... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Adobe Books 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Fourteen Hills
Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review embraces the endless challenge of balancing continuity and reinvention across genres. Join us for readings by contributors and community members.

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Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye is the author of Cradles (Nomadic Press 2017), the current Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills, a Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series, and he has works published in The Collapsar, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and The Wildness.
avatar for Nicole Jost

Nicole Jost

Nicole Jost is a playwright and educator. Her plays have been staged and read at SF Playhouse, Z Below, PlayGround, ReproRights! Theater, and the SF Olympians Festival here in San Francisco; at Gadfly Theatre Productions in Minneapolis; and at Rorschach Theatre, The Inkwell, and the... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Penner

Bradley Penner

Bradley Penner is a William Dickey Fellow at San Francisco State University.
avatar for Robert Andrew Perez

Robert Andrew Perez

editor, author, alum respectively, speCt! books, Omnidawn, Saint Mary's College of California
poet, filmmaker, adjunctivitis-free as of 2014
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Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Columbia University and San Francisco State University. Her chapbook Warning Coloration is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Temo's Coffee 3000 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Good Vibrations: Facets of the Erotic
There's no single sexuality, no one erotic experience. Give us an hour – we'll prove it! Bonus points if we can tell a story you've never heard before.

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Jennifer Cross

Jen Cross is the founder and facilitator of Writing Ourselves Whole, which has offered transformative writing groups to trauma survivors and others since 2003.
avatar for Dorothy Freed

Dorothy Freed

Dorothy Freed is the pseudonym of a SF Bay Area writer. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies including, Dirty Dates, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Vol 1, For The Men And The Women Who Love Them, Dirty Old Women: Erotica By Women Of Experience and Dirty Thirty Anthology... Read More →
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Zoe Kat

Zoe Kat is a longtime resident of San Fransisco. Zoe has written and performed in the Bay Area focusing around issues of disability and sexuality for 16 years. She likes to travel and has the ability to make any hotel an erotic wonderland or a writing retreat.
avatar for Carol Queen

Carol Queen

Staff Sexologist, Good Vibrations
All things sex & culture!
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Simon Sheppard

Simon is author and editor of a dozen books, including the Lambda-Award-winning Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica; Hotter Than Hell, which won the Erotic Authors Association Award; and Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard. His work has also appeared in hundreds of anthologies... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Good Vibrations 603 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Great Jones Street
Great Jones Street is an app that promises 1000 stories in your pocket, by authors of all genres. Tonight: some of GJS's best work, live!

avatar for Kelly Abbott

Kelly Abbott

Kelly Abbott is CEO and co-founder of Great Jones Street. He’s helped launch and grow social media, dating, and publishing products purchased by Match.com, Adobe, and Oprah. Now his mission is to meld his literary roots and tech chops to transform the world of short fiction for readers and authors alike. He plays soccer, roots for C... Read More →

avatar for Sean Craven

Sean Craven

Sean Craven is like Richard Corey from the waist up, Bartleby the Scrivener from the waist down.Many people to expect him to burst into stardom at any moment. Suckers.
avatar for Daphne Gottlieb

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 →
avatar for Scott Laughlin

Scott Laughlin

Scott Laughlin’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Great Jones Street, Post Road, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Night Owl, and other publications. He’s also contributed essays to the books A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors and Such Conjunctions: Robert... Read More →
avatar for Jason Ridler

Jason Ridler

Jay Ridler is a writer, historian, and improv actor. His latest novel HEX-RATED, the first installment of THE BRIMSTONE FILES fantasy series for Night Shade Books, as received strong reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and NPR. He teaches and designs courses for Johns Hopkins... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Roe

Andrew Roe

Andrew Roe's most recent book is Where You Live, a short story collection. His debut novel, The Miracle Girl, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. His fiction has been published in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Slice, The Cincinnati Review, and other... Read More →
avatar for Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She won the Nautilus Award for her debut novel The Weight of Him and the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award. She was also shortlisted for the CUIRT, Roberts, and Bristol Short Story Prizes, and longlisted... Read More →
avatar for Geeta Tewari

Geeta Tewari

Geeta Tewari grew up in Massachusetts and writes in New York. She recently graduated from Columbia University's MFA program. Her work has appeared in and/or is forthcoming from Granta, Narrative Magazine, Tyrant Books, Caustic Frolic, and Great Jones Street. She has three daughte... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Holy Mountain 680 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


Hapa Writers present: Real Asian Fusion
Mixed-race Asian writers will take you beyond Korean tacos and Bacon Mochi. San Francisco, be prepared to be properly fed some authentic Asian fusion and intersectionality.

avatar for Lindsey Adams

Lindsey Adams

Vallejo raised and Oakland rooted, Lindsey Adams is a Black-Korean writer and zinemaker. Her growing collection of poetry, short stories and two personal zines weave together her reflections and shifts in relation to home, history, and identity. She comes from storytelling traditions... Read More →
avatar for Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco

Maria T Allocco is a South Korean and Italian Voices of Our Nation alum and was an Academy of American Poets Prize winner by age twenty. Her pieces have been featured on KPFA and Mutiny Radio, and performed for SOMArts, LitQuake, Kearny Street Workshop, The Intersection For The Arts... Read More →
avatar for Celeste Chan

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 →
avatar for Chino Scott-Chung

Chino Scott-Chung

Chino Scott-Chung is a Chinese Mexican American writer. His father is Chinese and a "paper son," who came to America using documents that said he was four years older that he really is. His mother is mixed-race Chinese/Mexican, born and raised in Mexico, and her first language is... Read More →
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Willy Wilkinson

Writer and Public Health Consultant, LGBTQ ACCESS
Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, public speaker, and spoken word performer. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Marsh Theater 1074 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Hippos, Heroines, and Spaceships!
This awesome selection of authors explores alternate history, superheroines in San Francisco, and spaceships galore.

avatar for Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey is an internationally published author of fiction and nonfiction, and a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. She tweets @gaileyfrey. Learn more at www.sarahgailey.com... Read More →
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Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the Heroine Complex series—starring Asian American superheroines—and assorted comics about love, geeks, aliens, and Barbie.
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Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads zips from space operas called The Dangerous Type and No More Heroes to nonfiction about the 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die.
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Carter Scholz

Carter Scholz is a Bay Area writer, composer, and pianist.  His recent novella, Gypsy, was nominated for the Sturgeon Award.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Borderlands Books 866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Kearny Street Workshop
Kearny Street Workshop, in partnership with Asian Art Museum, present Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. This reading features alumni from their three month summer program for POC writers.

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michele carlson

Associate Professor, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts
Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her visual works have been exhibited nationally and her critical writings on art and culture can be found in numerous publications including KQED, Art in America, Hyphen, and Afterimage. She... Read More →
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Kayan Cheung-Miaw

As a cartoonist, Kayan Cheung-Miaw aims to humanize those who have been dehumanized by sharing the stories of marginalized communities. As an organizer, Kayan work on the Yank Sing restaurant workers’ campaign resulted in a historic $4 million settlement for 280 workers. As an educator... Read More →

stephen guai-wu

stephen guai-wu is a san francisco-based writer. his interests include monsters, experimental media, queerness, sex, and long walks on the beach. say hello at stephenguaiwu.com
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Janine Mogannam

Janine Mogannam is a writer and librarian, born and raised in San Francisco. She is a fellow of the VONA and Interdisciplinary Writers' Lab workshops. Her work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Kweli, 580 Split, and Writing the Walls Down.
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Lauren Wheeler

Lauren Wheeler writes poetry, really short fiction, and pop-culture editorials. A recovering slam poet, she twice competed at the National Poetry Slam and has featured at Cornell University, where she studied English Literature, as well as in Los Angeles, Miami, and throughout the... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Five and Diamond 510 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Literary Speakeasy presents
Martinis & Poetry. Join us for a perfect pairing — an evening of spirits and poetry from Bay Area talent. No password required for this speakeasy.

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Kress Cole

Kress Cole is a femme queer 26-time WCS Award-Winning lyricist and performing songstress. She is touring with her 2017 album, "The Alchemy Show."
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Tracey Knapp

Tracey Knapp's first full-length collection of poems, Mouth, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2015. Tracey has received awards and scholarships from La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg... 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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Matthew Siegel

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, which received the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. Siegel’s poems and essays have appeared in the Academy of American Poets... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Martuni's 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Manic D Press: Kapow! Cultural resistance for the masses!
Comix & writing minizine anthology, featuring editor Juliette Torrez, James Tracy, Jon Longhi, Tarin Towers, Cas McGee, et al. Hosted by publisher Jennifer Joseph.

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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.
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Cas McGee

Cas McGee is a New Orleans-born, SF Bay Area-residing writer, with a history of Poetry Slam wins and spoken word performance happiness.
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Juliette Torrez

Juliette Torrez co-founded Albuquerque’s Poetry Slam and co-organized the 1994 Lollapalooza Festival‘s poetry side stage. The author of three books, her poetry was read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s Writers Almanac. She lives in Oakland.
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Tarin Towers

Tarin Towers has lived in the Mission District since 1995, although post-eviction, she technically doesn’t live anywhere. Poetry book: “Sorry, We’re Close."
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James Tracy

James Tracy is the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times (Melville House) and the author of Dispatches Against Displacement: Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars (AK Press). He has edited numerous books for... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Harrington Galleries 599 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Mission Comics
A reading of original comics' works while cartoonists stand semi-awkwardly in front of a screen projection of said works.

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Elizabeth Beier

Elizabeth Beier is an Oakland-based cartoonist who makes comics about online dating, bisexuality, the perils of obsessive crushes, and queer cultural happenings.
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Ric Carrasquillo

I'm a cartoonist, animator and conceptual illustrator that works traditionally with ink, gouache (also digitally). I've worked with Teknion, Vanderbyl Design, Adidas Skateboarding, Park Group and The Mina Group.
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Christine Villanueva

Christine Villanueva is an illustrator and visual artist from San Francisco, California. She studied Art History at University of California, Berkeley while cartooning for The Daily Californian Newspaper. After beginning her career as a gallery worker, she moved her interests towards... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission Comics 2250 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Moxie Road Productions
Moments of Failed Bravery. We came, we saw, we thought about conquering but drank wine instead.

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Janine Kovac

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

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Cyndi Cady

I'm a writer and a rider, a goat-wrangler and a chicken-herder; I keep ducks for entertainment and there is something illegal brewing in my basement. I write about the hilarity of disastrous relationships, badgers, drug addicts, pizza, basketball, water buffalo and the joy of killing... Read More →
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Michelle Cruz Gonzales

English Professor, Las Positas College
Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. Gonzales has published in Longreads, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Latino Rebels. She has work in two upcoming anthologies Hexing the Patriarchy (Seal) and All Of Me: Love Anger... Read More →
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Tarja Parssinen

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

Suzanne's writing has appeared in CNN Travel, GOOD, CBS Watch!, National Geographic, MarieClaire.com, and offMetro, among others. In 2008, she founded Lit Crawl New York; and in 2015, she returned to San Francisco to oversee Litquake's Lit Crawl Global network. She lives in Oakland... Read More →
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Angelisa Russo

Angelisa Russo has recently returned back to the bay area after living in Portland, OR for the last 4 years. While in the PNW, she completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Goddard College with a focus in Creative Non-fiction/Memoir. Her MFA thesis is a memoir called "10 Days,”about... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Alite Outpost 3376 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Stories about the joy and heartbreak and madness of keeping it real with kids — including fiction, memoir, and comics (projected on screen for live reading!).

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Tyler Cohen

Cartoonist, Tyler Cohen
Tyler Cohen is a cartoonist who uses autobiography and surrealism to explore gender, parenthood, race, and female experience in her book Primahood: Magenta. Her work has appeared in the Ignatz Award-winning anthology, Qu33r, Alphabet, The Feminist Utopia Project, What’s Your Sign... Read More →

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Rina Ayuyang

Rina Ayuyang is a cartoonist based in Oakland, CA. Her comics have been nominated for the Ignatz and Eisner awards, and she has been honored with a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal for her online comics. Her upcoming book, Blame This on the Boogie, set to debut next Spring through... Read More →
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Sharline Chiang

Sharline Chiang, a Berkeley-based writer, editor and book coach, has written for Mutha, BuzzFeed and OZY.
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Allegra Hirschman

Allegra Hirschman is a social researcher, outspoken bisexual, and line dance enthusiast who lives in San Francisco with her wife and little ones. She recently completed a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies while becoming a mom which meant a whole lot of feminist thought during... Read More →
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Renee Macalino Rutledge

Renee's debut novel, The Hour of Daydreams, has been dubbed "essential reading" by Literary Mama and a "captivating story of love and loss" by Foreword Reviews. Her essays and stories can be found in Mutha Magazine, The Margins, Ford City Anthology, Literary Hub, Red Earth Review... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Paxton's Gate's Curiosities for Kids 766 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


My first time: SF Chronicle writers and editors recount their earliest bylines
Join the voices of the San Francisco Chronicle as they take us back in time to recount excerpts from their earliest bylines and share stories of their first time.

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Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub is a Bay Area native who has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle since 2000. He was also a Chronicle paperboy from 1982 to 1984. As pop culture critic, he reviews movies, covers local entertainment and writes the Our SF archive history column. He also hosts the... Read More →

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Tony Bravo

Tony Bravo is a Style reporter and frequent contributor to Datebook and Green State. He writes Style's Connectivity column and is the primary stylist for the section's Bay Area fashion shoots. Tony has been the New York Fashion Week correspondent since 2013 and specializes in stories... Read More →
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Otis R Taylor Jr

Otis is the East Bay columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, focusing on the people who make the region a fascinating place to live and work. A South Carolina transplant, Otis spent more than a decade at The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, writing about arts, culture and... Read More →
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Heather Knight

Heather Knight has worked for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1999 and has covered the San Francisco political scene out of The Chronicle's City Hall bureau since 2006. She writes the paper's On San Francisco column, covering everything from politics to homelessness to family... Read More →
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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips joined the San Francisco Chronicle in November 2016 as a food writer. He previously served as the City, Industry, and Gaming reporter for the American Press in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Justin also served as a columnist for the American Press where he won a Louisiana-Mississippi... Read More →
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Jill Tucker

Jill Tucker has covered education in California for 18 years, writing stories that range from issues facing Bay Area schools districts to broader national policy debates. Her work has generated changes to state law and spurred political and community action to address local ne... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Amnesia 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Nepotism Night
Nepotism Night is a variety show featuring Bay Area talent from disciplines including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, songwriting and comedy.

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Dawn Oberg

Dawn Oberg is a songwriter and recording artist who inflicts her taste on people with the variety show, Nepotism Night. She is very excited about this year's Litquake and about Nepotism Night, Lit Crawl Edition in particular.

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Juba Kalamka

Bisexual artist/activist Juba Kalamka is most recognized for his work with performance troupes Sins Invalid and Mangos With Chili, as a member of Rainbow Flava as co-founder/producer of the queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC). His essays and creative writing appear in numerous... Read More →
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Ira Marlowe

Ira Marlowe's songs have been described as "four-minute movies", known for a rare combination of lyrical wit and emotional impact. Marlowe grew up listening to his parents' jazz and show tunes, begged for guitar lessons at eight, finally got them at thirteen, experienced a high... Read More →
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Allison Mick

Allison Mick is an Oakland-based comedian and writer originally from Rochester, NY. She draws from her upbringing and personal experiences to address topics like race, gender, and serial killers. She’s performed in festivals in Northern California (SF Sketchfest), New York (Hudson... Read More →
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Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao moved to the US from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Her story... Read More →
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Teresa Tuan

Teresa Tuan is a pop-soul singer-songwriter from San Francisco. Armed with a rich alto voice channeling artists such as Sara Bareilles, Sam Smith, and the Temptations, her music is a contemporary take on the sounds of classic Motown, southern soul, and ‘90s R&B. She performs as... Read More →
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Nina Weijers

Niña Weijers studied literary theory in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has published short stories, essays and articles in various literary magazines, such as Das Magazin, De Gids and De Revisor. In 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now!. She is a regular contributor to the weekly... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Incline Gallery 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Night Righters of Outer Bohemia
Night Righters of Outer Bohemia will be reading selections from their prose and poetry. NROB is a new group of writers of diverse genres.


Kimberly Kaufman

Kimberly Kaufman is a Bay Area native. She primarily writes science fiction and memoirs about growing up in the 90’s.
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Natalie Mulford

Natalie Mulford was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has studied writing at Hampshire College and at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Summer Program. She currently works at Ten Speed Press and lives at the base of Wildcat Canyon in the East Bay.
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Marta Zumwalt

City College of San Francisco
Marta is an instructor at City College of San Francisco who is moonlighting as a writer of short (very short) stories. She is new to this writer's world and is excited/terrified to be reading in her first Lit Crawl event!

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Serendipity 803 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Odd Salon
Join Odd Salon for an evening of stories from the odd corners of history, science, art, and adventure with authors Varla Ventura and Nancy Caciola.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Laundry Gallery and Cafe (downstairs) 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Perfectly Queer
Perfectly Queer presents Bay Area queer-identified writers at bookstores in San Francisco and Oakland. We want to support our local, independent bookstores and authors!

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Wayne Goodman

Co-host, Perfectly Queer
Since January 2016, Perfectly Queer has brought queer-identified authors into local, independent bookstores. Our goal is to support both our queer authors and our local, independent bookstores.
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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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Katie Gilmartin

Katie Gilmartin’s checkered past includes stints as a buoyant union organizer, bona fide sex researcher, and engaged college professor. She now teaches printmaking classes and runs the Queer Ancestors Project, devoted to forging sturdy relationships between Queer young artists... Read More →
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Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories whose 25th anniversary edition was published this year by City Lights Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage, Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story, was performed by the... Read More →
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Larry-Bob Roberts

Larry-Bob Roberts has a goal of being a pointer to queer cultural expressions. He is author of The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D), maintainer of the Queer Things to Do in San Francisco events website, and the co-host of Smack Dab Open Mic at Dog Eared Books Castr... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Balm 788 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Public Access Poetry
Back by popular demand, Public Access Poetry features the poets and writers from San Francisco Public Library staff broadcasting their poems and spoken word to Lit Crawl attendees.

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Claire Bain

Person. Talk to me about being a person on this earth.
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Lynne Barnes

Lynne Barnes was born in Georgia and moved to New York City in 1968 with a front row ticket to Hair, before migrating to San Francisco in 1969, two years after the Summer of Love. She has worked as a nurse on psych emergency units and oncology wards, and as a librarian in San Francisco's... Read More →
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Lyn Davidson

I work in children's programming at the SF Public Library. I'm also an award-winning journalist and was editor of the Heritage Florida Jewish News in Orlando before I moved to SF six years ago. I'm working on a collection of poems about the Tenderloin neighborhood, and other thin... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Enright

Natalie Enright

Natalie Enright is a poet in San Francisco, originally from Kenya, Africa. She writes and has published poetry in English, French, and Swahili. She is finishing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San Jose State University with the goal of becoming a public children's... Read More →
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Moazzam Sheikh

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

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
SFPL Bookmobile, outside Elbo Room during Phase 2 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Rolling Writers Parting The Veil
Rolling Writers part the veil dividing image from reality, clarity from confusion, life from death, dreaming from wakefulness, person from person, this from that.

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Peter Bullen

Somewhere sandwiched between a novella about a fella, a fleshy bit of flash fiction and a prose poem colliding with a short story lies the work of Peter Bullen. His first book of short fiction, Wallflower , came out a couple of years ago  from Nomadic Press.
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Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree is a multi-instrumentalists, a singer-songwriter, and the steady rolling musical soul of Rolling Writers.
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Stephen D. Gutierrez

Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of three books of stories and essays and hybrid pieces, and winner of an American Book Award and numerous other honors. He teaches at California State University East Bay.
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L.J. Moore

LJ Moore lives and writes in San Francisco. Her most recent book of illustrated flash fiction, small, fierce things, is available from AchiotePress.com. LJ has sailed around the Arctic Circle on a tall ship, and trained rats to spin in circles on command. In her spare time, LJ pilots... Read More →
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Jon Sindell

Jon Sindell, the curator of Rolling Writers, wrote the story collections The Roadkill Collection and Family Happiness (both from Big Table Publishing). His humor has appeared dozens of times in lit mags and before barnyard animals in petting zoos everywhere. Much of his writing... Read More →
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Genanne Walsh

Genanne Walsh is the author of Twister, awarded the Big Moose Prize for the Novel from Black Lawrence Press. Twister was also shortlisted for the 2016 Housatonic Book Award in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and dogs.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Faye's Video & Espresso Bar 3614 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Tell No One: A Conversation in Poems by Copper Canyon Poets
An interactive round-robin reading where four award-winning poets play poetic Telephone. Topic one is "confessions." The rest will be chosen by the audience. 

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Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, "Barbie Chang" is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the fall of 2017. The Boss (McSweeney's) won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. She lives in Southern California... Read More →
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Dean Rader

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture.  His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 201... Read More →
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize; her second book, Terrible Blooms, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2018 . She's a freelance editor in San Francisco.
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Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. His father fled El Salvador when he was a year old; and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents' migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992). In 1999, Javier migrated through... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Craftsman and Wolves 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Coop’s Literary Relay Race!
The Castro Writers’ Cooperative presents “1984, Part II,” an original tale of Trumpian Newspeak, with writers handing off portions of the tale to one another. http://www.castrowriterscoop.com

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Alison Bing

Write/ edit/ curate content on travel/ food/ drink/ art/ design for Lonely Planet, Airbnb, BBC, Time Inc mags, sundry others.
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Karen Bjorneby

Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, and anthologized online at Poetry Daily. She’s received a Pushcart Special... 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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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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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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Susie Hara

Susie Hara is the author of Finder of Lost Objects, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of a first-place International Latino Book Award. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Stirring up a Storm and Best American Erotica. Her play Lost and Found... Read More →
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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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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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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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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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Jenelle Lindsay

Born and bred in the SF Bay Area, Jenelle left for Chicago where she received a Master's Degree in Film/English before moving to New York which began a career writing for soap operas (Guiding Light, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless) and a teen drama (South of Nowhere... Read More →
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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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Tina LeCount Myers

Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she'd one day be an author. Tina lives in San Francisco with... 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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Elizeya Quate

Bid Ops
Edmund Zagorin is founder of Bid Ops, an acquisitions platform that drives savings on total cost of ownership. He is a LEED AG and co-author of Sustainable Procurement Playbook for Cities.
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Natacha Ruck

Do you remember an embarrassing moment? Let's talk about it. I am a storyteller and a storymonger. There is power in telling stories, event the embarrassing ones, and I strive to harness this power through video, audio, prose and live performance. I teach multimedia storytelling... Read More →
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Melina Selverston-Scher

Courage Seeker, The Castro Writers Coop
Writer, editor, journalist, political science professor, environmental non-profit director, global warrior for indigenous peoples and the environment, feminist, ally, musician with San Francisco's first and foremost industrial ragtime band: Parlor Tricks. What Would Judith Do?
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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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Anna Volpicelli

Art /Design/ lifestyle Journalist  San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fellow Barber 696 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Insider's Guide to Soul-Making
Contest director and judges for the national Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition read prize-winning fiction, nonfiction, and poems and offer tips/guidelines for successful entries. www.soulmakingcontest.us

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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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Sue Granzella

I'm a later-in-life writer who's found great fulfillment in the richness of the Bay Area writing community. My writing has been recognized as Notable in Best American Essays, I've won two contests, and have won the Naomi Rodden Essay Award. I've been widely published in literary journals... Read More →
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Li Miao Lovett

Li Miao Lovett is an award-winning writer telling stories of cultural and environmental change. Her debut novel, In the Lap of the Gods, is a tale of the dammed and displaced in China’s Three Gorges.
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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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Kathleen McClung

I am the author of two poetry collections, The Typists Play Monopoly (2018) and Almost the Rowboat (2013). I teach at Skyline College and The Writing Salon and am associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, a national writing contest based in the Bay Area.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Scarlet Sage 1193 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Magic of Memoir (She Writes Press)
Writers of memoir explore the struggle, compulsion, desire, resistance, and of course the magic — all part of the journey of writing a memoir.

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Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. She is the author of The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and the award-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the BAPIA Gold Medal prize. Her workbook Journey of Memoir was published by She Writes Press in 2013... Read More →
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Brooke Warner

Publisher, She Writes Press
Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner... Read More →

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Bob Finertie

Robert W. Finertie loves the evocative power of words to touch the heart. A former pastor and psychotherapist, he has worked on being a wordsmith for many seasons and writes every day. Recently enchanted with the magic of memoir, he describes himself as “crazy about that genre... Read More →
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Rita M. Gardner

Writer, self
Rita M. Gardner grew up as an expatriate in the Dominican Republic during a repressive dictatorship. Her award-winning memoir The Coconut Latitudes chronicles that experience. She is also a contributor to two other recently published books: The Magic of Memoir is a collection of stories... Read More →
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Jing Li

Jing Li is originally from China, where she was a high school English teacher before she came to the United States in 1989 and earned her Master's degree/ Education in 1990. After twenty years as a public high school teacher of Mandarin Chinese in San Francisco, Jing Li is now... Read More →
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Irene Sardanis

writer, creative soul
I am from New York. I've been published five times in the Sun Literary Magazine and many anthologies, the most recent one The Magic of Memoir. I attend Elizabeth Fishel and Mark Greenside's writing classes. I live in Oakland with my wonderful husband, John. I'm writing my memoir... Read More →
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Rosie Sorenson

Freelance writer
Rosie Sorenson is a recovering psychotherapist, now living and writing humor in the San Francisco Bay area. She writes political satire for The Progressive Populist (www.populist.com). She is also a frequent contributor to the Erma Bombeck Writing Contest site as well as The Foolish... Read More →
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Paula Wagner

Lifelong poet, memoir writer and metaphor maven; professional career coach, identical twin, mother and grandmother, I began life in London, UK but grew up in the US. I'm currently finishing a coming-of-age memoir about searching for self and home while living in Israel and France... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mission Pie 2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Republic of Sin: An Expedition to the Coast of Sin
Readings, music, and projected images will recreate an episode of "The Republic of Sin" podcast, about a lost colony of pirates, spies, and mercenaries. Pataphysical analysis included.

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Guy Benjamin Brookshire

Commissioner, The McCune Collection Writers' Workshop
Like a book of common prayer opened to reveal a flask of Scotch, Guy Benjamin Brookshire is full of surprises. Please visit Wordsea, his paracosm, and The Republic of Sin: a Post-Colonial Horror Fantasy almost as strange, terrible, and beautiful as the world we live in.
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Daniel Groves

Daniel Groves is the author of The Lost Boys (University of Georgia Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.
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Andrew Kuo

Andrew Kuo lives with his wife in the East Bay. His hobbies include tennis and bouldering.  He poetry has been published online; one such site is Neologism Poetry Journal. 
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Thia Markson

Thia Markson is a Rugby goddess who enjoys photography, writing her rugby memoir and reading aloud.
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Andy Moody

Andy Moody is a writer, editor, and musician. His first book, a survey of New Zealand indie rock circa 1978-1993, is expected sometime before 2022. He lives in San Francisco, where he also plays guitar and sings in the Laughs, an avant garage rock band.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Unlimits of our Language: Santa Monica Review versus the World!
Readings by contributors to the West Coast lit mag: Louis B. Jones (Innocence), Ryan Ridge (American Homes), Janice Shapiro (Bummer) and editor Andrew Tonkovich.

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Louis B Jones

Louis B. Jones is the author of five novels – "Ordinary Money," "Particles and Luck," and "California’s Over," all three named as New York Times Notable Books of their respective years; and most recently, "Radiance" and "Innocence." He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell... Read More →
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Ryan Ridge

Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers (Dark Sky Books), the poetry collection Ox (BatCat Press), as well as the chapbooks Hey, it’s America (Rust Belt Bindery) and 22nd Century Man (Sixth Finch Books). His novella, American Homes, is forthcoming... Read More →
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Janice Shapiro

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

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

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Wildhawk 3464 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Writers Without Borders (presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies' Online Writing Certificate program)
Six authors from the Stanford Continuing Studies' Online Writing Certificate program read from their newly finished books.

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Susan Bockus

Susan Bockus spent years masquerading as a high-tech marketer; at heart she’s a fiction writer. She lives in California and is finishing her first novel.
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H. J. Brennan

Jim’s diverse background as a garbage collector, laborer and creative director are elemental to his unique voice and perspective. He’s completed two unpublished novels.
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Debbie Feit

Debbie Feit is the author of the novel-in-progress, Moving Pictures. Her articles and essays have appeared in national publications as well as on her mother’s bulletin board.
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Phil Laird

Phil Laird lives and writes in San Francisco after retiring from a career in teaching and research. He recently completed the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. Nightlife is his first novel.
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Michelle Li

Writer, Self
A published scholar of classical and medieval Japanese literature, Michelle Osterfeld Li returned to her passion for writing fiction after a twenty-five year hiatus.
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Kirsten Lind

Kirsten Lind was born and raised in Washington State and now resides in Germany. She is a graduate student at the University of Munich.

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Elbo Room (downstairs) 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Writing for Young Adults
Trichinosis or Mad Cow lurk in uncooked meat. Unfinished manuscripts may be just as dangerous. YA authors expose funny moments in their books in progress.

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Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher and children's book editor with over twenty years in the children's book world. She worked at Children's Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee & Low Books, and taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL... Read More →
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Dean Gloster

Dean Gloster is a former stand-up comic and former clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, but he's now worked his way up to YA author. His debut novel, Dessert First, mixes humor with heartache. He graduates from Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2017 with an MFA. His hobbies include... Read More →
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Kim Green

Author, YA + Adult Fiction, Kim Green
Kim Green is the author of Rivals, first book of the upcoming YA science fiction trilogy The Last Extinction (Crown Books for Young Readers), and the adult novels Live a Little (5 Spot), Paging Aphrodite (Delta) and Is That a Moose in Your Pocket? (Delta). A longtime advertising... Read More →
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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes has taught, counseled, guided raft trips for and researched teens.  Now, she writes realistic young adult and middle grade fiction to amuse them.  Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Lianna McSwain

Lianna McSwain writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for all ages. A Michigan native, and a survivor of Catholic high school, she remorselessly plunders the hi-jinks and misadventures of her two teenage progeny for her own purposes. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Scholar Match 849 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


Writings about Music
Critics and journalists based in Oakland and San Francisco read writings about music of the past and present from the Bay Area at Stranded.

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Erika Delgado

Writer, LMSFN/The Bay Bridged
First generation Mexican American, born in SF raised in SSF. Got my BA in Writing and Literature at California College of the Arts. Always had been obsessed with music, in a more hectic way than my friends, so while I worked at Rasputin, not too long ago, I started writing for their... Read More →
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Sam Lefebvre

Sam Lefebvre is a freelance journalist in Oakland whose byline has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, and Pitchfork. He also covers local music regularly for the East Bay Express.
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Mosi Reeves

Mosi Reeves is a writer based in Oakland. He currently writes for Rolling Stone, the East Bay Express, NPR.org, and other publications.
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Chris Zaldua

Chris Zaldua is a writer, event producer, DJ, and music obsessive based in San Francisco, CA. Chris co-founded the SURFACE TENSION party/event series, coming up on its fourth anniversary, and launched a record label with his Surface Tension partner Nihar Bhatt called LEFT HAND PATH... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Stranded 1055 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110