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Saturday, October 14


16th and Mission Poets
For fourteen years, around ten in the evening, poetry and music have lived at the corner of 16th and mission every Thursday night.  Come relive that experience on a different block, on a different night, at a different time.  

avatar for Clyde Always

Clyde Always

Clyde Always, for the promotion of bliss, writes and recites his own blend of tall tales and clever verses.
avatar for Charlie Getter

Charlie Getter

Charlie is loud.
avatar for Brandon Loburg

Brandon Loburg

Born kicking and screaming, he'd like to think he's outgrown such recalcitrance. These days, he raises his voice only at you, and hopes you're entertained.
avatar for Miguel Periera

Miguel Periera

Miguel Pereira is a Puerto Rican poet from a military family. He moved to San Francisco in the mid 1990s. A proud founding father of the 16th and Mission Word Gathering, his work has been described as "passionate" and "aware".
avatar for Jeff Sammarco

Jeff Sammarco

Jeff Sammarco is a 26 and works in the production industry as a lighting technician. He was born in North Carolina and has spent the last few years travelling around with work until he landed in the City. If hes not working with loghts or relaxing at home with his headphones... Read More →
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Tom Stolmar

Stolmar in three sentences is an inexplicable enigma; to read him is to lose track of reality and enjoy it. He has no Facebook page, he went to... attended something and published x-y-z. The third sentence is way beyond the scope of semiotic expression.
avatar for Jason Whitacre

Jason Whitacre

Jason Whitacre is a poet and performance artist hailing from at least three different places in California. He has been an active member of the San Francisco literary community for the past 9 years and has occasionally been seen in bits of theater frivolity.  He can be found... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Deepistan National Parklet 937 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


48 Hills and The Stud present: Hush Hush Drag Reads
48Hills.org teams up with legendary queer nightclub The Stud's Hush Hush literary parlor for an evening of drag readings and performances fit for a queen.   

What is Hush Hush? A monthly literary parlor at the Stud, a floaty evening for all beyond-it-all babettes! HUSH-HUSH is a show where experimental music meets experimental performance meets experimental literature. A party for introverts. Free-form femme f*ckery. GENRE? Hardly KNOW her! Behold, drag and her discontents.

What is the Stud? The Stud is a 52-year-old queer bar and hub of the city's nightlife scene that was recently reinvigorated by a collective of 18 drag queens, artists, DJs, performers and nightlife professionals. Join us after LitCrawl for drag and dancing until 3am!

What is 48 Hills? 48Hills.org is the progressive daily news and culture site started by the former editors and publishers of the Bay Guardian, which has supported LitQuake from the very beginning! 

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Silk Worm

Silk Worm is an independent artist working in drag, dance, and performance. A 2017 Danceweb Europe Scholar at Impustanz Vienna, Silk is currently at work on a solo called Bottom Bride and a workshop called Bad Acting, With Brittany Newell she leads and organizes Hush-Hush.


Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Lone Palm 3394 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


7.13 Books Indie Debut Celebration
Celebrate the acclaimed debuts of indie presses 7.13 Books, Willow Books, and Bywater Books with readings from Alex Behr, Hilary Zaid, and more.

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Alex Behr

Freelance Writer, Editor, Teacher
My debut story collection, Planet Grim, is out on 7.13 Books (10-12-17). It's a vivid, unsettling portrait of the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, where complicated characters long for connection just out of reach.
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Leland Cheuk

Founder, 7.13 Books
Leland Cheuk is the author of three books of fiction, including the novels THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG and most recently, NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN, forthcoming from C&R Press in October 2019. His work has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, Literary Hub, among other... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Chu

Vincent Chu

Vincent Chu was born in Oakland, California. His fiction has appeared in PANK Magazine, East Bay Review, Pithead Chapel, Fjords Review, Cooper Street, Stockholm Review, Chicago Literati, Forth Magazine, The Collapsar, WhiskeyPaper and elsewhere. He has been nominated for the Pushcart... Read More →
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Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen’s debut novel, THE GLAMSHACK, was published June 2017 by 7.13 Books. Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award and listed by B&N Reads as a top ten debut novel to read this fall (2017), THE GLAMSHACK, says Kirkus Reviews, pulls off the "impressive feat of memorably... Read More →
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Josh Denslow

The characters that populate my stories are linked by lassitude, bad luck, poor decision-making skills, and a dash of charm. Lately, I've become drawn to the idea of creating an air-tight believable world, exactly like our life as we know it, and then injecting a hint of the mag... Read More →
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Kim Magowan

My short story collection, UNDOING, is winner of the Moon City Press Short Fiction Award and forthcoming 2018. My novel THE LIGHT SOURCE is forthcoming from 7.13 Books in 2019.
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Joe Ponepinto

Joe Ponepinto is the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review. His novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. He has had stories published in dozens of other literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. A New Yorker by birth, he has lived... Read More →
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Jenn Stroud Rossmann

Jenn Rossmann writes the essay series "An Engineer Reads a Novel" for Public Books. Her stories appear in failbetter, Literary Orphans, Cheap Pop, & other places. Her novel The Place You're Supposed to Laugh, coming in fall 2018 from 7.13 Books, takes on class, race, and identity... Read More →
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Hilary Zaid

A 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hilary Zaid is also an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues including Lilith Magazine, The Southwest Review... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ritual Roasters 1026 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


AFAR magazine presents
Tales of adventure, discovery, and other magical things that happen when we leave home.

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Leslie Buck

Leslie Buck's New York Time's reviewed garden memoir, Cutting Back-My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, has been written about in the Washington Post, SF Chronicle along with blogs and podcasts. Leslie continues to have adventures while designing gardens throughout the Bay Area... Read More →
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Aislyn Greene

After a few years spent tracking the dizzying rise of technology for a Seattle tech and business journal, Aislyn headed south (as in California) to return to her first love: travel and magazines. She spent two years digging into all things Washington and Oregon as the NW travel editor... Read More →
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Emma John

Emma John is an award-winning author and a contributing writer at Afar. Her first book, Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket, was named the 2017 Wisden Book of the Year. For the next six months, Emma will be travelling around the USA as Foggy Mountain Gal... Read More →
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Serena Renner

Serena Renner is a journalist and former AFAR editor whose work focuses on nature, culture, and social change as well as creative people and their obsessions. Recent assignments have taken her digging in to the traditional roots of Milanese panettone for AFAR; tracking the August... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Noisebridge 2169 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Airships, Magic, and More
Join an eclectic mix of authors who, for your delight, will explore alternate history, secret history, plain old secrets and surprises!

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Robyn Bennis

Robyn Bennis works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View and THE GUNS ABOVE is her debut novel.
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Dana Fredsti

Dana Fredsti is the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets The Walking Dead, and the dark fantasy series Spawn of Lilith. 
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Ayize Jama-Everett

Harlem NYC, 1974, Ayize Jama-Everett was born. His books are The Liminal People, The Liminal War, and The Entropy of Bones.  He was told to keep this brief.
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Ellen Klages

Award-winning genre-bending author Ellen Klages (PASSING STRANGE) lives in San Francisco in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Borderlands Cafe 870 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Babar in Exile
This event features original participants to recreate an open mic from San Francisco's notorious and ground-breaking Café Babar reading series from the 1980-90s.

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Steve Arntson

Steve Arntson was born on the east coast but moved west early.  Although he was trained as a pianist, he discovered spoken word in SF around 1985 and has been writing and performing poetry ever since.
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Deborah Fruchey

sole proprietor, Last Laugh Productions
Deborah is the author of 1 volume of poetry (Armadillo by Cyborg Press, 2015), 1 (new) flash fiction collection, and several other books. She has just finished editing a collection of Vampyre Mike Kassel's unpublished work, and an anthology in tribute to Julia Vinograd.She has been... Read More →
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David Gollub

David Gollub was born in 1951, the son of an opera singer and a trial lawyer. He got a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He met David Lerner in Palo Alto in 1973. Lerner got him his first poetry publication. He has been on the Bay Area poetry scene since April 7, 1983, when... Read More →
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QR Hand

Q. R. Hand, Jr. moved to the SF Bay Area from NYC about forty years ago. Originally published in the 1968 classic, Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro American Writing, edited by Amiri Baraka (Leroy Jones) and Larry Neal, which has recently been reproduced by Black Classics Press, h... Read More →
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Bruce Isaacson

Zeitgeist Press
Bruce Isaacson was an early scheduler at Cafe Babar, a mid-'80s spoken word free-for-all. David Lerner rightly called it Gladiator School for Poets. Since, he was read at Poetry in Motion readings at Hollywood's Helena's and Largo, and was a finalist in the first Nuyorican Poetry... Read More →
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Julia Vinograd

Julia Vinograd was born a native of Taurus w/Pisces rising in the coal and corn bread heart of West Virginia, in 1943. She writes, "I left school to pursue a career of vagrancy, experimental mysticism and small villainies. I've been around the block and tackled; got a million miles... Read More →
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David West

An old school friend of Homer and Sappho, David West lives in SF by the River Styx with a great view of what used to be San Francisco.
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Kathleen Wood

Kathleen Wood was born in MO and currently resides in San Francisco. She was a constant habitué of the Cafe Babar reading series though most of its run. She’s had three chapbooks published by Zeitgeist Press, The Wino, the Junkie, and the Lord, Tenderloin Rose, and recently Tenderloin... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Gents Barber Club 3041 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise is a reading series hosted by Feather Press, an independent, literary press dedicated to printing poetry and prose by female writers. Featherpress.org (Please note the lineup has changed due to the fires in the North Bay.)

avatar for Saeeda Hafiz

Saeeda Hafiz

Saeeda Hafiz  is the author of the award-winning book, The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches, which was re-released by Parallax Press on July 17, 2018.  She has appeared on various radio and television programs and has been featured in several national and... Read More →
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Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
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EK Keith

E.K. Keith shouts her poems on the street corner and takes the mic at bars, coffee shops, and radio stations. She makes her home in San Francisco, but an early life in urban Texas still influences her worldview. Print and online publications feature her work including, Meniscus, Haight... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission Yoga #200, 2390 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


California Institute of Integral Studies: Love, Death and Annihilation!
Writers from the MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies/San Francisco share works for page, stage and screen.

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Carolyn Cooke

Carolyn Cooke is the author of The Bostons, Daughters of the Revolution, and Amor & Psycho. She teaches in the MFA Program at CIIS.

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Margaret Hayertz

Tarot Reader for Writers and Artists, Meg's Tarot Readings
M. Hayertz is a novelist and the founder of Creative Momentum. She holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies.
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Andrea Lynn

Andrea Lynn's writing explores judgment and its effects. Her applied journalism seeks to shine light on social injustice and chronicle a disappearing nature.
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Diana Penman

Diana Penman is a writer and military veteran exploring the different layers of identity pre and post military via the secret lives of objects.
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Adrienne Reiter

Writer, Editor, and Content Creator, Vinformant and Eratos Enterprises
Adrienne Reiter is a contributing writer to Bay Area News Group and novelist. She has an MFA in Writing from California Institute of Integral Studies. She lives in San Francisco where her dog, Peaches, does bad things.
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Lili Weckler

Lili Weckler is the artistic director of Unhinge, a dance-theater company sponsored by Intersection for the Arts. She was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Cleave: Bay Area Women Writers, Saint Mary's College of California, Ó Bhéal (Cork City, Ireland), and the Cork Arts Council
San Francisco is sister to many cities, including Cork. In this event, writers from "sister cities" and beyond will share how they write the world.

(Please note that this event has moved from the venue shown in the print program and on the Crawl map.)

avatar for Kathy D'Arcy

Kathy D'Arcy

I'm an Irish poet, feminist activist and creative writing teacher. I'm currently doing a Creative Writing PhD in University College Cork on the theme of reimagining Irish women's history using long, experimental poetic forms. My collections are Encounter (2010) and The Wild Pupil... Read More →
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Rosemary Graham

Professor of English, Saint Mary's College of California
Rosemary Graham teaches literature and creative writing at Saint Mary's College of California. She has published three YA novels with Viking. Stalker Girl is the most recent. She is working on a historical novel called Simple Lessons in Irish.
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Avotcja Jiltonilro

Avotcja has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe. She’s an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist. She’s a popular Bay Area DJ & Radio Personality & leader of the group “Avotcja & Modúpue” (The Bay Area Blues Society’s Jazz Group Of The Year... Read More →
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Florencia Milito

Born in Argentina, Florencia Milito spent her early childhood in Venezuela and has lived in the U.S. since she was nine. She is a bilingual poet, essayist, and translator whose work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in ZYZZYVA; Indiana Review; Catamaran; Entremares; Digging through... Read More →
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Cintia Santana

Cintia Santana’s poetry, fiction, and translations have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Pleiades, RHINO, Spillway, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. The recipient of Djerassi and CantoMundo Fellowships. Santana... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Beloved Natural Cafe 3338 24th Street, San Francisco CA 94110


Cocoa Fly
CocoaFly.com presents Let Her Tell It!, an exciting group of Black women writers from diverse backgrounds share their experiences as Black women in today's society.

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Jeneé Darden

Founder, Cocoa Fly
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, mental health advocate, and proud Oakland native. She is the author of When a Purple Rose Blooms, a collection of essays and poetry about her experience as a Black woman. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Time, Ebony, the Los... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Devora

Natalie Devora

Natalie Devora is a writer and Albinism advocate, and author of the memoir Black Girl White Skin: A Life In Stories.
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Lyndsey Ellis

Lyndsey Ellis is a fiction writer, essayist and editor who's passionate about exploring intergenerational struggles and resiliency in the Midwest. She's a 2018 recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and 2016 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry... Read More →
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Kelechi Ubozoh

Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American mental health advocate, writer, and SF Bay Area poet. In summer of 2019, her book with co-editor Liz Green, We’ve Been Too Patient will be released from North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. We’ve Been Too Patient... Read More →
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Yodassa Williams

Yodassa, a writer and award winning performing storyteller, creates from her intense life experiences and wild imagination. She is an alumnae of VONA's travel workshop and recently launched a wilderness writing retreat for women of color. Her debut YA fantasy, The Goddess Twins, will... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Onecommons 3019 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110


Language and Resistance
Suggestions on how citizens can reclaim their power, and how language can help us resist individually and envision a collective future.

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Sylvia Arthur

Sylvia Arthur is a writer from London, England, whose essays and plays examine the intersection of race, gender, and class through the prism of popular culture. She's currently at work on her first book, African, & Other Curse Words, a collection of interconnected essays about identity... Read More →
avatar for Alex Ivey

Alex Ivey

Alex Ivey is a New York City native currently sunning himself on the California coast. Los Angeles is currently his home but who the hell knows what tomorrow will bring. He writes short stories, poems, essays about 90s pop icons, plays and novels. His writing has appeared in the Harpoon... Read More →
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Roberto Lovato

Writer, SF Writers Grotto
Roberto Lovato is a San Francisco-born & bred journalist and writer working out of the Grotto. Prior to joining the Grotto, he was a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley's Center for Latino Policy Research. Roberto is also the recipient of a crisis reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center... Read More →
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Miri Nakamura

Miri Nakamura is a scholar of Japanese literature and film. She was formerly Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, where she taught feminist literature and horror films. She is the author of Monstrous Bodies: The Rise of the Uncanny in Modern Japan... Read More →
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Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson lives in Oakland, where she also teaches in order to foster tomorrow's leaders and to support her dog collection (3!) and her writing habit (mostly her dystopian quest novel). She is an active member in SURJ Bay Area, where she acts for and thinks critically about... Read More →
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Pireeni Sundaralingam

Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Born in Sri Lanka, Pireeni Sundaralingam is co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and others, and translated into 5 languages. A cognitive-neuroscientist, she is currently... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Little Paper Planes 855 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Paloma Press presents
Paloma Press presents a literary reading by Eileen Tabios, John Moore Williams, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Paul Cassinetto, Steve Warner, Wesley St. Jo and Veronica Montes.

(Please note that this event has been relocated from the venue shown in the print program and Crawl map.)

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Paul Cassinetto

Paul Cassinetto actively worked on Shakespeare in the Park productions in Sacramento in the 90s. Favorite credits include A Comedy of Errors, Othello and Romeo & Juliet. He has also performed stand up at The Cannery in San Francisco. These days, he works as an IT Director and plays... Read More →
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Melinda Luisa de Jesús

I was born and educated in Pennsylvania; my parents were emigrants from the Philippines. Growing up brown in a predominantly white steel town has shaped me in ways I'm constantly exploring in my writing. I identify primarily as a feminist of color. Professionally I teach and write... Read More →
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Wesley St Jo

Wesley St. Jo is the illustrator and co-author of the poetry collection, "BLUE," published by Paloma Press in 2017. She also co-edits the Mi-Go Zine Project, a DIY periodical devoted to exploring the connections between popular culture and politics. The real Wesley St. Jo is an adorable... Read More →
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Veronica Montes

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

Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Inventor of the poetry form “hay(na)ku,” she has been translated into eight languages. She also has edited... Read More →
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Steve Warner

Steve Warner is a screenwriter, actor, film director and producer. He participates every year in Write Out Loud's Twain Fest, Storybox Theatre, and Reading For Seniors. His most recent project, "Jasmine," won the Board Choice Award at the 2014 Eugene International Film Festival... Read More →
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John Moore Williams

A 2009 &Now Award winner, John Moore Williams has written four chapbooks: The Milo choir sings Wild Boys in Trumplandia (Locofo Chaps, 2017), I discover i is an android (Trainwreck Press, 2008), writ10 (VUGG Books, 2008) and, with Matina L. Stamatakis, Xenomorphoia (Wheelhouse... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dovre Club 1498 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Poets on Parnassus presents
Join the Poets on Parnassus as they give poetic and narrative voice to myth, trauma, immigration, death, the bizarre and the search for truth.

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Dawn Gross

Attending Physician, UCSF
Dawn M. Gross, MD, PhD is dedicated to transforming the taboo around talking about death. Earning her BA from USC and a combined MD and PhD from Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Biomedical Science, Dr. Gross completed her residency in Internal Medicine... Read More →
avatar for Terri Mason

Terri Mason

Terri is a writer who likes to eat, walk her dog, and remember her Angelino roots. She writes to find out what she thinks about things.
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Sarah Paris

Sarah Paris is a Swiss-American writer and poet. Last year, she published a short novel, "The Traveler," under the name of her alter ego Chris Solano. Subtitled "a shaggy dog chasing ghosts story," it is a classic road trip that takes a surreal turn. Sarah is currently working... Read More →
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Jenny Qi

Poet, writer, medical editor. Co-host @BoneLabRadio. Former cancer researcher @UCSF... Read More →
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William Vlach

William Vlach’s poetry has been published in the United States and the United Kingdom. Both his playwriting and parody have won writing awards. William's debut novel, The Golden Chalice of Hunahpú, won the 2015 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction. He was invited to present the novel... Read More →
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David Watts

David Watts, voted one of Americas Top Physicians, is also an award winning poet/writer, an NPR Commentator, a celebrated television producer, a classically trained musician, and a teacher.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Coffee Mission 3325 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


A smorgasbord of trans and gender non-conforming Bay Area writers serve up sample dishes of their latest literary fare for your enjoyment.

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Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She spent many years working as a psychiatric nurse which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals including... Read More →

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Sam Dylan Finch

Sam Dylan Finch is an LGBTQA+ and mental health educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a transgender person with mental illness, Sam draws from his lived experience to defy the stigmas that surround his identity, as well as teaching others about the challenges that are faced... Read More →
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Kay Nilsson

Kay Nilsson is a Miami raised poet currently attending the University of San Francisco,  where he attempts to cure diasporic Blues through family recipes. Kay has featured at slams and shows across the Bay Area from "Donde Esta Mi Gente" the Latino poetry and literature festival... Read More →
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Julia Serano

Julia Serano is the author of three books,  Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, and Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism. Her work has also appeared in media outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, Salon, The Daily Beast, Alternet.org, Ms., Out, and The Advocate, and her writings have been used as teaching materials in college courses across North America... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (mezzanine) 2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Flor y Canto presents: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Contra
The Flor y Canto Brigade proudly presents poetas with an uncensored take on all matters of life, however resistant, however defiant.

avatar for Jessica Mejia

Jessica Mejia

Graduate Student, San Francisco State University
Jessica Mejia is a scholar and poet based in San Francisco. She is finishing her MA in comparative literature at San Francisco State University with a focus on 20th Century Literature of the Americas, and was selected by the California Pre-Doctoral Program as a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral... Read More →

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Saron Ayala

Saron Q. Ayala is a Latinx major at San Francisco State University from the hood of Santa Ana, CA. Her family origins are in Mexico and Central America. Roller skate or die.
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Xochitl Frausto

My name is Xochitl Frausto. I identify as a queer non binary femme Xicanx, my preferred pronouns are she/they. I am a creative writing major, ethnic studies minor at SFSU. I grew up in South Central LA and moved to the bay for school, and have been involved in social justice movements... Read More →
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Lilia Montesinos

Lilia Sanchez Montesinos is an Illustrator from México currently living in San Francisco. Her illustrations are based in the poetry she writes. She draws and writes memories from places and nature. 
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Flavia Elisa Mora

Flavia Elisa is an immigrant artivist from Mexico, raised in San Francisco. Her writing focuses on her experience as an immigrant chingonx, spiritual old soul, and her role in intersectional feminism, and the healing of systematic oppression in unrepresented communities.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
La Reyna Bakery 3114 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


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

avatar for Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani, born in Tehran, is the author of the novel Equal of the Sun, which was published by Scribner. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in more than 25 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. A recipient of an MFA in Creative... Read More →
avatar for Yalitza Ferreras

Yalitza Ferreras

Yalitza Ferreras was recently a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. Her writing is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2016 and appears in Colorado Review, and the anthologies: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Daring to Write... Read More →
avatar for Toni Mirosevich

Toni Mirosevich

Toni Mirosevich is the author of six books of poetry and prose, including The Takeaway Bin (poetry) and Pink Harvest, a book of nonfiction stories and winner of the First Series in Creative Nonfiction Award. She is the recipient of fellowships with the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident... Read More →
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Shruti Swamy

The winner of two O. Henry Awards, Shruti Swamy's work has appeared in Agni, the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, and a 2017-2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University.
avatar for Esme Weijun Wang

Esme Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Heard/Space: Shattering Neutrality
"What can I do about it?" is a sentiment often felt in the age of misinformation. Poets share their truths, intersecting social issues and selfhood.

avatar for Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez

Ricardo Tavarez is a writer, educator and aspiring baker.

avatar for Norm Mattox

Norm Mattox

I have been an educator in SFUSD for, almost, 30 years. It has always been a struggle to be the conscious, critical participant in a system that is working 'just fine', maintaining the status quo of incremental achievement gap closure. The challenge of achieving equitable outcomes... Read More →
avatar for Norma Smith

Norma Smith

author, Nomadic Press
Oakland writer. HOME REMEDY book of poems from Nomadic Press. Active at the Liminal Center, feminist/womanist writing space in East Oakland.
avatar for Harold Terezon

Harold Terezon

Harold Terezón is a poet and educator from Pacoima, CA, and is working on his first collection of poetry, Hunting Izotes.
avatar for Truong Tran

Truong Tran

Truong Tran is a poet, teacher, and visual artist, author of Four Letter Words (Apogee Press, 2008).
avatar for Norma Liliana Valdez

Norma Liliana Valdez

Norma Liliana Valdez is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, her poems have appeared in Calyx, As It Ought To Be, Dismantle, and elsewhere. She lives... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Alley Cat Books 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


KQED presents: Bad Immigrants
Border transcending literary performances from writers on the strength, hilarity, and humanity of being an immigrant. Presented by ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? and KQED.

avatar for Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

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

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent. He has performed with Radar Productions, The Stud, throughout the U.S, Colombia, Pakistan and Dubai.
avatar for Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a silver medal winner in First Fiction at the California Book Awards and a New York Times editor's choice. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Muniz

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 →
avatar for Camilo Villa

Camilo Villa

Camilo Villa is a Colombian artist and poet based in Oakland, California. He has performed in venues, such as The Queer Open Mic and Donde esta mí gente.  Camilo holds a Fine Arts Degree with a minor in Social Action & Public Forms from the California College of the Arts. 

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Laundry Gallery and Cafe (downstairs) 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Library Laureates Go Beast-mode
2017 San Francisco Library Laureates share their wildest work. From poetry to prose to illustration, it'll grab and shake you. It may never let go.

avatar for Marie Ciepiela

Marie Ciepiela

Marie Ciepiela, Executive Director of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, is a life-long social sector leader in community change and advocacy. For over 25 years, she has worked exclusively in nonprofit agencies in the Bay Area dedicated to education, youth, and families... Read More →

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Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown draws things like illustration and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy. Since then she has published... Read More →
avatar for Lucha Corpi

Lucha Corpi

Born in México, Lucha Corpi came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words and Variaciones sobre una tempestad/Variations on a Storm (Spanish with English translations by Catherine Rodríguez Nieto); two bi... Read More →
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Judy Juanita

Judy Juanita's DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland (EQUIDISTANCE) looks at black and female empowerment. Her novel, Virgin Soul [Viking, 2013] is now in paperback.I'm honored to serve as a 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate. Big up to ZYZZYVA and Glimmer Train... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Manyika

Sarah Manyika

Sarah Manyika is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe and England. Her best-selling debut novel, In Dependence (with sales of 3 million and a brand new edition coming out in the US and UK later this year... Read More →
avatar for Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin began covering pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle shortly after the Civil War. Find his work in newspapers, magazines and nine books.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Public Library, Mission Branch 300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Writing from home, fighting for our spaces! Latinx writers share works about their hometowns, in protest against gentrification, and in search of their own self.

avatar for Cathy Arellano

Cathy Arellano

Just another Mission-raised poet whose family was evicted from their beautiful flat, Cathy Arellano wrote the family memoir SALVATION ON MISSION STREET (2016), in poems and stories set in SF from the 1960s to the 2000s, won the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author Award... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rafael García

Sarah Rafael García

Founder/Project Director, LibroMobile
Sarah Rafael Garcia is a writer, community educator and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas (Floricanto Press 2008), she founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studio. In 2016, Sarah Rafael was awarded for SanTana’s Fairy Tales (Raspa Magazine 2017), which was supported... Read More →
avatar for Javier O. Huerta

Javier O. Huerta

Javier O. Huerta's debut collection Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007) received the 31st Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. He is also the author of American Copia (2012). A graduate of the Bilingual MFA Program at UT El Paso, Huerta is currently a PhD... Read More →
avatar for Marilynn Montaño

Marilynn Montaño

Marilynn Montaño is a Chicana writer, poet, and proud daughter of migrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. Since the age of fifteen, she has been active in Santa Ana through creative writing, community organizing and documenting life by any medium necessary. Her writing highlights the... Read More →
avatar for Maceo Montoya

Maceo Montoya

Maceo Montoya’s first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for “Best First Book” and Latino Stories named him one of its "Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch." In 2014, University of New Mexico... Read More →
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Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is from Fresno`s San Joaquin Valley. He`s been a gardener, a janitor, a packinghouse supervisor, and a handyman. He is a recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley and CantoMundo. He is a VONA alumnus and a Macondo Fellow. In 2015, he received the John K. Walsh residency fellowship from the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, his debut poetry collection was chosen by Claudia Rankine as a finalist for Omnidawn`s first book prize. He was named one of the notable Debut Poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017 and was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent fellowship. He is a graduate of Fresno City College and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Los Angeles.
Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poema and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is from Fresno's San Joaquin Valley. He's been a gardener, a janitor, a packinghouse supervisor, and a handyman. He is a recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Casa Bonampak 1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Muni Diaries Live Haiku Battle
Anything can happen on Muni, so let's blow up the party talk! Poets compete in the Muni Haiku Battle to see whose 5-7-5 reigns supreme.

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Eugenia Chien

Co-founder, Muni Diaries
One of the co-founders of Muni Diaries and San Francisco Diaries, Eugenia spends her days and nights exploring the nooks and crannies of the internet for companies big and small. In a previous life, she had been a reporter and editor at New America Media and a some-time commentator... Read More →
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Tara Ramroop

Editor, Event Producer & Emcee, Muni Diaries
Tara is a writer, editor, and content marketing type who took her first breaths of life in San Francisco [REDACTED] years ago at the old Mount Zion on Divis. An early member of the Muni Diaries team, she's been engaging with this amazing community from the start. Twice a year, she... Read More →

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Chris Collision

Co-Host, I Don't Even Own a Television
Collision is a writer, bike rider, HEAVY TUNES enthusiast, and worker in Oakland, California. He likes his girlfriend Noodles, coffee, beer, bikes, cities, mezcal, loud music, Star Trek, (doing) the Jumble, (using) the text editor VIM, the politics of liberation, hockey, basketball... Read More →
avatar for Dominique Gelin

Dominique Gelin

Dominique Gelin is a comedian in Oakland, CA who offers strong opinions on stupid things, -isms, and assholes. It’s all very fascinating. She has performed at SF Sketchfest, Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, and was a finalist for the Ultimate Miami Comedian. She has also touched... Read More →
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Jesse James

Twitter Goblin, @loudgayamerica
Jesse James was voted "Most Extraordinarily Unique Male Senior class of 2000" (they didn't have a "campus homo" category) and has been more or less running with that ever since. Jesse has appeared on the Muni Diaries Live stage more times than reasonably appropriate, held the Haiku... Read More →
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Tirumari Jothi

Producer, Komedio Comedy
Tirumari has been performing comedy for six years, with stand-up as his first love, but he also loves improv and sketch acting so please don't ask him to choose. You can find him either performing with the geeky comedy group he co-founded, Komedio Comedy; hosting videogame drinking... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Clarion Alley (main stage) Between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets


Poetry: the Hows and Whys
Two masters of the genre, Matthew Zapruder and Robert Hass, will converse on stage about why poetry matters, and how to excel at the form.

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Robert Hass

Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass is the former United States poet laureate (1995-97) and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His most recent book is  2017's A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. His books of poetry include The... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Pajamaist, which won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; American Linden and Sun Bear. His new release... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Laundry Gallery and Cafe (upstairs) 3359 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Rare Bird Books: Fear and Loathing in the Bay Area
Bay Area authors read about murder, mayhem, and natural and personal disasters. A unique reading by a few of Rare Bird Books' new, exciting voices.

avatar for Lucy Bledsoe

Lucy Bledsoe

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

Jon Rankin

Jon Rankin has a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He's been a general practice lawyer for over thirty years. Running from the Sunrise is his first novel. He lives in Tiburon, CA.
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Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler is the author of "Brat Pack America, A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies" out now. His writing on pop culture has appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Chronicle and on NPR. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, cat and most of MTV's first year on vinyl
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Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco in 2009. He currently works as a writing coach, teaches for Take My Word For It – Creative Writing for Kids, facilitates writing workshops at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center for The Beat Within... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Philz Coffee 3101 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


San Francisco Buddhist Center
Transgressions: Remembered, Relished, Amended, Avenged

avatar for Giovanna Capone

Giovanna Capone

Giovanna Capone is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright. She was raised in an Italian American neighborhood in New York, whose strong immigrant influence still resonates in her life. She lives in California, but will always be a New York Italian. Giovanna’s first book, published... Read More →
avatar for Ethan Davidson

Ethan Davidson

Ethan Davidson is the child of two fantasy and speculative fiction writers. He has lived in Hawaii, Tennessee, and Japan, and has travelled the world, but has alway come back to the San Francisco Bay Area. He has lived in San Francisco consistently since 1981. He has been an activist... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Kee-Hamasaki

Lisa Kee-Hamasaki

I've read my work in the finest cafes, court house restrooms, cheese shops, bingo games and zendos in North America. My first honor as a writer was winning an award in the 2nd grade for a story about a family of tap dancing hamburgers. More recently, I host sporatic, creative brunches... Read More →
avatar for Freeman Ng

Freeman Ng

I'm a former Google software engineer who now spends most of my time writing and making digital art. I'm the author of Joan, a novel of Joan of Arc, Who Am I?, a personalizable picture book, and Haiku Diem 1, a collection of the best haiku from the first of five years I spent posting... Read More →
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Tony Acarasiddhi Press

Tony Acarasiddhi Press tries to pay attention and sometimes he does. His poetry e-chapbook EQUINOX AND SOLSTICE can be seen at Right Hand Pointing. His short story collection - CROSSING THE LINES - (published by Big Table), is available via some indy bookstores, from that Amazon... Read More →
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Mary Salome

Queer Arab- and Irish-American Buddhist, writer, media activist, independent radio producer, & nerd. I write across genres about impostors, and the little nooks where we can be naked in our happiness and in each other’s company. I also write about the spaces where our happiness... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Buddhist Center 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


San Francisco Writers Workshop
San Francisco Writers Workshop The oldest continually-running writing critique group in the world presents an evening of wonder and catharsis.

avatar for Ishita Arora

Ishita Arora

Ishita Arora writes investigative non-fiction, magical realism, and science fiction. She enjoys writing in peculiar spaces like museum exit corridors, gardens belonging to strangers, and planetariums. She's currently working on a surrealist novel about an all-female guerilla group... Read More →
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Eric Fain

Eric Fain is a voracious, omnivorous, and retentive reader of almost all genres of fiction and non-fiction.  A retired immigration attorney and tax law specialist, he's now working on memoirs of his childhood on a farm in the Ozarks, his 47 years in San Francisco, and his adventures... Read More →
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Tim Floreen

Author of YA Fiction
Tim Floreen writes young adult fiction. The New York Public Library named his first novel, Willful Machines, one of the best teen books of 2015, and in a starred review, Kirkus called it "gothic, gadgety, and gay," which is an accurate assessment. Booklist called his second novel... Read More →
avatar for Sam Gong

Sam Gong

Sam Gong is an entrepreneur and aspiring writer of speculative fiction. He strives to bridge history and futurism with creative storytelling, and to portray a vision of the future that provokes reaction and discussion. His professional career spans government work in Washington DC, ex... Read More →
avatar for Beverly Parayno

Beverly Parayno

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

Caroline Smadja

Caroline (pronounced Ca-ro-le-ne) Smadja is a French-born author of North African heritage. Her poems, fiction and essays have appeared in literary magazines in South Africa, Canada, France and the United States, notably in CA Quarterly and in two anthologies published by Seal... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Cafe La Boheme 3318 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110


Sanctuary City
Sanctuary City is a poetry/art anthology focused on immigrant voices from the Bay Area. Translations will be provided of poetry read in languages besides English.

avatar for Jyoti Bachani

Jyoti Bachani

Leadership is Listening, Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations, Rainwater Harvesting in Indian tribal regions are some of my scholarly publications along with two self-published (& seeking publishers) books of contemporary Hindi poetry translated into English, Simply Said, and... Read More →
avatar for Saswati Das

Saswati Das

Saswati Das, an engineer by profession and a poet by heart lives in Milpitas, California and writes poems and fiction in both English and Hindi. She publishes her poetry in local magazines and also recites her verses in local cultural events. She has published a poetry book in English... Read More →
avatar for Rose Heredia

Rose Heredia

Rose Heredia is Dominican-American and from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a VONA/Voices alum, has read at the InsideStoryTime series, The Racket at Adobe Books, Lit Crawl 2016, Lit Crawl 2017, and... Read More →
avatar for Alka Roy

Alka Roy

Born in Ranchi, India, Alka Roy has a degree in engineering and an MFA in creative writing. Her poetry, fiction and interviews have appeared in various journals and magazines. Her translations related works have been published in, Modern Poetry of Pakistan (Dalkey Archive... Read More →
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Pranjali Sirasao

Pranjali is passionate about learning and teaching languages from the Indian sub-continent. Besides being fluent in English and Hindi, she is also well versed in various Indian languages like Marathi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Guajarati, and Chhattisgarhi. She also has a diploma in German language... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong is Chinese-American, born and raised in Rangoon, Burma. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1989. His essays, articles, and short stories have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, and Boston University’s AGNI magazines, among others... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Artillery Apparel Gallery 2751 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Seventeen Syllables: Islands of Dreams and Illusions
Islands can represent pleasure and escape, or loneliness and confinement. These Asian-Pacific American writers explore the tension between belonging and wanting to break free.

avatar for Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster’s debut book of poetry, Topaz (Four Way Books, 2013) received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. His second poetry collection, Seize, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2020. He is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan

Lillian Howan spent her early childhood in Tahiti and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her writings have been published in Asian American Literary Review, Café Irreal, Calyx, NewEngland Review, Vice-Versa, and the anthologies Ms. Aligned... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Kim-Brown

Caroline Kim-Brown

Caroline Kim-Brown graduated with an MFA in Poetry from The University of Michigan where she won a Hopwood Award, and was a Michener Fellow in Fiction at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been published or has work forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Green Mountains... Read More →
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Grace Loh Prasad

Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the SF Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and she is an alumna of the VONA workshop for writers of color along with residencies at Hedgebrook and the... Read More →
avatar for Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, a finalist for 2013 Northern California Book Award, Power Made Us Swoon, both from Red Hen Press.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Praxis 3047 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Small Press Distribution: The Nearness of Us
 Our event showcases the diverse voices that move us and reach out to be inclusive for the Bay area, aspiring to innovate and expand the community.

avatar for Shiloh Jines

Shiloh Jines

Shiloh Jines is a poet & visual artist based in Oakland, California. She is the co-author of the hand-bound let­terpress chapbook SITE OF IMPACT (Eucalyptus Press 2016) & her book Poetics of the Ampersand is forthcoming from Wolfman Editions. She is currently working on her... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Marina

Andrea Marina

Andrea Marina is an indigenous seawitch from the swamps of the Florida Everglades. She mostly writes about toxic relationships, trauma, and the south. Andrea cohosts Words of Resistance with Andrea Wolf, a poetry night for QTPOC, queer, and genderqueer writers. Her hobbies include... Read More →
avatar for Denise Newman

Denise Newman

Denise Newman is the author of four poetry collections; the most recent is Future People (Apogee Press). She is also a translator, and she received an NEA grant to complete her translation of the short story collection Baboon by the Danish writer, Naja Marie Aidt, for which... Read More →
avatar for Laura Walker

Laura Walker

Laura Walker is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Story from Apogee Press. She lives in Berkeley, California, where she teaches creative writing.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Carousel Consignment 2391 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


The City Under the City: Speculative San Francisco
Dystopia, utopia and magic fill these stories that open the imagination to another world underneath the familiar foggy streets of San Francisco.

avatar for Jenny Bitner

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 →
avatar for Rachel Chalmers

Rachel Chalmers

Rachel Chalmers is an Australian writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Salon, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Marlboro Review, The Southern California Review and elsewhere.
avatar for Lael Gold

Lael Gold

As a fiction writer and Ph.D. in comparative literature, Lael Gold knows how to craft narratives that draw readers in and can magnetically tell the story of a business or a brand. She also interprets dreams and performs standup comedy.
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Rin Kelly

Rin Kelly is a writer, reporter, and too-proud native of Denver whose work has turned up all over, from newspapers in New York, L.A., the Bay Area, and D.C. to Salon and Kenyon Review Online. She is a culture contributor and film editor at Los Angeles magazine L.A. RECORD and a freelance... Read More →
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Eryk Salvaggio

Artist in Chief, Owl Collectors Club
Eryk Salvaggio is a collage artist, researcher and writer living in San Francisco. Eryk is the author of the book and website "This Japanese Life," and currently maintains the nextrends website for swissnex San Francisco. From 2000-2003, he was the editor in chief of 1000 Ridiculous... Read More →
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Josh Wilson

Publisher, The Fabulist Words & Art
I'm a San Francisco writer and editor, and also publisher of The Fabulist Words & Art, which publishes sporadically, and has a very (very) slow review process. We aim to pair great stories and art as a means of honoring the creators, and providing a worthy venue for their work. By... Read More →
avatar for Liz Worthy

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 →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Secession Gallery 3235 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Escapery: The Animal Radical
Why do we Human the dog, Story the cat, Elephant the myth? Our writers explore the ebullient linguistic space of animals, stories, and translation.

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Ai is a Japanese-born playwright, poet and translator, who is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She is a member of the Writers Pool for Berkeley Rep Theatre's PlayGround and a winner of the Austin International Poetry Festival.
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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 →
avatar for Carson Ash Beker

Carson Ash Beker

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

Nara Dahlbacka

Nara Dahlbacka is an Oakland native, currently living in Alameda. A playwright and director, she holds an MFA from SFSU. Her work has been in the GreenHouse Festival, The Exit Theatre, SF Olympians (2018), and (this) SF Lit Crawl. She is also in the SF Playground Writers Pool... Read More →
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Sasha Wright

Sasha Wright is a fiction writer and social justice activist from Oakland CA. She is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, where she is working on her novel about time traveling lesbians.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110


The Racket : DISASTERS
We've gathered up a host of our favorite Bay Area writers to wax poetically on the subject of DISASTERS. We're not just talking earthquakes and hurricanes and whatever Earth-based malady is roiling our world right now. We're talking dating disasters, family reunion disasters, space disasters, underwater disasters, shitty disaster movies - you know, all the many disasters that add up to what we call life. 

avatar for Sarah Bardeen

Sarah Bardeen

Sarah Bardeen is a Bay Area writer whose work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and music criticism. She's a recipient of the Audre Lorde Prize for Poetry, and her work has appeared in various print and online publications. She's currently working on her first novel.
avatar for Matt Carney

Matt Carney

Matt Carney is a Latinx human type residing in San Francisco. He holds an MA and MFA from SFSU. His work has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Inkwell, Red Light Lit, Writing Without Walls, sPARKLE & bLINK, Entropy, and in readings at eclectic or seedy bars. His short story 'On Becoming... Read More →
avatar for Wesley Cohen

Wesley Cohen

Wesley Cohen is a writer and editor living in Davis, California. Her fiction has been featured by Quiet Lightning, Potluck Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, Here Comes Everyone, and others. She was a 2017 Writing By Writers Newberry Fellow, and serves as prose editor of Foglifter... Read More →
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D.B. Finnegan

DB is a writer in Marin working on a novel in progress about rodeo.
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Jared Roehrig

Jared Roehrig holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English from SF State. His work has appeared in Transfer Magazine, Fourteen Hills, The Tusk, and University of Colorado's Timber Journal. In 2014 he received the Mark Linenthal Award for Poetry. He enjoys horror films, smoothies... 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 →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Adobe Books 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Throughout the Wide World: Traveling Writers Reveal Encounters with People, Places, and Cultures
Through their explorations, these writers bring back lessons that are profoundly moving and universal, and teach us how to be better citizens of the world.

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Faith Adiele

Assoc Professor, California College of the Arts
Faith Adiele’s work includes the audio/ebook The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems; Meeting Faith, a memoir about becoming Thailand’s first Black Buddhist nun that won the PEN Open Book Award; My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about finding her family in Nigeria... Read More →
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Christina Ammon

Christina Ammon has penned stories for BBC, Orion Magazine, Hemispheres, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast and numerous travel anthologies, including the 2015 Best Travel Writing (Travelers' Tales) and the Irresponsible Traveler: Tales of Scrapes and Narrow Escapes (Bradt Guides... Read More →
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Tania Amochaev

Tania Romanov Amochaev was born in Belgrade, Serbia of two displaced émigrés—a White Russian father and a Croatian mother—and spent her childhood in San Sabba, a refugee camp in Trieste.  She is the author of tales of travel to lands as diverse as Russia, India, Japan... Read More →
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James Dorsey

James Michael Dorsey is an award winning author, and explorer, who has traveled in 48 countries to visit remote cultures before they vanish. He has written for LONELY PLANET, BBC TRAVEL, BBC WILDLIFE, GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, and is a frequent contributor... Read More →
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Larry Habegger

Executive Editor, Travelers' Tales
Larry Habegger is a writer and editor who has been covering the world since his international travels began in the 1970s. As a freelance writer for more than three decades, his work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune... Read More →
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Bill Zarchy

Bill Zarchy is a writer, teacher, and recently retired director of photography who has shot film and video projects in 30 countries and 40 states. His first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil, chronicles his work and travels around the world. Bill's... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Haus Coffee 3086 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Ursa Minor: Dark Matter
Contributors to UC Berkeley Extension's literary journal, Ursa Minor, take on undeniable yet immeasurable building blocks of the universe in the current edition, Dark Matter.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pyramid Records 3174 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Why There Are Words: Behind the Scenes
Showcasing the working writers who make the magic of the reading series happen: come hear their own magic.

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Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes Into the Forest (Dzanc 2019) and Show Her A Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, which was the Foreward Indie’s 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Peg lives in Northern California and is the founder and director of WTAW Press and of... Read More →

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Haldane King

Haldane King is the founder, curator, emcee, and coordinator of Terra Incognita, a new literary reading series hosted in Oakland's fabulous Octopus Literary Salon,  which is partnered with The Escapery. He is an instructor with The Escapery. He earned his Master of the Fine Arts... Read More →
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Kim Marcellino

Wild forager, writer, and boat dweller. Instagram: @kim.marcellino
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Linda Michel-Cassidy

Small press outreach, Interviews, Why There Are Words
Writing in the Rumpus, Electric Literature, Tahoma Review, Eleven Eleven, Museum of Americana, and others. Contributing Editor for Entropy Magazine (podcast reviews, Trumpwatch). Interviewer for the Mill Valley Library podcast, The Great Eight. Writer, teacher, critic, reader. Talk... Read More →
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Lois Smith

Lois holds an MFA in creative writing from California Institute of Integral Studies. Her work has appeared in journals including We Still Like and Susurrus and has been featured in the Barely Published Authors Litquake event.

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Needles and Pens 1173 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110


ZYZZYVA Fall All-Stars
Featuring readings of poetry and prose by past, recent, and forthcoming contributors to "one of the country's finest literary journals" (Washington Post).

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Michael Jaime Becerra

Michael Jaime-Becerra grew up in El Monte, California, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and currently teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside. His short-story collection, Every Night Is... Read More →
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Kelly Cressio-Moeller

Kelly Cressio-Moeller’s poetry can be found at Boxcar Poetry Review, burntdistrict, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Poet Lore, Radar Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and ZYZZYVA among others... Read More →
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W.S. Di Piero

W.S. Di Piero is author of 11 books of poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, and Threepenny Review, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic.
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Suzanne Rivecca

Suzanne Rivecca's debut story collection, "Death is Not an Option," (WW Norton, 2010) won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome. It was also a finalist for national and international awards, including The Frank... Read More →
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Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted... Read More →

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110