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Saturday, October 24

10:30am PDT

Lit Crawl Angers
Join a group of actors from Angers, France - medieval seat of the great Plantagenet dynasty in the Loire Valley - for a reading on and interpretation of the life ofEleanor of Aquitaine based on adapted excerpts from an essay by Norman Cantor. Readers are Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, Francoise Arnaud, Marie France Roland and Kenneth Thomas. Directed and produced by Nicole Graine.

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Françoise Arnaud

Françoise Arnaud was born and educated in Aquitaine. She studied English and American literature at the university of Bordeaux where she worked as a lecturer. She then moved to Angers as a senior teacher and educational adviser in High School. She joined the English-language Library... Read More →
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Kenneth Thomas

Kenneth Thomas was born and brought up in England. He taught English and drama in secondary education all his working life in Anjou, France, where he developed a keen interest in French medieval history.
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Marie France Roland

Marie France Roland has a graduate degree in English before teaching at the high school and university level.  She then become Director of a teacher resource center before going into teacher training and serving on a national jury. After retiring, Marie France was elected as Chairwoman... Read More →
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Nicole Graine-Riéra

Nicole Graine-Riéra was born in 1950 in Alger. She earned a BA in both English and Economic and Social Administration. She worked as an English teacher before starting a new career in the recruitment business in Paris.  In 2000, Nicole retired in Angers and started volunteering... Read More →
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Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau

Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau was born in NYC, lived in the Boston area and moved to France after receiving her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She worked as manager and book buyer for Brentano’s bookstore in Paris for 9 years before taking the position as Director of the English-language... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am PDT

11:15am PDT

Lit Crawl Kells
The Hinterland Festival in the heritage town of Kells, Ireland, situated in the ancient pagan county of Meath, has staged its own Lit Crawl since 2017. Two of the regular contributors to the Kells Lit Crawl, Myles Dungan and Nerys Williams, will be joining us today.

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Nerys Williams

Nerys Williams is an award-winning poet (Strong and McNulty Prizes) whose volumes Sound Archive and Cabaret reflect her identity as a Welsh-speaking woman living in Ireland, as well as her frequent encounters with the Bay Area. She will read from a work-in-progress: a prose/poetry... Read More →
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Myles Dungan

As well as being Programme Director of the Hinterland Festival and a broadcast journalist, Myles Dungan is also an established author of works on Irish and American history. He will read from a forthcoming book, Four Killings, which is divided between the USA and Ireland and is a... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 11:15am - 11:45am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Lit Crawl Cheltenham: The Moth Sanctuary
Moth Sanctuary Productions present Andrew Bate and guests reading from the work Edgar Allen Poe.

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Emily Faulkner

Emily Faulkner is an actor and singer from Cornwall, UK. She began her career performing and training with Rogue Theatre Company where her passion for outdoor, site specific theatre was born. Emily went on to work with companies such as O-region and Cube - Essential Theatre. Her most... Read More →
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Andrew Bate

Andrew Bate is a director, actor, composer and writer originally from Cornwall, now residing in Cheltenham, UK. Andrew founded independent theatre company Moth Sanctuary Productions after creating a physical theatre performance for the first ever Lit Crawl at Cheltenham Literature... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Lit Crawl Boston
The Boston Lit Crawl.

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D. Ruff

D. Ruff is a spoken word poet, author of "Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul", Creative Director of Boston Pulse Poetry program and has been the co-host of the "if you can Feel It, you can Speak It" Open Mic movement,  held at Bella Luna/ Milky Way in Jamaica plain, for the... Read More →

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Tim Hall

Tim Hall is an award-winning musician and performance poet from Detroit, MI, now residing in Boston. He’s an Assistant Professor in the Professional Music Department at Berklee College of Music, won Session Musician of the Year by the Boston Music Awards 2020, received a 2019 Artist... Read More →
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Seoul Music

From listening to hip hop off of cassette tapes as a child, to having dreams of becoming a rapper, to realizing that making beats was the true calling. Becoming a music producer is where I find myself today. After leaving my job I chose to follow my dreams of making an impact on the... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Lit Crawl Seattle: Chewing the Fat: Readings and conversations about the lost pages of Asian history
Readings and conversations about the lost pages of Asian history, both abroad and in Seattle's back yard. Chew, a third-generation Seattleite, will bring to life the small family shops and chop suey restaurants of Seattle's past, his family's travels to America during the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the fight for Asian American social justice. Afterwards, translators Ju-Chan and Bruce Fulton will illuminate the sordid history of Korean comfort women in One Left, the first Korean novel devoted to this subject.

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Ron Chew

Ron Chew served as editor of the International Examiner and as executive director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. His books include Reflections of Seattle's Chinese Americans: The First 100 Years and Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viemes: The... Read More →
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Ju-Chan Fulton

Ju-Chan and Bruce Fulton have received awards and critical acclaim for their translations of Korean fiction, including Words of Farewell: Stories by Korean Women Writers.
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Bruce Fulton

Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton have received awards and critical acclaim for their translations of Korean fiction, including Words of Farewell: Stories by Korean Women Writers.

Saturday October 24, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT

2:15pm PDT

Lit Crawl Los Angeles: The Beat of Los Angeles
Celebrating the Earth’s Many Voices.

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Jeffery James

Poet, Filmmaker, multi-instrumentalist.
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Juan Cardenas

Juan Cardenas is a Flutist, Vocalist, Poet, Activist, and Educator to the bilingual community, specializing in teaching poetry and music to the youth. He is a Poet Teacher with Calilfornia Poets in the Schools working with native Spanish speakers and youth of diverse cultural backgrounds... Read More →
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Jessica M. Wilson

Founder, Los Angeles Poet Society
Jessica is a third generation Beatnik... a Beat Poet from the lines of Jack Spicer to Paul Vangelisti, and the heartbeat of the visual Muse and Master Poet, Maurya Simon. She completed her BA in Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, and obtained her... Read More →
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Jeffery Martin

Jeffery Martin started writing things down at ten. Sporadically, at first. He had questions, but the answers would take years to manifest and make sense. Writing was looked down upon in his home, so he kept it to himself. He wrote about sad things, imaginary things and finally something... Read More →
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Iris De Anda

Iris De Anda is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A womyn of color of Mexican and Salvadorean descent. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She is the author of Codeswitch: Fires from Mi Corazo... Read More →
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Erika Ayón

Erika Ayón emigrated from Mexico when she was five years old and grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. She attended UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in English. In 2009 she was selected as a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. In 2014 her poem “Hibiscus Skies,” was selected as a top ten... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

Lit Crawl Wellington
Lit Crawl Wellington goes retro! Celebrate with a host of local writers who have appeared since our first one, way back in 2014.

Saturday October 24, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Call and Response : An Afrocentric Renshi Poetry Exchange
Poets from Ghana and Oakland deliver an international reading highlighting their sankofa journey of healing through cultural poetic exchange centering on Blackness.

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Karla Brundage

Born in Berkeley, California, Karla Brundage spent most of her childhood in Hawaii where she developed a deep love of nature. She is the founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange (WO2WA), which has facilitated cross-cultural exchange between Oakland and West African... Read More →

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Noemi Rose Gonzalez-Barillas

Noemi Rose Gonzalez-Barillas is a poet, freelance journalist, comedian, activist, and event producer who has achieved a lifelong goal of earning an MFA in Creative Writing in 2018. Each of us needs to express ourselves creatively. It's an inherent drive Mimi respects, as every individual... Read More →
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Marcus Lorenzo Penn

Marcus Lorenzo Penn, aka Adeshima, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. In service to his many gifts as a holistic doctor, photographic artist, yoga teacher, wellness consultant, self-care coach, group facilitator, poet, author, and speaker, Dr. Penn is passionate about living... Read More →
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Tyrice Deane Brown

Tyrice Deane Brown aka Blacksmoothie an  educator, and women's rights advocate. She has worked with nonprofits from the West Coast to Virginia supporting the mission of race and gender equity. She is the Content Curator for WO2WA, and holds a Masters Degree in English/Creative Writing... Read More →
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Crystal Tettey

Crystal Tettey is a Malagasy-Ghanaian Artist. She is currently working on her second studio album comprising Music and Spoken Word Poetry.
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Imani Todd

Imani Todd is a 26-year-old lyricist, performing artist, and a creative all around. With a B.A in Creative Writing from University of California, Riverside, Imani specializes in tutoring and teaching English in innovative ways. Her love for words started in 3rd grade, after a teacher... Read More →
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Jewell King-Speaks

I am Eastwind-Blessmann Jewell , aka Jewell King-Speaks.Self-thought spoken word poet. I love slam poetry. My voice is my power.
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Nathaniel Tetteh Ogli

Nathaniel Tetteh Ogli, with an Artiste name, Natty Ogli, is a Ghanaian Wordsmith using his gift as a reformative tool to contribute to positive change. Natty is a multi talented artiste, instrumentalist, singer, and rapper in the style of reggae/dancehall. As a member of Ehalakasa... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

Debut Review
Four writers will read from their debut books: Alia Volz with Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, Kate Milliken with Kept Animals, Shelley Blanton-Stroud with Copy Boy, and Elizabeth Gonzalez James with Mona at Sea.

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Alia Volz

Alia Volz is the author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, winner of the 2020 Golden Poppy Award for nonfiction from the California Independent Booksellers Alliance. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, Bon Appetit... Read More →
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Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Before becoming a writer Elizabeth was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares Blog, The Idaho Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. Her... Read More →
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Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken is the author of the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award-winning collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop and her short stories have appeared in Fiction, Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, and New Orleans Review, among others. Her... Read More →
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Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT

4:45pm PDT

USF MFA Writers' Showcase
Emerging voices from the University of San Francisco's MFA Program share their poetry and prose.

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Michele Kilmer

Michele Kilmer is a writer and editor that lives in Oakland with her Fire Captain of a wife, Angela, and their two cats. She is currently a second-year fiction student in the MFA program at USF and earned a Bachelor of Arts at Mills College. Her work can be found in America’s Emerging... Read More →
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Hikari Miya

Hikari Leilani Miya graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English in 2019 and is an MFA candidate in poetry at University of San Francisco. She has been published in Cornell University's Writer's Bloc and has had poetry displayed in the Johnson Art Museum; most recently... Read More →
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Sydney Vogl

Originally from Los Angeles, Sydney now lives and writes in San Francisco. In 2020, she was chosen as the poetry fellow for the Martha's Vineyard Institute for CreativeWriting. Her work has been featured in The Racket and Entropy. Currently, she serves as the poetry editor for The... Read More →
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Megan Bounds

Megan Bounds is an MFA student at the University of San Francisco. She writes: short stories, essays, and odds and ends. Midwest born and bred, but a west coast soul.
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Catherine Karnitis

Catherine Rashmi Karnitis is a poet and second-year MFA student at the University of San Francisco. Her poetry is published in Howl literary journal, is forthcoming in POETiCA REViEW, and was recorded for a Telepoem Booth©, that was installed for the PASEO contemporary art festival... Read More →
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Jacquelynn King

Jacquelynn King is a first-year MFA Poetry student at the University of San Francisco. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, Jacquelynn moved to San Francisco six years ago. Her poetry aims to capture the collective human experience of... Read More →
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Michael Lopez

University of San Francisco
Michael Lopez is an MFA in Writing candidate at the University of San Francisco. He has worked as the Poetry Editor for Switchback Journal at USF and as a reader for Invisible City Journal at USF. Whenever possible he can't wait to get out to nature; he loves bird watching, writing... Read More →
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Karina Fantillo

Karina Fantillo is a Filipina American storyteller, dancer, writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She immigrated with her family at the age of 9 from the Philippines to San Francisco, where she learned about Filipino and American culture through folk dancing. She is a member of... Read More →
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Daniel Callahan

Daniel Dias Callahan is a writer from Sacramento, California, currently studying poetry in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of San Francisco. He is currently the Poetry Editor for the online journal, Invisible City, and a data analyst for a consulting firm. His work... Read More →
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Margaret Benson

Margaret Benson calls South Sound, Washington home. Her current works center connection and isolation, using the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest to engage with the silences in narratives and day-to-day life. Margaret is a second-year nonfiction Masters of Fine Arts candidate at... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 4:45pm - 5:15pm PDT

4:45pm PDT

Since 1985, ZYZZYVA has been publishing the best in contemporary literature. Celebrate the San Francisco literary journal's 35th anniversary with a reading featuring contributors past and present.

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Oscar Villalon

Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA
Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His writing has appeared most recently in Freeman's, The Believer, and The Millions.

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Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the forthcoming Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a young adult trilogy. Plus an upcoming short story collection, Even Greater Mistakes. And a collection of essays about how to make up stories during tough times, called Never Say You Can't Survive. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the Hugo Award-winning podc... Read More →
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Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), and Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015), winner of the PEN USA Award and the Lambda Literary Award.  He is also the author of two books of prose: The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf... Read More →
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Jessica Hagedorn

Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, winner of the American Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award.
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Manuel Muñoz

Manuel Muñoz is the author of a novel, What You See in the Dark, and the short-story collections Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, which was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the National... Read More →
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Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra is the author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Saturday October 24, 2020 4:45pm - 5:15pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Flor y Canto
Front Line Poetry from Essential Latinx Writers. You can't defund the Poesía! Flor y Canto coming to you live from the Zoom corner of poetry essential!  

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Cesar Love

curator/ editor, Flor y Canto/ Haight Ashbury Literary Journal
Cesar Love regularly shares his poetry at Bay Area open mics. He is an editor of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and his books of poetry are titled While Bees Sleep and Birthright.
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Ricardo Tavarez

SF Flor y Canto | Pan Dulce Poets
Ricardo Tavarez is a writer, educator and is quarantine gardening like nobody's business. Ricardo is coediting an upcoming poetry anthology of the Pan Dulce Poets in collaboration with Pochino Press.
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Josiah Luis Alderete

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded POCHO spanglish speaking poet from La Area Bahia who learned to write poetry in the kitchen of his Mama's Mexican restaurant. He first began performing his poetry en La Mission in San Pancho at the now infamous Thursday night readings at Cafe... Read More →
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Rebeca Flores

Rebeca Flores is a Salvadoreña and Mexican American artist from Fresno, CA. Her literary work can be found in publications like El Tecolote, SOMArts, and in Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets. Her Visual work has shown at Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, Noisebridge SF, Broadway Studios, and... Read More →
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Amalia Alvarez

Amalia Alvarez was born in San Diego, Califas. Alvarez holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from UC Riverside, an MA in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Alvarez taught English... Read More →
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Fer de la Cruz

PhD student, University of California, Irvine
I have written three books of poetry about Covid-19. Two of them are already published, along with other books of lyric poetry, satirical poetry, poetry for children, and literary translation. After earning an MA from Ohio University, I spent a number of years in my native Yucatan... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

5:30pm PDT

Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN)
PAWA and DVAN join forces to illuminate the diverse voices in the Filipinx and Vietnamese diaspora.

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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 →
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Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first novel, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable... Read More →

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Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere, including the movie Love Beats Rhymes with Azealia Banks... Read More →
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T.K. Lê

T.K. Lê is a writer and adjunct instructor from Westminster, California. She is currently writing a poetry collection called In This Strange Place. She is an alum of the VONA Voices summer writing workshop and a 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices fellow. Her fiction has been featured... Read More →
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Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is the author of The Body Papers (2019), a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, the winner in nonfiction for the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards, and the winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Born in the Philippines and raised in New... Read More →
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Tony Robles

Tony Robles, "The People's Poet," was born in San Francisco and is the author of two collections of poetry and short stories, Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco and Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike. He was a shortlist nominee for poet laureate of San Francisco... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

6:15pm PDT

Moxie Road presents: The Hand Sanitizer's Tale
Authors read from their favorite dystopian novels. COVID-19. . . 84?

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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of seven novels, including Bottle Grove, which was published by Bloomsbury in August 2019. As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for numerous books for children, including Swarm of Bees, illustrated by Rilla Alexander. His books have sold more than 70... Read More →

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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a San Francisco Bay Area author. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was a Tiptree mention that same year. It was reissued in 2016 and was on the Best of the Year lists from Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus... Read More →
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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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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an award-winning illustrator, author and cartoonist whose books include The Airport Book, How to Be, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, and the “Baby Be of Use” series of satirical board books for McSweeney’s. Her latest books include The... Read More →
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Tarja Parssinen

Tarja Parssinen is a writer, performer, and co-founder of Moxie Road Productions. Her written work has appeared in places such as The Washington Post and Salon.com, and anthologized in You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, Scary Mommy’s Guide To Surviving the Holidays and She's Got This... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 6:15pm - 6:45pm PDT

6:15pm PDT

Writers of Somos en escrito Literary Magazine
Three poets and storytellers featured in Somos en escrito mix the personal and political and exhibit the best in Latina/o/x writing.

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Scott Duncan

Senior Editor, Somos en escrito

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Ivan Argüelles

Ivan Argüelles is an American innovative poet whose work moves from early Beat and surrealist-influenced forms to later epic-length poems. He received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award in 1989 as well as the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award... Read More →
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Lucha Corpi

Lucha Corpi, an internationally recognized poet, novelist and children's book writer, is the author of the Gloria Damasco Mystery series, which includes Eulogy for a Brown Angel(1992), Cactus Blood (1995), and Death at Solstice (2009). Her first poetry collection,Palabras de mediodía/Noon... Read More →
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Fernando Andres Torres

Fernando ​​​​Andres ​​​​​​​​​​​​Torres is a short-story writer, poet, and musician. A graduate journalist of San Francisco State University, he contributes to various Bay Area media. He is associate editor and U.S. correspondent for the web magazine... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 6:15pm - 6:45pm PDT

7:00pm PDT

The Wonderful Wizard of Ahhs, By The Castro Writers' Cooperative
Co-presented by Bay Area Reporter

A literary relay race! Watch as a story zanily evolves when writers each pen short sections of a tale in their own unique styles, ending in mid-sentence to hand off to another and continue until the adventure is completed. The result: "The Wonderful Wizard of Ahhs," a modern-day retelling of Frank Baum's classic updated to reflect today's bizarre reality of swabs up the nose (ahh!) mixed with political mayhem. Follow the orange brick road of 2020.

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Tina 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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Scott James

Scott James is the author of TRIAL BY FIRE, the story of the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 when the rock band Great White ignited fireworks as part of its show. Since 2009 Scott's reporting has appeared in The New York Times, and he is the recipient of three Emmy Awards for... 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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Lee Jenkins

Member, Castro Writers Cooperative
Mercilee Jenkins is a playwright/performance artist, published poet and occasional fiction writer.  Her poem, Peonies in a Pandemic was recently published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her solo performance piece, My First Boss, was presented at the Marsh International Solo Performance... Read More →
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Shana Mahaffey

Co-Founder, Castro Writers Cooperative
Shana Mahaffey is the author of Sounds Like Crazy (NAL/Penguin), a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for Fall 2009. She is a survivor of catechism and cat scratch fever and is a co-founder of the Castro Writers' Cooperative. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including... 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, as well as Creative Caffeine Daily, an online community for writers.
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Melina Selverston

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, anti-racist, musician. What Would Judith Do?
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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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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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Katie Burke

Katie Burke is the author of Urban Playground, a book of profiles featuring San Francisco kids ages five to nine, (SparkPress, 2020). She writes Noe Kids, a monthly column for The Noe Valley Voice, featuring kids ages four to thirteen who live in Noe Valley. Katie has taught creative... Read More →
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Wendy Voorsanger

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

Nada Djordjevich is a writer and consultant. Her writing has been recognized by BlueCat, Boulevard Magazine, SF IndieFest, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Vermont Studio Center, Wisconsin Film Festival, and Zoetrope Screenplay Contest among others. Her feature script Common Ground... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm PDT

7:00pm PDT

Write Now! SF Bay presents "Stand Up and Be Counted."
Essential workers of color meet unprecedented times with poetry and prose arising from compassionate action.

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Shizue Seigel

Shizue Seigel supports San Francisco Bay Area writers and artists of color through Write Now! SF Bays writing workshops, events and anthologies (www.writenowsf.com). Her books include Civil Liberties United, Endangered Species, Enduring Values, Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown... Read More →
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Dr. Sririam Shamasunder

Co-founder, UCSF HEAL
Sriram Shamasunder is a doctor/poet who started writing poetry during college at UC Berkeley where he studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and co-founder of the HEAL Initiative... Read More →
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André Le Mont Wilson

Andre Le Mont Wilson teaches storytelling to adults with disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of the Storytelling Association of California. His writings on race and queerness were published in sPARKLE & bLINK, Rattle, and The Sun, and anthologized in Civil Liberties... Read More →
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Kevin Madrigal

Founder, Farming Hope
Yo! My name is Kevin, and I'm a decolonizer of food, art, and health. I'm a Chicano first-generation child of inmigrantes Mexicanos from Sur San Francisco. In 2016, I founded Farming Hope in San Francisco to provide employment opportunities in food for folks experiencing homelessness... Read More →
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Tehmina Khan

English Instructor, City College of San Francisco
 Daughter of Indian immigrant scientists, Tehmina Khan is a  community-based poet who has lived in San Francisco for twenty-five years.  She has spent her entire adult life teaching, writing, mothering, and resisting. Her work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies including... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 7:00pm - 7:30pm PDT

7:45pm PDT

The Black Girl Magic Files
The Black Girl Magic Files presents four Bay Area artists whose work speaks to the strength, power, wisdom, and sensitivity of the black femme spirit.

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Yodassa Williams

Yodassa Williams is a Jamaican American author and award-winning performing storyteller. An alumna of the VONA/Voices Travel Writing program and host of the podcast The Black Girl Magic Files, Yodassa (Yoda) launched Writers Emerging, a wilderness writing retreat for women of color... Read More →
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Maisha Johnson

Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer, editor, and digital strategist who writes and works where the arts meet social change and digital media. ... Maisha's passion for amplifying marginalized voices and creating community-based resources combines with her knack for presenting... Read More →
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Vanessa Lewis

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis is a writer, performance artist, facilitator, and the former Senior Editor of Black Girl Dangerous.

Saturday October 24, 2020 7:45pm - 8:15pm PDT

7:45pm PDT

The Racket Reading Series : THE FALL
With the world possibly on the brink of collapse, what happens after THE FALL?

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Noah Sanders

Founder, The Racket

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Elizabeth Stix

Stories by Elizabeth Stix have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly, Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southampton Review, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and Best Microfiction 2019. Her short story, "Alice," won the Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and was... Read More →
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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 →
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Rohan DaCosta

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. Often approaching his work with great emotional sensitivity, Rohan explores complex dilemmas, and frequencies found in lovers, in families, in ecosystems... Read More →
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Preeti Vangani

Preeti Vangani is an Indian poet and writer. Her poems have been published/ forthcoming in Juked, The Knickknackery, Public Pool, Lines+Stars and The Bombay Review among other journals. She has been a featured spoken word performer at several events in India, New York, Chicago... Read More →
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Halim Madi

Halim grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. Left at 17 to study in Paris and Toronto. Worked in London and Sao Paulo. Now lives in San Francisco. Halim is a TED speaker, a product manager at Oculus working on the future of computing and a poet. He published a collection of French poems at... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 7:45pm - 8:15pm PDT

8:30pm PDT

Colossus: Home
Colossus:Home is the second installment of an anthology series that gives voice to Bay Area writers as they respond to the housing crisis. Over 70 writers and artists contributed work to this collection. At Lit Crawl, 7 poets who participated in our anthology will read their work on the theme "home".  They wrote about the joy and pain that we experience in our personal homes, in our home towns and home countries. They wrote of the effort to maintain and create homes that  nurture our truest selves. All proceeds from Colossus:Home are donated to Moms4Housing.

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Noor Al-Samarrai

Noor Al-Samarrai is a Californian poet and performer with Mesopotamian roots. As a Fulbright Fellow based in Amman, Jordan she is studying the oud and working on a book about urban life in mid-20th century Baghdad through the memories of Iraqis in diaspora.
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Sara Biel

Editor, Colossus Press
Sara Biel and Karla Brundage are the editors of the Colossus anthology series. Colossus:Home is the second installment of an anthology series that gives voice to Bay Area writers as they respond to the housing crisis. Over 70 writers and artists contributed work to this collection... Read More →
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Karla Brundage

Born in Berkeley, California, Karla Brundage spent most of her childhood in Hawaii where she developed a deep love of nature. She is the founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange (WO2WA), which has facilitated cross-cultural exchange between Oakland and West African... Read More →
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Tony Aldarondo

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

Shilpa Kamat is a poet, writer, educator, and healing arts practitioner with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her poetry chapbook Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet was a finalist for the Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize. She will be reading her poem from Colossus: Home... Read More →
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Shawna Sherman

Shawna Sherman is a poet and librarian born and raised in Hawaii and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing focuses on race and place and borrows from history in order to make sense of the present. As a librarian, she works to hold space for African American writers and... Read More →
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Fred Dodsworth

An ink stained wretch, Fred Dodsworth spent most of the last thirty years in newsrooms picking fights with mayors, police chiefs, and editors. He lost most fights, but notches on his belt include one police chief, one mayor and numerous politicians. He's happy to say he's outlived... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT

8:30pm PDT

The Stories the Body Knows: A Kundiman Reading
Kundiman Northern California writers and poets will read works that navigate intergenerational trauma, inheritance, and knowing how to trust how you feel.

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Muriel Leung

University of Southern California
Muriel Leung is the author of Imagine Us, The Swarm, forthcoming from Nightboat Books and Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found in The Baffler, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Community... Read More →
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Shruti Swamy

Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body from Algonquin Books.The winner of two O. Henry Awards, her work has appeared in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.
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Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning medical journalist, physician, Kundiman fiction fellow and author of The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End a Global HIV Epidemic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), and Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of... Read More →
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Lis P. Sipin-Gabon

Lis P. Sipin-Gabon [formerly published as Melissa R. Sipin] is a writer hailing from Carson, CA. They've won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers, Inc., and Kundiman, and their work has been published in Washington Square Review, Guernica Magazine, and Prairie Schooner... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT

9:15pm PDT

Red Light Lit
The readers explore love relationships, sexuality, and gender.

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Luna Malbroux

Luna Malbroux is a comedian, writer, and playwright who uses humor to shine a light on politics and identity in America.
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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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Tomas Moniz

TOMAS MONIZ’s debut novel, Big Familia, was a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway, the LAMBDA, and the Foreward Indies Awards. He edited Rad Dad and Rad Families. He’s the recipient of the SF Literary Arts Foundation’s 2016 Award and was awarded the 2020 Artist Affiliate for Headlands Center for Arts. He has stuff on the internet but loves penpals: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back... Read More →
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Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison is the creator and editor of All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body (PM Press, 2019) and the author of Some Places Worth Leaving (Tolsun Books, 2020). A former columnist at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, her other writing appears in publications like... Read More →
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Grey Rosado

Grey is bad with names but still wants to know yours. He writes poetry, prose, short stories, and handwritten letters. He has featured for Red Light Lit, The Racket, Quiet Lightning, Happy Endings, and more. You can enjoy some of his published work in Argot, Cosmographia, sPARKLE... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 9:15pm - 9:45pm PDT

9:15pm PDT

When the Streetlights Come On: Grotto writers on the allure, danger and sensual charms of the night
Adultery, boleros, and night swimming...the Writers Grotto takes on the night with tales from Roberto Lovato, Bonnie Tsui and Ann Kim. Hosted by Kevin Smokler and Kristen Cosby.

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Kristen Cosby

Kristen Cosby is a freelance writer, editor, and educator.  She is currently at work on her first book project thanks to generous support from the Jan Michalski Fondation, the MacDowell Artist's Colony, the Corperation of Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her... Read More →

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Roberto Lovato

Writer, SF Writers Grotto
Roberto Lovato is an educator, journalist and writer based at The Writers Grotto in San Francisco, California. He is he author of Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs and Revolution in the Americas (Harper Collins). Lovato is also a Co-Founder of #DignidadLiteraria... Read More →
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Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui was born in Queens, New York, and raised on Long Island. As her parents met in a swimming pool in Hong Kong, it seemed fitting that she and her brother should then prepare for competitive swimming careers, which lasted a decade. She attended Harvard University, where she... Read More →
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Ann Kim

Ann Kim (writing as A.H. Kim) was born in South Korea and immigrated to Ohio as a toddler. She went to Harvard College and Berkeley Law School and is a practicing attorney. She is the proud mother of two sons, cancer survivor, community volunteer, and member of the Writers Grotto... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 9:15pm - 9:45pm PDT

10:00pm PDT

Back in the World with Fourteen Hills
Join Fourteen Hills for an evening of fine contemporary creative writing from past contributors and former editors: Samantha Cosentino, Ryan Jones, Andrew Joron, and Lizette Wanzer. 

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Lizette Wanzer

Author, Authors Guild
Lyzette Wanzer's work appears in over twenty-five literary journals and books, and she is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prize-winning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie), The Naked Truth, Essay Daily, and San Francisco University High School Journal. A three-time San Francisco... Read More →
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Ryan Jones

Ryan is a MFA student studying fiction at San Francisco State University.  He enjoys weaving contemporary themes into speculative fiction along with the topics of race, gender, and sexuality.
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Samantha Cosentino

Originally from Buenos Aires, Samantha Cosentino has recently returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after years living on an island, in the desert, and all over Germany. Home still eludes her—she suspects she writes in search of it. Samantha holds an MA in Creative Writing and... Read More →
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Andrew Joron

Andrew Joron is the author of The Absolute Letter, a collection of poems published by Flood Editions (2017). Joron's previous poetry collections include Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010), The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 10:00pm - 10:30pm PDT

10:00pm PDT

The Rumpus
The Rumpus proudly presents our San Francisco. Lit Crawl 2020 event, An Evening with The Rumpus! With readings from Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Monica Sok, and featuring comedy by Nato Green! Hosted by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Facebook page for this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2708246049422242/

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Christine H. Lee

Writer, Editor, Teacher
Christine H. Lee is the author of a memoir (TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON’T REMEMBER), which was featured in Self magazine, Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, The New York... Read More →

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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 →
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Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco and earned his MA at Columbia University. He is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), nominated for a California Book Award; and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017), which received a 2018 American Book... Read More →
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Monica Sok

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poetry Society of... Read More →
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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. Nato recently starred in the streaming series Laughter Against the Machine on Means.tv, the first worker-owned post-capitalist streaming platform. He also appears... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2020 10:00pm - 10:30pm PDT
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