Own Your Story: Building a Community of Writers and Artists Engaged in Personal Storytelling
Clarion Alley, between 17th & 18th Sts.
Find Cassandra Dallett in various publications such as Cherry Bleeds, The Chiron Review, Yellow Mama, and Gutter Eloquence, as well as The Beat Museum of San Francisco.
Anne Heffron teaches writing at San Jose State University and is working on her third screenplay.
Joe Loya is an essayist, playwright, and the author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber. He is the founder of OYS.
Agustin Maes holds an MFA from The New School writing program and an MA in theology from USF. His stories appear in countless reviews.
Wendy Merrill is author of the witty memoir, Falling into Manholes. As a recovering perfectionist, Wendy explores the contradictions of being a woman.
Rachel Resnick is the author of Love Junkie. A Tin House contributing editor, founder, and CEO of Writers on Fire, she is working on a memoir.
Mystery & Mayhem
Mission Police Station, 630 Valencia St.
Brenda Walker (Emcee) is a retired SFPD patrol officer, worked in the crime lab, and was on the faculty of the police academy.
Julianne Balmain uses the pseudonym Nadia Gordon for her mysteries about a Napa Valley chef and her friends. The most recent is Lethal Vintage.
Michelle Gagnon’s bestselling thrillers The Tunnels, Boneyard, The Gatekeeper, and Kidnap & Ransom have been published in eight countries.
Seth Harwood is author of Young Junius and Jack Wakes Up. Visit sethharwood.com to hear him read his books for free.
Kelli Stanley: critically-acclaimed noir author who loves bourbon, film noir, and San Francisco. Works: City of Dragons, Nox Dormienda, The Curse-Maker.
Simon Wood is an ex-race car driver, a licensed pilot, and an occasional PI. Terminated is his latest book.
San Francisco Writers’ Grotto: Disobedience. Rebellious temp workers… mutinous airline passengers… passive aggressive lovers…reluctant prison guards. Tales of those who refuse to play nice
Elbo Room Upstairs, 647 Valencia St.
Emceed by Gerard Jones and Elizabeth Bernstein.
Marianna Cherry, Balinese gamelan musician, has been published in Pushcart Prize XXV, Best Women’s Erotica, and elsewhere. Her novel-in-progress is about counterfeiters.
Rachel Howard is author of The Lost Night, a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder. She has just finished a novel.
Kathryn Ma is the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her short story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys.
James Nestor has written for Outside, NPR, and The New York Times. His book, Out There: A Year in the Weird Science of Enlightenment, comes out in 2011.
Justine Sharrock’s new book, Tortured, depicts soldiers who worked at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. She writes for Mother Jones, Alternet, and San Francisco magazine.
Meghan Ward is writing a memoir, Paris on Less Than $10,000 a Day. She reviews books for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs at Writerland.com.
Anger Management & Revenge Reading Series
Elbo Room Downstairs, 647 Valencia St.
Nic Alea is a poet/queer person/seeker of magic/but mostly, boring as the day is long (not really…wait till you see her in a bow tie.)
Paul Corman-Roberts is the fiction editor at Full of Crow (fullofcrow.com) and is the author of Coming WorldGone World, Neocom(muter), and 19th Street Station ().
Charlie Getter is the “glue” of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency which holds the weekly Thursday night reading at 16th and Mission BART.
Amy Glasenapp is an MFA student at SFSU, finished a book of short stories, is working on a novel, and served as editor for an edition of Fourteen Hills.
H.K. Rainey is author of Sotto Voce and has an MFA from Mills where she was poetry editor of 580 Split.
Jezebel Delilah X is a fierce fat femme faerie princess and hot English instructor who uses literature, performance, storytelling, and flirting to advance her politics.
Corium Magazine: Five Remarkable Writers Whose Fiction and Poetry Will Slip Beneath Your Skin and Linger
Sub/Mission Art Space, 2183 Mission St.
Jenny Bitner’s short stories have appeared in The Sun and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She’s finished a novel, Here Is a Game We Could Play.
John W. Evans’s poems appear in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Boston Review. He is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford.
Stefanie Freele is author of the short story collection Feeding Strays, the fiction editor of The Los Angeles Review, and is the Healdsburg Literary Laureate.
Andrea Kneeland is author of The Birds & The Beasts (Willows Wept, Press 2011) and Damage Control (Paper Hero Press, 2010). She edits for Hobart.
Ben Loory’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. His book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is coming in 2011.
Risqué Fantasies and True Confessions: Erotic Truth
The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., Audre Lorde Room
Blake C. Aarens is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who writes award-winning erotic fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica and elsewhere.
m. i. blue, last seen participating in his own postmodern production of a twisted Twilight Zone episode, can also make monkey and elephant noises.
Jen Cross is a femme dyke, incest survivor, writer, workshop facilitator, and performer. Her work appears in many anthologies and publications. Read more at writingourselveswhole.org
Thea Hillman is author of Depending on the Light and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word).
Carol Queen is a much-published author of erotic fiction, memoir, commentary, and sexual self-help. For more, see carolqueen.com, goodvibes.com, and sexandculture.org.
Simon Sheppard is author of Sodomy! and Kinkorama, smf editor of the Lambda Award–winning Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica. He’s at simonsheppard.com. canceled
California Institute of Integral Studies’ MFA Department Presents Danger and Beauty: Stories We Tell to Live
Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., Room A
Carolyn Cooke teaches in the Writing and Consciousness MFA program at CIIS. Her novel, Daughters of the Revolution, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2011.
Leslie Johnston, a graduate student in CIIS’ Writing and Consciousness program, lives in Yosemite and spends her free time hiking, rafting, swimming, and drinking wine.
Pauline E. Reif, MA and CIIS MFA student, writes poetry, paints, listens, loves, grows, creates life out of light and dark.
Brynn Saito is a poet. Her work has appeared in anthologies by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed, and elsewhere. She works and teaches at CIIS.
April Serr has such a passion for the creative process that she is challenged to focus on one particular craft. Her longing is to write.
Sarah Stone’s writings include The True Sources of the Nile and, with Ron Nyren, Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers.
Bikram Writing: Listening Exercises, Readings Interspersed with Literary Stretches to Prepare You for Each Listening Exercise
The Beauty Bar, 2299 Mission St.
Sona Avakian has never walked in her sleep. That she knows of.
Colleen Hubbard checked the box for “business man” under the employment section of a Chinese visa application. It was neither true nor untrue.
Evan Karp writes sandcastle bios. He is looking for a biographer. Meanwhile, he hosts Quiet Lightning and publishes sPARKLE & bLINK. Submit @ qligtning.wordpress.com.
Christin Rice lives, loves, and writes in San Francisco.
Sonya Worthy is in love with readers reading what writers write. She documents this everywhere. Visit lovely them and lovely her at peoplereading.blogspot.com.
Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry Featuring Rich Poetic Diversity from Ghazals to Bollywood Stylings
Bollyhood Café, 3372 19th St.
Neela Banerjee, a 2008 Hedgebrook fellow, has been published in The Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Nimrod, and A Room of One’s Own.
Ravi Chandra is a psychiatrist working in private practice and public mental health. He is currently working on a memoir about war, peace, and Buddhism.
Minal Hajratwala (canceled)
Summi Kaipa is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and co-editor of Indivisible (2010).
Tanuja Mehrotra’s poems have been published in Indivisible and in other literary journals.
Pireeni Sundaralingam is a poet, playwright, and cognitive scientist. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Progressive, and W. W. Norton’s Language for a New Century.
The Threepenny Review Presents: Six Stellar Writers Reading an Entertaining Mix of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Bruno’s, 2389 Mission St.
Kathryn Crim is deputy editor of The Threepenny Review and a graduate student in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. She has written for several publications.
W. S. Di Piero’s latest book of poems is Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems. His new essay collection is When Can I See You Again?
Charlie Haas’ writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, Esquire, Narrative, and other magazines. His novel The Enthusiast is published by HarperPerennial.
Yiyun Li’s latest book is Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.
Toni Martin is a Berkeley physician and writer, and author of When the Personal Was Political: Five Women Doctors Look Back.
Tobias Wolff is author of several books, including memoirs, collections of short stories, and novels. He teaches at Stanford University.
Queer-Centric RADAR Productions Presents: A Performative Literary Event atop a Pool Table in San Francisco’s Most Beloved Queer Bar
Lexington Club, 3464 19th St.
Jewelle Gomez is author of seven books including the cult-classic Black vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. Her forthcoming work is a novel, Televised.
Ali Liebegott is the award-winning author of The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers.
Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded spoken word artist. Her work has appeared before US presidents, convicts, and most recently in her chapbook, black chick.
Kat Marie Yoas is a writer and performer. She has performed her stories throughout the US, UK, and Europe.
WritersCorps: City of Stairways: Exploring Place in San Francisco
Serendipity, 803 Valencia St.
Emceed by Melissa Hung
Robin Black is a writer, performer, and college student who has been involved with WritersCorps and Youth Speaks. His latest book is Ill I Rise.
Rick D’Elia, a Massachusetts native, has been published in Switchback and The Chiron Review. He teaches for WritersCorps at Aptos Middle School.
Aracely Gonzalez is a writer from Salinas. She co-founded Fish Soup, an all-women cross-genre writing workshop, and teaches for WritersCorps at International Studies Academy.
Carrie Leilam Love is an Oakland-based writer and educator who rides a magenta bike most places she goes. She teaches for WritersCorps at Downtown High School.
Indiana Pehlivanova is a modern-day Scheherazade trying to stay alive in a world where no one cares about fairy tales.
Annie Yu is a college student by day, and a writer and mixed-media collage artist by night. She likes to eavesdrop while riding Muni.
826 Valencia Student Reading
826 Valencia, 826 Valencia St.
Join us as 826 Valencia student authors (ages 6 to 18) read from our latest publications. Cookies and milk to follow.
PoliPointPress: Politics Done Left
City Art Gallery, 828 Valencia St.
Sasha Abramsky is author of Inside Obama’s Brain, Hard Time Blues, Conned, and American Furies. He is currently a senior fellow at Demos.
Rose Aguilar is a radio host, producer, journalist, and political blogger from San Francisco. She is a contributor to the book, Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland.
Reese Erlich’s publications include Dateline Havana, The Iran Agenda, and Target Iraq, which he co-authored with Norman Solomon.
John Geluardi is a veteran Bay Area reporter. As a staff writer for SF Weekly, he wrote features on crime, local and national politics, and culture.
Markos Moulitsas is founder and publisher of Daily Kos, America’s largest online political community. His publications include the critically acclaimed Crashing the Gate.
Read on the Brat: Punk Writers Take the Stage. Plus musical performances by Hard Girls and Ivy & Erick!
Amnesia, 853 Valencia St.
Blag Dahlia is a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Modern Literature at Oxford and the 2007 winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Eat a dick!
Mike Huguenor plays in Shinobu, Hard Girls, and Classics of Love. He wrote the novel One Day in the Life of Dennis Eaves.
Erick Lyle is a journalist, punk rock musician, and activist, and the author of On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City.
Todd Taylor is co-founder and co-publisher of Razorcake fanzine. Since 1996 he has been continuously self-publishing, resulting in over 100 zines.
Sy and Orson Wagon are the collaborators behind the zine Baitline and the band Alabaster Choad, a five-piece car accident cacophony of America’s lost synaptic misfiring.
Borderlands Books Presents Zombies and Zeppelins (and Selkies!)
Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.
S.G. Browne has zombies in Breathers, Gail Carriger has zeppelins in Soulless , Changeless, & Blameless and Amelia has both in The Loving Dead! We’ve also added special surprise guest Nicole Peeler (new!), author of Tempest Rising.
Amelia Beamer’s first novel, The Loving Dead, with zombies and a zeppelin, has been praised by the likes of Christopher Moore and Peter Straub.
S.G. Browne is author of the dark zombie comedy Breathers and the upcoming supernatural dark comedy Fated. He lives in San Francisco.
Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author, writes steampunk paranormal comedies of manners. She traversed European cities subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag.
Granta 112: The Pakistan Issue
Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St.
Join Uzma Aslam Khan and surprise guests to launch Granta 112: Pakistan. Wracked with separatist fissures, Pakistan is one of the world’s most dynamic places.
Babble-On Presents: Salute to Schlock! Four Terrifically Talented Authors Tackle the Tackiest of Genre Writing
Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St.
Chaim Bertman is author of the novel Stand-Up Tragedian. His short stories and essays have appeared in many publications.
Marcus Ewert wrote the groundbreaking children’s book, 10,000 Dresses. He also writes fantasy and science fiction, and tell-all memoir stuff about sleeping with old Beat writers.
Chelsea Martin is author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever (2009) and The Really Funny Thing About Apathy (2010). Her website is jerkethics.com.
Deez Nutzian is working on her first novel. She’s read at RADAR, Homo a Go Go, and The National Queer Arts Festival.
Cipactli: Raza Studies Journal of Art and Literature Presents
Encantada Gallery, 908 Valencia St.
Emerging Writers from the Finest Journal of Latino/Latina Creative Writing in the Country. With emcee Alejandro Murguia.
Mission: Comics – Writing with Pictures
Mission Comics & Art, 3520 20th St.
Susie Cagle (new!) is the creator of the series Nine Gallons from Microcosm Publishing. She writes and draws true stories in Oakland.
Jamaica Dyer writes, draws, and paints comics. Her graphic novel Weird Fishes was released by SLG in 2009. She lives and animates in San Francisco.
David Kordosh, (canceled) & John A. Kordosh (canceled)
Geoff Vasile is the creator of the two-time award-losing comic book series Trackrabbit. He lives in San Francisco’s fashionable Mission district.
Warren Wilson MFA Presents
Bianca Starr, 3552 20th St.
Aneesha Capur’s novel, Stealing Karma, will be published by HarperCollins later this year. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College in January.
Keith Ekiss is author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010).
Rebecca Foust’s books include All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song, God, Seed (environmental poetry with art, Sept. 2010), and the chapbooks Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card.
Christian Gullette’s poems have appeared in Ganymede and OCHO. He’s a Knockout Reginald Shepherd Prize winner and an assistant poetry editor for The Cortland Review.
Elaine McCreight completed her MFA in poetry this summer. Now she divides much of her time between writing and abstract figurative painting.
Peg Alford Pursell is a short-list finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and curates the WTAW Reading Series.
Kimberly Jean Smith teaches English and coordinates the Writing Center at Gavilan College. She is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.
Cathleen Williams is part of the San Francisco Revolutionary Poets Brigade, dedicated to poetry that awakens and ignites political consciousness for civil rights and justice.
Airing Our Dirty Laundry: Ladies Night at the Laundromat
Wash Quarters, 985 Valencia St.
Come hear five fantastic poets put the starch in your delicates when they hang their latest verse out to dry.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing. She tweets @gabbat. She fluffs and folds in Los Angeles.
Maria Hummel’s poems and prose appear in Poetry, New England Review, The Sun, and The Iowa Review. She is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford.
Glori Simmons is a writer and gallery manager living in Oakland. Her book of poems, Graft, was published in 2001.
Berkeley High School grad Tess Taylor is currently the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident. Her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was published by the Poetry Society of America.
Allison Benis White wrote Self-Portrait with Crayon. Her second manuscript, Small Porcelain Head, received James D. Phelan Award for a work-in-progress.
Indie Press Revue: Poetry, Fiction, Free Books. Featuring the SPD Poetry Trading Post: Trade poems for a free book!
The Marsh Café, 1062 Valencia St.
Dodie Bellamy‘s chapbook, Barf Manifesto, was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York.
Kevin Killian’s books include Shy, Little Men, Bedrooms Have Windows, Arctic Summer, Argento Series, I Cry Like a Baby, Action Kylie, Spreadeagle, and Impossible Princess.
D.W. Lichtenberg wrote The Ancient Book of Hip. He is a filmmaker by day and managing editor of La Petite Zine by night.
m.g. martin is the author of One For None available at spdbooks.org. A spam enthusiast, follow him on twitter at @themgmartin.
Beatrice Pita (canceled), Rosaura Sanchez (canceled)
Kate Schatz lives loves writes teaches edits mothers boxes publishes eats plays thinks and breathes in Oakland.
Afar Magazine: Where Travel Can Take You
The Marsh Upstairs Mainstage (note room change), 1062 Valencia St.
Tamim Ansary’s books include West of Kabul, East of New York and Destiny Disrupted. Currently, he’s working on a travel memoir titled Road Trips.
Gregory Dicum writes for The New York Times, the Economist, Afar and others. He is at work on a book about pisco, the Peruvian grape spirit.
In 15 years of reporting, Christopher Hall has carved stones for a French castle, interviewed San Quentin inmate-artists, and shared a rowboat with a Norwegian goat.
Andy Isaacson is a writer and photographer. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Traveler and Adventure, and Mother Jones.
Chris Smith is a writer, photographer, and teacher. His story “The New Face of South Africa” appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Afar.
Emperor Norton Lives: Bay Area Iconoclasts
Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission St.
Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware
Lynn Breedlove writes for queer performance: Godspeed (speed-freak-bike-messenger-in-love-with-a-stripper novel); Tribe 8 (all-dyke punk band); One Freak Show (gender comedy for stage and page).
Chicken John Rinaldi Insultant. Confusionist. Mechanic. Writer. Activist. Lover. Hater. Showman. Author of Fail…to Win! Engineered Disperfection Explained.
Eugene S. Robinson is vocalist/front man for the Art Brut quartet Oxbow, and has published two books, Fight and A Long Slow Screw.
John Law was raised in the Midwest and dreamed about bridges from a very young age. Arriving in San Francisco in 1976, he can’t seem to leave. Please buy his book.
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