Bawdy in the Alley: Real People Share Their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits in Ten Minutes or less. BawdyStorytelling.com
Clarion Alley, Between 17th & 18th
Dixie De La Tour (curator & hostess): Sporting both Southern charm and a sailor’s mouth, Dixie founded San Francisco’s “blue personal narrative” movement. A former sex party promoter/hostess, she writes for SheLovesSex.com.
Imagine duck liver pâté in rainbow Jell-O, under glass. It looks funny, but you can’t exactly put your finger on what’s wrong: that’s Froghole the Clown.
JDelicious: This lifelong pleasure activist and sex-educator extraordinaire is a warehouse of convivial facts. Her extensive “field research” ensures a butt-ton of unusual escapades.
Leo Petropoulos: Part reformed stand-up comedian, part Greek tragedy, part horny straight guy with gay monster truck. And he doesn’t make any of it up.
Cherry Zonkowski, self-identified attention whore, recently performed her first solo show, Reading My Dad’s Porn and French Kissing the Dog, to sold-out houses at The Marsh.
Debut Lit presents Backstage Pass: A Reading of Original Flash Fiction by New Authors
Viracocha, 998 Valencia St.
Rebekah Anderson (host) is the co-founder of literary event series Debut Lit. She has an MFA from NYU and is working on her first novel.
Audra Marie Dewitt is a photographer whose book We Are All Together: Portraits & Interviews with Women in Music will be available next summer.
Tony DuShane is author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk, a dark comedy loosely based on his experience growing up a Jehovah’s Witness.
Laurie Frankel lives in Seattle with her husband and two-year-old, who believes only the weak sleep. She teaches college and is writing her second novel.
Peg Kingman’s new novel Original Sins is about a young woman’s journey into the slave-holding South to discover the fate of a lost child.
With two acclaimed albums, Rykarda Parasol is noted for her dark, cinematic, and poetic songwriting. Her portrait/interview will appear in We Are All Together.
Shannan Rouss is a third-generation Angeleño and magazine writer whose debut story collection, Easy for You, was published in April by Simon & Schuster.
San Quentin, You’ve Been Living Hell to Me
Ritual Coffee Roasters, 1026 Valencia St.
Many know San Quentin State Prison as a worldwide icon of crime and punishment. However, how many view it as a beacon of literary inspiration? Authors Keith and Kent Zimmerman take you on a “literary tour” of San Quentin State Prison through the writings done for their class, “Finding Your Voice on the Page,” one of the prison’s most popular weekly education classes. Inmate alumni will appear to discuss their writings and feelings regarding this Bay Area icon. San Quentin representatives will also be on hand to discuss not only the prison’s standing in the community, but the effect education and writing is having on the inmate population.
Keith and Kent Zimmerman write on a variety of subjects from music to crime to popular culture, and have taught writing at San Quentin State Prison for seven years.
Indie Fiction Extravaganza: Two Dollar Radio, Manic D Press new!, and Emergency Press
Casa Bonampak, 1051 Valencia St.
Tom Hansen is author of the memoir American Junkie, published by Emergency Press. He lives in Seattle and is working on a novel.
Grace Krilanovich’s first novel, The Orange Eats Creeps, was a finalist for the Starcherone Prize and has been excerpted twice in Black Clock.
Jon Longhi has published four books, including Wake Up and Smell the
Beer (Manic D) and The Rise and Fall of Third Leg (Manic D). His
writing appears often at nbcbayarea.com. new!
Alvin Orloff has published two novels, I Married An Earthling and
Gutterboys (both Manic D). His writing appears often in lit journals
and anthologies. new!
Larry-bob Roberts’ The International Homosexual Conspiracy (Manic D) offers insight into the absurdities of modern life with a viewpoint
that’s not only raging but also engaging. new!
Joshua Mohr is author of the novels Some Things that Meant the World to Me and Termite Parade. He lives in San Francisco.
A Genre Goodie Bag: Readings from a Novelist, a Poet, a Memoirist, and a Short Story Writer
Gravel & Gold, 3266 21st St.
Erica Ehrenberg’s poems have appeared in Slate and The New Republic. She was a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a Stegner fellow at Stanford.
Justin St. Germain grew up in Tombstone, Arizona, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. His memoir is forthcoming from Random House.
Stephanie Soileau is from Louisiana and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, New Stories from the South, and other places.
Abigail Ulman is from Melbourne, Australia. She is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her debut story collection is forthcoming from Penguin Australia.
Portuguese Artists’ Colony Presents: Fake ID
Laszlo Bar, 2526 Mission St.
Daniel Heath is a San Francisco playwright. His new rock musical, The Man of Rock, premieres in San Francisco in December. themanofrock.com
When Leslie Ingham was eight, she discovered a short story manuscript hidden in her dad’s Playboy. This led directly to the literary life.
Caitlin Myer (Emcee) writes novels and short stories, and is currently shopping her first novel, HOODOO. She is the founder of Portuguese Artists Colony.
Cary Tennis writes the “Since You Asked” advice column for Salon.com. His writing career includes publications such as Spin, Details, and Creem.
Benjamin Wachs is a journalist who covers Truth and Beauty. His work has appeared in Playboy.com, NPR, the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Seeing Ear Theatre,” etc.
Litquake Goes International: Writers from Ireland
The Liberties Bar And Restaurant, 998 Guerrero St.
Patrick Cotter’s poems and short fiction can be found in numerous journals and anthologies, and his collection of poems, Perplexed Skin, was published in 2008.
Gerry Murphy is a champion swimmer, lifeguard, and swimming pool manager who began publishing in the mid-‘80s.
Leanne O’Sullivan is completing her Bachelor’s degree, and her first collection of poetry, Waiting for my Clothes, was published when she was 21.
Billy Ramsell’s collection Complicated Pleasures was nominated for an Eithne Strong Award and he has also been shortlisted for the Hennessy Award.
Beyond the Stacks: The International Poetry Library of San Francisco hosts Five Local Poets
Café Que Tal, 1005 Guerrero St.
Mahnaz Badihian is a poet and translator with five publications. She is editor-in-chief of MahMag.org and currently working on translations of protest poems from Iran.
Tianna Cohen-Paul is a Jamaican spoken-word poet who has performed on numerous stages including the Apollo, the Blue Note, the Green Mill, and Yoshi’s.
Keetje Kuipers is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her book, Beautiful in the Mouth, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize and was published by BOA.
Kenji C. Liu is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey. His writing arises from his work as an activist, educator, and cultural worker.
Truong Tran is a poet, teacher, and visual artist. His most recent book, Four Letter Words (2008) was published by Apogee Press.
InsideStorytime Show and Tell: An Elementary School Ritual Reinvented by Cutting-Edge Local Literati
Lone Palm Bar, 3394 22nd St.
Emceed by James Warner
Judy Budnitz is author of the story collections Flying Leap and Nice Big American Baby, and a novel, If I Told You Once.
Colby Buzzell is author of My War: Killing Time In Iraq. His next book, Off the Road, will be published by HarperCollins.
Jonathon Keats is an experimental philosopher, artist, fabulist, and critic. His next exhibition will be at Modernism Gallery and his newest book is Virtual Words.
Regina Louise is author of Somebody’s Someone, a memoir of a girl growing up in the foster care system.
Linda Robertson writes silly songs, some of which appear in her book What Rhymes with Bastard? She has a cross-eyed cat and super-bendable thumbs.
Fabric8, 3318 22nd St.
John Cleary lives and writes in San Francisco.
Matt Hart is author of Who’s Who Vivid and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety.
Heather Hazuka’s work can be found in Transfer, Cipactli, and Fourteen Hills. She is an editor of Multicultural Education magazine and associate publisher of Caddo Gap Press.
Jason Morris’ work has appeared in The Tsatsawassans, Eleven Eleven, Forklift Ohio, Ping Pong, and other journals. His chapbook Spirits & Anchors was published in 2010.
Eireene Nealand’s short stories have been published in Sidebrow, Fourteen Hills, Vagabond, Transfer, and ZYZZYVA.
The Rumpus: Readings and Music by Michael Mullen of The Size Queens
Latin American Club, 3286 22nd St.
Isaac Fitzgerald (Emcee) has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, been given a sword by a king, and is managing editor of The Rumpus.
Justin Cronin is the author of Mary And O’Neil which won the Pen/Hemingway award, and the international bestseller The Passage.
Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including What He’s Poised To Do (which the Los Angeles Times called “astonishing”), Please Step Back, and Superbad. He lives in Brooklyn.
Lorelei Lee is a student, writer, and porn performer. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals. She writes for guesswhatideservethis.wordpress.com
Bucky Sinister is a poet, comedian, and author of Get Up: 12 Step Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos. He appears at the Dark Room as part of the comedy troupe The Business.
Canteen Magazine presents: Narrative on the Edge—Three Novelists Who Take Storytelling to New Places
The Revolution Café, 3248 22nd St.
Sean Finney (emcee) is editor-in-chief of Canteen magazine, author of The Obedient Door, and the rebel angel of the Mission.
Mia Lipman (emcee) is executive editor of Canteen and the reviews editor at San Francisco magazine. She contributes writing and photographs to savory and unsavory publications.
Ghita Schwarz’ novel, Displaced Persons, was published in 2010. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Susan Steinberg is author of Hydroplane and The End of Free Love. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, Boulevard, and elsewhere. She teaches at USF.
Malena Watrous is author of If You Follow Me. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Emptiness in Bloom: Buddhist writers on sex, death, one-night stands, and life, on and off the cushion
San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett St.
Compiling a book about celibacy and Buddhism is the hottest thing that’s happened to Suvanna Cullen in ages. More excitement at 2golden.blogspot.com.
A San Francisco–based writer, Ethan Davidson published work in Daughters of Nyx, Widdershins, Green Egg, and the Living in the Land of the Dead anthologies.
Lisa Kee-Hamasaki has read her work in the finest libraries, courthouse restrooms, auto dealerships, cheese shops, bingo games, and zendos of North America.
Patrick Letellier has won three national writing awards for essays on gay politics, poverty, and prisons. He’s now writing My Obituaries, a memoir about AIDS.
Fiction by Tony Press (aka Acarasiddhi) appears in Rio Grande Review, Foundling Review, Menda City Review, Shine Journal, Temenos, MacGuffin, and Lichen; poetry elsewhere.
Mary Salome is an Arab- and Irish-American media activist and writer who lives in San Francisco with her little dog Frito.
A (Harper)One Night Stand
The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St.
HarperOne and the authors of The MultiOrgasmic Couple in a Q & A moderated by Good Vibrations staff sexologist, Dr. Carol Queen. Drink tickets will be given away. Enter to win a goodie bag!
Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., co-author of The Multi-Orgasmic Couple and The Multi-Orgasmic Woman, lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and three children.
Douglas Abrams, co-author of The Multi-Orgasmic Couple and The Multi-Orgasmic Man, lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and three children.
Tenderloin Reading Series
Doc’s Clock, 2575 Mission St.
Jonathan Hirsch is host of the Tenderloin Reading Series, the weekly soul party Black Gold, and singer in the band Passenger & Pilot. He lives in the Tenderloin.
Joel Landfield is a DJ and poet. He is a regular contributor to the Tenderloin Reading Series and has recently been featured at The Portuguese Artist Colony.
Joanna Lioce is an author, bartender, and one-half of the band David & Joanna. She lives in San Francisco.
Chris Moore is an author whose work is largely informed by his experiences working in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Anna Seregina is a performer, DJ, and professional heckler. She lives in San Francisco.
Carl Brandon Society: “Color Your Worlds! Speculative Fiction and Neo-Benshi from Writers of Color
Artillery Apparel Gallery, 2751 Mission St.
Jaime Cortez is a writer and visual artist. His fiction has appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and his visual art has been exhibited in venues across the Bay Area.
Rona Fernandez is a writer, fundraiser, and activist. Her writing has appeared in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Philippine News, Instant City, and Are We Born Racist?
Claire Light is a freelance writer and nonprofit hack. She co-founded Hyphen magazine, and has a story collection, Slightly Behind and to the Left, with Aqueduct Press.
Shweta Narayan lived in India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and Scotland before moving to California. She writes speculative fiction from and about liminal spaces.
Na’amen Tilahun is a writer based in Oakland who is currently working on a Dashiell Hammett-inspired collection of paranormal detective stories.
Anuj Vaidya works in the cusp between film and performance. His video works include Chingari Chumma (2000) and Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold (2005).
Richard Wright is a Jamaican New Yorker who loves living in Oakland. He is also a DJ, community organizer, blogger, and writer of speculative fiction.
Anthemion: Writers Respond to the Antique Object
Gypsy Honeymoon, 1266 Valencia St.
Gabrielle Ekedal is the owner of Gypsy Honeymoon and writes poems by candlelight while the sun is out.
Gravity Goldberg is co-founder and editor of Instant City: A Literary Exploration of San Francisco. She has attended a Black Mass but not the Junior League.
Dominic Martinelli’s passion is storytelling. He is an actor, model, artist, designer, stylist, and writer. He dreams of sharing his art and novels with the world.
Christian Nagler is a writer, translator, and performer. His writing has appeared in Encyclopedia and Digital Artifact, and he is a lecturer in art and social practice at SFSU.
Matt Sussman’s writing about film and visual art has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Art in America, and sf360. He occasionally performs drag as Dirty Hairy.
Hiya Swanhuyser is a writer by trade or inclination. The difference is made by either having permission or not having it.
The Believer magazine and McSweeney’s present poets Troy Jollimore, Sandra Simonds, and Matthew Zapruder
Heart, 1270 Valencia St.
Troy Jollimore wrote Tom Thomson in Purgatory. His new collection, At Lake Scugog, is forthcoming from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2011.
Sandra Simonds has a Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University, where she teaches creative writing. Her book, Warsaw Bikini, was published by Bloof Books.
Matthew Zapruder’s third book of poems is Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010). An editor for Wave Books, he lives in San Francisco.
Fourteen Hills Press and Eleven Eleven Present: Voices That Carry
Muddy’s Coffee House, 1304 Valencia St.
**Readers for Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State University Review**
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books) and the upcoming She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books).
Lauren Hamlin’s work has appeared in Zero Ducats, Fourteen Hills, and Poets & Writers. She recently completed a residency in Spain and is at work on her first novel.
San Francisco poet Zara Raab recently published The Book of Gretel. Swimming the Eel is due out next year. Her poems appear in West Branch, Nimrod, Spoon River, and Fourteen Hills.
**Readers for Eleven Eleven**
Aurora Brackett graduated with an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. She lives and teaches in Oakland.
Catherine Meng is the author of Tonight’s the Night and three chapbooks, 15 Poems in Sets of 5, Dokument, and Lost Notebook w/ Letters to Deer.
For ten years, Loren Rhoads edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. She’s collected her cemetery travel essays in the book Wish You Were Here.
Kearny Street Workshop: Younger Than the Buddha
Cafe La Boheme, 3318 24th St.
Hear from writers younger than Gautama Siddhartha Gautama was when he achieved enlightenment.
Noelle de la Paz sneezes loudly, laughs daily, plays with her DSLR, and spends much of her time thinking about things to write.
mai doan uses poetry to disrupt and expand understandings of what it means to be queer, mixed, woman.
Cathlin Goulding has been involved with Kearny Street Workshop since 2003. She lives in New York City, where she studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Vanessa Huang practices poetry to feed resilience and movement building from the margins. Her manuscript was a finalist for Poets & Writers’ 2010 California Writers Exchange.
Adrien Salazar is an artist, warrior of light, and lover. Do not be fooled by his appearance. He is actually a lion.
Jonathan Yang writes novels for young adults, mainly about celebrities and shopping. And um, hopefully deeper stuff too. He lives online here: jonyang.org.
Sausages and Similes
Rosamunde Sausage, 2832 Mission St.
Susan Browne is the author of Buddha’s Dogs, winner of the Four Way Books Prize, and Zephyr, winner of Steel Toe Books Editor’s Prize 2010. She teaches at Diablo Valley College.
Twilight Greenaway is a journalist and poet with an MFA from Warren Wilson. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Caketrain, Ninth Letter, and Terrain.
L.J. Moore’s 2008 book, F-Stein, tangles science, family, pop culture, and the paranormal into the structure of a replicating strand of DNA.
Jacqueline Berger’s third book, The Gift That Arrives Broken, won the
2010 Autumn House Award. She directs the graduate English program at
Notre Dame de Namur University. new!
Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the
prestigious T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize for 2010. He’s a professor at the
University of San Francisco. new!
SFMOMA presents: Lost Tribes of San Francisco, a Rebecca Solnit Infinite Cities Event Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña (emcee), is the artistic director of La Pocha
Nostra and has pioneering work in performance, installation, poetry,
journalism, cultural theory, and radical pedagogy. new!
Adriana Camarena: Born in Mexico City, raised in the Americas, Mission resident. Doctor of the science of law, Stanford. International legal consultant; law and society researcher.
Jaime Cortez’s short stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies. His visual art has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area.
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a doctoral student in geography at U.C. Berkeley. He writes for The Believer, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books.
Aaron Shurin is the author of a dozen books, including poetry and essay collections. He is a professor in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
Rebecca Solnit, author of Infinite City, has written 12 books, many of which deal with San Francisco, California, landscape, and/or geography, but much terra incognita remains.
Lights! Poetry! Action! A Caveat Lector Mashup
Mission Pie, 2901 Mission St.
Christopher Bernard, co-founder of Caveat Lector, has published widely in the U.S. and U.K. His novel A Spy in the Ruins was featured in Litquake 2005.
Melissa Culross is the lead singer for the San Francisco pop cover band Sober Nixon and works as a broadcast journalist.
Nara Denning, named SF Weekly’s “Best New Silent Filmmaker 2009,” creates neo-silent shorts, using surreal imagery and verse.
Singer/songwriter Jeff Desira has performed in San Francisco and New York, and has been a founding member, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist for numerous bands.
Adelle Foley is a financial analyst, arts activist, and writer of haiku. Along the Bloodline is her first book-length collection.
Jack Foley has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Berkeley Poetry Festival. His radio show, Cover to Cover, is heard every Wednesday on KPFA.
Joan Gelfand has published several poetry collections, including A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, and, with Marty Castleberg, a CD of poetry and music, Transported.
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