Thrilled to announce the readers and musician for our final event of the 2013-14 season, the first Saturday in June.
$5 suggested donation. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Light refreshments to follow reading. Doors at 7:30, reading at 8.
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Cassandra Dallett occupies Oakland, CA and writes of a counter culture childhood in Vermont and her ongoing adolescence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in Slip Stream, Sparkle and Blink, Rusty Truck, Hip Mama, and the Criminal Class Review, among other publications. Her first book of poetry, Wet Reckless, has just been published by Manic D. Press.
John W. Evans was born in Kansas and grew up in New York and Chicago. His memoir, Young Widower (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), won the 2013 River Teeth Book Prize. His poetry collection, The Consolations (Trio House Press, 2014), won the 2013 Trio Award. His poems and essays appear in Slate, The Missouri Review, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, and Poetry Daily, as well as the chapbooks, No Season (FWQ, 2011) and Zugzwang (RockSaw, 2009). After completing a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry, John was a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he continues to teach creative writing today. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh, a public school teacher in Chicago, and a college teacher in Romania. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two young sons.
Sean Labrador y Manzano is a single father, a poet of postcolonial eroticism, and independent scholar. He is the founder of Conversations at the Wartime Café, and the MFA Mixer. In August, he will be curating, a three-day symposium at CIIS, “From Trauma and Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde.” He believes in poetic justice: that one day soon he can pay all his bills (child support, student loans, etc) through writing.
SB Stokes‘ first book of poetry, A History of Broken Love Things, is out now from Punk Hostage Press. He has produced the blog MASS COMMUNICATIONS since 2004 and also can be found on YouTube and Tumblr. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a founder, event producer and art director for Oakland’s free, annual literary event, Beast Crawl, which happens Saturday, July 12 this year.
William Taylor Jr. lives in San Francisco. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such publications as Poesy, The Chiron Review and The New York Quarterly. He is the author of numerous books, including Words For Songs Never Written: New and Collected Poems, published by Centennial Press in 2007. His latest collection, The Hunger Season, was released by Sunnyoutside in 2009. His latest collection, Broken When We Got Here, was released by Epic Rites Press in 2013.
Sarah Fran Wisby writes poetry, short fiction, memoir and essays, preferring always to deepen and subvert genre by way of the hybrid form. Her most recent book, The Heart’s Progress, was published on Valentine’s Day 2014 by Plain Wrap Press. Her previous book, Viva Loss, was published in 2008 by Small Desk Press. Her work can be found in Eleven Eleven Journal and Rumpus Women Volume 1, and heard on Invisible Cities Audio Tour #2: The Armada of Golden Dreams. She’s also been published in Instant City, Sparkle and Blink, Digital Artifact, and The Encyclopedia Project Volume 2, F—K, for which she was honored to write the entry for fuck. She performs her work all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and was a Literary Death Match champion in December 2010.
and special musical guest:
Jessamyn Lynn was named after the author Jessamyn West. She has been singing since age 6 and asked her mom and dad for private voice lessons. Fast forward 20 years or so and she is releasing her first album of original songs, “Home” with the help of producer Raphael Mora and talented musicians Josh and Sean Collins with some other guest artists! This summer she will be touring up the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington State in support of her album.