Thrilled to announce the readers and musician for our next event, the first Saturday in April.
$5 suggested donation. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Light refreshments to follow reading. Doors at 7:30, reading at 8.
Wear your favorite socks. RSVP here.
MOLLY ANTOPOL is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer. Her debut story collection, The UnAmericans, was recently published by W.W. Norton. She is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming on NPR’s This American Life and in One Story, Ecotone, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review Prize Stories and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco, and is at work on a novel, The After Party, which will also be published by Norton.
KWAN BOOTH is an award winning journalist, creative writer and media strategist working at the intersection of communications, community, art and technology. Kwan is the cofounder of Oaklandlocal.com and House of Local consulting and a member of the Black Futurist Working Group. In addition to holding staff and contract positions at publications including 10 Best, Not For Tourists Guidebooks and The Oakland Post, he has created independent journalism projects with media organizations including Newsdesk.org and Spot.us and won awards from The Society of Professional Journalists national organization and the Northern California Chapter. Kwan has helped a wide range of nonprofit and corporate clients, including Public Radio International, J Lab, Paypal and the Black Coalition on AIDS effectively integrate social media and online tools into their workflow. He’s led classes, presentations and panels on the emerging digital landscape, social and community media, online marketing and community management. In addition to journalism and media strategy, Kwan has produced several new media and text based creative projects. He is the creator of “Say I’m Different: The Black Other Project” and “Sit Next to a Black Person Month” and has creative writing published in “Beyond the Frontier: African American Poets for the 21st Century,” the Journal for Pan African Studies, and CHORUS, an anthology edited by Saul Williams published by MTV Books.
BRIAN KOMEI DEMPSTER is a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American). He received BAs in American Ethnic Studies and English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. His debut book of poems, Topaz, was published by Four Way Books in fall 2013. He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member of Asian Pacific American studies at the University of San Francisco.
EVAN KARP covers literary culture as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is a regular contributor to SF Weekly’s Exhibitionist blog. He is the founder and editor of Litseen and creator and host of Quiet Lightning, a monthly submission-based reading series that publishes each show as a book called sparkle & blink, which he also edits. In March, they published their fiftieth edition.
TOM KEALEY is the author of the story collection Thieves I’ve Known, winner of the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and named one of NPR’s 2013 Great Reads. He is also the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in The Rumpus, Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, and Poets and Writers. Kealey is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow from 2001-2003. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.
DONNA LAEMMLEN is the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction. Her stories appear in Tin House online, Fourteen Hills, SmokeLong Quarterly, Able Muse, Penduline, Slice magazine, Switchback Literary Journal, the anthology Flash 101: Surviving the Fiction Apocalypse, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and teaches screenwriting and storytelling at the Academy of Art University.
MELISSA R. SIPIN is a writer from Carson, California. She won First Place in the 2013 March Glimmer Train Fiction Open and Honorable Mention in the 2013 September Glimmer Train Fiction Open. As a VONA/Voices Fellow and U.S. Navy wife, she splits her time writing on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. She blogs at www.msipin.com and is cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine.
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ANNAH ANTI-PALINDROME is an Optical Sound-Smith, and queer/femme antagonist from Oakland, CA. Annah performs using a variety of different mediums including a Line 6 (DL4) looping system, kitchen utensils, gas-masks, raw eggs, blood pressure cuffs, found objects, her body (mostly her throat), and more! Discography: Ribcage Squat, 2007 White Knuckle Sonnets, 2009 Collection of Crutches, 2010 An(n)a(h)log: Compilation album w/ live radio interview, 2011 To obtain any of these albums, email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.