Thrilled to announce the readers and musician for our second event of the 2014-15 season, the first Saturday in November.
$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.
CLAIRE CHAFEE’s works include Whisper from the Book of Etiquette, Darwin’s Finches, Why We Have a Body, Even Among These Rocks and Five Women on a Hill in Spain. Her work has been produced at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the off-Broadway Judith Anderson Theatre, and in numerous theaters around the country. She recently won the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award for her latest play “FULL/SELF”. Other awards include a Drama-Logue Award, the Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award, and the Oppenheimer Award in New York for Best Emerging Playwright. Her work has been published by Penguin Books, Smith & Kraus (Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1993), Alexandra Street Press, and the literary journals NuMuse and ZYZZYVA. Chafee holds an MFA from Brown University and earned her EdM in arts education from Harvard University.
HOLLIE HARDY can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems has titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, and is available now from Punk Hostage Press. She is an adjunct English instructor at Berkeley City College and seasonal lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she also received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. An active participant in the local Bay Area literary scene, Hardy co-hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. She is a core producer and venue coordinator for the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator of Litquake’s Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLink, The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals. She lives in Oakland, California.
SARAH KOBRINSKY the current Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA, was born in Canada, reared in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California.
JACQUES J. RANCOURT was raised in Maine. His poems have appeared or will appear in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He has received a Wallace Stegner fellowship from Stanford University and the Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He lives in Oakland, California.
ETHEL ROHAN is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former a finalist in the 2014 Indie Book Awards and the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by The Story Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Hard to Say. Her short e-book memoir, Out of Dublin, published from Shebooks, May, 2014. Winner of the 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, her work has or will appear in The New York Times, World Literature Today, PEN America, Tin House Online, The Irish Times, BREVITY Magazine, Post Road Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many others. She has reviewed books for New York Journal of Books, HTMLGiant, and elsewhere. She has guest-lectured and/or taught writing at Book Passage; San Francisco State University; the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto; and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, among others. Most recently, she served on faculty alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley, Edward Humes, Robert Olen Butler, and more, at the winter 2013 Abroad Writers’ Conference in Lismore Castle, Ireland. She received her MFA in fiction from Mills College, CA, 2004. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel Rohan now lives in San Francisco where she is a member of The Writers’ Grotto and PEN America.
AUSTIN SMITH grew up on a family dairy farm in Stephenson County, Illinois. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, Pleiades, Poetry East, ZYZZYVA, Asheville Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Lo-Ball, and New Orleans Review. His stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, Glimmer Train, and Epoch. He has published four collections of poetry: In the Silence of the Migrated Birds (Parallel Press), Wheat and Distance (Longhouse Press), Instructions for How to Put an Old Horse Down (Longhouse Press), Almanac (Princeton University Press). He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University.
with music by HAO TRAN
HAO TRAN is a budding poet and writer and has published in Milvia Street, Riverbabble, Ambush Review, and Door Knob and Body Paint. He makes a living as a Science Manager with the US Forest Service to feed his hobbies including fly fishing and collecting guitars. He plays a mix of traditional Spanish, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Flamenco by Paco Pena and Juan Serrano, and occasional Japanese and Vietnamese music.