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- Miranda JulyAuthor of the peerless collection of stories "No One Belongs Here More Than You," Miranda July has made a couple of brilliant films ("Me and You and Everyone We Know" and "The Future") and created installations and other art projects that challenge contemporary disconnect and ennui. She's in conversation with Adam Savage about, among other […]
- Lark ReadingsElizabeth Treadwell hosts this new poetry series that started back in March and recurs every Second Sunday. This event features the married poet combo Melissa Benham and Brent Cunningham. Benham is author of "codeswitching" and the chapbooks "repronounceable" and "surrealist object vs. narrated dream," and Cunningham's books are "Bird & Forest" and "Journey to the […]
- Bernal Yoga Literary SeriesThe only literary series in SF that doesn't permit shoes returns with another one of its signature lineups: diverse and spanning all genres. Readings by Malachi Black ("Storm Toward Morning"), MK Chavez, Randall Potts, Mg Roberts, Deborah K. Steinberg and Siamak Vossoughi (winner of this year's Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize), and music by Sarah […]
- Chemical WeddingThis new bimonthly series is a collab between Quiet Lightning and Name Drop Swamp Records, who solicit authors and musicians, respectively, and the creativity salon The Emerald Tablet. This show is also part of QL's five-year anniversary and the launch of its new magazine. Readings by Benjamin Wachs, Melissa Stein and Maw Shein Win; music […]
- Jon Sindell: The Roadkill CollectionJon Sindell, host of Rolling Writers, celebrates the publication of his flash fiction collection by inviting a handful of friends to interpret some of the book's stories: Andrew O. Dugas, Candy Shue, Deborah Steinberg, Lauren Traetto and Siamak Vossoughi (all of whom will also share some of their own work). Live music by Michael Crabtree, […]
- Rebecca Solnit and Peter TurchiThe juxtaposition of Solnit's new collection of 29 essays, "The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness," and Turchi's "A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic" should make for fascinating conversation. Solnit's prose moves in multiple directions simultaneously, and Turchi's focus here is how mystery is at the heart of storytelling--something Solnit has […]
- East Bay Alternative Book and Zine FestLaunched in 2010 by Tomas Moniz (of "Rad Dad Magazine") and MK Chavez to showcase the great DIY work being done in the East Bay, the EBABZ started off strong and has continued to grow each year. Now a collaboration with Rock Paper Scissors Collective, the fest features zine-making, cartooning and screenprinting workshops, as well […]
- Zeitgeist Press and Manic D PressTwo of San Francisco's most storied and revered alternative presses, Zeitgeist and Manic D, have both played an instrumental role in pushing the weird and remarkable into the mainstream. Here they team up for an evening that features readings by Bruce Isaacson, Jennifer Joseph, Cassandra Dallett and Richard Loranger. Expect surprises; don't show up if […]
- Meg DayMost people are not likely to forget the first time they see Meg Day perform. Former mentor at Youth Speaks, where she honed her linguistic chops into performance, Day was included in Best New Poets 2013 and recently received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. She's in town from Salt Lake City to read from her […]
- Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizAuthor of the landmark "An Indigenous People's History of the United States," which was essentially commissioned by Howard Zinn as the second in a series to follow his seminal work, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz speaks clearly and with passion about our nation--past, present, and future. She's the Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward. […]
- Tom BarbashWidely regarded as a writer's writer, and with an ever-growing popular appeal, Tom Barbash makes each sentence count while composing a vivid larger picture. Author of the recent collection of stories, "Stay Up With Me," he has received the California Book Award, the James Michener Award and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction.
- Bill BerksonClose friend of Frank O'Hara and other members of the New York School, including Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman, poet, critic and San Francisco Art Institute professor emeritus Bill Berkson won the Balcones Prize for Best Poetry Book of 2010. He reads from his new collection, "Expect Delays."