East Bay Poetry Summit: DIY gathering

East Bay Poetry Summit: DIY gathering

What started as a late-night text message has turned into a five-day East Bay Poetry Summit, with poets flying in from as far away as…

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'Tales of the SF Cacophony Society' party

‘Tales of the SF Cacophony Society’ party

The underground Cacophony Society, which in the ’90s spawned outfits in more than a dozen major cities and inspired both Chuck Palahniuk‘s “Fight Club” and…

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Brian Lucas illuminates collaborative 'Poetbook'

Brian Lucas illuminates collaborative ‘Poetbook’

From around 1996 to 1999, Brian Lucas edited a poetry magazine and chapbook press called Angle, the issues of which were stapled and letter-size and…

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Small Press Traffic hosts another Endless Summer

Small Press Traffic hosts another Endless Summer

To kick off last summer’s long journey into winter and to raise funds for its annual programming, Small Press Traffic invited the larger community of…

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The Allen Ginsberg Festival in S.F.

The Allen Ginsberg Festival in S.F.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s hosting of “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” overlaps with City Lights’ celebration of its 60th year this week with…

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Poetry Library finds niche, if not a home

Poetry Library finds niche, if not a home

In 2008, Kimberly Escamilla founded the nonprofit International Poetry Library of San Francisco to serve the rapidly growing number of master of fine arts students…

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Thomas Farber: Briefs read fast, but are profound

Thomas Farber: Briefs read fast, but are profound

In his 1998 “Compressions: A Second Helping,” Thomas Farber describes his epigrammatic writing as “using the enchantment of language to express … aspects of disenchantment,…

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Poet Dean Rader at Babylon Salon

Poet Dean Rader at Babylon Salon

Even before the writing of his T.S. Eliot Prize-winning collection of poems, “Works & Days” (2010), University of San Francisco professor and City Brights columnist…

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The Monthly Rumpus: Last call at the Make-Out Room

The Monthly Rumpus: Last call at the Make-Out Room

The Monthly Rumpus, an offshoot of the San Francisco literary culture website TheRumpus.net, recently hosted its final party at the Make-Out Room after three years…

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Conference will examine state's literary identity

Conference will examine state’s literary identity

Insularity might be the one thing San Francisco and writing communities generally have most in common. Once we belong, we have everything we need: a…

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Lit Crawl marks 10th year

Lit Crawl marks 10th year

Four hundred authors walked into a bar, a police station, an art gallery, a Buddhist center, a cheese shop, a sex shop, a bowling alley….

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Daniel Alarcón mines culture in 'Walks in Circles'

Daniel Alarcón mines culture in ‘Walks in Circles’

When Daniel Alarcón toured the world for his first novel, the 2009 International Literature Award-winning “Lost City Radio,” he spoke with many people in rural South…

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McSweeney's is throwing a 15th birthday party

McSweeney’s is throwing a 15th birthday party

When Dave Eggers started McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern in 1998, he was only publishing work rejected by other magazines. The literary journal has grown into what…

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Raina León: Educator's poetry examines 'boogeyman'

Raina León: Educator’s poetry examines ‘boogeyman’

Raina León went to school “to diversify journalism, focusing on diverse issues and the arts,” she said recently by phone. But as an undergraduate at…

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Chang-rae Lee: Still addressing isolation in new novel

Chang-rae Lee: Still addressing isolation in new novel

Isolation is a major theme in Chang-rae Lee‘s first four novels, including “The Surrendered,” a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. The theme recurs, but…

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Jerome Rothenberg: seeking better understanding of poetry

Jerome Rothenberg: seeking better understanding of poetry

Jerome Rothenberg changed the course of poetics with the opening statement to his landmark “Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries From Africa, America,…

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Rad Dad Relaunch: Tomas Moniz remakes parenting magazine

Rad Dad Relaunch: Tomas Moniz remakes parenting magazine

When his first child entered the teen years, Tomas Moniz started looking for good ways to approach the difficult lessons that were coming. Knowing that…

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NoViolet Bulawayo earns acclaim with debut novel

NoViolet Bulawayo earns acclaim with debut novel

NoViolet Bulawayo left Zimbabwe at 18 to study law in America, but a series of photos changed her plans. The pictures showed people displaced by…

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Author Alice LaPlante at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley

Author Alice LaPlante at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley

As a teacher of creative writing at both San Francisco State University and Stanford, where she was a Stegner Fellow, Alice LaPlante knows how to…

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