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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Former art student SB Stokes' 1st book of poetry published

Former art student SB Stokes’ 1st book of poetry published

SB Stokes has a long, complicated relationship with poetry. This week, at the age of 44, the Hayward-born son of two Oakland natives celebrates the…

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SFJazz Poetry Festival spotlights U.S. ethnicities

SFJazz Poetry Festival spotlights U.S. ethnicities

No one claims to have invented poetry. There is poetry in every people and in every language. Jazz, though, was made in America. “Jazz, it…

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Literary festival will celebrate Latino writers in S.F.

Literary festival will celebrate Latino writers in S.F.

Last year, Baruch Porras-Hernandez left his position as patron services manager of Magic Theater, where he worked for nine years, to focus on his own…

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Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics' 40th anniversary

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ 40th anniversary

Founded by Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, Colorado’s Naropa University is the first fully accredited Buddhist-inspired university in the United States. The school is world famous…

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Publishers, sellers unite for 1st California Bookstore Day

Publishers, sellers unite for 1st California Bookstore Day

On Saturday, more than 90 bookstores across the state will celebrate the inaugural California Bookstore Day with readings and signings, cocktail hours, food trucks and…

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New book: 'The Year She Left Us' by Kathryn Ma

New book: ‘The Year She Left Us’ by Kathryn Ma

Kathryn Ma was well into a successful career as a partner in a busy San Francisco litigation practice when she started writing fiction in her…

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Justin, Etc. and Jason Schenheit: How collective aided poet

Justin, Etc. and Jason Schenheit: How collective aided poet

Justin, Etc. and Jason Schenheit met through the creative writing department of San Francisco State University, though they never had a class together. The two…

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Paul Corman-Roberts' new book is 'Notes From an Orgy'

Paul Corman-Roberts’ new book is ‘Notes From an Orgy’

Twenty-one years ago, Paul Corman-Roberts left Las Vegas for San Francisco, hoping to reconcile a troubled relationship and build a career in theater. But he…

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Method Writing participants to reveal their works

Method Writing participants to reveal their works

With a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in creative writing, Alexandra Kostoulas has had many teachers and learned many approaches to writing, but of…

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Oakland's 3rd Beast Crawl to feature 30 venues, 150 authors

Oakland’s 3rd Beast Crawl to feature 30 venues, 150 authors

Two years ago, the Beast Crawl literary festival premiered with 27 readings spread out over three hours in 25 Uptown Oakland venues. Originally conceived as…

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Writers Without Borders: Festival for Nepal's neediest

Writers Without Borders: Festival for Nepal’s neediest

Four years ago, Sonya Ostashevskaya-Gohstand lived for six months in Nepal, where she offered physiotherapy services at Khagendra New Life Home in Kathmandu. Khagendra, which…

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From Trauma to Catharsis: East meets West at eclectic forum

From Trauma to Catharsis: East meets West at eclectic forum

At last year’s Beast Crawl festival, the poet Mg Roberts introduced poet and organizer Sean Labrador y Manzano to Carolyn Cooke, who was recently appointed chair…

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The Litography Project: Mapping writers, literary history of S.F.

The Litography Project: Mapping writers, literary history of S.F.

Back in March, KALW reporter and producer Ninna Gaensler-Debs set out to combine three of her passions — radio, literature and the Bay Area, where…

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15 ways to get a good read on Litquake

15 ways to get a good read on Litquake

In 1999, Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware organized a daylong gathering of two dozen authors. That event has grown into one of the nation’s largest…

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Radio Ambulante: Weekly show goes onstage with 'Outsiders’

Radio Ambulante: Weekly show goes onstage with ‘Outsiders’

Having produced more than 60 stories told from 20 countries in its first two-plus years, Radio Ambulante is set to present its fourth live show…

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