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December 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
presents our Winter Reading
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the novel, A River of Stars, which O, The Oprah Magazine calls “a marvel” and The Economist says is “delightful.” For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and in fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Beth Winegarner‘s new book, Tenacity: Heavy Metal in the Middle East and Africa, examines bands and fans in the restless region and how they manage to keep their communities alive in times of struggle. Her previous book, The Columbine Effect, reveals how Slayer, Satanism and Grand Theft Auto can be a healthy part of growing up. Winegarner is a veteran Bay Area journalist who has contributed to San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Examiner, as well as national publications including the New Yorker, The Guardian, Mother Jones and Wired. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the new poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and published by the University of Utah Press. She’s also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her work has appeared widely in literary journals. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University. She lives in San Francisco. More about her work can be found here.
Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for theMFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She created and curated theStudio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, PEN Poetry Series, Volta, and Volt,among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Her next book Day Counter is forthcoming in 2019 from Omnidawn.
Christine O’Brien grew up in New York and Beverly Hills and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile. Her memoir Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing, which Booklist calls “compelling” and a “page turner,” and Lit Hub lists as one of ten memoirs to look for in the fall of 2018, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on November 13, 2018.
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Cash Bar Exotica
Doors at 5.30,
Reading at 6.00
1799 Mission St., San Francisco
across from the San Francisco Armory