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March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
presents our Spring Reading
Joe Loya’s essays and book reviews have been published in dozens of national newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber, and wrote and performed a one-man show of the same name at the Thick House in San Francisco. He has appeared on CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, FOX’s O’Relly Factor, and other TV shows to comment on cultural events. In 2007 the documentary Protagonist featured the story of his radical life change. He is one of the founders of Own Your Story and he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel A Kind of Freedom was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Oprah.com, Lenny Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family.
Sarah Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater (WTAW Press) appeared on the Millions Most Anticipated list for October and LitHub’s 21 Books You Should Read This October. Her previous novel, The True Sources of the Nile, has been taught in courses on literature, ethics, and the rhetoric of human rights. It was a BookSense 76 selection, has been translated into German and Dutch, and was included in Geoff Wisner’s A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa. She’s the co-author, with her spouse and writing partner Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Scoundrel Time; Ploughshares; StoryQuarterly; The Believer; the San Francisco Chronicle; The Millions; The Writer’s Chronicle; Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope; and A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, among other places. She teaches creative writing for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Maw Shein Win
Maw Shein Win is a Burmese-American poet and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. She is a member of the SF Writers’ Grotto and is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California. Along with Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. A collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Win’s most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in April 2018 and was a #2 City Lights Books bestselling paperback.
Irving Ruan is a writer, actor, comedian, playwright, and engineer. His work has been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Funny Or Die, CollegeHumor, and elsewhere. He is also an editor for Slackjaw and a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Computer Science and has studied improv, sketch writing, and satire at The Second City in Chicago. Irving lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Doors at 5.30,
Reading at 6.00
1799 Mission St., San Francisco
across from the San Francisco Armory