During Women’s History month a constellation of events brought together a group of fabulous womxn+ writers. The meeting of these hearts and minds exploded into something powerful and a new monthly reading series concept was born, Eves at the Beat. That was back in March. Eves at the Beat is now a monthly first Thursday reading series at The Beat Museum with occasional readings in Kerouac Alley featuring womxn and non-binary people. Each first Thursday there’s a new curator and MC invited from the previous month. This gives many people the opportunity to step into these roles and make the culture of the readings more equitable and circular, rather than hierarchal. The series was created by Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ganem and is overseen by Rice Ganem and Nicole Henares.
Audrey T. Williams is a Poet|Writer|Activist. In 2018, she earned her MFA in Writing from CCA. She writes through a lens of Black, multi-cultural ancestry infused with flights of fantasy. Current projects: Of Chutneys and Chitlins: Stories from a Multi-cultural American Girl and Liberation Spells: What to Say to Center Yourself.
Marguerite Munoz writes mostly in East Bay and from her sickbed when she has a cold. Her work speaks to interconnectedness sensed through spirit, blurred boundaries between inner and outer worlds, and the nameless desires she holds as a woman surviving in today’s modern world. Under the sponsorship of Alley Cat Books and Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, she co-curates the six-year-old multilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta, which is committed to showcasing writers whose voices may otherwise go unheard.
Connie Zheng is a project-based artist, writer and filmmaker who was born in China, grew up in the Northeastern United States, and is currently based out of Berkeley, California. Her work is interested in developing new language around the apocalypse, the difference between “disaster porn” and “disaster erotica”, diasporic place-making, and the political potentials enabled by fantasy as a means of community- building amidst climate change. She received an MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Economics and English (Creative Nonfiction) from Brown University. Currently, she is a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Amanda Moore‘s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, and Best New Poets, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog. She is a Contributing Poetry Editor at Women’s Voices for Change, a Board member for the Marin Poetry Center, a 2019 Fellow at The Writers Grotto, and a new recipient of the Brown-Handler Writer’s Residency through the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Amanda is a high school teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More at http://amandapmoore.com
Lisa Galloway is a queer San Francisco-based poet, Litquake’s Elder Project Director, and Foglifter Press’ Development Director. She is a graduate of Pacific University’s MFA program in Poetry and was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow. She is the author of Liminal: A Life of Cleavage from Lost Horse Press. In her free time, she enjoys riveting conversations with her best editor, a wily, orange, polydactyl cat named Snacks.
Katie Aliferis is the Poet Laureate of feta cheese and Greek seas. She has been a featured performer at Greek Writers Night, the SFSU Center for Modern Greek Studies, VelRo’s Global Voices: A Celebration of Translation and International Creative Writing, and other events. Find Katie (in person) to commune over Greek coffee or (online, if that’s your thing) at KatieAliferis.com and @Katie_Aliferis (Twitter and Instagram).
Yeva Johnson, a Black American Jewish queer Lesbian feminist mother and musician, is an emerging poet whose day job is in the health professions.
This is a donation-based event. They pass a hat to pay the readers.
They also accept packages of dry goods, new socks, and sanitary items for the local homeless community.
Featured image is artwork by series creator Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ganem