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Saturday Night Special presents: Escape Online

May 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm PDT


SNS is staying safe online again for our May reading, but I’m crossing my fingers we’ll be back at Nick’s Lounge this summer. See below for how to donate to Nick’s and how to sign up in advance to read at SNS on ZOOM.

In honor of our confinement, our captive imaginations, and our imminent release into the virus-infested world, the theme for May is ESCAPE.

Share your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our (optional) theme (or any topic).

Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum. For prose writers this is about one and a half double-spaced pages.

MAY FEATURED PERFORMERS: Vida Felsenfeld and José Luis Gutiérrez

Saturday, May 30, 2020
7 – 9:30 pm

Hosted by: Hollie Hardy

SIGN UP starts one week in advance, on May 23. Requests added in the order received until the list is full. To sign up, put your request to read in the event comments, or direct message Hollie Hardy. Please time your reading & keep it to 3 minutes max.

To prevent being mistaken for a Zoom bomber and blocked, use your real full name on Zoom. If you are new and unknown to host, please reach out in advance so I can vet you, and put you on the safe list. We will be using the Waiting Room feature again and only letting in people we can verify. This worked great last month thanks to help from Abe Becker and Liz Cahill


Meeting ID: 984-6555-3687
Password: 127085

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José Luis Gutiérrez is the author of two poetry collections, “A World Less Away” and recently, “The Motel Entropy & Other Sorrows.” He was born in Miami in 1975, and grew up in Panama. He now lives in the Bay Area, where he works as an interpreter in the medical and legal sectors. He’s also a screenwriter and filmmaker. When he isn’t working he can be found playing guitar, swimming, hiking, writing poems or enjoying a good cigar. Buy books on his website at joseluisgutierrez.net.

Vida Felsenfeld was born and raised in Oakland, by her mother with 11 other siblings. She attended Catholic school and graduated from college at age 40. It was then, that she discovered she was an artist and embarked upon becoming a flamenco dancer and poet.

Her poems have been published in Rag Zine, an Art and Literary Zine, Berkeley Times Fifth Annual Poetry Edition, Penumbra Art & Literary Annual, and Milvia Street Art & Literary Journals. She’s been a featured reader at various Bay Area literary events, including poetry reading at Eves at The Beat Museum, the Berkeley Annual Poetry Festival, Alameda Island Poets, Lyrics and Dirges, Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery and the Milvia Street Annual Poetry Book celebration. She has performed her Rock the Dot Project: Poetry/Flamenco dance pieces at Broad Statements: Perspectives on Womxnhood, the Berkeley Annual Poetry Festival, La Misión Flamenca and the Melissa Cruz Student showcases, Deadication I and II. She continues to dance and teach flamenco to children. Most recently she submitted her first poetry manuscript for publication.s


May 30, 2020
7:00 pm PDT
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