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Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series rocks Litquake and more!

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on September 13, 2012

October is Roctober with Litquake! We have readings galore for you this month!

FIRST UP, join us for our regularly scheduled event at Studio 333 in Sausalito, October 11. 7pm. This very special show features writers from the audience who entered their names in the drawings over the months. Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. 

Rosaleen Bertolino

Rosaleen Bertolino‘s fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, Pure Francis, Prick of the Spindle, and Southern California Review, among others. Her awards include a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.

April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt joined the literary world as head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine, followed by five years as an agent with two San Francisco-based literary agencies. She holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She divides her time between SF, New York and Paris.

Audrey Ferber

Audrey Ferber received an MFA in Writing from Mills College. Her short stories have been anthologized in Virtually Now, Eating Our Hearts Out, and An Intricate Weave. Her essays have appeared in the San Francisco ChronicleTravelers’ Tales for Women, and most recently in FRONTIERS: A Journal of Women Studies. She has written book reviews for the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.  She is at work on a memoir about aging, marriage, and dance classes.

Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger is “The Storming Bohemian” and creator of the website “Storming Bohemia,” which has been mentioned in the New York Times for its coverage of the San Francisco literary scene. He is also the editor and lead reviewer for TheatreStorm, a regular contributor to LitSeen, and an occasional book reviewer for The Rumpus. He is also a painter, whose work can be seen online.

Alexandria Melton

Beverly Morrison

Alexandria Melton has spent over a decade writing for other folks in the advertising industry. A recent transplant to Sausalito, she has published absolutely nothing and red-lined just about everything. She has a penchant for the flagrant use of em dashes — really, and possesses truly brilliant Sharpie skills. She is tragically poor, looking for the next great hardcover.

Robert Ofsevit

Beverly Morrison has a B.A. in Creative Writing from SF State. She is a truck driver living in Petaluma with her partner of 16 years, two birds, a gecko, and a cat. She is building a collection of flash fiction stories and specializing in haiku.

Robert Ofsevit saves energy for a living, and expends energy improving his writing, sailing and drawing skills. His BA thesis was published in the Undergraduate Journal of Asian Studies, Vol V, 1991, a highpoint in his literary career.

Alison Owings

Alison Owings is author of the Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans (Rutgers 2011), a nearly decade-long labor. It appears in paperback in November. Her previous serious books are Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray and Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich. Her previous  not-so-serious book is The Wander Woman’s Phrasebook: How to Meet or Avoid People in Three Romance Languages. She lectures and teaches about the subjects of her serious books.

Barbara Solomon

Barbara Solomon is a retired attorney, painter, and community volunteer in Marin. Her current project, a short story collection, may turn into a novel.

Townsend Walker

Townsend Walker is a writer living in San Francisco.  His stories have been published in over fifty literary journals and included in six anthologies. One story won the SLO NightWriters story contest, and two were nominated for the PEN/O.Henry Award. Four were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.

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 NEXT, join us for everyone’s favorite Litquake’s LitcrawlLitcrawl: Why There Are Words Presents. October 13. 7:15. (Phase 2Aldea Home, 890 Valencia Street, SF. 

Pam Houston
photo credit: Adan Karsten

Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My WeaknessWaltzing the CatA Little More About Me, andSight Hound. Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. She teaches in the graduate writing program at University of California, Davis.

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novelsTermite Parade, which was an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List; Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine‘s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle bestseller; and the brand new Damascus (October 2011).  He has published numerous short stories and essays in publications such asThe New York Times Book Review, 7×7, the Bay GuardianZYZZYVA, andThe Rumpus, among many others.  He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, currently under option with Battleplan Productions; the novels No One You Know and Dream of the Blue Room; and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. In Fall 2012, she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Hydroplane and The End of Free Love, and her third collection, Spectacle, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, and The Massachusetts Review, and she has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. She was the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. She has a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is Professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

Ryan Van Meter

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011). His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre, among others, and has been selected for anthologies including Best American Essays 2009. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he has also been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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BUT WAIT, that’s not all! Come out early (you know what they say about early birds) to the Litcrawl (October 13) at  6pm to Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia Street, SF for Tzara’s Hat: Five Writers, Five New Works.

Tristan Tzara knew something about the creative power of community and constraint. During a Dadaist rally in the 1920s, Tzara offered to create a work on the spot by pulling words at random from a hat. The exercise became a well-known surrealism technique, and when applied to flash fiction it works quite effectively by pulling the words from a hat at timed intervals, which must be immediately incorporated into the story being drafted. Come hear the results, at Tzara’s Hat, where five writers will read five new flash fiction works of no more than 750 words.

Peg Alford Pursell‘s fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Staccato Fiction, Annalemma, Emprise Review & others. She’s an editor & lit reading series curator.

Daniel Levin Becker is reviews editor of The Believer and the youngest member of the Paris-based Oulipo collective.

Ethel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say and Cut Through the Bone. She has published in World Literature TodayTin House Online, The Rumpus, & elsewhere.

Janey Smith is the writer of The Snow Poems (forthcoming, NAP) and Animals (Plain Wrap Press). Her writing may be found all over the internet.

Olga Zilberbourg writes fiction set in San Francisco, St. Petersburg, Russia, and places between. Her work’s appeared in Narrative MagazineSanta Monica Review, HTMLGiant, and others.

~LAST, Bonus! Join us for Litquake’s Barely Published Authors: October 6 at 7pm $5 at the door, when Nancy Au reads, as selected by Why There Are Words & North Bay Writers.

 

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Why There Are Words November 10: Witness

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on October 18, 2011

The month of October brought all kinds of literary goodness, both in Sausalito and San Francisco as part of Litquake. Can one simultaneously be recovering and ready for more? Are you? The theme is Witness, and we’ll be in Sausalito’s Studio 333 at 7 PM, November 10, with books, beer, wine, and blame!  $5 is all you need to witness.

 

W. Ross Ayers

W. Ross Ayers is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded and runs the San Francisco Writers Community and co-publishing studio. He likes bad beer, bad bourbon, and clove cigarettes, and lives in and loves San Francisco. His book Blood, Guns and Whores – An All American Tale of a Boy and His Dog is a “coffee table novel” of micro chapters and illustrations.

Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran.  A former attorney, she

Jasmin Darznik

received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other publications.  She is a professor of English at Washington and Lee University and has also been a visiting professor of Iranian literature at the University of Virginia.  The Good Daughter is her first book and will be published in twelve countries.

 

Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, an artist, publisher, and founder of The Visionary Writers MFA. He served as Marin County’s first poet laureate from 2008-2010. For many years he taught as a California Poet in the Schools, and currently works in the Teen and Family program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the CEO of a Homecare Agency in Napa and Sonoma Counties. His most recent work is a memoir titled “Beamish Boy,” which chronicles his spiritual journey, from violence and self-annihilation to self-realization, creativity, and a life in poetry and writing. He lives in Woodacre, California.

Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Cowboys Are My Weakness,

Pam Houston

Waltzing the Cat, A Little More About Me, and Sight Hound. Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. Pam teaches in the graduate writing program at University of California, Davis. Her new collection of short stories, Contents May Have Shifted, is forthcoming in 2012.

 

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels Termite Parade, which was an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List; Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine‘s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle bestseller; and the brand new Damascus (October 2011).  He has published numerous short stories and essays in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, 7×7, the Bay Guardian, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, among many others.  He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

Linda Joy Myers is the author of The Power of Memoir—How

Linda Joy Myers

to Write Your Healing Story, Becoming Whole, and the award-winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the BAPIA Gold Medal prize. She has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and for memoir writing First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. Hernext book is Truth or Lie: On the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction. The founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers and co-President of the Women’s National Book Association, she is an instructor at Writers Digest and gives workshops nationally and online.

 

Tracy Winn

Tracy Winn’s linked story collection, Mrs. Somebody Somebody won the 2010 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fellowship, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Award and the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her stories have appeared most recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and New Orleans Review. A Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers graduate, she is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the MacDowell and Millay Colonies.

Why There Are Words Crosses Bridges: October Readings

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on September 15, 2011

In honor of Litquake, Why There Are Words presents  two literary events this October. The first, on Thursday, October 13, at Studio 333 in Sausalito, features selected writers from the North Bay Writers Groups. 7pm, $5. Nancy Au, Erik Cederblom, Dianne Copans, Stephanie Fuelling, Jim Lammers, Jean Mansen, Kalpana Mohan, Michèle Praeger, Rochelle Sherbert, Sandra Westin. (Bios below.)

On Saturday, October 15, it’s Litcrawl. Why There Are Words Reading Series Crosses Bridges. You should too. Featuring a few friends from far and near. Phase 3, 8:30pm, Ritual Roasters, 1026 Valencia. Aneesha Capur, Molly Giles, Pam Houston, Michael Lukas, Kate Moses, Eric Puchner.

Aneesha Capur

Aneesha Capur‘s novel, Stealing Karma, debuted at the Beijing International Literary Festival in March 2011. The novel was launched by HarperCollins India in April to critical acclaim and was listed in the Top 5 Fiction Picks in The Hindu, India’s leading national newspaper, picked as Essential Reading in the Sunday Guardian, and featured on CNN-IBN among others. Excerpts have been recognized in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Wild River Review, two Glimmer Train Press competitions, and the Writer’s Digest Literary Short Story award. Born in India, she spent most of her childhood in Africa and now lives in San Francisco.

 

Molly Giles

Molly Giles has published a novel, Iron Shoes, and two short story collections: Creek Walk and Other Stories, which won the Small Press Award for Short Fiction, and Rough Translations, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her other awards include fellowships from the NEA, The McDowell Colony, and Yaddo, two Pushcart prizes, the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal, the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Award, and The National Book Critics Circle Award for Book Reviewing. She directs the Programs in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Pam Houston

Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Waltzing the Cat, A Little More About Me, and Sight Hound. Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. Pam teaches in the graduate writing program at University of California, Davis. Her new collection of short stories, Contents May Have Shifted, is forthcoming in 2012.

Michael David Lukas

Author of The Oracle of Stamboul (HarperCollins, 2011), Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, his writing has appeared in VQR, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He is also a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation.

Kate Moses

San Francisco native Kate Moses is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Cakewalk, and Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, published in 15 languages. She has worked as an editor at Berkeley’s acclaimed North Point Press and as literary director of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.  In 1997 she teamed up with journalist Camille Peri to found Salon.com’s popular daily website Mothers Who Think, which in turn inspired the nationally bestselling, American Book Award-winning anthology Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Villard 1999, Washington Square Press 2000) and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves (HarperCollins 2005, 2006).

Eric Puchner

Eric Puchner is the author of the novel, Model Home (Scribner, 2010) and the short story collection, Music Through the Floor (Scribner, 2005), which was a finalist for the NY Public Library’s Young Lions Award. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, The Missouri Review, Best New American Voices, and many other journals and anthologies. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their daughter.

Selected readers from North Bay Writers Groups appearing at Studio 333 in Sausalito, Oct. 13:

Nancy Au

Nancy Au is a native of San Francisco currently residing in West Marin, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology. She is working on a collection of short stories and has been studying with Peg Alford Pursell since 2009. Her work is published in the Mill Valley Public Library Literary Review, and Prick of the Spindle literary journal.

Erik Cederblom

Erik Cederblom, a non-recovering, compulsive storyteller, has been a Marine helicopter pilot, bartender, salesman, fly-fisherman, photographer, sailor, company executive and headhunter. His wife, Linda, of 42 years, concedes that she has no idea what he is thinking and enables his writing in the hope that she can finally figure him out. In a former life, he was published in The Laurentian Magazine and Letters from Viet Nam. He is working on his first novel, Down the River, and writes short stories, flash fiction, and children’s stories. Some of it is good.

Dianne Copans

Dianne Copans is a native of the east coast and has resided in Marin County since 2005. Her professional writing career began with a thirty second radio station commercial. She is currently pursuing her passion for creative writing and memoir through participation in the North Bay Writers Group. While she enjoys sharing her craft with others, she is most content writing solo in the confines of her quiet studio at home, and while traveling. Dianne is currently working on a memoir and a novel.

Stephanie Fuelling

Stephanie Fuelling is a Sausalito landscape contractor. She received a BS in Art from Indiana State University and an MBA from University of Southern Indiana. Drawn by the cultural diversity and the atmosphere of tolerance for creative pursuits, she settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of the North Bay Writers Group where she cultivates her writing skills. Her growing body of work includes short fiction and TV treatment floating about in the ether of Hollywood.

Jim Lammers

Jim Lammers’ personal reflection on Point Reyes South Beach was accepted to the Environmental Writing Institute at the University of Montana, Missoula. His story about a young interracial couple in the 1950s South won a Marin Arts Council award for fiction and a Creative Capital Award at the Headlands Institute. He is currently at work on a novel about two orphaned brothers in 1930s Montana. In previous lives as a biologist, Jim worked on live rabid animals, trapped mosquitoes in Arkansas rice fields, detonated pine trees in East Texas, studied colony formation in fire ants, and was a necropsy assistant. He was cofounder of a literacy organization for Afghan refugee women and a teacher. He lives with his wife and stepson in San Anselmo, California.

Jean Mansen

Before turning to writing, Jean Mansen worked in banking and venture capital where she swears that she was creative, but never made up stuff. An avid dog lover, she’s written for Fetch and the Tales from the Trails column for the Marin IJ. She is at work on her first novel and enjoys reading flash fiction pieces at Pints n Prose in Fairfax among other Bay Area locations.

Michele Praeger

Michèle Praeger’s three previous lives read respectively as French childhood auto-fiction, absurdist comedy, and a Henry James’s novel. In her present life, she writes in English, in San Francisco.

Rochelle Sherbert

Rochelle Sherbert is a designer, writer and California native. She spent the first few decades of her career designing for the masses. She is now enjoying her second calling and studying writing with North Bay Writers Group. She has written several short stories and has written for Marin Arts Council and Channel Ten News in Sacramento.

Sandra Westin

Sandra Westin is a Michigan native, and by way of Portland, Oregon, a Bay Area resident. She graduated with an MFA from the University of San Francisco Writing Program, was a finalist in Phoebe’s Short Fiction Contest and published a short story in San Francisco Writer’s Conference Anthology. Sandra is an attorney with an LLM in taxation. After moving to the Bay Area she took up cycling, now a passion, which led to her current novel in progress, Rolling.

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