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Why There Are Words May 10: “Unforgotten”

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on April 19, 2012

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following readers on the theme Unforgotten May 10 at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. Join us as these authors create another unforgettable night. That’s Why There Are Words.

 

Dan Coshnear

Daniel Coshnear is the author of Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001), winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Award. He lives in Guerneville where he works at a group home for men and women with mental illnesses and teaches at various SF Bay Area university extension programs. He hopes to publish a new collection of stories in 2012 with Kelly’s Cove Press.

 

Rob Davidson

Rob Davidson is the author of The Farther Shore: Stories (Bear Star Press, 2012), The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells, and Field Observations: Stories. He has won the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and been twice selected as the artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. His work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. Davidson teaches creative writing and American literature at CSU Chico.

 

Cheryl Dumesnil

Cheryl Dumesnil’s memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood, will be released by Ig Publishing in 2013. Her collection of poems In Praise of Falling won the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. She is the editor of Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall and co-editor, with Kim Addonizio, of Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, Indiana Review, Calyx, and Many Mountains Moving, among others. Her essays have appeared in Hip Mama, MamaZine, and Literary Mama. She is a regular contributor to Out and Around: Writing From the Crossroads of Suburbia, Parenthood, and Lesbian Life.

 

Stefanie Freele

Stefanie Freele’s newest book is the story collection Surrounded by Water (Press 53, March 2012). She is also the author of the story collection Feeding Strays. She recently won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, and her stories are published or forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Sou’wester, Mid-American Review, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, The Florida Review, American Literary Review, Night Train, Edge, and Pank. She is the fiction editor of the Los Angeles Review.

 

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of the novel Why We Broke Up, (Little and Brown, December 2011), awarded a Michael L. Printz Honor, as well as The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth , and Adverbs. He has scripted two movies, Rick and Kill The Poor, and he is working on a musical with Stephin Merritt commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of many books for children.

 

Leota Higgins

Leota Higgins has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and is currently at work on her first novel “Still Searching,” the first chapter of which has been published by Achiote Press in their debut story collection Routes.

 

 

Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is the bestselling author of two works of narrative history, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure and The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. An award-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent, she was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and Business Week and also wrote extensively for the New York Times. Her first book, The House of Mondavi, became a New York Times bestseller and was named a finalist for a 2008 James Beard Foundation award and a 2008 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Reporting. Her second book, Lost Kingdom, became a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller shortly after being published in early 2012 and has won critical praise.

 

Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the brand new debut collection of stories Monstress (Ecco Harper Collins, February 2012). His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A Whiting Writer’s Award winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco, and is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Why There Are Words Literary Reading: Hunger, August 11

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on July 21, 2011

What do you hunger for? Maybe the same things as our readers. Come find out. August 11, Studio 333, 7 pm. $5 gets you in the door. Bring mad money for authors’ books and drinks.

Mehri Dadgar

In 1982, Mehri Dadgar, an idealistic 22-year old, was arrested on a Tehran street for distributing pro-Democratic literature. In her memoir she tells of her narrow escape from execution and her struggle to preserve her sanity under the pressures of torture and isolation. Before immigrating to the United States in 1994, she studied art at the Art University in Tehran. Since living in America, she has exhibited her art in Canada, Sweden, England, and the United States, and received her MFA in art. She teaches at the College of Marin and Book Passage about the peaceful message common in all original scriptures including the Quran.

Alta Ifland grew up in Romania and came to the United States in 1991.  She is the author of a bilingual (French-English) book of prose poems, Voice of Ice, which was awarded the 2008 French prize Louis Guillaume, and a collection of short stories, Elegy for a Fabulous World, which was nominated for the 2010 Northern California Book Awards.  Her latest book of short stories, Death-in-a-Box, has just been released by Subito Press. In 2010 she was a fellow in fiction at the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference.

Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam is co-founder and editor of New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America. He has also contributed over 60 commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered.  His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others, and in magazines such as Mother Jones, The Nation, Utne Magazine, and more. His short stories are also widely anthologized and taught in many universities and colleges. His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora won the 2006 Pen American Beyond the Margins Award, and was short-listed for Asian American Literature Award. He was the first Vietnamese to put together an anthology of Vietnamese American writing in English called Once Upon A Dream: Vietnamese American Experience, in 1995. His 2010 book East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres was listed as a top ten indie book by Shelf Unbound Magazine. His next is a collection of short stories, Birds of Paradise, and is due out in 2012. Born in Vietnam, he came to the US in 1975 when he was 11 years old, earned a Master in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a BA degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley.

 

Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken grew up in the Reagan 80s, bouncing between her father’s home in Chicago, Illinois, and her mother’s home in Santa Monica, California. Unwilling to complete high school she wrote a desperate letter of application to a small liberal arts college in Boston and was granted early acceptance. Her belief in the power of the written word then wholly solidified, she has been writing ever since. Having written for television and commercial advertising, in 2006 she completed her Master of Fine Arts in fiction at Bennington College. Her short stories have since appeared in numerous publications, including the Santa Monica Review, Fiction, the New Orleans Review, Meridian, and the Southeast Review, among others. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Tin House Summer Writing Workshops and Yaddo. Her collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, has been a finalist for the OV Books Short Story Prize, the Katherine Anne Porter Award, and the Spokane Prize. In January 2011, she received her first Pushcart Prize nomination.

 

Paul Corman Roberts

Paul Corman Roberts is the author of three collections of poems and flash fiction, most recently Neocom(muter) (Tainted Coffee Press, 2009) and 19th St. Station (FOC Chapbook Series, 2011.)  He is fiction editor for Full of Crow Online, producer of the Bitchez Brew monthly reading series, and writes a monthly column for Red Fez Magazine called Dispatches From Atlantis.  His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Instant City, The Rumpus, Sparkle and Blink. He is currently looking for a publisher for his first collection of short stories, and he once had coffee and donuts with Eldridge Cleaver. While ranting a poem in the shop, Eldridge got some donut spittle on Paul’s shirt. Contrary to popular belief, Paul did wash the shirt.

Ann Ryles

Ann Ryles was born in Kentucky and raised in Maryland and California.  She was a finalist for the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize in 2009.  Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, Emprise Review, and Stirring: A Literary Collection. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and in the past year has tried her hand at playwriting. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the East Bay town of Moraga.

 

 

Why There Are Words Reading February 10: “Maybe”

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on January 18, 2011

Valentine’s Day. Will you be my valentine? Yes or no. The little heart-shaped candies. Why was there never a maybe?

Join us February 10 at Studio 333 when the following authors will read from their work on the theme of Maybe. Doors open at 7 PM. $5.

Lauren Alwan

Lauren Alwan’s fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, the Sycamore Review, and other literary journals, and is included in the forthcoming anthology from Modernist Press, Art From Art. In 2009, a story chosen by Tobias Wolff was a finalist for the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Fiction and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a regular contributor for The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog and teaches creative writing through Ripe Fruit Writing in San Francisco.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of the 2010 novel, The Big Bang Symphony.  Her recent stories, which won both the 2009 Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction and the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, have been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Shenandoah, Arts & Letters, Terrain, and ZYZZYVA.  She is the author of three other novels (Biting the Apple, This Wild Silence, Working Parts), a collection of short fiction (Sweat: Stories and a Novella), and a collection of narrative nonfiction (The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic). She has traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and German, and her stories into Dutch and Chinese.

Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, writing consultant, author of four books, and mother of two sons. Her latest book, a new memoir titled Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention (Hyperion Voice), is an account of life with a high-spirited child, combined with a journalist’s overview of the controversies surrounding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and how best to manage it. Ellison’s previous books include The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter, and The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable.  Her writing on topics ranging from climate change to neuroscience has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian, Time, Fortune, Working Mother, and The Atlantic Monthly.

Frances Lefkowitz is the author of  To Have Not, which was named one of five

Frances Lefkowitz

“Best Memoirs of 2010” by SheKnows.com. It’s a true story of growing up poor in San Francisco in the 1970s, getting a scholarship to an Ivy League college, and discovering what it really means to have and have not. The former Senior Editor of Body+Soul magazine, she is now the book reviewer for Good Housekeeping and a freelance writer, editor, and writing teacher. Her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Utne Reader, Glimmer Train Stories, Fiction, Poets & Writers, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Health, and more. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, once for Best American Essays, and was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation food writing award, among other honors. She lives in Petaluma and surfs in Bolinas.

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of Damn Sure Right, a debut collection of flash fiction stories. She writes flash fiction, prose poetry, makes story animations, serves as Editor-at-Large for BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), and runs the  Fictionaut Five author interview series. Her work has appeared in over one hundred online and print publications, including Mississippi Review, Wigleaf, The Pedestal, BoundOff, Keyhole, Annalemma, Smokelong Quarterly, elimae, Gigantic, Gargoyle, Prime Number, Women Writers, Istanbul Review, 3AM, Foundling Review, Mud Luscious, Juked, FRIGG, and Wordriot. Her work has been nominated for Dzanc’s Best of the Web, the Pushcart Prize, and Wigleaf’s Top 50 Flash Stories and showcased for Dzanc Book’s Short Story Month. She teaches writing privately and leads flash fiction workshops nationally, and lives in San Francisco with her daughter Molly and husband Doug Bond.

In 1999, Jacqueline Luckett took a creative writing class on a dare,

Jacqueline Luckett

from herself, and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back.  Over the years, she took writing workshops at the University of California (Berkeley and Los Angeles) extension programs. The Bay Area native loves living in Oakland, but travels frequently to nurture her passion for photography and learning to cook exotic foods. Searching for Tina Turner was released in January, 2010. Her second novel, Passing Love, will be released in January, 2012.

One Year Anniversary — January 13, 2011

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on December 17, 2010

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series will celebrate its one year anniversary January 13! With Michael Alenyikov, Tamim Ansary, Catherine Brady, Stephen Elliott, Alice LaPlante, Janet Thornburg, and YOU! The theme is “More” — in which we will get a little of that from these “greatest hits” readers 0f 2010. Then we’ll close out the night with an open mic.

Here’s how the open mic will work: Come sign up at the door that evening. Five minute slots will be available on a first come-first served basis. Very important: reading slots are for 5 minutes only. A strict 5 minutes! There will be a bouncer. Please do not sign up if you aren’t able to keep it to 5 minutes or under. Note: as a rough idea 250 words (1 double-spaced page) = 2 minutes.

WTAW will take place, as always, at Studio 333, Sausalito — 333 Caledonia Street at 7 PM. $5 at the door. Bring cash (and checks) for beverages and readers’ books. Authors will be happy to sign them for you.

Michael Alenyikov

Michael Alenyikov’s short stories have appeared in Canada’s Descant, The Georgia Review, the James White Review, New York Stories, and Modern Words. They have been anthologized in Best Gay Stories, 2008 and Tartts Four: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers. His essays have appeared in the Gay & Lesbian Review. He was a MacDowell Fellow and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s worked as a bookstore clerk, clinical psychologist, cab driver, and interactive media writer. His childhood encompassed the Bronx, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Queens. Ivan and Misha is his first book.

Tamim Ansary wrote his own memoir, West of Kabul, East of New York,

Tamim Ansary

someone else’s memoir, The Other Side of the Sky, and the world’s memoir, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes. Now, he’s working on Road Trips, another memoir about his experiences as an Afghan American wandering in a shell-shocked daze through the post-sixties American counterculture. He guesses his epitaph will be: he wrote memoir.

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes won the Northern California Book Award for Best General Nonfiction of 2009, and has been or is being translated into nine languages including Russian, Dutch, Indonesian, Korean, and Italian. West of Kabul, East of New York was selected as San Francisco’s One City One Book pick for 2008. It has also been selected as common freshman reading by colleges and universities ranging from Carleton, Tulane and Temple to College of Alameda and Houston Community College.

Catherine Brady

Catherine Brady is the author of three story collections, including Curled in the Bed of Love, winner of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and The Mechanics of Falling, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 2004.  She is also the author of a biography of Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres, and the recently published Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction, which considers craft how-to in relation to flexible principles.  She has just finished her first novel.

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including The Adderall

Stephen Elliott

Diaries which has been described as “genius” by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair. The Adderall Diaries was the best book of the year in Time Out New York, a best of 2009 in Kirkus Reviews, and one of 50 notable books in the San Francisco Chronicle.  His novel, Happy Baby, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of the year in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, the Journal News, and the Village Voice. Elliott’s writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, The Believer, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He is the editor of The Rumpus.

Alice LaPlante

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer.  She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University.  Her fiction has been widely published in Epoch, Southwestern Review, and other literary journals. She is the author of five books, including the LA Times bestseller Method and Madness: The Making of a Story (W.W. Norton 2009). Her latest book, the novel Turn of Mind, will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2011. She lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.

Janet Thornburg’s short stories have appeared in Carve Magazine, The Distillery, In

Janet Thornburg

The Family, Lumina, The MacGuffin, Phantasmagoria, and Phoebe. Rhubarb Pie, a collection of her short stories, was published by Thunderegg Press in 2005. In addition to writing fiction, she has written and performed seven solo shows, and her poetry has appeared in Womanthology, A Collection of Colorado Women Poets and Most of the Holes are Occupied: A Santa Fe Anthology. She lives with her two children in San Francisco, where she teaches at City College.

December 9 Reading: Wild Card — Anything Goes

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on November 16, 2010

Join us December 9 at 7:00 PM for the last Why There Are Words reading event of the year. It’s been a wonderful year that we’ll end in style with work from emerging and widely-published fiction writers, some prose poetry, and an excerpt and discussion of a graphic novel. Wild Card — Anything Goes is the theme. Don’t miss it.

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of four works of fiction, most recently The Story of a Marriage. He’s the recipient of the PEN/O’Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library.

Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the newly published novel Russian Winter (HarperCollins 2010), which was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.  Her fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories (KnopfDoubleday 2005) was a Poets & Writers “Notable Book” and short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize.

A recipient of fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, she lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Caitlin Myer

Caitlin Myer‘s short stories have been published in charming, short-lived literary magazines, online journals and the occasional anthology.  Her one-woman play about Simone de Beauvoir attracted sold-out crowds in Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Provo, Utah. Yes, she was raised Mormon.  No, she doesn’t practice.  If you buy her a drink, she’ll be happy to tell you all about it. Her first novel, Hoodoo, flirts with publishers, but fears commitment.  She is the Founder of Portuguese Artists Colony, a collection of disreputable characters who write and stage monthly readings at Fivepoints Arthouse in San Francisco. She is not Portuguese.

Erich Origen is an artist living in San Francisco, and the author of The

Erich Origen as Unemployed Man

Adventures of Unemployed Man. His previous book, Goodnight Bush, was a New York Times bestseller and has sold more than 120,000 copies. He and co-author Gan Golan have appeared on CNN, Time, Huffington Post and others to discuss the book.

Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of the novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, finalist for the Los Angles Times Book Prize, and Esther Stories, Winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, Best American Stories, and twice received the Pushcart Prize. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Orner is also the editor of the oral history, Underground America, and co-editor (with Annie Holmes) of Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives just out from McSweeney’s. A new novel, Love and Shame and Love, will be published by Little Brown in fall, 2011.  He teaches at San Francisco State.

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas’ first book, Door to Door, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and published by Fordham University Press in 2002, and his second book, Dragging the Lake, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2006. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Oakland, California.

November 11 reading; theme is Journey

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on October 23, 2010

Join us  November 11 at Studio 333 7 PM when the following authors will read from their work on the theme of “journey.” ($5) Come early — seats fill up fast; bring money for beverages and for authors’ books.

Zoe Fitzgerald Carter

Zoe FitzGerald Carter is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has written for numerous publications including The New York Observer, Premiere, Salon, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Imperfect Endings is her first memoir. It won first place in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s literary contest and was a finalist at The San Francisco Writer’s Conference. It was excerpted in O magazine and is a Barnes & Nobel Discover Great New Writer’s pick. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters and is currently at work on a novel.

Thaisa Frank has written three books of fiction, including A Brief History of

Thaisa Frank

Camouflage and Sleeping in Velvet (both with Black Sparrow Press, now acquired by David Godine). She has co-authored a work of nonfiction, Finding Your Writers Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction, which is used in MFA programs.  Her novel Heidegger’s Glasses is coming out this fall with Counterpoint Press.  Foreign rights have been sold to Holland, Norway, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Brazil and Poland. She has taught in the graduate programs at San Francisco State, the University of San Francisco, been on the staff of various summer writing workshops, and written essays, including a recent Afterward in Viking/Penguin’s new edition of Voltaire.

Mimi Herman

Mimi Herman is the author of The Art of Learning (NC Arts Council), and has published poetry, stories and articles in magazines and newspapers throughout the country. She is the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, and an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal. She has worked as an arts and education consultant since 1990, engaging over 25,000 students and teachers with writing residencies, as well as providing extensive professional development for teachers and teaching artists. She has an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.

Skip Horack is the author of the story collection The Southern Cross and

Skip Horack

the novel The Eden Hunter. He is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford, where he was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow. A native of Louisiana, and a graduate of Florida State University, he now lives in the Bay Area.

Meredith Maran

Meredith Maran is an award-winning journalist and the author of ten books, most recently My Lie: A True Story of False Memory (September 2010), featured on The Joy Behar Show, multiple NPR programs, and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, People, Salon, More Magazine, among others. Her work also appears in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines including People, Self, Family Circle, More, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon.com. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, she lives with her wife in Oakland, California.

Cary Tennis graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in literature

Cary Tennis

and journalism and entered the masters program in creative writing at San Francisco State, where he passed his orals (Wallace Stevens, William Faulkner and Vladimir Nabokov) and had his creative thesis approved but got distracted and never actually got the degree. He formed a band called the Repeat Offenders, worked as a rock journalist for the SF Weekly and generally tried to live out some idiosyncratic version of the poet and fiction writer as brilliant urban scold throughout most of the 80s. Salon hired him in 1999 as a copy editor; in 2001 he took over the advice column from Garrison Keillor and has been writing that ever since. He also runs a small publishing house, organizes writing retreats, and conducts weekly writing workshops. His latest book is Since You Asked: The Best of Salon.com’s Cary Tennis.

October 14 Reading: Flight

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on September 18, 2010

Flight is the theme for the October 14 reading. 7 PM, Studio 333. $5.  You won’t want to miss the following authors read from their work.

Elizabeth Bernstein

Elizabeth Bernstein is the founder and editor of The Big Ugly Review, an online literary magazine that showcases fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, music, and short films. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian (fiction contest winner), Eleven Eleven magazine, the North Atlantic Review, and other US and international literary journals. Her plays have been produced in several venues, including the Exit Theater, The PlayGround, Impact Theatre, and Fringe of Marin. She works out of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, where she edits books and teaches short story workshops.

Ianthe Brautigan

Ianthe Brautigan. I was born in San Francisco at the tail end of the Beat Era, so I feel fortunate to remember a quieter, less crowded, more artistic city; however, San Francisco will always have a special place in my heart. Now I live in Northern California with my daughter, and my husband, Paul Swensen, who is a producer, director, and amateur chef. We love to have friends come to our house to eat, laugh, and tell stories.

Recently, I had a serious brush with ill health, which changed my prospective on life. Lolly, my little dog, and I spent months sitting quietly together and going for little walks because I was too sick to do much else. (She is lying next to me as I write this.) With lots of help from wonderful doctors and my family and friends, I got well. I am very lucky. Now I am trying all sorts of new things, I am finishing up a novel and working on a documentary with my husband. My memoir, You Can’t Catch Death (St. Martins Press) has been translated into Swedish, German, and Russian, as well as, being optioned by a major motion picture company. I have also been published in Confrontation, The Antioch Review, and other publications. I teach at Sonoma State University in Hutchins, and at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of four works of fiction, most recently The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel.” He is the recipient of the PEN/O’Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer currently lives in San Francisco, at work on his next novel.

Other titles include: How It Was For Me (2000), The Path of Minor Planets (2001), and The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004), as well as the following anthologies: PEN O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, The Book Of Other People, and The Show I’ll Never Forget.

Scott Landers

Scott Landers is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. His short stories have appeared in a number of small literary journals. His debut novel, Coswell’s Guide to Tambralinga, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2004, and sold well over 15 copies. Currently he works as a technical writer and instructional designer, and lives, with great trepidation, in north Sonoma County.

Janet Thornburg

Janet Thornburg’s short stories have appeared in Carve Magazine, The Distillery, In The Family, Lumina, The MacGuffin, Phantasmagoria, and Phoebe. Rhubarb Pie, a collection of her short stories, was published by Thunderegg Press in 2005. In addition to writing fiction, she has written and performed seven solo shows, and her poetry has appeared in Womanthology, A Collection of Colorado Women Poets and Most of the Holes are Occupied:  A Santa Fe Anthology. She lives with her two children in San Francisco, where she teaches at City College.

Olga Zilberbourg

Olga Zilberbourg. I am a fiction writer and editor traveling between San Francisco, CA and St. Petersburg, Russia. My second Russian-language collection of stories was published in September 2010 by St. Petersburg-based Limbus Press. In English, my stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Alligator Juniper, J Journal and other publications. I am an associate editor at Narrative Magazine and a regular participant of San Francisco Writers Workshop. I blog about travel and writing on my website.

August 12 Reading: “Weather”

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on July 17, 2010

Next event is August 12, 2010, with the following six authors reading their work on the theme of “Weather.” Readings begin at 7 PM, at Studio 333 in Sausalito. $5.

Rosaleen Bertolino

Rosaleen Bertolino‘s short stories have recently appeared in Pure Frances, Tiferet, The Chicago Reader, West Marin Review, and Southern California Review. She is currently at work on a novella. For a complete list of her publications, etc. etc., check out her website.

Josie Brown‘s latest novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, (Simon & Schuster) is a Target Emerging Authors

Josie Brown

pick for Summer 2010. Her other novels are True Hollywood Lies (HarperCollins) and Impossibly Tongue-Tied (HarperCollins). As a journalist, her celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in numerous magazines and online media, including Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com.

Matty Byloos

Matty Byloos‘s first collection of short stories, Don’t Smell the Floss, has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. His fiction has been published in Fishwrap, Schtick, Undershorts, and The Fanzine. He is also an accomplished painter with a history of exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Find out more about him at his website.

Jeff Gillenkirk is an author and journalist whose articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times,

Jeff Gillenkirk

Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, America, and other publications. His non-fiction book, Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural All-Chinese Town, won the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal award for best California history. Home, Away is his first novel.

Margaret Kaufman

Margaret Kaufman is both a writer of fiction and poetry, and has published stories in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Marlboro Review, Missouri Review, The Mariner, Nimrod, and Pearl. Books of poetry include letterpress limited editions of Aunt Sallie’s Lament, Praise Basted In, and Deep in the Territory, (Janus Press). Sarah’s Sacrifice was published by The Gefn Press, London. Snake at the Wrist and, her most recent collection, Inheritance (2010) were both published by Sixteen Rivers Press. She teaches at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, and conducts poetry workshops in Kentfield.

Townsend Walker‘s stories take readers on journeys into the lives of a female assassin, an Italian detective who

Townsend Walker

solves a murder with tortellini, soldiers with memories of smashed birds and bodies, an English bureaucrat, vengeful women, and teenagers in love. The stories are set in places he knows: Rome, London, New York, Boston, Munich, San Francisco, and Levelland.  Townsend’s stories have been published in over two dozen literary journals, print and on-line, and read on the radio.

Check out video for July 8 readers

Posted in Uncategorized by whytherearewords on July 13, 2010

Thanks to Evan Karp, who covered the July 8 event, you can now enjoy video of the readings. (Click on the readers’ names below, for those whose video doesn’t show up below.)

Elissa Bassist

Anne Raeff

Joshua Mohr

Jason Roberts

Tatjana Soli

Glen David Gold

Thanks, Evan. Thanks, readers! Thanks to all who came out. Next event is August 12; readers’ bios will be posted shortly.

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