Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following readers on the theme After All July 12 at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. Join us as seven authors share stories big and small. It’s why there are words after all!
Lauren Becker is editor of Corium Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Opium, Hobart, Juked and some other nice places. Her collection of short fiction is included in the anthology Shut Up/Look Pretty (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012). She lives in Oakland, where she hosts the reading series, East Bay on the Brain. She has never been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Joe Clifford’s work has appeared in Big Bridge, the Connecticut Review, Drunken Boat, Fringe, Opium, Thuglit, Word Riot, and Underground Voices, among others. A collection of short stories, Choice Cuts, and his noir novel Wake the Undertaker will be published by Snubnose Press this year. He is the producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland. He has been to jail but never prison.
Sere Prince Halverson is the author of The Underside of Joy (Dutton, January 2012), translated into fifteen languages. She worked as a copywriter and creative director for 20 years while she wrote fiction and raised kids. She and her husband have four children, and live in Northern California.
Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entrepreneur, Bust, and others. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where she served on the editorial board for Fourteen Hills. Her chapbook The End of the World as I Know It won runner-up for the Michael Rubin Chapbook Award at SFSU. For the last five years, she has been a judge in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. She just completed her first novel.
Ericka Lutz is the author of the recently published novel The Edge of Maybe. Her seven non-fiction books include On the Go with Baby and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting, and her short fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous books, anthologies, and journals, including Literary Mama, Because I Love Her, Paris: A Love Story, and Green Mountains Review. She won the Boston Fiction Festival in 2006 with her story “Deer Story,” and was a two-time fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her full-length solo show “A Widow’s To-Do List” is in development. She teaches writing at U.C. Berkeley. She is currently writing a second novel based in Oakland about family ties… but this one has ghosts.
Aimee Phan is the author of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong (St. Martin’s Press, March 2012). Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was awarded the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Prose, a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction, and a finalist for the Asian American Literary Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Oregonian, among others. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts.
Eric Sasson’s story collection Margins of Tolerance (Livingston Press, May 2012) was the 2011 Tartt First Fiction Award runner-up. His story “Floating” was a finalist for the Robert Olen Butler prize. Other publication credits include Explosion Proof, BLOOM, Nashville Review, The Puritan, Liquid Imagination, Alligator Juniper, Trans, The Ledge, MARY magazine, and THE2NDHAND, among others. He’s taught fiction writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and lives in Brooklyn.
Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following authors reading selections from their work to the tune of “Heat” — that’s the theme, June 10, 2010, 7 PM. Studio 333, at 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. $5.
Cara Black is the author of nine novels in the bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available in paperback from Soho Crime. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.
Catherine Brady is the author of three story collections, including Curled in the Bed of Love, winner of the Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction, and most recently The Mechanics of Falling, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 2004. Her book on craft, Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction, is forthcoming in October 2010. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
Iranian-American author Elizabeth Eslami is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Warren Wilson MFA
Program for Writers. She has published work in over a dozen journals, including G.W. Review, Minnesota Review, Crab Orchard Review, Matador Travel, and The Millions. She’s currently a regular contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Her first novel, Bone Worship (Pegasus), about the complex relationship between an Iranian father and his American daughter, has been called “wildly original” by Joan Silber and “a treasure” by David Haynes, and Janet Peery calls Eslami a writer of “uncommon wit and depth.” She lives in Eugene, OR.
Joe Quirk is a bestselling novelist and science writer, and a popular public speaker. His debut novel, The Ultimate Rush, was a People Magazine Page-Turner Of The Week. His new novel, Exult, has garnered praise from Khaled Hosseini, and is about hang gliders who live out the Icarus myth. His humorous science book It’s Not You. It’s Biology: The Science of Love, Sex, and Relationships has been translated into 17 languages and is a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. He recently published a science/history book, Call to the Rescue: The Story of the Marine Mammal Center, about how human activity impacts the lives of Bay Area sea lions and seals. Joe Quirk is a humor columnist at H+ Magazine, a publication dedicated to improving the human condition through biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. His PIXAR-illustrated Powerpoint presentation, Sperm-spreaders vs. Egg-protectors, shows college students how to use biology in their dating lives. He also ghostwrites books under secret names. He is committed to teaching the craft of creative writing to the next generation of storytellers.
Prartho Sereno is author of a book of memoir-essays, Everyday Miracles: An A to Z Guide to the Simple Wonders of Life (Kensington, 1998) and author/illustrator of the prizewinning gift book Causing a Stir: The Secret Lives and Loves of Kitchen Utensils. Her other publications include Garden Sutra, a poetry chapbook, and Call from Paris, an award-winning collection of poems (2007 Word Works Washington Prize). Prartho received a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in 2003 and a Radio Disney Super Teacher Award in 2005 for her work as a California Poet in the Schools. She is heading to Syracuse University as a teaching fellow in their 3-year MFA program in Poetry this July.
Todd Zuniga is the founding editor of Opium Magazine. He is also the co-creator and host of Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, which is reading series that occurs monthly in New York City, San Francisco, London, and other locales. He is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer for his short fiction and an award-winning journalist (Best Feature Writing awarded by Ziff-Davis Media), the host and creator of 1UP.com’s Sports Anomaly podcast, and the cartoonist behind EatPizzaInTheShower.com, as well as a contributor to The Nervous Breakdown.