Why There Are Words

Why There Are Words Presents “Untoward”, October 8, 2015

Posted in readings by whytherearewords on September 14, 2015

Why There Are Words 

Why There Are Words presents presents an evening of readings on the theme “Untoward.” Join us on October 8, 2015 at  Studio 333 in Sausalito to hear what the following authors find inappropriate, unexpected, inconvenient. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10.

Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short story collections Stealing the Fire and California Tales, co-founder of Flash Fiction Collective, National Book Critics Circle vice president/online (and former president), and a columnist for BBC.com and the Lit Hub. Her award-winning stories have been published widely, most recently in 100-Word-Story and New Flash Fiction Review. She studied creative writing at Stanford and, in graduate school at San Francisco State.

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the award-winning author of ten books including the new collection of short stories, Pretty Much Dead. Previous works include Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in her Own Words, a collection of letters from Death Row by the “first female serial killer” to her childhood best friend. She is also the author of five books of poetry, editor of two anthologies, and, with artist Diane DiMassa, the co-creator of the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious. She is the winner of the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant-Garde, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

Jordan Rosenfield

Jordan Rosenfield

Jordan E. Rosenfeld is author of two novels and four writing guides, most recently A Writer’s Guide to Persistence (Writer’s Digest Books) and the brand new novel Women in Red (Booktrope, 2015). Her articles and essays have appeared widely in publications such as AlterNet, DAME, Modern Loss, the New York Times, Ozy, Purple Clover, The Rumpus, Role/Reboot, THIS Magazine, the Washington Post, and many more.  She is the creator of Word by Word, a literary radio show on KRCB radio.

 

Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley. Her third novel, Electric City (Counterpoint Press), was published in Fall 2014 and named among the best books of the year by NPR. Her acclaimed poetry collection, Gravity (Atelier26 Books), was also published in Fall 2014. Her first novel, The Speed of Light (Ballantine), was translated into nine languages. Short-listed for the Prix Femina, the book won several literary prizes in both the US and Europe, including the Prix France Bleu Gironde; the Great Lakes Colleges Award for New Fiction; and Hadassah Magazine’s 2002 Ribalow Prize, judged by Elie Wiesel. Blue Nude (Simon & Schuster), her second novel, was named one of the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosner’s essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and numerous anthologies; her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southwest Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Catamaran, and many others.  Her book reviews appear frequently in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Alia Volz

Alia Volz

Alia Volz is a Spanish Interpreter raised in San Francisco and educated in Havana. She’s written for Tin House, Threepenny Review (Forthcoming 2016), Utne Reader, Huizache, The Rumpus, Narratively, ZYZZYVA and other fine lit rags.

Siamak Vossoughi

Siamak Vossoughi

Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, grew up in Seattle, and has lived in San Francisco for twenty years. He has had some stories published in Kenyon Review Online, the Missouri Review, The Rumpus, Washington Square, and Glimmer Train. He is a recipient of the 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, for his short story collection entitled Better Than War, published September 2015.

Naomi Williams

Naomi Williams

Naomi J. Williams is the author of Landfalls (FSG), which was long-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, Ninth Letter, and many others. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and one-time winner, she has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She lives in Davis, CA, and is hard at work on a second novel.

Why There Are Words takes place every second Thursday of the month, when people come from San Francisco, the North Bay, the East Bay, the South Bay–everywhere–to crowd the house. The brainchild of Peg Alford Pursell, this literary goodness has been going strong for five years.

Why There Are Words Presents “Stumbling”, September 10, 2015

Posted in readings by whytherearewords on August 17, 2015

Why There Are Words 

Why There Are Words presents “Stumbling,” an evening of readings that slip right into the path of pure fabulousness. Make your way to Studio 333 in Sausalito. on September 10, 2015. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10.

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski

Val Brelinski is the author of the debut novel, The Girl Who Slept with God. Born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians, from 2003 to 2005, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her recent writing has been featured in VQR and The Rumpus. She received prizes for her fiction from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Charlottesville Weekly, and The Boise Weekly, and was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She lives in Northern California and currently teaches creative writing at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program.

Jennifer Hacker

Jennifer Hacker

Jennifer Clover has been a schoolteacher, a health educator, a gemologist and jewelry designer, a bookseller, a veterinary hospital receptionist, and a professional salesperson. Her commitment to writing is the reason she gets out of bed in the morning. She writes short stories, personal essays, and is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories based on her fourteen years managing the front office of a veterinary eye practice. She has been published in Hippocampus Journal, Persimmon Tree, the San Francisco Chronicle and Lake Journal.

David Corbett

David Corbett

David Corbett is the award-winning author of the writing guide The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and five novels, including 2015’s The Mercy of the Night and its companion novella, The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell. George Pelecanos of The Wire remarked, “Corbett, like Robert Stone and Graham Greene before him, is crafting important, immensely thrilling books.” His short fiction has twice appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Zyzzyva, Bright Ideas, and numerous other outlets.

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the winner of the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and was recently SF Chronicle Review of Paradise Drive in the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine. 

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the recently released novel, A Master Plan for Rescue (Riverhead). She is also the author of Mary, which was an LA Time Book Prize Finalist and chosen Best Historical Novel of the Year by USA Today, and the author of the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow. She is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.

Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA. He received his MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Acentos Review, Black Heart Magazine, and Label Me Latina/o. His first book, ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir was just published by the University of New Mexico Press. He lives in Oakland with his sweetheart.

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

With an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, a University of Virginia honors thesis on Milton, and a Masters in interaction design, Fran Wilde’s career genre-hops from classics, to programming and game design, to speculative fiction. Her first book, the high-flying fantasy Updraft (Tor/Macmillan) has received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal, and is a Library Journal Debut of the Month and a Publishers’ Weekly Fall 2015 Top 10 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book. In addition to Updraft and two more novels from Tor, her poetry has appeared in The Marlboro Review, Poetry Baltimore, and Tor.com; her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Magazine, on Tor.com, and in Nature Magazine. She’s taught poetry and writing for the Johns Hopkins CTY Program, at the Baltimore County School for the Arts, Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and at the upcoming Paradise Lost Writers Workshop.

Why There Are Words takes place every second Thursday of the month, when people come from San Francisco, the North Bay, the East Bay, the South Bay–everywhere–to crowd the house. The brainchild of Peg Alford Pursell, this literary goodness has been going strong for five years.

Why There Are Words Reading April 11: Edge

Posted in readings by whytherearewords on March 15, 2013

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following award-winning writers reading from their works on the theme “Edge” on April 11, 2013 (during the “cruelest month.”) Get down to Studio 333, where you can mix memory and desire, breed lilacs out of the dead land, etc. Doors open at 7 pm & we begin at 7:15. $10. Bring extra cash for books and booze.

Jayne Benjulian

Jayne Benjulian

Jayne Benjulian’s poetry appears in the literary journals The Seattle Review, Zone 3, Sequoia, Verdad, and Barrow Street among others. Her essays and interviews with playwrights and artists are published in magazines, theater playbills, and HowlRound, the online theater zine. She was Fulbright Lecturer in American Language & Literature in Lyon, France, and from 2008-2011, Director of New Play Development at Magic Theatre. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Claire Blotter

Claire Blotter

Claire Blotter writes and performs poetry with movement, sound, and body rhythms.  Her work has been published in Barnwood, Gargoyle, the We’Moon Datebooks, California Quarterly, and Canary, among others. She represented San Francisco in poetry slams in the early ’90’s, placing second in National Team Competitions in Boston and Chicago. Her award winning video documentary, “Wake Up Call: Saving the Songbirds,” has been screened in 11 film festivals from Mill Valley to Chicago. She also taught writing and theater at S.F. State University, John F. Kennedy University, Dominican University, and the College of Marin. Her third chapbook, Moment in the Moment House, will be published by Finishing Line Press in early 2013.She teaches in the Independent Study, California Poets in the Schools, and Poetry Out Loud Programs in Marin County.

David Corbett

David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel—Rising Star Category 2011). His short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories. In 2012, Mysterious Press/Open Road Media re-issued all four of his novels plus a story collection in ebook format, and in January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible that will lead to your character’s soul.” —Elizabeth Brundage).

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

The year she turned 50, Rebecca Foust took a look at her bucket list and realized she needed to get moving. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson in 2010, the same year her first and second books were published. God, Seed won the Foreword Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and was nominated for the Poet’s Prize.  New poems are in the Hudson Review, JAMA, Sewanee Review, Woman’s Review of Books, and Zyzzyva . She also writes book reviews and essays, and she reads fiction as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine.

Jennifer Gennari

Jennifer Gennari

Jennifer Gennari is the author of My Mixed-up Berry Blue Summer (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012), an Association of Booksellers for Children Spring 2012 New Voices title and American Library Association Rainbow List title. Her poems have appeared in Marin Poetry Center anthologies. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts and a former reporter, she lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with her husband and (occasionally) their four daughters.

Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi is the author of The Age of Orphans and The Walking. She is the recipient of a number of prizes and some very excellent teaching and guidance concerning the reading and writing of fiction. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and The Virginia Quarterly Review.

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.”  He’s also written the novels Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and Termite Parade, an editors’ choice on The New York Times Bestseller List.  He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF. His latest novel is Fight Song, published in February 2013.

 

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents “Underneath”

Posted in readings by whytherearewords on July 15, 2012

Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series presents the following readers on the theme Underneath August 9 at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5. Join us for an extraordinary night as seven authors reveal worlds underneath words.

Melissa Cistaro

Melissa Cistaro’s stories have been published in the New Ohio Review, Brevity, Anderbo.com, Sparkle and Blink, the KQED Perspectives series, and in the anthology Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost.  Her essay “The Undertow” was a semi-finalist in Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland’s Notes & Words essay contest.

David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel Rising Star Category 2011). His short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories (2009 and 2011). In May 2012, Mysterious Press/Open Road Media re-issued his first two novels plus a story collection in ebook format, and Penguin will publish his textbook on the craft of characterization The Art of Character in January 2013.

Jennifer duBois

Jennifer duBois is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, The Northwest Review, and elsewhere. Her first novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was published by The Dial Press in March 2012.

C.J. Hribal is the author of the novel The Company Car, which received the Anne Powers Book Award, and the novel American Beauty.  He’s also the author of the short fiction collections Matty’s Heart and The Clouds in Memphis, which won the AWP Award for Short Fiction, and he edited The Boundaries of Twilight: Czecho-Slovak Writing from the New World. He has held Fellowships from the NEA, the Bush, and from the Guggenheim Foundations, and has twice won the Sternig Award for Short Fiction.  He is the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University, and is a member of the fiction faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Kara Levy

Kara Levy’s fiction appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review Prize Issue 2009, TriQuarterly, Zen Monster, Drunken Boat, the Huffington Post, and Narrative, where she was a winner of the 30Below Prize for writers under 30. A graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University, she was a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Fiction at the Center for Steinbeck Studies in San Jose. She lives in San Francisco.

Wendy Merrill

Wendy Merrill’s memoir, Falling into Manholes: The Memoir of a Bad/Good Girl (Putnam 2008), was sold at the Maui Writers Conference in 2006. Her personal essays also appear in the anthology Single Woman of a Certain Age (Inner Ocean, 2006) and, Single State of the Union (Seal Press, 2007). She is described by Anne Lamott as “a wonderful new voice — smart, funny, and wildly real.” She founded WAM Marketing Group, a unique marketing communications company based in Sausalito, where she currently lives above ground and beyond her means.

Frances Stroh

Frances Stroh is an installation artist turned writer who lived and worked in London for two years on a Fulbright Grant. She is writing a memoir entitled “Fire-Brewed: The Fall of the Stroh’s Beer Family” about her family who made beer in Detroit for a hundred and fifty years. Her work has appeared in Rosebud and on her blog, Irritable Brain Syndrome. She struggles mightily to employ Twitter in creative ways but enjoys the process.



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