WRITERS WITH DRINKS
w/ host Charlie Jane Anders ~
Namwali Serpell, Vanessa Hua, Lynn Breedlove, Sarah Rose Etter,
Seth Katz, Brandon Melendez ~
(all proceeds benefit
Kehilla Immmigration Committee) ~
Doors at 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm - 9:45pm
August's Writers With Drinks is bursting with visionary talent---including breathtaking stories, brilliant poetry, queer spoken word, and strange revelations. You'd better hold onto your brain!
About the readers/performers:
Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer and author of the debut novel The Old Drift. Her story “The Sack” won the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing. In 2014, she was chosen as one of the most promising African writers in the Africa39 anthology, a project of the Hay festival. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 2011. Her first published story, “Muzungu,” was selected for the Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. She teaches at UC Berkeley and lives in San Francisco.
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. She has written for the New York Times and Washington Post, among other publications. A Bay Area native, she works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
Lynn Breedlove, author of the novel Godspeed, singer for the band Tribe 8, COMMANDO and The Homobiles, creator of Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show, a comic solo show on gender and the ensuing book, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender category. He is the founder of Homobiles, the indie non-profit ride service for the LGBTIQ community and its allies, which, along with his creative work, won him the 2012 Harvey Milk LGBT Club Award for Activism. His new poetry book "45 Thought Crimes," out on Manic D Press, is spirituality for skeptics, church at a punk show, a letter to bees, love in a riot, compassionate table flipping.
Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of 'Gold That Frames The Mirror' (Write Bloody 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion. A recipient of the 2018 Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal, the 2018 and 2019 Academy of American Poets Award, his poems are in or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Shenandoah, PANK, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston where he received his MFA from Emerson College.
Seth Katz is a trans and queer artist, designer, and writer based in San Francisco. His style and interest in the creative world includes interconnecting design, art, and the power of written word. Experimentalism, intersectionality, and integration of fine art and design are all critical concepts to his work. He writes mainly about gender identity, feminism, politics, and the many places they overlap. He has been published by the Fog City Rose, Awkward Mermaid, Supermaker, + Oatmeal Magazine by Wolfman. His zine Satanic Feminism and the Witchcraft of Fem Resistance was recently published into a chapbook by Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club. You can see more of his work at www.sethkatz.art.
Sarah Rose Etter is the author of The Book of X and Tongue Party (Caketrain Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, VICE, Guernica, Philadelphia Weekly, and more. She is the recipient of writing residencies at the Disquiet International Program in Portugal, and the Gullkistan Creative Program in Iceland. She earned her MFA from Rosemont College. She lives in San Francisco.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won numerous "Best ofs" from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.