Writing w/o Walls
An SF Bay Area Reading Series
Categories: Readings


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Announcing our readers for “PERFORMANCE”:

Jonathan Downer has a monopoly on solipsism, he rarely wears socks that match and he isn’t sure if this is supposed to be in third person.


Moneta Goldsmith was the 2013 Grand Prize winner of Spark Anthology’s poetry contest. His prose & poetry can be found in such places as Sparkle & Blink, Under the Influence, & Best New Writing 2014. He is the founder of the lit mag & reading series, ‘When in Drought’, which is based in Los Angeles.


Sarah Kobrinsky is the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA, and a recent Pushcart nominee. Her poems and stories have appeared in Fjords Review, Magma Poetry, *82 Review, 100 Word Story, Monkeybicycle, Shampoo Poetry, The Molotov Cocktail, Jewish Quarterly (UK), Bayou, Berkeley Fiction Review, Sparkle+Blink, among many others. She was born in Canada, reared in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California. Sarah and her husband have a small handmade dinnerware company in Berkeley called Jered’s Pottery.


Rex Leonowicz is a trans and queer intersectional poet from nyc, now living in oakland. his work explores the politics of public and private space, specifically how marginal identities and bodies navigate those spaces in the face of rapid redevelopment. his work’s been featured in lambda literary’s poetry spotlight, it’s night in san francisco, but it’s sunny in oakland, shampoo (forthcoming), gertrude journal, them: a trans literary journal, dude magazine, among others.


Jennifer Lewis is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She is also the editor of Red Light Lit (www.redlightlit.com) reading series and literary journal. Her non-fiction articles have been published in Red Herring Magazine, Forbes and San Francisco Magazine. She is getting her MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University where her fiction has been published in Transfer Magazine, Fourteen Hills Press, and Sparkle and Blink. She was also the recipient of the Leo Litwak award in 2012.


Xan L. Roberti is the winner of the 2014 New South Poetry Contest, and runner up in the Mississipi Valley Poetry Contest 2013. She has work published in journals such as Beloit Poetry Journal; Sparkle Blink, Off Channel, Goodfoot; No, Dear; and Constellation Magazine. Her memoir “Portable Housing” was nominated for the Walter Sindlinger Award at Columbia University Teachers College. She is a contributor to San Francisco LitSeen. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was the graduate keynote speaker. She lives in San Francisco on a windy hill.


John Oliver Simon is one of the legendary poets of the Berkeley Sixties who has remained true to his calling. Published from Abraxas to Zyzzyva, he is also a distinguished translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, who received an NEA fellowship for his work with the great Chilean surrealist Gonzalo Rojas (1917-2011). He is Artistic Director of Poetry Inside Out, a program of the Center for the Art of Translation, and is the River of Words 2013 Teacher of the Year. His next major book, Grandpa’s Syllables, is due November 2014 from White Violet Press.

With special co-host and co-curator, Sarah Carpenter.

This reading will take place Thursday, July 24, 7:30pm at Cafe du Soleil on 200 Fillmore Street in San Francisco.

Free contributor copy! Yes we are multifarious word manglers, deconstructors and put-her-back-together-ers, hedonists, lovers, inventors, and geniuses -in print. In speak, we are awkward thumb and hair twisters, mismatched and clumsy, full of quiet tensions, hushed obsessions-fascinations-addictions-and- squelched-desires-to take each other to the handicapped bathroom and get it on. And so, we figured what better way to quickly and efficiently disintegrate these boundaries than to combine booze and music and get a reckless abandon of limbs, smiles, and louder-than-necessary schmoozing.

photo courtesy of Chris Zielecki

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