This reading will take place Thursday, Aug 28, 7:30 p.m. at Cafe du Soleil 200 Fillmore St. San Francisco Seven readers. One theme. Books available for purchase.
Free contributor copy. Submit your work by midnight Monday, Aug 4th (well, technically 12:00:01 am Tuesday morning). Previously published work okay. By submitting, you agree to be available to perform your piece on the night, if chosen; also, you agree to let us publish it in a chapbook. All submissions should be something that can be read in 10 minutes or less (typically fewer than 1,250 words). Be sure to send your bio as well.
Announcing our readers for “When I Was Young”:
Fia Maxwell is as Midwestern as they come. She is aggressively pragmatic. She will eat and enjoy your BBQ, like the polite young person she was raised to be. However, she will be quietly missing the smokehouse stylings of her dad.
Calvin Fantone is an idea in infancy, a lightbulb in a warehouse brimming with chandeliers. His work has appeared in FreezeRay, The Legendary, and elsewhere. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco.
Pam Benjamin was awarded a masters in fiction from SFSU in 2010 and an MFA in poetry in 2012 because pieces of paper look nice framed in her kitchen. Her first novella, ‘The Pigeon Chronicles or Bike Messenger Assassins’ was published by Ink. in August 2010 and her second “Voices” in 2011 (available on Kindle). She is the director of Mutiny Radio and is the host of “Pamtastic’s Comedy Clubhouse”, “Joke Workshop”, “Sunday Funnies” and “The Alta-Cast”. She performs stand-up comedy almost every day. Listen Live on www.mutinyradio.fm
William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His books include Broken When We Got Here, An Age of Monsters and The Hunger Season. The Blood of a Tourist, a book of new poems, is forthcoming from Sunnyoutside Press. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recpient of the 2013 Acker Award.
Jonathan Downer is a proponent for nose picking: he even read an article extolling the potential benefits of said habituation. Jonathan has never been abroad but he’s confident that virtual reality will make geographic distances irrelevant and sex, obsolete. Jonathan could have been caught in a condom and tossed in the trash. The jury’s still out, actually.
Fred Dodsworth is a recent MFA graduate from SF State. Of his submission, he writes: “This is based, very loosely, on some unreliable memories I have from when I was three or younger… and in response to Issac Babel’s story The Witch.
Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is a Moroccan-American Latino. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Poems Niederngasse, Stark Raving Normal, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Big Bridge, and his short story “Robin With Her Eyes Closed, Running” was nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow magazine. Youssef is an original founder of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.”