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


Announcing our readers!:

FREDERICA MORGAN DAVIS is a West Virginian living in San Francisco, North of the Panhandle. Over the past eight years here, she has worked for a number of local arts organizations and festivals producing events, communications and the occasional Instagram. Her writing includes, but is not limited to, ‘ghost tweeting’ for celebrities. She also enjoys teaching and practicing yoga. When she’s not writing Where’s Waldo fan fiction or om-ing, she spends her time drinking strong coffee and daydreaming about a future where she will be regularly interviewed about her literary accomplishments by Jon Stewart and Terry Gross. This is her first reading and publication.

LEX KOSIERADZKI is an artist and writer who lives in Oakland, California. He has most notably performed and exhibited his work at an Oddfellow’s Temple in Vermont rumored to have a skeleton hidden in one of its walls, a car dealership in Amsterdam, a few non-profits and a garage in San Francisco, an abandoned hardware store in Marfa, Texas, a converted warehouse in Los Angeles, the e-flux gallery in New York, and a cabin near where Jerry Garcia died in Lagunitas, California.

STEVEN GRAY is a poet, writer, musician and photographer based in San Francisco. He is the Assistant Editor for Out of Our, a literary magazine founded by Sarah Page, and is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, founded by Jack Hirschman. He won an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest, and read his winning poem, VISHWA SHANTI ANUSTHAN, at the Fourth Annual Davis Jazz Artists Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation, hosted in Davis.

TERRA BRIGANDO earned her MFA from Mills College in 2012. Her previously work has appeared in Bloom, Word Riot, Cortland Review and others. Her novel, Rooms for Ghosts, is forthcoming from Wordcraft of Oregon in 2015. She lives and works in Oakland where she enjoys hiking with her dog Bodi, trying to bake, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

JOEL LANDMINE is a Bay Area poet, filmmaker and curmudgeon. His first collection of poems, Yeah, Well… is available now on Punk Hostage Press. He has begrudgingly survived several near-death experiences.

JONATHAN DOWNER recently got a new mattress, he parted with War and Peace before reading it, and he saw an old fling on the bus who he couldn’t confront, so he buried his face against the shoulder of an elderly Asian lady until he reached his destination, but the fling got off too, so he feigned aloofness as she walked by but she didn’t even acknowledge him.

ROBERTA D’ALOIS is a playwright, monologist, and Artistic Director of Jump! Theatre, whose mission is to present theatrical work based on authentic stories of mental illness. Her B.A.is in Theatre from Brandeis University and she stole an M.F.A in Playwriting from San Francisco State. She currently teaches English to terrified first year students at USF and Holy Names University. Her newest play is about Kickstarter and finding a doula.

JOHN OLIVER SIMON‘s next book, Grandpa’s Syllables, will be out by year’s end. He declaims his poems from memory, a retrieval system very different from decoding the page. He will have spent the first two weeks of September giving readings in Spanish in Saltillo and Tepoztlán.


DEBORAH K. STEINBERG (Musician) is a writer and singer from the Bay Area. From 2000-2007, she lived in Bordeaux, France, where she released two indie folk albums, Lines (2004) and Iconography of the Outlaw (2007), on French label Odette Productions. She toured throughout France with her band under the name Déborah, and toured with French singer/songwriter Jon Smith as a vocalist and keyboardist. After returning to the U.S., from 2008-2011, Deborah wrote lyrics and sang for the San Francisco trio Backlit—an experimental project billed as “Portishead meets Chopin over a bottle of bourbon.” Since 2008, Deborah has sung in the San Francisco women’s vocal ensemble Conspiracy of Venus, where she proudly holds down the bass lines as a member of the Alto 2 section. http://deborahsteinberg.wordpress.com/music/; www.conspiracyofvenus.com.

Free chapbook for each reader. Additional copies available for $5.00 at the show.

Doors at 7, reading at 7:30.

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