Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo has been opening and running book shops in San Francisco for the past 30 years:Phoenix Books (Noe Valley 1985-2013), Red Hill/Badger Books, (Bernal Heights 2004-2013), and currently Alley Cat Books and Dog Eared Books in the Mission and Dog Eared Books on Castro dogearedbooks.com alleycatbookshop.com. Kate also paints and makes art. kate-akimbo.com
Ian Brennan, a Grammy-winning record producer (Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bill Frisell), travels the globe in search of music. Since 1993, he has lectured internationally over one hundred times a year regarding violence prevention and is the author of two books on the subject, Anger Antidotes and Hate-less. A native of San Francisco, he is currently based in northern Italy. His latest book is How Music Dies: Field... Read More →
MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health and social justice. She is the author of Virgin Eyes, Mothermorphosis, Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press) will be released in October 2016. Chavez is co-founder and curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She has been a fellow at VONA, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and Antioch Writers Workshop. Chavez believes in... Read More →
Freddy Gutierrez, vato de aquellos, MFA, Oakland based Writer, Teaching Artist, and Cultural Worker. Freddy inspires and nurtures writers to move from the page to the stage and the street. Freddy has taught with Youth Speaks, Chapter 510, and the Oakland Public Library. He facilitates writing and performance arts spaces with men and youth who are policed, imprisoned, and marginalized by the prison-industrial complex. Freddy has read and performed... Read More →
Victor Krummenacher is a musician and founding member of the alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven. He helped form the bands Monks of Doom, Camper Van Chadbourne, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and has pursued a solo career as a singer-songwriter. He also played bass with Cracker for several years. Krummenacher was Art Director of the San Francisco Bay Guardian for six years and is currently the Managing Art Director for Wired.
Alejandro Murguía is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His nonfiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the first director of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. He was a founder of The Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, and... Read More →
Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such... Read More →
Po' Poets: Poets in Poverty, using the word, to heal, educate, and relate how to survive and thrive through race, class & white supremacy. Reach them on Facebook: | https://www.facebook.com/PoPoets/
Kate Schatz is a feminist writer, educator, editor + activist. She's the author of the the NYT-bestseller Rad American Women A-Z, its sequel Rad Women Worldwide, and the 33 1/3 book Rid of Me: A Story.
Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist. She is the illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide.
Denise Sullivan writes on music, arts and culture. Author of five published titles including Keep on Pushing, Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop, she is editing an anthology of San Francisco stories and writing Compared To What, the authorized biography of a classic jazz-protest song. A fourth generation San Franciscan, she is co-founder of the United Booksellers and books the events at Modern Times.
California-based musician and composer Preston Swirnoff will play music from his solo project ‘Haunted Sea Songs of Bahia’ - dark, eerie folk ballads about the power of the ocean, disappearing fishermen, and lost love. Features versions of songs from the 1940’s by the legendary Brazilian composer Dorival Caymmi, played on classical guitar and sung in Portuguese, along with Swirnoff’s instrumental originals. ... Read More →
David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur, and book publisher. He is founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and is author of the bestsellers Season of the Witch and Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and the illustrated pulp history Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America. His newest book is The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of... Read More →
Katie Tomzynski lives and writes in a yellow house in San Francisco. She is the co-founder & editor of Just Chugged Four Beers magazine.