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Sunday, October 9
 

11:00am

Poetry in Parks: An All-Day Celebration on Mt. Tamalpais

Co-presented by Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

This all-day installation of Poetry in Parks takes place in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, celebrating Quiet Lightning's 100th show, the centennial of the National Parks, and the connection between the wilderness experience and the inspiration parks provide to everyone. FREE

Featured readers include Dana Gioia, Kay Ryan, Jane Hirshfield, Alejandro Murguía, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Matthew Zapruder, with Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson. Also includes a submission-based literary mixtape, youth poetry readings curated by Marin County Poet Laureate Prartho Sereno, and performances by San Francisco’s Classical Revolution and postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. With children's activities, local food and beverage booths. For full lineup, free shuttle service, directions, and more info: quietlightning.org/tam.


Participants
avatar for Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. He has taught in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California county jails. He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa... Read More →
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Charlie Getter

Charlie Getter rides his bicycle around San Francisco with a bag of tools with which he fixes cars. His oft delayed book, How to Arrange Physics and Geography to your Advantage was released in late September by Seventh Tangent Press. A frequent contributor to Quiet Lightning, you... Read More →
avatar for Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is Poet Laureate of California. An internationally recognized poet and critic, he is the author of five collections of poetry, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016). His critical collections include... Read More →
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Anna Halprin

Over her long career Anna has created more than 150 dance theater works and written three books.Since the late 1930s Anna Halprin has been creating revolutionary directions for dance, inspiring artists in all fields. Richard Schechner, editor of TDR: The Drama Review, calls her “one... Read More →
avatar for Jane Hirschfield

Jane Hirschfield

Jane Hirshfield’s newest books are The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Her many honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, NEA, and the Academy of American Poets. A current chancellor of The Academy of American... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

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... Read More →
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Barbara Jane Reyes

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. She is the author of To Love as Aswang, Diwata, Poeta en San Francisco, and Gravities of Center. She teaches at University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, and lives with her husband Oscar Bermeo... Read More →
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Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer who lives with his wife and family in Davis, California. He is the author of Three Californias, the Mars trilogy, Galileo’s Dream, 2312, Shaman, Aurora, and other books. He was sent by the National Science Foundation to... Read More →
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Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. She has lived in Marin County in Northern California since 1971. Ryan’s collections of poetry include most... Read More →
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Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
avatar for Arisa White

Arisa White

Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches at Goddard College in Vermont. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury B... Read More →
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Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014), as well as a book of prose, Why Poetry (Ecco Press, 2015). He is also co-translator... Read More →


4:30pm

Litquake in the Bookstore: Smooth Toad Literary and Musical Revue
Smooth Toad presents the dusty American folk ragas of surrealist/dada poet G. P. Skratz, romantic fiddler/bard Hal Hughes, and legendary theater artist Bob Ernst. FREE

The trio weaves an authentic collaboration that conjures original hymns wherein Captain Beefheart meets Lord Byron. Their words and tunes explode into a whole new art form--think nightingale on a branch overlooking the RNC. Each has published and performed poems, done theater, and played arcane American music. Together, they've been Smooth Toad for a good stretch.

Skratz taught at Naropa on Allen Ginsburg's invitation. Ernst was a founding member of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a legendary East Bay theater troupe that included Whoopi Goldberg and John O'Keefe. Hughes has been with Subterranean Shakespeare, North Beach Beckett, and much more. 

Participants
avatar for Bob Ernst

Bob Ernst

He is the founder of the legendary theatrical company, The Blake Street Hawkeyes (out of which emerged George Coates & Whoopi Goldberg, among others).  In 1987, he beat the Guinness World Record for solo theatrical performance in an over 24 hour-long tour-de-force:  the last half-hour... Read More →
avatar for Hal Hughes

Hal Hughes

Hal was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin, a collectively run venue for improvised music in San Francisco, and has worked in music, dance, and theater with Tumbleweed, Overtone Theater, Subterranean Shakespeare, and Nightletter Theater, which produced his play, “The Fisherman's... Read More →
avatar for G. P. Skratz

G. P. Skratz

Skratz is the author of Fun, recent poems (Philos Press, Lacey, WA), the prose-poem collection, The Gates of Disappearance(Konglomerati, Gulfport, FL), & ghost-writer of the 3 Stooges bio, Larry, The Stooge In The Middle (Last Gasp, San Francisco).  He taught poetry at Naropa... Read More →



7:00pm

Arisa White and Robin Coste Lewis in Conversation
Award-winning poet and teacher Arisa White, author of the new collection You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, discusses poetry, race, and the body politic with National Book Award recipient Robin Coste Lewis (Voyage of the Sable Venus). FREE 

“In verse that is exhilarating and unexpected, Arisa White writes of race, of women loving women, of these all too human bodies we wear, of cities, of landscape” —cultural critic Roxane Gay

"Altogether new, open, experimental and ground-breaking, Robin Coste Lewis privileges real life in all its complications, surprises and triumphs over the frames that have locked down the scale of black womanhood.” —Claudia Rankine

Participants
avatar for Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis

Univesity of Southern California
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in English and Visual Studies at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit... Read More →
avatar for Arisa White

Arisa White

Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches at Goddard College in Vermont. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury B... Read More →



 
Tuesday, October 11
 

6:00pm

Teenquake: Haiku-a-thon at Moleskine
Write inspired haikus and compete for prizes, enter a raffle to win the "Moleskine Ultimate Writer Set", nibble on food and refreshments, and hang out with fellow writers and literary lovers in the beautiful downtown Moleskine store. All teens welcome. Free

Moderators/Hosts
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Sarisha Kurup

Litquake Intern, Litquake
avatar for Jamie L. Real

Jamie L. Real

Managing Director, Litquake
Jamie L. Real is a writer, editor, and traveler from the Bay Area. She’s lived in Hungary and Poland as an English teacher and New Zealand as a bookseller and publishing assistant. She was raised on Patsy Cline, home-cooked food, and Stephen King novels. She is currently a freelance... Read More →


Tuesday October 11, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Moleskine 653 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

7:00pm

Prestigious Prose: Pulitzer Conversations
Co-presented by California Humanities

In honor of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, Litquake hosts two conversations with four recipients: Jane Smiley (1992, fiction) with Robert Hass (2008, poetry); and Richard Rhodes (1986, nonfiction) with T.J. Stiles (2010, biography; 2016, history). Topics certain to be covered include: what is the intersection between fiction and poetry? How much research is enough, and is there ever too much? And how did winning the highest literary prize in the U.S. change their lives? $10 advance or $15 at the door

Participants
avatar for Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Robert L. Hass is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005.In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens... Read More →
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Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-five books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer... Read More →
avatar for T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles

T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New... Read More →


7:00pm

Mission Bookstores: United We Stand
A words-and-music celebration hosted by the independent bookstore coalition working to preserve and serve the longstanding community and creative interests of the historic Latino Cultural District. Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, Dog Eared Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective join to honor the authors, poets, musicians, and activists who make their culturally diverse spaces hum. Hosted by Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger. Music by Preston Swirnoff and special guest. Scheduled to appear: Ian Brennan, MK Chavez, Freddy Gutierrez, Victor Krummenacher, Alejandro Murguía, Natasha Muse, Po Poets, Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl, David Talbot, and Katie Tomzynski. $5-10 sliding scale

Benefiting Litquake and the United Booksellers, who welcome new member Dog Eared Castro and honor the restructured Modern Times on its 45th anniversary, these bookstores proudly continue to hold space, despite the odds.

Participants
avatar for Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo

Kate (Rosenberger) Akimbo

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... Read More →
avatar for Ian Brennan

Ian Brennan

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... Read More →
avatar for MK Chavez

MK Chavez

MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal. She is a recipient of the 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Her latest publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and online at Academy of American Poets... Read More →
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Tiny Gray-Garcia

co-founder, POOR Magazine
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Gutierrez

Freddy Gutierrez

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... Read More →
avatar for Victor Krummenacher

Victor Krummenacher

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... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

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... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Muse

Natasha Muse

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... Read More →
avatar for Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz

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. 
avatar for Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl

Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist. She is the illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide.
avatar for Denise Sullivan

Denise Sullivan

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... Read More →
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Preston Swirnoff

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... Read More →
avatar for David Talbot

David Talbot

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... Read More →
avatar for Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski

Katie Tomzynski lives and writes in a yellow house in San Francisco. She is the co-founder & editor of Just Chugged Four Beers magazine.


Tuesday October 11, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Wednesday, October 12
 

7:00pm

Poetry World Series: Litquake Edition
Seattle’s John Roderick emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading. Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Judges D. A. Powell, Beth Nguyen, Katie Peterson score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity­—and top-notch poetry—guaranteed! Book sales/signings to follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! $5 in advance or $10 at the door

As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.”

Emcee:
John Roderick 

Judges:
D.A. Powell

Players:
Kim Addonizio
Malachi Black
Douglas Kearney
Raina J. León
Julia Levine
Javier Zamora

Timekeeper:
Roy Mash

Music and sound effects: 
Mixed by Kristen Clark of Mill Valley

Series Organizers:
Rebecca Foust
Melissa Stein 




Moderators/Hosts
avatar for John Roderick

John Roderick

John Roderick is a musician, writer, champion podcaster, and erstwhile political candidate. The songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, he helms the podcast "Roderick on the Line." He lives in Seattle.

Participants
avatar for Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio's books include My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits. Her newest releases are the poetry collection, Mortal Trash, and the memoir Bukowski in a Sundress.
avatar for Malachi Black

Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He teaches at the University of San Diego.
avatar for Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, MacDowell, and Sewanee.
avatar for Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, librettist, and educator. His sixth book, Buck Studies (Fence Books), will be available this fall. He teaches at CalArts and lives in Saugus, CA, with his family.
avatar for Julia Levine

Julia Levine

Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight (LSU press 2014). She works and lives in Davis, CA.
avatar for Raina J. León

Raina J. León

Raina J. León is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, CantoMundo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Her collections of poetry include Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (February 2016). She teaches at Saint Mary's College... Read More →
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash is the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014) and recipient of the Atlanta Review International Publication Award. His poems appear widely in journals including AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx.
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Beth Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen, who also goes by Beth, is the author of three books: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. She teaches in and directs... Read More →
avatar for Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, The Accounts (2013), Permission (2013), and This One Tree (2006). She teaches at the University of California at Davis.
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D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell's books include Repast (Graywolf, 2012) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2014), recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at University of San Francisco.
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Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize; her second book, Terrible Blooms, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2018 . She's a freelance editor in San Francisco.
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Javier Zamora

Born in El Salvador, Javier Zamora is a 2016-18 Wallace Stegner Fellow and Ruth Lilly Award recipient with fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, NEA, and Yaddo. His first book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.



Wednesday October 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Thursday, October 13
 

7:00pm

Flight of Poets

Wine and poetry have always made a delicious duet. At this reading, curated by Hollie Hardy and Tess Taylor, internationally renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer pairs six talented poets with six exquisite wines carefully selected to illuminate their work. Admission includes wine flight of six tastes. $25


Moderators/Hosts
avatar for Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy

Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, winner of the 2016 annual Poetry Center Book Award. She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College, hosts Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic and produces... Read More →
avatar for Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

TESS TAYLOR’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and author of 16 books, including Beast in the Apartment, Tongue of War, and From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki.
avatar for Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett

Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. She is a Pushcart nominee and has published online and in many print magazines. Dallett has authored eight books of poetry and reads often around the Bay Area.
avatar for Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was grown on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation along the banks of the Colorado River. She has a velvety jumpshot and smooth finish.  Her first book is When My Brother Was an Aztec.  
avatar for Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade and George Washington, both published by W. W. Norton's historic Liveright imprint. He teaches at Rutgers, NYU and Yale and organizes The Home School. He lives in New York City.
avatar for Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer

Christopher Sawyer is an internationally renowned sommelier, wine consultant, critic, public speaker, and elite wine competition judge, and has been personal sommelier for an array of luminaries, from the Getty family to the Gorbachevs.
avatar for Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking. She teaches writing in New York City and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.



Thursday October 13, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hotel Rex 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

8:00pm

Litquake's Barbary Coast Awards
For the first time, Litquake’s annual Barbary Coast Award is plural. With so many deserving individuals and organizations warranting public acclaim, how could we choose just one? This year’s Literary Legend honorees are Maxine Hong Kingston (Woman Warrior) and San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia. Other recipients are Thomas Sanchez (California Classics, Rabbit Boss)Jewelle Gomez (Castro Vanguard Award), KQED's Michael Krasny (Kathi Kamen Goldmark Award for community impact), The Threepenny Review (Literary Publication), The Bancroft Library (Literary Institution), Paul Yamazaki (Bookstore Hero), and the late poet Justin Chin (In Memoriam). Hosted by Will Durst, with special guest presenters, and live music from the Patrick Wolff Quartet. $30 general admission, $50 preferred seating

Use ticket link to purchase online, or charge-by-phone at 415-392-4400. Tickets available at City Box Office, 180 Redwood St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

Moderators/Hosts
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Will Durst

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voiceovers, and most especially, standup comedy... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Justin Chin

Justin Chin

Poet, essayist, and performance artist Justin Chin (1969-2015) was born in Malaysia and educated in Singapore and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. With humor and raw vulnerability, Chin’s poems interrogate the personal, political, and commercial implications of claiming... Read More →
avatar for Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist, and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories whose 25th anniversary edition was published this year by City Lights Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage, Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story, was performed by the... Read More →
avatar for Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston, an eminent memoirist and a celebrated Chinese-American autobiographer, is best known for The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976) and its companion volume, China Men (1980). The Woman Warrior won the National Book Critics Circle Award... Read More →
avatar for Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED's most-popular shows and one of the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio... Read More →
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Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities... Read More →
avatar for Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

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... Read More →
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Patrick Wolff Quartet

Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist rooted in the bebop tradition, with a long history in the New York City jazz scene. Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, Wolff has appeared regularly with Marcus Shelby, Adam Shulman, and Diana Gameros. He is making his mark as a composer and bandleader... Read More →
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The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a quarterly literary and arts magazine, founded in 1980 in Berkeley, California by its editor, Wendy Lesser. Threepenny publishes criticism, memoir, fiction and poetry as well as reviews of the performing and visual arts. Recent contributors include Roberto... Read More →
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Thomas Sanchez

Thomas Sanchez is a fifth-generation Californian born days before his father was killed in World War II, and spent his early years at an orphanage and boarding school with native, black, white and Latino Americans. He participated in many iconic 1960s events, from farm workers strikes... Read More →
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Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970, and has been the principle buyer at City Lights Booksellers for over 30 years. He has served on the board of directors of several literary and community arts organizations, including the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, October 14
 

8:00pm

Word/Jazz
Co-presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

In the great tradition of jazz and spoken-word basement readings in North Beach first forged by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kenneth Rexroth, and Bob Kaufman, witness this contemporary update at Doc's Lab, formerly The Purple Onion. With poets Chinaka Hodge, devorah major, and RyanNicole. Music by Afro-futurist jazz trio Broun Fellinis. $20



Participants
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Broun Fellinis

The most important thing about music is the way it makes you feel. Musicians are lucky enough to live a life of pure feeling if they can play their personal visionary music with as much integrity and energy as the spirit grants them. For the last 25 years, Broun Fellinis -- percussionist... Read More →
avatar for Chinaka Hodge

Chinaka Hodge

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and founding member of The Getback. Originally from Oakland, California, Chinaka graduated from NYU in 2006, and completed her M.F.A. in Writing for Film and TV at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in May 2012. Her work has been featured... Read More →
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devorah major

devorah major, San Francisco’s third former Poet Laureate, is an award-winning poet and fiction writer, an creative nonfiction writer, performer, editor, and part-time senior adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. She is also poet-in-residence of the Fine Arts Museums... Read More →
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RyanNicole

RyanNicole is a "4A" quadruple threat: artist, actress, athlete, and activist. As an MC and poet, she has appeared across the globe, including a performance for President Barack Obama. She has led several theater productions in the Bay Area, including those with SF Playhouse, African... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Doc's Lab 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111