Saturday, September 12, 2009

Where In The World Is Lorna? Writers With Drinks TONIGHT @ The MakeOut Room, 22nd. St., SF, 7:30-9:30. Next Sat. @ Precita Eyes Muralists Gala, 9/19

Come on out and get your own original personalized love poem to you or yours written by Lorna Dee Cervantes for her book, 100 LOVE POEMS TO STRANGER. $10+

Writers With Drinks, the city's most alternative reading series according to American Airlines' inflight magazine, is back!

When: Saturday, September 12, 2009, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Who: Michelle Richmond, John Shirley, Jeremy Adam Smith, Lorna Dee Cervantes and Christy Chan
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St. between Mission and Valencia, San Francisco
How much: $3 to $5 sliding scale, all proceeds benefit the CSC.

About the readers/performers:

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times and international bestseller The Year of Fog, which was a Kirkus Reviews top pick for reading groups, one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2007, a Washington Post A-List selection, and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable book. Her most recent novel is No One You Know, and she's also the author of The Girl In The Fall-Away Dress and Dream Of The Blue Room. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, Oxford American, The Believer,, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She received the 2009 Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the 2006 Mississippi Review Fiction Prize.

John Shirley's most recent books include Bleak History, the lost cyberpunk classic Black Glass, and the story collection Living Shadows. He's also the author of Demons, Crawlers, Spider Moon, Transmaniacon, City Come-Walkin', Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona, The Brigade, A Splendid Chaos, Three-Ring Psychus, Dracula in Love, Cellars, In Darkness Waiting, Wetbones and Silicon Embrace. He's written lyrics for the Blue Öyster Cult and episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, VR5 and Poltergeist.

Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift, and co-editor of the forthcoming books The Compassionate Instinct and Are We Born Racist?. He's senior editor of Greater Good magazine, published by the U.C. Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and founder of Daddy Dialectic, a group blog that explores the experiences of twenty-first-century dads. His essays, short stories, and articles on parenting, popular culture, urban life, and politics have appeared in The Nation,, Mothering, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, Wired, and numerous other periodicals and books.

Lorna Dee Cervantes' poetry collection From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger was awarded the Patterson Poetry Prize, the poetry prize of the Institute of Latin American Writers, and the Latino Literature Award. She founded a literary journal and a small press, both called Mango. Her poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary journals, plus the anthologies Daughters of the Fifth Sun, ¡Floricanto Sí! A Collection of Latina Poetry, Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, and No More Masks!

Christy Chan is a Virginia-born filmmaker and writer whose film Wash 'n' Fold has appeared in many film festivals. She's also done storytelling at the Porchlight Reading Series and elsewhere. She's an affiliate artist at Sausalito's Headland Center For The Arts.

About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won "Best Literary Night" from the SF Bay Guardian readers' poll five years in a row and was named "Best Literary Drinking" by the SF Weekly. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

Hostess Charlie Jane Anders blogs about science fiction and futurism at She's the author of the Lambda Award-winning Choir Boy (2005 Soft Skull Press) and the co-editor, with Annalee Newitz, of She's Such A Geek (Seal Press 2007). She also publishes other magazine.

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