I am a writer whose fiction and prose poetry explore themes of illness and healing in surreal, metaphoric ways. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Bard College and an M.A. in English Literature from the Université Michel Montaigne – Bordeaux III, where my thesis focused on the intersection of literature and medicine. I spent seven years teaching English in France, and since my return to my native San Francisco, I have served as Director of Artist Services at WomenArts and Managing Editor at Red Bridge Press. My writing is published in print and online journals, and I am working on a novel. I am passionate about the power of writing as part of the healing process, and I facilitate writing workshops focused on healing.
On Saturday, July 12, I participated in the Oakland Beast Crawl. It was a fantastic time! I got to hear so much great writing, talk to a bunch of awesome writers, and perform my own work! And it was all captured on video.
Charles Kruger and I co-hosted the Bay Area Generations reading at Era Art and Wine Bar. We both performed as surprise musical guests interspersed between three intergenerational pairs of writers. It was fun to sing “Pacific Song” a cappella. Here’s the video.
The crawl was a wonderful celebration of the Bay Area literary community, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you so much to all the organizers, curators, readers, musicians, and audience members…
Read about one participant’s great experience at the last Heal Write workshop at Succulence, as well as an example of the types of writing we generate in the workshops, on her blog. Register for the upcoming three-week Succulent Words workshop to do some healing writing of your own!
It feels great when reviewers clearly understand our mission with the anthology – to present writing that takes risk in both form and content in different ways – and it feels even better when they think we’ve succeeded! Keep in touch with Red Bridge Press by signing up for the mailing list. We’re planning a lot of exciting things for 2014 – including the launch of a webzine (I’ll be the fiction editor), participating in the AWP conference in Seattle in February, and, later in the year, announcing our next publication.
After reading at the inaugural edition of the new Bay Area Generations reading series last month, curators Charles Kruger and Sandra Wassilie asked me to be the guest curator and host of this month’s reading. I’m thrilled and honored to be helping present some amazing cross-generational pairs of local writers in the gorgeous library at the Berkeley City Club Monday, October 28, 7-9 pm.
The lineup for this month’s reading is:
John Oliver Simon + Alana Cybele Zufolo
Stephen Kopel + John Rowe
Karen Penley + GP Skratz
Maw Shein Win + Matt Cantor
Anne Franken + Martin A. David
Plus a return engagement by musicians Miles Karp + Steven Gray
About Bay Area Generations:
The format of this series, our “gimmick” if you will, is that each “reader” is actually an intergenerational creative couple who perform as a pair. Each show includes three to five pairs of readers and one pair of musicians.
We encourage our contributors to be creative within this format, stipulating only that they propose a combined performance lasting no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
“Generations” includes no introductions or banter, but we do provide a program which provides statements from each pair of readers.
I’ve been selected to read at a new series here in SF called Generations, which pairs writers of different generations whose work complements each other. I’ll be reading a short prose piece as the partner to poet Stephen Kopel. I’m honored to take part in the inaugural event!
Generations Reading Series at The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., San Francisco (in North Beach), Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:30-9:30 pm.
The first publication from Red Bridge Press, Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream, is now available for purchase! This wonderful collection of boundary-breaking fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, was a joy to edit. I’m thrilled to be able to share these great pieces from a diverse group of contemporary authors with the world. Check it out!