Notable San Francisco: 9/3–9/9


Wednesday 9/3: Dean Rader celebrates the publication of his anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent with a reading by some of the contributors: Keith Ekiss, Julie Bruck, Hiya Swanhuyser and The Rumpus’ own Barbara Berman. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.

Pandemonium Press has a new series that runs on the first Wednesday of each month, featuring a quartet of authors both preceded and followed by a half-hour open mic: Jannie Dresser, Andrew O. Dugas, Hollie Hardy, and Jon Sindell. Free, 7 p.m., Spice Monkey.

Thursday 9/4: The Holloway Series starts a new season with the traditional staff and faculty reading, featuring C.S. Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, and John Shoptaw, with visiting Holloway lecturer Ed Roberson. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley.

Celebrated and critically acclaimed Vikram Chandra reads from his first work of nonfiction, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code: The Code of Beauty, with an opening statement by Ethan Nosowsky. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

[The] Flash Fiction Collective, curated by Meg Pokrass, Grant Faulkner, and Jane Ciabattari, debuts with readings by Ethel Rohan, Molly Giles, Jason Sinclair Long, and the three founders. Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

Radar Productions presents Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, with readings by Cam Awkward-Rich, Aracely Mondragon, Kevin Simmonds, Purnell, and Celeste Chan. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.

Kundiman NorCal presents Ekphrasis: Guerilla Poetry, Art and Music, a benefit for Asian American writers, with readings, live music, and an art auction. $15-20, 6:30 p.m., ARC Gallery & Studios.

Porchlight has its first of several shows through a grant with the San Francisco Foundation, a collab with The Bold Italic as part of the NightLife at the Academy series. Stories by Chinaka Hodge, Hiya Swanhuyser, Thao Nguyen, and John Reichmuth, with poems on demand, Bay-Area-themed MadLibs, on-the-spot screenprinting, a DJ, and cocktails. 21 and up. $12, 6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences.

Shipwreck, everyone’s favorite competitive erotic fanfiction series, takes on The Maltese Falcon with the help of Leena Rider, Lauren Kennedy, David Cairs, Gabrielle Gomez, and August winner Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Admission includes drinks. $10, 7 p.m., The Booksmith.

Friday 9/5: Small Press Distribution presents six new original short films by local poets and/or artists: Erika Staiti, Tooth with Sophia Wang and Brontez Purnell, Andrew Kenower with Book-Of-Riot and King Tender, Tom Comitta, Denise Newman, and Nikolaos Omeros Koumoundouros. The stacks will be open for an hour before the screenings, with light food and drinks provided. 7 p.m., $5-10 suggested, Small Press Distribution.

Erin Lindsay McCabe and Elizabeth L. Silver both read from their debut novels. Free, 7 p.m., Book Passage Corte Madera.

Saturday 9/6: Live at 851 hosts Gillian Conoley and the visiting Julie Carr, with Stuart Schuffman, Charlie Getter, and Ctch Bsnss. Free, 8 p.m., 851 Haight Street.

Bernal Yoga Literary Series starts off a new season with Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Andrew O. Dugas, Zack Haber, Alexandra Naughton, David Roderick, and Jason Schenheit. Light refreshments, no shoes. $5 suggested, 8 p.m., Bernal Yoga.

Award-winning absurdist writer/performer Dan Carbone and surrealistic one-man band Andrew Goldfarb present Kingdom of Not, a one-of-a-kind evening of monologues and music. $5-10 suggested, 7:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet.

My Body Love Story chronicles the most important relationships we have: the ones with our own body. Queer disabled femme Dominika Bednarska takes us through dance floors, shopping malls, and theaters to tell the story of how she learned to love her body. This isn’t a simple story about hating your body, then loving it, but about the body and self trying to get along. $13, 4:30 p.m., Exit Theatre. – Wonder Dave

Sunday 9/7: Hazel Reading Series celebrates a one year anniversary, with special guest Pireeni Sundaralingam, Mk Chavez, Candace Diaz, Liz Acosta, Amy K. Bell, and Jacqueline Luckett. $5 suggested, 5 p.m., California Institute of Integral Studies.

Cuban poet, essayist, and critical thinker Nancy Morejon reads from and discusses her work. 4 p.m., $10-25 suggested, The Emerald Tablet.

Rebecca Solnit has curated a fundraiser for Modern Times, bringing together nine decades of her favorite San Franciscans, including Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Rene Yanez, Aaron Shurin, Jaime Cortez, Adriana Camarena, Heather Smith, Ulfur Hansson, and Sami Elhaik. $25-40, 5 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore Collective.

Bazaar Writers Salon hosts Rosalie Moffett, David Roderick, and Evan Karp. Free, 6 p.m., Bazaar Cafe.

Give Me Fiction hosts Jason Weisberger, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Wonder Dave, Kelly Anneken, Damon Blake, and Sarah Griff on the theme of Technology. $10, 8 p.m., Cynic Cave.

Monday 9/8Lunada starts a new season with the new moon, a bilingual open mic with features Yosimar Reyes, Lorenz Mazon Dumuk, Melissa Lozano, and Maribel Martinez. $5, 7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza.

Tuesday 9/9: Part of the Holloway Series, a memorial for Hillary Gravendyk, with readings by Cindy Arrieu-King, Julian Brolaski, Ben Burrill, Natalia Cecire, Jessica Fisher, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, Charles Legere, Margaret Ronda, and Susan Schweik. Free, 6:30 p.m., UC Berkeley.

Voz Sin Tinta, which recurs on the second Tuesday of every month, is an open mic with features TBA. Free, 6:30 p.m., Alley Cat Books.

The Radar Reading Series hosts Indira Allegra, Emer Martin, Courtney Moreno, and Evan Karp. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.


Videos from some of last week’s notables: Sleepwalking in Paradise (Andrew O. Dugas); Amy’s Kitchen Organic Reading Series (Paul Ebenkamp, Marie Hoff); Bay Area Poetry Marathon (Megan Breiseth, Trevor Calvert, Natalie Catasus, Norma Cole, Gillian Conoley, Owen Hill, Andrew Joron, Kevin Killian, Nora Toomey).


This week’s featured local author is Alia Volz (click to read an interview):

Evan Karp is the founder and executive director of Quiet Lightning and the founding editor of Litseen. He writes literary columns for the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, and SF/Arts. More from this author →