• Saturday, September 2nd from 5:00-6:00 PM | GET TO KNOW YOUR MFAS: Saint Mary’s College & Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, A Literary Reading for BEAST CRAWL 2017, curated by Kelsay Myers and Keith Donnell @ Kingston 11 (2270 Telegraph, Oakland, CA)
    Join SFSU and SMC for some Caribbean cuisine, rum, and a special hour of reading featuring contributors and former editors of San Francisco State’s Fourteen Hills, Heather June Gibbons, Margaret Spilman and Danielle Truppi, as well as distinguished alumni Ani Tascian (Nonfiction ’15), Robert Andrew Perez (Poetry ’11), Meg Hurtado Bloom (Poetry ’09) and Sheila Davies Sumner (Poetry ’12) from Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA in Creative Writing Program!!!

    Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing Program is on the cutting edge between the traditional and experimental. For 21 years, it’s provided mentorship, a supportive literary community, and exceptional writing! |

    Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review contributes to a vibrant literary tradition on the West Coast, committed to publishing a diversity of experimental and progressive work by emerging and established authors. |

    BEAST CRAWL is Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary festival featuring more than 200 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty-eight local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, performance spaces, and storefronts.

    Each leg of The Beast lasts one hour, and offers a dozen different readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. Printed crawl maps will be available on the day of the festival at all the Leg 1 events, and at the Beast Crawl Information Table in front of The Legionnaire Saloon.

    Everyone is invited to the Leg 4 After Parties (marked with stars on the crawl map) starting at 9pm at The Legionnaire Saloon (drinks, dancing, 21+) and Telegraph Beer Garden (food, drinks, all ages). Follow the Beast on Facebook!


  • Friday, September 29th – Sunday, November 5th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM (everyday except Tuesdays) | HUNGRY GHOST: Yearning for Fulfillment, A group art exhibition exploring the intersection of chronic heartache and prescriptions for resilience, curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee @ Gallery Route One’s Project Space: Far From Home Series (11101 Highway One Ste. 1101, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956)
    Presented by Gallery Route One and the PLACE Collective, and inspired by the curatorial vision of Lisa Chiu, this show provides us with the necessary creative tools through art, dialogue, and heartfelt sharing to address the urgent need to develop sustainable compassion across diverse communities. “Hungry Ghost” is based on broad Asian cultural beliefs that we have souls wandering the earth with unfulfilled longing. Since 2009, A PLACE OF HER OWN has been both a series of healing and transformative workshops and culminating art exhibitions that ultimately answer the question, “If I had a place of my own, what would it be?” The PLACE collective is the core of artists and facilitators committed to the process of this workshop series and culminating exhibition.

    This exhibition invited resilient women artists of color whose families have been affected by forced migration, strangling colonization, war and corrupt governments, curated because of the work they do in the community. For them, social justice art is a calling, not a choice. They courageously share their stories of trauma to point us towards a new hope for unity, resilience, power and love. Using their personal struggles as the inspiration for the art installations, they aim to heal and transform themselves and visitors in the process. They use journaling, group and family discussions creating art that explores yearning, desire, acceptance and fulfillment.

    Artists: Manon Bogerd Wada, Reiko Fujii, Kelsay E. Myers, Natalie Sacramento, Cynthia Tom, Irene Wibawa and Maggie Yee

    Visitors are invited to participate in the thought process and contribute to a community art installation with “The Wishing Tree” and “Spirit House.” What is unfulfilled in your life?

    Opening Reception | Saturday, September 30th from 3:00-5:00 PM
    Panel Discussion: TELLING STORY | Saturday, October 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM
    Closing Celebration | Sunday, November 5th from 2:00-5:00 PM



  • Thursday, April 27th – May 25th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
    Our second Mindful & Conscious book choice is The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg. Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen priest and author of What is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, says, “No one writes about Zen and writing and being human with more honesty, verve, and punch than Natalie Goldberg. Now in the fullness of her Great Spring, she tells, with more vividness and wisdom than ever before, stories from her life illuminated by the Zen teachings and practice that have informed it.” Please RSVP at the Meetup link or get in contact with me directly if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have teas, coffee, wine, light appetizers and desserts to munch on while we talk. Feel free to bring and keep a journal while you read. We will provide short writing prompts for those inspired to write about their own life and practice. The stories are organized in sections, and we plan to cover one section per meeting.

    Thurs 4/27: Preface, Introduction and Searching

    Thurs 5/4: Wandering and Zigzagging

    Thurs 5/11: Losing

    Thurs 5/18: Leaping and Afterword

    Join us on Facebook if you want to add your comments along the way or want to participate from a distance.


  • Friday, February 3rd, 17th and March 3rd, 17th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
    Our first Mindful & Conscious book choice is Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach. Please RSVP at the Meetup link above if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have tea, coffee and light appetizers. Feel free to bring any other snacks or beverages you might like to share:

    Fri 2/3 Chap 1-3

    Fri 2/17 Chap 4-6

    Fri 3/3 Chap 7-9

    Fri 3/17 Chap 10-12

    Three chapters at a time so that we can journal, digest, infuse and live the invitations before coming to chat. We can truly use this as a workbook. Join us on Facebook if you want to add your comments along the way or want to participate from a distance.


  • Sunday, February 19th, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 PM | Literary Arts & Wine @ Art Truckee (10072 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161)
    “Literary Arts & Wine” is a literary reading series held at Art Truckee in old downtown Truckee to promote the poerty and prose of regional writers. FOR THIS READING, IT IS “ALL ABOUT LOVE.” Historically, Valentine’s day is a confusion of pagan ritual, Roman debauchery (which involved alcohol, spanking and coupling; not necessarily in that order), official beheadings, the industrialized Hallmark Valentine Card (circa 1913) and today’s staple SAD (Single’s Awareness Day) celebration. It is somehow also associated with sacrificing goats and dogs; a flying infant armed with a bow and arrow ready to “shoot” love into the eyeball of some random passerby; red roses, a symbol that simultaneously points to innocence and (no pun intended) deflowering; and, finally, those sassy sweat tart-hearts that tell you to “kiss me” and, just as you think things could end well: “as if.”

    Join poets Kelsay Elizabeth Myers, June Saraceno and Arian Katsimbras as they explore the good, the bad and (maybe?) the dirty as they explore February’s favorite four-letter word (L-O-V-E). Literary Wine pairings will be encouraged to lovers of lit in all its forms.


  • Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 PM | 15th Annual MFA in Creative Writing Scholarship Fund Benefit @ Dolby Chadwick Gallery (210 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108)
    An extraordinary evening featuring some of the nation’s most renowned writers, including acclaimed writer Natalie Baszile, Pulitzer-Prize winner Louise Glück; award-winning author and poet Michael Ondaatje, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and celebrated author Linda Spalding. Marilyn Abildskov will give a toast in honor of the late MFA Professor, Wesley Gibson, announcing the Velvet Archer Scholarship in Memory of Wesley. Hosted by Saint Mary’s English Professor and New York Times poetry editor, Matthew Zapruder, Benefit tickets include opportunities to meet the featured writers, hors d’oeuvres, a hosted beer and wine bar, virtual reality painting music and typewriter poems. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including the grand prize—a week-long vacation at Villa La Quercia, a classically restored stone villa on a 155-acre estate in Tuscany that sleeps eight, along with $500 in travel funds. Prizes include a week’s stay in Sun Valley, Idaho; a private wine tasting for eight at the Caymus Vineyards in Napa, and a golf outing at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland. Get your tickets here!