Saturday, November 8, 2008

If you're in the Bay Area, I'm doing a reading...


Just wanted to let you know that I'm doing a reading on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7 pm, in Oakland, CA.

There's just ONE teeny little problem.

I have NO IDEA what to read. To write about, actually. I am having Writer's Block like all git out. I've been so involved in the election that I've put it off, and now I'm, um, up that creek without a paddle. I know it will be memoir (as it always is), but I don't know what the THEME will be. Ugh.

If anyone can come up with a good topic that I can use, I will send you a present.


And if you come, I will give you big hugs and my undying gratitude.



This month we’re mixing things up a bit with some delicious prose.

November’s writers are electric with humor, grace and pizzazz – just what you’ll
need to heat up these chilly autumn nights!

So, please come out and support these talented writers (and have a bowl of yummy
soup or a steaming cup of tea while you’re at it!)
Your Host,

Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen

The Word is Out: Oakland’s Emerging Writers Mix it Up!

“The Word is Out: Oakland’s Emerging Writers Mix it Up!” – a literary reading series
featuring some of Oakland’s most talented emerging writers. A mixture of poetry
and prose, this series includes a range of writers from Oakland’s diverse artist
communities and Bay Area Creative Writing programs. Come mix it up at The Mixing
Bowl Cafe and experience great food and contemporary works from Mills College, California
College of Art (CCA), Stanford University’s Stegner Program, Deep Oakland, Voices
of Our Nations (VONA) and more.


WHEN: 2nd Wednesdays of the Month


WHERE: The Mixing Bowl Cafe,
4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

READERS: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Melanie Hilario is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. Constantly on
multiple projects at once, she feels sort of like the Samuel L. Jackson of the writing
world. Mel loves her dog Gogo, kung fu, grammar, and the city of Oakland. Her novel
misses her terribly, but they have frequent one-night stands in between jobs.

Diana Ipis completing her first collection of stories and starting a novel based
on a short story. She is a graduate of the Mills MFA program and has attended residencies
and workshops at Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center and Voices of Our Nation Arts
(VONA). She was the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant in 2008. She
published her first story "Drunken Chicken" in Hyphen Magazine this spring.

Karen Finlay(not to be confused with the performance artist who spells her name
with an "EY") received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College,
where she wrote serious, hard-hitting pieces about buying Go-Go's records and
getting her period for the first time. Since then, her work has been seen in many
emails, myspace comments, and on her blog, She
has also aired some dirty laundry as part of The Rebel Reading Series and has been
featured on A Gemini who loves pina coladas and hates getting caught
in the rain, she has a deep love/hate relationship with The Twilight series by Stephenie

Cleavon Smith, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Mills College Creative
Writing MFA Program was born and raised in Mississippi and moved to the Bay Area
while still serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Cleavon has been a National
Endowment of the Humanities Fellow and his prose and poetry has been published in
the “Potomac Review,” “The Best Gay Asian Erotica,” and “Nine Lives,” a collection
of essays about the lives of Bay Area elders in facilitated care. He lives in Oakland
with his fiancée and their cat Cedric and teaches in the English Department at Berkeley
City College.


December 10, 2008
Grace Loh
Ly Nguyen
Caroline Kim Brown

Contact: Armando Koghan at 510-655-5630 (The Mixing Bowl) or Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen


Delinquent said...

I just know you'll come up with something. Maybe go through some of your old photos and stuff and something will present itself.

Sparkleneely said...

I'm in hell! This is the worst it's ever been!

Sparkleneely said...

Okay, I'm better now. I've got it!!!

Unknown said...

i wish i could be there - i would hang out just to listen to you breath. okay, so that's creepy, but you know what i mean x x x xx

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it! I can access your site! (We'll see how long this lasts though.)

Write about that children's author who put out the books with the doll getting spanked by the teddy bear. I just bought her biography at Issues last week. And they've reissued one of those picture books!


Sparkleneely said...

Gemma, I wish you could be there, too -- we could just forget about the reading and do The MADISON!!!

I miss you!!!!!


Sparkleneely said...

CARLOS!!! Since you're one of the "stars" of my blog, I'm so gald you have access, no matter how fleeting...

OMG. That biography is so GOOD and creepy. I had that book (The Lonely Doll) when I was little (still do), and it always fascinated me. And Dare Wright... she's fascinating, beautiful, and so sad. (I would have lent it to you, but I'm glad you're giving Issues business!)

I want to hear about Vegas... hopefully I'll see you Wednesday!!!


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