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Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94110
Hazel is back after a short summer break! Join us for an amazing line-up of beautiful Bay Area women writers.
Come early and grab some wine and meet new people! Readers include:
ANGIE CHAU is the author of award winning collection, Quiet As They Come (IG Publishing, 2010). She is the recipient of the Maurice Prize in Fiction and has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency, Hedgebrook Residency, Macondo Foundation Fellowship, and was the 2013 Walter Stiern Library Writer in Residence. Her work has appeared in Bomb Magazine, Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the 2012 Hey Day Books anthology, New California Writing, and other publications. She was born in Vietnam has lived a nomadic life moving to Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and Hawaii. She is a member of DVAN and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She is working on a novel and currently calls the Bay Area home.
Author website: angiechau.com/
K.R. MORRISON has been featured twice in Bay Area Generations: A Reading Series for the Ages, and in April, she was a feature poet at Hollie Hardy’s monthly Saturday Night Special. K.R. Morrison has also read at various Bay Area events. Her first publication “When in Mexico” appeared in Switchback Magazine in July, 2016, and she’s had five other poems published by Bay Area Generations. As an educator, K.R. Morrison teaches poetry to her Creative Writing class and for ten years, ends the school year by raising funds and self publishing original student produced poetry collections written by her students.
She’s currently working on a poetry collection entitled, From Her Wrist, and once the manuscript is finished, she hopes to have it published by a press that reflects the priorities she voices in her writing.
DENISE BENAVIDES is a performance artist, poet, and educator based in Oakland, California. She uses the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love. She writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently teaching at Skyline College. Her debut collection of poetry, Split, was released in the fall of 2016 by Kórima Press. For more information, please visit denisebenavides.com
BLANCA TORRES grew up on the dry, eastern side of Washington state and now lives in the East Bay. She left her hometown of Pasco to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she learned the meaning of culture shock. She has worked as a reporter and columnist for several major newspapers in Detroit, Kansas City, Fort Worth Texas, Seattle, Baltimore and now San Francisco, where she writes for the Business Times. She recently returned to the Bay Area after a two-year stint in the Pacific Northwest, where she wrote for the Seattle Times.She earned a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Mills College and was the 2009 winner of the Marion Hood Boess Haworth Prize for Fiction for Children & Young Adults. She published an essay in the anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. She is a contributing writer for Crónicas, an online forum where journalists and academics research, produce, and disseminate content with the U.S. Latino and Latina world in mind. She is putting together a collection of short stories and working on a memoir about her mother’s childhood in Mexico.
E.K. Keith shouts her poems on the street corner and takes the mic at bars, coffee shops, and radio stations. She makes her home in San Francisco, but an early life in urban Texas still influences her worldview. Print and online publications feature her work including, Meniscus, River, Blood & Corn, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Nerve Cowboy. E.K. organizes Poems Under the Dome, San Francisco's annual open mic celebration of Poetry Month inside City Hall. E.K. has never fit neatly into any racial, cultural, or ethnic categories which results in her tendency towards social justice and peacemaking. She loves libraries and schools so much she became a teacher librarian.
TAYLOR DUCKETT (Just Duléa) is a poet-activist, author, songwriter, & Musician. She is also the founder of publishing company Conviction 2 Change LLC. Taylor has authored three books to date, and has written for numerous print and online publications on topics ranging from spirituality to race relations. As you engage with her work you will see that her passion lies with justice for the oppressed, disenfranchised, and forgotten. Taylor strives through her own works, as well as through Conviction 2 Change, to give a voice to those who may not otherwise have one.
Born in New York and raised in Southwest Florida, Taylor has recently made San Francisco her home as she pursues her M.A. in poetry at SF State. She is presently working on two poetry collections and a poetry EP, all set to debut in 2018.