Hazel Reading Series

Next Event: Sept 7, 2014

Hazel officially turns ONE! Celebrate our birthday with us with some great, yet-to-be discovered literature from guest reader Pireeni Sundaralingam.

She’ll be joined by:

MK Chavez, invited by Cassandra Dallett
Candace Diaz, invited by Sara Mumolo
Liz Acosta, invited by Clare Marie Myers
Amy Bell, invited by Ploi Pirapokin
Jacqueline Luckett, invited by Alyss Dixson

Find us at the California Institute of Integral Studies on 1453 Mission Street.
5pm to 7pm

Eat, drink and be literary! We’ll have free wines, light bites, and good reads.

We will gratefully accept a $5 donation :)

Writer Bios
Pireeni Sundaralingam. Born in Sri Lanka and raised both there and in England, Pireeni Sundaralingam is co-editor of Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. Arkansas Press, 2010), which won both the 2011 N. California Book Award as well as the 2011 Josephine Miles national book award from PEN Oakland. Her own poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review,The Progressive, Cyphers (Ireland), Karavan (Sweden), The North (UK), and Magma (UK) among others, as well as in anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, & Macmillan, and has been translated into several languages, including Gaelic, Swedish, Vietnamese and Tamil.

Educated at the University of Oxford, Sundaralingam has held research posts as a cognitive scientist at MIT and UCLA, and national fellowships in both poetry and cognitive, as well as, most recently, a fellowship in interdisciplinary thinking at the Institute for Spatial Experiments, in Berlin. She is currently writing a book on Creativity, Poetry, and The Brain.

Candace Eros Diaz is a San Francisco Writer’s Grotto Fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is the Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California where she also received her MFA in both creative nonfiction and fiction. She is a recipient of a Vermont Studio Center residency and her work has appeared in MARY: A Journal of New Writing and The East Bay Review. Her essay “Breaking Wide Open” was a selected finalist for the The Iowa Review’s annual writing contest in nonfiction, the winner of the 2013 San Miguel Writer’s Conference writing contest in creative nonfiction, and will appear in Huizache in fall 2014. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Liz Acosta is a pink-haired feminist originally from Los Angeles, but currently inhabiting the city of San Francisco, where she is mostly busy being a social media manager for an online dog and cat magazine. Liz’s first writing gig was writing copy for a celebrity gossip site, from which she was fired. Now, when she isn’t posting cute kitten photos to Facebook, she’s busy working on a young adult fantasy novel, turning into a dragon to breathe fire at catcallers, and falling more in love with the idea of love than the actual practice of it.

Amy K. Bell writes fiction and poetry. Her long poem, Book of Sibyl, was published by The Gorilla Press in 2013. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in Sparkle & Blink, The Tusk and is forthcoming JERRY Magazine. She is currently working on a short novel, Bald Mountain, which she hopes will cure her of apocalypse dread.

MK Chavez is the author of Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press) Visitation, Next Exit #9 (with John Sweet) and Pinnacle (Kendra Steiner Editions.) Chavez has been published widely online and in print, recent and upcoming work can be found in Generations, This is Poetry and Zone 3. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Conference, Antioch Writers Workshop and VONA. She is co-founder/co-curator of the Berkeley based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges. She is also one of the organizers of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. You can find out more about her by visiting http://www.birdness.org

Jacqueline Luckett left the corporate world in 1999 to kickstart her writing career with classes she took on a dare—from herself. A native Californian, she lives and writes in Oakland, but takes time out to indulge her love of traveling and to nurture her passion for photography and exotic foods.

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