Spring forward with:
Natalia Vigil, nominated by Janine Mogannam
Zoe Addison, nominated by Amy Berkowitz
Katrin Gibb, nominated by E.S.O. Martin
Mgb, nominated by Janice Sapigao
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, nominated by Karen Llagas
Join us for lively literature, festive company, snacks and wine! As always, we welcome your priceless presence. The event is free but you’ll help support our dear readers with a donation of $5.
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, Room 565
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Natalia Vigil was born and raised in San Francisco, the city that inspires her everyday. She captures the resiliency of her loved ones and community in her multi-genre writing and encourages others to do the same. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows including Curbside Splendor Press, Mic.com, Know the Names of Things Anthology, Intersection for the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop, SOMArts, and Mission Cultural Center, She loves collaborative projects and is the proud curator of Gathering The Embers at SOMArts every October and the co-founder of Still Here, a performance and community dialogue project that explores the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI individuals raised in S.F.
Zoe Addison says y’all but grew up in Milwaukee, WI. With Cynthia Spencer, she co-wrote and co-designed the nonlinear hypertext poem &c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c. Her work can also be found in Deluge, It’s night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny in Oakland and Everyday Genius. She has forthcoming poems in Hold Journal and, with Zach Ozma, a collaboration in Macaroni Necklace. She lives in Oakland.
Katrin Gibb received an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She’s published poetry in the Lewis & Clark Review, a novella excerpt and nonfiction essay in SF State’s undergraduate journal, Transfer Magazine, and “As Elvis,” a short story, in Hobart. Later this year, Chance Press, a small press located in Emeryville, will be publishing “As Elvis” as an illustrated book. “As Elvis” was twice nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Katrin is currently working on a number of short stories and something longer.
mgb (Marygrace Burns) has been a poet since she first learned how to write her name, an educator with Pinay/Pinoy Educational Partnerships since 2006, and a dancer with MEnD Dance Company since September 2011. Her work has been published in Yellow Journal, Tayo Literary Magazine, Kilusan for Kids, amongst others and has been adapted for the stage at Bindlestiff Studios. She holds degrees in Asian American Studies and Creative Writing and earned her MFA from Mills College in 2013. She now divides her time writing in the margins of various spaces, searching for used copies of her favorite books, and teaching Language Arts to community college students. She was a mermaid in a past life, a werewolf in this one and hopes to be a faerie in the next one. Her favorite color is purple.
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet’s The Greenhouse was awarded the 2014 Frost Place Prize and published by Bull City Press in September 2014. Her first book, Tulips, Water, Ash, was selected for the Morse Poetry Prize and published by University Press of New England. Her poems have been awarded a Javits fellowship and a Phelan Award, and have appeared in journals including Kenyon Review, Cream City Review, At Length, Quarterly West, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and Third Coast and in the anthologies Best New Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She writes, edits, and teaches in Oakland, California.