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West Coast Tour 2017, San Francisco

  • Alley Cat Books 3036 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet at San Francisco's wonderful Alley Cat Books.

Featuring contributors and special guests Jessica Barksdale, Patrick Cahill, Carol Dorf, Richard Loranger, Julian Mithra, Jan Steckel, and Maw Shein Win. 

Hosted by Jane Ormerod


The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming, in Waccamaw JournalSalt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension. In addition, Jessica holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Patrick Cahill co-edits Ambush Review, a San Francisco based literary and arts magazine. He received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UCSC. His poetry twice received the Central Coast Writers Award. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Left Curve, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Digging Our Poetic Roots, Otoliths, Aji, Into The Void, and riverbabble. 

Carol Dorf is the author of the chapbooks Theory Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press) and Some Years Ask (Locofo Chaps, Moria Press.) Her poetry appears in Sin Fronteras, Antiphon, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, and Best of Indie Lit New England. Carol is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches mathematics in Berkeley.

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, California. He is the author of Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), as well as Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Recent work can be found in Oakland Review, Dryland, Overthrowing Capitalism vol. 2 (Revolutionary Poets Brigade), and the online anthology HIV Here & Now.

Julian Mithra, primarily a performance artist, hovers between genre and gender, border-mongering and mongreling. Resisting essentialisms, they roll out monologues, collage black & white zines, clip poem videos, and rubber stamp imprints. They hold an MA in Folklore from UC Berkeley. Their work has been featured in Gendertrash CaféMilvia StreetStorm CellarWhirlwind, Sharkpack Review, and enough/enough.

Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who left the practice of medicine because of chronic pain. Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards for LGBT writing. Her award-winning fiction and poetry appear in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and others. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press, and her full-length poetry collection will be published by Manic D Press in spring 2018. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.



Earlier Event: October 29
Spoken Word Sundays NYC
Later Event: November 4
West Coast Tour 2017, Oakland