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Start: 7:30 pm
Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series that features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community that lives in the Bay Area. Featured readers: Thaisa Frank Novuyo Masakhane Kristi Moos Brynn Saito A. Razor Curated by Sharon Coleman BIOS Thaisa Frank's sixth book, Enchantment (Counterpoint Press) is a collection of short fiction Her recent novel,Heidegger's Glasses, (2010, Counterpoint Press) has been widely translated. Her other books include A Brief History of Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet, Finding Your Writers Voice, and A Literary Dictionary of Dirty Words. Thaisa is a post-baccalaureate advisor in creative writing at UC Berkeley. Some people believe she used to give psychic readings; but that is only a rumor started one of her characters. Dancer, writer, spiritual counselor, filmmaker, Novuyo Masakhane—born in Denver Colorado and raised in Southern California—has worked as a professional artist for over twenty years. She is the producer of String of Pearls Creative Writing Salon, which host classes, workshops and reading events for writers. She’s working on a novel entitled House of Jewels as well as a project, In Search of my Father, chronicling the history of her East Texas ancestry. Her work appears in Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal 2009, 2010. Novuyo is the proud mama of three beautiful sons. And lives in the San Francisco Bay Area Kristi Moos is the editor of Poecology. She is the author of Oakland Poems (Deep Oakland Editions 2010) which won the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Prairie Schooner; Denver Quarterly; New American Writing; Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure (Red Hen Press, 2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry published by Diode Editions. Brynn’s poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades. Brynn was born in the Central Valley of California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. Currently, Brynn lives in the Bay Area and teaches in San Francisco. A nearly insignificant figure in contemporary American poetry and prose, A. Razor was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1963 and brought to California by the age of one. He was raised in San Bernardino and has since been homeless, in prison or on the run from the law most of his adult life. For the last eight years, he has been trying to recover and help others to recover from similar circumstances. He is a co-founder of Punk Hostage Press, 2012, with Iris Berry. He’s author ofDrawn Blood, Small Catastrophes in a Big World, Beaten Up, Beaten Down, and Better than a Gun in a Knife Fight.