It's an all-star Writers With Drinks, with Dorothy Allison, Mythbusters' Adam Savage, Steven Barnes, Mary Miller and Clint Catalyst. Plus guest host Beth Lisick -- yes, we finally got rid of the crazy bag lady!
Added to the calendar on Sunday Jul 19th, 2009 8:49 PM
When: Saturday, August 8, 2009, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Who: Dorothy Allison, Adam Savage, Steven Barnes, Clint Catalyst, Mary Miller and guest host Beth Lisick!
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St. between Mission and Valencia, San Francisco
How much: $3 to $5 sliding scale, all proceeds benefit the CSC.
About the readers/performers:
Dorothy Allison is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Ferro Grumley prize-winning Bastard Out Of Carolina, the Lilian Smith prize-winning Cavedweller, and the short story collection Trash, plus the forthcoming She Who. She was an award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook, early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals. Her story "Compassion" was selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. She's been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University and a writer in residence at Macondo in San Antonio, TX, and Columbia College in Chicago.
Adam Savage is a special effects expert who hosts the show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. He's also worked on Star Wars Episodes I and II, Space Cowboys, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, the Matrix sequels, and A.I. among others. I've done R&D for toy companies, acted in commercials and films, and done props and sets for Coca-Cola, Dow Corning, Hershey's, Lexus, and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.
Steven Barnes's novels include the Aubry Knight series, the Insh'Allah series, plus Shadow Valley, Great Sky Woman, Charisma, Iron Shadows, Blood Brothers and the Kundalini Equation. With Larry Niven, he's written the Dream Park Series, The Descent of Anansi, Achilles' Choice and Saturn's Choice. With Tananarive Due and Blair Underwood, he writes the Tennyson Hardwick novels. He also wrote the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novelization Far Beyond The Stars, and the Star Wars novel The Cestus Deception, plus two Assassin's Creed novels. He's written for The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Stargate: SG-1 and Andromeda, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Cable, Ace and Endeavor awards.
Clint Catalyst is the author of Cottonmouth Kisses. He's served as contributing editor with Swindle Quarterly and Surface, a managing editor of Permission magazine, and editor-at-large of three literary journals: Praxis, Psychodaisies, The Aeonian. With Michelle Tea, he co-edited the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache. He's won the Isaac Andrew Campbell Memorial Prize for Poetry and the Congress/Bundestag Scholarship, the literary journal CFF deemed Catalyst both "Renaissance Man of the Year" and "Author With Most Anticipated New Release."
Mary Miller is the author of Big World and the chapbook Less Shiny. Her work's appeared in Storyglossia and elsewhere.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won "Best Literary Night" from the SF Bay Guardian readers' poll five years in a row and was named "Best Literary Drinking" by the SF Weekly. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format. The event has been going since April 2001.
About Beth Lisick:
Beth Lisick has published poems, essays, a short fiction collection, and also wrote a weekly nightlife column for SF Gate for eight years. Her stage and screen collaborations with writer/performer Tara Jepsen have yielded some uncomfortable moments, the most recent being a short film called Diving for Pearls which played the international film festival circuit. She also co-organizes the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly show for amateur storytellers in San Francisco. Her book Everybody Into the Pool, was a New York Times bestseller and made Entertainment Weekly's list of Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2005. Her latest book about her adventures in the self-help biz is called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone