Litquake Announces Spring 2017 Collection of New Looks!
Shadow & Light series will mix clarity, sanity, humor & vivid colors to maximum effect as a direct antidote to the grey and grim political realities of the Trump card being played on the national and international stages; Master Class Mixers will showcase famous local authors and literati in intimate, 3-hour intensives for groups of no more than 15 (with wine receptions to follow), one of which involves a reference to the ever-elusive hoopskirt when it comes to writing the historical novel; Partnering with SF Jazz for the SF JAZZ Poetry Festival will see current and past Laureates and other poets and musicians giving voice to the elemental, which as we know, never goes out of style
April 15 - Alejandro Muruía: SF Poet Laureate; American Book Award Winner; author of Southern Front,This War Called Love and Stray Poems on the power of poetry and how to focus rage into your writing.
April 22 - Ellen Sussman: Bestselling author of A Wedding in Provence; French Lessons; The Paradise Guest House; On A Night Like This reveals how taking risks and bending rules can enhance creativity and writing.
May 6 - Annie Barrows: Hilarious and brainy co-author of the bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society gives her take on establishing time and place in your historical novel, and how "one hoopskirt does not a Civil War novel make."
May 13 - Sarah Ladipo Manyika: Nigerian-born author of the million-selling In Dependence and the upcoming Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun sheds light on how a writer can use performance to explore voice for a character.
June 3 - Ted Weinstein: A book proposal boot camp with this leading literary agent who represents a slew of bestselling nonfiction authors.
Summer and Fall Master Class Mixers will include: Ishmael Reed; Laura Cogan; Joshua Mohr; Gail Tsukiayama; Carolina de Robertis; T.J. Stiles; Josh Kornbluth
All events will be held at the Litquake offices at the Mechanics' Institute Library at 57 Post Street, Suite 604 in San Francisco; tickets for each are $105.00, with each master class limited to only fifteen students; all sessions will be closed with a wine reception with the featured author!
Ishmael Reed: Author, journalist, activist and former SFJAZZ Poet Laureate
Tennessee Reed: Poet and author
Alejandro Murguía: San Francisco Poet Laureate
Janice Mirikitani: American Sansei poet and activist
April 7 - Peace Matters
Rico Pabon: Poet, musician, singer, and hip-hop artist
Jennifer Barone & Daniel Heffez: author and poet Barone will appear with multi-instrumentalist Heffez
Mo Sati & Claude Palmer: Palestinian poet, caligrapher and artist Sari will appear with oud player Palmer
April 8 - Black Lives Matter
Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Poet, performer and director of 7-part HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
Lewis Jordan: International touring and recording musician; poet; actor and playwright
AVOCTJA: Award winning poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City
April 6-9 - We Insist: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite
devorah major & Destiny Muhammad: San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate and author of four poetry books as well as novels and biographies will appear with Destiny Muhammad, recording/performing artist, band leader, composer and producer who combines jazz with storytelling
Genny Lim with Anthony Brown & the Asian American Orchestra: Poet, playwright and performer Lim will appear with Anthony Brown, composer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist, Guggenheim fellow, Smithsonian Associate Scholar, and Artistic Director of the GRAMMY nominated Asian American Orchestra
More information on specific dates and times of specific programming for the SF Jazz Poetry Festival, along with tickets, can be found HERE
*** In addition, Lit Cast Live, Litquake's series of recorded live-in-bookstores events will begin in April Also, Litquake will launch this year's Poetic Tuesday lunchtime poetry series in May as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This outdoors event on the esplanade is curated this year by poet and educator Brynn Saito. All programs are 12:30-1:30pm and are FREE
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday, June 13
Tuesday, July 11
Tuesday, August 8
Tuesday, September 12
Tuesday, October 10
Words matter. Litquake is a nonprofit foundation which sparks critical conversation, and inspires writers and readers to celebrate the written word. We serve the San Francisco Bay Area all year.
Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented close to 8000 author appearances for an audience of over 165,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals. 2017 Dates: 10/6-14. www.litquake.org
Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, Margaret & Will R. Hearst III Gift Fund, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, craigconnects.org, Jack & Rose Ulllman Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Chronicle Books, California Institute of Integral Studies, HarperOne, Moleskine, Out of Print, San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Travel, Stanford Continuing Studies, California College of the Arts, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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