December's Writers With Drinks is going to be our most epic yet. Featuring space opera, Venusian airships, squid science, Native American poetry and tons of queer literature!
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Becky Chambers, Alyssa Cole, David D. Levine, Dean Rader, Danna Staaf and Lauren Sanders!
How much: $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco, CA
About the readers/performers:
Becky Chambers is the author of science fiction novels The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in various corners of the Internet, including Pornokitsch and Tor.com. She can be found online at otherscribbles.com and @beckysaysrawr.
Alyssa Cole's books include An Extraordinary Union, A Hope Divided, and A Princess in Theory. She's a former science editor, pop culture nerd, and lover of happily ever afters who lives in the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. She has contributed to publications including The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers. When she’s not writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband, tending to her herd of animals, and attempting to get around her Twitter-blocking app.
Danna Staaf is the author of Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods. She earned a PhD in invertebrate biology from Stanford University, and has contributed to KQED, San Francisco, and wrote “Squid a Day” for the blog Science 2.0.
David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequel Arabella and the Battle of Venus(Tor 2017), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.
Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and visual culture. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a First Book of Poems, and won the 2010 Writer's League of Texas Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn), was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2013. His newest collection of poems is entitled Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). A portfolio of poems from the book won the George H. Bogin Award (judged by Stephanie Burt) from the Poetry Society of America. Suture, a collection of collaborative poems written with Simone Muench, is forthcoming. His most recent scholarly book is Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI.
Lauren Sanders' latest novel is The Book of Love and Hate. She's also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and With or Without You, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her writing has appeared over the years in publications and journals including Book Forum, the American Book Review, and Time Out/New York. She is also co-editor of a really fun anthology called Too Darn Hot: Writing About Sex Since Kinsey.
About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won numerous "Best ofs" from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels. The spoken word "variety show" mixes genres to raise money for local 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.