Metaphors in the Mission: Poetry

Event has passed (Sun Oct 14, 2018 - Sun Oct 14, 2018)
Alley Cat Books


What better way to savor your Sunday evening in the Mission District than checking out the voices of emerging and established Bay Area poets? Featuring Jason Bayani, MK Chavez, Heather Gibbons, Brian Laidlaw, Susie Meserve, Aaron Shurin, and Kathleen Winter. FREE

Authors and Participants

Jason Bayani

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013). He is an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater... Read More ?

MK Chavez

Oakland based Latinx writer MK Chavez is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press.) She is a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award and her poem "The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself Among the Ruins" was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts... Read More ?

Heather Gibbons

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press. She is also the author of two chapbooks, and her poems have appeared widely in literary journals. A graduate of the... Read More ?

Brian Laidlaw

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-songwriter originally from the Bay Area. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium (Paper Darts Press) and The Stuntman (Milkweed Editions), each of which includes a companion album of original music; another book called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming... Read More ?

Susie Meserve

Susie Meserve is a poet, essayist, blogger, and mother. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Elle,, and the book anthology Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness. Her debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, won the 2018... Read More ?

Aaron Shurin

Aaron Shurin is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Rios Books), The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and Citizen, a collection of prose poems (City Lights Books... Read More ?

Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter's second book, I will not kick my friends (2018), won the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize. Her debut collection, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, won the Texas Institute of Letters first book award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Agni, New Statesman, New Republic... Read More ?


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