Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

When: Tuesday, September 20, 7PM (house opens at 6:30PM)

Where: 934 Brannan St. (Between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 with a potluck dish, cash bar.

What Else: This month’s theme is is “Schoolhouse Rocks”

Feast of Words is a monthly potluck hosted by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit where writers and foodies come together on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to eat, write, and share.

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September’s Feast of Words is inspired by Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Awards Exhibition, a juried exhibition of the best work coming out of regional fine arts MFA programs, on view in our Main Gallery August 17th – September 16th.

Feast of Words is going back to school on the theme “Schoolhouse Rocks” with our very first youth reader from 826 Valencia and our very first youth chefs from Old Skool Café. Take a trip down memory lane with a modern twist on your childhood favorite and don’t forget your homework: a potluck dish to share and a #2 pencil for our creative write-off!

Following the meal and reading, there will be a creative competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme. House opens at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 20th, and space is limited. Please consider purchasing tickets in advance!


Arty Zhang is a writer and a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco. He has been attending workshops in creative writing at 826 Valencia for years, including the weekly class called Writing and Publishing Apprentices. He has published his pieces in several chapbooks and the 826 Quarterly, a literary magazine of student writing. In the photo below Arty tutors a younger student at 826 Valencia’s Exploring Words Summer Camp.

826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6–18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Old Skool Café is a violence prevention program providing jobs and training to at-risk youth ages 16-22 at a 1940s-style supper club. They address the epidemic of violence and recidivism by providing at-risk, previously incarcerated, and foster care youth with a variety of career opportunities that would normally not be afforded them. Their vision is to establish a youth-run restaurant that will employ youth in every area of the business, developing real skills that are transferable in the marketplace.

The SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) Studio Series is an informal assemblage of arts classes and events designed to encourage the production of contemporary work by artists of all ages and skill levels in San Francisco.