Feast of Words: Literary Potluck Gets Naughty (and Nice)

Azalina's Malaysian, Simon Sheppard

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When:Tuesday December 7, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
What else: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish and $12 at the door.  For more information visit http://feastofwords.eventbrite.com or write feastofwords@somarts.org

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, a monthly event that is part social, part reading series, and part inspiration for writers and foodies alike. Co-hosted by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit, Feast of Words takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. Each month features short writing exercises, shared food and featured culinary and literary guests.

December’s writing theme is “Naughty or Nice” and features literary and culinary guests Simon Sheppard, and Azalina (of Azalina’s Malaysian), respectively. Feast of Words starts at 7:00pm on Tuesday, December 7th. Admission is $10 in advance at www.feastofwords.eventbrite.com, $5 with a potluck dish or $12 at the door. Space is limited to 60 writers, advance tickets are recommended.

December’s event will also include a quick-write competition of “naughty” and “nice” on-the-spot writing with special prizes for the winners! Our of fairness to all, prepared notes are not allowed.

Literary guest Simon Sheppard has been dubbed “our erotica king” by San Francisco magazine, and is the author of five books, including Kinkorama, the award-winning Hotter Than Hell and Other Stories, and his latest collection, Sodomy!. Sheppard’s editing of Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica won a Lambda Literary Award. His work has also appeared in over three hundred anthologies, including several editions of The Best American Erotica and a record-breaking eighteen appearances in the Best Gay Erotica series. He lives in San Francisco, curates the performance series Perverts Put Out!, hangs out at simonsheppard.com, and, if pressed, can make a mean soufflé.

For Feast of Words, Sheppard will be reading an erotic story set on the 5th night of Hannukah, entitled “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.”

Culinary guest Azalina is the exuberant and creative proprietor of Azalina’s Malaysian, a high quality catering and street food business. She has been guest chef for top San Francisco establishments such as Delfina’s and has catered for top personalities in the Bay Area.  Azalina creates original menus with fresh sustainable ingredients.  As a caterer, Azalina has run events from over 300 people to intimate small dinners. Classically trained in Penang, Malaysia and Singapore, Azalina continues to learn and apply culinary and business skills as she grows and expands Azalina’s Malaysian. Her delicious eats have been served up in Tokyo, Japan and here in San Francisco for the past 10 years.

Lex Leifheit is the executive director of SOMArts Cultural Center. She co-founded the High Street Writers Collective in Connecticut and has organized readings online, on street corners, and in storefronts as well as hallowed institutions.

Irina Zadov is the Director of Experience and Programs at Zeum: San Francisco Children’s Museum. She is a practicing artist with a passion for bringing people together through food, stories, and romps through the imagination.

About the SOMArts Studio Series

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.

SOMArts programs are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program, with funding from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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