What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck “Celebrate”
When: Tuesday, December 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. Advance tickets: http://feastofwords.eventbrite.com
What Else: This month’s theme is is “Celebrate”
‘Tis the season to celebrate creativity and community. This month’s theme “celebrate” honors a year of community created through shared experiences around food and writing. Join us for a reading from Cave Canem fellow Arisa White, whose work explores sexuality, trust, geography, truth telling, and coming of age. Youth chefs from Old Skool Café and our Potluck Brigade will serve dishes inspired the themes of her poetry, though all are encouraged to contribute to the potluck.
Following the meal and reading, guests can share their writing from the workshop portion of the evening for an opportunity to win great prizes. Eat, write, and share with us at Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck!
ABOUT ARISA WHITE
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and holds a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Author of two poetry chapbooks, Disposition for Shininess (Factory Hollow Press, 2008) and Post Pardon (Mouthfeel Press, 2011), she was selected by the San Francisco Guardian for the 2010 Hot Pink List. Member of the PlayGround writers’ pool, her play Frigidare was staged for the 2011 PlayGround Festival at the Thick House theater (CA).
Recipient of the inaugural Rose O’Neill Literary House summer residency at Washington College in Maryland, she has also received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet and in the anthology and staged production of Fingernails Across A Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora. Her full-length collection of poems Hurrahs Nest is forthcoming from Virtual Artists Collective in early 2012.
ABOUT OLD SKOOL CAFÉ
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. We 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. Our 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.
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.