Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features Belo Cipriani & Yasmin Golan

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck (Theme: Lessons Learned)
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm, house opens 6:30pm
How Much: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish, and $12 at the door

Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck is an intimate monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Head to Feast of Words on the third Tuesday of each month to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on the monthly theme and share your on-the-spot writing to be entered in a drawing for edibles, books and other prizes!

On Tuesday, September 18th, Feast of Words features writer Belo Cipriani on the theme “Lessons Learned.” Cipriani’s memoir Blind chronicles the years immediately following a 2007 assault that led to Cipriani’s loss of sight. Blind details the journey of a 26 year-old learning to walk, cook and date in the dark.

Yasmin Golan, who debuts as Feast of Words’ first seasonal, culinary artist-in-residence, anchors the evening’s potluck. As always, guests can bring a dish, take part in a writing exercise and share the work they have created for a chance to win literary and culinary prizes.


Belo Cipriani
writes non-fiction and short fiction across several genres. His work has received strong support from writers like Amy Tan, Jane Ganahl, and Arthur Wooten. He was born in Guatemala City but relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of seven. He is a LAMBDA fellow and has recently been awarded a writing residency at the prestigious Yaddo artist’s community in NY state and is a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. He won last year’s Literary Death Match and is heavily involved with the San Francisco literary community, Litquake, The California Writers Club, and a contributing writer for Bay Area publications. He has been a keynote speaker at GLBT, disability, and literary organizations around the country. For more information, visit www.blindamemoir.com.

Yasmin Golan is an interdisciplinary culinary artist living in the Bay Area who studied history in university, then artisanal cooking at restaurants, before deciding to mix it up with art, literature, and delight. She can be found foraging, gardening, and beekeeping locally at yasmin@calicopie.us

Yasmin Golan, photo by Lydia Daniller
The SOMArts 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.