Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

When: Tuesday, March 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 “I Am Crime”

Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck is a monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. This month writer, performer, and Sister Spit veteran Ben McCoy presents new work on the evening’s theme “I Am Crime.” Referencing personal experiences, observations from the city’s darkest corners and most sordid bars, and Iceberg Slim’s gripping novel “Mama Black Widow,” her reading examines why and how some individuals may work, live, thrive, or self-destruct in the underworld.

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McCoy follows the reading with a short, on-the-spot writing exercise. Potluck contributors from the audience and a team of youth from the 1940’s style supper club and non-profit Old Skool Café provide creative culinary delights.

I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law, a visual art exhibition on view in SOMArts’ Main Gallery March 9–April 19, inspires the theme. Guests of Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck may arrive as early as they wish to view this exhibition of more than 30 artists and collectives that challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work.

McCoy is a writer, and performer. McCoy has toured with the US and parts of Canada with Sister Spit, and was nominated for a San Francisco Literary Foundation of the Arts award. Like most people with an internet connection, Ben’s writing has appeared on the HuffingtonPost. Currently Ben is a contributor for http://ironingboardcollective.wordpress.com/

Jason Wyman is many things. Today, he is kitchen wizard conjuring up divinity through cuisine. On other days, he facilitates arts and wellness workshops and services through 14 Black Poppies, revives the collective spirits of the LGBTQIA communities through OutLook Theater Project, and transforms his body into the Illustrated Man 2.0 where each tattoo tells a fable.

On Saturday, April 7th, 14 Black Poppies is curating an afternoon/evening of performances and interactive art and writing rooted in intercultural healing practices for the Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP) at the Wix.com offices in the US Bank Building on Mission and 22nd Streets.

Regardless of who he is at any given moment, he is also (and always) a husband to his greatest love, John. And he is always and forever family to those on the margins. He has called San Francisco home for over 14 years.

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.

Photo above: Ben McCoy by Cabure A Bonugli