May Feast of Words Welcomes Arlene Biala

Literary Guest Arlene Biala

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, “A Place Of Her Own” edition
When: Tuesday May 17, 2011. 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m., doors open at 6:30
Where: SOMArts (934 Brannan Street, between 8th and 9th)
What Else: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish and $12 at the door. For more information visit

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, a monthly potluck where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Join co-hosts Lex Leifheit and Irina Zadov on the third Tuesday of each month.

May’s theme is “A Place of Her Own,” inspired by the exhibition A Place of Her Own on display at SOMArts through May. The monthly potluck will include a reading by literary guest Arlene Biala as well as delicious dishes by audience members as well as special culinary guest Tina Africa. There will be a creative competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme. House opens at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 and space is limited. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door and include refreshments and delicious eats. Cash bar.Arlene Biala (pictured above) is a Filipina poet and performance artist, born in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of bone, her first chapbook of poetry published in 1993, and continental drift, published by West End Press (through University of New Mexico Press distribution) in 1999. She received her MFA in Poetics & Writing from New College of CA, and was the recipient of an artist residency at Montalvo. Arlene has taught and performed as guest artist in the Manikrudo poetry and performance workshops led by Juan Felipe Herrera of the CSU Summer Arts Programs in Long Beach and Humbolt, CA. Performances include University of Texas at El Paso, Writers’ Week at UC Riverside, DiVERSEcity in NYC, San Francisco Asian American Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Manilatown Center at the I-Hotel, La Pena Cultural Center, APAture at Intersection for the Arts, Santa Clara University, and SOMArts in San Francisco. She has also performed for and taught creative writing workshops with elementary and high school youth. She lives in Sunnyvale, CA with husband Carl, (blue) Queensland Heeler Pepper, and their three children: Kai, (aries)11; Josh (scorpio)8; and Kiana (scorpio, again) 6.

Culinary Guest Tina Africa

Tina Africa moved to the Bay Area three years ago from the Philippines. She now finds her kitchen as a quick getaway to the flavors of the islands and has successfully found creative ways to make her favorite Filipino dishes for family and friends.

“Filipino food is, by its very nature, fusion—a mix of a number of Asian cuisines and, reflecting its colonial past, Spanish with some Mexican thrown in.”
—Peter Kaminsky, Chef and Author of Pig Perfect

The exhibition A Place of Her Own is co-presented by The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and API Cultural Center (APICC) as part of the 14th United States of Asian America Festival. For more information about events, participating artists, and gallery hours, visit
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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.