Save the Date: Feast of Words (January)

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When:Tuesday January 4, 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 or write

Join co-hosts Lex Leifheit & Irina Zadov for a monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share.  Discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on our monthly theme, and participate in our creative competition for edible and literary prizes!  Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door and include refreshments and delicious eats. Cash bar.

January’s theme is “Blurred Identity.” House opens at 6:30pm and space is limited. Future Feast of Words events will take place on the first Tuesday of each month.

This month’s event will also include a quick-write competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme.

January’s literary guest is Faith Adiele. A popular speaker and contributor to O and Essence magazines, Faith has appeared on NPR, in a television ad for TIAA-CREF, and on the Tavis Smiley show.  Some of the places she has visited for writing fellowships, to teach writing, and/or to take cooking classes include Bali, Banff, Brazil, Chautauqua, Ghana, India, Italy, Iowa City, Nigeria, San Francisco, South Africa, Switzerland, and the Azores. In 2004, she was featured in the documentary “My Journey Home” in which a PBS film crew followed her to Nigeria to reunite with her father and siblings.She is author of a travel memoir, Meeting Faith: The Thai Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, which won the 2005 PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. She currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland and is finishing a cultural memoir about her Nigerian/Nordic/American heritage.

Culinary guest Peter Jackson is the executive chef of Canvas Underground, a supperclub that aims to bring people together for great food and cool art in ever-changing venues.  The collective is a part of the Ghetto Gourmet dining party network, which is continuing the Bay Area’s guerilla cooking tradition.  Past Canvas Underground dinner parties have included a “Depression Dinner” and a four course meal in a foreclosed West Oakland Victorian.

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.