Lost & Found: Davy Rothbart Comes to San Francisco & Shares Your Trash

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Found Magazine

One person's trash is another person's meal ticket.


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The Write Stuff: Wonder Dave on Being on "Team Feelings"

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Hilary Olson
The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Wonder Dave is a writer and performer from Minnesota living in San Francisco. His work has been featured in literary journals and anthologies such as Divining Divas (Lethe Press) and Aim for the Head (Write Bloody Press). He's been a featured performer at schools, burlesque reviews, poetry slams, science fiction conventions, and bowling alleys across the country. Dave is currently a regular cast member at the monthly Oakland underground variety show Tourettes Without Regrets.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them ... ?
My business card says "Writer, Performer, and Swell Guy." I also tell people I work at a tiny restaurant in SOMA.

What's your biggest struggle -- work or otherwise?
The same thing I think lots of writers struggle with: actually sitting down and writing. If only I could get paid to read whatever I wanted.

If someone said I want to do what you do, what advice would you have for them?
Learn to listen. Read. If you don't read you're going to be a terrible writer.

Do you consider yourself successful?
Yes, I enjoy my life and there are people in it I can be vulnerable with. Also I have more Twitter followers than there are people in the town I grew up in. @TeamWonderDave y'all!

When you're sad/grumpy/pissed off, what YouTube video makes you feel better?
Well because I am a terrible person I'm gonna go with this clip full of swearing Barbie Dolls:

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The Write Stuff: Tatyana Brown on Being a Few Miles Ahead of Successful

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Benjamin Lzicar

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Tatyana Brown is the founding Captain of The Lit Slam, a San Francisco-based, live-audience curated literary show and poetry journal. She ranked 4th at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and has toured North America ever since, facilitating workshops and performing at venues for storytelling and poetry. Her work has appeared on NPR's storytelling show, Snap Judgment, and she holds the distinct honor of winning the longest consecutive string of XXX Haiku Deathmatch Championships at Oakland's Tourettes Without Regrets.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them ... ?

Some or all of the following: I publish an annual poetry journal based on live audience responses to a monthly reading series (which I also curate and produce). I tour all over the country performing my own poetry, teaching writing/performance workshops, and giving talks on subjects ranging from slam as a contemporary American literary tradition to how to tell ethical dirty jokes to practical methods for interrupting and dismantling systemic oppression in real time. I write essays about creativity, privilege, and my experiences as a working class queer progressive artist. I talk about my feelings way more than the average citizen and am perpetually annoyed with my inability to eat gluten. I climb on things I shouldn't. Sometimes I cry in public. I collect bad ideas and silly hats with a near professional level of expertise.


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The Write Stuff: Chris Peck the Town Crier on Cultivating Personal Language and Being Part of a Continuum

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Austin Peck

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Chris Peck The Town Crier has been recording and performing "hist-hop" and "song-rap" since his first cassette in 1994. His music has been featured on MTV UK, Current TV, the Wall Street Journal.com, and in his own purple videos. Projects include Ancient Baby, a homemade album to be released on vinyl; I Wish the King, his first novel; and LOAN, a band just getting started. Peck teaches guitar in San Rafael and can often be found crying a capella on the corner of 16th & Mission.


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Paul Corman-Roberts Talks East Bay Lit and Beast Crawl's Hat Party Fundraiser

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Last year, inspired by the timely coming together of what seemed to be countless writing posses via social media, and with Litquake as an inspiration and a model, a handful of writers decided to throw a festival in Uptown Oakland that turned into 125 authors reading in 25 venues in three hours -- all for free. Appropriately, they called it Beast Crawl ("East Bay" being "beast" in pig latin). The gathering's second annual edition is right around the corner, and to raise funds and generate excitement, the organizers are throwing a hat party on Monday that will feature live music from Wreck This Place and Titan Ups, plus a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses. We thought this was a good chance to check in and see what The Beast Crawl Collective has in store for us this year.

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The Write Stuff: Guinevere Q on Playing God and the Pitfalls of Success

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Julie Michelle

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Guinevere Q is a force of nature pumping out language like a geyser or a hot lava flow in venues all over San Francisco, notably Viracocha, and more recently with The Wyatt Act. An encounter with Guinevere is like when you go hiking in the hills and are suddenly engulfed by a ground level cloud or find yourself standing on a cliff in a gale or stumble across an unexpected waterfall. Somewhat overwhelming, but really very nice.

See Also: The Write Stuff: Miquila Alejandre on Making Eye Contact and Being Enough

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The Write Stuff: Baruch Porras-Hernandez on Mexican Batman and Becoming the First Husband

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Rhi Neuroptik

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a writer, organizer, and actor who has performed as a featured writer in Washington D.C., New York City, Canada, and all over California. He was born in Toluca, Mexico, and grew up in Albany, California. Since 2009 he's been the head curator and organizer of The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, and his manuscript The Trees, They Hate the Birds the Most, was a finalist for the Write Bloody Publishing poetry contest.

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The Write Stuff: Sarah Griffin on Death by Squirrels and the Hormones Inspired by Brilliance

The Write Stuff: Ethel Rohan on the Writer's Curse and Fog On Demand

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Top 10 Bay Area Literary Events of 2012

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Ian Tuttle

I attended at least 134 literary events in 2012. Below are my 10 favorites. I've considered mainly two factors in compiling this list: the quality of work, and how interesting or memorable the experience was. The latter category intentionally allows for many considerations, which I enjoyed keeping in mind while looking back over the year.

I have not included many outstanding solo readings (D.A. Powell, Lyn Hejinian, and Adam Johnson come immediately to mind). Also, memorable readings as part of a show that didn't quite make the top 10: Ali Liebegott and Gypsee Yo, specifically, will always stay with me. While re-watching shows to make decisions, I came across Donald Dunbar (visiting from Portland): "This poem only works if you're touching somebody you don't already know." In that spirit, these were some of my favorite literary experiences this year. 

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The Write Stuff: Zack Haber on Wiggling and the Fun in the Difficult

The Write Stuff: Tim (Toaster) Henderson on Running Toward the Disturbing

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The Write Stuff: Tim (Toaster) Henderson on Running Toward the Disturbing

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The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Tim (Toaster) Henderson and I met in the basement of Viracocha six months ago, when we both realized that being far from home in S.F. is a good experience to have when building a new community. He is an artist, an educator and a renowned spoken word performer, recently representing Berkeley in the Individual World Championships.

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Words That Need to Be Retired in 2013

The Write Stuff: Eric Raymond on the Intersection of the Necessary and the Mystery

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The Write Stuff: Sam Sax, the first Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion

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Chris Unguez

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Sam Sax is the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion and Oakland's
first two-time queer Grand Slam Champion. He is co-creator and -curator of the new sh!t show, a reading series in San Francisco that features exclusively new work.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them ... ?

I'm a writer. I write poems. Also I read them. I've often been given the moniker performance poet, but neither performance nor poet seems to fit quite right. They're not the itchiest suit, but never something I would choose to wear. The action of writing, building community around writing, sharing, finding, and building platforms to share the work is what interests me, is the work I do.

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The Write Stuff: Nic Alea on Redefinition and Living a Magical Life

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