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Arline Klatte 415.571.0998

Beth Lisick 510.593.1077

email: arline@aklatte.com






Porchlight and Litquake present:


HEROES: Stories About Good Guys in a Time of Villainy



Monday, October 9


Owen Egerton is an author, performer, and filmmaker. He is the writer/director of the psychological horror FOLLOW and the author of several books including The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, Everyone Says That at the End of the World and the short story collection How Best to Avoid Dying, and newly released Hollow from Soft Skull Press.

Cleve Jones’ career as an activist began in San Francisco in 1970s where he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. After Milk's death, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which memorializes over 85,000 Americans who have died from AIDS. This year, his memoir When We Rise: My Life in the Movement won a Lambda Literary Award. He lives in San Francisco and works as a labor activist.

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story “Wanderlust.” Her newest novel is A Good Country. She lives in Northern California.

Jodi Egerton and Sean Petrie are wordslingers with Typewriter Rodeo, crafting custom poems on vintage typewriters. They've typed poems at museums including the Smithsonian, and at events ranging from the Nantucket Book Festival to Maker Faire Austin to the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They've crafted poems for Luci Baines Johnson, actress Sharon Stone, and poet laureate Billy Collins. You can hear Typewriter Rodeo on the radio each week on the NPR show "Texas Standard."

Amber Tamblyn is a contributing writer for the Poetry Foundation and the author of three works of poetry: Free Stallion, Bang Ditto, and Dark Sparkler. As an actress, she has been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Independent Spirit award. Her writing has appeared in Bust, Interview, Cosmopolitan, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank, and elsewhere. She is Executive Producer of the annual poetry concert “The Drums Inside Your Chest,” and is co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Carvell Wallace is a writer and father and perpetual procrastinator from Oakland. He has written for GQ, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and others, and contributes regularly to The New Yorker and MTV News. He is also co-host of the Slate parenting podcast “Mom And Dad Are Fighting.” He has written about everything from Sonic Youth to cowboy poets to the smallest point guard in the NBA. His first full-length book, The Sixth Man, co-written with Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, is due in 2018 from Blue Rider Press.

Norman Antonio Zelaya was born and raised in San Francisco. He has published stories in ZYZZYVA, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, Cipactli, and Apogee Journal, among others, and he was a 2015 Zoetrope: All-Story finalist. He is a founding member of Los Delicados, and has performed extensively throughout the U.S. with them. Zelaya has appeared on stage, in film and in the squared circle as luchador “Super Pulga.” Currently, he lives and works in San Francisco’s Mission District as a special education teacher. Orlando & Other Stories is his first published book.

hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick

music by Marc Capelle

Swedish American Hall

2174 Market St., SF

8 pm, $20 advance/$25 door