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Please join us for an unforgettable evening with:
Nicole J. Georges is an award-winning writer, and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Nicole has been publishing the autobiographical comic Invincible Summer since 2000, and has toured the country extensively, including two month-long appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit: Next Generation. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Tin House, Vanity Fair, and Slate.com.
Her graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. In her spare time, Nicole volunteers with senior citizens in North Portland, chronicling their experiences through comics and writing in a zine called Tell It Like It Tiz’.
Mike Keegan has worked as a coat checker at a dance club, a ticket taker in a zoo and a parking lot attendant at a movie theater. He is comfortable working in small, enclosed boxes and can often be found at the Roxie. He is one of the parties responsible for San Francisco's Intergalactic Feline Film and Video Fest for Humans.
Whit Leigh works as a civil rights lawyer in San Francisco. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. Whit is a former San Francisco and Santa Clara public defender, and believes that food cannot be too hot or spicy. He played in an erzatz rock band for several years with his friend and former law school roommate and law partner, Matt Gonzalez. He is pretty sure that his niece, Zenobia Marder, is the coolest kid on the planet.
Vero Majano was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district. She was a resident at the Djerassi Resident Artist program and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Media Fellowship, the Puffin Foundation, and the Free History Project. Majano is a cofounder of Mission Media Archives, which collects and preserves audio and films shot in the Mission during the 1970s and 80s.
Dominic Riley studied at the London College of Printing and has worked in London, New York and San Francisco, where he founded the bindery at the Center for the Book. He teaches in the USA and across the UK, and is an accredited lecturer with the National Association of Fine and Decorative Art Societies.
In 2007 he won both first prizes and the Mansfield medal in the Designer Bookbinders competition and was elected a Fellow of DB in 2008.
On NPR’s list of “best commencement speeches, ever,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. She has had four films premiere at Sundance including her feature documentary Connected. Her critically acclaimed series, The Future Starts Here, received over 20 million views and was just renewed for a second season launching Oct. 2014. She and her film team at The Moxie Institute also makes films collaboratively with people all over the world and then offers them for free with custom endings to nonprofits and schools around the world to help further their mission.