- Evan Karp, KQED
Arline Klatte 415.571.0998
Beth Lisick 510.593.1077
Grant Faulkner likes big stories and small stories. He is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, The Southwest Review, PANK, and the Berkeley Fiction Review. He's recently published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures. He lives in Berkeley with a family of writers and a dog that insists on sitting on his lap each morning when he writes.
Dayvid Figler is a former judge and current capital defense attorney in Las Vegas, which is also where he was raised and seems to be trapped...forever. He's done commentaries on All Things Considered, play-by-play on Court TV and is currently a contributor to Pando Daily. But that's all a hobby. He hates it when his friends become successful.
Dana Merwin was born and raised in the swamps of Georgia. She hustled in the film industry of LA before migrating to San Francisco to work for Al Jazeera America. She's studied improv with The Upright Citizens Brigade and her comedy team Group Text can be seen at Endgames Improv. Her last meal on Earth would be whiskey and waffles.
Virgie Tovar is a fabulous fat girl with an appetite for misandry and poop jokes. She's currently monogamous. She has also been interviewed by the New York Times and Ricki Lake sent HER a friend request on Facebook. Yeah. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.
Alia Volz is a lousy sleeper. She's written stories and essays for Tin House, Threepenny Review (2016), Utne Reader, ZYZZYVA and other fine lit rags. The spawn of dope-crazed California hippies, Alia has crossed Spain on foot, seen Fidel Castro speak in a downpour, made love at the feet of Easter Island’s Moai—and she keeps rolling home to good old SF.
Michael Wharton edits New York Times bestselling authors such as Neil Strauss and Steven Kotler. He used to work for Aol. When he managed the Broun Fellinis, he was known as Don Miguel. Winner of the Best Supporting Actor in the New York Independent International Film Festival for a film that opened somewhere in Eastern Europe, he lives in San Francisco by the ocean.
Diana Gameros writes, plays and sings her own songs. She has made music with many Bay Area favorites, including the Oakland Symphony. Her homemade video "Ligerita" was featured on All Songs Considered and the Chicana/Latina Foundation gave Diana the Emerging Leader Award. Thanks to the USCIS, Diana has had to wait twelve years (four more to go) to return to her native Mexico. She awaits impatiently at her home in Berkeley.
PORCHLIGHT OPEN DOOR AT THE HEMLOCK TAVERN
THEME: LIARS, CHEATS, & THIEVES
Winner gets fifty bucks, hot nuts, and Nomadic Ground coffee
All storytellers get a free drink!
Monday, August 24
1131 Polk St., SF