Join Why There Are Words (WTAW) on May 11, 2017, at Studio 333 in Sausalito as seven acclaimed authors explore the theme Suggestible. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. Entry fee is $10 at the door, though donations to WTAW, a 501(c)3 nonprofit are always welcome.
Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, and a Kundiman fellow, and he works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop. He performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo show, “Locus of Control” in 2016.
Jon Boilard was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, and has been living in Northern California since 1986. His award-winning short stories have appeared in some of the finest literary journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His debut short story collection, Settright Road (Dzanc Books, 2017), is preceded by two novels, The Castaway Lounge (Dzanc Books/2015) and A River Closely Watched (MacAdam Cage/2012), a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. He has participated in the Cork International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland, the Wroclaw Short Story Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, and LitQuake in San Francisco.
Alex Green is the author of the The Stone Roses (Bloomsbury Academic, 2006), Emergency Anthems (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015), and the novel The Heart Goes Boom (Wrecking Ball, UK 2017). His music criticism has appeared in Magnet, CMJ New Music Monthly, HITS!, and Creem. Currently, he’s the Editor-In-Chief of the daily online music magazine Stereo Embers Magazine and he hosts the weekly radio show “The Heart Goes Boom” on Ireland’s Primal Radio. A known moderator in the Bay Area, he has conducted In Conversation interviews with Janice Cooke Newman, Maira Kalman, Joshua Mohr, Bruce Bauman, Kenneth Oppel, Laura Dave, Kazim Ali, and Lysley Tenorio. He teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate English programs at St. Mary’s College of California.
Henry Hoke is the author of Genevieves (winner of the Subito Press prose contest) and The Book of Endless Sleepovers (CCM). His stories appear in The Collagist, Electric Literature, Winter Tangerine, and Carve. He co-created and directs Enter>text: a living literary journal, and teaches at CalArts and the UVA Young Writers Workshop.
Sandra Hunter’s fiction has received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She was a finalist for the 2016 Bridgeport Prize and is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow. Her debut novel, Losing Touch, was released in July 2014. Her fiction chapbook, Small Change, was published in August 2016. She’s just completed her second novel, The Geography of Kitchen Tables, and is now working on the sequel. Her favorite dessert: rose-flavored macaroons.
Paul T. Scheuring was born in Aurora, Illinois. He attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and has written numerous projects for film and TV, including the Golden Globe-nominated series Prison Break, which has been declared the most anticipated series to return to television. Scheuring also wrote and directed The Experiment, and served as producer alongside Ridley Scott on Klondike, a series he created and co-wrote. The Far Shore (March 7, 2017) is his first novel. He resides in Northern California.
Zach Wyner is a writer and teacher who works with incarcerated youth in the San Francisco Bay Area through an organization called The Beat Within. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and is a contributor to Curly Red Stories, The Good Man Project and Unbroken Journal. His debut novel, What We Never Had, published by Rare Bird Books, was released this past September. He lives in Oakland with his wife, stepdaughter, and infant son.
Why There Are Words-Sausalito takes place every second Thursday of the month, when people come from all over the Bay Area to crowd the house. The brainchild of Peg Alford Pursell, this literary goodness celebrates seven years of presenting voices that need to be heard. As of 2017, Why There Are Words is a national neighborhood of readings, with locations in NYC, LA, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Austin. The publishing arm is WTAW Press.