April 14 Literary Reading, Theme “Better”

Join us at Studio 333 April 14 when the following authors will read from their work on the theme of Better. $5 gets you in the door, which opens at 7 PM.

Seth Fischer

Seth Fischers writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Swink, Pank, Guernica, Monkeybicycle, Gertrude, and elsewhere. He’s Sunday Editor at The Rumpus and founding editor of The Splinter Generation and webscribbler.net. He holds an MFA in fiction and creative nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. During the day, he works in a cubicle not too far from an albino alligator, and he does writing consultation.

Molly Fisk is the author, most recently, of The More Difficult Beauty (poems)

Molly Fisk

and Blow-Drying a Chicken (radio commentary). She lives in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and works as a creative writing teacher and life coach. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and two-time nominee for Poet Laureate of California, Fisk provides radio commentary for NPR and community stations throughout the west. Her poems have been widely published and anthologized. For more about her teaching, visit her Poetry Book Camp website. For more about her life, befriend her on FaceBook.

Leah Griesmann

Leah Griesmann grew up in Northern California and American Samoa. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Brandeis University and her M.A. in Creative Writing at Boston University.  She has taught writing and literature at Boston University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Hanyang University in Ansan, South Korea.  She has received grants for her fiction writing from the Humboldt Arts Council, the North Coast Cultural Trust, and the Caldera Arts Colony.  Her short stories have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Toyon, Paradigm Volume 3: The Best of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry 2009, Lady Jane’s Miscellany, and Swink. She is currently finishing a novel,  A Distant Territory,  set in American Samoa, and a collection of short stories set in Las Vegas.

Michael David Lukas

Author of The Oracle of Stamboul (HarperCollins, 2011), Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont.  A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, his writing has appeared in VQR, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He is also a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. When he isn’t writing he teaches creative writing to third- and fourth-graders in Oakland.

Tracy Seeley grew up in Kansas, earned her Ph.D. in literature at the

Tracy Seeley

University of San Francisco and has been at the University of San Francisco since 1993.  There, she has won the Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award, and spent a year as the NEH Chair in Humanities, during which time she began writing My Ruby Slipper: The Road Back to Kansas, her debut work of literary nonfiction. In addition to teaching, she is the co-director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and runs a program for supporting faculty writing. So she spends a lot of time organizing writing groups, salons and workshops, determined to make writing a community activity.  In the midst of it all, and above all, she’s raised two smart and darkly witty daughters who now live too far away.

Diane Kirsten Martin

Diane Kirsten Martin‘s work has appeared in Field, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and Narrative. She was awarded second place in the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize competition, and was included in Best New Poets 2005. Her first collection, Conjugated Visits, was published in May 2010 by Dream Horse Press.

Peg Alford Pursell, curator of the series which she started because she believes in the power and beauty of literary community, wants to see you there. Be sure to say hello!