Featuring poets Cassandra Dallett, Paul Corman-Roberts, Hollie Hardy, Jennifer Blowdryer, Sarah Kobrinsky, Rick Lupert, and Miz Red. With live music by Feral.
Food by Smokin' Oak Barbecue, and wine from Periscope Cellars.
5500 Martin Luther King Jr Way (X-st 55th)
Oakland, CA 94609
Doors open at 4:00 entertainment starts at 5:00
$5 - $10 sliding scale donation.
(No one turned away for lack of funds)
JENNIFER BLOWDRYER is a writer by nature, though she has a long and colorful as a vocalist for the punk bands The Blowdryers, The White Trash Debutantes, and now, fittingly enough, the Jennifer Blowdryer Band. She has authored the books Blowsy, The Laziest Secretary in the World, White Trash Debutante and edited the anthology “Good Advice for Trendy Young People Of All Ages.” As a journalist she had a column for Maximum r’n’roll, New York Press, and Downtown. As a visionary she created Smut Fest NYC, and is currently working on an 86ed documentary and writing and recording songs in NYC.
CASSANDRA DALLETT lives in Oakland, CA., you can call her a poet or a storyteller with a short attention span. She has published in many journals in print and online, look for links and upcoming features at http://cassandradallett.com/ A book of poems, Wet Reckless was released from Manic D Press spring of 2014. cassandradallett.com
HOLLIE HARDY can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems (Punk Hostage Press, 2014) is available now at: https://www.createspace.com/4836108. She teaches at Berkeley City College and SFSU, and is a core producer of the annual Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator of Litquake's Flight of Poets, and host of Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. Her website is www.holliehardy.com
SARAH KOBRINSKY, the current Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA, was born in Canada, reared in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California. Her poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Magma Poetry, Monkeybicycle, Jewish Quarterly, 100 Word Story, Fjords Review, Shampoo Poetry, Bayou, The Molotov Cocktail, Berkeley Fiction Review, among many others.
RICK LUPERT has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He created the Poetry Super Highway ( HYPERLINK "http://poetrysuperhighway.com/" \t "_blank"http://poetrysuperhighway.com/) and has hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading since 1994. He’s authored 16 collections of poetry, most recently “The Gettysburg Undress” (Rothco Press) and edited “Ekphrastia Gone Wild: Poems inspired by Art,” “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the Noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night.
MIZ RED was in two major earthquakes. She enjoys cake, her friends, and her dog, Captain Jack Barkness. She currently works at what amounts to a Montessori school for dogs. She aspires to allow her parents to not have to lie at dinner parties about her accomplishments.
PAUL CORMAN-ROBERTS is mourning the loss of the family rabbit. He has some new chappies out: Notes From An Orgy (Paper) and Stoner Quarterbacks of the Future (Pedestrian.) He runs two regular reading series and 147 irregular reading series.