A New E-Zine Appears and This Weekend in the Literary Scene!

Today, I am proud to announce the launch of Gesture Zine, a poetry E-zine edited by my old classmate and good friend Matthew Sherling. I encourage all those who love literature (especially poetry) and who wish to see new and emerging writers, to check out the first issue ASAP.

In other literary news, three big events are happening this weekend.

First off we got Word World 2012, a literary reading series #1 this Friday, March 30th between 7pm and 10pm. More info below. Be there or be a four sided polygon!

Word World 2012
a literary reading series

~Come join California College of the Arts’ MFA in Writing graduating class~

Timken Hall
1111 8th Street

Free and open to the public

Reception follows

More info: 415-551-9237

Reading on March 30th:

Jeff Von Ward
Jessica Chrastil
Fia Maxwell
Jason Jimenez
Erin Heath
Tony Dimitry
Steven Trull

Second event this week is the Saturday Night Special at Nick’s Lounge in Berkeley, CA. 7pm. I often make an appearance at the open mic here, and hopefully (schedule pending) I won’t fail to show this night!

For more info, please see below.

March the month of Pi, Women, the Equinox, and assassination. Change is coming. The theme for our March 2012 (optional) writing challenge is: “BLOODY”

We’d love to hear your poems and stories and comedic sketches on our theme (or any topic). As ever, there will be some ridiculous prizes …to celebrate your creative efforts.

Our March features are: Toaster & Vernon Keeve III

14 open mic slots.

First come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts, so get there early if you want to read!

Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
7 – 9:30 pm

Nick’s Lounge (21+)
3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
1 block South of Ashby BART
between Fairview St & Martin Luther King Jr Way

But bring CASH if you want to buy drinks

Hosted by Hollie Hardy & Tomas Moniz

Please help us out by joining our fan page, where you can also find more details and photos from past events:



Toaster is an artist/ organizer/ educator from Chicago’s north side, who at this point cant figure out what that means.
Getting his first start with Young Chicago Authors, Toaster began performing and writing regularly. Participating in both its Saturday writing program as well as its poetry competition “Louder Than A Bomb,” he learned quickly the importance of a recognizable name and good social skills.

He has had his own chap book “Floating Heads” published through “Watch the Steps Press” as well as many literary anthologies. He has performed on many stages like the “Metro”, “Victory Gardens” and “The Vic”.

More recently, Toaster has expanded his repertoire and ventured into mural and visual art. After painting “The Neo Futurists” and participating in local mural art projects, Toaster began creating and selling his art while teaching through after school programs. After traveling to perform and paint in Brooklyn, he moved to San Francisco to continue his art, community work and performance poetry.

Vernon Keeve III (V.) is a neophyte to the Bay Area. He hails from the skeletal clutches of the American South: Fredericksburg, Virginia to be exact, and now resides in the western ventricle of Oakland. V. writes his experience in poetry, fiction and theater. He is currently earning his MFA at California College of the Arts and has plans of being an educator.

His permanent goal in life is to inspire people to use their passions to make a difference and to tap into the GOOD that all humans have access to.

JDX described him best when she said, “You talk about painful subjects with a glow on your face and a sparkle in your eye.”

LAST (but hardly the least!) is Pinay Lives & Voices. This event promises to be amazing. It will be a night of storytelling, poetry, and celebration all in the name of Women’s History Month. I am personally excited because one of my favorite local poets, Barbara Jane Reyes, will be reading there! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

Philippine-American Writers & Artists (PAWA)
Sponsored by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center presents

an afternoon of Pinay literature and storytelling, in celebration of Women’s History Month!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Free and open to the public!
Please consider making a donation to support our ongoing programs:

Vangie Buell
Barbara Jane Reyes
Camille Robles
Rina Ayuyang

For more information, please contact Herna Cruz-Louie, Programs Manager at herna(at)oacc.cc or call (510) 637-0455.

Visit Philippine-American Writers & Artists (PAWA) online at:


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