A monthly reading series, Lyrics & Dirges creates space for the celebration of the voices that make up the vibrant Bay Area literary scene, with a carefully curated mix of seasoned writers, emerging talents, and beginners sharing their work. At Lyrics and Dirges, we believe that every voice deserves to be heard and amplified, no matter how big or small. We honor the stories and experiences that make us uniquely human and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive space where everyone can feel seen and heard. We create magical gatherings where community comes together to share words, share stories and build a literary ecosystem that uplifts and empowers us all.
Curators are Beasts!
Lyrics & Dirges celebrates the literary luminaries who make things happen! Curators are Beasts celebrates an array of curators from across the Bay Area, each of whom has spent countless hours, days, and weeks crafting immersive literary events that feed our minds, souls, and spirits. So join Lyrics & Dirges for an evening of gratitude, inspiration, and artistic revelry as we celebrate the powerful impact of event curators on the literary landscape.
Cassandra Dallett has been published in over a hundred online and print magazines, was named a writer to watch in 7x7 magazine 2016, look for links at cassandradallet.com. Cassandra hosts the monthly writing workshop OnTwoSix, and co-hosts the quarterly reading series Moon Drop Productions. Her first full-length book of poetry Wet Reckless (Manic D Press) was released in 2014. In 2015, she authored five chapbooks one of them, On Sunday, A Finch (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a California Book Award, 2018 brought the release of another full-length collection, Collapse, also on Nomadic Press, most recently A Pretty Little Wilderness on Be About it Press 2020.
Kelechi Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate who blends the reality of trauma, race, and mental health into her writing. Kelechi co-hosts the Bay Area submission-based reading series MoonDrop Productions with Cassandra Dallett. She has performed at the Berkeley Poetry Festival (2019), Oakland’s Beast Crawl (2016-2017) and San Francisco’s Litquake (2018-2019). For the past three years she has performed at Litcrawl with Cocoa Fly, an all-Black women troupe. Her work is published in Endangered Species, Enduring Values edited by Shizue Seigel. In 2019, she published her anthology with L.D. Green, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health. She is currently working on a collection of poetry through memoir.
Paul Corman-Roberts is the author Bone Moon Palace from Nomadic Press (2021) a CLMP Firecracker nominated full length poetry collection. Most recently he released the graphic chapbook The Sincere (with Ray Swaney) from Libran Apocaplyse Books (2022.) An original founder and organizer of the Beast Crawl Lit Festival (Summer Beast 2022 - Beast Crawl Literary Festival) he currently teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab, the SF Creative Writing Institute and the Oakland Unified School District, as well as co-founder, co-director of Collapse Press. He sometimes fills in as a drummer for the U.S. Ghostal Service and the Poznansky Sisters, but mostly he is just exhausted.
Sam Sax is a queer jewish writer and educator. They're the author of Pig (Scribner, 2023), Bury it (winner of the James Laughlin Award), and Madness (Winner of the National Poetry Series). They're a lecturer in the ITALIC Program at stanford university and their first novel Yr Dead will be out with McSweeney's in 2024.
Maw Shein Win's most recent poetry collection is Storage Unit for the Spirit House(Omnidawn) which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, longlisted for the PEN America Open Book Award, and shortlisted for CALIBA's Golden Poppy Award for Poetry. Win's previous collections include Invisible Gifts (ManicD Press) and two chapbooks Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Win’s Process Note Series features poets and their process. She is the inaugural poet laureate of El Cerrito, CA and teaches poetry in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco. Win often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was recently selected as a 2023 YBCA 100 Honoree. Along with Dawn Angelicca Barcelona and Mary Volmer, she is a co-founder of Maker, Mentor, Muse, a new literary community. mawsheinwin.com
Kevin Dublin is an educator, advocate, and writer. As founder of The Living Room SF and director of Litquake’s Elder Writing Project, he’s committed to helping nurture emerging writers of all ages. He is author of How to Fall in Love in San Diego (Finishing Line Press, 2017), Eulogy (Raven & Wren Press, 2023) and his words have recently appeared in The San Franciscan, Cincinnati Review, North Carolina Literary Review & more. He resides in San Francisco, holds an MFA from San Diego State, and for a little Black boy from Smithfield, NC, believes he has been brought a mighty long way.
Leg 2 (5:30-6:30pm) Venue: The Hatch
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