For the last six years, BANG OUT Reading Series has been prompting local writers to create fresh new work based on our themes, and bringing those writers together to share their work with the larger community at our quarterly readings. Now, after 28 uniquely memorable readings, we’re announcing that it’s time for us to hang up our microphones and move on. We won’t forget you, we love you, change is good.
The bittersweet theme that will commemorate our final BANG OUT reading is “Departures.”
Join us at the Make Out Room San Francisco on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 and say your goodbyes and hear fresh new work banged out especially for our finale by local writers:
Jeff Von Ward
Robin White Turtle Lysne
Karen Macklin is a local journalist, playwright, and poet. Her articles have been published in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines, and her award-winning plays have been staged in San Francisco and beyond. Her play Stranger in a Stranger Land is currently premiering in the Best of Playground festival at Thick House. She’s also a yoga teacher.
Robin (Heerens) White Turtle Lysne is the author of four non-fiction books and one poetry book, Poems for the Lost Deer, which has just been released. Robin received her MFA from Mills College in 2012 and her PhD in Energy Medicine in 2013. She is a publisher of Blue Bone Books and a professional Psychic/Medium and Energy Medicine Practitioner in Santa Cruz, and across the country by phone.
Steffi Drewes is the author of three chapbooks: Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, and History of Drawing Circles. Her poems have appeared in 6×6, Zen Monster, Eleven Eleven, Mary, and Spring Gun. She is a member of Kelsey Street Press and also curates Featherboard Writing Series at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland.
Jeff Von Ward was a peripatetic Eastern religions scholar in a former life. He likes the smell of old books viewed in low resolution on a black-and-white Kindle. He wrote Mormonia: Stories and made the documentary film about classic arcade game collectors, “The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time.” Curates the Bernal Yoga Literary Series and Writing without Walls, an SF Bay Area Reading Series, and according to local legend may also have something to do with the monthly MFA Mixer. Editor of Samizdat Literary Journal. Vegetarian, left-handed, Pisces, INFP, shy and retiring. www.jeffvonward.com
Matt Leibel writes marketing copy by day, and short stories also by day, whenever he can get away with it. His fiction has appeared recently (and less recently) in Wigleaf, Juked and Diagram. He is working on a collection of microstories and a novella in the form of a series of in-flight pilot cockpit announcements. Matt also edits the microfiction section for a Bangladeshi English-language magazine called Glyph.
Geraldine Kim is the author of Povel (Fence) and two other books, forthcoming. She has also contributed to the anthologies Starting Today and Gurlesque.
Jeffrey Kingman lives by the Napa River in Vallejo, California. He is the winner of the 2012 Revolution House Flash Fiction Contest, a semifinalist in the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship, and a finalist in the 2012 Midwest Writing Center contest. His novel, Moto Girl, was a semifinalist in the 2009 Dana Awards. His poetry has appeared in PANK, lo-ball, Squaw Valley Review, Off Channel and others. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Music Composition and can be heard banging his drums in a large shed in his backyard.