Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.
James Cagney is a Cave Canem fellow, poet, and writer from Oakland, Ca. He has appeared as a featured poet and artist at venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His work has been published online and in print via Eleven Eleven, Lime Hawk, and Print Oriented Bastards among others.
Sandra García Rivera is an award winning Nuyorican poet-chanteuse, who has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the U.K. as a spoken word performer and alongside Latin Jazz and roots music legends. She has self-published two chapbooks: Divination of the Mistress and Shoulder High. Her work has been widely published in journals, magazines, and academic publications. SGR is the Curator and Host of Lunada Literary Lounge at Galeria de la Raza in SF, and she performs regularly throughout the Bay Area as a poet, and as a vocalist-percussionist with La Mixta Criolla.
Bruce Snider is the author of two poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is co-editor, with the poet Shara Lessley, of The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, VQR, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares and Best American Poetry 2012. A former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco.
Brynn Saito is the guest curator of the Poetic Tuesdays series. Brynn is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship and winner of the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. Originally from Fresno, CA, Brynn teaches and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hierophonic is Sekayi Edwards (Notious) and Jeremy Liu (Invincible Magic Fist). After first meeting through a common love of game audio, the duo decided to join forces and bring together their musical influences and styles. Hierophonic combines hip-hop, orchestral instrumentation, turntablism, electronic elements, and great songwriting into dreamy, lofi, chillhop tunes. Their focus in bringing their studio talents to the stage is making a real connection with the audience through the sacred medium of music. To that end, Hierophonic has invited Katherine Pearson to this special event, whose jazz background is evident in her warm, smooth tones as she improvises with ease. Katherine and Notious first met in their interest to explore the combination of mellifluous songwriting and chill-out lounge/electronica music, resonating with the vibes of Hierophonic.