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Uptown Fridays Presents: Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras

  • Nomadic Press 2301 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Join us for an Uptown Fridays reading you won't forget, featuring readings by Shideh Etaat and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, with music by Phillip Michael Hermans. 

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Shideh Etaat is a writer and teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. An excerpt from her novel can be found in Tremors, New Fiction by Iranian Americans, and she has published short stories in The Delmarva Review, Amazon’s online journal, Day One, and Foglifter. She is a 2011 Breadloaf Work Study Scholar and a 2015 James D. Phelan Award recipient. Her first novel is about a love triangle, Iranian Jews, and other strange and wonderful things.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric Literature, and Guernica, and anthologized in Guernica Annual (Haymarket Books), Wise Latinas (Nebraska U. Press) and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She is the 2014 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Mary Tanenbaum award for non-fiction. She has received scholarships and support from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writer's ConferenceThe Camargo FoundationDjerassi Artist Residency Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.  She has a column called Book Spine at KQED. Her debut novel, The Fruit of the Drunken Tree, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2018.

Phillip Michael Hermans is a musician who uses computers and instruments to make music and sound for films, video games, theater production, animation, dance troupe production, chamber ensembles and anyone or anything else that may be interested. He enjoys performing, teaching, talking and writing about music as well. His website is, his blog is plhermans.wordpress.coom. He wants you to be sure to drink plenty of fluids and be nice to each other.