Join us for a night of stellar performances by Zarina Zabrisky, Simon Rogghe, Cybele Zufolo Siegel, and Todd Siegel that just might spill out into the streets of Fruitvale. Music by the talented Wyatt Act and Seth Lael.
Donations will be kindly requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of three short story collections: IRON, A CUTE TOMBSTONE (Epic Rites Press), and EXPLOSION (forthcoming in 2015 from Epic Rites Press), a novel We, Monsters (Numina Press) and Green Lions, co-authored with Simon Rogghe. Zabrisky moved to San Francisco from Moscow to escape the aftermath of a collapsing communist empire. She wrote traveling around the world as a street artist, oilfield translator, and a kickboxing instructor, and started to publish her work in 2011. Since then, Zabrisky's work appeared in over 30 literary magazines and anthologies in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, and Nepal. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of 2013 Acker Award for Achievement in The Avant Garde.
Simon Rogghe is a poet and fiction writer. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Belgium, where he got his MA in Philosophy. A polyglot, he speaks English, French, Dutch, German, and Italian. After traveling in the US and Europe, competing at horse shows as a professional rider, he found a home in the San Francisco Bay Area. When not working on his PhD in French literature, he also translates French surrealism as well as contemporary fiction. His work is published in over 30 literary journals. He is the co-author of Green Lions (Numina Press), a book of poetry in collaboration with Zarina Zabrisky.
Cybele Zufolo Siegel is the author of Ocean Sounds in New York: a collection of poetry, essays, and non-fiction prose (forthcoming in 2015). Cybele's poetry appeared in Out of Our poetry magazine, Passages on the Lake, Sparkle and Blink, Quiet Lightening, the BMCC Inquirer, and Sacred Grounds. She is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) adjunct instructor of Literature and Poetry from the City University of NY's Borough of Manhattan Community College, the NY Institute of Technology, and Olivet University. Her essay on teaching Shakespeare to college students "The Bard at BMCC" was published in the faculty journal in 2009. Cybele has a Masters Degree in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA Degree in English/American Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Cybele is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, and student of the School of American Ballet where she danced for six years. Cybele performed in Japan and appeared in films, voice-overs and off-Broadway plays. She is the co-curator and founder of Word Performances.
Todd Siegel is highly playful with language, tapping out live poetry within text messages and simply cannot stop himself from perpetual phrase turning while wandering with friends and his infinitely lovely wife, Cybele, with whom he co-produces the Word Performances literary theatre series. Todd crafts and performs idea satire poetry, and was called "the e e cummings of San Francisco tech culture" by Joel Landmine before he read Todd's work at Identity Crisis III. In perpendicular, Todd designs and prototypes app experiences, and was recently interviewed in The New Yorker about such things.
The Wyatt Act is a high-energy, psychedelic, experimental, transgressive, SlamRock band from San Francisco comprised of:
Guinevere Q, Poet, Host, Prankster, and no big fuckin’ deal, on vocals and bass,
Breakfast, the Chancellor of the United Nyeights of America, on sax and keys,
Young Sun, electronic musician, on drums,
Karissa McKelvey a.k.a. Captain KMac on trumpet,
and Seth "Switchy Pants" Lael on guitar.
For Nomadic Press, The Wyatt Act will be playing a special, poetry-oriented, acoustic set called "The Quiet Act."
The Quiet Act will also be accompanying Seth Lael on some of his original songs to support his upcoming album Bird Strings.
There is ample street parking, but just to make it easy, there is an O'Reilly Auto Parts/Walgreens on the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill with a huge parking lot. Here's a Google Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/O'Reilly+Auto+Partsfirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.233008,14z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1so+reilly+auto+parts+near+Foothill+Blvd,+Oakland,+CA!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xa74c9fbc2152bd68
Nomadic Press should show up on that map as well. We are just in between Austin and Rutherford on Foothill.
Hope to see you soon!