Norman Zelaya

Thrilled to have Norman Zelaya read on Thursday, June 15th (hopefully from his just-released book, Orlando & Other Stories)!

Norman Antonio Zelaya was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He has published stories in ZYZZYVA, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, Cipactli, Apogee Journal, among others, and he was a 2015 Zoetrope: All-Story finalist. He is a founding member of Los Delicados, and has performed extensively throughout the US with them. Zelaya has appeared on stage, in film and in the squared circle as luchador, Super Pulga. Currently, he lives and works in San Francisco’s Mission District as a special education teacher. Orlando & Other Stories is his first published book.unnamed-10

Norma Liliana Valdez

I am so happy to have Norma Liliana Valdez share her work with us: Thurs, June 15th, 6:30 pm at Alley CatBooks

Hecha en México, Norma Liliana Valdez made her way to California in her mother’s pregnant belly. She is an alumna of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Writing Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and was a 2014 Hedgebrook writer-in-residence. She is the winner of the 2016 Tinderbox Poetry Journal prize with her poem “Tepoztlán Blues”, selected by Eduardo C. Corral. A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and an Under the Volcano fellow, her poems can be found in Calyx, Huizache, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rio Grande Review, among others. As a Bay Area educator, she dedicates her life’s work to uplifting first-generation college students.unnamed-9

John Jota Leaños

I’m muy emocionada that John Jota Leaños will be finishing off the reading (Thurs, June 15th, 6:30 pm at Alley CatBooks) with one of his animated films.

John Jota Leaños is a mestizo animator and media artist focusing on critical convergences of history, memory, social space, and decolonization. Leaños is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital Foundation Grantee who has received the United States Artist Fellowship, the San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Grant, the MAP Fund Award and the Creative Work Fund Award. His work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Short Corner,, the Whitney Biennial, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and a variety of other art and public venues. He has been an artist-in-resident at the Center for Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, the Center for Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is the currently an Associate Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is Director of Graduate Studies for the Social Documentation program.unnamed-7

Scott Duncan

One of Scott Duncan‘s stories was a finalist for Breakwater Review AND you can come hear him read Thurs, June 15th, 6:30 pm at Alley CatBooks.

Scott Russell Duncan is the author of The Ramona Diary of SRD, a recently completed memoir of growing up Chicano-Anglo and a fantastical tour reclaiming the myths of Spanish California. Scott’s fiction involves the mythic, the surreal, the abstract, in other words, the weird. Scott received his MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California where he now lives and writes. His work has appeared in Border Senses, Label Me Latina/o, Gemini Magazine, Somos en escrito, Diagram, Communion Literary Magazine, Ofi Press, Williwaw Anthology of the Marvelous, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, and translated into Spanish in Canibaal. One of his stories recently won Litquake’s 2016 short story contest. Scott’s website is scottrussellduncan.comSRD BW 2017 (2)

Sara Campos


My favorite thing about this upcoming reading (Thursday, June 15th, 6:30 pm at Alley Cat Bookshop) is that Sara Campos will be taking a break from hosting to read!

Sara Campos is a multi-genre writer, consultant, and lawyer with immigration expertise. She has an MFA from Mills College and has published work in a number of publications including, St. Anne’s Review, Rio Grande Review, Great River Review, Literary Mama, Colorlines, Ciptactli, 580 Split, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is also the recipient of a Letras Latinas Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and residencies or fellowships with Hedgebrook, the Anderson Center, and VONA. She is currently working on a historical novel set in Guatemala and an anthology of Latino writers in the Bay Area.



Lucha Corpi

We can’t wait to hear the work that Lucha will share with us next Thursday, March 16th. Born in México, Lucha Corpi came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Palabras de mediodía/Noon Words and Variaciones sobre una tempestad/Variations on a Storm (Spanish with English translations by Catherine Rodríguez Nieto); two bilingual children’s books: Where Fireflies Dance/Ahí, donde bailan las luciérnagas and The Triple Banana Split Boy/El niño goloso; six novels, four of which feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco: Eulogy for a Brown Angel, Cactus Blood, Black Widow’s Wardrobe, and Death at Solstice; Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories issued in 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts and an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship, PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles and Multicultural Publishers Exchange Literary Awards; Latino and International Latino Book Awards for her crime fiction. A retired teacher, she resides in Oakland, California.

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MK Chavez

We are so lucky to have MK Chavez read for us on Thursday, March 16.

Oakland based writer, MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks, including Mothermorphosis. Dear Animal, her first full collection was released in October 2016 by Nomadic Press. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, curator of Uptown Friday Readings in Oakland, and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. In 2016 she received an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Recent and upcoming publications include Heavy Feather Review, Story Magazine, and Medium for a 100 days of Action.


Corina Corina

Vocalist Corina Corina was born in Oakland, CA, and is the eldest child of two political activists who were inspired to name her after the classic blues song. Now Bi-coastal with roots in NYC and the SF Bay Area, Corina Corina brings a fresh and melodic vocal hybrid to modern alternative soul with a strong hip hop edge, or as she calls it, #emosoul.

She first gained recognition in the New York independent music scene by collaborating with artists like Homeboy Sandman (Stones Throw), Angi3 (Tommy Boy), and internationally-acclaimed producer, Willie Green (Backwoodz Studioz), as well as sharing stages with hip hop heavyweights Talib Kweli, Action Bronson and Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire. Both of her solo albums, “The Eargasm” (2012), and “The Free Way” (2014) were co-produced with Green, and touch on everything from gender inequality, to self-love and resisting social norms.

Between 2013-2015, Corina Corina expanded her fan base by embarking on 8 self- booked national tours, following being featured in multiple showcases at South by Southwest and Canada’s North by Northwest. In addition to her tours, she also found time to release three EPs and produce and curate dozens of live events in New York City and all over the country. Corina also performs in the acoustic blues duo Max Caddy, whose 2013 debut EP, “Caddy Tracks,” garnered praise from fans and music journalists alike.

In late 2013, Corina Corina topped off her monumental year by launching a successfully funded IndieGoGo campaign to help complete, “The Free Way.”

Soon after, she was signed with the Deep Thinka Booking Agency and expands her fan base by spending over half her time touring nationally. In addition to her prolific touring, Corina Corina has recently released an EP tribute to “Run the Jewels” and is putting the finishing touches on her third solo LP. As a writer, she continues to spread her message as a contributor for popular lifestyle blogs such as like Elephant Journal, G.O.A.T. Hip-Hop, Stop the Breaks and Recovery Warriors.RTB cover VL

Marguerite Munoz

Marguerite Munoz will be reading for us on Thursday, March 16th and we can’t wait to hear her work, more important now than ever.
Marguerite writes on the border of Berkeley & Oakland, co-curates the multilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta, and organizes a sporadic women’s group because let’s be honest the future is female.


Roberto Lovato

We’re stoked to see what work Roberto Lovato brings on March 16. He is a writer and journalist working out of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. He is also a recipient of a Pulitzer grant and writes for the Guardian, the Boston Globe, Guernica, the Nation and many other publications.When not using the little spare time he has working on a nonfiction book, he ponders the infinite marvels of lavender.