On Saturday 13 October at the Beauty Bar in San Francisco’s Mission District, the Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA Creative Writing Faculty read for the first time ever for Lit Crawl, part of LitQuake, the Bay Area’s biggest literary festival.
Featuring Marilyn Abildskov (non-fiction), Rosemary Graham (fiction), Brenda Hillman (poetry), Christopher Sindt (poetry), and Lysley Tenorio (fiction) with live tweets from Program Coordinator Sarah Mumolo and Program Assistant Candace Eros Diaz at the Beauty Bar SF, one of a world-wide chain of drinking holes also found in New York, the original, Chicago, Portland, and Los Angeles.
Marilyn kicked off the evening in the crowded, hot, and steamy setting that was strictly, and not surprisingly, standing room only. She read work about her Mormon family her story deftly making use of the all powerful and mesmerizing locomotive power of the periodic sentence.
Rosemary Graham read a completely new work-in-progress, a story taking place in 1914 Ireland when the immigrant ships left and families remained to recover.
Brenda Hillman shared her eco-lyrics, which included a poem recently published in The New Yorker inspired by her father who recently underwent heart surgery and urged Hillman to write about the experience as well as piece on activism at the gas pump where she encouraged everyone to moan as the numbers climbed when re-fueling the car.
Chris Sindt continued the theme of nature with his poems about Coast Live Oaks, a piece beginning with a line by HD, “make haste, make wine, make honey” and a final poem for Moses at Tomales Bay.
Finally, Lysley Tenorio also read a new piece about the viral video sensation of Filipino prisoners performing the dance routine of Thriller and had the packed bar laughing.
A momentous evening with hopefully many more LitQuake events to come for the SMC community.