June's Writers With Drinks features Tibetan-American poetry, Grindhouse cinema, cancer memoir, historical fantasy... and guest host Bucky Sinister!
When: Saturday June 11 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM
Who: Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Jim Morton, Juan Alvarado Valdivia, Anne Gross, and guest host Bucky Sinister!
How much: $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the CSC
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco, CA
About the readers/performers:
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of the poetry chapbooks In Writing the Names (2000) and Recurring Gestures (2000). She has published the full-length collections Rules of the House (2002), In the Absent Everyday (2005), and My Rice tastes like the lake (2011), which was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award for 2012. Tsering's non-fiction book based on her life is called A Home in Tibet (Penguin India, 2013). Dhompa has received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Galen Rowell Fund and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Hedgebrook. She is pursuing a PhD in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In May 2013, Dhompa was a featured writer on Harriet.
Juan Alvarado Valvidia is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Acentos Review, Black Heart Magazine, BorderSenses Literary Magazine and Label Me Latina/o. He's a member of the Voices of Our Nations Foundation (VONA) family and attended the fiction workshop at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. He's had residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico -- where he befriended two Taos Indian women who approved of his self-dubbed Native American name, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”
Jim Morton is a San Francisco-based film historian. In the early eighties, he wrote and published Trashola, one-sheet zine devoted to sleaze and horror movies. This led to his role as the guest editor for Re/Search’s Incredibly Strange Films, one of the first books to take a critical look at exploitation and low-budget movies. Next he turned to popular culture as the editor of Pop Void, a book examining aspects of modern culture that were completely ignored at the time. His essays on film have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and he was invited to speak at the 2010 Revelation Film Festival in Perth, where he introduced two films by Russ Meyer and screened examples of some of his favorite forgotten films. More recently, he is the blogger behind eastgermancinema.com, a site that examines films from the former GDR, along with the culture that produced them. He is currently working on a history of East German films.
Anne Gross is the author of The Conjured Woman, a novel about a displaced 21st Century nurse stuck in the seedy early 19th Century when Napoleon invaded Spain.
Guest Host Bucky Sinister is the author of a novel called Black Hole. He also wrote the self-help books Get Up and Still Standing: Addicts Talk About Living Sober. His poetry books include King of the Roadkills, All Blacked Out and Nowhere To Go, Whiskey & Robots, Time Bomb Snooze Alarm, and Twelve Bowls of Glass. He is one of the organizers of the comedy event The Business, and also the regular spoken word/comedy series Hard Lessons.