Bernal Yoga Literary Series

Upcoming Bernal Yoga Literary events & featured writers:
8pm-10pm ($5 suggested donation)

September 6, 2014


BRITTANY BILLMEYER-FINN is an Oakland based poet, playwright, community organizer, arts educator and shopgirl. She is a co-curator of the bi-monthly interdisciplinary performance series, Manifest. You can find her work in some local rags such as her chapbook, Geraniums from Mondo Bummer, her poem “this tender heart” in Where Eagles Dare, and an essay, “Poethical Shopgirl” at the Poetic Labor Project. Her work has also been featured in Dusie issue #15. Her book the meshes, an exploration of identity in relation to art making as well as a documentation of the troubling & illuminating intersections of spectatorship, voyeurism and witness through the works of filmmaker Maya Deren is forthcoming from Black Radish Books in the Fall 2015 and a small artist book edition of the meshes is coming soon from Manifest Press.

ANDREW O. DUGAS‘s work has appeared in Instant City, LITNIMAGE, Mixer, the SoMa Literary Review, and many other places. His novel SLEEPWALKING IN PARADISE was published by Numina Press in 2014.

ZACK HABER is a poet who lives in West Oakland. He is the author of “Chapbook” (duendagape, 2013) and “if you want to be one of them playing in the streets…” (quiet lightning, 2014). He curates The Other Fabulous Reading Series in Berkeley and helps organize The East Bay Poetry Summit. Recent work appears in Where Eagles Dare and Textsound.

ALEXANDRA NAUGHTON is a writer living in the east bay. She wrote I will always be your whore love songs for billy corgan, published by punk hostage press. She edits be about zine and books and hosts That Lit podcast, as well as a poetry reading series. She is dead.

DAVID RODERICK’s first book, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published jointly by the American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press in 2006. The book led to fellowships at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. David was named the recipient of the 2007-2008 Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship. The Americans, David’s second collection, was published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in 2014. Shenandoah awarded David its annual James Boatwright III Prize for a sequence of poems from the book. A larger sample of poems won the 2012 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, selected by Phillis Levin, Vijay Seshadri, and Elizabeth Spires. Natasha Trethewey says of The Americans, “The poet asks: Must nostalgia/walk like a prince through all our rooms? This lovely collection shows us a way to confront that question within ourselves.” Since completing his M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Massachusetts and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, David has taught creative writing and literature classes at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. David’s alter-ego hosts The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, the poet Rachel Richardson, and their two daughters.

JASON SCHENHEIT is the founder and EIC of The Gorilla Press, the Online and Print Zine Machine. (Website Currently Under Construction). Upcoming is a book release for Justin, Etc. April 24th 7pm at the Make Out Room, 22nd between Mission and Valencia. RSVP here. Jason is also finishing his MFA at San Francisco State University this spring.

With music by KARLYN DESTANO!

And here’s a sneak peek of upcoming events…

November 1, 2014
half moon

Claire Chafee
Hollie Hardy
Sarah Kobrinsky
Jacques Rancourt
Ethel Rohan
Austin Smith
with music by Hao Tran

January 3, 2015

Malachi Black
MK Chavez
Randall Potts
Mg Roberts
Deborah K. Steinberg
Siamak Vossoughi
with music by Sarah Carpenter

March 7, 2015
down dog

Channing Allen
Michele Bigley
Sharon Coleman
Courtney Moreno
Kate Petersen
Xan Roberti
Candy Shue
with music by Barry Ebner