Saturday, July 16, 7-9pm   Berkeley

The summer reading series at The Writing Salon features monthly readings with our esteemed teachers and some of our most promising and dedicated students. The events are free to the public. Snacks and beverages are provided.

We’re kicking off the summer reading series with a sure-to-be-knockout reading with long-time Writing Salon teacher, Andy Touhy. Have a look at his riveting short fiction pieces over at Eleven Eleven! We’ll also shine a light on one of our newest instructors on the block, David Hill, who so eloquently said, “Our bodies tell stories . . . wordless stories. I’m interested in this paradox of using language to explore these wordless stories.” Andy and David’s talented students, Samantha Jacobs and Tanya Breshears, will be reading with them. Come join us for what will be an exciting start to our summer reading series!

August 20 Reading
September 24 Reading

Andrew R. Touhy, a recipient of the San Francisco Browning Society’s Dramatic Monologue Award and Fourteen Hills‘ Bambi Holmes Fiction Prize, is also a nominee for inclusion in Best American Voices. His work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, New England Review, Conjunctions, New American Writing, The Collagist, New Orleans Review, Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, and other literary journals. He lives in Oakland with his wife and child.



David Hill copyDavid William Hill served as assistant editor for two oral history books: Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (McSweeney’s, 2008) and Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy (McSweeney’s, 2014). He currently serves on the editorial staff of Chicago Quarterly Review. His fiction has appeared in [PANK], Chicago Quarterly Review, Hobart, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and Cimarron Review, among others, and he was a finalist for both a Glimmer Train prize and the Montana Prize in Fiction. He holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing at San Francisco State, Academy of Art University, and City University of Hong Kong.


For many years, Samantha Jacobs spent her days telling the stories of death row inmates through her work as a capital defense attorney. In 2014, she signed up for her first class at The Writing Salon, Honing the Art of Storytelling with Andy Touhy, followed by his Continuation Workshop shortly thereafter, and she has been writing ever since. She is just returning from the Aspen Summer Words Festival Fiction Workshop and is currently at work on her first novel.

Tanya Breshears is a freelance designer by day (and sometimes by night), living in San Francisco with an opinionated Australian Shepherd and two motorcycles. Her work has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review, and she can be found online at


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