Saturday, September 24, 7-9pm
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.
This final event in the summer reading series will feature two teachers who have devoted many years to The Writing Salon. Jenny Pritchett is our ‘jack-of-all-trades’ instructor, able to effortlessly move between generative writing classes and flash fiction intensives. Her latest essay, “Postcard from the Court of Last Resort,” appears in Guernica. Julie Bruck is our poetry specialist who has led celebrated workshops for over a dozen years. Check out this unbelievable poem of hers featured in Poem-a-Day. Jenny and Julie will read with their dear students, Rachel Sheridan and Mary-Cecile Gee.
Jenny Pritchett holds a degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University and an MFA in creative writing from SFSU. She has published personal essays on Salon.com and in the San Francisco Weekly, Guernica, Northwestern, Girlfriends, Bitch, and XY magazines. The former managing editor of Fourteen Hills, she has taught or lectured at SFSU, California College of the Arts, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and IAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her story collection, At or Near the Surface (Fourteen Hills Press), won the 2008 Michael Rubin Chapbook Award.
Julie Bruck is the author of three books of poetry from Canada’s Brick Books, Monkey Ranch (2012), The End of Travel (1999), and The Woman Downstairs (1993). Her work has appeared in such magazines as Ms, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, and her awards include two Gold Canadian National Magazine Awards, and the 2012 Governor General’s Award for poetry (the Canadian equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize). She has taught at several Canadian universities, and was a resident faculty member at The Robert Frost Place. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Canada Council. A former Montrealer, she has lived in San Francisco since 1997. For more information: http://www.juliebruck.com.
Rachel Sheridan lives and writes in Oakland. She has studied writing at The Writing Salon as well as the University of Iowa’s summer writers’ workshop, the UCLA Writer’s Workshop, and Stanford. Her fiction has been published in Prairie Schooner. She is currently working on short stories and a memoir.
A working artist for almost three decades, Mary-Cecile Gee has shown widely across the greater Los Angeles area (four solo shows and more than thirty group exhibitions — inclusive of several that toured nationally). Her poem, “Salvation,” has been published in the Water-Stone Review. She is editing a memoir about her father and a collection of lyric and prose poems from her twelve years working in hospice. She is also hard at work on a new collection of essays exploring the creative process.