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Join us for a very special evening in partnership with our friends at Red Light Lit! The Writing Salon is thrilled to bring you a virtual reading that explores love, relationships, sexuality, and gender. The night's featured readers will be a mix of Writing Salon teachers and students, including Thea Matthews, Erin Rodoni, Michael French, Aly Vildósola, Nell Wilson, and Mackenzie Studebaker. Mark your calendars and join us for what is sure to be a memorable event - we can't wait to see you!
The reading will take place over Zoom. To attend the reading, please RSVP by 5pm on November 13. We will email the Zoom link to everyone who has RSVP'd.
Originally from London, England, Michael French is a writer, director and creator of theatre. He wrote and directed the Ovation award winning play The Rainy Season and co-wrote The Buddha Prince, a ‘walking’ play about the life of the Dalai Lama. Currently, Mr. French is an associate artist at the Oakland Theatre Project, Co-Creative director at Other Hand Studies, a resident artist at Playground, and he is adapting the Heinrich von Kleist novella, The Betrothal of Santo Domingo, for production in 2021.
Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based poet of Afro-Indigenous Mexican heritage. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea earned her BA at UC Berkeley where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program, Poetry for the People, led by activist and author Aya de Leon. Her debut poetry collection, Unearth [The Flowers], was published by Red Light Lit press in June 2020. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Atlanta Review, Foglifter and others. Currently, Thea is an MFA candidate at New York University and poetry editor of the online magazine, For Women Who Roar.
Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her third poetry collection recently won the 2020 Southern Indiana Review Michael Waters Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in fall 2021. Her poems, stories, and reviews have been published in such places as Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, and World Literature Today, among others. She has been the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Ninth Letter Literary Award, and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Mackenzie Studebaker is a San Francisco-based poet and writer. Her debut novel, We Don’t Need The Treehouse, is a poetic memoir about death and grief. Their writing has been published by The Los Angeles Press and Weird Women Zine, and their work is influenced by mystics like Hafiz and Patti Smith.
Aly Vildósola is a speech therapist in San Francisco who specializes in pediatric stuttering. She has been writing creatively since she was six years old and has since accrued a hearty collection of journals. When she’s not tinkering with speech and language, she’s usually hiking with her pup, Noki, making mixes, or watching reruns of The Office.
Nell Wilson is a genderqueer writer with a lifelong obsession with storytelling. They recently started working on creative projects full time after leaving their previous position as a software engineer. In addition to writing, they enjoy folk punk, blues dancing, and roleplaying games.