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Bernal Yoga Literary Series

Event #3 (2015-16)

Saturday  April 2,  2016    7:30 PM


Bernal Yoga

908 Cortland Ave., San Francisco

Doors open at 7:30, reading begins at 8pm.
$5 suggested donation at door, no one turned away for lack of funds.




Why There are Words

Thursday, November 12th, 2015   7pm

$10 at the door


Studio 333

333 Caledonia St., Sausalito


Founded in 2010 by Peg Alford Pursell the literary reading series takes place every second Thursday of the month. Each reading presents writers who have published books and those who have not yet. All share the criterion of excellence. WTAW began in January 2010 as a prose only reading series. Poets read but read only their prose. Beginning in 2013, select poets read poetry on a quarterly basis.takes place every second Thursday of the month, when people come from San Francisco, the North Bay, the East Bay, the South Bay–everywhere–to crowd the house.

Writing Without Walls
Eight readers. One musician. One theme.

Thursday, October 14th, 2014   7pm


Cafe du Soleil

200 Fillmore Street, San Francisco


Yes we are multifarious word manglers, deconstructors and put-her-back-together-ers, hedonists, lovers, inventors, and geniuses -in print.


Writing Without Walls
Six readers. One musician. One theme.

Thursday, November 14th, 2014   7pm


Cafe du Soleil

200 Fillmore Street, San Francisco


...we figured what better way to quickly and efficiently disintegrate ... boundaries than to combine booze and music and get a reckless abandon of limbs, smiles, and louder-than-necessary schmoozing.

LitQuake, UC Berkeley's SCWP presents
Beautiful Liars, a reading​

Saturday, October 19th, 2013   6pm



593 Valencia St. , San Francisco

​In search of the lie that tells the truth: Six wry, dark readings featuring faculty and students from UC Berkeley’s six-week Summer Creative Writing Program.

Come out on June 20 for MIXER 2.0:
A San Francisco Bay Area MFA/Phd Reading Series
Cat Club

1190 Folsom, San Francisco

​Featuring 9 writers, the doors open at 6:30pm . It ends with an 80's dance party at 9pm.
I will be reading poems, prose or a mix of both. See you there!

HARD TIMES BLUES Bay Area Book Launch!​
Pegasus Books in Berkeley
July 24, 7:30 pm

2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704

​You are invited to celebrate with the release of Elwin Cotman's second story collection, HARD TIMES BLUES, with a night of reading and performance. The lineup is:


Elwin Cotman
Terra Brigando
Miquila Alejandre


HARD TIMES BLUES is a collection of folk tales and fantasies from a skilled writer and performer. Copies of the book's first edition will be on hand. Reading opens at 7:30pm at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.




BANG OUT 20th Anniversary Reading!

Volume XX: "Equinox"
March 23 at 7:30pm
Make-Out Room in San Francisco, California

3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, California 94110

View the YouTube video of my reading:


I read some poetry at BANG OUT on March 23rd at the Make-Out Room. It was fabulous to see all your shining faces! The theme was Equinox: words about the light and darkness of things; renewal, rebirth. Thank you all for coming!

WriterCoach Connection​​​​​

I'm doing this and you should, too!

WriterCoach Connection(TM) (WCC) focuses attention on the importance of writing for students, teachers and administrators and brings community support for writing into the public schools. The program trains and coordinates volunteer writing coaches who work with students individually in secondary-school English classes. With an attentive ear and guiding hand, coaches engage students in the writing process, reinforce teachers’ lessons, and challenge more proficient writers to dig deeper—encouraging all students to develop and express their own ideas.

"Ash" published in Bloom
January 2013

BLOOM has arrived! I am so ecstatic to see my story "Ash" in print alongside other amazing authors, such as D.A. Powell. I can't wait to read the rest of the issue. If you are so inclined as to purchase one for yourself, you can do so here: (although I don't think the website has been updated yet with this current issue). It's a great feeling to support literary journals, and BLOOM is one of the most wonderful ones out there. — with Charles Flowers.