January 13, 2009

James Arthur, Sean Hill, Samantha Giles, & Scott Hoshida
The Word is Out: Oakland’s Emerging Writers Mix it Up!

“The Word is Out: Oakland’s Emerging Writers Mix it Up!” – a literary reading series featuring some of Oakland’s most talented emerging writers. A mixture of poetry and prose, this series includes a range of writers from Oakland’s diverse artist communities and Bay Area Creative Writing programs. Come mix it up at The Mixing Bowl Cafe and experience great food and contemporary works from Mills College, California College of Art (CCA), Stanford University’s Stegner Program, Deep Oakland, Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and more.

WHEN:2nd Wednesdays of the Month
WHERE: The Mixing Bowl Cafe, 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

James Arthur's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Southern Review, and Shenandoah. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He lives in Oakland with his wife, fiction writer Shannon Robinson.

A native of Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bush Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and the University of Wisconsin, and work-study scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, and other literary journals, and in the anthologies Blues Poems, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear. In March 2008 the University of Georgia Press published his first book, Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. Hill is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Samantha Giles lives and drives around in Oakland. She is one of the Mills people. Her work is available at Vert, The Press Gang, Shampoo, and Deep Oakland and in Work.

Born on California's central coast and raised in its valley, Scott Hoshida often writes about the people who live outside the major cities of northern and southern California: Santa Maria, Port Hueneme, and Lincoln. A graduate of the creative writing program at Mills College, he works as an English instructor at Berkeley City and retreats to China Hill in Oakland for rest and writing.


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