Friday, August 22, 2014

We are back



To celebrate Vouched San Francisco's first year of existence, we're gathering a great number of the Bay Area's literary champions at Milk Bar to celebrate one of VOUCHED PRESENTS' favorite causes: tomorrow’s writers. Join us for a night of readings, music, giveaways, and chapbook- and poetry-making stations--all to benefit 826 Valencia!

The event will also serve as a relaunch of one of the Bay Area's most beautiful reading series, Portuguese Artists Colony. Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired; they'll read, and the piece you like best will be finished and performed at the next PAC event.

Then our featured writers and comedians will take the stage in the name of our future, with intermittent breaks for giveaways from our sponsors. Participants will receive 1 raffle ticket for each $5 donated to 826 or spent on Vouched or 826 Valencia goods!

If you think the party ends there, think again! After the readings, stick around for music and dancing!

This event is FREE, and all donations, raffle tickets, and a portion of tonight's drink and book sales go to benefit community programming at 826 Valencia.

READERS:
Maisha Z. Johnson
Kwan Booth
Scott Simpson
Maw Shein Win
Sarah Griff
Tim Toaster Henderson
Jelal Huyler
Casey Childers
Amy Berkowitz
MUSIC:
Michael Mullen, songwriter for Pocket Shelley and The Size Queens

EVENT SPONSORS:
Milk Bar
Portuguese Artists Colony
The Rumpus
Edo Salon
Litography
Quiet Lightning
Write Club SF
The Booksmith
POSTS

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Eternal cakes

we're going on hiatus

while we write our hearts out, go on adventures, and generally do things that people do. Fret not: we're planning an especially lovely show sometime this fall, and we would love to see you there.



We love you most of all, and though we're taking a break, we're still here, still fake Portuguese, still colonizing literature all over the world.

Look for us in August or September of 2014. We'll have a fresh show to celebrate four years of Portugueseish love and general rowdiness.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Victimless

It isn't personal, she says. You see words falling out of her mouth and piling up in no particular order, some of them launched at bullet speed, but she isn't, she says, trying to hurt you. It's only words, you tell yourself, but still you feel them like punches, you want to check yourself for broken bones.

Let Portuguese Artists Colony lead you into safety on Sunday, January 5, at the Make-Out Room.

Guest readers:
Tom Barbash is the author of the short story collection, Stay Up With Me, published this fall by Ecco/Harper Collins. His novel, The Last Good Chance, was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.

Carolyn Cooke's new book is a collection of short stories called Amor and Psycho. She chairs the MFA Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Maisha Z. Johnson is a queer writer and activist with an MFA in poetry from Pacific University. She blogs about writing and social change at www.maishazjohnson.com.

Plus! We'll hear from November's live writing winner, Nicole M. Taylor.

Musical guest: Girl Named T

New work from Founder Caitlin Myer, plus special appearances from surprise guests!

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance.


Sunday, January 5
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Zombie love

It's over, she says, and you believe it. You nod and agree, Yes, it's over, best we go our separate ways. But then of course there's the party and it would be too awkward to back out and you've had a drink, or several, and the balloons have sunk to the floor and the two of you are dancing and your head is on her shoulder and maybe maybe you can stay over just for tonight except when she's undressing you have to open your mouth and you don't even remember what you said but in a hot second she's crying and pushing you out the door, she doesn't even care she's half-naked.

The next morning you text her an apology. It's over, you say. Yes, she texts, it's over. But neither of you believe it.

Join Portuguese Artists Colony and their undead hearts on Sunday, November 3 at the Make-Out Room.

Guest readers:
Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a fellowship from the NEA.

Joe Loya is author of the memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber. His TV commentary ranges from crime to politics and religion. That's why his prison zombie apocalypse ebook, The Red Mile, was no real literary stretch.

Sylvie Simmons, or as Leonard Cohen calls her, "darling", is a British, ukulele-playing, award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, Cohen's biographer and the subject of BBC documentary The Rock Chick.

PLUS! We'll hear from our last show's live writing winner, Christopher Worrall.

Musical guest: Three Times Bad

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance.

Karen Macklin
Sylvie Simmons
Nicole M. Taylor

...and more!

Sunday, November 3
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Little fish

Just down the street from your apartment is a little shop you've never entered. Something pulls you in one afternoon, maybe you want a prayer candle, and while you talk with the woman at the counter, you glimpse, behind a curtained doorway, people in white. You hear singing, and laughing, and, is it your imagination, or was that the strangled squawk of a chicken, the furious flapping of wings?

The woman behind the counter smiles, and you see, for a moment, that she lives at the center of a lively universe that has nothing at all to do with you. When you step out into the dark street, you feel somehow lighter, freed of the burden of your own importance.

Swim with Portuguese Artists Colony in the wide ocean of experience on Sunday, September 8, at the Make-Out Room.

Featuring guest host Alia Volz!

Guest readers:
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a writer, performer and stand-up comedian. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show, “All Atheists Are Muslim” a highlight of the Int’l NYC Fringe Theater Festival.

J. Ryan Stradal is from Minnesota. His recent work has appeared in Hobart, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Joyland, Trop, and The California Prose Directory. He likes books, wine, and peas.

Zarina Zabrisky is the author of short story collections Iron and A Cute Tombstone and a novel, We, Monsters, a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of 2013 Acker Award.

PLUS! We'll hear from our last show's live writing winner, Mũthoni Kiarie.

Musical guest: The ever-wonderful Brooke D

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance.

Michael Capozzola
Tarin Towers

Christopher Worrall
Cybele Zufolo

Sunday, September 8
The Make-Out Room - New Venue!
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Disaster tourist

You can't help yourself. You're attracted to drama: the tear-streaked trailer owner whose home was tossed across the road, the man slowly emerging from the collapsed building, those live interviews on TV, Area Woman wide-eyed and nearly incoherent.

You can't help it. Your heart jumps when the lights in your office building flicker out, you can't even feel shame in the hope that it's an attack, a bomb, a fire, something something to pull you into a larger story. The temptation grows, every day, to give the world a little nudge, an announcement that you're here.

Sift through the wreckage with Portuguese Artists Colony on Sunday, July 7.

Featuring guest readers:

Elizabeth Bernstein‘s fiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, the SF Bay Guardian, Tin House online, and other journals. She's the founding editor of the literary magazine The Big Ugly Review. She's a freelance book and story editor, and she teaches short story workshops at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Seth Fischer’s writing is in Best Sex Writing 2013, PANK, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Guernica, and elsewhere, and he has a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He’s at work on a memoir called The Three Year Switch. He teaches at Antioch University LA and Writing Workshops LA.

Maw Shein Win’s poetry and prose has appeared in many journals. She was co-founder of Comet and is currently a co-publisher for Stretcher. Her latest poetry book, Ruins of a glittering palace, with paintings by Mark Dutcher, was recently published by SPA. She is a freelancer at the SF Writers' Grotto.

We'll hear from our last show's live writing winner, Daniel Heath.
PLUS! Introducing our newest Colonist, Alix Lambert.

Great tunes from Heather Yager, of Ladies in Blouses.

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance.

Mũthoni Kiarie 
Allison Landa
Courtney Moreno

Sunday, July 7
The Make-Out Room - New Venue!
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Paper trail

These are the traces you leave behind, your prescriptions, applications for reimbursement, outdated resumes, shopping lists. You imagine that, after you're gone, someone will follow one to another and try to reconstruct you. A biographer, a grandchild not yet even thought of. A scrap of a to-do list posted on Facebook like Woody Guthrie's "Wash teeth, if any." Your sixth grade essay on your mother's face will be found an early classic, a sign of greatness.

The greatness that for now, eludes you. Every day more paper slips in through the letter slot in your door, every day the pile on your desk grows deeper, and you remember when people talked about a paperless society, and all you can do is laugh. Buried somewhere under those receipts and bills is the kernel of your bright and innocent heart.

Start clean with Portuguese Artists Colony on May 5th at our fresh new venue, The Make-Out Room.

Featuring an all-Los Angeles roster of guest readers:

David Rocklin is the author of the 2011 novel The Luminist. He is also the founder of Roar Shack reading series in Los Angeles. He is currently at work on his new novel, The Daylight Language.

Zoë Ruiz is the Saturday Editor for The Rumpus and staff member of FOUND magazine. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Two Serious Ladies, and Fine Print. Currently she’s working on her interview project “Learn People Better” and curates READINGS, a Los Angeles based reading series.

Aisha Sloan's work has been published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Southern Review. Her first book of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013.

Fun fact: both Aisha and Zoë teach yoga.

PLUS! Live writing winner Silvi Alcivar will be back with her finished piece, and new work from Colonist Peter Orner.

Fabulous music from Jethro Jeremiah

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance.
This month's live writing matchup is an epic throwdown between Portuguese Artists Colony and our Los-Angeles-based sister series, Roar Shack. Place your bets now!


Sunday, May 5
The Make-Out Room - New Venue!
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10