Sunday, September 30, 2012


You know who you are. You're the kid who's always on the far left of the back row, the one who's  taller than the teacher, they make you stand on the floor rather than the bleachers, and still you're in the back row. You're the one who knows who the bad guy is in the first fifteen minutes of the movie, but you've learned to keep your mouth shut, your friends don't appreciate your wisdom. You can drink all night and never get drunk, all while looking tiny and delicate, you watch your date try to keep up until he's barely able to walk. You're like us.

We're outliers. Join Portuguese Artists Colony in our special, all-Colonist Litquake show, as part of the beautiful, wordy chaos of the Lit Crawl.

Tim Bauer
Leslie Ingham
Shanthi Sekaran
Cary Tennis

Hosted by Caitlin Myer

Saturday,  October 13
Phase 3, 8:30-9:30
Revolution Cafe
3248 22nd St., San Francisco

Monday, September 3, 2012

Permanent Fatal Error

The light changes and you step out into the street, you're late for work and you're thinking about a cup of coffee, already, you should cut down, but not this week, the project is due and it'll take a fucking miracle, Brandon is useless since his girlfriend left him, he can't focus for two minutes and everyone else is taking up the slack, and you don't, you really don't want to work late tonight, you have a real date and you want time to get home and change, that sweet dress you bought last week, and you've already decorated the little one-bedroom you'll rent together, you and your date, between the light changing and that first step into the street, and a hand grabs at you, pulls you short, you feel a mass shove through the air a cracked inch from your nose, a city bus running the light.

How long does it last, that pulse-pumping realization, I could have died? Long enough to thank the stranger who saved you by the breadth of his hand, long enough to shake and laugh and maybe tell your co-workers when you sit, alive, at your desk, but you can't really feel it, you can't begin to believe you're only a wrong step from oblivion.

Portuguese Artists Colony will take you over the edge, bring that bus all the way to its destined catastrophe. Take your last wrong turn with us Sunday, September 23.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two poetry collections, The Flood and his new book, Abductions. He is now trying to finish Exit to Hope Street, a collection of short stories. Chiwan also runs Writ Large Press with his wife and partner, Judeth Oden, and is spearheading an effort to establish a badass lit/music/art crawl in downtown Los Angeles, using tactics learned from watching The Wire.

Doug Cordell is an Emmy-nominated television writer, essayist and radio storyteller whose pieces have been broadcast on, among others, National Public Radio’s Snap Judgment and American Public Media’s Marketplace. A former host of the Brooklyn Rail magazine’s Rant/Rhapsody reading series in New York City, he has also performed at HERE Arts Center in NYC, LA’s Tongue & Groove and Vermin on the Mount, and the Bay Area’s Quiet Lightning and Lip Service West

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England.  She is the author of In Dependence (Legend Press, 2008) and Editor of Pulsations, The Journal of New African Writing. She currently lives in California where she teaches at San Francisco State University.  She is a Hedgebrook alum and serves on the Board of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

The victorious Jeremy Ravdin returns with his completed piece from our last show!

Crazy great music from Jhene Canody.

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. It's always a thrill.

Jenny Bitner
Kristin FitzPatrick
Sarah Karlinsky
Sean Owens

Sunday, September 23
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street
In the Salon, just behind the Library Bar
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm