Saturday, November 17, 2012

People are good

The number isn't one you recognize, but you answer anyway. It's a voice you almost know, you knew once, and as he talks, the memories bloom in your head, his voice was once all you heard, you woke and fell asleep to his voice, to the words he aimed at you like blows. The time between then and now zeroes down and you're twenty again, you're the girl who learned to doubt everything, who paused before each step for the blame, the fault, the roaring gap he never failed to see between what was right and your own sorry attempt.

I was wrong, he says now on the phone, You deserved none of that, and you feel it like a sword in your heart, that bright moment of liberation, finally free. I'm sorry, he says, and with those words he redeems you both.

Let Portuguese Artists Colony show the good in all of us, we will dig down through all the layers of violence and spite and find that shining light.

Alix Lambert has written for magazines including: Stop Smiling, ArtForum, and Filmmake. She is an editor at large for the literary journal Open City. She wrote Episode 6, season 3 of Deadwood: “A Rich Find” (for which she won a WGA award) and was a staff writer and associate producer on John From Cincinnati. She is the author of four books: Mastering The Melon, The Silencing, Russian Prison Tattoos, and Crime.

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. (Although the pseudonym The Zombie Whisperer definitely was.)

Sarah Karlinksy returns with her winning piece from last month's live writing!

Sweet tunes from Jeremy Hatch.

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.

Alix Lambert
Joe Loya
Katie Wheeler-Dubin
Monica Zarazua

Sunday, December 2
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street
In the Salon, just behind the Library Bar
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale: $5-10