Sunday, December 15, 2013


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

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