Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nomads and Homebodies

Home, you think, as you drop keycard next to desk blotter with the hotel's name across the bottom, exactly the same here as in Newark as in Indianapolis as in Madrid, the bar to your left when you exit the elevator, Starbuck's to your right, a relief, barstool knows the shape of your ass, bartender the very same guy no matter where, those deep parentheses around his mouth tell you he understands, you don't need to say more than the drink you want. Later tonight a voice on the phone will ask When are you coming home, and it will take a minute to remember the place, small bodies that used to fit against your waist now grown tall and distant, too much space between couch and coffee table, conversation goes around your face in words you almost know but can't quite translate anymore.

Come home with Portuguese Artists Colony on Thursday, April 30th, at Second Act.

Guest readers:
Poupeh Missaghi is a writer and wanderer, a translator and a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Creative Writing program. Her work has appeared under a pen name in World Literature Today, Guernica, The Quarterly Conversation, The Barcelona Review, Short Fiction Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.

Chiwan Choi is the author of The Flood, Abductions, and his newest book, Ghostmaker, which he'll be writing, presenting, and destroying in 2015. He is also a partner at Writ Large Press.

Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, grew up in Seattle, and lives in San Francisco. He is a recipient of the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fictionfor his collection entitled Better Than War.

Colonists Maw Shein Win and Caitlin Myer.

Musical guest: Tim DeCillis

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.

Lael Gold
Colleen McKee
Tomas Moniz
Jaz Sufi

Thursday, April 30
Second Act
1727 Haight Street
between Cole and Shrader
San Francisco
Doors at 7:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10