“Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.”
Jorge Luis Borges


Benefit for Alley Cat Books

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

San Francisco Writers Workshop is celebrating the bookstore that has so kindly given us space to meet every week. Please come to share in food, drink, and words!


Kitty Costello works as a tai chi and meditation teacher and a psychotherapist. She has frequented the San Francisco Writers Workshop for nearly 40 years and created an archive about the group, housed in the San Francisco History Room at the Main Library. She has been on the editorial board of Freedom Voices Publications since 1992, publishing works that speak to and from communities on the margin. Her forthcoming collection of poems, Upon Waking, is due out in the Fall.

Jay Lehmann has written young adult novels for the past ten years. The author of four math textbooks published by Pearson, Jay teaches math at College of San Mateo. He lives in foggy Pacifica, not unlike the coastal town where Simone, the main character in his latest novel, resides.

Colleen McKee is the author of five collections of poetry, memoir, and fiction. Her most recent book is called The Kingdom of Roly-Polys. For more information, see ColleenMcKee.Blogspot.com and http://thepedestrianpress.weebly.com.

Adrian Muoio is a creative and freelance writer from New York City. Earlier this year, he moved to the Bay Area and joined the San Francisco Writers' Workshop. He has published articles with Gothamist, The Budapest Times, and The Wire. For two years, he also managed a contemporary art gallery in New York.

Teck Sway-Bien has been coming to the San Francisco Writers Workshop for the last year-and-a-half. He's a featured writer on Wattpad, the largest writing community in the world, and in 2016 won a Watty. He's currently working on some short stories.

Holman Turner was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he spent the first twenty-two years of his life. He trained to become a secondary school teacher at Alabama A&M University. During the Vietnam War he served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge from the Air Force he was recruited to work in the Marketing Department for Crown Zellerbach in San Francisco. At 39 he took a degree in photography and upon graduation from the Academy of Art College he opened a photography business. He has been Director of Photography at the Academy of Art College, and today teaches at City College while continuing to build his own business. At the heart of his photography and writing lie the question: Can a country conceived in violence and slavery produce peace and freedom?

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