I’ve been lucky living in the Bay Area. For any given week, there’s a great author reading somewhere. Sitting in a chair, watching the author read is always a treat. There are times when, as they read their work aloud, the writer looks like they are going to fly. I always envied them; that feeling that says, Yes! I’m here, I’ve written something and I’m sharing it with you all.
I’ve done many an open mike reading in my time. Some have gone well; some. because of a bad mike, bad audience, or wrong material, not so great. But there’s nothing like the feeling when you’re done, saying “Thanks,” and then people clap for you. It always makes me think of Mary Katherine Gallagher (played by Molly Gallagher) does a split and yells “Superstar!”
On Tuesday July 26, I’m doing the splits, baby. I’ll be reading at San Francisco Main Library to mark the 21st anniversary of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA). At five wine will be served (very appropriate, since the act is 21!), and the reading starts at six. I am just one of six people reading; the other fabulous readers are...
Slam poets Bridget Brown and Derek Zarda
poets Amber DiPietra and Michelle Puckett
U.S. Military Veteran David Fish
and last but definitely not least...
Belo Cipriani, author of the new book Blind: A Memoir the story of due to a terrible accident Cipriani was blinded. Hearing Cipiriani tell his story is incredibly inspiring. And Ivory helped judge him the winner at the recent Literary Death March, so you know he has to be great.
So come on Bay Area folks!!! You have to see all of us! You have to see Belle Yang’s gorgeous art exhibit! Walk around the beautiful library! And you’ll be seeing literary superstars. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries