SFAI Writers in Residence Readings and Open Mic

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Please join us for a special reading by the current SFAI Writers in Residence
Monday, December 17th
6pm @ Lucky Bean Cafe

(but Lucky Bean will have coffee and snacks for sale, so bring some cash!)

Miguel Arzabe – San Francisco, CA
San Francisco-based artist Miguel Arzabe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, with an MS in Environmental Fluid Dynamics from Arizona State University and an MFA from University of California Berkeley. Arzabe’s work was selected for Hors Pistes 2011 and 2012 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The More Things Change at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Lightness and Dark at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. He was commissioned for a site-specific installation at theAlbuquerque Museum of Art and History for LAND/ART New Mexico. Arzabe’s work is held in private and public collections, nationally and internationally.
Loren Erdrich – Brooklyn, NY
Loren Erdrich is a Brooklyn based mixed-media visual artist working primarily in drawing, sculpture, performance and video.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally, both individually and as part of CultureLab Collective.  A 2011 show in San Marcos, TX featured her work alongside that of Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Félix González-Torres.  In May 2011 she was featured in a Vogue Italia photo essay of female artists to watch in NYC by photographer Francesco Carrozzini. Together with poet Sierra Nelson she co-founded Invisible Seeing Machine, a collaborative art group, which in 2010 won the NYU Washington Square Review Prize for Collaboration for their lyrical choose-choose-your-own-adventure book I Take Back the Spongecake, combining drawings, poems, and collaboratively written poetry (forthcoming publication by Rose Metal Press, Spring 2012).  Her work has been featured in Carol Novak’s ‘Giraffes In Hiding: the mythical memoirs of Carol Novak’ (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), ALARM Press Magazine, the album covers of Taperecorder, and many poetry and art blogs. She has been awarded residencies at Art Farm Nebraska in 2010 and 2011, Sculpture Space in 2010, and the Vermont Studio Center in 2008.
Denise Kumani Gantt – Baltimore, MD
Kumani Gantt’s performance and literary work has been described as a “thoughtful, evocation of love and loss” by the Baltimore Sun. Her plays and performance pieces include meditations/from the ash, winner of the Artscape 1997 Best Play Contest and voted Best New Play by the Baltimore Alternative; Three Stories to the Ground, written with Gabriel Shanks and winner of the Theatre Project Outstanding Vision In Theatre award; anatomy/lessons selected as part of Penumbra Theater’s Cornerstone Project; and Communion written with actress Vanessa Thomas for Washington, DC’s Horizons Theater, and Testament, a play inspired by Antigone performed by the Village of Arts and Humanities in 2006. In 2003, her collection of poetry, conjuring the dead, was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver. She holds a MFA in Theatre Performance from Towson University.  Her new play in progress, The Gift, received a staged-reading at Seattle’s, ACT in June 2011.
David Groff – New York, NY
David Groff’s new book of poems Clay was chosen for the Louise Bogan Award by Michael Waters and is forthcoming from Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution,was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. He is coeditor of the anthologiesPersistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and the just-published Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. An independent book editor, he teaches in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at The City College of New York.
Each writer will read for 15 minutes, followed by an Open Mic.
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