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Writers Read!
Join us for an intimate evening of readings featuring members from our writers' groups at Mechanics' Institute.

Step into the world of literary enchantment at Mechanics' Institute – an evening where our writers' words come to life. This intimate evening of readings feature members from our writers' groups.


Join us for a reception at 5:00 pm, with readings beginning at 5:30 pm and going until 7:00 pm. Wine and soft beverages will be available for sale. Complimentary light snacks will be provided.


Kristina Brown is a visual artist and writer. She grew up in Japan and Okinawa and has spent most of her life in San Francisco. She often writes about what people will, and will not, do for love. She likes rose lemonade and champagne, cats and dogs. She has been accused of being excessively fond of reading, but denies it. 

Willie Carr is a San Francisco fiction writer. He has published five novels and one novella. His humor/thriller novels, Loose Cannons and Love and Avocados, are about two leftover hippies on the Texas border. Wiseass, the latest novel, is a fun tale of politics, assassins, and possums. Life Takers is a thriller about the war on abortion rights. Cold Blooded is a fictionalized story of a Great Depression roadside inn and the killings that happen there. His novella, Rabbits, is a dark story of a kidnapping in the suburbs. Willie Carr is a member of two writing groups at Mechanics' Institute.

Robin Michel’s poetry and prose have appeared in many print and online journals, including Blue Mountain ReviewCloudbankComstock ReviewThe MacGuffinThe Saturday Evening PostRough Cut PressWordpeace, and elsewhere. Originally from Utah, she moved to Northern California at the age of 17. Robin’s debut poetry collection Beneath a Strawberry Night Sky was released by Raven & Wren Press in October 2023. She now lives in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco, and is grateful to the many writing communities to which she belongs, including the Mechanics' Institute, for helping her hone her craft and for sharing a collective love of the written word.

Dr. María Ochoa is a photo writer who creates cuentos that weave images with text narratives. All her published work – four books, numerous essays, and reviews – focus on Chicanas and other Women of Color. Her work has received honors from the California State Assembly, Alameda County Supervisors, Creative Work Fund, Ford Foundation, and UC Humanities Research Institute. She earned her doctorate working under the supervision of UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita Angela Y. Davis. Dr. Ochoa is San José State University Professor Emerita Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

A lifelong bookseller, now retired, Byron Spooner is the author of Rounding Up a Bison (Andover Street Archives Press, 2021) and has been widely published. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2022 for his story "Elvis Walks the Earth." He lives in San Francisco with his wife, writer Judith Ayn Bernhard.

Richard Zitrin is an emeritus law professor and semi-retired from private law practice. He is the author of four books, including Trial Lawyer: A Life Representing People Against Power (Political Animal Press, 2022), which describes his work on the front lines fighting systemic racism, pervasive elitism, and injustice in the legal system. Trial Lawyer details many of Zitrin’s most compelling cases – with profound, shocking, bizarre, and even humorous twists – that expose the dilemmas he’s faced throughout his one-of-a-kind career. He has published over 100 articles on the law, race and equality, sports, and other subjects, in periodicals from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to the Sporting News. He is also a nationally recognized expert in legal ethics, giving him a perspective that colors much of his writing. Zitrin’s next book is a true story about a group of exceptionally crooked lawyers. www.richardzitrin.com


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4th Floor Meeting Room
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