Writers Read! (Spring 2024 Edition) | Mechanics' Institute

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Writers Read! (Spring 2024 Edition)
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 5:30 pm, with readings beginning at 6:00 pm and going until 7:30 pm. Wine and soft beverages will be available for sale. Complimentary light snacks will be provided.

Writers' Read! is a quarterly literary celebration with writers who are part of the Mechanics' Institute community. Immerse yourself in their captivating poetry and prose as our writers share their latest works.

Below are the writers reading at our Spring 2024 Edition of Writers Read!:

Jill Bronfman placed second in the Joan Ramseyer Memorial Poetry Contest, was named a semi-finalist for both the James Applewhite Poetry Prize and The Waking’s Flash Prose Prize, and received an honorable mention in the Storm Cellar Force Majeure Flash Contest. Jill's work has been accepted for publication in five collections and twenty-nine literary journals. She has performed her work in The Bay Area Book Festival, Poets in the Parks, The Basement Series, Page Street, and LitQuake, and had her story about a middle-aged robot produced as a podcast by Ripples in Space. She is a reader for The Masters Review, and a Poet-Teacher for California Poets in the Schools.

Angel Elená participates in Write If You Dare!, Mechanics' Institute's drop-in writers' group. She fell in love with writing as a young reader, who was given the chance to glimpse into worlds beyond her own through the pages of a book. She explores writing as an agent of expression, creatively communicating her thoughts through poetry, playwriting, and other fictional works. She currently works in healthcare and is striving towards becoming a published author.

Rick Homan writes suspense fiction. His short fiction has appeared in Guilty Crime Story, Vistas and Byways, and Marrow. Rick was a professor of theater arts for thirty years, and performs as an actor and guitarist. He enjoys walking everywhere in San Francisco with his wife Ann, visiting art museums, and posting his guitar solos on YouTube.

Jonah Raskin lives in San Francisco. He is the author of seven poetry chapbooks including most recent work, The Thief of Yellow Roses. Jonah has performed his poetry in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. He taught media and literature at Sonoma State University for 30 years. Jonah is also the author of a dozen-or-so books, including American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and the Making of the Beat Generation.

Carla Sarett is a poet and novelist based in San Francisco. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of Net, Best American Essays and Best Microfictions. Carla's poetry books include She Has Visions (Main Street Rag, 2022) and two chapbooks, Woman on the Run (Alien Buddha, 2023) and My Family Was Like a Russian Novel (Plan B, 2023, shortlisted for the Poetry International Chapbook Contest.) Her new poems appear in The Potomac Review, The Nassau Review, Rust and Moth, Stonecoast Review, and elsewhere. Carla earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Phil Williams has lived in San Francisco since emigrating from England in 1970 and has been a Mechanics' Institute member for the last 40 years. Trained as Civil Engineer at London University, Phil founded a San Francisco consulting firm in 1976 that pioneered environmental restoration of rivers and wetlands. He was long active as an advisor to environmental groups working on water management issues in California and this led him in 1987 to establish the International Rivers Network in Berkeley to support similar groups protecting rivers around the world. In his professional career, Phil has authored many scientific papers; in his activist persona he has written op-ed articles published in media like Los Angeles Times, Guardian, and Le Monde. Currently, he is trying his hand at more personal autobiographical writing as a member of the Mechanics' Institute’s non-fiction writing group.


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