December Grotto Notes

On January 28, 2013, in Uncategorized, by classes

HOT OFF THE PRESSES FROM THE GROTTO!

Read Elizabeth Bernstein’s short story, “Safekeeping,” in the latest issue of Paper Darts Magazine: http://www.paperdarts.org/literary-magazine/fiction-elizabeth-bernstein.html

E.B. Boyd writes about the Martha Stewart of the app-tapping crowd: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-making-and-marketing-of-domestic-diva

Christopher Cook’s interview with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now available at: http://christopherdcook.com/Portfolio.html

Julia Flynn Siler profiles Marina Hall Phillips, who oversaw the raising of about 10,000 puppies as head of Guide Dogs for the Blind‚s breeding department, for The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday review section: http://juliaflynnsiler.com/articles/

Constance Hale looks around the globe to trace how linguistic invention runs deep in the DNA of English: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/inventing-english-not-just-america/

Holly Jones closes out the presidential campaign season with a piece on Washington, D.C.: http://therumpus.net/2012/11/last-city-i-loved-washington-d-c/

Jonathan Kiefer revisits the documentaries of Shohei Imamura for the Village Voice: http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-11-14/film/the-opposite-of-vanishing-documentaries-by-sh-ocirc-hei-imamura/

Jessica Carew Kraft proposes three green solutions to rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy:

http://www.learnvest.com/2012/11/life-after-sandy-three-bold-proposals-to-rebuild-the-cities-she-hit-123/

A rabbi, pastor, and zen monk walk into a bar with Rachel Levin, for a discussion that appears in San Francisco magazine’s December issue: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco

Louise Nayer’s short piece on her pooch, Penny, is coming out in the San Francisco Chronicle in Pet Tales, Dec. 12th: http://www.sfgate.com/columns/pettales/

Peter Orner has a new story in the Winter issue of the Paris Review: http://www.theparisreview.org/current-issue

Bridget Quinn‚s memoir of swimming and sibling rivalry, „At Swim, Two Girls,‰ now in the Winter 2013 ŒBest of the Best‚ print edition of Narrative Magazine: http://narrativemagazine.com/node/192881

Ethel Rohan‚s New York Times‚ Op-Ed Essay on a Tragic Death and Ireland‚s Antiquated Abortion Laws: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/21/opinion/an-antiquated-abortion-law-in-ireland.html?_r=0

Lorraine Sanders sizes up custom women’s apparel startup Bow & Drape for FastCompany.com: http://www.fastcompany.com/3002574/bow-drape-takes-bespoke-e-commerce-approach-tailor-made-women

Shanthi Sekaran’s “Aubade”, an imagining of Catherine, Heathcliffe and breakfast in the Mission. Now in Canteen Magazine. http://www.canteenmag.com/posts/shanthi-sekaran

Bonnie Tsui interviews graphic-novel genius Chris Ware about his new work, Building Stories, for The Atlantic Cities: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/11/intimacy-apartment-living-captured-graphic-novel-box-set/3779/

Meghan Ward has 9 SEO Tips for Authors: http://meghanward.com/blog/2012/10/23/9-seo-tips-for-authors/

JULIA’S “A THOUSAND LIVES” NAMED BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2012

Grottoite Julia Scheeres’ book A THOUSAND LIVES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JONESTOWN was released in November. Named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2012 by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, it was also called a best book of the year by the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, which described it  as “riveting…You will not be able to look away.” Huge congratulations to Julia! Check it out here: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Thousand-Lives/Julia-Scheeres/9781416596400

MAC SELLS HER BOOK TO PENGUIN PRESS

Mac McClelland sold her second book, a journalistic memoir about suffering from PTSD while covering conflicts and natural disasters, to Penguin Press at auction this month. Congratulations to Mac!

ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY TO LIT CAMP!

Only 4 weeks left to get your submission in to Lit Camp, the Bay Area’s first juried writers conference. Co-sponsored by the Grotto and Litquake, and open to 40 writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction, and memoir, Lit Camp faculty will include T.J. Stiles (Pulitzer Prize winner for The First Tycoon), Ethan Nosowsky (Editorial Director, McSweeney’s Publishing), Adam Johnson (author of The Orphan Master’s Son), and Amy Williams (Literary Agent with McCormick & Williams in NYC).

Lit Camp will be held at Mayacamas Ranch near Calistoga. Mayacamas Ranch features a salt-water pool, jacuzzi, spring-fed pond, hiking trails, and organic garden.

Conference dates: April 4-7, 2013
Submission deadline: December 31, 2012
For more information visit www.litcampwriters.org
Follow Lit Camp on FB facebook.com/litcampwriters

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER WRITING CLASSES NOW OPEN

Now is the time to sign up for our Winter Session of writing classes – before they fill up. This winter we’re offering a new batch of fiction and nonfiction classes, plus a few new twists – weekly Sunday afternoon and evening classes.

Visit http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster to see what we’ve got in store for the wintery months. The Winter Session begins the week of January 21.

JULIA AT THE RING MOUNTAIN BOOK FAIR ON DECEMBER 12

Grotto dweller Julia Flynn Siler, author of the bestselling histories “Lost Kingdom” and “The House of Mondavi,” will be in conversation with book group moderator Liz Epstein of Literary Masters on Wednesday, December 12th as part of the annual Ring Mountain Book Fair. For more information, please visit www.juliaflynnsiler.com/events or www.literarymasters.net. The paperback edition of Lost Kingdom is forthcoming in January of 2013.

ALEXANDRA FEATURED AT THE TONGUE AND GROOVE IN HOLLYWOOD ON DECEMBER 16

Grotto member Alexandra Kostoulas will be a featured reader at Tongue and Groove at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA. She’ll be reading fiction from a longer work-in-progress. „Tongue & Groove‰ is a monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music produced by Conrad Romo and this month features: Claire Vaye Watkins “Battleborn,”, Adrian Todd Zuniga, Danny Romero “Calle 10″, Khadija Anderson “History of Butoh”, and Alexandra Kostoulas. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 Address: 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90026. (323)-461-2040.  $6. 21+

Alexandra Kostoulas holds an MFA in English & Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland. She received her B.A. in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She writes non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and is working on a novel that weaves themes of the immigrant experience, stolen artifacts, and the Persephone myth.

ALEXANDRA’S FICTION IN THE VOICES OF HELLENISM LITERARY JOURNAL

Grotto member Alexandra Kostoulas also has a piece of short fiction called, „Kalavrita: A Lament in Six Parts‰ in The Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal which debuts December 15, 2012.

The Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal is a new literary and cultural journal that preserves history and Modern Greek literature by bridging the gap between Modern Greek academia and Greek communities across the world. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the journal includes work from writers from all walks of life and includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, novel excerpts, artworks that are avant-garde in nature, and scholarly essays. Phonés  (Φωνές in Greek) or Voices (in English) includes poems by renown Greek poet, Constantine Cavafy that have been translated into English as well as family stories about the Greek Diaspora. It is a celebration of Hellenic culture that values literature, history, and art. But it is not just for Greeks. Many non-Greek writers and poets have submitted work, making Voices a well-rounded journal with diverse content. Please consider subscribing to Voices of Hellenism or sending a submission for next year‚s annual journal by June 1, 2012. In addition to publishing the annual journal, the Voices of Hellenism Literary Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes literature, poetry, and literacy in various Greek communities throughout the world by holding readings, book signings, and cultural events.

For more information, or to submit a story or subscribe, please contact:
Annamarie Buonocore, Publisher, Founding Editor
Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal and Literary Society
P.O. Box 1624, San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-504-8549
Fax: 650-358-9254 http://www.voicesofhellenism.org info@vhpprojec.org

DON’T MISS ZAHIR’S WASHINGTON POST PIECE ON HIS UNCLE’S ASSASSINATION

Former Grotto Fellow Zahir Janmohamed, currently in India working on lis latest book, just published a piece in the Washington Post about his uncle’s assassination in Karachi, Pakistan.

The article can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/my-uncles-assassination-in-karachi/2012/11/28/897e3a82-39be-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_blog.html

JD’S WORK FEATURED IN THE ZERO ONE BIENNIAL SHOW “THE FUTURE, IMAGINED” WITH A PANEL ON DECEMBER 13

Grottoite JD Beltran’s latest work (a collaboration with photographer Nigel Poor) is featured at The Performance Art Institute in the exhibition “The Future, Imagined,” part of the 2012 Zero1 New Media Biennial. Open from 1:00 – 8:00pm, Thurs-Sat, at 75 Boardman Place, San Francisco, through January 15. In conjunction with the exhibition, JD also will moderate a panel entitled, “Women, Art and Technology: An Uneasy Access?” on December 13th at the Performance Art Institute from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. For more information, see http://thefutureimagined.com/ and http://thefutureimagined.com/programs/panel/

LAURA ANNOUNCES HER WRITING EXPERIENCE DATES FOR 2013

Laura Fraser has announced the dates for her fabulous writing (and eating) experiences in Italy and Mexico this year:

May 4-11 An Italian Writing Affair, Umbria, with culinary adventure
August 3-10 Laura‚s Mexican Writing Fiesta, San Miguel de Allende
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, Torcello, the Veneto, Italy, with a culinary adventure
October 27-Nov. 3 Laura‚s Mexican Writing Fiesta, Day of the Dead, San Miguel de Allende
For information go to http://www.laurafraser.com

Also, Laura has been named Writer In Residence for Victoria Magazine, where she will write columns on travel in each issue.

THE GROTTO HELPS STEPHEN ELLIOTT MAKE A MOVIE

Grotto emeritus, founder of the Rumpus, and member of SF’s Cultural Mafia (according to this month’s SF Magazine), Stephen Elliott has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to make of movie of his novel ‘Happy Baby.’ And the Grotto is helping with the SF Writer’s Grotto Package.

Those who pledge $375 will receive feedback and support with a short story or section of a novel, magazine feature article, or memoir in progress, from San Francisco Writers Grotto members in the relevant discipline, including E.B. Boyd,  Louise Nayer, Stephanie Losee, Ethel Rohan, Peter Orner, Rachel Howard, Janis Cooke Newman and Ethan Watters.

But you can always pledge less – even a dollar.

Here’s the link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/706884381/happy-baby-the-movie

JANE GANAHL TEACHES A PROFILE WRITING CLASS AT THE GROTTO ON FEBRUARY 10

Litquake co-founder & friend of the Grotto, Jane Ganahl will be teaching a one-day profile writing class at the Grotto on Sunday, February 10. Jane has published dozens of profiles – even won awards for them.

Here’s the link http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster/class-the-art-of-the-profile-how-to-write-a-dazzling-profile-by-breaking-some-rules-with-jane-ganahl-sunday-feb-10.

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JD’s Art Picks for December 2012

LAST WEEK!! BARRY MCGEE AT THE BERKELEY ART MUSEUM
“Throughout his career,” writes Alex Baker in the exhibition catalog, “Barry McGee has continued to surprise and contradict expectations.” Including rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his trademark cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and an elaborate re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects, this first mid-career survey of the globally influential San Francisco-based artist showcases the astonishing range of McGee’s compassionate and vivacious work. Through December 9. More information at http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/mcgee

THE THIRD WAVE AT GARDEN GATE CREATIVITY CENTER, BERKELEY

Check out some truly amazing and novel artworks created by IPhone art applications, of all things, in the exhibition “The Third Wave,” at the Garden Gate Creativity Center in Berkeley. Artists include DIY types and professional photographers, and contributors have made images from fantastic animals to painterly landscapes to provocative nudes. Garden Gate Creativity Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley. Through January 30. More info at www.pixelsatanexhibition.com

JAY DEFEO AT THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
“Even the earliest and slightest works in ‘Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective,’ exude a fearlessness characteristic of her sensibility,” writes art critic Kenneth Baker about this influential and gifted Bay Area artist. Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective: Paintings, sculpture, photographs and collage. Through Feb. 3. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F. (415) 357-4000. http://www.sfmoma.org.

“ABOUT FACE” AT PIER 24
“About Face,” an exhibition now showing at the stunning Pier 24 photography gallery, focuses on the tradition of portrait-based photography. On view are nearly one thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation’s permanent collection. “Revelations” – the Diane Arbus retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – inspired the purchase of the Foundation’s first photograph, a portrait from her challenging and emotive “Untitled” series. The emotional intensity characterizing this photograph has informed subsequent acquisitions for the collection, which are aptly highlighted by the huge, meditative gallery space. “About Face” encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day, from August Sander’s “Face of Our Time” to Richard Avedon’s “The Family,” to Jim Goldberg’s “Rich and Poor” and Larry Sultan’s “SF Society,” all of which consider the socio-economic divide in San Francisco. Through a series of 66 self-portraits by Lee Friedlander from the past 50 years, one encounters many of the themes that have come to characterize his practice. Self-examination is also the focal point in selected works by Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing, Yasumasa Morimura, and Tomoko Sawada, in which the artists alter their appearances to challenge traditional notions of identity. Through February 2013. By advance appointment only. More information at http://www.pier24.org/exhibition/current.html

Guilty Pleasures: Keeping a stock of Bud’s Egg Nog (the best!) in the fridge (you can usually get it at Safeway or Walgreens); digging into the latest issue of “The Week;” fresh prawn burritos at La Corneta; spending a lazy Dogpatch afternoon on 22nd Street at 3rd (beignets, chocolate, clothes, art, crafts, coffee, wine, and more at Just For You, Michael Ricchiuti, Chocolate Lab, Workshop Residence, Piccino, Modern Appealing Clothing, Rickshaw Bags, and more∑); laughing at “Tropic Thunder.”

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.

Henny Youngman

 

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