June 23
Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
LGBT Center - Ceremonial Room

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Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds, the new anthology from City Lights, showcases writers who have taught youth in the WritersCorps program. Hear Stephen Beachy, Dani Montgomery, marcos ramírez, Cathy Arellano, Aja Couchois Duncan, and Elissa Perry read their work and share insights about teaching youth through community settings like Larkin Street and Brava. As President Obama calls for the creation of an Artists Corps, the experiences and stories of the writers in this anthology are more relevant now than ever. “This anthology is more than a record of WritersCorps,” says Martín Espada. “It is a chronicle of our times.”

Cathy Arellano is the author of the chapbook I Love My Women Sometimes They Love Me. A San Francisco Mission District native, she lives in New Mexico and teaches at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College. She writes about “growing up brown, coming out queer, and living as true as I can which is kinda crooked.”

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song (Norton) and Distortion (Harrington Park), and the twin novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat (Three Roads Press). His writing has appeared widely and was included in Best Gay American Fiction. He teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Aja Couchois Duncan’s writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press), Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). An educator of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent, she holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

Danielle (Dani) Montgomery is a queer poet living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mother of two girls, she holds an M.F.A. from Mills College, and her work has appeared in Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing (Manic D Press), The Civil Disobediance Handbook (Manic D Press), and numerous journals, chapbooks and zines.

Elissa G. Perry is a writer, performer and activist of African and Choctaw descent. She has published several stories, interviews and other writing in places such as I Do I Don’t, Black Silk, Beyond Definition, Clamour, Girlfriend Number One and Sinister Wisdom.

marcos ramírez has taught at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People for 15 years where he currently serves as the program coordinator. He was born in Richmond, California, and lives in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.