"Attending Word Performances is something akin to finding yourself inside a marvelous Literary Carnival where a cavalcade of uber-talented players delight, amuse, enlighten, play, sing, dance, revel; add in the lovely intimacy of The Lost Church with its Lynchian burlesque charm to the evening’s fun and you have a perfect backdrop for the broad array of deep talent ..."Review on Litseen
Word Performances is a series of poetry, prose, comedy, and memoir where words are the lead, music is featured, and dance makes a cameo.
Our Lit Crawl SF show featured artist and writer Rohan DaCosta, vocalist and recording artist Jared Swanson, poet Colleen McKee, violinist Hannah Glass, author & singer Tiffany Higgins, percussionist Pepe Abad, wordsmith Todd Siegel, and writer & performer Cybele Zufolo Siegel.
Pitta of the Mind is the duo of Amanda Chaudhary and Maw Shein Win, combining poetry with abstract electronic music. Their highly theatrical performances each center around a theme that is explored via text, sound and visuals.
Amanda Chaudhary is a composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music. Her solo work involves experimenting with innovative sounds via analog synthesis and custom software with computers and mobile devices as well as folk and toy instruments. Her other ensemble projects include Reconnaissance Fly, an art-pop band and composers collective; and Surplus 1980, a Bay Area post-punk band.
Maw Shein Win often collaborates with visual artists and musicians, and her latest poetry chapbook, Ruins of a glittering palace, with paintings by Mark Dutcher, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects.She is currently a poetry editor for Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks for Red Bridge Press, a freelancer at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and a co-publisher for Stretcher.
Tiffany Higgins is the author of The Apparition at Fort Bragg (2016), an e-chapbook, winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review e-single contest for a long poem, selected by Camille Dungy. Her book And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet (Carolina Wren Press, 2009) was selected by Evie Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Broadsided Press, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and are forthcoming in Ghost Fishing, an anthology of ecojustice poems (U Georgia). Tiffany is currently writing on threats to indigenous and traditional communities in Brazil’s Amazon. To read more, please visit tifhiggins.blogspot.com
Musican and drummer from Lima, Perú. He has played with many important rock bands from Perú since the 80's (he was part of the first peruvian 1980's Punk and new Wave rock scene while he was a teenager) and USA since 2011, year in which he moved to San Francisco. His bands and records have been released in South America, Europe and North America. And has extensively toured Europe and The US. In San Francisco has released records with bands like Unko Atama, the band Necromongo (both in vinyl) and now plays with Impuritan, a psychedelic experimental rock band from SF. With them he has toured the West and East Coast of the US. Pepe Abad believes that drums and percussion are not only a complement to other instruments, but can be a leading instrument and main component in the musical composition process. He now lives in San Francisco.
Rohan DaCosta is an artist of multiple disciplines [Photography : Literature : Music Production : Curation] born in Chicago, Illinois and currently based in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. He has studied at Columbia College Chicago of Liberal Arts. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective.
Cybele is the author of Ocean Sounds in New York a collection of poetry, essays and non-fiction
prose about dance, love, and performance and Dancer Girl: I Remember
the NYC Ballet: Poems and Prose on Dance and Performance, She holds an
MA from Columbia University, is a National Endowment for the Humanities
grant recipient, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and has
appeared in films, plays and voice overs. Cybele is the
co-founder of Word Performances.
She can by found at http://cybelezufolo.com
Colleen McKee is the author of Nine Kinds of Wrong (poetry, fiction, and memoir). and A Partial List of Things I Have Done for Money, a chapbook of poetry and memoir, published by JKPublishing. Also, My Hot Little Tomato, a chapbook of poems about food and the erotic, published by Cherry Pie Press (cherrypiepress.blogspot.com). She is the co-editor of Are We Feeling Better Yet, Women Speak about Health Care in America. You can find her at ColleenMcKee.blogspot.com
Jared Swanson is the lead vocalist for indie rock band Abbot Kinney. His performance at the Great American Music Hall was recently featured on Live105 KITS San Francisco. Jared studied acting, voice and film at Boston University and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He’s worked professionally in the industry in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. He produces a mini live music documentary series called Monday Morning.
Classically trained in piano and violin, Hannah Glass has been sharing her multi-instrumental and vocal talents in the Bay for 6 years now. She has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland's 75th Anniversary, UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall at Ted Talks, The Great American Music Hall, and Chinatown's historic Great Star Theater. At UC Berkeley she sang, arranged and directed for DeCadence a cappella, and she studied Baroque violin and viola under the esteemed organist Davitt Moroney and violinist Carla Moore. On occasion she plays solo gypsy-jazz and tango at Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret. She also records and performs indie rock with many Bay Area bands including Your Fearless Leader, Manos Lindas, and Christopher Youmans & the Sound Agency. Hannah looks forward to using her new flexibility as a Rap Analyst at Pandora Radio to go on tour!
crafts and performs idea satire poetry, and was called "the e e cummings of San Francisco tech culture" by Joel Landmine at Identity Crisis III.
He co-produces the Word Performances series with his infinitely lovely wife Cybele. In perpendicular, Todd designs and prototypes user experiences and serves as a wordsmith for startups,
and was interviewed in The New Yorker about the future present of work.
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"There's no shortage of writers in San Francisco, nor of places where we can read. But this one stands out. Word Performances has elements of the old-fashioned soiree but also something unexpected and curious. The writers they invite are both well-known and newcomers, and on any given night there might be a singer or a dancer or a stand-up comic. It's a delightful event - one with a love of performance and a deep commitment to words. If you believe the digital age has killed literature, you'll need to think again."