"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 ..."

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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 previous show featured novelist Alvin Orloff, comedian & actress Delores Churchill, poet Joel Landmine, musician Yea-Ming,
writer Cee Reiss, novelist Thomas Barron, violinist Hannah Glass, wordsmith Todd Siegel, and writer & performer Cybele Zufolo Siegel.

Produced and Curated by 
Cybele Zufolo Siegel & Todd Siegel

Joel Landmine

Poet Joel Landmine's work has never been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "Yeah, Well..", his first poetry collection, is available from Punk Hostage Press.

Alvin Orloff

Alvin Orloff is the author of three novels, I Married an Earthling, Gutter Boys, and Why Aren’t You Smiling?, as well as the co-author of The Unsinkable Bambi Lake, a transgender showbiz memoir. After you’ve bought and read all of those, you can read his short story "Strawberry Ice Cream Glacé" online for free in The East Bay Review. He plans to publish one last novel and a memoir about crazy club kids during the AIDS crisis, then retire from writing and become a cranky old man.

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 be found at cybelezufolo.comhttp://cybelezufolo.com

Delores Churchill

Delores Churchill, is a working actor and comedian in the Bay Area. She just completed a Groundlings Workshop with writer, producer Guy Stevenson and recently performed in an Improv Comedy show at the Shelton Theater.tifhiggins.blogspot.com

Yea-Ming and The Rumours jangle and twang songs to curse ex-loves to. Yea-Ming sings songs for the pending emotional apocalypse. Like a stripped down Jenny Lewis or an icy Rose Melberg, her voice let’s you know she means every word that passes her lips. Yea-Ming recently headlined at the Lost Church Theater in the Mission. ColleenMcKee.blogspot.com

Cee Reiss

Cee received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and cofounded WE Write and Edit, a marketing communications firm.  Her novel, Jane Is Everywhere, will be published in 2018. ColleenMcKee.blogspot.com

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.

Hannah Glass

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!

Thomas Barron

Thomas Barron’s first novel, Bocas, comes out in November. His work has been compared to Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. He lives in San Francisco, with his sleepy dog King.

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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."

- Sylvie Simmons,  author of  "I'm Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen"

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at The Lost Church