"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 Beast Crawl show featured best selling novelist Joshua Mohr, poetry and electronic music collaboration Pitta of the Mind with poet Laureate Maw Shein Win and musician Amanda Chaudhary, writer Nana Twumasi, violinist Hannah Glass, actor Aaron Kitchin, writer and performer Jamey Genna, wordsmith Todd Siegel
and writer and performer
Cybele Zufolo Siegel.
Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written “Fight Song” and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List. His novel “All This Life” was recently published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco. https://joshuamohr.net/
Nana K. Twumasi was born in the south, and raised in a bunch of other places, which left her with a mid-western work-ethic, an east-coast attitude and, now that she lives in Oakland, CA, a west-coast sense of time. Her work has appeared as part of Ballyhoo Stories’ 50 States Project, and the International Museum of Women’s Imagining Ourselves online exhibit. she is a co-editor of Monday Night: a Journal of New Literature. You can visit her at returnandfetch.blogspot.com
Aaron Kitchin is a working actor from the Bay Area, recently in Twelfth Night at the Sacramento Theater Company. He acted in Othello, Three Musketeers, Comedy of Errors, Sense & Sensibility at Livermore Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream at UC Berkeley.www.aaronkitchin.com/
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!
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
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.
Jamey Genna teaches writing in the East Bay. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published in the Iowa Review. Her collection, "Stories I Heard When I Went Home for My Grandmother's Funeral" was a semi-finalist for the Iowa Prize.
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. He's represented by 10x Management, 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."