Thanks for attending our riveting show on Sep 9th
"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.

Produced and Curated by 
Cybele Zufolo Siegel & Todd Siegel

Our show featured novelist Joshua Mohr, poet Brynn Saito,
rock biographer Sylvie Simmons, writer Vernon Keeve III,  psychedelic slam rock band The Wyatt Act,  
wordsmith Todd Siegel,
with writer & performer
Cybele Zufolo Siegel. 

Doug Cordell

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.
Doug Cordell

Sylvie Simmons
An award winning writer and journalist, and one of the foremost rock journalists since the 1970’s. Her books include: "Serge Gainsbourg, a Fist full of Gitanes" which J. G. Ballard named one of his favorite books. A biography of Neil Young, "Reflections inBroken Glass" a cult short story collection, "Too Weird for Ziggy" and her latest, "I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen" the New York Times best seller that NPR called “the best biography of the year.” When not writing about music, (for MOJO magazine, the BBC, and the UKGuardian newspaper) Sylvie sings and plays ukelele. Simmons is named as a "principal player" in Paul Gorman's book on the history of the rock music press "In Their Own Write.” A widely regarded writer and rock historian, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite.
Doug Cordell

Brynn Saito
Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure,winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press (2013). She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions (2013). Brynn was born and raised in the Central Valley of California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat.

Brynn is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and the Key West Literary Seminar's Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, creative writing), New York University (MA, religious studies), and UC Berkeley (BA, philosophy). Brynn lives and teaches in the Bay Area.
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.
Doug Cordell

Vernon Keeve III 
Vernon Keeve III has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine, received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University, was a featured reader at the SF Jazz Poetry Festival, and is a contributing writer to Black Girl Dangerous. He teaches at the College of Alameda. Vernon is the curator of the Black and Brown writers and teaches English in the Oakland Unified School District.
High-energy, experimental, psychedelic SlamRock.

Members include:
Guinevere Q on Vocals and Bass, 
Breakfast on Sax, Keys, and Vocals,
Young Sun on Drums and Vocals,
Karissa McKelvey on Trumpet, Vocals,
and Seth Lael on Guitar & Vocals. 

Todd Siegel
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 recently interviewed in The New Yorker about the future present of work.

Previous Shows

The Beast Crawl, 2015 
at Ozumo Oakland

Actress Tina D’Elia, novelist Sabrina Seidner, writer & performer Zarina Zabrisky, poet Jeremiah Walton,  opera singer Nikola Printz, violinist Autumn Turley, wordsmith Todd Siegel, with writer & performer Cybele Zufolo Siegel. 

Green Lions with Word Performances  
at The Great Star Theatre:

Featuring surreal poetry, operatic jazz, dance memoir, classical strings, and startup satire. This show pushes experimental literary theater to a new level.

Brynn Saito, Jon Siegel, Chiwan Choi,
Paul Corman-Roberts, Lora Libby,  
Zarina Zabrisky, Simon Rogghe,
Cybele Zufolo Siegel,  Megs Rutigliano,
AF & The Shadow Bunnies,
Steven Gray, Edie Eve, Todd Siegel,
Yanina Gotsulsky, Sarah Page,
Gillian Eichenberger,
and The Amethyst Trio

LITCRAWL 2014 at The Incline Gallery:

Novelist Alvin Orloff, poet laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe - a literary collaboration, opera singer Nikola Printz, Andres Vera on cello, wordsmith Todd Siegel, and performer Cybele Zufolo Siegel

APRIL 2014 SHOW at The Lost Church:

Jon Siegel, spoken word artist, writer, and leader of Viracocha. Ginger Murray,
editor-in-chief of Whore! magazine; storyteller. Brynn Saito, author, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. 
John Panzer, writer, scholar; former race car driver, formerly homeless. Tina D'Elia, writer; actor, coach; The Rita Hayworth of this generation.Tomas Moniz, storyteller & songwriter; founder & editor, Rad Dad. 
Todd Siegel, wordsmith and ideator. 
Cybele Zufolo Siegel, poet, writer and performer. 

And very special guests,
The Mark Growden Quartet

JANUARY 2014 SHOW at The Lost Church:  

Nato Green, voted best comedian by SF Weekly, and writer of FX's Totally Biased TV show. Sylvie Simmons, rock journalist and New York Times best selling author of: I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Zahra Noorbakhsh, acclaimed comedian, and story-teller. 
Tim Toaster Henderson, Litquake's Spoken Word Grand Slam Champion. Doug Cordell, Emmy nominated writer and NPR contributor. Zarina Zabrisky, writer, poet and author of novels, Iron and We, Monsters. Simon Rogghe, French poet and scholar. Claire Zager,  storyteller and songwriter. Todd Siegel, wordsmith and ideator. Cybele Zufolo Siegel, poet, writer and performer. Miss Erma Kyriakos, jazz chanteuse and cellist Andres Vera.

and surprise guest Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, Damascus and Termite Parade.