MoonDrop Productions Presents: Trap, Trauma, & Transformation
4:00 PM16:00

MoonDrop Productions Presents: Trap, Trauma, & Transformation

What are you doing on Sunday, January 20? It's a few weeks away so you might not have anything planned yet. If you're free, you should totally come to MoonDrop Productions Presents: Trap, Trauma, Transformation.

I will be reading some NEW MATERIAL alongside the likes of:

Andre Wilson, Gina Goldblatt, Vincent Calvarese, Melissa Jones, Giovanna Ortiz De Candia, Colleen McKee, Ruth Crossman, Sara Biel, Dena Rod, Kimi Sugioka, Riss Rosado, Shizue Seigel, Carol Dorf, Jennifer Lewis, C. Rock- AKA Cassandra Rockwook-Rice, Jenee Darden, Anna Allen, Tureeda Mikell, Guy Biederman, Abe Becker, Alexandra Kostoulas, Tawny Porter, Nazelah Jamison, Natasha Dennerstein.

Mark your calendars now <3

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Be About It Zine #15 release party: WATER
7:00 PM19:00

Be About It Zine #15 release party: WATER

  • 2518 Grande Vista Avenue Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)
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join be about it authors and bay area legends for an exciting evening of poetry and music :)

music from:
Chora Sea
SS Spicy (fka Big Thursday):

readings from:
Kimberly Kim
Vernon Keeve III
Joanna Anabo
Maggie Grabmeier
Sierra Ventura
Kevin Ridgeway
Paul Corman-Roberts
Theo Konrad Auer
Alex Smith

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Film premier: CTRL ALT DEL at the Trocadero in Philadelphia
7:00 PM19:00

Film premier: CTRL ALT DEL at the Trocadero in Philadelphia

Some movies are made to help you start over.

Four lives intertwine on a single day in Los Angeles. Each pairing moves through various issues regarding gender inequality, the misuse of power, and familial pressure, until they shift into something different and unexpected.

CTRL details four relationships intertwining on a single day in Los Angeles, and how each moves through various issues regarding gender inequality, the misuse of power, and familial pressure, until they shift into something different and unexpected.


Press Kit

Theater Screening Highlight Reel

Please join us for an exciting and interactive evening of poetry, performance, film, live music, a quick Q&A, and dancing.

Nick Ryan | Sam
Alexandra Naughton | Mimi
Panauh Kalayeh | Ahtish
Jayinee Basu | Barsha
Pirooz Kalayeh | Houssein
Brad Warner | Ben
Lindsey Kate Cristofani | Wawa
Nick Rutkaus | Simon
Hooshmand Kalayeh | Dr. Moldavi

Director: Pirooz Kalayeh
Screenplay: Pirooz Kalayeh
Producers: Pirooz Kalayeh, Aaron Lee Dowell
Editors: Pirooz Kalayeh, Carlos Reveles Jr.
Cinematographer: Aaron Lee Dowell
2nd Unit: Andy Chinn
Sound Operator: Carlos Reveles Jr.
Dialogue Mix: Jim Batcho
Sound Mix: Aaron Lee Dowell
Original Music: Jin Wooh, Brad Warner, Ben Lowe
Additional Music: The Bullbuckers, Michael Deragon

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Get Lit #35
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit #35

Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30 PM SHARP! An amazing gathering of 12-15 writers will read NEVER-BEFORE-READ material (rough drafts / debuts) within a three-minute time limit. Hosted by Zephir O'Meara with music by Chora Sea. 

Featured lineup of writers includes Vernon Keeve III, Alexandra Naughton, Youssef Alaoui, Anna Allen, Sean Labrador y Manzano, Audrey T. Williams, Nazelah Jamison, MK Chavez, William Taylor Jr., C. Anne Gardner, Norma Smith, Trent Tano, Haldane King, Norman Zelaya, Jennifer Lewis, Zane Timmons, Melissa Mella, and Jesse Prado.

Suggested donations of $10-25 will be kindly requested at the door, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds (NOTAFLOF). 

Beer made by Ale Industries on site and wonderful food by Guadalajara Restaurant & Tequila Bar just down the block. All ages are welcome, though profanity will be present.

Get beer. Get lit. Then Get Tacos.

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reading at a WeWork in Oakland (probably very random)
6:00 PM18:00

reading at a WeWork in Oakland (probably very random)

Performing with Jesse Prado and John Goslee. 

RAPID TRANSIT is a humorous and poignant romp down the rusting tracks of American public transit, filled with haunting and colorful characters—those we wish to embrace, run from, those we see ourselves reflected in. It begs the question: do we ever truly reach our destinations?

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Book Release Party: Nomadic Press' Spring 2018 Chapbook Collection
7:00 PM19:00

Book Release Party: Nomadic Press' Spring 2018 Chapbook Collection

Join us at our Uptown, Oakland, location for an amazing evening of readings, live music, gnosh / refreshments, and friends of Nomadic Press as we launch four new 2018 Spring Chapbook Collection chapbooks byAlexandra NaughtonJesse PradoJohn Gosslee, and Kay Nilsson into the universe!

Readings by all authors and all books will be available for purchase and signing at the event ($10 each). Music by TBA!

Hope to see you there!

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The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour
to Nov 6

The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour

Poetry, music, aerial artistry, burlesque performances, the Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour is not an event to miss out on.

"The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of both male and female poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true brothel needs a good cover; The Poetry Brothel’s is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, musicians, burlesque dancers, painters, actors, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.

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4:30 PM16:30

Beelzebub About It (be about it at beast crawl)

beelzebub about it, by be about it, for beast crawl

be about it does the dopest curation, I don't even know why I have to try to sell it to you. Come thru. We're going to get lit-wrecked.

Alexandra Naughton started be about it in 2010 and she never knew what she was doing but she loves poetry and performance and you should just trust her.

Featuring performances by: A. Razor, Ham Coquette, Mike Bushnell, Rhea 'Alex' Smith

A. Razor is a lost soul with no fish bowl, a vagabond with inappropriate shoes, the place in the shadow where darkness just might find some light before dawn, a tattoo that represents death vs a tattoo that represents the missing life, plenty of blood & guts, plenty of inside out, turning into ourselves...turning...

Ham Coquette is very beautiful and very wise and very graceful and there is nothing you can say or do to take any of that away.

Mike Bushnell is out there. Working on something. Books = OHSO, 2014 Scrambler Books + Traumahawk, 2010, 6Gallery Press. He lives in Everett, Washington. Also, business! Yes! Business dollars and career paths, out there in Washington. While writing this bio he yelled out to himself: "What up?" Then he responded, "tell me about yourself." Then he said: "Yeah, this is direct from the source. I am out here. I am working on a bio right now. The superman outfit in this photo was one I wore for 11 months straight as a young spectral child." @iamaparty.

Rhea 'Alex' Smith, 24, cares more about infectious disease and exactly how it will slowly and efficiently kill you than whatever trick you've got up your sleeve. She may also eventually have her fingers in your mouth. Assuming some dental school will take her, anyway. Went to UC Davis for English and left with a degree in Biology (medical microbiology). When not writing, likely doing one of a variety of other things she does but cannot master. Here's to you, year-old pointe shoes. She published Tough and Tender on behalf of The Crybaby Club, much of her own work interspersed. And true to the club, she does cry. A lot. Look out for her next collaborative book, 'This May Hurt A Little' by the Intrinsically Difficult Collective.

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3:00 PM15:00

Be About It & ABBW present: a Sunny Day in Mosswood Park

Vernon Keeve III (Association of Black and Brown Writers) and Alexandra Naughton (Be About It press/zine/reading series) are joining forces to just have a really fun time this summer. 

Personally, I think poetry should be fun and I think readings should be more like parties and I'm tired of going to stuffy events. I asked Vernon if he wanted to collab on a poetry party with me and he was totally down. It's summertime and it's fun to do things outdoors and honestly, don't you just want to kick back and relax in a beautiful park in the city that you love and hear some poetry while eating a corn dog? I mean.

We will have:


Come thru. List of readers to be announced. Say you'll be there.

Reading: Victor SmithMk ChavezVanessa Rochelle LewisCassandra DallettAnna AveryMallory SmartPaul Corman-Roberts

Anna Avery escaped Texas to participate in east bay poetry. Anna Avery's work has been featured by the de Young, 580 Split, Bombay Gin, and Elderly Magazine's "Not My Country". Anna Avery is a queer poet who lives in Berkeley, CA. 

Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. Cassandra is a two-time Pushcart nominee and Literary Death Match winner. She has been published online and in many print magazines, such as Slip Stream, Sparkle and Blink, Chiron Review, Stone Boat Review, and Great Weather for Media. Cassandra reads often around the San Francisco Bay Area, she hosts the monthly writing workshop OnTwoSix, and the quarterly reading series Moon Drop Productions. Her first full-length book of poetry Wet Reckless (Manic D Press) was released in 2014. In 2015, she authored five chapbooks one of them, On Sunday, A Finch (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a California Book Award, look for a new full-length collection Collapse from Nomadic Press in the fall of 2107.

Mallory Smart is a writer from Chicago, Illinois. Her work has appeared in Thought Catalog, Metatron, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Her new book, “i want to feel happy but i only feel___.” is available from ExpatPress now. Follow her @malsmart

Victor James Smith is a writer and artist living now in Oakland, CA, following a six-year long journey to discover an "authentic" way of "living" that took him from coastal Maine to frontier counties in Washington state and Nevada. He spent most of that journey in Nevada, where he worked in manufacturing and mining to put food on the table. He's always felt more comfortable when surrounded by nature, but he believes there's a special comfort experienced only in the desert, and this elemental experience usually finds its way into his work. You can find out more about Victor

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6:30 PM18:30

Bay Area Generations #46

A curated selection of
San Francisco Bay Area poets, 
writers & storytellers!


Peter Bullen + Hollie Hardy
Alexandra Naughton + Keeley Ann Finn
Daniel Ari + Britt Peter
Eric Kurhi + Josey Rose Duncan
Lenore Weiss + Margaret Spillman
Natasha Dennerstein + René Vaz
Caeser Kent + Bronwyn Emery

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