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Word Performances is a reading series of poetry, prose, fiction and memoir where words are the lead and dance and music make cameo appearances.

Arisa White - Poet and novelist.

Colleen McKee - Poet with music.

Damien Alvarez - Flamenco dancer.

Maw Shein Win and Amanda Chaudhary of Pitta of the Mind - Poet with music.

Daniel Berkman - multi instrumentalist and West African Kora player.

Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe a Literary Collaboration.

Cybele Zufolo Siegel - Poet, writer, actor and performer.

Todd Siegel - Wordsmith and designer.


San Francisco native, who was named The SF Weekly's Best Comedian of 2010 for putting on "legendary" shows that keep audiences "doubled over." He continues the tradition of hard-hitting brainy Jewish comedians like Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Joe Lieberman. Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing hit comedy game show that packed houses at SF Sketchfest four years in a row and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2010 and 2011. The East Bay Express reported that onstage Nato "has a knack for pushing boundaries," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Nato "had the hordes howling." Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket said, "Righteous and hilarious, bracing and a hoot, Nato Green is like finding a shot of bourbon at your co-worker's stupid vegan potluck."

Tim Toaster Henderson

Toaster is an artist out of Chicago, Illinois. A poet, mural artist, and musician, Toaster uses a kaleidoscope of artistic vision to create, express and teach.Before leaving Chicago, He has been featured on National Public Radio, at the legendary Green Mill, and at the World's largest youth poetry slam "Louder Than A Bomb".

Toaster moved to the Bay Area to build a name for himself. Featuring invarious venues, schools and festivals across America. He is also a successful competitor, becoming the "Berkeley Slam" Individual World Slam Poetryrepresentative for 2012 and competing for the Bay Area Unified Slam Team at the National Poetry Slam in 2013. You can find Toaster's work on YouTube, and TimToasterHenderson

Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie Simmons is a London-born, San Francisco based music journalist, named as a "principal player" in Paul Gorman's book on the history of the rock music press In Their Own Write (Sanctuary Publishing, 2001). A widely regarded writer and rock historian, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite. She is also the author of a number of books, including biography and cult fiction.

Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is the author of the short story collections IRON and A CUTE TOMBSTONE (Epic Rites Press), and the much praised new novel WE, MONSTERS (Numina Press) and her hit show for We, Monsters at Viracocha and Pegasus Books. Her work was published in six countries. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of a 2013 Acker Award. Zarina recently appeared in WriteOn! for Litquake at the Emerald Tablet and the Portuguese Artists Colony. When Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe started writing poems to each other, a “third mind” was created. Their poems dissolve boundaries between their separate identities. Like the surrealists, they believe that literature is larger than its authors, that art is bigger than an artist.

Simon Rogghe

Simon Rogghe is a poet, fiction writer and translator of French surrealism and contemporary fiction, currently earning his Ph.D. in French literature at UC Berkeley. His work has appeared in over twenty literary journals, including 3:AM Magazine, Gone Lawn and Paris Lit Up. When Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe started writing poems to each other, a “third mind” was created. Their poems dissolve boundaries between their separate identities. Like the surrealists, they believe that literature is larger than its authors, that art is bigger than an artist.

Zahra Noorbakhsh

Writer, performer and comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh recently debuted her one-woman show; “All Athiests Are Muslim” to sold out audiences. She’s performed at the SF Theatre Festival, the Solo Performance Workshop Festival, The Vent, and is one-third of the troupe DISoriented, a trio of Asian-American performers, touring, nationwide. Zahra has performed at Litquake’s Regretiture, Portuguese Artists Colony and Word Performances.

Doug Cordell

Doug Cordell is an Emmy-nominated writer and a radio essayist for NPR’s Snap Judgment and APM’s Marketplace. His work was recently published in Pieces of a Decade: Brooklyn Rail Nonfiction, 2000-2010. He has been a featured reader and solo performer on both coasts, including at the Berkeley Marsh Theater, the HERE Arts Center (NYC), and the Hotel Café (Hollywood). Doug performed at the San Francisco Marsh Theater and The Vent at Stage Werx.

Miss Erma with Andres Vera

Erma, also known as Miss Erma, creates a sound world that is refreshing and enrapturing. Her melodies are bouncy and bright as she carries you right to the edge, pushes you over and then catches you again. An orchestral twinge is sure to surprise.

Todd Siegel

Todd is highly playful with language, writing live poetry within text messages and simply cannot stop himself from perpetual phrase turning while wandering with friends & his infinitely lovely wife, Cybele - with whom he co-produced this Word Performance series. In perpendicular, he's been designing user experiences, recently with Tempo AI, all while relentlessly endeavoring to innovate merch solutions to drive more revenue to music artists with Merchluv.

Cybele Zufolo Siegel

Cybele recently performed in Zarina Zabrisky’s multi media event for Ms. Zabrisky’s novel We, Monsters. Cybele’s poetry was recently published in Out of Our poetry magazine and performed at the Emerald Tablet. Cybele did live writing at the Portuguese Artists Colony, and read her poetry at the UC Santa Cruz alumni bonanza. Her writing was chosen for Quiet Lightening and Sparkle and Blink press at the Galleria de la Raza. Cybele was an Adjunct Instructor of Literature and Poetry at the City University of New York's Borough of Manhattan Community College since 2006, and Adjunct Instructor of English at the New York Institute of Technology since 2007. Cybele is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her essay on teaching Shakespeare to college students "The Bard at BMCC" was published in the Borough of Manhattan Community College Faculty Journal Inquirer. Cybele has a Masters Degree in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA Degree in English/American Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Cybele grew up in Park Slope Brooklyn and Manhattan. She studied ballet at the School of American Ballet. Cybele was a dancer with the New York City Ballet Co. for seven years as a youth. She danced in Japan and in off-Broadway plays.

$14.00 - $15.00


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