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Americana! by The Arts Resistance and The Octopus Literary Salon


The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St @ 22nd 94612 Oakland United States
Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe: A Literary Collaboration. The Arts Resistance and The Octopus Literary Salon present: AMERICANA!

Literary theater blends poetry, prose, music and dance to bring you the flavors of the Wild West as seen through the eyes of travelers. This Honda Fit Odyssey will take you to secret caverns, Route 66 dark dive bars, marijuana plantations and polygamist cult towns. Traditions and myths shed light on the present. History becomes today. Personal becomes political.

Karaoke dramas by Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe.
OPEN MIKE: 3 minutes slots. Theme: Americana, Wild West, and America Now.

Simon Rogghe is a poet, writer, translator of French surrealism and Ph.D. in French literature at UC Berkeley. His work has appeared in thirty magazines including 3:AM Magazine, Gone Lawn, Literary Orphans, Paris Lit Up, and New Nietzsche Studies. He is an author of "Green Lions" (Numina Press). See more at www.simonrogghe.com

Zarina Zabrisky is the author of the short story collections Iron, A Cute Tombstone, Explosion (Epic Rites Press), and the novel We, Monsters (Numina Press). Her work has been published in seven countries. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a recipient of a 2013 Acker Award and a co-founder of The Arts Resistance.
See more at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

Zabrisky and Rogghe perform their writing to music, driving and dancing around the world.

Cybele Zufolo Siegel is a poet, adjunct Instructor of English at the Academy of Arts, co-founder and curator of Word and a former dancer with the NYC Ballet. Her work is published in Passages on the Lake, Sparkle and Blink, Quiet Lightning, and more.

Lena Avgust, originally from Russia, is constantly working in studio, on stage, and on camera for entertainment, commercial and industrials. Lena has studied with a few of the most respected acting programs in the SF Bay Area including; Studio A.C.T., Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory, Shelton Studios and Actor's Theater.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. To Break the Heart of the Sun, is his latest collection of poetry.

Paul Corman-Roberts' most recent collection of poems, We Shoot Typewriters (Nomadic Press, 2015), was nominated for a Northern California Book Reviewers Award. He is a founder of Oakland’s largest and oldest regular literary festival, the Beast Crawl.

Gerhard Fnord offers literary security services to readers, writers, content providers, text/codex artists, retailers, and others engaged in the spoken or written word made flesh near and far and the farthest nearby.

Yanina Gotsulsky is a writer, translator, linguist and a photographer. She has published short stories, poetry, novels, politically incorrect essays and photographs. Gotsulsky believes life is too short to only exhibit one facet of your soul.

Kathleen Phelps: designer, artist, photographer and writer specializing in the visual translation of ideas, stories, conversations and other ethereal concepts. She works in a variety of mediums: paper and ink, paint and light, wire and words and has a particular passion for books and literature.

Alexandra Naughton is the editor in chief of be about it press. Her first novel, American Mary, was published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in March 2016.

Isobel O'Hare is a Pushcart-nominated poet and essayist who was born in Chicago, Illinois but did most of her growing up in Ireland. Her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, VICE, and Buzzfeed as well as numerous literary journals. O'Hare is the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (published in 2015 by Zoo Cake Press) and The Garden Inside Her (published in 2016 by Ladybox Books). She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she was recently awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Fellowship. She lives in Oakland, California.