Readings & Events

We host *free* pop-up readings throughout San Francisco as part of the Write from the Gut Reading Series. We feature the work of our students, alumni, faculty and friends.

Upcoming Events:

Write from the Gut! Reading Series #9

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wework Golden Gate

25 Taylor Street

San Francisco

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Past Events:


Write from the Gut! Reading Series #8

    Saturday, April 4 


    SAFEhouse Arts

1 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA

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Come join us for an end-of-class reading at the location of our newest co-conspirator, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts. Writers are students and alumni of the Jack Grapes Method Writing Program in SF taught by Alexandra Kostoulas.  Each reading we strive to involve featured readers from the writing community at large and musicians that inspire us.

Featured Musician: Lake Lady10431490_625468944250604_1443098357524120571_n

Charise Sowells a.k.a. Lake Lady began writing songs with a Tascam 4-track and her voice. A singer with a penchant for interesting harmonies, her tone harkens back to an era before her time. Playing shows with her acoustic guitar and singing a capella led to a multitude of collaborations with singer/songwriters, bands, electronic DJs, pop producers and rappers in LA, NY and abroad. Following a national tour as a lead singer in a band, she started her own duo called Lake Lady and the Mountain Man. Since the birth of Lake Lady in 2014, in addition to playing live, she has heard the first single, “Will Your Feelings Change?” from her forthcoming EP in collaboration with Midnite Tiger on multiple radio stations. In the vein of Massive Attack and Portishead, this soulful pop song features sensual vocals, chilled out rhythms and haunting melodic structure.

Featured Author:  Nick Mamatas.

Nick-Mamatas-e1267928337642Nick Mamatas is the author of seven novels, over one hundred short stories, and dozens of essays and articles. His books include the novels Love is the Law and The Last Weekend, the short fiction collection The Nickronomicon, and the how-to guide for writing short fiction and non-fiction, Starve Better. Nick’s short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery StoriesAsimov’s Science FictionNew Haven Review, and many other anthologies and journals. He has written about writing for The Writer, Fine Books & Collections, and Wonderbook. His anthologies include the award-winning Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow) and The Future Is Japanese (co-edited with Masumi Washington.)