[SAN FRANCISCO, CA] Literary Speakeasy, a long-running poet & music event hosted and curated each month by poet James J. Siegel, returns on Thursday August 31 – 7pm at Martuni’s Piano Bar in San Francisco. Augusts featured readers are Paolo Bicchieri, James Morehead, Kim Shuck, Kimi Sugioka, and musical guest Emily Zisman. The show is free with no drink minimum. Arrive early to get a free raffle ticket for your chance to win some secret Speakeasy prizes.
Kim Shuck was born in San Francisco, California, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She received a BA in Art and an MFA in Textiles from San Francisco State University. Shuck is the author of Noodle, Rant, Tangent (Andover Street Archives Press, 2022), Exile Heart (That Painted Horse Press, 2021), Murdered Missing (FootHills Publishing, 2019), Deer Trails (City Lights Books, 2019), Clouds Running In (Taurean Horn Press, 2014), Rabbit Stories (Poetic Matrix Press, 2013), and Smuggling Cherokee (Greenfield Review Press, 2005). In 2019, she was awarded an inaugural National Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and a PEN Oakland Censorship Award. She served as the 7th poet laureate of San Francisco. Instagram: @kim.shuck
James Morehead is Poet Laureate of Dublin, California and has published several collections of poetry including “canvas,” “portraits of red and gray”, and “The Plague Doctor.” James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, “gallery” was set to music for baritone and piano, and his poems have appeared in the Ignatian Literary Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, 2nd Place – Oprelle Oxbow Poetry Contest 2022, Citron Review, Prometheus Dreaming, Cathexis Northwest Press, and other publications. @viewlesswings
Kimi Sugioka is a mother, educator, songwriter and poet. Her newest book is Wile & Wing on Manic D Press and she is the poet laureate of Alameda, CA. She has also been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Most recently her work appears in Beat Not Beat on and Colossus: Body. She loves cats and birds and believes that creating community through art is a revolutionary act.
Lyrical philosopher and storyteller of the contemporary human experience, Emily Zisman uses unabashed honesty and humor to punctuate the complexity of the entire escapade. Through songwriting, Emily seeks to foster healing and sincere connection by writing instinctually. She writes songs that excavate shame and shine a light on the goodness and humor buried under each painful moment. Emily’s influences stem from all corners of the musical spectrum. However, her affinity for well-organized lyrics and carefully crafted melody bring her a sound reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, and Norah Jones. Instagram: @zismonster
Paolo Bicchieri (they/he) is a writer living on the coast. He is the author of three genre fiction books and one collection of poetry. Bicchieri invests in his home region, apparent in his reporting for Eater San Francisco and numerous West Coast publications including BrokeAssStuart, Brown Girl Surf, and the San Francisco Standard. He co-hosts the Bay Area reading series Kitchen Table and his work can be found in Ghost City Press, Standart Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Racket, and more. Instagram: @paoloshmaolo