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© 2018 by Shizue Seigel. with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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WRITE NOW! SF BAY Writers of Color

The San Francisco Bay Area is now 60% people of color, yet writers of color remain under published and underrepresented. Write Now! SF Bay is now publishing its third community anthology and offers ongoing creative writing workshops every month, as well as readings and publication opportunities. No writing experience necessary. Writers at any level and any genre are welcome.


WRITE NOW! Creative Writing Workshops meet on the third Saturday of the month, noon-3pm, at the San Francisco Main Library, Paley Room, 3rd floor, 30 Grove St (near Civic Center BART)

Please RSVP to shiz1(at)mindspring.com  so readers know how many hard copies to bring.

• Next meetings: Saturdays, Dec 21, 2019 and Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, 2020.

For updates see https://www.facebook.com/pg/civillibertiesunited/events/

READINGS: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CivilLibertiesUnited/events

Inspiration and Perspiration: Words Backed Up by Action

Sunday, Dec 8, 2:25-3:45, Room 213

Howard Zinn Book Fair

Mission Center of SF City College, 1125 Valencia St.

“Civil Liberties United” contributors Avotcja, Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kevin Madrigal, and Shizue Seigel read their work and talk about formative experiences and present-day activism. What issues, communities and life experiences lends authenticity to poetry and prose by people of color?

Avotcja, Nuyorican poet, musician and KPFA/KPOO DJ tirelessly supports activist poets and musicians on the radio and through open mics.


Kim Shuck, poet laureate of San Francisco, recently fought to remove of an offensive statue from the Civic Center, and helped raise awareness about murdered and missing Native American women and girls.


Award-winning poet Tongo Eisen-Martin has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people, and has taught in detention centers from Rikers Island to San Quentin State Prison.


Kevin Madrigal, a first-generation Chicano decolonizer of food, art, and health, founded Farming Hope to provide employment for the homeless, and writes to honor his ancestors and a better future.


Shizue Seigel has helped tell community stories for 20 years from HIV prevention in public housing to Write Now! SF Bay free writing workshops and community anthologies giving voice to hundreds of Bay Area writers/artists of color.


CIVIL LIBERTIES UNITED Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area

edited by Shizue Seigel, Pease Press, 2019. 300pp (90pp in color) featuring 200+works of prose, poetry and visual art by 70 San Francisco-area writers and artists of color.


edited by Shizue Seigel, Pease Press, 2018. 272pp (90pp in color) featuring 150 works of prose, poetry and visual art by 100 San Francisco-area writers and artists of color. 



​edited by Shizue Seigel, Pease Press, 2016. 140 pp. African Americans and Japanese Americans exploremultiple layers of displacement in neighborhoods been impacted by immigration, World War II incarceration and migration, redevelopment, and gentrification.

Look for the book at Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, Bird & Beckett, Bookshop West Portal , Browser Books, Dog-Eared books, Forest Books, Green Apple (both stores), Green Arcade, Forest Books, Eastwind Books of Berkeley.