Write Now! SF Bay Creative Writing Workshops


The Hatchery: BIPOC Creative Writing Workshops
Nov 17- Dec 15, Tues, 6-8pm on Zoom.


Year-round all-genre workshops:

Dec 19, 2020, Sat, 2-5pm on Zoom

Nov 15, 2020, Sat, 2-5pm on Zoom

Oct 17, 2020, Sat, 2-5pm on Zoom

Sept 19, 2020: Sat, 2-5pm on Zoom

Aug 15, 2020, Sat, 2-5pm on Zoom

Pre-COVID, workshops were held at the Paley Room, 3rd floor, San Francisco Main Library

2020 Public Events

• Dec 3: Eves at the Virtual Beat. Write Now! Women Stand Up and Be Counted,”  MC: Kimi Sugioka with Francée Covington,Tehmina Khan, Christl Perkins.Susana Praver-Perez, and  Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ganem

• Nov 22: Claim Ourselves, Connect With Others hosted by Oakland Asian Cultural Center, featuring Sandra Bass, Roberto Lovato, Mark Harris, Sriram Shamasunder and Asian Health Services

• Oct 17 (Zoom) Lit Crawl 2020): Sriram Shamasunder, Tehmina Khan, Kevin Madrigal, Andre Wilson

• July 25 (Zoom/YouTube Live): Healing Around Racism: Creativity and Social Justice presented by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Write Now!  featuring  poems, video and discussion by Jennifer Hasegawa, Dennis J. Bernstein, Eth-Noh-Tec & Avotcja, produced and moderated by Shizue Seigel, in partnership with UC Berkeley Asian American Studies and Asian Diaspora Program and Public Service Center.

 • July 11 (Zoom/YouTube Live): Healing Around Racism: Mental Health & Multicultural Solidarity, presented by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Write Now! featuring readings and discussion by Shizue Seigel, Tureeda Mikell, Dr. Ravi Chandra and Kelechi Ubozoh, in partnership with UC Berkeley Asian American Studies and Asian Diaspora Program and UC Berkeley Public Service Center.

 July 9 (Zoom):San Francisco Public Library Poem Jam, Civil Liberties United reading curated by Kim Shuck, featuring Shizue Seigel, Tony Aldarondo, James Cagney, Kimi Sugioka

• July 9, 2020: San Francisco Public Library Poem Jam, curated by Kim Shuck,

with  Civil Liberties United contributors Shizue Seigel, Tony Aldarondo, James Cagney, Kimi Sugioka

• June 10, 2020: Wed, 7:30-10:30, Sacred Grounds, Shizue Seigel featured reader

• May 3, 2020: Sun, 1-4pm Stand Up and Be Counted in the Era of COVID -19, 32 writers /activists of color and allies. Presenters included Kim Shuck and Rafael Jesús González, Poets Laureate of San Francisco and Berkeley, as well as dedicated health care providers, educators, and community activists who will share prose and poetry on how they are responding to a time of unprecedented change. Following the reading, the audience can share in a guided discussion around creativity and activism how it enriches your life.

• Jan 24, 2020: Sat, 7-9pm: Diverse Voices from Civil Liberties United,

Oakland Center for Spiritual Living

2019 Readings:  

• Dec 8, 2019: Howard Zinn - Inspiration and Perspiration: Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kevin Madrigal, Avotcja.

• Oct 19, 2019: Civil Liberties United, Lit Crawl, Valencia Gardens Community Center, with Andre Wilson, Charlie Amore, Susana Praver-Peres, Kevin Madrigal, Sriram Shamasunder

• Sept 18 &19: Literature and Psychology classes at  Lowell High School taught by Nicole Henares.

• Sep 7: Civil Liberties United reading, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, co-sponsored by Eastwind books of Berkeley Avotcja, Susana Praver-Perez, Carole Chinn-Morales, Tureeda Mikell, Keh-Ming Lin, Grace Morizawa, R. Sridevi, Ravi Chandra, Kimi Sugioka, Kenji Taguma, and Shizue Seigel. Artists: Lorraine Bonner, Cris Matos, Joan Osato, Choppy Oshiro, Pancho Pescador, Edsel Rivera Shizue Seigel, Leon Sun, Mel Waters, Jess X. Wong.

• Sept 4: Civil Liberties United Cesar Chavez Library, Oakland hosted by Pete Vilasenor-Tony Aldorondo, Avotcja, Rafael Jesus Gonzales, James Cagney, Susana Praver-Perez, Raluca ioanid, Sriram Shamasunder, Shizue Seigel with art by Lorraine Bonner, Cris Matos, Joan Osato, Choppy Oshiro, Pancho Pescador, Shizue Seigel, Mel Waters, Jess X. Wong.

• Sep 3: – Avotcja – KPFA Bebop,Cubop & the Musical Truth . Civil Liberties United with Susana Perez, Tehmina Khan and Sriram Shamasunder

• Aug 30: Avotcja KPOO La Verdad Musical, Shizue Seigel with Holman Turner

• Aug 24: Avoctja’s La Palabra Musical, cesar Chavez Library 

• Aug 23: Civil Liberties, Browser Books Josiah Lius Alderete, Sandra. Bass, E. K. Keith, Tehmina Khan, Gail Mitchell, Shizue Seigel, Kimi Sugioka, with a special tribute to the late Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

• Aug 14, We’ve Been Too Patient, Bindery

• Aug 13, We’ve Been Too Patient, Books Inc, Berkeley

• July 20: Walking the Planks

• July 11, 2019:  Eves at the Beat, Women Reading at the Beat Museum

• July 7, 2019: Civil Liberties United, Bird & Becket twith Avotcja, Richard Sanderell, David Erdreich

• June 22, 2019: Civil Liberties United Book Launch and Creative Showcase, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

• June 21, 2019:  Avotcja  La Verdad Musical, KPOO , Shizue Seigel & Tony Aldarondo   

• June 18 , 2019: Avotcja Bebop,Cubop & the Musical Truth, KPFA Civil Liberties United

• May 21, 2019: Get Lit, Nomadic Press, Alehouse Industries

• May 4: Bay Area Book Festival, moderate panel - Resurrection: Reclaiming the Stories that Make Us Whole with Cherríe Moraga, Mallory O’Meara, and Alexandria Brown

• April 2019: featured reader Poetry Month, Gears Turning, Adobe Books

• April 24: Sacred Grounds- Gail Mitchell, Thomas Robert Simpson

• April 17:  Sacred Grounds-  Kimi Sugioka, Tony Robles.  – More than a number

ª April 14: Gears Turnin , Shizue Seigel featured reader, Jiichan Mottainai, Smoke Song Trilogy

• April 10:  Sacred Grounds- Kim Shuck – Blink, Sheer Luck

• Apr 3, 2019 Shizue Seigel featured reader. Mar-Apr 2019:

• Mar 31, 2019: Endangered Species reading, Eastwind Books of Berkeley

• Mar 4, 2019: Quiet Lightning; Soul-Making Keats Prize Winners Reading

• March 3, 2019: Civil Libeerties United, Eastwind Books

• Feb 21, 2019: Al Robles Memorial, Fillmore Heritage Center

• Feb 22, 2019: Center for Spiritual Living, Endangered Species

• Jan 5, 2019: Making Waves, National Japanese American Society

• Jan 28, 2019: Bay Area Generations

• Jan 20, 2019: Traps Trauma Transformations, Moondrop Productions

• Jan 11, 2019: Endangered Species, Browser Books


2018 Readings:

• Nov 8, 2018: Green Apple on the Park, Endangered Species

• Nov 1, 2018:  The Local, Alameda, Endangered Species

• Oct 20, 2018: Lit Crawl, D Copper +, Endangered Species

• June 9, 2018: Paseo Artistico, Adobe Books, Endangered Species

• June 8, 2018: Laurel Book Store, Endangered Species with Jesus Sierra, Soraiya Domi Lozano, Kimi Sugioka, Grace Morizawa, Shizue Seigel, Holman Turner, and Kelechi Ubozoh.

• June 3, 2018: Moondrop/Assn of Blk and Brn Writers, Copper Spoon

• May 29, 2018: Lunada Literary Lounge, tributes to Rene Yanez and Peter Yamamoto, including Rene’s artist statement in Endangered Species, 

• May 26, 2018: La Palabra Musical, Avotcja, Cesar Chavez Library, Endangered Species with Thomas Robert Simpson, Dena Rod, and Shizue Seigel (“Grandma Baachan”)

• May 23, 2018: KPOO- Avotcja - Shizue Seigel and Francee Covington

• May 17, 2018: Western Addition Library Open House, Endangered Species/Standing Strong.

• Apr 24: Bird & Beckett Endangered Species, intro, Hijab, Nellie Wong, Roji Oyama, Thomas Robert Simpson, Jennifer Hasegawa, Shizue Seigel, Dena Rod

• Apr 15 Green Arcade, Endangered Species, Francée Covington, Sriram Shamasunder, Simeon Alojipan, Queennandi X

• April 8, 2018, Sun, 1-4 pm, "Endangered Species, Enduring Values book Launch/Creative Showcase, Koret Auditorium San Francisco Main Library, 30 Grove Street, A compelling new anthology of San Francisco-area writers and wrtists of color featuring prose, poetry and artworks by over 70 writers and artists. Our book launch/creative showcase will include readings backdropped by stunning visual art, videos and a surprise musical finale. More info about the book HERE. Upcoming workshops will be Sundays, April 21 (11am-2pm), May 19 (noon-3pm), and June 16 (noon-3pm), 2018, Paley Room, 3rd Fl., San Francisco Main Library.

• Apr 4: SFSU Lewis Kuwahara talk Japanese American Literature and Arts (35)

• Mar 30 KPOO Avotcja with Sriram Shamasunder

• Mar 29, Assn of Asian American Studies “Noble Deeds by Average People”

• Mar 11: Gears Turning, Featured reader

• Mar 4 Soulmaking Keats, 3rd prize short story

• Mar 1: World Series of Baseball Poetry First Inning

• Feb 19 Day of Remembrance (Bird & Beckett) with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Mia Ayumi Malhotra

• Feb 15: All the Women in May Family sing (Laurel),

• Jan 22: Bay Area Generations with Jennifer Hasegawa


2017 readings;

• Dec 15, 2017:  Write Now! Writers of Color, At the Inkwell, Alley Cat Books. Kimi Sugioka, Queenanandi Shabazz, Holman Turner, Jennifer Hasegawa, Shizue Seigel

• Dec 2, 2017:  Mission Arts and Performance Project: Nuclear Threat US North Korea. Pathos on Harrison, curated by David Kubrin and Jorge Molina. Featured speaker 15 min. Intro re: Pearl Harbor/incarceration, “The Fly,” “Daily• Weekly”

ª Dec 3, 2017:  La Lunada -  open mic, 3 min. “Clue about Christmas”

• Nov 27, 2017:  Bay Area Generations with Jason Stanzyck, Shizue Seigel

• Nov 19, 2017:  Howard Zinn Book Fair Xiomara Larkin,  Holman Turner, Queennandi Shabazz, Keh-Ming Lin, Ravi Chandra\, Thomas Robert Simpson, Shizue Seigel

• Nov 12, 2017:  Gears Turning, Adobe Books (readings from Your Golden Sun Still Shines) featured readers Tony Robles, Shizue Seigel and Norman Zelaya,

• Oct 13, 2017 reading:  Litquake, Make Out Room,  (Your Golden Sun Still Shines book launch) “Arboreal Homicide.”

• Oct 6-Nov 9, 2017 group art exhibition: “Mission Street [Past • Present • Future Tense],” 165-photo installation with 16-foot map of Mission Street for Remembrance and Resistance, Dia de los Muertos, SOMArts Cultural Center

• Aug 16-Oct 13, 2017 group art exhibition: Mission Street, San Francisco: To Be and To Become, California institute of Integral Studies, 230-image photo montage of Mission Street, audio memoir “Sixth Street Needle Exchange,” and Ben Pease’s 44-foot map

• Aug 5, 2017:  Write Now!, Nihonmachi Street Fair. NJAHS with Roji Oyama, Anthony Brown, Jennifer Hasegawa, Xiomara Larkin, Grace Morizawa, Queennandi Shabazz, Peter Yamamoto and NJAHS interns.  Intro. “The Hijab”


July 13, 2017 performance:  Inside OUT, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL “More Than A Number (performance with music/movement by Cixian Lu and videography by Denton Peter McCabe)

• June 17, 2017 reading:  Atlantic Center for the Arts, Associate Artist Introductions “A Small Slice of Sky” with 22 images

• June  1, 2017 reading:  Jentel Presents, Sage Gallery, Sheridan WY Daily Weekly and intro/10 images

• May 8, 2017 talk:  In Good Conscience presentation, Sheridan High School, Sheridan WY. Tyson Emborg’s government classes (prizewinners in Center for Civic Engagement’s annual national “We the People”constitutional law contest)

• April 2, 2017 reading:  Standing Strong, San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society with Charles Dixon, Lyndsey Ellis, Sandra Bass, Standing Strong intro. “Aunty Lou’s Rag Rug

 • March 25, 2017 reading:  Bay Area Generations Raluca Ioanid and Shizue Seigel

• March 5, 2017 reading:  Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition

• February 8, 2017 talk: Senior Disability Action -  “No Ban, No Wall; Don’t Repeat the Japanese American Incarceration”

• Feb 3, 2017: Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown, I-Hotel Speaks/Manilatown Heritage Center, with Lyndsey Ellis, Juanita Tamayo-Lott, Roji Oyama, Ravi Chandra, Sandra Bass, Shizue Seigel: “Heart & Soul of the Western Addition”/”Daily Weekly”

• Jan 7, 2017: Eth-Noh-Tec Salon “Mutual Rights”


2016 Readings


• Aug 6, 2016: Nihonmachi Street Fair, standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown

• July 25, 2016: Bay Area generations with Jennifer hasegawa.

What is Taught and what is learne, Speculations at 3 am.


• July 25, 2016 Standing Strong. Eastwind books with sandra bass, lyndsey Ellis Jennifer Hasegawa, Queennandi, Ernestine Patterson, Grace Morizawa,  Tamiko Wong

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Fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Intersection for the Arts is a historic arts nonprofit that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.

Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.