KGB:  The Joan Didion Power Hour - The NYC Show

March 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Get bi-coastal in this 50th anniversary celebration of Didion’s seminal essays on place, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and “Goodbye to All That” with comedic tales by culture-cruising authors from New York and San Francisco.

Andy Bragen’s plays and translations include This is My Office (The Play Company), Vengeance Can Wait (Performance Space 122), and Don’t You F**king Say a Word (59e59). He has an MFA from Brown University and is a member of New Dramatists. For more information: www.andybragen.com

Alex DiSclafani hails from Florida and now calls San Francisco home. In her day job, she works in tech, where she helps prevent real-world harm to children. On her long commutes she writes. Her favorite show is Golden Girls.

Nada Djordjevich is a writer and the founding editor of On the Page magazine. She taught writing at City College of San Francisco and attended Harvard, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has received awards and other recognition from Boulevard Magazine, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, BlueCat and American Zoetrope Screenplay Contests. During the Joan Didion Power Hour, she will tell a tale of a bad date, a sad divorce, and the magic of Tom Petty.

Mayra Padilla is a born and raised New Jersey native who lives in San Francisco and but whose heart belongs to both places - “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll” as she likes to call it, dating herself with the Donny and Marie reference. She is a branding and marketing consultant and a devotee and lover of words and stories. She is currently working on her first book, Surviving Delia, the autobiographical love story she lived with her mother who suffered with mental illness. This is her first reading appearance and she kindly requests if you are going to throw anything at her, that they be kisses.

Kris Malone Grossman earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently at work on a PhD in Women’s Spirituality. Her work has been anthologized in Dirt is Good for You and The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change, and she was recently sponsored by 100daysaction, a counter narrative to Trump’s first 100 days for The Big Flash Grab https://100daysaction.net/actions/thebiggrab_/ and for Talkin’ Down to Trump, https://100daysaction.net/actions/talking-down-to-trump/. She makes her home with her husband and three sons in Mill Valley, CA, where she is at work on a novel.

Kate Haug is a San Francisco based artist. Haug’s reading is the outcome of a recent San Francisco Arts Commission project on the Summer of Love, which lead to her obsession with Joan Didion’s essay “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” Her piece, “Santa Cruz,” investigates California’s hedonism, privileged liberalism and aspirational conflicts, riffing on the state’s condition 50 years after the publication of Didion’s prescient essay. Recent exhibitions include the Museum of Capitalism, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson and Irving Street Projects. Her award-winning films have screened at New Directors/New Films, the London International Film Festival and other international venues.

Sean Mills teaches at Bard Early College in Queens and has also taught at Hofstra University and Knox College. He was a Copy Chief at Doubleday and a Senior Production Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has been published in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology, and in several journals, most recently Hobart and the Emerging Writer’s Network. He is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.

Allison Muir is a unicorn; a San Franciscan-birthed writer, artist, and interior designer. During her varied career she has designed D.I.Y. projects for ReadyMade Magazine, coordinated postproduction for clients such as Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks and Pixar, and produced and written for Al Gore’s Current TV. Her recent fiction has appeared in The Murmur House and The Ginger Collect literary magazines. Her recent video installation “Talkin’ Down to Trump” was recently featured at the O’ Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, California. She is currently working on a short story collection with artist Maggie Stirk as well as pursuing a post-graduate course at U.C. Berkeley in Interior Design. Her writing is primarily focused on California subculture. She likes restaurants with themes and gimmicks.

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