The Ambassadors of Gird Your 'Loin
Fourteen Hills is proud as can be to sponsor Gird Your ‘Loin this Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM at Celtic Coffee (142 McAllister St., San Francisco). You’d be too if you had the readers we got. This is our chance to say “thank you, Bay Area," for continuing to foster one of the world’s most lively, challenging, and fun literary environments. Fun is what it’s going to be. Without further delay, let us introduce our readers, ambassadors from the MFA / MA creative writing programs of the University of San Francisco, Mills College, California College of the Arts, and San Francisco State University.
University of San Francisco
Stephen Novotny studies poetics at the University of San Francisco. He records and archives Small Press Traffic readings at youtube.com/smallpresstraffic. He also edits, designs, and prints small press books and related ephemera through compline.tumblr.com and supersuperette.tumblr.com where more information can be found.
Douglas Henderson received his undergraduate degree in English from Kent State. He is currently earning a Fiction MFA at the University of San Francisco, working on his novel - The Cleveland Heights LGBT Sci-fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club. He used to publish a zine called Neat-o that Maximum Rock 'n Roll said was "So cool you want to find the people who make it and eat their brains to gain their zine making powers." He likes a clean, simple and funny narrative voice, and worries that he's constantly re-writing "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” with everything he does.
Marcus Lund lives in Oakland, CA, where he is a MFA candidate at Mills College. His work has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Nib Magazine, 34th Parallel, and Brink Magazine, among others. He is currently working on a novel with the help of his pug, Iris.
Jennifer Franklin is a MFA student at Mills College. She recently abandoned a novel project to write a memoir, one that’s been nagging her for a few years now. When this former middle school teacher is not spending time with her lovely children and partner, reading or working on her thesis, she enjoys watching lavish costume dramas and attempting unwieldy home improvement projects. Once she graduates in May, she hopes to complete both of her in-progress books, and maybe get a bit more sleep.
California College of the Arts
Vernon Keeve III is a storyteller from the south. He just kicked off his last semester at California College of the Arts. He is currently working on a novel and a play, and hopes to educate young writers.
Chloe Veylit is graduating with her MFA from California College of the Arts. She likes thunderstorms and ice cream.
San Francisco State University
Nate Waggoner is the author of a comic book called A Lifetime of Free Haircuts. He and his ex-girlfriend host a podcast called "Invitation to Love," which is available on iTunes. Sometimes he blogs about rock and roll for SF Weekly. His work has appeared in Sparkle & Blink and Makeout Creek, and he has read at KQED's New Kids on the Block, Quiet Lightning, and Write Club SF.
Mariama Lockington is a writer, transracial adoptee, and educator living in Oakland, California. She is currently earning her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She is co-founder of the adoption blog, BicthYouLeftMe.com and holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mariama majored in Creative Writing and African American studies. She was a part of the Ann Arbor spoken word troupe, Wordworks, a two time member of the University of Michigan National Slam team, and a cast member in University of Michigan’s production of The Vagina Monologues 2006: A Colorful Production. Mariama has self-published two poetry chapbooks, Mama Blue, 2006, and Plucked, 2007, and has been published in The Comstock Review. Mariama has taught writing workshops for YouthSpeaks, Making Waves, LYRIC, 826 Valencia, and various other youth organizations.