35 posts in category Interviews

Wise words from featured members and honored guests of our Speaker Series.

Kubrick’s Mysterious Symbols: an Interview with Featured Member Nicole Berg

At this Sunday's final meeting before our summer break, the Berkeley California Writers Club celebrates author and film critic Nicole Berg. Berg's fist book Discovering Kubrick’s Symbolism is now available for pre-sale from McFarland Books. This is her second year in the CWC. She says, "I really enjoy getting to know the other members here." Berg's career began in animation, gaming, & software industries such as Walt Disney, DIC, Sierra, Symantec, and a number of dot coms during the ...

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Interview with Sunday’s Featured Member Terry Tierney

Terry Tierney, author of the forthcoming The Poet's Garag Terry Tierney is our featured member for the meeting this Sunday, April 19th. His first book of poetry The Poet’s Garage is due to be published in May by Unsolicited Press. Terry Tierney hails from the Midwest, but has planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife, their enthusiastic golden retriever and two inquisitive kittens. After serving in the Seabees, he completed his BA and MA at Binghamton ...

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Interview with Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press

Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984. An award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction, poetry, pop culture, music, art, narrative-oriented comix, children's,and alternative travel books, Manic D represents a diverse group of unique writers and artists, with emphasis on those who have been shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for lacking commercial viability, regardless of their talent or ...

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An Interview with Pochino Press Editor Daniel Zarazua

Daniel Zarazua is co-founder of Pochino Press, alongside his sister Monica and wife Xiomara. "We all play an equal role, with Monica handling the editing duties, Xiomara the graphic design, and myself taking the lead on planning events," he says. Pochino Press have made their mark as a platform for underrepresented voices from places as diverse as Addis Ababa, Taipei, and their home-base of Oakland. Their publications tend to explore the hybridity of cultures and ideas that have come together to explore new ideas, perspectives, and ways of being. "We also draw upon our experiences as K-12 educators, community organizers, and other life experiences to inform our work and connect with others beyond the literary world," Zarazua said, "Central to our work is creating and contributing to a broader community, not just a literary one." Check out our interview with Dainel Zarazua

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Interview with award-winning activist poet, Jan Steckel (meet her Sunday!)

Get to know award-winning poet and activist Jan Steckel in advance of her speaking at Sunday's meeting.

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Judith Offer playwright poet

"A Chance to Have My Say"— Get to Know Playwright/Poet Judith Offer

Member Judith Offer will be our featured reader this Sunday, January 19th. Judith is celebrating her one-year anniversary of being in the California Writers Club! She is an Oakland poet and playwright. 18 of her plays have been professionally produced, most in community theatres in the Bay Area. Her themes are women’s issues, American history, and the various cultural groups that populate Oakland.

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An Interview with our November Guest, Author Joan Gelfand

Four questions for Joan Gelfand, an author whose reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in over 100 national and international literary journals and magazines.

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"We're All in Freefall" — Interview with 11/17 featured author Lily Iona MacKenzie

In Freefall: A Divine Comedy, Lily Iona MacKenzie zeroes in on a fundamental truth: We’re all in freefall, and that’s the real divine comedy. No matter how old we are, we’re still trying to “find ourselves” and discover what we want out of life. Meet Lily Iona MacKenzie, a new member this season, at the November 17th meeting, opening for Joan Gelfland. Lily writes: I don’t have hayseed clinging to my trousers, but growing up on a Canadian farm gave me a unique foundation as a ...

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Interview with featured author Tim Jollymore (meet him this Sunday)

In this interview, this Sunday's featured member Tim Jollymore draws on experience and insight to share his take on what writing and “the writing boom” is about. This author of five books contemplates the bigger writerly questions, such as: What steps to take and reflections to make are needed before one can understand what path to follow?

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Interview with September Feature September Williams

Today we have an in-depth interview with the first speaker in the launch of our speaker series: physician-writer, bioethicist, and filmmaker September Williams, M.D. She seeks a better understanding of and between ourselves and her work offers resilience for those who are suffering. She's the author of The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Issues in Human Milk Banking, which is representative of her nonfiction works covering health disparities, bioethics, and film, and a fiction writer as well. Chasing Mercury is a romance-suspense-memoir about families committed to human and environmental rights, and the first book of the "Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy." The upcoming sequels are Weighing Lead and Mining Gold.

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