42 posts in category Interviews

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

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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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Setting That Works: an Interview with John Byrne Barry

Tonight at six we welcome novelist John Byrne Barry to lead us in a workshop, "Setting that Works," at WeWork in Oakland. Today Cristina Deptula of Authors Large & Small asked us a few questions about setting in anticipation of his workshop. John Byrne Barry writes novels, designs websites and book covers, and leads bicycle tours in San Francisco. He is author of two “page-turners with a conscience”—Wasted: Murder in the Recycle Berkeley Yard, and Bones in the Wash: Politics is ...

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On Being a Working Writer: an Interview with Peggy Dougherty

This Sunday, we're hosting a panel on the working writer, to engage our members in conversation about finding balance and inspiration with our writing careers. In celebration of our final event in this year's speaker series, we have asked some questions of panelist Peggy Dougherty. Peggy is an award-winning playwright whose plays have had had thirty-eight productions. Her plays (all comedies) have been performed in New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boca Raton, Houston, San Francisco, ...

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Three Questions for Political Writer Kacey Carpenter

Kacey Carpenter is a community organizer, volunteer, technology innovator, parent, author, and our April Featured Member. Carpenter published his first book, My Journey with Bernie and is working on his second book, Ready, Set, Go Playbook for Candidates, Campaigns, and Causes. In today's post, we ask him three questions about the writer's life.

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