San Francisco’s WritersCorps program has been empowering youth through creative writing for 20 years by placing writers in schools, community programs, and juvenile hall for 3-year-long writing residencies. This panel discussion will focus on using creative writing with youth as a liberatory, and even transgressive, educational method. The panel of three current WritersCorps teaching artists – Sandra Garcia Rivera, Harold Terezón, and Annie Rovzar – will be moderated by WritersCorps training coordinator Minna Dubin. Panelists will discuss techniques they use in their workshops, including how they teach information through interactive, non-traditional practices, ways they honor varying experiences in a group, and how they hold and acknowledge intense emotions in the classroom. We will have some great resources and free merchandise to give away.
KANSAS BROWN: Staged Reading
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One of our favorite authors, Terry Bisson returns to the Howard Zinn Book Fair with a staged reading of his screenplay, KANSAS BROWN, the story of John Brown’s pre-Harper’s Ferry campaigns in Kansas. Narrated and directed by the legendary Peter Coyote, KANSAS BROWN dramatizes the battles of Osawatomie and Black Jack, plus the massacre in the Swamp of the Swan. Historically accurate picture of the great abolitionist inspiring and leading the free-state forces and preventing Kansas from entering the Union as a slave state. Precursor to the Civil War (1855).
Peter Coyote is an Emmy-Award winning narrator of over 120 documentary films, including Ken Burns, National Parks, Prohibition, The West, the Dust Bowl and this year’s acclaimed The Roosevelts. Mr. Coyote has written a memoir of the 1960’s counter-culture called SLEEPING WHERE I FALL which received universally excellent reviews, appeared on three best-seller lists, sold five printings in hardback was re-released with a new cover and afterword in May, 2009. A chapter from that book, “Carla’s Story”, won the 1993/94 Pushcart Prize for Excellence in non-fiction. His new book is THE RAINMAN’S THIRD CURE: AN IRREGULAR EDUCATION.
Terry Bisson published his first novel in 1981, and has been a working science fiction writer ever since. His classic novel Fire On The Mountain, imagined a world where John Brown and Harriet Tubman has sparked a successful revolution. Politically he was part of the New Left, associated with the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee.
The Howard Zinn Book Fair proudly presents a showcase of Firebrand Records artists: The Last Internationale, Son of Nun, Built For the Sea and Ryan Harvey. These dynamic acts will be joined by the Bay Area’s premier political Hip-Hop band, Mass Bass. MC’d by poet Ananda Esteva. Expect performances by surprise guests. Founded this past year by (Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine) Firebrand records is dedicated to promoting musicians of the political imagination. The Howard Zinn Book Fair, is a celebration of People’s History past, present and future. The Fair will welcome over 160 authors and 70 publishers to the Bay Area the following day at the Mission Campus of City College of San Francisco.
We are pleased to announce two special events celebrating the legacy of Howard Zinn and the shared project of the People’s History. We will be joined by David Barsamian, a friend of Howard’s and legendary journalist, author and activist in his own right. Also, our local activists the I Renounce War Project will host a participatory reading of Zinn’s play Marx in Soho. Check back for exact times.
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, and others. His most recent books are Power Systems with Noam Chomsky and Occupy the Economy with Richard Wolff. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation, and the 2014 Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Marx in Soho San Francisco’s I Renounce War Project invites you to join in an informal shared reading aloud of lines from Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho. The premise of this witty and insightful “play on history” is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.
(Over the past year, adjunct faculity at several Bay Area colleges have organized to fight against poverty level wages. The Howard Zinn Book Fair welcomes these organizers who are opening up a fascinating new front in the fight for economic justice. They are also accomplished poets on their own.)
“Adjunct Action | Poets in Action” will be a panel co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, the Labor Archives & Research Center (both at San Francisco State University) and Service Employees International Union Local 1021. We will feature four local poet-writer-activists in conversation, all who work as adjunct faculty in at least one of the four Bay Area private colleges where adjuncts have recently voted to be represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in contract negotiations with administration. Adjunct Action is a national drive for “contingent” faculty workers, who across the U.S. teach 70% of the courses at colleges and universities. Part-time workers for the most, adjunct faculty get compensated in salary, benefits, and worker protections at levels far below tenure-track or tenured faculty, and many until now have not had recourse to collective bargaining and union representation. This is changing, with Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and St. Mary’s College adjunct workers voting for SEIU affiliation, and working at various stages to replace administrative policy with negotiated worker contracts and protections.
Moderated by Jessica Lawless, Organizer Adjunct Action, SEIU Local 1021. Featured panelists all work as adjunct faculty and are engaged in the unionization process at SF Art Institute, Mills College, or CCA. Jessica Beard is a literary scholar working in experimental writing, with her dissertation focused on the chaotic archive of Emily Dickinson; Hugh Behm-Steinberg’s work includes The Opposite of Work and Shy Green Fields.David Buuck is the founder of BARGE, Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, co-founder/editor of Tripwire, ;Stephanie Young’s books of poetry include Telling the Future Off, Picture Palace, and Ursula or University, and she coedited (also with Juliana Spahr) the book A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers.
The Howard Zinn Book Fair is pleased to announce two great readings proving that organizing and resistance also happen far outside the great liberal cities.
Dixie Be Damned 300 Years of Revolt in the American South written by Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford engages seven “hidden” insurrectionary episodes in Southern history to demonstrate the region’s long arc of revolt. Countering images of the South as pacified and conservative, this adventurous retelling presents history in the rough. Not the image of the South many expect, this is the South of maroon rebellion, wildcat strikes, and Robert F. Williams’s book Negroes with Guns, a South where the dispossessed refuse to quietly suffer their fate. This is people’s history at its best: slave revolts, multiracial banditry, labor battles, prison uprisings, urban riots, and more.
Modesto Anarcho: Anarchist Community Organizing in the Central Valley Doug Gilbert (author of I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riots, Revolt and the Black Bloc) will discuss the failures and successes of Modesto Anarcho, which existed from 2006 to 2013. The group was involved in various organizing efforts including around police brutality, housing, gentrification, education, and much more. The group also put out a publication Modesto Anarcho: The Valley’s Insurrectionary Journal of Class Struggle and ran the community space, Firehouse 51. Modesto Anarcho existed in a rural setting, in often a very conservative climate and in an area without a large or active Left – yet still managed to organize and have an impact beyond its numbers.