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Robyn Carter reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe.


Robyn Carter's writing has appeared in Playboy, Storyglossia and Tempslave. She lives in San Francisco where she works for the school district teaching creative writing to kids. Check out what her class is working on at Room2Ruminations.blogspot.com. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte.
 

Renee K. Nelson at the Switchback 16 Launch Party


Renee K. Nelson reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. Renee K. Nelson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and currently teaches English at Community Colleges in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared in Transfer, Eleven Eleven, Ping Pong, and Broadsided. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA with her two cats and is co-editor of im(prompt)u review, a literary magazine dedicated to the writing process.
 

Truong Tran at the Switchback 16 Launch Party


Truong Tran reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. On days when he is not working as a poet and teacher,Truong Tran tries to wake up early. He empties his oversized messenger bag of books and papers and the previous day's half-eaten lunch. He places the strap over his left shoulder, with the bag firmly secured to his back. He begins to walk. He walks for as long as it takes to fill the bag with stuff: branches, findings from the local thrift stores, choice items left in boxes on sidewalks and, if he's lucky, something he's never seen before. Once the bag is filled, Truong returns home, empties the contents from the bag, creating mounds of what some might consider piles of junk. He see them as source materials and the beginnings to his art making process. Troung is committed to using these recycled materials as an environmentally conscious artist but also as an artist who strives to make art accessible through both its practice and use of materials. Quite frankly, he get a kick out of forcing these disparate objects to come together, compromising and accommodating one another in their process of becoming something new, something beautiful. He refer to what he does as art making because he does not paint, draw or sculpt in a traditional or learned consideration of artistic craft. His craft is founded in the doing. He glues things together. He makes things fit. He dips things in wax. He cuts. He builds. He weaves. He thinks. He fills things up with paint using ketchup bottles. He stares at things in hopes that these things will talk back. This is what he does. It makes him happy. It allows him to lose himself in the process of doing. It makes him sad. It allows him to find himself in the process of seeing. Truong insists on it being called art at the end of the day.
 

Lisa Piazza at the Switchback 16 Launch Party


Lisa Piazza reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. Lisa Piazza teaches writing to young people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has recently appeared in Literary Mama, Fraglit and Rivets Lit Mag.
 

Micah Ballard at the Switchback 16 Launch Party


Micah Ballard reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. Micah Ballard lives in San Francisco and is co-editor for Auguste Press. Recent books include Death Race V.S.O.P. (with Will Yackulic & Cedar Sigo), Evangeline Downs, Parish Krewes, Easy Eden (with Patrick Dunagan) and Waifs and Strays.
 

Erica Jamieson at the Switchback 16 Launch


Erica Jamieson reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. Erica W. Jamieson’s essays have appeared in Self Magazine, Lilith, and One for The Table.com among other print and digital journals. Her work has been anthologized in About My Mother and her fiction has appeared in the small literary presses, Verve and Mindscapes. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction and spends evenings facilitating book group discussions – a good fix for her obsession with reading. Erica lives in Los Angeles with her family.
 

Matthew Kulisch at the Switchback 16 Launch


Matthew Kulisch reads at the Switchback 15: Rosita launch party at Sacred Grounds Cafe. Matthew is an MFA student at University of San Francisco in his second year. He has previously been published by University of Utah—in their English Department journal, Enormous Rooms.
 

Libby McDonnell - "echo's vigil" and "Weeding"


Libby McDonnell reading her poem "echo's vigil" and "weeding" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco Libby McDonnell is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. She has previously been published in the electronic literary magazine elimae. She lives and works in Oakland, California
 

Patrick James Dunagan - Reading from his collection "There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk”


Patrick James Dunagan reads from his collection "There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk” at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at Gleeson Library at USF. He is the author of “There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk”: A GUSTONBOOK (Post-Apollo, 2011). Other recent writings of his have appeared in: Amerarcana, Barzakh, Big Bell, The Critical Flame, Galatea Resurrects, House Organ, ON, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Polis, Rain Taxi, and Vanitas. Recent chapbooks include: from Chansonniers (Blue Press, 2008), Spirit Guest & Others (Lew Gallery Editions, 2009), Easy Eden w/ Micah Ballard (PUSH, 2009) and her friends down at the french cafe had no english words for me (PUSH, 2010). In addition to his own poems and book reviews, he’s currently working with Persian poet Ava Koohbor co-translating her work from Farsi.
 

David Aloi - "How to be There"


David Aloi reads his short story "How to be There" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in the Mission. David Aloi was born in Buffalo, NY. He recently completed his MFA in fiction at California College of the Arts and now works at a non-profit organization. David lives and writes in San Francisco.
 

Aaron Shurin - [Cowboy, don't] and other poems from "Citizen"


Aaron Shurin reads selected poems from his collection "Citizen" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in the Mission, San Francisco. Aaron Shurin's newest collection of prose poems is Citizen, forthcoming from City Lights Books in January 2012. He's a Professor in the MFA in Writing program at USF.
 

Jon Sindell - "The Deke"


Jon Sindell reading his short story "The Deke" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco. Jon Sindell is a San Francisco-based writer, private tutor, former lawyer, and dot-com editorial refugee whose fiction has recently appeared or will appear soon in New South, Many Mountains Moving, Sugar Mule, Word Catalyst, Prick of the Spindle, riverbabble, and Word Riot (in print and read on iTunes). He has seen each side of the generational divide. More of his work my be seen at the creatively-titled Jon Sindell Fiction: http://jstevensonstories.blogspot.com/
 

Nicholas Leaskou - "Heliotropes"


Nicholas Leaskou reads his poem "Heliotropes" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco. Nicholas Leaskou lives in San Francisco and received his MFA from USF in 2009. His poems and reviews have appeared in Vallum 8:1, Switchback 7, Midway 2, Boog City, Fourteen Hills 7:2, and Transfer 79.
 

Candra Kolodziej - "Jess & Jain"


Candra Kolodziej reads her short story "Jess & Jain" at the Switchback Issue 13 launch party at Dog Eared Books in San Francisco. Candra Kolodziej recently received her MFA in fiction from California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Seattle where she is working on a novel and writing short stories. Her fiction has been featured in BANG OUT and she has contributed to the Seattle weekly, The Stranger. Her story, "Hair & Teeth in Summertime," is forthcoming in the premier print edition of Uncanny Valley.
 

Cedar Sigo - "Notes on Joan Crawford"


A live reading at the Switchback Issue 11 launch party. Cedar Sigo is 32 years old and moved to San Francisco in 1999. His books include Goodnight Nurse, Thank you Letters, two editions of Selected Writings (UDP) Expensive Magic, and most recently a book of drawings, Portraits. Stranger In Town is forthcoming from City Lights Books in Fall 2010
 

Calder Lorenz - "out back by the rabbit pen"


Calder Lorenz currently works at St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. In December 2009 he finished his MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco and is in the process of completing his first novel. Recorded live at Switchback Issue 12 launch party. In the fall of 2009, two pieces of his flash fiction and an interview were published on the California literature site, Curly Red Stories
 

Andrew Valencia - "Saint-Michel: A Moment in Six Forms"


Andrew Valencia is currently attending Stanford University. A native of the Central San Joaquin Valley, California, he has worked as a journalist, English teacher in South Korea, radio show interviewer, student peer mentor, and office assistant. His fiction has appeared in the Stanford literary magazine Leland Quarterly.
 

Mark Gozonsky - "The Lonely Story"


Mark Gozonsky lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. He has recently published fiction in Two Hawks Quarterly, and launched markgozonsky.com
 

Chris Carosi - "Bright Light, Blue Sky"


Chris Carosi is from Pittsburgh. He is currently studying at the University of San Francisco for an MFA degree in Poetry.
 

Chris Carosi - "The Lonely Freedom"


Chris Carosi is from Pittsburgh. He is currently studying at the University of San Francisco for an MFA degree in Poetry. He would like to dedicate "The Lonely Freedom" to his classmates and teachers.
 

Switchback Podcast

February 1, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Recent USF MFA graduate, and former Switchback Podcast Cohost, Ian Jacoby, returns to the booth to discuss the creation of dialogue on the page with Rafael and Rose.




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