Great Weather for Media: Poets & Prose 6pm free

Cutting Edge Writers Reading for new great weather for MEDIA Anthology

The Octopus Literary Salon and great weather for MEDIA present a rollicking evening of cutting edge poets and prose writers from across the Bay Area and the U.S.  They come together to celebrate the release of great weather’s new anthology, The Other Side of Violet, which features work by intense wordsmiths – including those you’ll hear tonight – along with interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.  Come prepared for revelations, epiphanies, and a few broad smiles.

This evening features writers from across the US and beyond, including Carol Dorf (Berkeley), Ken Saffran (SF), great weather editor Jane Ormerod (from NY and UK), and Oakland writers Jessica Barksdale, Julian Mithra, Natasha Dennerstein, and SB Stokes. Hosted by Oakland’s own Richard Loranger. There will be a brief open mic to start the evening.

Based in New York City, great weather for MEDIA publishes established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond.

Please stop by, get yourself dangerously verbiaged up, and pick up a copy of The Other Side of Violet to call your very own.

RELEASE PARTY for The Other Side of Violet

hosted by Richard Loranger

6 pm sharp



Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming, in Waccamaw JournalSalt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension. In addition, Jessica holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Carol Dorf is the author of the chapbooks Theory Headed Dragon (Finishing Line Press) and Some Years Ask (Locofo Chaps, Moria Press.) Her poetry appears in Sin FronterasAntiphonThe Journal of Humanistic MathematicsScientific AmericanMaintenant, and Best of Indie Lit New England. Carol is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches mathematics in Berkeley.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and her work appears in journals including SnorkelBloomTransferRed Light LitSpoon River Poetry Review, and Foglifter. Her poetry collections Anatomize (2015) and Triptych Caliform (2016) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco, who will also be publishing her novella-in-verse About a Girl in late 2017. Her recent chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland.

Julian Mithra, primarily a performance artist, hovers between genre and gender, border-mongering and mongreling. Resisting essentialisms, they roll out monologues, collage black & white zines, clip poem videos, and rubber stamp imprints. They hold an MA in Folklore from UC Berkeley. Their work has been featured in Gendertrash CaféMilvia StreetStorm CellarWhirlwindSharkpack Review, and enough/enough.

Ken Saffran has had poems in Ambush, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and Amsterdam Quarterly. He lives in San Francisco because he can’t afford it.

SB Stokes, the author of A History of Broken Love Things (Punk Hostage Press), lives and writes in the hills behind the lake in Oakland. One of the core founders of Beast Crawl, Oakland's free annual literary festival, he holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly received. He is also the author of the Poems for TeethThe Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Other recent work can be found in Oakland Review #4, Full of Crow (Winter 2017 Fiction Issue), and the online anthology HIV Here and Now. You can find more about his work and scandals at

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in publications includingMaintenant, Flapperhouse, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK), Sensitive Skin, and Paris Lit Up. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor of great weather for MEDIA.


Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 6:00pm