Writers Reading: Glori Simmons, Dickson Lam & Adam Smyer 4pm Free

Adam Smyer's Knucklehead

In Knucklehead, we meet Marcus Hayes, a brilliant black attorney who struggles, often unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him. When he unexpectedly becomes involved with the kind, intelligent Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them, and his life becomes a different thing entirely. Set amid the racial violence of the 1990s, Knucklehead is hard-hitting, hilarious, and frank. The situations Marcus navigates are as familiar today as they were twenty years ago. And the similarity of our present-day climate is poignant and disturbing.

About the writer: ADAM SMYER is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats. Knucklehead is his debut novel.

Dickson Lam's Paper Sons: A Memoir

Paper Sons: A Memoir is a father-son story set in a multiracial public housing project in a pre-gentrified San Francisco. Lam's memoir puts a fresh twist on the Asian American immigrant family narrative. Think Maxine Hong Kingston meets Junot Diaz. He explores how his father’s abuse impacted his family, as he came of age in a gritty and rarely seen San Francisco, transforming himself from a teenage graffiti writer to a high school teacher working with troubled youth. 

About the writer: Dickson Lam’s work has appeared in StoryQuarterly The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is a VONA alum and has been a resident fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He holds MFA degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. Lam is an Assistant Professor of English at Contra Costa College.

Glori Simmons's Carry You

In Carry Youa Sunni museum official accidentally hits a Shiite child with her car. A group of young GIs sneak into the women’s quarters wearing night vision goggles. A father makes a daily ritual of searching the streets of war-torn Baghdad for his missing daughter. An injured vet finally mails a letter he found in a dying woman’s pocket. Moving between the Khalil family in Iraq and Clark, an American soldier from Deer Park, Washington, the eleven stories in Carry You reveal the redeeming powers of love and family in a time of war. 

About the writer: Glori Simmons is an award-winning writer whose books include Graft: poems (Truman State University Press, 2002), Suffering Fools: stories (Spokane Prize, Willow Springs Books, 2017), and Carry You: stories (Fiction Prize, Autumn House Press, 2018). She lives in Oakland and directs the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:00pm