Happy New Year.
Look at the San Francisco Sky on the last day of 2007:
I took those shots walking home from Wallgreens after giving up on a search for the "right" black shoelaces for my New Year's Eve sneakers. Aren't they incredible? (The color of the sky, not black shoelaces). The church in the one pic appears in LETTERS TO THE DEAD. My getaway writing weekend plans have been thwarted by Mother Nature. My Guerneville trip will have to wait. I'd planned on going in the rain, but the cabin I rented called. No electricity or hot water and falling branches in the woods. At first I thought, well, I'm into "Setting as Kinetic Landscape" (which is how Michelle Carter talks about "place" in fiction), and I thought I'll just make the storm work for Janis. But I can't make anything work if I'm knocked out by a redwood branch. I'd really wanted to do some serious hiking and pay visits to the ocean as well...so it's best that I wait. Meanwhile, mark your calander for the event below, it's the last of my scheduled readings in association with The Cultural Equities Grant: JANUARY 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 7:30 pm signup, 8 pm show
SMACK DAB : an open stage hosted by Kirk Read and Larry-bob Roberts.
Featured: Matthew Davison and Allen Young (showing a film on Butterworth Farm, the 35-year old rural gay community where he lives.)
All ages, all genders, all the time.
If you'd like to perform at the open mic, please bring five minutes or less of your unsolicited advice, writing, music, dance, performance, cooking suggestions or whatever it is you want to share. Musicians, one song. Prose writers: that's about two and a half double spaced pages of prose.
At Magnet, the queer neighborhood health center, 4122 18th Street between Castro and Collingwood. magnetsf.org
Allen Young, gay author and journalist, who holds a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, left a reporter's position at the Washington Post in 1967 at age 26 to become involved in the anti-war "underground press." He later became a gay activist/journalist, part of the post-Stonewall gay liberation movement launched by the New York Gay Liberation Front in 1969. With fellow GLFer Karla Jay, he wrote and edited four books, including "Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation." He then moved to North Central Massachusetts as part of the "back-to-the-land" movement, taking a job as reporter for a local daily newspaper. His most recent book — his 13th — is a collection of articles written for that newspaper and the Valley Advocate, entitled "Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Farms, Forests and People of the North Quabbin." Now retired, he remains involved in the gay movement on a local level, cultivates a large vegetable and flower garden, and participates in a regional land trust dedicated to protecting farms and forests.