Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Astrology for working & breathing at the same time

Culture's unconscious directives toward women, our inherited work ethic, personal guilt in response to injustice and pain, the current political conditions, capitalism itself — these among many other factors conspire to produce all-too-common life-draining habits around work, including chronic overworking. This class will use the perennial wisdom of astrology and self-reflection to implement more sustainable work practices. This class corresponds with the New Year — a good time for creating new work habits. As we begin at The Ruby, this class can help us build a lexicon of reminders and mutual support for breathing, while we happen to be working.

About Sarah Fontaine

Sarah Fontaine practices experimental healing arts in the forms of writing, performance and astrology readings. She publishes books with her sister at Carville Annex Press. She breathes and drinks water and lives in San Francisco, and spends as much time with plants as possible. existingtogether.com  

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Jan
23
to Jan 24

Night Owl Night

Our first Ruby Night Owl Night! Night Owl Nights are late-night hours (8 p.m. to midnight) for members who tend to hit their peak creativity later at night or for members who have an idea they want to work on but can't seem to make the time for within their normal schedule. It’s a chunk of time for creative writing, brainstorming, or letting your mind drift a bit further than your typical productive self would allow — a quiet, dark, candlelit time for thinking. Feel free to come wearing something comfortable. We’ll provide hot beverages and soup.

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Mason jar flower arranging

Learn how to craft your own mason jar arrangement with the help of wedding and event florist Larisa Minerva from Bewilder Floral. Explore your own sense of color and space as she takes you through the basics of flower selection, mechanics, and design. A fresh selection of her favorite local flowers, tools, and mason jars will be provided, just bring some comfy clothes you can move in and a sense of adventure. And take home whatever you make! No experience necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: A materials fee of $10 will be collected at the start of class.

About Larisa Minerva

Larisa Minerva is a writer, artist and florist based in San Francisco. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. Her writing has been featured in The American Alpine Journal, Faerie Magazine and Fading Light. She is a volunteer at The Zen Hospice Project and a Dinner Party host.

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Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Talking about your value off the cuff: confident impromptu speaking

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to talk with confidence about yourself, your work, and your value in impromptu situations. We’ll use some speaking frames to help you get your point across quickly, clearly, and memorably without rambling — or worrying that you’ve said too little. Participants will get plenty of hands-on practice during the workshop. And because these frameworks are useful in work and social situations, you’ll have lots of opportunities to try it out in your day-to-day too.

About Kara Levy

For the past ten years, Kara Levy has provided communication and leadership coaching to hundreds of Bay area tech, design, academic, and business leaders to help them connect with audiences and maximize personal leadership presence. Within the world of communication, her great love is storytelling: a fiction writer with an MFA from Columbia University, she’s taught writing at a number of universities and mentored best-selling writers of fiction, memoir, and academia in crafting their narratives. She lives in San Francisco with her daughter. 

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Care packages with Simply the Basics

We’ll pack and sort menstrual care packages for the homeless with Simply the Basics and Meghan Freebeck, who will give a short presentation. The Mission of Simply the Basics is to provide for individuals, organizations, and communities their most basic needs with dignity so that they can focus on bigger goals — removing barriers and allowing people to have the opportunity to achieve.

We appreciate donations of: unopened tampons, pads, panty liners, and wet wipes/moist wipes.

About Meghan Freebeck

Meghan is the founder and President of Simply the Basics and CEO of Project Homeless Connect. In the beginning of her nonprofit career in Chicago, Meghan was Community Relations Manager of an interim housing homeless program. She moved to the Bay Area in 2013 as Deputy Director at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, where she developed core programs such as the Peer Workforce Supportive Services. It was her heartache over the state of homelessness in this new city that led her to begin Simply the Basics with a feminine hygiene product drive to meet the needs of all homeless. Since then, she has grown the program to become what it is today — the very first Hygiene Bank in the Nation — improving the overall health and wellbeing of the community and saving nonprofits hours of time a week.

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Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Business basics for not-so-basic business babes

If you are working to create a self-employed reality for yourself, from a side hustle to a fledgling baby business to an established full-time gig, you are a business owner. Step into and take ownership of your role as the leader of your business and your livelihood! In this session, we will explore the more practical aspects of running a small business, such as bookkeeping, incorporation, and tax planning. Build strength in these areas in order to elevate your dynamic relationship with the living organism that is your business. This is a no-shame zone! Let's lovingly meet ourselves where we currently are financially and lay a path for powerful movement forward.

About the Money Witch

Jessie Susannah Karnatz, aka $Money Witch$, is an Intuitive Financial Coach, bookkeeper, and tax preparer bringing Capitalism-Critical Business Lady Swag to clients in the Bay Area and via Skype. You can find more information on her work at www.healyourfinances.com and on Instagram @money.witch.

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Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Scrabble night

Honestly, this is exactly what it sounds like — no more, no less!

Come play Scrabble at The Ruby's Scrabble night. 

(We wish Scrabble were invented by a woman, but it was actually invented by a man named Alfred Mosher Butts.)

Snacks and drinks provided.

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Feb
2
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Samantha Sheehan of Poe Wines

Samantha Sheehan founded POE in 2009 after being inspired by the wines she tasted in Burgundy and Champagne.  The goal is not to replicate Burgundy, but rather create alluring, vineyard specific, age-worthy wines revealing the beautiful terroir of California.  There is minimal intervention, judicious use of sulfur, and never any additives.

POE produces traditional Champagne method sparkling wines, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a nouveau from Pinot Noir.  Each wine is made in very limited quantities, and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country.

In the spring of 2017, POE teamed up with Farella Vineyard and Forlorn Hope to open a collective tasting room in the heart of downtown Napa. Guests can enjoy glasses, bottles and flights of their favorite POE wines, as well as explore other dynamic selections from both Farella and Forlorn Hope.

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Feb
7
4:30 PM16:30

Headshot sessions by Sana Javeri Kadri

Get a new headshot taken by Ruby member Sana Javeri Kadri! Come looking your best and leave with a new profile pic, author photo, or just something to get printed on a mug for your mom! See some of Sana's work at sanajaverikadri.com.

About Sana Javeri Kadri

Sana Javeri Kadri is a sometimes salty, permanently hungry, rather creative human. 

She was raised in post-colonial Bombay, wound up in the produce aisles of California and can be currently found @sanajaverikadri on Instagram or in person wherever there are vegetables to be found.

She is also schemer-in-chief for Diaspora Co., which you should be very excited about.

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Makeup Basics taught by Julie Dy

You may already have a regular makeup routine, but if you're not sure why you do the things you do, or you'd like to be better at makeup, you'll learn basics and more in this 2-hour class taught by Julie Dy, a freelance makeup artist with over 15 years of experience. You'll learn about application tips and techniques, and using essential products and tools to create a flawless and flattering makeup look. Bring your own makeup to this class, and Julie will bring some of her supplies as well. 

About Julie Dy

Fashion, beauty, music, art and entertainment have always been worlds of intrigue for Julie Dy. She stumbled into a career in makeup artistry after graduating with a degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and found it was a perfect avenue to utilize and develop her creative flair. As a freelance makeup artist for over 15 years, she has built an ever-growing business in bridal services, editorial and commercial work, print, video, film and television. Her experience as a Regional Makeup Artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics trained her to give clients a flawless complexion and an amazing glow—makeup that looks natural but still makes an impact. Her work has appeared in The Knot, Destination Wedding, 7x7, StyleMePretty, Marie Claire Magazine, Wired Magazine, FastCompany, and Vanity Fair. Regular clients include Pixar Studios, Disney, and AirBnb. Julie's work has allowed her to indulge in her love for color and beauty, as well as the concepts of transformation and personal expression.

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Feb
9
5:30 PM17:30

HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF) with Erin Di Costanzo

Erin Di Costanzo has fifteen years of experience in the wine industry, and knows that nothing can turn around a bad day like a great bottle of wine.

The General Manager of ACME Fine Wines Retail Shop in St. Helena, Erin connects palates with their undiscovered best picks. From blue-chip cult wines to wineries with yet unknown but soon-to-make-it-huge winemakers, Erin’s considerable and well-established relationships in wine country allow her access and connect customers to the newest and best wines coming out of California.

A Certified Sommelier with accreditation from the American Sommelier Association and the Court of Master Sommeliers, Erin has been a featured speaker, panelist and wine educator for organizations like the Napa Valley Vintners, The Wine Sisterhood and Mighty Summit. Erin’s views on wine have been featured in the Napa Valley Register, Women & Co, Loam Baby, the New York Daily News, and she was notably featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 40 Under 40: America’s Tastemakers (June, 2013).  Erin was also featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Lucky Peach Magazine.

With her husband, Massimo Di Costanzo, Erin also is the vintner of a Napa Valley wine project: Di Costanzo. Since the 2010 vintage, they have produced small lots of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coombsville AVA. Massimo's background making wine at winery's like Screaming Eagle, Ovid, Rustenberg led him to start this family project with Erin, and together they have been proud to see this wine lauded by publications like Vinous, Decanter, JancisRobinson.com and Wine Spectator

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Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Short Story Intensive: Unlocking a story through POV with Kate Petersen

Whose story is it anyway? Unlocking a short story through point of view

While novels are interested in community and the long-play of time, the writer Frank O’Connor contended, short stories are concerned chiefly with the plight of the solitary individual. Short stories, then, make perfect canvases on which to explore the odd hour or day in the life of a misfit, the strange seismography of a single mind.

And where the narrator stands in relation to that mind is one of the first and most important questions a writer can ask. In this two-day course, we’ll channel our inner misfits, and investigate point of view as writers and readers to discover how this choice shapes the story we get. We’ll read short pieces by writers deeply interested in playing with the narrative angle to the outsider’s story: among them, Lucia Berlin, Octavia Butler, NoViolet Bulawayo, Junot Diaz, Stuart Dybek, Amy Hempel, Edward P. Jones, Grace Paley, Virginia Woolf, and Charles Yu. Using craft choices in these stories as models and catalysts, students will complete several short exercises and workshop one in class. Students will leave this workshop with the opening of at least one short story, and a working set of narrative lens through which to tell future ones.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an intensive class that meets for 4 hours on a Saturday!  Sign-ups close February 1 as there will be a reading assignment in advance.

About Kate Petersen

Kate Petersen lives in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, Epoch, Paris Review Daily, LitHub, and elsewhere. A former biosciences and health policy writer, Petersen received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, she currently teaches at Stanford University as a Jones Lecturer in creative writing.

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Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Put a ring on it: Ring making taught by Anna Furman

Working with wax blocks and carving tools, Rubies will learn how to sculpt and size their own ring designs. You will complete at least one finished ring. After the session, Anna will bring the finished waxes to a (woman-run!) casting studio in San Francisco, where they will be cast into bronze or sterling silver (Your rings will be ready in 2 to 3 weeks.). No prior sculpture or jewelry experience is required! It’s recommended that you come with a couple ideas (and if the ring is a gift, ask his/her ring size!).

PLEASE NOTE: though this class is free for members, there is a materials fee of $40, payable at the beginning of class! Space is limited; register early!

About Anna Furman

I'm a freelance writer, jewelry-maker, and the founder of Luna. Drawing from organic shapes and unusual textures found in nature, my jewelry line is made up of hand-crafted, cast metal pieces. I'm endlessly inspired by trail-blazing artists like Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, and Anna Maria Maiolino.

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Pitch Perfect: Writing freelance pitches that get you published with Anisse Gross

Writing a great pitch is essential to success as a freelance writer. In this two-hour workshop, we will study successful (and unsuccessful) pitches to understand what makes a pitch great, and we will also reserve time to workshop your pitches. You will learn the basics of writing a pitch, how to refine the angle of your story, conceptualize a hook, and use narrative techniques to draw the attention of editors. I’ll discuss how to send a pitch, etiquette around following up, communication, and other topics related to freelance pitching. The first hour of this session will be a lecture, and then the second half we will be workshopping pitches in small groups. There will also be time at the end for follow-up questions that arise. Please bring in a pitch for a story you have in mind so that you can get feedback from other writers. This class is ideal for aspiring freelance writers who want to learn more about pitching as well as established part-time or full-time freelancers who want to up their pitching game.

PLEASE NOTE: Bring a pitch draft to class with you.

About Anisse Gross

Anisse Gross is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. She’s a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and now The Ruby! Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Quartz, The Believer, Lucky Peach, BuzzFeed, the San Francisco Chronicle, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, the Brooklyn Quarterly, Edible Hudson Valley, and elsewhere.

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

COOKBOOK CLUB: EATING FROM THE GROUND UP by Alana Chernila

The Ruby’s Cookbook Club is a combination potluck and book club. Each month, we’ll discuss a new cookbook. Participants should cook a dish from the book (at least 6 servings). Drinks will be provided.

This month, we'll be discussing: EATING FROM THE GROUND UP by Alana Chernila

With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. Alana Chernila demonstrates how smart techniques and a light touch are the way to go when beautiful vegetables are just good and fresh.

Space is limited! Please pick up your book ($12) at The Ruby after February 1.

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Feb
20
to Feb 21

Night Owl Night

Ruby Night Owl Nights are late-night hours every now and then, (wo)manned by Ruby member, LM Schnaubelt, for members who tend to hit their peak creativity later at night or for members who have an idea they want to work on but can't seem to make the time for within their normal schedule. It’s a chunk of time for creative writing, brainstorming, or letting your mind drift a bit further than your typical productive self would allow — a quiet, dark, candlelit time for thinking. Feel free to come wearing something comfortable. We’ll provide hot beverages.

**NOTE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS: We consider Night Owl Nights events; they do not count toward your two days of workspace per month**

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Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sustenance & Sustainability: a conversation with The Perennial's Karen Leibowitz

Join Ruby member Karen Leibowitz, co-owner of The Perennial in San Francisco, for a conversation about sustenance and sustainability. At The Ruby, Karen will share the personal and political sides of running a mission-driven family restaurant, and offer practical advice for fighting climate change through our food choices.

The word "restaurant" is derived from the French word for "restore," and Karen believes that restaurants can and should be restorative, not only for diners, but for the world as well. Together with her husband, Karen opened Mission Chinese Food, which benefits the Food Bank, and now The Perennial, dedicated to regenerative agriculture that actually draws down greenhouse gas through food production. 

Bread that Karen bakes with Kernza, a perennial grain, will be provided.  

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About Karen Leibowitz

Karen's current focus is The Perennial, an environmentally sustainable restaurant in San Francisco, where she is co-founder and Director of Communications. In 2008, she co-founded a pop-up called Mission Street Food, which turned into Mission Chinese Food (SF and NYC) and she's a partner in Commonwealth (SF).

She's co-written a cookbook with Chef Dominique Crenn, called Atelier Crenn: The Metamorphosis of Taste (Houghton Mifflin, 2015). She's also the co-author of Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant (McSweeney's, 2011), written with her husband, Anthony Myint. Her writing has been published by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, Cherry Bombe, and other publications.

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

A reading by Morgan Parker, The Ruby's February Writer in Residence

Renowned poet and author Morgan Parker is The Ruby's inaugural Writer in Residence. The Ruby's Writer in Residence program seeks to support the best writers writing, and to bring writers from outside the Bay Area to The Ruby to read. 

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015). Her third collection of poems, Magical Negro, will be published by Tin House in 2019, and her debut book of nonfiction will be published later that year by One World, an imprint of Random House. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her poetry and essays have been published and anthologized in numerous publications, including The Paris ReviewThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-HopBest American Poetry 2016,  The New York Times, and The Nation. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel in New York. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius, and she lives in Los Angeles.

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Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

AUTHORS OF COLOR BOOK CLUB led by R.O. (Reese) Kwon

Jean Rhys said that "reading makes immigrants of us all," that "it takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Now more than ever, it's vital—and heartening—to read, and read widely. We'll read thrilling, mind-blowing, intriguing, heartbreaking, comic, strange, and/or provocative books by women of color—and, each month, we'll gather to talk about what we've read! When possible, we'll also have the writer join us.

February’s book is THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins.

From the publisher: Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.

Books will be ready for pick up at The Ruby by February 1. We’ll provide drinks and snacks.

About R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming from Riverhead in July of 2018. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and her writing is published in The Guardian, VICE, NOON, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony.

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Community Organizing 101 with Shakirah Simley

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of grassroots organizing. Attendees will receive an introduction to building social justice campaigns; from choosing an issue, to identifying resources to determining tactics and strategies. Participants are encouraged to attend as pairs or small groups in order to focus on their particular neighborhood/ community or issue. We'll start out with a brief introduction, overview of organizing strategy with real world examples, and followed by group work and discussion. This workshop is a great start for students looking to make positive social change on their respective communities. 

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees should read "How Food Can be a Platform for Activism" in advance of coming to class. 

About Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley is a writer, educator, and community organizer in San Francisco. Shakirah has over a decade of experience working on food equity policy issues, as well with national youth organizing and labor unionization campaigns. She is a 2017 Fellow for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, former Community Director for Bi-Rite and its Family of Businesses in SF, and is the co-founder of Nourish|Resist, a multiracial organizing collaborative dedicated to using food spaces and people as tools for collective resistance. She graduated from UPenn in 2007 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies, and received her M.A. from the University of Gastronomic Sciences via a Fulbright scholarship. Shakirah has been honored for her work as one of Zagat’s "30 under 30" and received special commendations from the City of SF from former Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor London Breed. She currently works for the City and County of San Francisco, doing community and economic development in the city's Southeast neighborhoods. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, Civil Eats, and the recently published book: Feed the Resistance.

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Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Embroidery Basics with Emma McGowan

Come learn embroidery basics and walk away with a cool embroidered piece!

In this 3-hour class, we’ll show you how to transfer a pattern onto fabric, do some basic stitches, and get started on a great design that you can finish at home. It’s an unconventional way of learning embroidery, but one that leaves you with a cool little piece of art. Bring a piece of clothing you’d like to embellish or, if that’s too intimidating, we’ll be providing fabric scraps to choose from. Everything else is supplied and you’ll take home your own needle, hoop, and three colors of thread. No prior embroidery experience necessary!

PLEASE NOTE: Materials fee is $25, payable at class

About Emma McGowan

Emma McGowan comes from a family of craftswomen and has been fascinated by needlework for years, but she didn’t actually learn how to do it herself until she traveled to Guatemala and was blown away by the handiwork done by Mayan women. So she bought a hoop, some thread, a needle, and taught herself how to make her own beautiful designs. When Emma is not embroidering, you can find her writing about feminist issues, reading (a lot), sewing outlandish clothing, and experimenting with new crafts projects.

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Personal Safety with IMPACT Bay Area

This 90-minute class provides an intro to IMPACT Bay Area's style of empowerment self-defense! Students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language and powerful verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment. Students will also learn and practice a few simple and effective physical self-defense techniques. The physical skills trained in our longer classes provide a broad range of options for dealing with violence in worst-case scenarios, but even this short class offers a toolbox of great skills for keeping yourself safe. 

We know that most assaults can be avoided or prevented using awareness, intuition, body language, and voice. This class will provide valuable tools for staying safe.

About Impact Bay Area

IMPACT Bay Area is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that teaches boundary-setting, personal safety and accessible physical self-defense. Since 1985, we've given more than 12,000 people the skills to defend themselves against verbal, physical and sexual assault. Our classes accommodate all ages and body types because we believe that everyone has the right to safety. IMPACT courses increase student safety, confidence and the ability to recognize, set and defend personal boundaries- in worst-case scenarios and in daily life. Learn more about their classes and how to support their mission here

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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry night featuring The Ruby's poets

This night of poetry readings features our very own Ruby poets: Mia Malhotra, Jennifer S. Cheng, Heidi Van Horn, and Lisa Marie Schnaubelt. Poets and nonpoets all invited! You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind poetry starter kit created by our four readers to inspire your own writing.

About our poets

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako (Alice James Books, forthcoming 2018), winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Greensboro Review, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.She lives in San Mateo with her husband and two daughters.

Jennifer S. Cheng writes poetry and lyric essays. She is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems (2018), a hybrid book of the feminine monstrous, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize; HOUSE A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay (2010), an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and received fellowships and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. www.jenniferscheng.com

Heidi Van Horn is a writer who takes lots of photographs. She is co-author, with David Makaaha Kwon, of House of David, a poetic assemblage exploring the personal and political geography of mass incarceration. Currently, she is working on a book-length sequence of text + image diptychs mapping intimate distance, and guest-editing OXALIS Volume 2 for Drop Leaf Press. Heidi received her BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She has worked as the assistant director of the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, co-clerked the diversity committee at the San Francisco Friends School, and serves as a youth justice mentor for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. She lives in San Francisco with her three children. www.hvanhorn.com

Lisa Marie Schnaubelt is a newly self-employed writer, former teacher, and a bartender at heart. She received her MA in Poetry from San Francisco State University and likes to think and work at night. She hosts the Ruby’s monthly Night Owl Nights.

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