Sunday, April 12, 2015

Drop Leaf Press @ the Emerald Tablet

Drop Leaf Press Presents: An Afternoon Release Party for OXALIS Vol. 1: Hinge
Sunday, May 3 from 2:00-4:00pm
The Emerald Tablet

with readings from Susan Calvillo, Christopher Chen, Tiffany Higgins, Caitlin Myer, Lehua M. Taitano, Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, Nicholas James Whittington

FREE, with wine and light snacks provided.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cruel Garters

An Excerpt From My Grocery List has been published in the 5th issue of Cruel Garters.
Send a message to the editors at for a copy. Only 2 bucks for this impressive little collection!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hazel Reading Series November 16

Hazel Reading Series
Sunday, November 16 @ 5pm
California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street

Look forward to these literary gems at Hazel's next reading!
featured reader Minal Hajratwala


Syda Day, invited by Claire Sherba
Shimul Rahim, invited by Sara Campos
Selena Larson, invited by Liz Acosta
Susan Calvillo, invited by Jill Tomasetti
Arisa White, invited by Hazel

Hazel is a Bay Area reading series in which women writers read their writing experiments. Participants invite another writer for the following reading.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

APAture 2014 Literary Arts Showcase, Feat. Lehua M. Taitano

Literary Arts Showcase

ARC Studios & Gallery, 1246  Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
Sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc.

Featuring: Lehua M. Taitano

Also Featuring: Jennifer S. Cheng, Susan Calvillo, Calvin Fantone, Dickson Lam, Robert Ricardo Reese, Janice Sapigao, Jaz Sufi, Brandon Young

Curators: Jason Bayani, Sean Labrador Y Manzano, Dan Lau, Jaz Sufi

Admission: $5



Kearny Street Workshop Presents: APAture 2014 Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists

Aspire. Ascend. Awaken.

Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APATURE 2014, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.

2 weeks. 6 events. 80+ artists.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Beast Crawl: SKINLESS - 7/12

CALLING ALL BEASTS! Are you ready to crawl through Uptown, howl at the moon, and enjoy some of the best literary readings the East Bay has to offer?

BEAST CRAWL is Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary festival featuring more than 150 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty local galleries, bars, restaurants, caf├ęs, performance spaces, and storefronts. 

EACH LEG of the Beast lasts one hour, and offers about ten different readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins.

SKINLESS: New & Raw Writing, curated by the stellar SB Stokes, will happen during Leg 2 and features Susan Calvillo, Chris Carosi, Nick Johnson, Yume Kim, Brontez Purnell, and Lori Savageau.

Hope to see you there!

6:30pm - 7:30pm

2135 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

For other events visit

Everyone is invited to the AFTER-PARTIES at Telegraph Beer Garden (all ages/ food/ beer&wine) and The Legionnaire Saloon (21+/ liquor, DJ + dancing) starting at 9pm.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Mistranslation of Justin, Etc.'s "translating, translating..."

mistranslating “translating translating Joseph Burgess’ John Clare” by Justin, Etc.
by Susan Calvillo

a deflated life vest can make the difference
hanging over a headboard        it’s a conversation
starter              after she breaks her pinky in bed
            the crow’s nest is there to save you
for last when sinking
that is…unless             you’re just another grumpy sea monster
not in the mood
for overcast waters as you sleep on your bed of tube worms
                        preying on their hydrothermal vents
                        you were half-merman, I thought

I can’t believe
I can’t believe you’re shaved for this
I’m sorry I got lipstick on your coffee cup                 she said
            I’m sorry                     you said
for bringing my wife along again
the Flying Duchess
may be a Fata Morgana
unlikely, she told you
                        not before sunrise

one morning                in the salt mist
you should like to make a mirage of her
the sound of sails heaving
            the ebb of lips and ships
so that her head may be
always above water
then her broken pinky
might not
            interrupt the groping sea