The SPD Bee: April 28, 2014
Crown Point Press, San Francisco
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Tickets are now available for the eighth annual SPD BEE, A Spelling Bee to Benefit Small Press Distribution.  Don't miss your chance to attend this exciting event, coming up on April 28th!


THE SPD BEE is an old-fashioned spelling bee but with alcohol, tasty nibbles, and more fun! Thank you to Crown Point Press for providing the beautiful setting for this event. Proceeds support the work of SPD, the nation's only remaining non-profit distributor of literary small press books.

6:30: Drinks, Delectables & Auction
7:30: Spelling Bee

Emcee: Josh Kornbluth is a comedic autobiographical monologist who has toured internationally, written and starred in several feature films, and starred in a television interview program. His most recent show is Sea of Reeds which has been performed widely in the Bay Area and beyond.

Judge: Geoffrey Nunberg, NPR commentator, professor at UC Berkeley, and board member of the American Heritage Dictionary

Special thanks to Thirsty Bear for providing the nibbles!


$75 Ticket
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$125 “Couples" Ticket (2 Guests on 1 Ticket)

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$250 “V.I.Bee" Ticket (Special Seating & Acknowledgement)

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$30 "Starving Artist" Ticket
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$30 “Virtual” Ticket (Donation)
(I can't go, but please offer a ticket to a "Starving Artist" in my stead.)
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SPELLERS (More to come!)
Lysley Tenorio
Anisse Gross
Summer Brenner
Robin Sloan
   Lysley Tenorio   Anisse Gross Summer Brenner
   Robin Sloan
Logan Kroeber
Laurie King
Barbara Jane Reyes
Daniel Levin Becker
   Logan Kroeber
   Laurie King
 Barbara Jane Reyes
   Daniel Levin Becker
   Ethel Rohan  
Kaya Oakes
 Leah Garchik    
   Ethel Rohan
   Kaya Oakes
 Leah Garchik

Daniel Levin Becker, reigning King Bee, is a writer, translator and musical critic. In 2009 he was elected member of the French literary workshop Oulipo, making him the second American member of this group (the first is Harry Mathews). Levin Becker is currently the reviews editor for the magazine The Believer.

Summer Brenner is the author of a dozen works of poetry and fiction, including critically-acclaimed I-5, a crime novel that explores sex trafficking; Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco, winner of the Children's Literary Classics and Moonbeam Children's Book awards; and Richmond Tales, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle.

Leah Garchik is Features columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of two books, San Francisco: Its Sights and Secrets and Real Life Romance. She has been described as an avid knitter, a terrible accordion player, a sporadic tweeter and a pretty good speller. 

Anisse Gross is a writer, editor, artist and question asker living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Believer, Bold Italic and other magazines. She openly welcomes correspondence, friendship, surprises and paid work.

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular Mary Russell and Kate Martinelli crime series and five stand-alone novels. She has just published the second book of a new series featuring FBI Agent Harris Stuyvesant.

Logan Kroeber plays drums in the popular SF based indie rock duo The Dodos. A new album, Carrier, was released to wide acclaim in 2013.

Kaya Oakes‘ Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church came out from Counterpoint in 2012. Her book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, was published by Henry Holt in June 2009. In 2008, her collection of poetry, Telegraph, received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press. She teaches writing at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland. 

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of For the City That Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press), Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd.), and was recently a finalist for the California Book Award. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Book) and Poeta En San Francisco (Tinfish Press), which received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. 

Ethel Rohan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Her first story collection Cut Through the Bone (Dark Sky Books, 2010) was longlisted for the 2010 Story Prize. She is the author the short story collection, Goodnight Nobody (Queen's Ferry Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, Tin House Online, Sou'wester, Post Road Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many other publications. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and PEN America.

Robin Sloan is the author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (a bestselling book which aslo glows in the dark) and a former employer at Twitter where he has described his job as "something to do with figuring out the future of media." 

Lysley Tenorio is the author of Monstress (Ecco Harper Collins, 2012), a book of short stories. A Whiting Writer's Award winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, Lysley currently lives in San Francisco, and is an associate professor at Saint Mary's College of California

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including Sun Bear, just out from Copper Canyon Press. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Oakland, where he is an editor at Wave Books and a new member of the Core Faculty at the MFA in creative writing at St. Mary's College of California.









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