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As part of the city's Vacant to Vibrant program — an effort to revitalize parts of the city — we've created an engaging pop-up experience and community space at 220 Montgomery Street. Join us for our weekly live events! Learn more

Friday, December 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.

KALW's new events space at 220 Montgomery Street is all about livening up the Financial District.

Join us on Friday, December 8, for five hours of music, food, drinks, and community:

5-8 pm: Happy hour with KALW

8-10 pm: Live broadcast of DJ Wonway Posibul's on-air set

Stop by for free snacks, drinks for donations, and good times.
Tuesday, December 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the nation's richest histories of poetry. This town hall discussion, conducted in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, will draw from the multicultural communities that continue to inspire the region and the world.

KALW Executive Director and founder of Youth Speaks James Kass will moderate a conversation with:

Norman Zelaya — His writing is inspired by his Nicoya heritage and his lived experience as a SF native and Mission District homeboy. He’s the author of two collections of short fiction, Orlando & Other Stories (Pochino Press, 2017), and most recently, Gente, Folks (Black Freighter Press, 2022). His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Apogee Journal, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, and Cipactli, among other journals. Mr. Zelaya has read and lectured throughout California, and across the country. Also, he’s appeared on stage, in film, and in the squared circle as the masked luchador, Super Pulga. He lives and works in San Francisco, where he’s completing a debut novel.

Genny Lim — She is the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards from PEN Oakland and the city of Berkeley. A San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate, she is author of five poetry collections and Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, winner of the American Book Award. Lim's play, Paper Angels, was the first Asian American play aired on PBS's American Playhouse in 1985. She has worked with past jazz legends Max Roach and Herbie Lewis and local musicians Jon Jang, John Santos, Francis Wong, and Anthony Brown and the Del Sol Quartet.

Andrew Paul Nelson — He has been an active member of the Bay Area street poetry community since 2009. He is a co-founding member of Coit Tower Poetry Club who meet every first friday on the back lawn @ Coit Tower to celebrate the work of SF poetry legends. He is also the co-founder of the forthcoming Apocrypha Magazine. Nelson has been published in The 16th & Mission Review, Sparkle & Blink, and The Evergreen Review. Apocrypha will publish Nelson's 1st full length book - How to Draw a Guillotine in Spring 2024. This winter Nelson and his wife Caitlyn Skye Wild will open a wine bar and poetry bookstore called Golden Sardine in North Beach.

Josiah Luis Alderete — He is a pocho poet, curator, host of KALW's Bay Poets, host of the long running Latinx reading series Speaking Axolotl, and shopkeeper taking care of the portal known as Medicine For Nightmares.

Plus contributions from audience members.

Join KALW at our 220 Montgomery Street events space in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, December 5, for this free, live, in-person conversation.

Doors open with refreshments at 5pm, and the conversation begins at 6pm.

For questions about the program contact anissa.malady@sfpl.org. For accommodations (such as ASL or language interpretation), call (415) 557-4400 or contact accessibility@sfpl.org. Requesting at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability.

Please note: The event space is just to the left of the main entrance to the Mills Building at 220 Montgomery Street.
Tuesday, November 28 @ 6 p.m.

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation's most expensive housing markets. What is being done to ease the pressure?

KALW Executive Producer Ben Trefny will moderate a conversation with:

Assemblymember Matt Haney

SPUR Housing and Planning Policy Director Sujata Srivastava

Mission Local Inequality Reporter Annika Hom

Plus questions and comments from audience members.

Join KALW at our 220 Montgomery Street events space in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, November 28, for the conversation.

Doors open with refreshments at 5pm, and the conversation begins at 6pm.



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