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Story is the Thing

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." -Muriel Rukeyser

Reading starts at 7:30 pm.
Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.

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Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local literary

Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.

Vibha Akkaraju
Vibha Akkaraju has been writing on and off for about 15 years, while raising her 3 daughters. She wrote for Big Apple Parent many years ago and more recently has had several pieces published in India Currents. Currently, she is working on a book of essays. Her kids and husband, once a distraction, are now her biggest cheerleaders.

Anita Felicelli
Anita Felicelli is the author of the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Stillhouse Press), which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her stories have appeared in The Normal School, Joyland, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Eckleburg, and elsewhere. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Babble, Romper, and Electric Literature. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a Voices of Our Nations alum. Her work has placed as a finalist in multiple Glimmer Train contests and received a Puffin Foundation grant, two Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart Prize nominations. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Meghan Flaherty
Meghan Flaherty's first book, Tango Lessons was published in June 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in literary nonfiction. Her essays and translations have appeared in The Iowa Review, Psychology Today, and online at The New York Times, The Rumpus, Catapult, Asymptote, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, baby, and rescue mastiff in northern California.

Kimberly Ford
Kimberly Ford earned her Ph.D. in Spanish and French Literature and has published short fiction and essays in everything from The Believer to Redbook to Brain, Child. Her story “Generation” was published in The Threepenny Review and was shortlisted for an O. Henry Prize. She is also the author of the best-selling Hump: True Tales of Sex after Kids. Having largely turned from writing back to full-time reading, she works as an editor and runs literary seminars.

Audrey Kalman
Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of two novels—What Remains Unsaid (2017) and Dance of Souls(2011)—as well as a book of short stories, Tiny Shoes Dancing (2018). Her story “The Bureau of Lost Earrings” was shortlisted for Pithead Chapel’s 2016 Larry Brown Short Story Award and many online and print journals have published her short fiction and poetry. She is working on another novel. Find out more at

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree(Doubleday, 2018). She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. She currently teaches writing to immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing artists into public schools. She is the book columnist for KQED.

Siamak Vossoughi
Siamak Vossoughi is an Iranian-American writer living in San Francisco. His collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has had some stories appear in Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and the Rumpus. He is at work on a novel.