Litquake's edition of the Bay Area's long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of "Kill Your Darlings." Founded by co-hosts Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick, this hilariously entertaining series continues to capacity crowds each month at the Verdi Club and Hemlock Tavern.
Marc Capelle is a composer, arranger, and musician, leads the all-star soul band Marc & the Casuals, and is musical director and pianist for the Porchlight Storytelling series.
Pamela Holm is a San Francisco author whose books include the memoir The Toaster Broke So Were Getting Married, and the novel The Night Garden, set in San Francisco. She is currently working on a memoir about living in India for one year.
Ali Liebegott is author of the award-winning books The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers. In 2010 she took a train trip across America interviewing female poets for a project titled The Heart Has Many Doors, excerpts of which are posted monthly on The Believer Logger. Her newest novel is Cha-Ching!
Heather Mackey is a kids’ lit author of fantasy adventure novels. Her books include Dreamwood (selected by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee for its list of best books of 2014) and the forthcoming The Shadow Clock. She also reviews books for Your Impossible Voice.
Neal Pollack is author of nine semi-bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoirs Alternadad and Stretch, and the novels Jewball, Downward-Facing Death, and Repeat. His tenth book is Keep Mars Weird, a science-fiction comedy about space gentrification. He lives in Austin, Texas, seemingly against his will.
Mark Haskell Smith
Mark Haskell Smith is author of five novels and two nonfiction books, most recently Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, and Literary Hub. He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.
Martha Tolles began writing in 1965 when she was laid up in bed with a back problem, and has since published 11 books for children, including the popular Katie/Darci series, which have sold 2.3 million copies. She is a graduate of Smith College, a member of SCBWI and the Authors’ Guild. She has 11 wonderful grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Siamak Vossoughi is an Iranian-American writer who lives in San Francisco. His first short story collection, Better Than War, comes out in September.