Welcome to East Bay on the Brain

EBOB is a reading series featuring writers who live in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.  There are beautiful and beautifully ugly words over here, on the other side of the Bay Bridge, and people want to hear them! EBOB hopes to collaborate with others in the East Bay to assume a more visible presence in the Bay area literary community.

Details for June event:

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 
Time: 7-9pm
Place: The Layover (21+)
1517 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA
(no sign — look for the green neon cocktail glass!)
Walking distance from 19th Street BART

Hosted by: Lauren Becker


Charlie Haas
Shanthi Sekaran
Catherine Sharpe
Reynard Seifert
MK Chavez
Sam Hurwitt
Kaya Oakes

Suggested donation: $3-$5. (Give what you can. You are welcome, with or without donation!)

please forgive the appearance of the site.  it’s brand new and will likely undergo many makeovers!

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  • Debra Grace Khattab  On May 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I’m glad to see MK Chavez with another feature, and I’m sure the other writers are quite good, but you have your reading at the same time as another reading that has been going on for years. The poetry reading at the Frank Bette Center in Alameda hosted by Jeanne Lupton is the 2nd Saturday evening of every month and has two features with an open mike afterwards. You also might want to think about rewording your intro. above, there have been excellent reading series in the East Bay for many years with excellent writers, so there already is an East Bay presence, and writers here or anywhere have no reason to compete with San Francisco writers. I ran a reading series in Berkeley for four years, and though I welcome any more reading events, it would be nice if you checked out what is already going on in the East Bay.

    • eastbayonthebrain  On May 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Dear Debra:

      Thanks for the comment. I will certainly revise my wording. My intent was not to say that East Bay on the Brain is the only game in town; it was more to say that we don’t have much as much cohesion in the East Bay as exists in San Francisco, which your comment supports. Do you know of anywhere that lists East Bay literary events? If so, the research that I have, in fact, done, has not yielded such information, and I would greatly appreciate hearing of resources of that kind. As I stated, I would truly love to see more collaboration among East Bay reading series, journals, etc., to bring more attention to the talent that we have over here, and would welcome any additional information.

      I’m sorry to hear that our events will occur on the same evening. I would have liked to have attended yours. If you have a website, please let me know. I just created the site and haven’t had time to put up links.

  • Paul Corman-Roberts  On May 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    It’s so great to see a top notch writing series (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) come to Downtown Oakland. Super BART friendly too. It’s exactly what the area needs!


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