Networking Aloud! A Monthly Open Mic: Featuring Debra Busman

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 6-8pm: Our free monthly event open to the public every second Tuesday: NETWORKING ALOUD: A WRITERS OPEN MIKE. Come early & sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry & essay that follows 15 minutes from a featured published reader. We applaud one another, no critique allowed. Bring your work in progress, we want to hear your VOICE.


2nd Tuesdays – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00

When:  6:00–8:00 p.m. TUESDAY Oct 13th

Where: OLD CAPITOL BOOKS – 559 Tyler St. Monterey, Ca 93940

Featured Writer:

Debra Busman

On October 13th, we will feature Debra Busman, fiction/creative non-fiction writer and Associate Professor at California State University Monterey Bay where she co-directs the Creative Writing and Social Action Program. Co-editor of the award-winning anthology Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, her work has been published in Combined Destinies: Whites Share Grief Around Racism, Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape, The LA Review, Social Justice: New Pedagogies for Social Change, and Women’s Studies Quarterly 26: “Working Class Lives and Cultures.’ She will be reading from her new novel like a woman

Debra Busman’s like a woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, reminiscent of Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their self-defined sense of ethics and humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence. Evoking the fractured unpredictability of the streets, the narrative shifts between first, second, and third person, with haunting poetic interstices woven throughout. The Los Angeles Times says, “like a woman is gritty but tender: charming in its immodesty and sinewy as a junkyard dog.” Author Faith Adiele describes the work as “an urgent tale…in a world most of us can’t imagine, where children must survive adults to forge their own moral codes and communities, and where the lines blur between the fantasy of Hollywood and the reality of race, class, and gender on the streets.”  Lambda Literary write, “In prose as lucid and passionate as any manifesto, this contemporary feminist anthem offers us a hero who both charms and challenges readers by way of her acuity, grit and depth. like a woman is destined to be a classic.”

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