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Unlikeable Female

  • Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe 302 12th St Oakland, CA 94607 USA (map)

In response to gendered readings of forceful, opinionated, emotional female characters as unlikeable, the Bay's shiniest, brightest young lady writing talents bring their wonderfully flawed characters to life at this disagreeable reading you would never ever want to be friends with. Featuring Lydia Kiesling, Margaret Ross, C Pam Zhang, Jenny Xie, and Kate Folk. 

FREE, $5 suggested donation

Kate Folk - Kate Folk is a writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Granta, and many other publications. She has completed a story collection, Doe Eyes, and is currently at work on a novel about artificially intelligent limbs and a clandestine service that allows people to outsource their unpleasant emotional labor. Currently, Kate works as a college English instructor and co-edits fiction for Joyland Magazine: The West and the quarterly journal Your Impossible Voice. Originally from Iowa, she's lived in San Francisco since 2008.

Lydia Kiesling - Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions, where she has been writing reviews, essays, and the semi-regular Modern Library Revue since 2009. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Slate, and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. Her debut novel, The Golden State, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux's MCD imprint. Contact her at

Margaret Ross - Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare (Omnidawn, 2015). She lives in Berkeley and teaches at Stanford where she is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry.

Jenny Xie - Jenny Xie is a writer and design journalist based in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in journals like Ninth Letter Online, PANK Online, Necessary Fiction, Adroit Journal, Phoebe, Hyphen Magazine, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others. She won the 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction from Devil's Lake, the 2015 Narrative 30 Below Story Contest, the 2017 JoylandOpen Border Fiction Prize, and was included in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology. A Bread Loaf scholar, a MacDowell fellow, and an Aspen Words fellow, she holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. She is the Executive Editor of

Pam Zhang - C Pam Zhang’s debut novel HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in the US, as well as several international publishers. Her short fiction appears in places like McSweeney’s Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and The Fairy Tale Review. She’s received scholarships and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Aspen Words, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Born in Beijing and raised mostly in the US, she’s still not quite sure where home is. Find her on Twitter @cpamzhang.

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