Porchlight returns live June 17!

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Porch Light

May 15, 2021, 7:18:53 PM5/15/21
to Arline Klatte
And we're back! Come hear stories under the stars, or perhaps a blanket of fog, at the gorgeous and historic olde San Francisco Mint

Arline, Beth, and Marc are thrilled to return to a live show setting with one humdinger of a whizbang!!!

*Limited capacity in this outdoor courtyard venue

*Variety of distanced seating. Cocktail tables available on a first come, first served basis

Storytellers include:

artist and filmmaker Christy Chan

writer and professor Matthew Clark Davison

artist and lawyer Matt Gonzalez

graduating high school senior and spoken word performer Jyairrah Martin

business executive Karla Martin


Originally from Virginia, Christy Chan is an artist and filmmaker based in Richmond, CA. She grew up in a house with twelve people, three languages and one bathroom, so exchanging stories in lively, high-pressure settings is in her DNA. She makes large scale public art, as well as videos, installations and performance projects that make fun of racism and racists. In her day job as a commercial writer-director, she has probably convinced you to buy something to eat, wear, carry or flaunt that you don’t really need in order to attract a potential mate. Christy has told true stories about growing up with white supremacy on various NPR programs. Her favorite food is meat and she has never stormed the capital. www.christychan.com

Matthew Clark Davison is the author of Doubting Thomas (Amble Press '21). He is creator and teacher of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007 in a friend's living room. The textbook version of The Lab, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2022. His prose has been recently anthologized in Empty The Pews (Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in or on LitHub,The Advocate, Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Exquisite Pandemic, and others. Matthew earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time in the BA/MA/MFA departments.

Originally from McAllen, Texas, Matt Gonzalez has engaged in a wide range of activities in the three decades he’s lived in San Francisco including politics (he’s a former city supervisor who ran for vice-president on the socialist Peace & Freedom Party ticket), art (he exhibits found paper collage work with Dolby Chadwick Gallery and co-directs the online Divers Gallery), publishing (he’s the publisher of FMSBW books), law (he’s the chief attorney of the SF public defender’s office), essay writing (he’s published over 100 articles on a range of subjects including art history and national politics), music (he played bass guitar in the bands John Heartfield and Hannah active in the late 90s), and poetry (he’s published two volumes of his own poetry titled The Violet Suitcase and Beauty Will Be Convulsive). He was one of the founders of the Free University of San Francisco and has previously taught at SFAI (a course on Art & Politics) and New College (where he taught Evidence to non-lawyers).  Mostly though, he’s famous for telling a story at the very first Porchlight held at the Hemlock Tavern, many years ago.

My name is Jyairrah Martin. I am a wordsmith, a story, a storyteller. I am a story that tells, a poem that speaks, my ancestors wildest dreams that turned into reality. I am a graduating senior at SOTA and I will be attending The University of Chicago in the fall. I believe that words are power, I believe that words have the power to transform lives, and replace hate with love.

Karla Martin is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting where she leads the Fashion Retail Apparel and Footwear practice. She was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where over her 17-year tenure she ran their technology incubator and was head of West Coast Business. She spent several years at Google, most recently as Director of Global Business Strategy. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law, Karla is a passionate advocate for increasing Board and C-Suite Diversity and serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Black Corporate Board Readiness program at Santa Clara University.

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