Friday, August 17, 2018

My Next Appearance: Litquake 2018!

Sat., Oct. 20th, 5 p.m.
On the Cusp at Litquake SF
3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Free. Drinks and books for sale
Hosted by Allison Landa
With other writers TBA

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring and Summer Appearances

Reading with Lee Foust, moderated by David 
Tues., Mar. 27th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Florence, Italy
Via Maggio 16, 50125 Firenze

Free; books for sale

Reading at William Taylor Jr.'s book launch      for From the Essential Handbook on 
    Making It to the Next Whatever
Fri., Apr. 6th, time TBA
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco

Cassandra Dallett will also read.
Free; books for sale. 

Featured reader at Poetry Express
Mon., July 23rd, 7 p.m.
Himalayan Flavors, 1585
     University Ave., Downtown

Also includes an open mic.
Free. Dinner and books for sale. 

Rolling Writers--Love
Sat., July 28th, 6 p.m.
Rolling Out Bakery, 
1722 Taraval St., San Francisco

It's R-Dub Love, Rolling Writers’ evening of lit and music on romantic love. Featuring Anna Allen, Book Of Jones, Michael Crabtree, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Sarah HaBa, 
B Lynn Goodwin, Colleen McKee, Carina Mifuel, Sarah Paris, Sandra Wassilie, and Wax Moon.

Free. Food, drinks, and books for sale. 

Flash Fiction Forum
Wed., Aug. 8th, 7 p.m.
Works Gallery
365 South Market St., San Jose

Authors and Works 
1.      Hugh Behm-Steinberg, “Bibles” published in Atticus Review.
2.      Colleen Mckee, “The 59 Cent Pad of Paper” published at 
3.      Jade Bradbury, “What’s Sauce for the Goose”
4.      Elizabeth Nguyen, “T-T-T-Telephone”
5.      Sarah Hinkle, “Family Aptitude Test”
6.      Lita Kurth, “Bed Bath and Beyoncé
7.      Anne Sconberg, “Gin and Thin”


8.      Bob Dickerson, “Stagecraft”
9.      Tarn Wilson, “A Single Mother’s Survival Guide: Money”
10.   Rob Pesich, “Apologies to “Caenorhabditis elegans”
11.   Michelle Myers, “Hair”
12.   Tara Ganguly, “Yes I’m Getting a Puppy”
13.   Bill Kalogeros, “Flight Behavior”
14.   Jared Nardone, “Number of Life” published in Red Wheelbarrow2018
15.   Heidi Eisips. “Mechoniot” (Cars)

Free; beer & soda for sale. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Appearances: Writing & Music

On the Cusp: Resolutions Gone Wrong

Wed., Jan. 31st, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco

Memoir reading on beautiful mistakes. I'll read with Joseph Kim, Christine No, and Tony Press. Curated by Allison Landa.

$5 in advance, $10 at the door. Books for sale.

Rolling Writers: Mash-Up

Tues., Feb. 13th, time TBA (evening)
The Octopus Salon, 2101 Webster St. (at 22nd in BARTable Downtown Oakland)

I will sing from Shakespeare's Othello; others will do literary and musical performances.

Free; books, food, coffee, & drinks for sale.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Book, Upcoming Appearances!

My new book of poetry and memoir, The Kingdom of Roly-Polys, is now available at EM Wolfman Bookstore in downtown Oakland, at Dog-Eared Books in the Castro, San Francisco, and through Pedestrian Press.

Rolling Writers
Rolling Out Bakery
1722 Taraval St., San Francisco
Sat., Nov. 11, time TBA 

Special Shakespeare-themed show with Laura Zink, Jon Sindell, William Taylor, Jr.; John Panzer; Cybelle Zufolo-Siegel, Sandra Wassilie, and others TBA

Recent Appearances

San Francisco Writers Workshop ReadingAlley Cat Books3036 24th St., San FranciscoSun., June 26, 2-5 pm

Colleen will read with other past and present members of the City's longest-running writers workshop. Other readers TBA. Hosted by James Warner. 

Free. Books for sale.

Beast Crawl

Rolling Writers Series presents "The Seven Ages of Man"
Venue TBA, downtown Oakland

Colleen will read with other writers TBA. Hosted by Jon Sindell. 
Free. Books for sale. 

Kingdom of Roly-Polys Book Launch

Reese Gallery

3410 Wisconsin St., St Louis

Th, Mar. 30th, 6:30 (doors at 6)

Ruth Reese, the owner and director of Reese Gallery, is also the sculptor of Oh Daphne, the artwork on the cover of The Kingdom of Roly-Polys. With readings by Colleen McKee, francine j harris, Paul Thiel, and Andrea Jackson. Paintings on display by Laura Panella.

Free, with refreshments. Books for sale. 

Passages on the Lake 

Lake Merritt Hotel Terrace Room

1800 Madison St., Oakland (near 19th St BART)

Wed., April 12, 7 pm

With readings by Colleen McKee and TBA. 

Free admission, with an elegant bar and dinner available. Books for sale. 

Rolling Writers: Let's Jew It!

Rolling Writers Bakery

1722 Taraval St., San Francisco

Sat., April 15, 6-8 pm

With readings by Colleen McKee, Susan Cohen, Rick May, Benjamin Wachs, Lenore Weiss and maybe more TBA. 

Free admission, with yummy cafe food and pastries available for sale. Books also for sale. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Next Appearance

Saturday, May 14th
7 p.m.
2926 Foothill Blvd.
Oakland, CA
Free with books for sale

Reading with Mike Edison on his Bay Area blast to celebrate his new book, YOU ARE A COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT: A TRIUMPHANT MEMOIR OF FAILED EXPECTATIONS (Sterling) with a typically rock’n’roll book tour!!!! 


featuring "World's Greatest Piano Player" Mickey FInn and the Astounding Rocket Tone Theremin!!! THIS WILL BE A FULL SET FEATURING X-RATED BLUES AND PSYCHEDELIC COMEDY!!!!! NOT A "BOOKSTORE READING"

An excerpt is available here:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June-Nov. 2015 Appearances

June-Nov. 2015 Appearances

Sun., June 7, 2015
11 a.m. (My performance is at 11,
     but the festival takes place
     all day Sat., June 6, and 
     Sun., June 7.)
Allston Way (in front of the old Berkeley 
     Post Office, a few blocks from the
     Downtown Berkeley BART Station)
Free, but see Bay Area Book Fest website
     to reserve tickets. 

Naked Bulb - 
18 featured readers
800 minutes of open-mic time
Come listen to some featured readers, open-mic readers, musicians.
Mail a letter.
Bring a picnic.
Sit on the steps and watch the spectacle.
There is a beer and wine tent a block away and plenty of food in the area.

Plus 800 Minutes of Open-mic Spa

SAT 6th
10 Sharon Coleman
11 JK Fowler
12 David Welper
1 Cassandra Dallett
2 William Taylor Jr.
3 Maw Shein Win
4 Joel Landmine
5 Daphne Gottlieb

SUN 7th
10 Gina Goldblatt
11 Colleen McKee
1 Rohan DaCosta
2 Tomas Moniz
3 Richard Loranger
4 Beach Head

5 A. Razor

Art House Gallery
Sun., June 7, 2015
5-8 p.m.
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA

Poetry Unbound #25


Linda Lerner

Ellaraine Lockie

and Colleen McKee

with a brief open mic

hosted by Richard Loranger and Clive Matson

signup for open mic: 5 pm

start: 5:15

$5.-$10. donation , no one turned away

wheelchair accessible


Fri., June 26, 2015
7 p.m.
Books Inc. in the Castro
2275 Market St., San Francisco

Poetry readings by Dean Kostos, Gr Keer, Erika Atkinson, Robert F. Santiago, and yours truly at a Castro institution. 

Free event; books for sale.

415.864.6777 (Books Inc. in the Castro)

Sat., July 11, 2015
First Leg, 5-6 p.m.
Sweet Bar Bakery
2355 Broadway (near 19th St. BART Station)

At this series, each writer is paired with another writer of a different generation (or at least 10 years older/younger).

Readings by Jon Sindell + me; Eileen Malone + Kathleen McClung; Nina Serrano + Garrett Murphy; and musician Stella Peach

Free event; books, food, and beverages for sale.

Sat., Nov. 14th, 2015
Time TBA
Rolling-Out Bakery
1722 Taraval St., San Francisco

William Taylor, Jr. and I will read from each other's stories. So will some other pairs of writers, TBA, and there will likely be musical guests.

Free event; books, food, and beverages for sale

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Interview: Writer on Writer

Novelist Sarah Shotland interviews me for Writer on Writer, a feature on Karen Lilis' Small Press Librarian blog.