Panel: Grotto Nights at the Library: A Conversation with Writers

Queering Up Traditionally Straight Spaces
Tuesday, 3/7/2023
6:00 - 7:30

Grotto NIghts at the Library is a monthly series featuring The Writers Grotto members who will showcase and discuss their writing around a theme of their choice.  This month features Matthew Clark Davison, Doug Henderson and Dominic Lim all writing about queering up traditionally straight spaces.The authors will read from and discuss their work and invite the audience to participate in an activity related to the theme.

The Writers Grotto is a creative community of writers and artists based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees are encouraged to learn more about the Grotto writing community by taking classes, attending Grotto events and participating in Rooted and Written.

Grotto Nights take place the first Tuesday of the month.

Matthew Clark Davison is the author of Doubting Thomas (Amble Press in 2021) and creator of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD, and his textbook The Lab, Experiments in Writing Across Genre, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2022. His prose has been recently anthologized in Empty The Pews (Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in or on Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, Cultural Equities Grant, Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award.

Doug Henderson is the author of The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club, and a winner of the PEN/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. His story, The Manga Artist, was runner-up for the Iowa Review Award for Fiction, and his story More was a winner of the BART Lines short story contest. Originally from Cleveland, he received his MFA from the University of San Francisco. He lives in the Castro District with his husband, their two children, and a large collection of role playing games.

Dominic Lim’s debut novel, All the Right Notes, will be released in June 2023 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette). He is a co-host of the long-running Babylon Salon reading and performance series in San Francisco. Dominic holds a Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has sung with numerous professional early music and choral ensembles. As a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he has performed Off-Broadway and in regional productions throughout the US. He works as an IP paralegal for a biotech company in the Bay Area and lives in Oakland with his loving and supportive husband, Peter, and their whiny cat, Phoebe.


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Matthew Clark Davison - Website | Matthew Clark Davison - Instagram | Matthew Clark Davison - Twitter

Doug Henderson - Website | Doug Henderson - Twitter

Dominic Lim - Website

Engage with your favorite writers and discover your next read.

Discover new titles, share inspiring works and participate in challenges and contests. 

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

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