November 1: In A Cloud Forest

12 pm in the Redwood Grove in the SF Botanical Gardens!



Clandestine Occupations – an Imaginary history

When San Francisco activist Luba Gold goes underground in 1984 to support the Puerto Rican Independence movement, a far-flung network of women is confronted with the risks of prison, the terrible costs of betrayal, and the exhilarating possibilities of love through struggle.

Based on lived experience, Diana Block's new novel spans two generations of radical women, their lovers, children and friends, exploring their challenges from the passions of Solidarity to the awakenings of Occupy and even beyond--to an imagined insurgency of the Future.

Diana Block has been an activist since the 1970’s and a founding member of San Francisco Women Against Rape, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, and California Coalition for Women Prisoners.  She is the author of the memoir Arm the Spirit: A Woman’s Journey Underground and Back.


Books by Miranda Flower Mellis include Demystications, forthcoming from Solid Objects, and The Revisionist, among others. She is a co-editor with Tisa Bryant of The Encyclopedia Project, the final volume of which is forthcoming from Publication Studio. Currently she is team-teaching an interdisciplinary class on political economies, literatures, and histories of colonialism, slavery, and witch hunts at The Evergreen State College, the only experimental state school in the U.S. Raised in the city of San Francisco, she lives gladly in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.


Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work attempts to investigate state regimes of force and power, as well as individual and collective resistance strategies to the same. Her poetry book, ]Exclosures[, was released from Ahsahta Press in May 2014. Her writings are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna (New York), Horse Less Press (Denver), Little Red Leaves (Texas), Albion Press (Philadelphia), and Zumbar Press (San Francisco). Recent work can be found in Aufgabe, Hold: A Journal, Conveyor, XPoetics, Thermos, Women's Studies Quarterly, OmniVerse, Jacket2, and EcoPoetics.

Posted on October 19, 2015 .