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phren-Z, Live Reading featuring Bookshop Santa Cruz Staff

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Santa Cruz’s online literary magazine phren-Z, which will host local writers from our very own Bookshop Santa Cruz staff as they read their new and recent work, featured in phren-Z’s upcoming issue. Readers will include Chorel Centers, Jason Cohen, Kristi DiLallo, Jessica Irish, Richard Lange, Katherine Rudebusch, Julia Sinn, Aric Sleeper, and Rachel Swan.

phren-Z is a publication of Santa Cruz Writes, a grass roots organization dedicated to promoting the local literary community. Santa Cruz Writes is a sponsored project of the William James Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. For more information about phren-Z, click here.


Chorel Centers can’t get out of her own way to write seriously, so in the meantime, she writes casually. Chorel attended The New School and City College of San Francisco before graduating from Mills College in 2014. Currently the Events Manager at Bookshop Santa Cruz, she grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Santa Cruz, California.

Hailing from the suburbs of Philly, Jason Cohen has since been making art and writing stories in New York City, Paris, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Currently, he and his wife are home-free nomads, living on the lamb from the man. When he isn’t working at bookstores, editing other people’s fiction, or painting murals, he is likely to be found at a coffee shop, hard at work on his first novel. Jason has a degree in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. You can check out his paintings at He is actively seeking representation.

Kristi DiLallo is the founding editor of The Grief Diaries, an online magazine of art and writing about loss. She teaches at California State University, Monterey Bay, and she writes about her experience navigating the grief of parental incarceration and the stigma around families of murder victims. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Modern Loss, BitchMedia, and elsewhere.

Jessica Irish loves fruit bats, Beyoncé, and the 1980’s classic film Earth Girls Are Easy. She received both her Master's Degree in Creative Writing and her love of whisky from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her current project is a novel about the effects of extreme climate change on a group of friends; a story she hopes will qualify as speculative fiction for at least a few more years. 

Richard M. Lange’s short fiction has appeared in North American ReviewCimarron ReviewMississippi ReviewPing PongPortland ReviewChicago Quarterly ReviewThe William and Mary ReviewEclipseGreen Mountains ReviewGeorgetown Review and elsewhere. Two of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His essay, “Of Human Carnage,” originally published in Catamaran Literary Reader, was selected for Best American Essays 2016. A former copywriter for a major insurance company, he is working on a novel about the financial crisis. He lives in Santa Cruz.

Julia Sinn grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, then moved to a big city in Pennsylvania, then to Santa Cruz, with stops along the way in rural Kentucky, Athens and surrounding areas of Greece, and Ecuador. She studied writing, photography, and classical history at the University of Pittsburgh. When she realized the un-likelihood of getting a paying job in those fields, she redirected to another anti-lucrative path: teaching yoga. She has been a writer-for-hire, editor, brand messaging consultant, and event manager in Santa Cruz for seven years. Her writing has been published widely, but you wouldn’t know it was hers, because it’s mostly ghostwritten. She was an editor and design manager for The Original Magazine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and founding team member of Instant Magazine in Santa Cruz. These days, she works at one of those big, shiny tech companies, helping to groom executives, while working on a book of personal essays. Some of her by-lined work can be read at:

Aric Sleeper is a bookseller, copywriter, and journalist who is always looking for the next great story. You may recognize his work from local publications like Good Times and Santa Cruz Waves, among others. 

Rachel Swan cultivates isopods and teaches children about odd animals that deserve love and respect. She tries not to hold on to things too tightly, but sometimes that's the only way to leave impressions in her memory. This is the first time she's done anything with her writing.