When studio owner, Savonn Wyland, and I first started tossing around the idea of a literary series at Bernal Yoga in 2003, we had no idea that ten years later, the series would still be gathering a dynamic audience excited about taking off their shoes and sitting on the floor to participate in a literary event. But, indeed it is! On Sunday October 20 at 7:30 pm, the Bernal Yoga Literary Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reading featuring several of the series’ curators and special guests. Current curator, Jeff von Ward, has wrangled a line-up that includes the series’ first curator–yours truly, via avatar–the third curator, Keith Ekiss, subsequent curators, Elizabeth Costello and Matthew Iribarne, plus Maria Hummel, Glori Simmons, and musician, Jean Baudin.
The original formula for the series was two nationally known writers reading along with four writers from the local community followed by food and wine and hanging out. Ten years later, the Bernal Yoga Literary Series maintains that original spirit. As a literary happening that both includes the lit scene and embraces the community scene, it cultivates a diverse roster of readers and an even more diverse audience. Please join me in raising a glass to Bernal Yoga–and particularly to studio owners Savonn Wyland and Bill Wyland–for fostering and hosting such a vibrant and on-going literary event.
As the series founder, I couldn’t be happier, and I’m very grateful to all who have participated over the past ten years and to all who will in the years to come. Happy 10th Anniversary Bernal Yoga Literary Series!
If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to catch the celebration!