Friday, November 13, 2020

Final Lineup for ruth weiss: Celebration of Life on 11/15/20

Here is the final lineup for the Celebration of ruth's life on 11/15/20, put togetherby amazing filmmaker Melody C. Miller. Screenings of ruth weiss: Goddess of the Beat are happening throughout this weekend for just $10 - I highly recommend it. 

Memorial for ruth weiss will feature poets, jazz musicians, and keynote speakers.

Poetry Readings:
- Janet DeBar
- Marilyn Kriegel
- Rain Graves
- Motherbear
- Blake More 
- Kimy Martinez 
- Anna Marie Stenberg
- Dan Roberts 

Solo Music Performances:
- Rent Romus, Saxophone
- Doug O'Connor, Double Bass
- Laura Maione, Acoustic Bass
- Karl Shayne, Saxophone

Words of Remembrance:
- Brenda Knight
- Andy Wellspring

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Remembering Beat Poet and Holocaust Survivor ruth weiss

ruth weiss fans: 

It is no secret that ruth was a very dear friend to me. I have neglected this personal site of mine for a long time, as I haven't had much to say about my own works. Now wish to draw your attention to two things. 

The second is about the launch of the ruth weiss foundation tomorrow,  11/13, which is dedicated to supporting female writers, artists, musicians, and dancers. It was something ruth felt very passionate about, and I am pleased to be a part of it, however small. This is a new foundation--bright and shiny. It will raise money to offer scholarships for writers in need, and promote the work and legacy of ruth's lifetime on Earth through a museum tour and educational opportunities. 

The online launch of the foundation, which will have merchandise and books for sale, is tomorrow evening. You can find that event and many others here, such as the Q&A for the brilliant documentary of ruth's life, ruth weiss: GODDESS OF THE BEAT, which happens Saturday, 11/14.

Click on what you want to attend and a description with an eventbrite link will be there for tickets. 

Her [online] Celebration if Life, featuring performances and readings from her friends and fellow poets/musicians will be this Sunday, 11/15. I will be performing two poems written in her honor. I will update this post with a final list of presenters/performers as soon as it is finalized (one has yet to confirm).

Tickets are free, but donations would be most welcome. Here is the link to reserve your seat, and enjoy the show. 

I hope you are able to attend. Rare merchandise and books by ruth will be available for sale, all proceeds to benefit the foundation. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

After a long hiatus... WFC2017!

Hello Gods and Goddesses. It's me, Rainy.

I've been gone a long time from this website, as I have not been able to maintain it the way it deserves. You will find a lot of older information on here, but it's still good information. I have confirmed my registration for World Fantasy Con 2017 in San Antonio, Texas this November, and hope to participate in the programming, as usual. Hope to see you all there.

For those of you interested, there is an interview with me over at the HWA website for Women In Horror Month, along with many of my beautiful and talented colleagues. Scroll down the Blog to see the rest. Lots of goodies in there!

Lastly, I've moved. Like...really, really MOVED. All the way to South Texas! I'm still in the Bay Area twice a year, however, for the work I do at Isis Oasis Sanctuary and Temple of Isis HQ over in Geyserville. I'm still reading tarot, putting on events, and making/selling metaphysical jewelry. Given my new location, I've not paid too many House Cleansing calls to locals yet, but I'm sure that will surface in time. As you can see, I've been very busy with life. Lucky for you, that means lots of inspiration for writing the next book. Stay tuned. :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Poetry Performance with Rain Graves and ruth weiss!

I am pleased to announce I will be doing a poetry performance reading tomorrow, September 3, at Isis Oasis in Geyserville. I'm opening for the amazing and incredible Beat Poet, ruth weiss, author of many, many things. Her most recent work is called THE BEAT GOES ON, and she performs with a band. I'm so honored to be a part of this low-key, non-publicized event. We'll do another together that will be shouted to the far reaches of the Earth, but for now, we'd love to see you at 8pm tomorrow. Here is a great interview with ruth on youtube, and another clip of ruth weiss live in vienna, october 21, 2013 with her band. Rooms at the Oasis are available to book by calling the Oasis at: (707) 857-4747. The address is 20889 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441. (707) 857-4747. See you in the Grand Theater!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Readings this Weekend: Berkeley & LitCrawl SF + World Fantasy Con


I am reading this Saturday, 10/18 in Berkeley at Sumiko Saulson's book release party for Happiness and Other Diseases from 2pm-5pm at The Dark Entry, 2589 Telegraph.

2. After that, I will be reading in San Francisco 10/18 at LitCrawl in the Mission with others under the Damnation Books publishing umbrella (Haunted Mansion Project Books I and II). The venue is Casa Bonampak, 1051 Valencia. We go on at 8:30pm.


I will be at World Fantasy Con in Virginia, November 6-9, 2014. Here is the information on my panel:

Poetry in Fantasy: Yesterday and Today
Time: 11am-12pm, Nov. 7, Regency F

Panelists: Mike Allen (M), Maria Alexander, Rain Graves, David Lunde, Laurel Winter
Description: Including poetry in fantasy, both by the author and quoted from other sources, used to be more common, such as Alice in Wonderland, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Worm Ouroboros. Why is poetry not as prevalent now as in the past? Are certain types of poetry, such as non-formal or non-rhyming verse, under-used in fantasy?

I should also be part of the Mass Autograph Signing as well and will have books.

Monday, September 22, 2014

November Challenge: Genre Poetry Class with Rain Graves

Genre Poetry Enthusiasts - Special Announcement:

November Challenge: Genre Poetry Workshop with Rain Graves
$200 per person, limited to 15 people
$25 discount for HWA Members with Member ID

Learn how to perfect your poetry in this intensive four-week course for genre writers of all levels. Learn how to turn your short stories into poems, poems into short stories, classic form poetry, free-verse, and reading to an audience. Students will be given assignments and study points, followed by a graded critique, designed to get your work ready for sending to publishers, and to give you the confidence you need when giving readings. Classes and critiques will take place via email and Skype (where available to the student - you will not be turned away if you do not have Skype), providing one-on-one care and attention to your work, including line-edits. Whether you are writing a collection, a series for magazine submissions, or just a few poems for yourself...this course will be invaluable to your growth as a writer.

Four Weeks; classes and assignments will be given every Tuesday, beginning November 4, 2014, at 6pm PST / 9pm EST. Students will receive the syllabus and required reading for each class upon sign-up. No refunds for no-shows. If you must skip a class, make-ups will be given on a case-by-case basis. Payments can be made via paypal at, or via Square in person.

About the Instructor: Rain Graves is a two-time Bram Stoker Award Winning Poet (2002, 2013), whom Publisher's Weekly hailed as "Bukowski meets Lovecraft," for her work in BARFODDER: Poetry Written in Dark Bars and Questionable Cafes in 2009. She lives and writes in San Francisco.

Monday, June 9, 2014

San Mateo County Fair Author Day, June 14, 2014

Join me with nine other horror, sci-fi, and fantasy authors as we read and sign books at the San Mateo County Fair's Author Day on June 14, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm, with the signings occurring from 2-4pm. Here is a link to the location details, etc., on SFGate.