Odd Mondays presents

Odd Mondays' Valentine's party will have it all for you: words of love, chocolate, red wine, and love potions. You might even find a Valentine's! Find out next Monday, February 11, 7pm at Folio Books in Noe Valley. Jennifer Barone reads from Saporoso: Poems Of Italian Food and Love, Rebekah Eppley from Purepero Stories on family love (which was illustrated by her partner Carmen Cortez, who'll also be concocting the love potions), and Peg Alford Pursell from her poetry/story hybrid book Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow. Chocolate samples will be supplied by Michaelís Chocolates of San Francisco. You can also buy one of their holiday hearts boxes for your sweetie!

Here's more about them all: Jennifer Barone is an Italian-American poet and artist. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently SAPOROSO Ė POEMS OF ITALIAN FOOD & LOVE. She is the host of the monthly WordParty Poetry & Jazz Series and has been featured at LitQuake, SFJazz Poetry & Jazz Festival, The SF Public Library, SF MoMa, and other venues. She lives in North Beach. Visit: jenniferbarone.wordpress.com

Maria del Carmen Cortez (Carmen) is an herbalist, permaculturalist, and medicine maker. Her passions are gardening, growing her own medicine, and creating art. She was born in Purepero, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, with an extended family of storytellers who also instilled in her a love of plant medicine. She grew up as a migrant farm worker in the San Joaquin Valley and currently lives in Oakland.

Rebekah Eppley holds a Masterís of Library & Information Science from San Jose State, a Masterís in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College. She lives in Oakland with her wife, Carmen Cortez, and works as a librarian at the Dimond Branch of the Oakland Public Library.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW, the 2017 Indies Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and the founder and director of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of exceptional literary books. Learn more at www.pegalfordpursell.com

Michael's Chocolates is a San Francisco-based chocolatier, which makes small-batch handcrafted chocolates and confections. They proudly feature their Good Food Awards 2018 Winner, Lemon Burst Bonbon Collection, and also offer special Seasonal Collections, in addition to popular items such as Salted Caramels and Old Potrero Rye Whiskey Bonbons. www.michaelschocolates.com