Things I’ve Done

I began keeping a log of my writerly career in the early ‘ots… and set myself the goal in 2010 to write a book AND reach into at least one new creative space each year. Thus far…


2/1 – Began teaching “Dancetera!” at DOSC
4/6 – Interviewed on East Bay Yesterday episode 100– “Who Was Joaquin Miller?”
5/17 – Received honorable mention in the LA Underground Film Forum | Press Release
6/7 – Launched “Erleichda” on Substack
6/12— Excerpt from The Dirndl Diaspora published in The Literatus Volume 1 Issue 3 
6/14 – The Winning Family @ 2023 CWC Author Showcase
7/22 – Read “The Anointed” at Superbloom at BeastCrawl
8/8 – Launched “Showgirl Shenanigans” class at Dancetera!
8/10 – “Virtues of Vintage Cookbooks: Fashionable Food for Deco Dining” webinar with the Art Deco Society
8/13 – Published “Deconstructing the Deco Diet,” debut at How to Gatsby
8/24 – “Virtues of Vintage Cookbooks: Fashionable Food for Deco Dining” Video Essay launch on Substack
9/10 – Co-hosted Poet’s Parlor at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon
10/6 — The Winning Family @ 2023 Mills College Writers Salon
10/17 — Read “The Darkest Darling” and “The Poppy Cutters” at Poetry Express, Clio’s
10/18 — Interview: “Collecting Vintage Aprons: Q&A With Kristen Caven” on Overdressed for Life
10/22 – Hosted “A Circle of Voices”CWC Literary Picnic at Joaquin Miller Park

9/22-6/23 – Co-hosted monthly “CommuniTEA” salon with Angela DeMoss at Reinhardt Alumnae House at Mills. Themes: SovereignTEA, EthniciTEA, BounTEA, FestiviTEA, AffiniTEA, InfiniTEA, ImmortaliTEA, AccessibiliTEA, LiberTEA, and ContinuiTEA.


1/21 – Started posting “Mad About Mills” campaign & started; launched a successful Operation Shivering Jimmy!
2/18 – “Working it Out with a Pencil” (Mills Focus) featured in International PechaKucha Day 2022.
4/24 – Featured speaker @ the CWC Speaker Series: “Sustainable Storytelling,” at our first hybrid meeting.
5/18 – The Unmaking of Mills College, community panel discussion, Zoom – watch it here
7/19 – Interviewed  on PNN-KEXU 96.1fm about how minority communities will pay the price for the acquisition.
7/22 – Compiled comments on City Council Resolution to Celebrate Cultural Contributions of and Investigate the Mills College Acquisition. (while fighting Covid)
8/31 – The Winning Family: Where No One Has to Lose (Uplift Press) pub date
9/1 – Client Spotlight in FMVS
9/9 – Poets Parlor at Gatsby again!
9/10 – The Winning Family Book Launch – Dimond Library & Dimond Park
10/21 – Hosted “A Reading in the Redwoods” feat. Ayodele “Wordslanger” Nzinga, Oakland Poet Laureate
10/27 – What Thao Sees that Taylor Doesn’t—political opinion essay


1/12 – “Poster Girl” for Art Deco Society Code of Conduct...
2/13 – Carnevale Quarantini: A Literary Salon for Armchair Revelers —readings and images from Ten Days, Ten Pounds, featuring  Orlando Donfrancesco
9/1 – Became California Writers Club’s Writer in Residence at Joaquin Miller Park; blogging at Walkin’ with Joaquin
9/9 – Poet’s Parlor at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon
9/24 – Johnnie Talks 2021 – “Working it Out with a Pencil”
10/9 – “From Ina to Ayodele” at Joaquin Miller Park
11/1 – Bernice Bobs Her Head published in the California Literary Review
11/2 – Zorgos comic sketch featured in “What Color Will be Next?” anti-bullying newsletter


1/15-3/15: Completed serialization of Ten Days Ten Pounds on Facebook & Wattpad
2/16 San Francisco Writers Conference PANEL: “Book Written, Conference Attended, Notes Taken…Now What? ”
3/5 Moderated AWP Off Site PANEL: “How to be Human
5/22 – Fantasy Prom Playshop based on The Souls of Her Feet
May/June – Virtual Decobelles perform “Dames,” choreo Liz Etler, produced by KW
6/20 – 20/20/20/20 Book Launch: produced & hosted 20+ authors, 20+ books for the CWC-BB
6/1 – Published The Wind In Our Sails, essays on running a writers club for 3 years.
9/23 – Peaceful Parenting in Stressful Times at Oakland Peace Center
10/17 – World Premiere of The Dirndl Diaspora!
12/17 – World Premiere of Bedside Manner at CWC Winter Social, performed by Sharon Harper


1/19 – Song collaboration with DeVante Winn, SF Conservatory “Bedside Manner”
2/9 – Choreo/Taught “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” Dance Playshop
2/13 – Began serializing my forthcoming memoir, Ten Days, Ten Pounds on Wattpad
3/10 – Co-founded Wolf Pack Writers Action Group
4/24 – Dance instigator for Sunrise Movement Green New Deal Town Hall
5/23 – Quoted in Me, Inc. by Jane Harkness on
5/27- Read Invocation poem at Bay Area Generations, San Francisco
6/15 – 4th edition of The Souls of Her Feet celebrated at the CWC Member Book Launch, Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland
7/7 – Foot of the Rockies Shoe Salon in Boulder, Colorado
8/21 – Shoe Salon with Ladies who Lit at The Bellevue Club, Oakland
8/31 – Zumbathon for Peace – Oakland Peace Center
9/21 – Bathing Beauties Beach Boardwalk Redux AND NCIBA fall discovery book show
DD flyer10/6 “The Dirndl Diaspora” cold table read at Oaktoberfest
10/12 – Indie Author Day at Dublin Library
10/19 Reading at LitCrawl SF with Authors Large & Small
11/01-11/30 – NaNoWriMo – writing first draft of Mirror, Imag(in)e everywhere


Throughout 2018 – co-produced a monthly writer’s speaker series for the California Writers Club; also wrote a monthly column entitled “The Wind in Our Sails.”
1/2 – Interview with The Flourishing Center Founder Emiliya Zhivotovskaya on The Flourishing Center Podcast on Live Happy!
1/7 – “The Fountain of You” Keynote for the first Wellness Week at The Bellevue Club.
1/21 – Hosted a post-Women’s March Reading of  11/9: The Fall of American Democracy featuring “I am Woman, Hear Me [redacted]” essay + Zumba demo
1/28 Hosted Museday Writing Retreat
2/25 – “Black Music Matters” Dance Playshop

3/25 – “This changed my life” —Oprah learns about ACEs and Trauma-informed care on ACEs Connection

4/18 – “Imagine: The EcoBellevue” – Wellness Wednesday lecture
4/20 – “Socialites and Antisocial Clubs” – featured speaker at first Members on the Mic
5/7 – “Birthdays and Borders” published on Fred’s Blog travel magazine
saturation salon image6/15 – Members on the Mic at The Bellevue Club: first reading of Ten Days, Ten Pounds.
6/17 – Read The Vesuvian Affair at Laurel Bookstore’s book launch for The California Writers Club
7/7 “Saturation“ reading at the Colonica Il Palmerino in Florence, Italy: Ten Days, Ten Pounds.
8/10 “The Women Workout” choreography & performance; hosted The Women at The Bellevue Club
9/21 Organized Peace Day reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Frank Ogawa Plaza.
9/28 “Roll Out the Barrel” ~ Polka instigator at Oakland’s Oaktoberfest
10/23 “The Kiss” ~ Featured reader at Dirty Old Women literary salon


Monthly: presided over CWC meetings.
1/24: YES Conference, SF, presenter, “Homemade Hybrid”
2/11 – Co-hosted An Afternoon at Caffe Florian Venetian Carnevale at The Bellevue Club, reading selections from The Vesuvian Affair.
April: Life in the Fast Brain discontinued on ADDitude Mag; reprints to Awesomeness Development & Happiness Directive
4/7 – The Spiritual Side of ADHD and Hoarding published in ADDitude Magazine online.
4/8 – Received certificate in applied Positive Psychology from The Flourishing Center
4/13 – Writing Retreat @ Rancho Deluxe
4/22 – Read Ted’s Tender Trophy at Full of Crow: The Spring Murder
4/29 – Pilot program for The Flourishing Artist
5/5 – Hosted Momedy Hour open mic at the Bellevue Club
5/19 – Mini-Zumbathon at Oakland Tech
5/27 – CWC Political Authors at Laurel Bookstore
Joined Bay Area Generations board
June: Began teaching Zumba at Rossmoor
6/1 – “The Future’s So Bright” personal essay published in anthology for parents of ADHD kids, We Are In This Together.
6/17 – Fiction Author Panel at Barnes & Noble, Emeryville
6/18 – Elected president of California Writer Club Berkeley Branch after OBF
7/4 – “I am Woman, Hear Me [redacted]” essay published in  11/9: The Fall of American Democracy
7/23 – Received Jack London Award
3 times: With a Flourish, introductory class for The Flourishing Artist.

8/9 – Kristen Caven’s Creative Convivium!

8/13 – The Power of Zorgos at Oakland Natives Give Back Attend & Achieve Rally – final book giveaway!
8/17 – ROAD TRIP – featured storyteller at Storyslam Oakland
October – Choreographed “My Shot” for Hurricane Maria fundraiser
11/5 – “How to Give Out Zorgos Awards” on ACES Too High
11/16 – Hosted Writing Retreat @ Rancho Deluxe
12/17 – Hosted CWC Holiday Open Mic

12/31 – New Year’s Eve Happy Dance with KRS-10


And Before That….

Scenes from the archives…