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Cherilyn Parsons




Creator of the **new** club THE LITERARY SALON featuring the world’s top authors — join now for events soon! (Click bright gold icon at bottom of page.) Admin of #2 rated book club Science Fiction Talk. 📚 Founder, Creator, ED, Curator of BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL (, an international, in-person literary fest with 25,000 attendees annually; also #UNBOUND virtual events and Women Lit series. So far, 1,500+ prominent authors, such Kazuo Ishiguro, George Saunders, Anthony Doerr, Gloria Steinem, Yaa Gyasi, Eve Ensler, Joyce Carol Oates, Terry Tempest Williams, Tayari Jones, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tracy K. Smith, Charles Yu, Nnedi Okorafor, Jeff Vandermeer, Kim Stanley Robinson…. ✍🏽 LITERARY INTERVIEWER: authors, editors, and critics — stage, video, audio, print. JOURNALISM: Helped build nonprofit journalism orgs nationally, most recently the Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal. WRITING: Debut novel mss in final stages; residencies at Hedgebrook, Ingmar Bergman Estate (Faro, Sweden 🇸🇪), more. TRAVELLER: Former travel writer and photographer (LA Times, SF Chron, more): Tibet, Nepal🇳🇵, India (Jaipur Literature Festival!) 🇮🇳, China, Thailand. LOVE New Zealand, Bali, Zanzibar! SPIRITUAL PRACTITIONER and ACTIVIST: 25 years of Buddhist practice and study🙏. Human rights, social and racial justice, freedom of speech, nonviolence, climate. From LA/Santa Monica. Now Bay Area. UCLA then MFA in Writing from USC. 👱‍♀️ VALUES: Integrity, empathy, and kindness, which is the sign of true intelligence.💥