On Monday night, The Rumpus and Flavorpill hosted Ladies Night, a presentation devoted to literary readings and performances by the fairer sex. I have never seen such a heavy female to male ratio at the Make Out Room — it was a beautiful sight. It was also refreshing to hear women writers (and a comedian and a singer) all night, rather than mostly dudes and a token female writer or two. But you might wonder why I’m writing about a chick literary event on a fashion and style website. Women writers are perhaps not best known for their sartorial choices? But after last night, that’s all changed. Each reader totally brought it when it came to personal style. From Kathleen Alcott’s super feminine white lace dress to Janine Brito’s adorable argyle cardigan, tie and skinny jeans (she is hilarious, by the way), the ladies’ style was upstaged only by their amazing work. Kudos to Stephen Elliott, The Rumpus editor-in-chief and author of The Adderall Diaries (among others) for organizing this presentation of extremely high-quality work by some of the most talented San Francisco writers of either gender. If you’d like to see and/or read more of these ladies, check out Rumpus Women, volume one, a collection of 20 personal essays ($23 at TheRumpus.net), or The Women of the Rumpus Calendar ($25 at TheRumpus.net).
Photos by me and Jennifer Sullivan Brych