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'Last Exit': A Literary Reading

Last Exit is a new project in San Diego dedicated to showcasing local and visiting writers, providing low-cost workshops and readings to San Diego, and building community through editorial apprenticeships. Last Exit is so happy to partner with the Library Shop.


- Allie Rowbottom
- Bud Smith
- Michael J. Seidlinger
- T. Greenwood
- Stephanie Westgate

Hosted by Julia Dixon Evans.

About the Readers

Allie Rowbottom

Allie Rowbottom's debut book, "Jell-O Girls" is out now from Little Brown. Her essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, No Tokens, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and received "notable" mentions in The Best American Essays of 2015 and 2016.Allie holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jon, French bulldogs Butter and Jammy, and Ham the Morgan horse.

Bud Smith

Bud Smith is the author of "Teenager" (Tyrant Books, 2018), "Double Bird" (Maudlin House, 2018), "Work" (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2017), "Dust Bunny City" (Disorder Press, 2017), "Calm Face" (House of Vlad, 2016), among others. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and works heavy construction. We give Bud Smith three stars.

Michael J. Seidlinger

Michael J. Seidlinger is an Asian American author of a number of books including "Standard Loneliness Package," "My Pet Serial Killer," and "The Fun We've Had." He serves as Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House, Editor-at-Large for Electric Literature, and is a member of The Accomplices. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he never sleeps and is forever searching for the next best cup of coffee.

T. Greenwood

T. Greenwood has published twelve novels, and received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. "Bodies Of Water" was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her twelfth novel, "Rust & Stardust," is out now from St. Martin's Press. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's, Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, California with their two daughters during the school year and spend their summers at her family's camp on Newark Pond in Vermont.

Stephanie Westgate

Stephanie Westgate is Last Exit's editorial apprentice, and is a queer/trans poet from San Diego. Her work can be seen in Last Exit, the Acorn Review, and forthcoming in Madwomen, etc. She writes her truth. At night she masquerades as Batgirl. Her social media accounts are private - ask to be her friend in real life.


Sign up for our low-cost library-hosted workshops, same day, and enjoy a nice literary Saturday. Scholarships available. Taught by visiting writers Bud Smith and Michael J. Seidlinger.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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