The Heart of The Muse presents!

…an evening bound in literal elegance and couture.

FEATURED GUEST: Autumn Adamme, Proprietress of Dark Garden Coretry & Couture. With Featured Readers: Jennifer Lewis (Red Light Lit); Jenna Freck (poet), Sarah Kobrinsky (fmr Emeryville Poet Laureate)

MUSIC BY: Daniel Finnamore, harpsichord & piano


Come gather at this creatives’ salon for a unique arts experience featuring good wine and stimulating conversation, with current cultural works and ideas presented in an intimate dialogue with the audience.

2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA

THE HEART OF THE MUSE is a literary arts forum presenting inspired artists and their works to the public. We feature the latest cultural works and ideas of San Francisco Bay Area authors, poets, artists, designers, scientists and thinkers in conversation with the audience.

February’s Salon presents:

AUTUMN ADAMME’s vision and leadership have brought her company to the forefront of the world’s corset market. Dark Garden’s gowns and corsets have been worn on Hollywood’s red carpets by Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Osbourne and Dita Von Teese, as well as throughout San Francisco’s post-modern cabaret nightlife, on countless alternative and traditional brides in San Francisco, across the U.S. and in Europe. An “ethical aesthete,” the demand and value of her garments reflect her regard for her team of artists. Recently, she has been collaborating with Mr. Pearl, the world’s premiere corsetier, who is currently visiting San Francisco under her auspices.

JENNIFER LEWIS is the editor of Red Light Lit. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015, and her fiction has been published in Midnight Breakfast, Transfer Magazine, Fourteen Hills Press, and Sparkle and Blink. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction and for fiction in 2015.

SARAH KOBRINSKY is the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. Her poems and stories have appeared in Fjords Review, Eleven Eleven, Magma Poetry, 100 Word Story, Monkey Bicycle, Shampoo, and Writing without Walls, as well as Jewish Quarterly, Bayou, The Molotov Cocktail, Berkeley Fiction Review, and many others.

FRED DODSWORTHhas launched, edited and/or published more than a dozen magazines and newspapers, plus three books on California Indians. He was a front-page daily columnist (SF Examiner), an award winning art director, sandal maker, and truck driver (not in that order). In his professional career was fortunate enough to work with renowned designer Roger Black to publish work by Alan Ginsberg, June Jordon, Kim Addonizio, Amy Wallace, Garrison Keillor, Corby Kummer, Ginu Kamani and many other accomplished and beginning writers. His works have appeared in Red Light Lit, riverbabble, Milvia Street, Transfer, Bay Area Generations, Writing Without Walls, and Saturday Night Special. He’s currently finishing a book of poems and a book of short stories, his first novel, and his MFA in Creative Writing.

DANIEL FINNAMORE is a classical pianist, teacher, and recording artist who specializes in music of the Romantic period.


The Origin of “Heart of the Muse”
The “heart of the muse” is the mystical center of creativity and inspiration. It is the artistic intelligence exhibited in poetry and verse, in artistic and architectural design, in computer code, literature, costume, and song. It comes from some place inspired, beyond the conscious poet, artist or musician. The heart of the muse is best exemplified by the poem or verse that “writes itself” or “comes through” the artist, or the spark that ignites the inspiration that drives the artist to create.

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