Denise Sullivan

A fourth-generation San Franciscan, editor Denise Sullivan writes on music, arts and culture, and her hometown. She is also the author of five books, including Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop. She is also the SF Lives columnist at the San Francisco Examiner.

Her latest book, Your Golden Sun Still Shines: San Francisco Personal Histories and Small Fictions (Manic D Press), offers up current tales from the fabled City that Knows How viewed through a timeless lens of opposition, resilience, and redemption. Demonstrating that grace and resilience under pressure are as much a measure of a city’s legacy as they are a determination of its future, Your Golden Sun Still Shines sparks hope and illustrates San Francisco’s continuance as home and beacon to the literary vanguard, situated at the edge of the world.

Sullivan’s new chapbook, The Rakish Tam (Phony Lid Books, 2018), is a collection of mostly San Francisco-set writing and a companion volume to her Alley Cat writers-in-residence publication, Awful Sweet (2016). “Journal entries or documentary or drama? Composition or compost? Only The Rakish Tam knows for sure and she’s not talking.”