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Melissa da Silveira Serpa earned her B.A. in English-Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. She serves on the executive committee of Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival, is a Poetry Inside Out Instructor at The Center for the Art of Translation, and belongs to Presence/Presença, a community for North American writers of the Portuguese diaspora.

She received partial scholarships for the Key West Literary Seminar in 2008, and the DISQUIET: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal in 2011, where she studied translation with Margarida Vale de Gato at the University of Lisbon. Most recently she took a class in mixed media with book artist Lisa Occhipinti, and attended a workshop at the Esalen Institute led by Cheryl Strayed, author of Dear Sugar on TheRumpus.net and the New York Times best-selling memoir, WILD…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 27
  • Joined April 8, 2012

Favorite materials

napkins, the backs of receipts, brochures and just about any loose scrap of paper sufficient to jot down a thought while on the go, Buzz, my Royal Safari typewriter, my Macbook, composition books, old postcards, vintage stationery, Mod Podge, yellowed book pages, my bone folder

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About

Melissa da Silveira Serpa earned her B.A. in English-Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. She serves on the executive committee of Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival, is a Poetry Inside Out Instructor at The Center for the Art of Translation, and belongs to Presence/Presença, a community for North American writers of the Portuguese diaspora.

She received partial scholarships for the Key West Literary Seminar in 2008, and the DISQUIET: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal in 2011, where she studied translation with Margarida Vale de Gato at the University of Lisbon. Most recently she took a class in mixed media with book artist Lisa Occhipinti, and attended a workshop at the Esalen Institute led by Cheryl Strayed, author of Dear Sugar on TheRumpus.net and the New York Times best-selling memoir, WILD.


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About The Buzzword Café
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The Buzzword Café is not a café, despite its name, but rather an homage to all poets and writers who have found inspiration while sitting in cafés, whether sharing a laugh with a friend or sitting silently with a journal (or a laptop) doing the slow work of a writer while the café buzzes around him or her.

M. is the poet-barista of The Buzzword Café, brewing custom poems with your personal buzzwords inspired by threads of conversation overheard at your wedding, the sweet dance moves of friends at your birthday party, or the oohs-and-aahs over tiny socks, bibs, and one-sies being opened at your baby shower. Like a photographer, M. will capture your most special moments and type them up on Buzz, her 1960s-era Royal Safari typewriter, to treasure and share with your loved ones.

The Buzzword Café will bring an assortment of archival paper, calligraphy pens, and other goodies to your event, and offer your guests the chance to participate by writing down buzzwords, buzzphrases and even buzzsentences for M. to use in writing your custom poems. At the end of your event you will have a dozen or more poems, created in part by your loved ones, typed and hand-written, provided in frames and/or keepsake books and signed by everyone who participated.

(If you can't have The Buzzword Café at your event, however, you can still purchase custom poems! Gather a list of buzzwords and check out the custom poems listing in the Etsy shop.)

M. was inspired to create The Buzzword Café as a result of her experience participating in Instant Narrative, a performance art piece that took place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) in February-April 2012. (Read about it on the SFMoMA blog: http://blog.sfmoma.org/2012/02/descriptive-acts-part-one/)

The name, The Buzzword Café, was inspired by B. Villarreal of Go Bee Go Bakery.

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