Still Here 2019

Still Here

Still HereJune 22, 2019
Still Here San Francisco
Anthology Release Party

In our 7th year, Still Here is publishing a book of non-fiction writing, in partnership with Foglifter Press, centering the voices of LGBTQIA2S+ artists of color raised in San Francisco. Join us as we celebrate the release of this first-of-its-kind anthology with a night of readings from the anthology, performances, and more.  

The Still Here Anthology, edited by Natalia M. Vigil and Mason J., showcases the unique narratives of LGBTQIA2S+ people raised in San Francisco. These experiences are the foundation of Still Here’s work exploring queerness, coming out, AIDS/HIV, gang violence, loss, reclaiming intergenerational memory, legacy, ancestors, and more.

Featuring the work of Amelia Vigil, Alma Herrera, Amanda Vigil, Bryant Tan, Cathy Arellano, Carnelius Quinn, Chloe X., Cristina Mitra, Donna Persona, Janine Mogannan, Kameron Burroughs, Kaira, Kimberlynn A., Kyle Chu, Lenore Chinn, Mason J., Natalia M. Vigil, Nina Reyes Rosenberg, Prado Gomez, Reid Gomez, tanea lunsford lynx, Thea Matthews, Tina Bartolome, Tina Valentin Aguirre, Vero Majano & Yaminah Abdur-Rahim.

Still Here San Francisco is a performance and cultural preservation project amplifying the voices and experiences of LGBTQIA2S+ people raised in S.F. To learn more about Still Here’s nearly-sold out shows please, visit


Natalia M. Vigil (she/her) is a queer Xicana writer, multimedia curator, and big sister of six, born and raised in San Francisco. She is the proud co-founder of Still Here San Francisco for which she was honored as a Local Hero by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. She is a VONA Voices alum and a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and shows. She first heard her call to write about vulnerability in the first grade when she wrote her poem, You Make Me Glitter Up, for her teacher, Mrs. Kahn.
Mason J. (they/them) is an 80s Baby, Queer, Disabled, Black, Mexican and Native American, 2nd Generation Punk, Hyphy Club Kid, A-Hole in Recovery and Trauma Queen. Born: At home in the Valencia Gardens. Raised: D-Block (Fillmore). Mason J’s writing blends grit, tenderness and social commentary with influences that range from crying to Phyllis Hyman in the frozen food aisle to Tammuz poetry. A Friends of the SFPL 2017-2019 LGBTQIA Center Fellow, Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finalist (’04) and Alum of VONA Voices (’16) & inaugural Ruth Asawa SoTA Creative Writing Dept. (’06) Mason is also published online, in many a chapbook / zine, and in print.


Still Here is made possible with the generous support of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, and the Queer Cultural Center.