Alexandra Naughton started publishing Be About It as a zine back in September of 2010. Published roughly twice a year, Be About It has a very simple and appealing aesthetic; the writing is both experimental and accessible. The zine became a reading series when Alexandra's friend came to town from Ohio and she decided to throw him a reading. “I really love throwing parties,” she said, “and what is a poetry reading really if it's not a big party with words?” The reading was well-attended, and a community has started to emerge. Recently, Be About It began publishing e-chapbooks, too, and as Alexandra braces for an East Coast tour (Punk Hostage Press put out her first book, I Will Always Be Your Whore: Love Songs for Billy Corgan, this past December), Be About It celebrates the release of Issue #8, themed “Rich.” A diverse cast of all-stars will read: Paul Corman-Roberts, Aleksandra Bril, Mark Cronin, Sarah Griff, Joel Landmine, and Sarah Wisby.
Actual location is a house nearby at 2465 26th Ave., Oakland.
Sat., May 24, 5 p.m., 2014