bio

San Francisco literary artist judy b. is the author of the fiction collection Stories for Airports. She brings great creative voices to life through performance and production of her own and others’ work. (CV)

Photo by Adrienne Johnson

Photo by Adrienne Johnson

judy b. was an artist in residence at Listhús Artspace in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland, from December 2015 through February 2016. She produced a sound installation for the Skammdegi Festival, which she also presented in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of a group exhibition.

judy b. produced and appears in, most recently, the web series gates and strays and the award-winning short feminist horror film The Spinster. She has read and performed her own work throughout the Bay Area, including twice at LitCrawl in San Francisco, and gave several performances of other writers’ work in Action Fiction!. One popular event is her bike + lit tour, on which she reads passages from Stories for Airports at the locations that inspired them. See the biblio page for more publications and b. roll for more pictures and video.

In 2014, judy b. produced and co-hosted anthology, a popular bi-monthly literary fiction and poetry series that showcases great writers who are also engaging readers of their own work.

In her life as a journalist, judy b. has written and edited for various newspapers and websites across the country. She has produced and directed daily news programs for Sirius satellite radio and environmental news shorts for the CBS Radio Network. As culture editor of Wired News, judy b. appeared regularly on KVIE-TV’s California Capitol Week and hosted Wired News Audio Spin, which she also created and produced. She has spoken at conferences around the world, including South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and International Forum of Cultures in Spain. She also has ghostwritten speeches, statements, and position papers for political figures and causes.

Along with S.M. Peters and Josef Aukee, judy b. founded Saucy Algonqs, a writing collective that staged readings throughout the Bay Area. She originated the role of Barbara in Peters’ play Piece of You at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts and has contributed vocal stylings to Aukee’s poésie performances and recordings.

A jazz-trained vocalist, judy b. is known for her improvised lyrics and songful storytelling. She has performed in many Bay Area clubs. Her varied exploits have included tangential stints as a teacher, translator, and tour guide. She also volunteers for social justice, environmental, and sustainability causes, and is an avid supporter of small, locally owned businesses — especially in San Francisco, where she lives.