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The Escapery is your friendly Bay Area Art Unschool. Since our founding in 2015, we've offered adventures for writers and artists at all levels in the spirit of art and play: a friendly place to write, to make art and music, a place to study the structure and craft of stories/poems/novels/films/photography, a place to build community.

Our Mission

We believe in art creation as an act of joy, community, resistance. We believe in co-creation, collaboration, and community. We believe that writers and other artists are not created in solitude but in cross-pollination, continuous learning, and laughter. We believe in expansive critical response. We believe in accountability. We know the world is cold and grim for artists and other species, and we believe in staying here and keeping one another in the trouble of this moment. For us, that means more writers, more stories, more poems, more people making art, more readings, more happenings, more spaces. More celebrating one another’s victories and storming the gates together. We stand in solidarity with the USC Dropout class of 2015 and their call for ideas, not for the creation of new institutions, but for “devising new spaces for collective weirdness and joy.” 

This is ours. Welcome! 

The escapery crew

Carson Beker (Co-founder) is an Oakland-based writer, playwright, storyteller, and actor with an MFA and MA from SFSU. They've taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, 826 Valencia, and around San Francisco. They are the former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills and was co-founder of Wayward Writers and The Escapery. Their work has appeared in Joyland, Fairy Tale Review, Foglifter, Exit Theater, Gigantic Sequins, Custom Made Theater, Bourbon Penn, RADAR Productions, Red Light Lit, Quiet Lighting, Spunk, and Cutthroat. They are proud to be a Lambda Emerging Writer in Fiction, a former Tin House Scholar, and a recipient with Nancy Au of OSU's Spring Creek Project collaborative residency. They are the co-founder of Queer Cat Productions theater company. Their workshops have been known to include crayolas, acting, maps, field trips, Dracula, and a whole lot of writing. She is a 2016 Lamdba Literary Resident in Fiction, a recipient of a 2016 Tin House workshop scholarship, and a member of Clarion's class of 2018.


Nancy Au (Co-founder) is an Oakland-based writer and co-founder of The Escapery. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she teaches creative writing (Fall 2019). She also teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at California State University Stanislaus. Her stories, essays, and interviews appear or are forthcoming in over thirty literary journals including Craft Literary, Redivider, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Catapult, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, Foglifter Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is a four-time nominee for the Best Small Fictions (2017-2018), and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2016), Best of the Net (2017), The Best Microfiction (2018), and twice nominated for the Wigleaf Top 50 (2017, 2019). She is the winner of Redivider’s 2018 Blurred Genres Contest, The Vestal Review’s 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize, and her flash fiction is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology. She is an editor at SmokeLong Quarterly. Her Kirkus starred, debut, full-length collection, SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, was published in September 2019 by University of Cincinnati's Acre Books, the book-publishing arm of The Cincinnati Review.


Haldane C. King (Co-Captain) is an Oakland-based writer, and the founder and curator of Terra Incognitaa literary reading series hosted in Oakland's fabulous Legionnaire Saloon. He earned his Master of the Fine Arts degree in Writing and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012.  Since then he has been presenting his fantasy and science fiction tales at local readings while working on a collection of short stories. His work appears in the Afrofuturist anthology (2018), the Nthanda Review, and elsewhere. He currently works as a science writer with Molekule, and helps bring literature to the people with the Why There Are Words Literary organization, and as an editor and board member working with WTAW Press.

Alumnae Extraordinaire

KATHRYN KRUSE received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds a BA in English with a certificate in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UNLV she taught writing, ran collaborative art projects, acted as the coordinator for the writing program, and founded and curated the NeonLit reading series. She believes deeply that writers need communities and artistic partnership to succeed. Her work is published, among other places, in Indiana ReviewThe Manchester Review, I Hope You’re Feeling Better Collaborative Exhibition and The Adirondack Review.

DIANE GLAZMAN is an award-winning photographer and writer, as well as a successful developmental editor. Her written work — both fiction and nonfiction — has appeared in numerous publications including VICE LGBTQ, Calyx Journal, the NonBinary Review, Blood + Milk, and sparkle and blink. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, she was a Student Artist-in-Residence at Recology (aka: the San Francisco Dump), for which she created a gallery show of visual and text-based artwork constructed from recycled and repurposed items brought to the dump’s public disposal area. As a freelance writer, she has written on an eclectic range of topics including LGBTQ issues, sexuality, finance, travel, health, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Holocaust survivors, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. In her editing work, she combines a unique skill set as a writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her clients include New York Times bestsellers and Amazon top sellers. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands. 

JACQUELINE HAUDEK is a writer and journalist who enjoys community activism and creative exploration. She holds a BA in Journalism from SF State and lives in San Francisco. Jacqueline is a co-creator and writer with Ladybird Collective, an organization developed for creative women dedicated to encouraging and mentoring other creative women". www.ladybirdcollective 

ZACK HANSON is an award-winning poet, an educator, and an MFA candidate in creative writing at San Francisco State University. He is the Escapery's blogger and interviewer extraordinaire. He is a winner of the Nomadic Press Bindle Poetry Award, which was judged by the incredible Arisa White and Tongo Eisen-Martin.