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....AAllow me to begin with an introduction and provide connections to San Francisco's lively Poetry Scene. There are also links to upcoming appearances, video clips, audio files as well as haiku artwork. You can also take a peek at science fiction,short stories and a novel in progress. I have also made poetry manuscripts and Science Fiction novels available.

..... Through my imprint, One Insight Press, I have three poetry collections availabe via my Author's Page: Orphan City, a set of coming of age poems, Insight to Riot, poems of protest, and Haiku; Infolded Meaning - for a quiet change. Then too you can check out my You Tube channel to see who I am.

..... I offer writing services and I can provide a summary of my publication credits should these serve your interests or needs.

The Philosopher's Stone
McLaren Park - 2008
Poet's with Trees
...To people who say I'm understated, I say, "You don't know the half of it!"

This is the philosopher's stone; I happened across it some time ago.

News, Events and Organizations

News and Events:

Poetry Flash for, local, regional and statewide events

San Francisco Heart - an Art and Poetry Calendar. by Nicole Savage

The One Page Guide These are the open mic venues in San Francisco that I know of.

Bay Area Poet's Coalition, based in Berkeley, CA a great group!

Poem Dome! San San Francisco's premier annual event!

Poetry Blogs:

Mission Poetry Center - La Mission Poética

Peace, Hope and 911: Voices from San Francisco


The Beat Museum

A Kerouac Connection

Poetry Podcasts:

John Rhodes is San Francisco's Poetry Podcaster! Mystic Babylon is the location for his Podcasts


SF Bay Area Muse Poetry List

San Francisco Poetry Salons:

Poetry Hotel This is a hotel of the imagination, was created during a conversation and become a series of annual events.

A writer's past: Daniel Brady

Well, where to begin...

..... I began writing while at Washington Union High School here I eventually joined the Literary Club. The senior project, that year, was to produce an anthology. After some controversial drawings were edited, several hundred copies were produced and I was published for the first time. I attended Ohlone J.C., where I continued by taking creative writing classes. Later, while at San Francisco State University, from 1972 to 1975, I self identified as a writer or more specifically - a poet. During those years I took creative writing courses, read a great deal and wrote more poetry than ever before. I graduated in 1975 with a BA in Sociology.

..... During my time at SFSU, I went to many readings and workshops. By the time I graduated in 1975 I, and several others, had begun Birthstone Magazine, a small press publication. In the late 70's I managed a reading series at a local anarchist bookstore, Bound Together Book Collective, when it was located on Hayes St. I also facilitated workshops during those years and began to be published in small press magazines around the nation.

..... I became increasingly involved in San Francisco's poetry scene as I performed numerous readings, often including haiku, and continued to attend and create workshops. I was published in a number of small press magazines and placed in several poetry contests. In 1977, I became involved with the Theosophical Society of San Francisco and my poetry began to include symbolic metaphysical content. A few years later, the Zen appeal of Haiku grew and it came to be a part of many of my readings through the early 1980's.

..... In the fall of 1985 I returned to San Francisco State University to obtain a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. I began teaching in 1987 with supplementary credentials in both English and Social Science. I have been an elementary school teacher since that time. This career change did distract me from writing as did my marrying a singularly enchanting woman, my wife Wendy.

..... I had turned to writing prose in the early 80's after having two short pieces published in the local small press. I began novel length manuscripts toward the end of that decade, mainly in the genre of Science Fiction. In 1991 I joined the Haiku Poets of Northern California. In this setting, I learned much about the intricate nature of the deceptively simple art of haiku. During that time I had haiku published. By 2000 I had returned to the open mic scene and to poetry writing, reading and performing, much as I had earlier on in my life.

..... I have been hosting the poetry open mic at Sacred Grounds since December of 2010. This is the longest running poetry open mic known. and has been serving up good food and fine poetry every Wednesday night since 1972. We have a Facebook group to make announcements. and have begun streaming Sacred live see Sacred's live streams here. However, within a few days the footage filmed migrates to YouTube - search on YouTube for: "sacredgroundscafesf" or "Sacred Grounds Cafe SF" with the numeric date.

..... Most recently I have begun publishing books. The first two titles, currently available are Orphan City and (i)n((s(i)gh)t) to;(r(io)t. Both are available on

Videos of Dan reading:

Many of these video selections were recorded by my friend Martin Joseph at Sacred Grounds.

(1) Reading at the Poets with Trees event (2009)
Dan reading a romantic poem at the renown Word Party! (2010)
Dan Brady and Wendy Wolters featured (2012)
A satiric song in support of Bradley Manning (2011)
Reading a poem at Sacred Grounds  (2011)
"Good News" at Sacred Grounds  (2011)
2 poems at Sacred Grounds (July 2011)
"You mustn't Be Afraid of Death" (Aug. 2011)
"And here now the news" (August 2011)
"Send in the Clowns"(Clowns Vs. Nazi's) (Nov. 2011)
In honor of Jehanah Wedgwood (Nov. 2011)
"Time Will Tell, at Sacred Grounds, (Mar. 2012)
Reading "Glory" at Sacred Grounds, (Mar. 2012)
"Reflections" at Sacred Grounds (Mar. 2012)
Dancing on the Moon at Sacred (Mar. 2012)
The Legend of Brady's Fart (Apr. 2012)
70's Mothers, mine and another (May 2012)
Ode To Pee and more (Dec. 2012)
"Inspiration Point (Dec. 2012)
(20) Their Lights (2010)
Three Poems in 5 minutes (2011)
The Passing of Brady's Fart (2012)
(23) As Don Brennan Would Say It (2014)
(23) Good News and Jazz Solo (2014)
(24) A 20 minute feature at Sacred (Jan. 2015)
(25) Advice from a deranged MUNI addict, the Epistle (Feb. 2015 @SG)
(27) Reading Avotcja's What is a Poet (Feb. 2015 @SG)
(28) "Light, light, light (Mar. 2015 @SG)
(29) The Last Poem (Mar. 2015 @SG)
Reading "Peace" at the renown Word Party!
Tongo Eisen-Martin and Dan Brady features (2017)
Dan Brady's "Speculation" on YouTube (2017)

An MP3 Poetry Sampler:

This page includes MP3 audio files for each poem, a reading on the web! Please note that other recordings are available: Upon Request

Selected Haiku Items:

I have an interest in haiku; it was the first poetic form I was taught and I've always enjoyed writing haiku. The main page has links to a haiku sampler including artwork, and a couple of short essays about some interesting aspects of Haiku writing such as The Essence of Preference.

Science Fiction novels and short stories:


1. The Idea of Metal: Synopsis: This is a future history concerning the discovery of the "old world" and how the new one, Venus, came to be just that. This brief overview is less than two standard pages in length. 2. The Idea of Metal: Excerpt: This sampler is from from the full length Science Fiction novel, recently revised and set for revision.

3. Weldon Tanner of the Beltways: Synopsis: An adventure story of courage, perseverance, triumph over villains and the of the hero over his own bigotry.

4. Weldon Tanner of the Beltways: Excerpt: This excerpt give you the flavor of the story.

5: Weldon Tanner: Trial for the Treasure World, Synopsis: It is the sequel to the first Weldon Tanner tale. An attempt to secure justice runs afoul of corruption. Weldon and his friends are put on trial for the crimes they sought justice for. In a fight for their lives it is friendship that proves to be the precursor to redemption. 6: Weldon Tanner: Trial for the Treasure World: Excerpt: This excerpt is from the beginning of the manuscript.

7: Runaway with the Wind, Excerpt and Synopsis: This is also about 60K words. It is the story of a runaway from an abusive home. Jan befriends the wind and, with the help of a Native American, evades the mysterious and ancient cabal seeking to use such power for mean purposes.

Short Stories

1. The Hiker and Hera, Synopsis and Excerpt: This is an eerie Fantasy story, 4.9K words.

2. The Dreamer, Synopsis and Excerpt: This is wonderful short story of about 2.9K words in length.

Novels in Progress

Mr. Misadventure A successful villain exposed in a series of colorful vignettes: 90.7K words in length, currently being revised and relevant for this era of one percenter madness.

I am also proceeding apace with a collection of short stories. The working title is "Tales Of Earth" a mixture of many things, a future history, classic Sci-Fi, of the pulp era, yet not quite.


To purchase printed copies of my work, please make arrangements in person or via email. Payment will usually be in cash, by check or money order. Each print will be an original. It will be attributed to you, signed, dated and have a register number for reference.

The prices listed are for printed copies. If you would like a PDF file on a CD, the price is reduced 80%. If you would like a PDF file emailed to you, the price is reduced 90%.

Poetry Collections:

Name your theme! Often times, when I do readings, I ask the audience for a theme and then select the poems to reflect that request. These collections are similarly made to request. You decide the theme and may even suggest a title. I collect and arrange the poetry. They'll be about 60 pages long, usually.

Pricing formats

Printed $60.00

On CD: 12.00

email PDF: $6.00

Classic Brady: This is a collection pieces, which have been published over the years. It's as complete a record as I have been able to construct after files on early publications were lost. However, this collection comprises a set of 9 PDF documents, which includes the table of contents, eight chapters of poetry,, their publication record, a collection of published haiku and the more accurate record of their publications. I update this document as needed. Any copy purchased will be the most recent. The copyright is updated as needed.

Pricing formats

Printed $100

On CD: $20.00

email PDF: $10.00

The Reading Manuscript: This collection has several hundred pages of poetry. Most all of this work is new since 2000. I update this collection as needed for it is the document I draw upon when making presentations, doing readings or performing at open mics in the San Francisco region.

Pricing formats

Printed $150.00

On CD: $30.00

email PDF: $15.00

Loving, Living, Livelihoods: This is a hundred page collection of poetry concerning the issues relevant to those three singular themes. The copyright is 2003; the current edition is from 2005.

Pricing formats

Printed $50.00

On CD: 10.00

email PDF: $5.00

Meeting the Physical: This 53 page manuscript has as it theme the limits pressed upon us by the physical realm. This collection has two documents, the table of contents and the poetry. The copyright is 2003.

Pricing formats

Printed $50.00

On CD: $10.00

email PDF: $5.00

Politics, Reality and Satire:  A collection that speaks for itself.  Now a days, I remind people that this was collected only half way through the Bush years.  This collection has two documents, the table of contents and the poetry. The copyright is 2004.

Pricing formats

Printed $50.00

On CD: $10.00

email PDF $5.00

The Spice of Life: The focus her is on variety; there is life, death history, philosophy, metaphysics, politics, romance and still more. This collection has two documents, the table of contents and the poetry. The copyright is 2005.

Pricing formats

Printed $30.00

On CD: 6.00

email PDF: $3.00

New Poetry 2008: This relatively brief collection of 121 page has, despite its title, some earlier poems and revisions of poems in other collections. Assembled in 2008 for a special reading I planned, it was used as I usually use the Reading Manuscript The copyright is 2009.

Pricing formats

Printed $30.00

On CD: 6.00

email PDF: $3.00

A View from the Inside: A collection of pieces that have, more or less, a hidden perspective, that is to say, of the poet looking outward. The copyright is 2005.

Pricing formats

Printed $40.00

On CD: 8.00

email PDF : $4.00

The Haiku Trove: This is a collection of Haiku collections. I created some for events or readings, others were inspired by themes or created for submission to a competition. I update this collection irregularly, as needed. This collection includes 8 documents. Their copyrights range from 2005 to 2006.

Pricing formats

Printed $30.00

On CD: 6.00

email PDF: $3.00

Science Fiction:

To see a synopsis and excerpt for these items see the links above; the Idea of Metal; this is a full length, future history.

Pricing formats

Printed $75.00

On CD: $15.00

email PDF: $7.50

Weldon Tanner of the Beltways, a double length science fiction manuscript suitable for a full length feature film; the price includes both parts one and two .

Pricing formats

Printed $75.00

On CD: $15.00

email PDF: $7.50

Runaway with the Wind, a "young audiences" novel featuring magic, mysticism and an end to warfare.

Pricing formats

Printed $100

On CD: $20.00

email PDF: $10.00

Two short stories:
The Dreamer or The Hiker and Hera are fantasy and/or science fiction short stories.

Pricing formats

Printed $25.00

On CD: $5.00

email PDF: $2.50

One Insight Press

I have produced books using Create Space. The poetry collections already in print are examples. I have worked with others to help them create their own collections of poetry and I could assist you as well. My imprint is One Insight Press, located in San Francisco.

Writing Services:

I have manuscripts I am working on as well as a collection of what I call "idea files" that are plot lines or proto-scripts. These have been used as a basis for consulting with clients seeking ideas for stories, novellas, and novels or movies and television programs in the Science Fiction genre. Here is some information about plot lines.

The manuscripts listed, The Idea of Metal and Weldon Tanner of the Beltways, are representative of what I enjoy writing. While, in fantasy, I have The Hiker and Hera which stands in contrast to the very gentle touch of horror, appropriate for the Twilight Zone, found the Dreamer.

Publication Credits: Upon Request

Venues and Poets


Sacred Grounds Cafe This is the longest running poetry open mic in San Francisco, perhaps in the US. See our Facebook page for events Have a cup of friendship and expound!

Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir of WordParty a pair of poets who knock your socks off!

Bird and Beckett Books poetry, literary events and jazz

16th and Mission Streets This is the website on Thursday nights the Poets take over and it is WILD!


Clara Hsu She performs in the Bay Area and hosts a monthly salon

Chris Trian He is a local poet and painter in San Francisco

Joel Fallon a poet of Benicia renown for his powerful voice!

Sally Saunders is a poetry therapist who runs workshops and performs in San Francisco.

Steven Gray, a poet, singer songwriter musician and artist

Joan Gelfand, a fine San Francisco poet who tours widely

Cara Vida, a performance poet with unforgettable style and panache!

Vince Storti Editor of the North Coast Review and well regarded poet of the S.F., bay area

Pablo Rosales A soulful, jazzy kind of reciter who is very smooth, you'll enjoy his work.

Virginia Barrett A heartfelt and compassionate poet whose artwork is intuitive and sensual.

Zara Raab A careful and well crafted writer of note.

David Erdreich A clever poet, singer musician, comedian kind of nice guy. The book shows it.

Garrett Murphy A poet whose satire, wit, humor and punchy understated style always impresses.



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