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Passion in art; passion in life!

Greetings and salutations!

.....I'll begin with an introduction and then proceed to explain how I became connected to San Francisco's lively poetry scene. Here a few links to sections of this page, which may be useful at this point: upcoming appearances, video clips, audio files and some haiku artwork. You can also take a peek at science fiction, short stories, novels in progress, or order poetry collections - see the Manuscript Catalogue.

..... Through my imprint, One Insight Press, I have three poetry collections available via my Author's Page as well as two Science Fiction novels. If you like, you may visit my You Tube channel for some additional information and some video clips of me reading as well as poets from Sacred Ground's famed open mic series, which is approaching its 50th Anniversary.

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

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!

Here is the audio of the Virtual Version of Poem Dome from 2021, thanks to Val and EK! The sound comes in low, there is some set up, but by 12 minutes in the show starts off and the sound improves.

Poetry Blogs:

Mission Poetry Center - La Mission Poética

Peace, Hope and 911: Voices from San Francisco


The Beat Museum

A Kerouac Connection

Poetry Podcasts:

Mystic Babylon is the location for the podcasts made by John Rhodes, many San Franciscan poets have been filmed by John.


SF Bay Area Muse Poetry List

A writer's past: Daniel Brady

Well, where to begin...

..... I began writing while at Washington Union High School there I eventually joined the Literary Club. The senior project, that year, 1969 -1970, was to produce an anthology of artwork and poetry. After some controversial drawings were edited, several hundred copies were produced to acclaim; this was where I was published for the first time. Subsequently, I attended Ohlone J.C. where I continued taking creative writing classes. Later, while attending San Francisco State University, from 1972 to 1975, I self identified as a writer, more specifically - as a poet. During those years I read a great deal and wrote more poetry than ever before. I graduated in 1975 with a BA in Sociology, all practicalities aside.

..... 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. Also, here is a page with links to video archives that stretch back several years!

Videos of Daniel Reading:

Some of these selections were recorded by my friend Martin Joseph at Sacred Grounds (SG). One can also go to my YouTube channel to see video from Sacred Grounds which includes other famed poets.

(1) Reading at the Poets with Trees event (2009) (4 minutes)
Dan reading a romantic poem (at the renown Word Party! 2010) (3min.)
Dan Brady and Wendy Wolters featured (2012) (30m)
A satiric song in support of Bradley Manning (2011) (3m)
Reading a poem at Sacred Grounds  (2011) (3m)
Good News" at Sacred Grounds  (2011) (6m)
2 poems at Sacred Grounds (Jul. 2011) (5m)
You mustn't Be Afraid of Death (Aug. 2011) (6m)
And here now the news (Aug. 2011) (5m)
Send in the Clowns (Clowns Vs. Nazi's) (Nov. 2011) (3m)
In honor of Jehanah Wedgwood (Nov. 2011) (4m)
Time Will Tell, at Sacred Grounds (Mar. 2012) (2m)
Reading "Glory" at Sacred Grounds (Mar. 2012) (3m)
Reflections" at Sacred Grounds (Mar. 2012) (3m)
Dancing on the Moon at Sacred (Mar. 2012) (2m)
The Legend of Brady's Fart (Apr. 2012) (7m)
70's Mothers, mine and another (May 2012) (4m)
Ode To Pee and more (Dec. 2012) (5m)
Inspiration Point (Dec. 2012) (4m)
(20) Their Lights (2010) (3m)
The Passing of Brady's Fart (2012) (7m)
(22) As Don Brennan Would Say It (2014) (12m)
(23) Good News and Jazz Solo (2014) (12m)
(24) A 20 minute feature at Sacred (Jan. 2015) (21m)
(25) Advice from a deranged MUNI addict, the Epistle (Feb. 2015 @SG) (3m)
(26) Reading Avotcja's What is a Poet (Feb. 2015 @SG) (2m)
(27) Light, light, light (Mar. 2015 @SG) (3m)_
(28) The Last Poem (Mar. 2015 @SG) (7m)
Reading "Peace (at the renown Word Party!) (4m)
Dan Brady's "Speculation" on YouTube (2017) (3m)
An hour of Dan and Wendy reading (2017 @SG) (53m)
Dan Brady+Steve Arnston Central Coast Poetry Show (2018) (31m)
Dan's feature at San Francisco's main library,
.......Hosted by the Bay Area Poet's Coalition (2011) (35m)
Time Will Tell and Long After Time, read at Sacred Grounds (2018) (4m)
Dan kicking off Poem Dome (2019) (3m)
The Trump; The Grinch Song (2018) (3m)
Inspiration Point (2016) (4m)
A Haiku, Ghostly, and Unendurable Pleasure Indefinitely Prolonged (4m)
.......Dan at Sacred Grounds (Aug. 2019)
(39) My somewhat impromptu feature at Sacred (Feb. 2020) (24m)
Who Influenced You? (Jul. 2020) (2m)
Headlines and Frontlines (Jul. 2020) (4m)
Two poems at PAI, The Bridge (Jul. 2020) (7m)
Reading, at PAI, The Bridge (Dec. 2020) (4m)
Part One of my feature, World Poetry Online (Dec. 2020) (10m)
Part Two of my feature, World Poetry Online (Dec. 2020) (10m)
Feature at Mitch's Art Party! (Mar. 2021 (20m)
Excerpts of Madness (Sep. 2021 (3m)
Worlds, for Carlos Ramirez (Nov. 2021) (3m)
They Call It (Nov. 2021) (4m)

Dan at the PAI, December 2021 (Dec. 2021) (3m)
Dan at the PAI, December 2021 (Dec. 2021) (6m)
At Sacred Grounds, 2014 (Oct. 14) (2m)
At the SFPL,2020 Singing Donald The Drumpf (Oct.2014) (3m)
At 1428 Poet's, as a feature 9/2022 (21m)

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. My haiku 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. I have also created a page about San Francisco's gem of a secret the Haiku Pond!

About One Insight Press:

My imprint, One Insight Press, is located in San Francisco. I produce books using Kindle Direct Publishing. I have worked with others to help them create their own collections of poetry and could assist you as well.

On my Author's Page I have three poetry collections: Orphan City, a set of coming of age poems, Insight to Riot, poems of reason and protest, as well as Haiku; Infolded Meaning. Then, for a quiet change, more recently, I have added a three volume set of autobiographical poetry Autobiography of a Poet. There is also a poet's anthology of the writers from Sacred Grounds Cafe, Grounds are Sacred.

There are also two Sci-Fi books available. First, Runaway with the Wind, a tale of enchantment, elemental consciousness, and social evolution on a global scale. The protagonist, Jan, is an androgynous child and a runaway from an abusive home who befriends the wind. With its help, and that of a First Nation's elder, Mr. Fish, Jan evades a mysterious cabal seeking to use the child's talent as a powerful weapon for demeaning purpose. Here is a link to its
Excerpt and Synopsis. The other book, Tales of Earth, is a collection of short is designed to transcend the painful present with a galactic perspective of hope and redemption. It is a mixture of many things, a future history, classic Sci-Fi, of the pulp era, yet not quite, I have not posted excerpts on line as of yet.

I also have one book that is not available via One Insight Press or Kindle Direct Publishing. This is a Poems-For-All book, titled: Unforgettables. The publisher,
Poems-For-All, is based out of San Diego, California and is quite friendly. He means to create small books, measuring one inch square, for the most part, and, as he puts it, they are to be "scattered like seeds."

Manuscript Catalogue

To purchase printed copies of the works below, not available through my press or KDP, one can make arrangements in person or via email. Payment can be made in cash, by check, or money order. Each print will be an original, attributed to you, signed, dated - and I keep a log of purchases to verily authenticity. There are prices for printed copies, CDs, and PDF versions, which can be sent via email.


For these items

Printed $150.00

CD: $15.00

PDF: $7.50

These are works in progress, but which may be of interest nonetheless.

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. The Idea of Metal: Excerpt: This sampler is from from the full length Science Fiction novel, recently revised and set for revision.

Weldon Tanner of the Beltways: Synopsis: Weldon, marooned on an airless planetoid, seeks revenge on those who murdered the crew he served with and threaten to steal their legacy. An adventure story of courage, perseverance, triumph over villains and the of the hero over his own bigotry. Weldon Tanner of the Beltways: Excerpt: This excerpt give you the flavor of the story.

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.Weldon Tanner: Trial for the Treasure World: Excerpt: This excerpt is from the beginning of the manuscript.

Short Stories - Novels in Progress - Samplers

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.

The New Civil War, is novel in progress and, while speculative, provides a vision of how this conflict may well be fought, spoiler alert: I'm not talking about massed armies, secession, or the dissolution of the United States. Spoiler alert number two: I do provide background, speculative theories on the root causes of the current, meaning post WW2 condition of the United States, which go back quite a ways, and in part I provide humor, of a sort: here is a sampler.involving one of the characters, Mr. Misadventure.

Poetry Collections:

For these items

Print $100.00

CD: $10.00

PDF: $5.00

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For this item

Print $50.00

CD: $10.00

PDF: $5.00

Or how about something unique? 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 are usually 40 to 60 pages long.

For this item

Print $200+

CD: $50.00+

PDF: $25.00+

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 as needed. This collection includes 8 documents. Their copyrights range from 2005 to the present.

For these items

Print $200+

CD: $50.00+

PDF: $25.00+

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.

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.

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 manuscript excerpts such as, Weldon Tanner of the Beltways, The Hiker and Hera and the very gentle touch of horror, appropriate for the Twilight Zone, found the Dreamer - as well as the poetry and haiku links - provide examples what I enjoy writing.

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 on Thursday nights the Poets take over and it is WILD!


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

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!

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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