Word Performances is a reading series of poetry, prose, fiction, comedy and memoir where words are the lead, music is featured and dance makes a cameo. Word Performances was founded by Cybele Zufolo Siegel and Todd Siegel in 2012.

"There's no shortage of writers in San Francisco, nor of places where we can read. But this one stands out. Word Performances has elements of the old-fashioned soiree but also something unexpected and curious. The writers they invite are both well-known and newcomers,  and on any given night there might be a singer or a dancer or a stand-up comic. It's a delightful event - one with a love of performance and a deep commitment to words. If you believe the digital age has killed literature, you'll need to think again."

 Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen

"Attending one of Cybele & Todd Siegel’s Word Performances is something akin to finding yourself inside a marvelous Literary Carnival where a cavalcade of uber-talented players delight, amuse, enlighten, play, sing, dance, revel; add in the lovely intimacy of The Lost Church with its Lynchian burlesque charm to the evening’s fun and you have a perfect backdrop for the broad array of deep talent: Tim ‘Toaster’ Henderson’s bright, aware, exuberant poetry; the keen, sly wit of the former baby known as “The Contessa,” Nato Green; the mesmerizing, always alluring recitations of Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe; Sylvie Simmon’s free-spirited charm, tattling tales of the twisted lives in Rock-n-Roll, then the tender grace of her haunting ukelele; Joshua Mohr’s blistering account of his high-octane, tattoed tribulations, where redemption is as elusive as Lady Luck; how a Muslim dad cleverly converts an atheist fiancé, “The Duncan,” told with all the goofy, Lucille Ball appeal of Zahra Noorbakhsh; the ever-sharp (and always sharply dressed) Doug Cordell reminding us why no one should ever really live in LA; the voluptuous vocals of folk chanteuese Miss Erma Kyriakos, accompanied by dapper cellist Andres Vera; the sweet, silly, hysterically self-conscious Claire Zager; and, of course, your hosts and gracious co-conspirators, the magical ballerina-poet Cybele Zufolo Siegel and her adoring and very clever husband, Todd Siegel. It’s great fun, quite a night out, so what are you waiting for… Go!"

Lisa Miller, writer and artist