City Arts & Lectures Presents LEILA MOTTLEY in conversation with MICHELLE LEE



in conversation with Michelle Lee

co-presented with Youth Speaks

Thursday, October 6, 2022
7:30pm Pacific Time

KQED Broadcast: 10/16/2022

Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater


This event appears in the series
"On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

A native of Oakland, California, Leila Mottley uses her writing as a tool to call for social justice reform and advocate for victims of sexual violence. Her acclaimed poetry has appeared in Oprah Daily and The New York Times, and her incandescent debut novel Nightcrawling was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her 2022 Book Club, making Mottley the club’s youngest author ever. Inspired by true stories of the exploitation of young women by police departments in the United States, including a 2015 case in Oakland and its subsequent cover-up, the book has earned widespread acclaim. “Leila Mottley’s writing erupts and flows like lava,” writes Tommy Orange, “makes hot bright an Oakland that runs the city’s uncontrollable brilliance… Nightcrawling bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole.”

Photo by Magdalena Frigo

Masks are required inside the venue. Policy subject to change based on San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines and/or requirements of the featured guests. 


About Youth Speaks

Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is a leading presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs. Trailblazers of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and more, Youth Speaks offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs and provides numerous opportunities for youth to be published and heard. Youth Speaks has worked with hundreds of thousands of youth and has helped create partner programs in 47 cities across the United States.

By connecting poetry, spoken word, youth development, and civic engagement, Youth Speaks aims to deconstruct current dominant narratives by creating a more inclusive and active culture. Young people have the tools to take control of their lives through language and Oral poetry helps define the new American Voice. For more information visit

Event date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Sydney Goldstein Theater
275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Nightcrawling: A novel By Leila Mottley Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

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