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Megan Harlan and Mari L'Esperance

20 JANUARY 2011 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Megan Harlan, Mapmaking, and Mari L'Esperance, The Darkened Temple, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)

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Megan Harlan's first book of poems, Mapmaking, is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize for poetry, selected by Sidney Wade. Alice Fulton says of it. "Megan Harlan's nuanced, visionary poems explore farsickness, the sensation of missing places we've never been, including the imaginary realms of lotusland and limbo…A profound meditation on the permeability of past and present, nature and artifice, self and other, space and time, Mapmaking is a miracle of invention." It's interesting, in this context, that Harlan had lived in seventeen different homes on four different continents by the time she graduated from high school. Her poetry has been published in American Poetry Review and elsewhere, and her fiction, travel writing and book reviews have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mari L'Esperance is a Hapa poet, born in Kobe, Japan. Her first full-length book of poems, The Darkened Temple, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize; Jane Mead says of it, "Mari L'Esperance enacts the process of defining a self out of fragments of cultural and personal history…by turns narrative, chantlike, fractured, and lyric, these tender, terrifying, and frank poems fight their way into song." An earlier collection, Begin Here, was the winner of the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Poetry Kanto, and Prairie Schooner. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the New York Times Company Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Mari L'Esperance lives in the Bay Area.




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22 MAY 2018 — tuesday

23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Daegan Miller discusses his new book This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3175)
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  • Poetry reading by Wendy Trevino, whose first full-length book of poetry, Cruel Fiction, is forthcoming in fall 2018, Jane Gregory, and Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Experience in Groups, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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24 MAY 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Carol Muske-Dukes, Blue Rose, and Jane Mead, World of Made and Unmade, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Goethe Institut San Francisco, in conjunction with City Lights Books and New York Review Books, presents Weimar Mirror: Revisiting Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), re-explores the classic work of German writer Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz, the great novel of Berlin and the doomed Weimar Republic, on the publication of the new translation by Michael Hoffmann, opening statement by National Book Award-winner William T. Vollmann, presentations and roundtable participation by Adrian Daub, Thomas O. Haakenson, Mel Gordon, Deniz Göktürk, and William T. Vollmann, hosted by Peter Maravelis, Goethe Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco, free, 7:00 ( www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3176)
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25 MAY 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Brenda Hillman reads from and discusses her new book of poetry, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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    EAST:
  • The Art of Storytelling and Poetry presents a performance evening with the theme "Making a Home," The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, free, 7:00-8:30 (www.avidreaderonbroadway.com)
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26 MAY 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the world premiere of DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Requiem for a King, an instrumental and vocal multi-movement jazz and spoken word work, featuring spoken word written for this performance by educator, scholar, activist and author Angela Davis, music composed by Anthony Brown and performed by the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream vocal ensemble; DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the civil rights movement; the evening length concert includes Anthony Brown's seminal work GO FOR BROKE!, composed for the 75th anniversary of the February 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into interment camps during World War II, the performance features a reading by former San Francisco Poet Laureate and community activist Janice Mirikitani, Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, $25-$65 reserved seating, 8:00 (www. sfiaf.org/2018_anthony_brown_and_angela_davis)
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27 MAY 2018 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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28 MAY 2018 — monday

    NORTH:
  • Poet and writer Patti Trimble leads a two-day writing retreat, Sunday, May 27 to Monday, May 28, with workshops for new poetry and prose, and time for writing and walking, there are options to stay extra nights before or after to write on your own, $160 includes Sunday overnight, shared rooms, nice old redwood retreat center, potluck dinner, St. Columba's Retreat on the Inverness Mesa, West Marin (pmtrim@gmail.com for information or to register)
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29 MAY 2018 — tuesday

30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

31 MAY 2018 — thursday


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