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Kay Ryan
Photo: Christopher Felver

An Evening With Kay Ryan, US Poet Laureate 2008–2010

9 MAY 2011 — monday

City Arts & Lectures presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Herbst Theatre, SF, 401 Van Ness, SF, special $15 tickets for Poetry Flash readers, enter/mention discount code POET, 8:00 (tickets: 415/392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com)

More about the poet
Kay Ryan writes distinctive poetry characterized by its brevity, imagery and wit. Deceptively simple, her compact poems delight with bracing wordplay, wry humor, and what the New York Times describes as "stealthy insights amid short phrases." The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award, just received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry amid widespread praise. Her published collections include Strangely Marked Metal, Flamingo Watching, Say Uncle, and The Niagara River. Ryan was named the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States in 2008 and served two terms. A 2004 Guggenheim Fellow, Ryan's many other awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Ingram Merrill Award and the Pushcart Prize. She taught at College of Marin for over thirty years. "Ms. Ryan's poems are, in 2010, about as good as American poetry gets." —The New York Times




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Northern California

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17 AUGUST 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Barbara Tomash, PRE-, Jennifer Firestone, Story, and Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Alley Cat Books & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, 7:00 (415/824-1761, in-fo@alleycatbookshop.com)
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18 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Richmond Poets Laureate (there are more than one) present a reading of poetry followed by a round table discussion moderated by Richmond Poet Laureate Rob Lipton, featuring a panel of Bay Area poets including Rene Vaz, Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, Amos White, Alison Luterman, and Fred Dodsworth, Bridge Storage and ArtSpace, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, free, 5:00-6:30 (RSVP: political-poetry-discussion.eventbrite.com)
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19 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Santa Cruz presents Poet/Speak Open Reading, an all open reading, meets every third Sunday, Santa Cruz Library, upstairs Training Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz, 2:00-4:00 (www.poetrysantacruz.org)
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20 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by poet Judy Bebelaar, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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21 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

22 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

23 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

24 AUGUST 2018 — friday

25 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Jeannette DesBoine aka JD, prolific poet, creative writing coach, and reporter, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, meets every fourth Saturday of every month, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oak-land, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (dzeltzer@acm.org, www.gearboxgallery.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Alison Luterman, Desire Zoo, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00-4:30 (www.dream-institute.org)
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26 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

27 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Clive Matson, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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28 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

29 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

30 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Donna de la Perrière, Night Calendar, and Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The International Hotel Eviction Commemoration (on August 4) remembered the night in 1977 when seniors were evicted from the original hotel and protests took place over the destruction of the last vestige of San Francisco's once pros-pering Manilatown; that historic event foretold the San Francisco housing cri-sis; the event featured the opening of an exhibit of I Hotel "Family Portraits," Au-gust 2-30, historic black and white photographs by photographer Steven C. Wil-son; this is the last day to see that historic photo exhibit; International Hotel Ma-nilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, between Washington Street and Jackson Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00 (415/291-0175, manilatown.org)
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31 AUGUST 2018 — friday


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