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Suzanne Lummis

Suzanne Lummis and Howard Levy

9 NOVEMBER 2014 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading and book launch by Howard Levy and Suzanne Lummis, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Howard Levy’s new book of poems is Spooky Action at a Distance, charting questions about human isolation and connection. His first full-length book of poems is A Day This Lit. His work has been published in such journals as Poetry, The Paris Review, The Threepenny Review, and American Poetry Review. He has been closely involved with Frost Place, Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire and its Festival of Poetry and has been a faculty member both for the festival and the Advanced Seminar. He has also taught at museums, particularly the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In the 1970s he founded Artist Teaching, an interdisciplinary group of artists (composers, dancers, painters, and poets) who developed a unique approach to museum teaching at the Metropolitan. He also did two residencies at Artpark in Lewiston, New York. Among his honors are a New York State Creative Artists Public Service grant in Poetry and finalist in the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center’s Discovery Award.
Suzanne Lummis’s new book of poems, Open Twenty-Four Hours, is the winner of the seventeenth annual Blue Lynx Prize competition; David St. John says of it, “With candor, power, and poignancy, Suzanne Lummis illuminates the glorious absurdities of our lives, especially the pride and paranoia that arise from living in an urban landscape. Nobody can ride a metaphor bareback better than this poet.” She’s been associated with the Los Angeles “Stand up Poets” of the 1980s who advocated a vibrant oral poetry, as well as strong attention to literary detail and value. She’s also grouped with the “Fresno poets” who studied with Philip Levine, Peter Everwine, and Charles Hanzlicek in the legendary Fresno State University writing program. Her poems have been or are forthcoming in the Knopf anthologies Poems of Murder and Mayhem, Poems of the American West, and Human and Inhuman Monstrous Verse. Her book of poems In Danger was published in the California Poetry Series (Heyday). In 2013, NPR’s “All Things Considered” featured her segment, “Writing Noir Poetry, with LA as a Backdrop.”




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22 MAY 2018 — tuesday

23 MAY 2018 — wednesday

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  • 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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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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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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  • 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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