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Jean Valentine
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Maxine Hong Kingston, Fred Marchant, Jane Mead, Jean Valentine

4 DECEMBER 2015 — friday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by acclaimed poets and writers Maxine Hong Kingston, Fred Marchant, Jane Mead, Jean Valentine, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, note different time, 6:30 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Maxine Hong Kingston’s most recent book is the memoir-in-verse I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. The books that have brought her fame throughout her career include The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, and The Fifth Book of Peace. She’s also editor of Veterans of War, Veteran’s of Peace, an anthology of writings from more than a decade of writing-and-meditation workshops she’s led for Vietnam veterans and others to heal themselves through art. Among her honors are the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, PEN West Award in Fiction, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fred Marchant was one of the first officers of the US Marine Corps to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. His book Tipping Point, which arose from those experiences, first published in 1993, was re-issued in 2013. Other books of poems include Full Moon Boat; House on Water, House in Air; and The Looking House. He is the founding director of the Creative Writing Program and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston where he is a Professor of English.
Jane Mead’s new book is Money Money Money |Water Water Water. Cole Swenson says, “It’s a beautiful, seamless book that never stops gathering force—one in which the strength, brilliance, and movement of the phrase is the ultimate ecosystem.” She’s the author of three previous collections, most recently The Usable Field, and she’s the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Guggenheim, and Lannan foundations.
Jean Valentine’s new book of poems is Shirt in Heaven. She has published twelve previous books of poetry; her collection Door in the Mountain won the National Book Award in 2004. She co-translated Dark Elderberry Branch, poetry and prose of Maria Tsvetaeva, with Ilya Kaminsky, and edited a book of essays on the poetry of Eleanor Rass Taylor, The Lighthouse Keeper. In 1965, she won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, she lives in New York City.




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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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30 MAY 2018 — wednesday

31 MAY 2018 — thursday


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