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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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18 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

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  • Richard Krech (1946-2018) Memorial and Poetry Reading for a legendary poet, poetry magazine publisher, and Oakland criminal defense lawyer, born in Berkeley and author of over fifteen poetry collections, pot luck, bring food and beverages to share, open reading, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free admission/donations welcome, sign up opens at 11:00 a.m., reading noon-3:00 (510/472-3170)
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19 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Joyce Young, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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20 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Author, academic, and journalist Christina Gerhardt discusses and presents her latest, co-edited book, 1968 and Global Cinema, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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21 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

22 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

23 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

24 NOVEMBER 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist Avery Cassell appears on "Small Business Saturday" for a book signing of Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, Avery will also be presenting a coloring workshop featuring printouts from Resistance and Butch Lesbians Coloring Books, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

26 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

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

28 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Pegasus Books Solano presents "Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards," bring you little ones for a fun, interactive, and educational morning, Imagination Flannel Board will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination by engaging with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement, held every fourth Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 10:30 a.m. (510/525-6888, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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29 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

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  • Fiction writer, poet, and musician Mark Russell Gelade celebrates the release of his new, debut short story collection, Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love and Longing, stories centered around desire, divorce, nostalgia for the past, and consolation, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Persis Karim, poet and editor, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and poet, translator, playwright Sholeh Wolpé, The Conference of Birds, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents "In Common Writers Series" with writer, artist, and editor Janice Lee, The Sky Isn't Blue, reading from her work and in conversation with poet, editor, and publisher Brenda Iijima, Remembering Animals, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Fiction writer Sarah Stone reads from her new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, an inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between art and hunger, duty and desire, loss and survival, Green Apple Books & Music, 506 Clement Street, at 6th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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30 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

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  • Fiction and nonfiction writer, educator, and essayist May-Lee Chai discusses her new short story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, with Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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