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Susan Sibbet's "Great Blue": Nina Lindsay, Carolyn Miller, more

5 MARCH 2017 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading for Susan Herron Sibbet's posthumously published poetry collection, Great Blue, with Terry Ehret, Steve Gilmartin, and the book's editors, Nina Lindsay, Carolyn Miller, and LeeAnn Pickrell, 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
Great Blue by Susan Herron Sibbet is a posthumous collection of poems, from Sixteen Rivers Press, across the three decades from her first published poems to her death in 2013. A founding member of Sixteen Rivers Press and a devoted participant in California Poets in the Schools as a teacher as well as turns as acting director and president of the board, she published one previous book of poems, No Easy Light, and several chapbooks. Her fictional memoir by Theodora Bosanquet, amanuensis to Henry James, The Constant Listener, was published in 2016. Susan Wooldridge says of No Easy Light, "What a gorgeous book of poems! Wide spaces and sprinkles of stars surround the most intimate details of life in kitchens and gardens…No Easy Light is a playful, brilliant song to life, with one woman's love the glowing circle around it all." The readers will be:

Terry Ehret is one of the founders of Sixteen Rivers Press. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently Night Sky Journey. Her awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, a nomination for the Northern California Book Award, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County.

Steve Gilmartin is the author of a chapbook of mistranslations of Emily Dickinson from the German, Comes Up to Face the Skies. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many print and online journals, including and/or, Big Bridge, Café Irreal, Concis, Drunken Boat, Eleven Eleven, Mad Hatters' Review, Otoliths, Rivet, and Unlikely Stories.

Nina Lindsay has published two books of poems with Sixteen Rivers Press, Today's Special Dish and her new collection Because. She's been awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. She is one of the three editors of Great Blue.

Carolyn Miller's new book of poems is Route 66 and Its Sorrows. She's published two previous collections with Sixteen Rivers Press, After Cocteau and Light, Moving. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and The Writer's Almanac and anthologized in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places and elsewhere. She is one of the three editors of Great Blue.

LeeAnn Pickrell works as a freelance editor and writes poetry and prose. She is also the managing editor of Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche. Her work recently appeared in Eclectica Magazine's anthology of best poetry. Currently, she is working on a long essay about her experience in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. She is one of the three editors of Great Blue.




Daily Listings

Northern California

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19 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • "An Evening in Support of the Rehabilitation of Venus(or, What You Wanted All Along), readers include Toreadah Mikell, Nazelah Jamison, Richard Loranger, Victor James Smith, Julian Mithra, Alison Luterman, Tom Stolmar, James Cagney, Allie Marini, Christine No, with jazz vocals by Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson on keyboards, hosted by Steve Arntson, refreshments, free, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 7:00-10:00 (www.facebook.com/events/120492488595678)
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  • A night of poetry with Cedar Sigo reading new works from his new books, Peter Burghardt launches his new chapbook, and Anne McGuire presents a mix of music and poetry, Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-9:00 (415/824-1761, www.alleycatbookshop.com)
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20 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Teatro Mistral presents Guiuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore, poet and writer Clara Hsu will narrate the plot in English and Cantonese before each scene, combining music, theater, art, and poetry, Clarion Music Performing Arts Center, 816 Sacramento Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, 3:00 (415/504-2490, www.teatromistral.org)
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21 AUGUST 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Cassandra Dallett, open reading—need a prompt? "Skin," hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Hot Poetry in the Park featuring readings by CharRon Smith and Marvia Xia, hosted by Bethanie Humphreys, sponsored by the Sacramento Poetry Center, Fremont Park, 16th and Q Streets, Sacramento, 7:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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22 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Laura Kyriazis and Zaid Shlah, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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23 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by California Poet Laureate emeritus Al Young, poet and biographer Melba Joyce Boyd, poet M.L. Liebler, I Want to Be Once, and short story writer Brian Jabas Smith, Spent Saints & Other Stories, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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25 AUGUST 2017 — friday

26 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • La Palabra Musical featuring Kim Shuck, Jennifer Barone, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Kirk Lumpkin, hosted by Avotcja Jiltonilro, Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, free, 3:00-5:00 (510/535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/cesar-e-chavez-branch)
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  • The 15th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival features readings by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Cassandra Dallett, Tiff Dressen, Nancy Aidé González, Juba Kalamka, Marguerite Munoz, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, René Vaz, Shelley Wong, and Milvia Street literary journal contributors Youssef Ahalla, Jalyce Fairley, Fungai Gora, Julian Mithra, and Julie Southworth, Invocation of the Muse by John Oliver Simon, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Naomi Helena Quiñonez, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair, Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/Berkeley-Poetry-Festival-155792814582187)
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27 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a celebration and launch reading for Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-hop and Beyond, with contributors Greil Marcus, Al Young, Melba Joyce Boyd, Brian Jabas Smith, George Moseman, Joel Martin, and Pat Thomas, with editor M.L. Liebler, 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)
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28 AUGUST 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Georgette Howington; open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Long Hair," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Sixteen Rivers Press poets Gillian Wegener and Erin Rodoni, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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29 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Jennifer Barone and James Cagney, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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30 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

31 AUGUST 2017 — thursday


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