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Melba Joyce Boyd

Melba Joyce Boyd, M.L. Liebler, Brian Jabas Smith, Al Young

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

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)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
M.L. Liebler is a celebrated poet, literary arts activist, and professor. Most recent of his many books of poetry is I Want to Be Once; others include The Moon a Box and Written in Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2000. He’s edited many books, ranging across labor politics, music, and poetry, and his brand new one is Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond, with a wide range of contributors, including Greil Marcus and Al Young.
Poet, editor, and professor Melba Joyce Boyd is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Death Dance of a Butterfly. As Jayne Cortez notes, "Life opposed to death, death opposed to life in New Orleans, in Detroit, in Death Dance of a Butterfly. Melba Joyce Boyd's most important volume of poetry is filled with interactions, eulogies, and 'streets beneath water stains.' It is a collection flashing with poetic development." Boyd is also the author of Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press, a tribute to Dudley Randall (1914-2000) with whom she worked as an editor at Broadside Press and whose authorized biographer she became. Randall was poet laureate of Detroit, a civil rights activist, and a force in the Black Arts Movement. Two of his poems, one for the four little girls killed in the Alabama church bombing in Birmingham, one for the assassination of President Kennedy, were set to music by folk singer Jerry Moore in 1965. Randall published them as broadsides, and so the press, publishing chapbooks that opened out the work of African American writers into the canon of American literature, was born. Boyd’s book, connecting politics and art with the wider struggles of black America in that era, is also a dialogue between poets and includes extensive interviews. In addition, she produced and directed a documentary film on Randall and the press.
Brian Jabas Smith’s debut book of fiction is Spent Saints & Other Stories. Jim Daniels says, “In these fine stories, Brian Smith’s direct, natural, story-telling voice rocks with the authority and grit of someone who’s been there and come back to tell the tale.” Smith is an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist for the Phoenix New Times and then as an editor for the Detroit Metro Times. His earlier career was as a songwriter who fronted rock’n’roll bands. He’s written for many performers, including Alice Cooper.
Al Young, former California Poet Laureate, author of poetry, novels, and memoirs. His most recent poetry collection is Something About the Blues; some forthcoming books are 22 Moon Poems, October Variations, and Love Offline.




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22 JANUARY 2018 — monday

23 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • A tribute to the life and work of Denis Johnson, American novelist, poet and playwright, with Program Director of Theatre for Intersection for the Arts, Sean San José, playwright Octavio Solis, novelist and editor Vendela Vida, and other special guests celebrating his final collection of short fiction, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3114)
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24 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

25 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet Dan Bellm, Deep Well, translator of Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting), by Pura López Columé, and poet Annie Stenzel, The First Home Air After Absence, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Michael Benanav presents his new book Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life, stories of tribal cultures where Western ways of protecting the environment clash with an indigenous understanding of nature, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion present a poetry reading with Linda Gregerson, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, prior to her campus lecture on Milton, "Milton and the Syntax of Faith," 300 Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, reading 2:00 (bcsr.berkeley.edu/events/category/berkeley-seminars-in-art-and-religion)
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26 JANUARY 2018 — friday

27 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry at Florey's presents a reading and open mic featuring poets Laura Davis, Braiding the Storm, and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia, New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:00-9:30 (www.facebook.com/pg/FloreysBookCo/posts)
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28 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Tribute Reading for Chana Bloch, Invocation to Daughters, by her Writing Group: Dan Bellm, Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, Phyllis Stowell, and Alan Williamson, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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29 JANUARY 2018 — monday

30 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

31 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • City Lights and the Rock and Roll Book Club of San Francisco present a discussion with Greil Marcus, music journalist, cultural critic, and author, and Jenn Pelly, author and editor at Pitchfork, about her book The Raincoats, the first ever written about this feminist punk band, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Colin Winnette reads from and discusses his delightfully creepy gothic novel, The Job of the Wasp, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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