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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.




Daily Listings

Northern California

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17 NOVEMBER 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Black Took Collective, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Third Floor, University of California campus, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 4:00 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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  • SMC MA in Creative Writing presents a literary evening and conversation with poet Christopher Sindt, System and Population, followed by book signing and Q&A, Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 6:00-8:00 (www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing)
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    EAST:
  • The Other Voice presents a poetry reading by Traci Gourdine, Ringing in the Wild, and Dr. Andy Jones, Poet Laureate of Davis and host of "Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour" on KDVS radio, followed by open mic for two poems or five-minutes, in the Library, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis, 7:30 (www.facebook.com/PoetryReadingAndWorkshop)
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18 NOVEMBER 2017 — saturday

19 NOVEMBER 2017 — sunday

20 NOVEMBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Phyllis Meshulam, Land of My Father's War, open reading follows, hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Poetry reading with featured readers David Volpendesta and Barbara Paschke, plus open mic, hosted Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:30-9:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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21 NOVEMBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Avotcja and David Hathwell, 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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22 NOVEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Celebration for poet Latif Harris, Barter Within the Bark of Trees, Bodhisattva's Busted Truth, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:30-9:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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23 NOVEMBER 2017 — thursday

24 NOVEMBER 2017 — friday

25 NOVEMBER 2017 — saturday

26 NOVEMBER 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Walker Talks! A literary discussion by Walker Brents III, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 2:30-4:00, (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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27 NOVEMBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Elizabeth Alford, open reading follows, hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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28 NOVEMBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Gail Mitchell and Michael Koch, 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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29 NOVEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • SMC MFA in Creative Writing Open House and Happy Hour, meet the faculty and learn about the application process, De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, St. Mary's College campus, Moraga, 6:00-7:30 (www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing)
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  • SMC MFA in Creative Writing Graduate Student Reading and Potluck featuring students Ryan Jones, Emily Ratto, Amy George, and David Zumwalt, the reading is curated and hosted by a committee of Creative Writing grad students, De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, St. Mary's College campus, Moraga, free and open to the public, 7:45-9:30 (www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing)
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    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents its Annual Fundraising Party at the home of Mimi and Burnett Miller, poetry by Indigo Moor, music by CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble, followed by raffle and silent auction, 1224 40th Street, Sacramento, $40 per person and $30 for members, pay at door, 6:00-8:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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30 NOVEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dan Gerber, Particles: New & Selected Poems, and Joseph Stroud, Of This World: New and Selected Poems, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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