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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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18 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Margaret Wagner, Jeremy Pugh, Judith Yamamoto, and Jennifer Nichols in a poetry reading, hosted by Lisa Rubio, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 2:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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19 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Laura Schulkind, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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20 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Get-Lit #44-55 presents twelve to fifteen writers reading never-before-read material within a three-minute time limit, live music, beer made by Ale Industries on site, readers to be announced, Nomadic Press, 111 Fairmount Avenue Oakland, $10-$15, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Nancy Cherry, Leta Bushyhead, Bonnie Carasso, and poets to be announced, hosted by Suz Lipman, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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21 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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22 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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23 AUGUST 2019 — friday

24 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

25 AUGUST 2019 — sunday

26 AUGUST 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents poet, novelist, and memorist Jerry Ratch, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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  • Open Mic with Alexander McAlister, sign up through Facebook or just show up, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/870788299728965, oaklandoctopus.org)
    event page
    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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27 AUGUST 2019 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Susan Gunter, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Jeanne Rana, and Sandra Anfang in a poetry reading, hosted by Julia Vose, Rebound Books, 1611 4th Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00 (415/482-0550, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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28 AUGUST 2019 — wednesday

29 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show presents Kathleen McClung, Diane Kirsten Martin, Sandy Cross, David Glick, and Shelley Chesley in a poetry reading, hosted by Amanda Moore, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (415/389-4292, www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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30 AUGUST 2019 — friday

31 AUGUST 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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