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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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7 DECEMBER 2019 — saturday

8 DECEMBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Second Sunday Poetry series presents a reading by Christina Hutchins, George Lober, and Eliot Schain, curated by Barb Reynolds, Britt-Marie's Restaurant, 1369 Solano Avenue, Albany, free, 3:30-5:00 (510/527-1314, brittmariesolano.com)
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9 DECEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Feminist activist and writer Silvia Federici in conversation with National Women's Liberation organizer Jenny Brown, Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women's Work, and Dani Burilson, editor of All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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10 DECEMBER 2019 — tuesday

11 DECEMBER 2019 — wednesday

12 DECEMBER 2019 — thursday

13 DECEMBER 2019 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Joan Baranow, In the Next Life, and Erin Rodoni, Body, in Good Light, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)
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14 DECEMBER 2019 — saturday

15 DECEMBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck reads from her two new books, Deer Trails, City Lights Books Poet Laureate Series, and Murdered Missing, with book sales and signing to follow, San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 (sfpl.org)
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16 DECEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Andrena Zawinski, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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17 DECEMBER 2019 — tuesday

18 DECEMBER 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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19 DECEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck presents Poem Jam poetry reading series with special guests, usually takes place on the second Thursday of each month, except this month, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (415/557-4400, sfpl.org)
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20 DECEMBER 2019 — friday

21 DECEMBER 2019 — saturday

22 DECEMBER 2019 — sunday

23 DECEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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24 DECEMBER 2019 — tuesday

25 DECEMBER 2019 — wednesday

26 DECEMBER 2019 — thursday

27 DECEMBER 2019 — friday

28 DECEMBER 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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29 DECEMBER 2019 — sunday

30 DECEMBER 2019 — monday

31 DECEMBER 2019 — tuesday


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