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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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23 SEPTEMBER 2017 — saturday

24 SEPTEMBER 2017 — sunday

25 SEPTEMBER 2017 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents reading by Dave Holt, open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Outer Limits," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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26 SEPTEMBER 2017 — tuesday

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  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Kristina Brown and Stephen Kessler, 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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  • Poet Matthew Zapruder in conversation with Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA literary journal, celebrating the release of Why Poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • An evening with celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reading from Bone, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and inner self, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Josh Weil reads from his new novel, The Age of Perpetual Light, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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28 SEPTEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Thomas Centolella, Almost Human, and Susan Gubernat, The Zoo at Night, 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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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation with Camille T. Dungy, Trophic Cascade, and Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Celebrating the release of Heaven is All Goodbyes, the much-awaited second book by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Zoe Quinn discusses Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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29 SEPTEMBER 2017 — friday

30 SEPTEMBER 2017 — saturday


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