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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 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

23 FEBRUARY 2020 — sunday

24 FEBRUARY 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents Scott Caputo, The Bridge Under Construction, in a poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 6:30-8:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

25 FEBRUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, $20, members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
  • John Sayles reads from his fifth novel, Yellow Earth, set in the aftermath of a shayle oil discovery under Yellow Earth, North Dakota, and the Three Nations Indian reservation; he is a screenwriter, actor, and director whose work includes Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nominees Passion Fish and Lone Star, and National Book Award and the National Critics' Circle Award-nominee Union Dues, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Marlene Cullen, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 18+, $15 per workshop, 10:00-11:45 a.m. (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading celebrating The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel, with the collection's editor Gerald Fleming, and poets Jack Marshall, Edward Mycue, Jo-Anne Rosen, and Patti Trimble, painter Stephanie Sanchez, photographer Mark Citret, psychotherapist Robert Cantor, and teacher Wendy Berkelman, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

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