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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Phyllis Meshulam

1 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Interrupted Geographies, and Phyllis Meshulam, Land of My Father's War, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


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Iris Jamahl Dunkle's new book of poems is Interrupted Geographies. Camille T. Dungy says, "While Iris Jamahl Dunkle writes specifically about particular places and people—some famous and some little known—there's no way to read these poems without understanding the ways she is always writing about you and also about me." She is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and her second collection, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County. Her debut collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay for the Trio Prize from Trio Press and was published in 2013.
Phyllis Meshulam's new book of poems is Land of My Father's War. Fred Marchant says, "In this book, the literal 'land of my father's war is Italy, where the poet's father served in World War II…However, the landscape of these beautifully crafted poems is wider than any one country, and deeper than any one moment in time. Phyllis Meshulam maps the landscape of consciousness in our time…" She is also author of the chapbooks Doll, Moon and Valley of Moon. Widely published in literary journals, she is anthologized, too, in the acclaimed anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. She is a teacher and the coordinator of both California Poets in the Schools and the nation-wide youth recitation series Poets Out Loud.




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25 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic presents Out of the Dark, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, featured readers, poet Vernon Keeve III, Southern Migrant Mixtape, recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and memorist Alvin Orloff, Disasterama!: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, hosted by Hollie Hardy, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, reading 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)
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26 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Barker, Gloss, and NCBA Cody Award-winner Sandra M. Gilbert, Judgment Day, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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27 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Dan Lineham, author of the multimedia serial novel The Princess of the Bottom of the World, 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)
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  • The Monday Writers Group is for playwrights at all levels who wish to develop their scripts by having their work read while responding to the work of others, space available, contact Gary Graves to get involved, Central Works, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, $200, meets weekly January 27-March 23, Noon-2:00 (gary@centralworks.org, www.centralworks.org)
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  • Litquake, Berlin International Literature Festival, and Goethe-Institut San Francisco present SHOAH: A Film Screening, of Claude Lanzmann's 1985 nine-and-a-half-hour documentary in honor of the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush Street #204, San Francisco, free, film screening 9:00 a.m.-6:30, evening panel and audience discussion 7:00 (www.litquake.org)
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28 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

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  • A reading by Bob Perelman, from his new poetry book Jack and Jill in Troy, poet Norman Fischer, On a Train at Night and Untitled Series: Life As It is, serial poems, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion, prose, and poet James Sherry, Entangled Bank: A Conceptual Memoir of Language Ecosystems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Andre Perry in conversation with Colin Winnette, The Job of The Wasp, in celebration of Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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29 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

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  • #we music, bi-monthly talk and performance series of queer perspectives, presents Sidney Chen, Chinese-American vocalist and performance artist, giving a talk on "Mother Tongues: Reclaiming a Discarded Self," with a vocal and handmade music box performance, and Rybree Tree, non-binary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, giving a talk on "In Between: Visions from the Outskirts & People People," with a musical performance, hosted by Richard Loranger, ProArts Gallery & Commons, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, free/a hat will be passed, 7:00-9:00 (www.proartsgallery.org)
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  • JCCSF presents poet, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead, as they read and share from their new poetry collection, Homie, in partnership with Litquake, Poetry Flash, The Urban School, and MoAD, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20, members get ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
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  • Dr. Samuel C. Woolley, a researcher specializing in automation/AI, emergent technology, politics, persuasion, and social media, discusses his book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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30 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • John Curl reads from his new novel, Outlaws of Maroon, an adult novel about two children set in the 1950s, New York, McCarthy era, and poet Jack Foley, When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, performs with Sangye Land, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 6:30-8:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties, celebrates the release of her new memoir, In the Dream House, in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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  • "In DNA, Secrets & Inheritance," Dani Shapiro, author of memoirs and novels including Hourglass and Black & White, is joined by Dr. Abraham Verghese, Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University and author of Cutting for Stone, to discuss Shapiro's memoir Inheritance, exploring the combination of factors that make us who we are, in partnership with Jewish Film Institute, SF Hillel, The Writers Grotto, the Jewish Community Library, and JIMENA, bookseller Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $30/members ten percent off, tickets include a copy of Inheritance, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
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31 JANUARY 2020 — friday


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