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Sholeh Wolpé
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Persis Karim and Sholeh Wolpé

29 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Persis Karim, poet and editor, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and poet, translator, playwright Sholeh Wolpé, The Conference of Birds, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Persis Karim is a poet, editor, and Professor of Comparative Literature at San Francisco State, where she also directs The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. She has edited or co-edited three important anthologies, Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers, co-edited by Anita Amirrezvani; Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora; and A World Between: Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans, co-edited with Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami. Her own book of poetry, Accidental Architecture, is forthcoming.
Sholeh Wolpé's new book is The Conference of Birds, her translation of Farid Ud-Din Attar's twelfth century epic poem, a classic of Persian literature. Reza Aslan says, "…never before has it been rendered into English with such beauty, elegance, and precision. [Her] translation of this epic is sure to be as timeless as the masterpiece itself." She has also adapted Attar's Sufi mystical allegory of the soul's search for meaning as a play, Conference of Birds, which will be produced at The Ubuntu Theatre Project in Oakland, November 30-December 16, directed by Giulio Perrone. Born in Iran, she is also the author of four books of poems, most recently Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, two plays, three books of translation, and three anthologies.




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Northern California

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10 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Chris Chandler, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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11 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poets Emily Yoon, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, Sam Sax, Bury It, and Monica Sok, Year Zero, read from their latest work, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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12 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

13 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sara Mumolo and Caroline O'Connor Thomas read from their new poetry collections, Day Counter and Unusual Light Source, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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14 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

15 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

16 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

17 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Barbara West, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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18 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

19 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

20 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

21 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

22 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gearbox Poetry presents a reading by Judith Offer, Double Crossing, poems about Oakland, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, unfortunately this will be the last reading in this reading series, so come and celebrate the wonderful readings that have taken place there this year, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, free, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (dzeltzer@acm.org www.gearboxgallery.com)
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23 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

24 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

25 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

26 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

27 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Celebrating an Evening with Al Young, a tribute to the acclaimed poet, writer, educator, and California Poet Laureate emeritus, hosted by Kim McMillon, Jack Foley, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; a collaborative poem is being created especially for this celebration of Al Young, if you wish to add a line or two to this collective effort, please email your contribution to Jack Foley (jandafoley@sbcglobal.net); the poem begins with the line, "Al is great"; there are also plans to publish a chapbook in honor of Al, to contribute a poem, email Jack Foley, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:30 (sfpl.org)
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28 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

29 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

30 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

31 DECEMBER 2018 — monday


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