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Camille Norton

Camille Norton, Barbara Swift Brauer, Maya Khosla

7 APRIL 2019 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch and reading by Barbara Swift Brauer, Rain, Like a Thief, Maya Khosla, All the Fires of Wind and Light, and Camille Norton, A Folio for the Dark, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)


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Three poets launch and read from their new Sixteen Rivers Press books! Barbara Swift Brauer's new book of poems is Rain, Like a Thief, Ellery Akers says, "Barbara Swift Brauer is a poet of wonderful transparency and economy, and evokes the delights of ordinary life as well as the passage of time." Her first collection, At Ease in the Borrowed World, was published by Sixteen Rivers in 2013. A freelance writer, she co-authored the nonfiction book Witness: The Artist's Vision in "The Face of AIDS," with portrait artist Lisa Kirk.
Maya Khosla's new collection is All the Fires of Wind and Light. Pattiann Rogers says, "The tone and stance of the lyrical language bestow on each particular—whether commonplace or unique, pitiful or rapturous, insect-tiny or sky-wide—an aura of the miraculous, each being, each element equally mighty in itself and essential to the whole." Her first book, Keel Bone, won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. The current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, she is also a wildlife biologist and a filmmaker. Her recent film is Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After the Wildfire. Her film and fieldwork show that the natural environment, if left undisturbed, can recover from even the most devastating fires, especially in northern California, and her poetry is often inspired by her research.
Camille Norton's new book of poems is A Folio for the Dark, in which she "asks us to contemplate the power of reading and writing in an open-source universe in which books as physical objects are disappearing." Julia B. Levine says, "In her brilliant second collection, Camille Norton creates a deep and lush interior world where she is both reader and writer, young girl and sensual adult, herself and other. In these poems, which are as mysterious, brutal, and beautiful as truth, Norton writes her way into the lives of those she has read: Poe, Thomas Jefferson, Gertrude Stein, a Confederate prisoner, Herman Melville's whale, and the Old Testament's Jonah…there emerges an alchemical voice of the multiple worlds that inhabit Norton's dynamic mind." Her first collection, Corruption, was a National Poetry Series winner. She has worked collaboratively with artists and composers since the early 1990's when she co-edited Resurgent: New Writing by Women, an anthology of experimental writing by women in literature, film, and the visual arts. Her poem "The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone" was published in The Best American Poetry 2010.




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Northern California

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14 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Taylor Carlisle, The Mercy of Traffic, and Kimi Sugioka, Wile & Wing, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special poet guests Linda Noel, Duane Big Eagle, Kitty Costello, and more in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet and storyteller Mary TallMountain, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Babar in Exile #21, Till Death Do We Part, presents a revival of the historic Café Babar, Paradise Lounge, and Club Chameleon readings series, now in a new venue after the closing of The Octopus, featuring a Chris Trian, Deirdre Trian, and celebrating the work of Vampyre Mike Kassel (1953-2008), with the release of Bat Flower, a new compliation of Kassel's mixed-genre work by Deborah Fruchey and Last Laugh Productions, hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts, plus open mic, which for this occasion will ask participants to read one poem from a departed Babarian along with their own (books will be available to read from), Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 sharp (hello@richardloranger.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Maurya Simon, The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems, and Amber Flora Thomas, Red Channel in the Rupture, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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15 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Judy Wells, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, Ralph Dranow, Sunday Ritual, and Dale Jensen, Amateur Mythology, plus an open mic and refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, a little east of Adeline, Berkeley, parking lot next door (510/644-4930)
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16 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

17 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

18 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

19 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Joyce Young, 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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20 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash and PEN West co-present a poetry reading by Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, and Genny Lim, KRA!, note different day of the week for this special event, refreshments, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, featured readers: Jalyce Fairley, poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong Wild Geese Sorrow, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, Nia McAllister, Katherine Vaz, Casey Walker, 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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  • 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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21 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet, essayist, and visual artist Carol Lee Sanchez, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Center For Literary Arts of San Jose presents poets and writers Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Sean Wong reading selected poems and short stories to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Aiiieeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 6:30 (www.litart.org)
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22 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • In Common Writers Series presents poets Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Beast Meridian, and Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera reading and in conversation, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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23 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Bahamas Hurricane Relief fundraiser event, with excellent food, poetry, exciting music, and raffle, poets reading include Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, Amos White, and more to be announced, Watergate, The Clipper Club, 5 Captain Drive, Emeryville, $100, $70 senior, $25 student, donations tax deductible, 7:00 (For tickets, contact Joyce Gordon at Joyce Gordon Gallery, downtown Oakland, or John Whitehead, 510/658-1360)
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24 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading and powerpoint presentation of artwork by Marcia Falk, Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings, Steven Rood, I Say Your Name, also reads, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Dave Holt, 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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26 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

27 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

28 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

29 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

30 NOVEMBER 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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