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Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone and Tony Barnstone

19 MAY 2019 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by acclaimed poet and translator Willis Barnstone, Poets of the Bible, with his son and noted poet and translator Tony Barnstone, Pulp Fiction, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)


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Willis Barnstone is a poet, teacher, memoirist, editor, and translator; he's published more than eighty books. He'll be reading from his Poets of the Bible and his new, not yet published translations of Guillaume Apollinaire. His books include The Restored New Testament, The Poetics of Translation, and the poetry collections Stickball on 88th Street, and Mexico in My Heart, New and Selected Poems. A Guggenheim fellow, he has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry four times, and has had four Book of the Month Club selections. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. His books have been translated into diverse languages including French, Italian, Romanian, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese. He was awarded the Northern California Book Awards' Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
Tony Barnstone, Willis's son, is also an acclaimed poet, editor, translator, and fiction writer as well. He is the author of seventeen books, including Pulp Sonnets, Beast in the Apartment, The Golem Of Los Angeles, Tongue of War: from Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, selected for the John Ciardi Prize by B.H. Fairchild, and a poetry and music CD by the same name. B.H. Fairchild said, "…The diction and syntax are often blunt with the exhaustion and terror of human voices—American and Japanese, soldiers and civilians—struggling to articulate the unspeakable, to make visible that to which we have learned to blind ourselves.…I cannot help but think that having read it, an American President who has himself been privileged to avoid the horrors of the battlefield might be less inclined to send young men and women off to face them." His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, the Poet's Prize, and the Benjamin Saltman Prize from Red Hen Press.




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4 APRIL 2020 — saturday

5 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. A memorial poetry reading to honor the life of Les Gottesman, beloved writer, teacher, activist, and founder-publisher of Omerta Publications, with a reading of his work, as well as readings by Omerta poets, including Alan Senauke, Bill Crossman, Genny Lim, Hilton Obenzinger, Jack Hirschman, and Julie Rogers, piano by Bill Crossman, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, all are invited to bring food and drinks, donations in Les Gottesman's name may be made to Bird & Beckett, Omerta books will be available for purchase, 2:00-3:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)

6 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Elaine Brown, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

7 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

8 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

9 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Animal Children, and Sarah Kobrinsky, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

10 APRIL 2020 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Albert Flynn DeSilver and Judy Halebsky, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

11 APRIL 2020 — saturday

12 APRIL 2020 — sunday

13 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

14 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

15 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

    EAST:
  • The Distinguished Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, a finalist for the National Book Awards 2019, joined by student winners of the DeClercq Poetry Contest, Q&A and book signing to follow, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, California State University, East Bay, Library, Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:00 (www.csueastbay.libcal.com)

16 APRIL 2020 — thursday

17 APRIL 2020 — friday

18 APRIL 2020 — saturday

19 APRIL 2020 — sunday

20 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Tony Aldarondo, Puerto Rican writer, actor, and musician, open mic before and after, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

21 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

22 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

23 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Meryl Natchez, Time Crunch, and Dion O'Reilly, Ghost Dogs, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

24 APRIL 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents a reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander, Be With, and Tess Taylor, reading from her new book of poetry Rift Zone, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)

25 APRIL 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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, theme announced at end of previous month's open mic, readings by two featured writers, 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)

26 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch reading by Patrick Cahill, The Machinery of Sleep, Terry Ehret, co-translator of Plagios/Plagiarisms by Ulalume González de León, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

27 APRIL 2020 — monday

28 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

29 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

30 APRIL 2020 — thursday


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