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Judy Maher

Grace Marie Grafton and Judy Maher

8 AUGUST 2019 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Grace Marie Grafton, Lens, and Judy Maher, Dear Circus God, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Grace Marie Grafton's new book of poems is Lens. Tobey Hiller says, "The book is a paean to the nature and majesty of California, to the peoples and animals that have lived within her changing, rich landscape, and to the importance of knowledge, contemplation, and art." She is the author of six previous books of poems, including Jester; Whimsy, Reticence and Laud; and Other Clues. Widely published in literary journals and anthologies, she has also taught for thirty years through the California Poets in the Schools program, winning twelve Artist in Residence grants from the California Arts Council for her teaching. She was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by the River of Words Poetry & Art Competition for K-12 students, sponsored by Robert Hass.
Judy Maher's debut collection is Dear Circus God. Her book is divided into four sections, beginning with circus metaphors and ending at new starting points, with poems of humor and compassion throughout. Born in Asheville, North Carolina to a minister father, she lived with her family in many temporary homes across the country; then she travelled more with her husband, including a three-year adventure in Saudi Arabia. Having raised two children, they've since settled in Oakland, where she's blossoming as a poet.




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20 JULY 2019 — saturday

21 JULY 2019 — sunday

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  • OCTOPUS DAY, A Benefit for The Octopus Literary Salon, 12 HOURS, 100 POETS, 12 MUSIC ACTS!, readers include writers from the Octopus's regular series Babar in Exile, Naked Bulb, Liberate the Caged Voices, Asian Talk Story, There, Pandemonium Press Presents, and Dirty Old Women, along with dozens of others from the community, including Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González and so many more, plus a multi-voice performance on trauma at 1:00 by the writers of Liminal; two open mic slots per hour, time permitting, along with ten readers and one musician per hour until 8:00, then two hours of bands, Preening and Marbled Eye, Octopus has given much to the East Bay literary and music communities and is facing an enormous rent increase; they need your support, The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, $20 donation, no one turned away, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 (full schedule: tiny.cc/OctopusDay)
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22 JULY 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Jerry Ratch, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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23 JULY 2019 — tuesday

24 JULY 2019 — wednesday

25 JULY 2019 — thursday

26 JULY 2019 — friday

27 JULY 2019 — saturday

28 JULY 2019 — sunday

29 JULY 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Maverick Night, open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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30 JULY 2019 — tuesday

31 JULY 2019 — wednesday


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