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devorah major and James Cagney

9 AUGUST 2020 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by devorah major, Califia's Daughter, and James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)

Please join us for the Poetry Flash's first virtual reading on Sunday, August 9 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you devorah major and James Cagney via Zoom. To register for this reading, please click here. After you register, you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading. We hope this virtual reading will be the first of many more to come. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.
devorah major's new poetry collection is Califia's Daughter; her previous books include and then we became, Where River Meets Ocean, and The Other Side of the Postcard. Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate 2015-17, says, "All the dimensions of devorah major's life and (yours) are here —from the 'beginning before the beginning,' galactic particles to the bebopness of our lives. She speaks of being, of becoming, of totality. Is it a journal, an investigation, the life philosophy of a great poet woman? …In this work, devorah charts the infinite music inside of us all." San Francisco's third Poet Laureate, devorah major is a writer, editor, writing coach, spoken word performer, recording artist, and poetry professor. Poet-in-Residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, she has toured in Italy, Bosnia, Jamaica, Venezuela, Belgium, England, Wales, and throughout the United States, performing her poetry and speaking on African-American poetry, Beat Poetry, and poetry of resistance. In 2015, her play Classic Black: Voices of 19th Century African-Americans premiered in San Francisco.
James Cagney's recent book is Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory. Sam Sax wrote, "I remember first hearing James Cagney read poems in a packed backroom in Oakland and being entirely shook by what this man can do with language. Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory makes good on that promise of strangeness, urgency, lyric prowess, and invention. Toggling between loss, therapy, the pastoral, illness, the humorously personable, and the darkly familial—at every turn this book surprises, aches, and delights. 'what flower / cuts thru the bullshit / between people'—do yourself a favor and read it thrice." Cagney's poems "interrogate identity, family, loneliness, and the expectations of masculinity. Using dreams, blues, and a chorus of voices, this collection of poems examines the complexities of intimacy for an adopted person trying to find balance between two families—one rattled by age and illness; the other, holding space for a son that doesn't exist." A Cave Canem fellow, he studied writing and poetry independently, via the public library, workshops, and the open mic scene in the Bay Area.

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26 FEBRUARY 2021 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents the High Dawn Reading Series, this month featuring readings from Stephon Lawrence, artist and writer, and Muriel Leung, poet and author of Bone Confetti, introduced by poet Angie Sijun Lou, with music performed by Beast Nest, a performing project by Sharmi Basu, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

27 FEBRUARY 2021 — saturday

  • Aqus presents the series Poets in Conversation, featuring poets Kathleen McClung and Sande Anfang reading their work and answering questions from the audience, free, online, 4:00 pm PST (Email: for the Zoom link)

28 FEBRUARY 2021 — sunday

  • Les Figues Press and the Echo Theater Company present Mrs. Porter's Salon, an art and literary salon featuring a diverse array of creative performance, including poetry, visual arts, music, and dance, if attending please bring something to share with the group, each attendee is given two to five minutes to perform, co-hosted by Teresa Carmody and Johanna Blakely, founders of Les Figues Press, free, online, 3:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Sixteen Rivers Press presents a poetry reading featuring José Luis Gutiérrez (The Motel Entropy and Other Sorrows) and Ricardo Pau-Llosa (The Turning), part of the Sixteen Rivers Presents reading series, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PST (Zoom link:; for more information:
  • Friends of the Claremont Library poetry reading features Jennifer K. Sweeney (Foxlogic, Fireweed) and Diana Marie Delgado (Tracing the Horse, part of the Fourth Sundays reading series, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Nathalie Anderson, Stain, and Terry Tierney, The Poet's Garage, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Harriet A. Washington, author of the acclaimed book Medical Apartheid, discusses her newest work, Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent, about the violations when it comes to consent to medical research, and how these violations disproportionately affect people of color, hosted by Revolution Books in Berkeley and New York, free, online, 2:00 pm PST/5:00 pm EST (Register to attend:

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