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If you would be a poet, write living newspapers….

Don't ever believe poetry is irrelevant in dark times.

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Dear Friend and Reader,

Poetryflash.org is a "living newspaper," featuring book reviews, poems, essays, tributes, interviews, calls for submissions, online archives, and a daily calendar of literary events serving ALL of California and beyond. Your contribution now will support the new tech platform necessary to maintain our 2016 publishing schedule. And, as many of you have heard, our rent went up 27% in the last twelve months, a result of the Bay Area real estate bubble. We are staying here, making our stand. There is nowhere else to go—and for Poetry Flash to leave our home, the Bay Area, the West Coast, is not acceptable.

Each month, thousands refer to and enjoy Poetryflash.org. Our 2016 plan for Poetry Flash: Literary Review & Calendar will continue online issues to provide readers with the quality writing that you have come to expect from the Flash's award-winning staff and contributors. Poetryflash.org is now publishing more writing and more calendar events faster than our late great print magazine ever could. We need your help to cultivate and build this iconic and vital literary project—steadily humming along for 43 years. We need your support to replace our current tech platform with one that can be accessed in our office, without Mark, with the staff that we now have, to maintain our publication schedule. We have an exciting and concrete plan for a tech change that will better serve you and provide a strong vehicle for this wonderful writing. For that, we need to raise $10,000 dedicated to that purpose. Plans are afoot! Together, we can do it.

As many of you know, Poetry Flash lost one of its core staff members last December, and I lost my husband and partner in life and work. Mark Baldridge was responsible for online posting and collaborated with me daily on Poetry Flash publishing. He also served as bookkeeper and tax preparer, Director of our Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, and chair of our board of directors. He has been hard to replace, and the last year has been dedicated to finding new help to cover his tasks and projects.

The good news is that we have been successful. In 2015, our Poetry Flash Reading Series at Moe's Books in Berkeley and Diesel, A Bookstore, in Oakland, presented three to five readings each month (Jean Valentine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Marsha de la O, Marilyn Chin, Ellery Akers, Rebecca Foust, Francisco X. Alarcón, Rusty Morrison, Chana Bloch, Victoria Chang, Lynne Knight, and David Roderick were among the many featured poets). The 20th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival was luminous (Simon J. Ortiz, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Jane Mead, and Heyday Books author/publisher Malcolm Margolin were among many presenters). The 34th annual Northern California Book Awards (the 35th NCBAs will take place at San Francisco Public Library on May 15, 2016) celebrated writers and publishing; 2015 winners included Sacramento poet Julia B. Levine, for Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, Rebecca Solnit for The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, and novelist Richard Powers for Orfeo; the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award honored poet and translator Willis Barnstone. (Poetry Flash presents the NCBAs and sponsors the Northern California Book Reviewers' selection committees.) We also provide invaluable service to small and emerging literary art projects, many of them multidisciplinary, by fiscally sponsoring groups such as Danse Lumière and Undercover, a new, warm blanket and art project for San Francisco homeless.

Let's begin again to sustain and develop Poetryflash.org and these programs; together we can keep this collaborative vision of publication and presenting ever vibrant. Your partnership and participation is crucial to this shared vision that serves poetry, creative writing, and community building so well. Please join us by sending a tax-deductible donation today, or visit Poetryflash.org/give to use a credit card. (For Poetry Flash event announcements, sign up for our e-mail list at Poetryflash.org!)


warmest thanks & new year cheer,

Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash editor/executive director


Poetry Flash / Poetryflash.org
1450 Fourth Street, #4
Berkeley, California 94710
editor@poetryflash.org
(510) 525-5476




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