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Megan Harlan and Mari L'Esperance

20 JANUARY 2011 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Megan Harlan, Mapmaking, and Mari L'Esperance, The Darkened Temple, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)

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Megan Harlan's first book of poems, Mapmaking, is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize for poetry, selected by Sidney Wade. Alice Fulton says of it. "Megan Harlan's nuanced, visionary poems explore farsickness, the sensation of missing places we've never been, including the imaginary realms of lotusland and limbo…A profound meditation on the permeability of past and present, nature and artifice, self and other, space and time, Mapmaking is a miracle of invention." It's interesting, in this context, that Harlan had lived in seventeen different homes on four different continents by the time she graduated from high school. Her poetry has been published in American Poetry Review and elsewhere, and her fiction, travel writing and book reviews have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mari L'Esperance is a Hapa poet, born in Kobe, Japan. Her first full-length book of poems, The Darkened Temple, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize; Jane Mead says of it, "Mari L'Esperance enacts the process of defining a self out of fragments of cultural and personal history…by turns narrative, chantlike, fractured, and lyric, these tender, terrifying, and frank poems fight their way into song." An earlier collection, Begin Here, was the winner of the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Poetry Kanto, and Prairie Schooner. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the New York Times Company Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Mari L'Esperance lives in the Bay Area.




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15 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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