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Al Young

Levertov Tribute: Al Young, Anita Barrows, more

22 JUNE 2014 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a tribute reading for The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov, with Al Young, Anita Barrows, Peter Dale Scott, and David Shaddock, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

New Directions has recently released The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov. Born in England in 1923, Levertov emigrated to the U.S. in 1948, and died in 1997. She was the author of more than twenty books of poetry along with books of criticism and translation; she was poetry editor for The Nation. She was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, an environmentalist, and an antiwar activist. Kenneth Rexroth called her "the most subtly skillful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving." At this tribute, her poems will be read with comments and stories. The readers will be:
Anita Barrows is a poet, translator, and clinical psychologist. Her books of poems include The Road Past the View, Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Series Award winner, 1992, and A Record, Riverstone Press Award winner, 1998. She's a prolific translator from French, Italian, and German, among which is her best-selling translation, with Joanna Macy, of Rilke’s Book of Hours.
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and UC professor; he is a poet, writer, and reseacher. His latest book of poems is Tilting Point. His other poetry books include the three volumes of his trilogy Seculum: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror, Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse, and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000. He was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award in 2002.
Poet and psychotherapist David Shaddock studied poetry with Levertov at UC Berkeley. Among his books of poems are This Place Where Something's Missing Lives and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles. He's won the Ruah Magazine Power of Poetry Award and the International Peace Poem prize; his play, In a Company of Seekers, was performed at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
Al Young is an acclaimed novelist and poet. California Poet Laureate from 2005 to 2008, he's prodigiously published; recent books of poems are Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons and Something About the Blues. Among his honors are NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships, The Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, Northern California Book Reviewers' Fred Cody Award, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award.

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