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Maw Shein Win

Amy Gerstler and Maw Shein Win

22 NOVEMBER 2020 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House and Amy Gerstler, Scattered at Sea, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)


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Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual event on Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you a poetry reading by Maw Shein Win and Amy Gerstler via Zoom. Click here to register for this event. After you register, you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading. This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books, Berkeley and the books will be available for purchase with a link to https://bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.

Amy Gerstler's forthcoming poetry collection is Index of Women, her previous book is Scattered at Sea, longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Wendy Willis wrote of it in the Los Angeles Review of Books, "Scattered at Sea got under my skin in ways that I did not expect…[these poems] have a heart of sense-making. And that impulse toward gathering meaning from the shards of chaos is sorely needed in this particular poetic and political moment…[Gerstler] reminds us of the struggle to be human in a capricious world." She is the author of ten previous poetry collections, including Bitter Angel, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award. Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism who lives in Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. She teaches in the Graduate Fine Arts Department at Art Center, College of Design, in Pasadena, California.

Maw Shein Win's new collection is Storage Unit for the Spirit House. D.A. Powell wrote of it, "Poetry has long been a vessel, a container of history, emotion, perceptions, keepsakes. This piercing, gorgeous collection stands both inside and outside of containment: the porcelain vase of stargazer lilies is considered alongside the galley convicts, the children sleeping on the cement floors of detention cells, the nats inside their spirit houses; the spirit houses inside their storage units. 'The soft part of the brain fits into a clear jar.' One observes, in these nestings and inclusions, dioramas and offices, the human eye peering out and peering in: 'I witness each body through the missing bricks.' These poems are portals to other worlds and to our own, a space in which one sees and one is seen. A marvelous, timely and resilient book."
Maw Shein Win's previous collections include Invisible Gifts: Poems; her chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace and Score and Bone. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate of El Cerrito (2016–2018). She lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.




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7 DECEMBER 2021 — tuesday

8 DECEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents writer Nancy Perloff, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute, celebrating the launch of her new books, Concrete Poetry: A 21st Anthology, a wide-ranging collection of poetry that reflects and re-evaluates the concrete poetry movement, in conversation with editor and writer Antonio Sergio Bessa, Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

9 DECEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, and Gail Wronsky, Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New & Selected Poems, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

10 DECEMBER 2021 — friday

11 DECEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • The Poetry Center presents the 36th annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, this year given by poet and scholar Chris Nealon, The Shore, his subject will be "George Oppen and the Future," introduced by Brandon Brown, in person at East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PST (For more information: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29208-chris-nealon-george-oppen-memorial-lecture)

12 DECEMBER 2021 — sunday

13 DECEMBER 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents journalist and writer Eduardo Berti, Agua, La mujer de Wakefield, reading from his new novel, An Ideal Presence, in conversation with Daniel Levin Becker, translator of the book, online via Zoom, free, 2:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

14 DECEMBER 2021 — tuesday

15 DECEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet and translator Gloria Gervitz, reading and discussing her new book, Migrations, a collection of poems forty-four years in the making, in conversation with Mark Schafer, visual artist and translator of the book, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

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