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Terry Tierney

Nathalie Anderson and Terry Tierney

28 FEBRUARY 2021 — sunday

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)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you poetry via Zoom. To register for this reading, please click on the link in the calendar listing above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley; the featured books will be available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings

Nathalie Anderson's latest book of poems is Stain; she's author as well of the chapbook Held and Firmly Bound. Eamon Grennan said, "Stain is Anderson's richest collection so far. Fresh and irrepressibly inventive (in language, in image, in the way thought and feeling are yoked together), it moves from secular hymns of praise for the illuminations of stained glass, to elegy-edged family memories, to scalpel-sharp probings of the deeper, darker recesses of the self." She's published three previous collections, Following Fred Astaire, which won the 1998 Washington Prize from Wordworks, Crawlers, which won the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Quiver. Her poems have been anthologized and widely published in literary journals, including The New Yorker, Atlanta Review, Nimrod, and Plume. In addition to her poetry, she's an accomplished librettist, with libretti to four operas to her credit. A fellow at Yaddo in 1986, she was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1993.

Terry Tierney's new book of poems, The Poet's Garage, was published in 2020. Joan Gelfand wrote, "The Poet's Garage, Terry Tierney's debut collection is, like most garages, a wild mashup. Loss, patch-ups and re-building are the themes that stitch this collection together. In compact lines and gorgeous prose poems, Tierney speaks to what it is to be an observer, a recorder and a player all at once." He's also a fiction writer whose irreverent Vietnam era road novel, Lucky Ride, is forthcoming in 2022. His stories and poems have been widely published in over forty literary journals, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. A teacher of college composition and creative writing, originally from the Midwest, he's re-established his roots in the San Francisco Bay Area where he survived several Silicon Valley startups as a software engineer.




Daily Listings

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8 MAY 2021 — saturday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, discussing There's A Revolution Outside, My Love, a collection of letters, poems, and essays from a diverse array of writers written in response to the tragedy and tumultuous time of history in which we find ourselves, in conversation with poet and criminal justice reform advocate Reginald Dwayne Betts and poet Camille T. Dungy, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, moderated by Ismail Muhammad, story editor for the New York Times, $30, tickets include a complimentary copy of the book, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Rivers Solomon discussing their new book, Sorrowland, the story of a pregnant woman seeking to escape the religious compound where she was raised, desperate to carve a space for her small family and face the violent forces working against her, in conversation with best-selling novelist and short story writer Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist, $33.32, tickets include a signed copy of Solomon's book, online, 1:00 pm PDT (www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-zoom-rivers-solomon-reads-their-novel-sorrowland-conversation-roxane-gay)
  • City Lights Books celebrates the release of Mule Kick Blues, the last collection of poetry by acclaimed Beat poet Michael McClure (1932-2020), featuring a discussion with poet Eileen Myles (Not Me, Chelsea Girls), Anne Waldman, poet and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and poet and editor for City Lights Garrett Caples, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3774)

9 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents a roundtable discussion of powerful women novelists with women-focused stories, featuring Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar, Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King, and Alia Trabucco Zerán, Las Homicidas, moderated by Karen Phillips, executive director of Words Without Borders, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents world-renowned psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, discussing his memoir, A Matter of Death and Life, which explores themes of love, intimacy, and grief in the wake of the death of his wife, feminist scholar Marilyn Yalom, in conversation with novelist and poet Joyce Carol Oates, A Garden of Earthly Delights, Them, $15, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)

10 MAY 2021 — monday

11 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • Coastside Poetry presents a poetry reading featuring James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, winner of the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles Award, free, online via YouTube Live, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • Cobalt Poets presents poet and editor Christopher T. George, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name, winner of the Prix Femina Etranger) discussing his latest novel, Monkey Boy, in conversation with essayist and novelist Valeria Luiselli (Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3766)

12 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland, Interpreter of Maladies), discussing her new novel, Whereabouts, her first novel written in Italian and translated into English, $40, ticket price includes a complementary copy of the book, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookpassage.com/lahiri-whereabouts)
  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading featuring Janice Dewey, How to Feed a Horse, and Eleanor Wilner, Gone to Earth, from Red Hen Press's new imprint, Crooked Hearts, focusing on writers over the age of 55, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/redhenpress)

13 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, curated by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Kim Shuck, San Francisco poet laureate emeritus, featuring readings from poets James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Lourdes Figuroa (Ruidos = To Learn Speak), and Mimi Tempestt (the monumental misrememberings), free, online, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/05/13/performance-poem-jam)
  • Two Lines Press presents novelist Bruno Lloret discussing his debut novel, Nancy, originally published in Spanish and now available in English, joined by Ellen Jones, translator of the book, and short story writer Kathryn Scanlan, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/nancy-bruno-lloret-and/register?blm_aid=8890120)

14 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Point Reyes Books presents poet, essayist, and artist Rikki Ducornet, discussing her new novel, Trafik, a story of an astronaut living in a post-Earth future and her adventures in search of the planet Trafik, in conversation with novelist Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation), free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rikki-ducornet-and-jeff-vandermeer)

15 MAY 2021 — saturday

16 MAY 2021 — sunday

17 MAY 2021 — monday

18 MAY 2021 — tuesday

19 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Aminatta Forna (Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love) discussing her new book, The Window Seat: Notes From a Life in Motion, a collection of new and previously published essays about displacement, community, and how humanity co-exists (or not) with the non-human world, in conversation with nonfiction writer Eula Biss (Having and Being Had), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3790)
  • Point Reyes Books presents Noah Warren, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, The Complete Stories, joined by poets Armen Davoudian (Swan Song), Randall Mann (Propriety), and Katie Peterson (A Piece of Good News), free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/noah-warren-complete-stories)

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

21 MAY 2021 — friday

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

24 MAY 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Sarah Schulman discussing her new book, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP in New York, 1987-1993, an insightful examination of the grassroots coalition that took on the AIDS epidemic and fought for treatment for all, in conversation with nonfiction author Marc Stein, Queer Public History: Essays on Scholarly Activism, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3791)

25 MAY 2021 — tuesday

26 MAY 2021 — wednesday

27 MAY 2021 — thursday

28 MAY 2021 — friday

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31 MAY 2021 — monday


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