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Barbara Ras

Barbara Hamby and Barbara Ras

28 MARCH 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Barbara Hamby, Holoholo, and Barbara Ras, The Blues of Heaven, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (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, March 28 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Barbara Ras and Barbara Hamby 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 are available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

Barbara Ras's new book of poems is The Blues of Heaven, both personal, dealing with grief over the death of a brother and memories of growing up in a working-class neighborhood of Polish immigrants, and national, reflecting on gun violence, the climate crisis, and the fecklessness of an ignorant, corrupt government. Naomi Shihab Nye said, "The Blues of Heaven radiates with immense tenderness—here are poems of vivid painterly wonderment, perfect pacing and weight, elegantly woven counterpoints of shimmering imagery." Ras's previous collections include Bite Every Sorrow, winner of the Walt Whitman Award and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, One Hidden Stuff, and The Lost Skin. Her poetry has been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, Orion, and elsewhere, and she's been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is the founding director emerita of the Trinity University Press.

Barbara Hamby's new book of poems is Holoholo, the Hawaiian word for strolling without a fixed destination. A collage of one woman's consciousness, spoken in an American lingo, including Yiddish and street talk, its three sections motor across wars, racial tension, street violence, and other assorted national chaos. Billy Collins said, ""Barbara Hamby's poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable. This collection offers a generous helping of poems so crackling with references and busy with verbal energy you might feel them buzzing in your hands." She's the author of seven previous collections, most recently Bird Odyssey and On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. Her book of linked stories, Lester Higata's 20th Century, was the winner of the 2010 University of Iowa John Simmons Award. A 2010 Guggenheim fellow, she is also co-editor, with her husband David Kirby, of Seriously Funny, an anthology of poetry.




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7 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents novelist and voice actor James Sie discussing his new novel, All Kinds of Other, in conversation with actor and director Shaan Dasani and Ash Nichols, instructor at Trans* Lounge in Los Angeles, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-james-sie-shaan-dasani-and-ash-nichols-conversation-about-all-kinds-other)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelists Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control, and Jeff VanderMeer, Hummingbird Salamander, discussing their new novels and the changing worlds of fantasy and sci-fi writing, and what the genres can tell us about our own world, moderated by novelist and poet Isabel Yap, $15, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)

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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30 MAY 2021 — sunday

31 MAY 2021 — monday


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