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"Colossus: Home": Sarah Kobrinsky, D.L. Lang, Juanita J. Martin, Kim Shuck, Kimi Sugioka

11 APRIL 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Sarah Kobrinsky, D.L. Lang, Juanita J. Martin, Kim Shuck, and Kimi Sugioka, current and former poet laureate contributors to Colossus: Home; the anthology addresses the Bay Area housing crisis, 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)

Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, April 11, at 3:00 pm PDT! We are pleased to bring you a Colossus: Home anthology reading 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.

Colossus: Home, An Anthology of Lives In & Out of Place, edited by Sara Biel and Karla Brundage, presents poetry on the San Francisco Bay Area's housing crisis. These poets, all contributors to the anthology, are current or former Poet Laureates from across the Bay Area. You can purchase this exciting anthology at www.colossuspress.org/buy.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Sarah Kobrinsky's recent book is Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything. Jill McDonough says, "In Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, Sarah Kobrinsky opens with a brief meditation on the imposter syndrome that also speaks to where all poems come from, anyway. Elsewhere we read 'I make. I tinker. I create. An instinct born/of my blueprints, deep within my DNA.' But these poems also come from us, from knowing what people say about kids looking like the milkman, pranks like TP-ing houses and tying shoelaces together, a recognizable rhythm of punchlines." Born in Canada, raised in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California, she was the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, California, 2013-2015.
D.L. Lang is the former Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, 2017-2019. She is the author of twelve poetry books, most recently Paradise Collectors: A Book of Jewish Poetry and Armor Against the Dawn: Poetry of Protest, and one spoken word album. She can be found behind a mic throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and at poetryebook.com.
Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield, California's first Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. Her poetry book is The Lighthouse Beckons. Her poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, Rattlesnake Review, and others; her nonfiction writing has appeared in Sonoma Discoveries Magazine. She was a longtime member of Redwood Writers, and is a current member of Napa Valley Writers, Benicia Writers Salon, Ina Coolbrith Circle, and Benicia First Tuesday Poets. When she isn't writing or volunteering, she reads on Vallejo Ozcat radio's ARTbeat. For more see www.jmartinpoetwriter.com.
Kim Shuck is San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate, 2017-2020. Deer Trails, published by City Lights Books, is her most recent book. She is an Ani Yun Wiya (Cherokee)/Polish-American poet, author, weaver, and beadwork artist who draws from Southeastern Native American culture and tradition as well as contemporary urban Indian life. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She earned an M.F.A. in Textiles from San Francisco State University. She is the winner of the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas and the Mary Tallmountain Award for Freedom Voices. She also received the Academy of American Poets National Laureate Fellowship and the Northern California Book Reviewers Groundbreaker Award.
Kimi Sugioka's newest poetry book is Wile & Wing. She is the current Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, 2020-2023. Anne Waldman said, "Kimi Sugioka is a poet with a lot of guises: maternal, witchy, passionate, detached observer…She moves through the female cycle confidently, poised, strong in her observance and power." Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and raised in Berkeley, Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter, and educator who performs her work frequently throughout the Bay Area. She has worked in public education for decades. She earned her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.




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18 MAY 2024 — saturday

  • Book Passage's "Contemporary American Short Story Book Group" will take place over the course of four Saturdays, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, and include discussion of historically important short stories including James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," hosted by educator and editor, Karen Secrist, online, $150, 10:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/contemporary-american-short-story-book-group-online-karen-secrist)
  • A house concert reading by Tongo Eisen-Martin, current San Francisco Poet Laureate, performing his poetry accompanied by David Boyce, and Steve Dickison, longtime director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, accompanied by Hafez Modirzadeh; the two great saxophone/improvisor musicians David Boyce and Hafez Modirzadeh will perform a short improv duo between the two readings; hosted by Harry Bernstein, the event takes place at a private home in Berkeley, $20 admission, payable in advance via PayPal or Venmo, all proceeds go to the artists, 4:00 pm PDT (Email: harry@fullplatemedia.com for the address)
  • Cecilia Woloch & Friends present "Poetry on Zoom": a workshop and seminar with Kevin Prufer, The Fears, online, $100, 10:00 am-1:00 pm PDT (For more information, email: cecilia.woloch.assistant@gmail.com)
  • Book Passage's "Writing from the Heart," with Cindy Rasicot, This Fresh Existence: Heart Teachings from Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, will teach students how to develop their authentic voice, shut down the critical voice, and embrace vulnerability using a series of prompts alongside guided meditation; Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $80, 11:00 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/writing-heart-cindy-rasicot)

19 MAY 2024 — sunday

20 MAY 2024 — monday

  • Book Passage's First Edition Book Club takes place every third Monday of the month and includes discussion of books such as Percival Everett's James, hosted by former Lisa Joss, Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $25 per session, 2:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/corte-madera-book-group-lisa-joss-first-editions-book-discussion-group-2024)
  • Litquake and Green Apple Books present a launch party celebrating R.O. Kwon's new novel, EXHIBIT!, she will be joined by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE CLOUDS: A Memoir offsite at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, tiered tickets, price varies, 6:00 pm VIP, 7:00 pm general admission-time (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/offsite-ro-kwon-ingrid-rojas-contreras-exhibit-launch-party)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the life of late San Francisco poet Neeli Cherkovski, 1945-2024, whose posthumously published seminal collection is Selected Poems: 1959-2022, hosted by Danny Rosen and Kyle Harvey, this event will feature readings by Patrick Dunagan, Sarah Menefee, Aggie Falk, Tate Swindell, Scott Bird, Garrett Caples, Marina Lazzara, and Jessica Loos, the event will be both in person and accessible via Zoom, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/neeli-cherkovski)

21 MAY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets a poetry open mic reading, all poets welcome, bring a poem to share or come listen to others, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, welcomes Graham Moore, The Holdout to discuss his new novel, The Wealth of Shadows, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information and to reserve a seat, visit: www.dieselbookstore.com/event/Graham-Moore-May-21-Author-signing)
  • UCLA professor and poet Stephen Yenser welcomes V. Penelope Pelizzon for a reading and discussion of her latest poetry collection, A Gaze Hound That Hunteth by the Eye, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: hammer.ucla.edu)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Kathleen Hanna, pioneer of the riot grrrl movement and lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and Brontez Purnell, Oakland-based punk musician and writer, discussing their new memoirs: Hanna's Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk and Purnell's Ten Bridges I've Burnt, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/kathleen-hanna-brontez-purnell)
  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes novelist K-Ming Chang in celebration of her new novel, Cecilia, in conversation with author Jemimah Wei, The Original Daughter, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/k-ming-chang-2)

22 MAY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Justice Stephen Breyer to discuss his first book since retiring from the US Supreme Court, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism; he will be joined by legal analyst Sarah Isgur, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/justice-stephen-breyer-3)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Kit Schluter's Cartoons and Garret Caples's roses: Incomparable Parables! Fabulous Fables! Cruel Tales!, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/kit-schluter-with-garrett-caples-book-launch-party)

23 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes author and creator Miranda July, discussing her new novel, All Fours, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/miranda-july-4)

24 MAY 2024 — friday

25 MAY 2024 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Tim Steele, Toward the Winter Solstice, and Angela Narciso Torres, Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)

26 MAY 2024 — sunday

27 MAY 2024 — monday

28 MAY 2024 — tuesday

29 MAY 2024 — wednesday

30 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Gil Cuadros's latest collection, My Body Is Paper: Stories and Poems, hosted by editor Kevin Martin, professor Rafael Pérez-Torres, and filmmaker Amy Scholder with readings by Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties, and Flavia Elisa Mora, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/launch-party-for-gil-cuadros-my-body-is-paper)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Diane Pendola, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: innisfreeriedell@gmail.com for more information)
  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

31 MAY 2024 — friday

  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors of the horror genre; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

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