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Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda and Kristin George Bagdanov

25 APRIL 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Kristin George Bagdanov, Diurne, and Terese Svoboda, Theatrix: Poetry Plays, 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 25 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Terese Svoboda and Kristin George Bagdanov 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

Kristin George Bagdanov's two books of poems, both published in 2019, are her debut, Fossils in the Making, and Diurne. Ilya Kaminsky says about Diurne, "Kristin George Bagdanov has a gift of being able to make lyrics from our daily moments; she finds depths where others see only surfaces; she finds mystery and sets that mystery to music.…This is an intricate, compelling, necessary work." A PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of California, Davis, she is also the senior poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine.
Terese Svoboda's new book of poems, her eighth, is Theatrix: Poetry Plays. Virginia Konchan says, "Not since Beckett has an existential soliloquy defined the task before us with such bravura: the way forward is brilliantly, bracingly clear." Her previous collections include Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship, When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems, and Weapons Grade. Among her many other publications are seven books of fiction: a biography, Anything That Burns You: Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, and a volume each of memoir and translation. She's won a Bobst Prize in fiction, the Iowa Prize for poetry, NEH grant for translation, Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, an O. Henry Award for short story, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay. She is also a Guggenheim fellow. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.'s Disney Hall in 2005.

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27 SEPTEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Green Apple Books presents Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator and best-selling author of Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, discussing his new book, Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America, a call to fight racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homophobia, free, online via Zoom and in person, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom link here:
  • San Jose State University presents a SJSU Craft Talk by poet Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric, online via Zoom, free, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm PDT (Enter the talk with this Zoom link:
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José is pleased to present Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric, a reflection on racial inequalities through personal, professional and artistic lenses, in a reading and conversation with Jalylah Burrell, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at San José University, online via Crowdcast, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents Steven Reigns, first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Inheritance, reading from and discussing his new book, A Quilt for David, which uncovers the hidden history of the life and death of Dr. David Acer, a gay man accused of infecting his patients with HIV, and the media hysteria and scapegoating that overshadowed his life, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

28 SEPTEMBER 2021 — tuesday

29 SEPTEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading of Project 1521, a collection of Southern California poets, artists, and scholars, featuring poets Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Yago S. Cura, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Arminé Ikandossian, Darren J. de Leon, Diana Magaloni, Linda Ravenswood de Montaño, and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, poet and host of the reading series "Speaking Axolotl", reading from their new collection, You Will Not Be Forgotten, the debut volume of poetry from the group, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents novelist and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, discussing and reading from her new novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, online, $34, ticket includes a copy of the book, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

30 SEPTEMBER 2021 — thursday

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