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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Lucille Lang Day and Iris Jamahl Dunkle

30 MAY 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West : Fire : Archive, 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, May 30 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Lucille Lang Day and Iris Jamahl Dunkle 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.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Lucille Lang Day's latest book of poems is Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place; David Roderick says, "Very few poets possess the acute observational power on display in Lucille Lang Day's Birds of San Pancho. In lyric, narrative, and meditative forms, Day's curiosity and love for the world radiate from every page." She's published six previous collections, most recently Becoming an Ancestor, and she's co-edited two anthologies, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry from California. Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story was a finalist for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award in Creative Nonfiction. Other honors include the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature and two PEN Oakland/ Josephine Miles Literary Awards. Educated as a scientist as well as a writer–she holds a PhD in Science/Mathematics Education–she is also the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's new poetry collection is West : Fire : Archive. Gillian Conoley says of it, "…[this] magnificently wide-ranging new book traverses both ground and history to create a new genre: a dual biography (Charmian London's) and autobiography (the poet's own). Ultimately questioning what it is to be singular at the center of catastrophe and personal pain, equally at home with the known and the unknowable—beyond heritage, beyond gender—these poems offer the thrill of a newly discovered vista, while never straying far from our planet's formidable powers, our brief existence.…it is Dunkle's formidable twin characteristics of skepticism and heart that make this book so riveting and crucial as we step cautiously into the new frontier." Iris Jamahl Dunkle's previous poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies and There's a Ghost in This Machine of Air; she's also author of the new biography Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. She was the 2017–2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, California.




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28 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Poetry from the Pandemic, a reading of San Francisco poets highlighting how they discovered their inner resources and resilience during the pandemic, featuring Karen Melander-Magoon, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/01/28/performance-poetry-pandemic)
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, in conversation with bookstore co-owner Molly Parent, Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/selby-wynn-schwartz)

29 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Skylight Books presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, The Stan Poems, reading and discussing her new book, Cantadora: Letters from California, a collection of forty-four hybrid texts that read as maps, diary entries, dream fragments, and lists, spanning the 500+ years from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico to the present day, Skylight Books,1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-linda-ravenswood-presents-cantadora)

30 JANUARY 2023 — monday

31 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer Thomas Crow, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930-1995, discussing his new book, The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge, examining the influence of West Coast artists on California's counterculture of the 1960s to 1980s, in conversation with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

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