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Linda Norton

Norman Fischer and Linda Norton

20 JUNE 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Norman Fischer, There was a clattering as…, and poememoirist Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, 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, June 20 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Norman Fischer and Linda Norton 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 and at www.spdbooks.org/AdvancedSearch/DefaultWFilter.aspx?SearchTerm=norman+fischer.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Linda Norton's new memoir with poems is Wite Out: Love and Work. John Keene says, "With Wite Out Linda Norton breaks new ground as an autobiographical poememoirist. Combining an exploration of her familial roots, an interrogation and critique of whiteness as lived experience, a diaristic account of relationships in all their complexity, and a personal, social, and cultural history of certain precincts in American poetry's late twentieth century avant-garde. Wite Out is a masterpiece." Her previous collection, its prequel, The Public Gardens: Poems and History, introduction by Fanny Howe, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A recent East Bay Express review calls Wite Out "a must for anyone trying to understand the nuanced aggression of systemic oppression and how it affects the afflictor and afflicted in equal measure." Born in Boston, Norton lived in Brooklyn for many years before moving to Oakland, where she raised her daughter and met her foster son, who are the heart and soul of Wite Out. She's also a visual artist with a background in book publishing, oral history, and libraries and archives. She was a 2020 columnist-in-residence at SFMoMA's Open Space; you can see her essays, collages, and photographs at openspace.sfmoma,org/author/lindanorton and find her blog here: thepublicgardens.blogspot.com/2012/03/love-and-work.html.

Zen Buddhist priest and poet Norman Fischer's brand new book of poems is There was a clattering as…. Maged Zaher says, "Can you write about the plague without this writing being situational and somehow banal? Yes you can, There was a clattering as… is a poem about the plague, human condition, world materiality, soul fertility, and the mutual creation of God and human…This book is magnificent and as human as it could get." His other 2021 poetry title is Nature, "(a fractured re-do of Emerson) …about nature but also about thinking, language, identity, consciousness, science, idealism, economics, religion, and, in general, about the unsettling (in case you haven't noticed) paradox of being human in a human, non-human world." His other poetry books include any would be if, Untitled Series: Life As It Is, and On a Train At Night. His latest Buddhist books are The World Could be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path and When You Greet Me I Bow: notes and reflections from a life in Zen. His 2002 translation of the Hebrew psalms, Opening to You, is read by both Jews and Christians, and Experience: Essays on Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion was published in 2016.




Daily Listings

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10 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a special tribute to poet, performance artist, and musician Linda J. Albertano (1942-2022), with an afternoon of readings and performances featuring Frank Lutz, Amelie Frank, John Fleck, Philip Littell, The Dark Bob, Tequila Mockingbird, Anna Homler, Jeff Schwartz, Laurel Ann Bogen, and others TBA, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

11 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents actor and poet Carlos Baron reading from his new book, Poemario Semiurgente, joined by poets and musicians Roque Baron, Damien Nunez, Ahkeel Mestayer, Francisco Ferrer, and Mission Bohemia Trio, co-hosted by Vivos & Activos, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

12 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), a poet, filmmaker, and artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, handmade books, and performance, this event celebrates the publication of two new books, Dictee, a postmodern autobiography, and Exilee and Temps Mort: Selected Works, two related poem sequences that explore language, memory, and alienation, featuring poet Brandon Shimoda, The Desert, publisher and writer Reese Williams, and curator Christina Yang, moderated by artist and poet Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop and University of California Press, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

13 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Damian Rucci, 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 bestselling novelist Sam Lipsyte, Home Land, recipient of the Believer Book Award, reading from his new book, No One Left to Come Looking for You, joined by essayist Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There, a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)
  • The San Francsico Public Library presents the monthly open mic reading On the Page, Off the Page, come to perform or listen to poetry and music, free, at the Park Meeting Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:45 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/12/13/performance-page-page)

14 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry featuring readings by Robert Carr, The Unbuttoned Eye, Kris Winquist, Sophie Diehl, and Tanuki SpiderCat, hosted by Bloodflower, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

15 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from her new collection, And Yet, in conversation with multimedia reporter and author Elizabeth Holmes, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, $17, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, at 695 E. Colorado Street, Pasadena, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.vromansbookstore.com/kate-baer-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-holmes-discusses-and-yet-poems)
  • The Poetry Center presents poet, musician, and activist Camae Ayewa, a.k.a. Moor Mother, creating a voice and sound workshop on the theme "Anthropology of Consciousness," with local poets and artists alex cruse, Jemma Decristo, Kevin CK Lo, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Leila Weefur, and Zêdan Xelef, followed by a performance of the new work they created together, audiences are welcome to observe the workshop prior to the performance, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, workshop begins at 7:00 pm PST, performance and talk begin at 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/event/moor-mother-anthropology-of-consciousness-with-local-guest-poetartists)
  • City Lights Books presents Helen Shiller, radical anti-war activist, discussing her new book, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community, telling the story of Shiller's forty-year struggle for justice in Chicago, in conversation with translator, activist, and poet Achy Obejas, Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

16 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

17 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry, experimental films, and indigenous Hip Hop, featuring the films of Chuli 1312, poetry by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, La Movida, Wendy Trevino, Cruel Fiction, and special guest Bishop Underdog, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

18 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

19 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Mosab Abu Toha, celebrating his debut collection, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award, Toha will be signing copies of his book at the event, free, at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events/)

20 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and artist Adrian Arias in a celebration of his new collection, Mar De Las Palabras Para Amar, joined by special guest Anaís Azul, composer and singer-songwriter, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Layla Lenhardt, Mother Tongue, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

21 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

22 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

23 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

24 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

25 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

26 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

27 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

28 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • 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, free, at Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, 4:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/selby-wynn-schwartz)

29 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

30 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

31 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday


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