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Fog and Light: Vince Gotera, Ken Haas, Kathleen McClung, Diane Frank, more

24 JUNE 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading to celebrate Fog and Light: San Francisco Through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here, a new anthology, with contributors Vince Gotera, Ken Haas, Jodi Hottel, Kathleen McClung, Gwynn O'Gara, and editor Diane Frank, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 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 Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you this anthology celebration 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 event. 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; Fog and Light is available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Many of these bio notes are from the Fog and Light anthology:
Vince Gotera's recent book is The Coolest Month, a collection of poems written everyday throughout April, in response to NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day prompts. Maureen Thorson says, "Vince Gotera's The Coolest Month leans into T. S. Eliot's bromide for April while turning it on its head.…An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but as Gotera shows, a poem a day can help chase away the blues." Now a professor in Iowa, Gotera was born and raised in San Francisco. He grew up in the Haight-Ashbury and was a teenager during the Summer of Love. "As a lead guitarist," Vince says, "I was influenced by the rock bands that played around The City: Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Charlatans, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Santana, and many others. In fact, I fondly remember being an eighth grader at St. Agnes School on Ashbury and hearing The Dead rehearsing in their house across the street." Gotera left for grad school in the Midwest and hasn't lived in The City since. "But I am always excited to visit and enjoy the dazzling diversity, charming neighborhoods, and utter beauty of San Francisco, forever home."

Ken Haas's first full-length collection, Borrowed Light, won the 2020 Red Mountain Press Discovery Award. Ellen Bass said, "…Ken Haas's first collection of poems…is complex, vibrant, capacious and wildly imaginative. With affection and wonderful clarity, Haas describes a childhood of 'taking infield practice and shagging flies,' Atlantic City's 'sunburn and saltwater taffy,' a trip into Manhattan to see the legendary John Coltrane, who 'emptied his arms in a wave that even now speaks to the kind of man I could become.' But it would be a mistake to call this book nostalgic. Haas is keenly aware of the darker forces of history. The same Antisemitism that forced his grandparents to flee Nazi Germany is alive and well today—'we just forgot that shirt-wise brown is brown, words do burn, and we can see the rest from here.'" Haas's work has appeared in over fifty literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received the Betsy Colquitt Poetry Award. He grew up in New York City, but has lived for the past forty-four years in San Francisco.

Jodi Hottel is a sansei, third generation Japanese American. She is author of the chapbooks Out of the Ashes, Voyeur, and Heart Mountain, her collection of poems about the Japanese American incarceration, winner of the 2012 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Most of those families were initially taken to a temporary detention site at the Tanforan race track in San Bruno, now the site of a shopping mall.

Kathleen McClung's books include Temporary Kin, Three Soul-Makers, A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, The Typists Play Monopoly, and Almost the Rowboat. Julie Kane wrote of Temporary Kin, " Kathleen McClung is a master of the sonnet crown. In her skilled hands, that venerable form expands to encompass active shooter drills, smartphones, and Lyft drivers, as well as songbirds, the sea, and the moon." She fell in love with San Francisco at age nine when she came with her mother on a Greyhound bus to see Carmen at the War Memorial Opera House. She cried when they had to leave at the intermission to catch the bus back to Sacramento. For over thirty years, Kathleen McClung has lived, taught, and written on the foggy west side of San Francisco.

Gwynn O'Gara's books include Snake Woman Poems, with a foreword by Nanos Valaoritis, and the chapbooks Fixer-Upper, Winter at Green Haven, Fruit of Life, and Sea Cradles. She grew up in San Francisco and left many times, almost always coming back. For twenty-five years she worked as a California Poet in the Schools and served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2010-2011.

Diane Frank is author of eight books of poems; her 2021 collection is While Listening to the Enigma Variations: New and Selected Poems. Los P. Jones said this of Frank's 2018 book, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines: "In this new and startling collection, Diane Frank's poems transcend not just genres but entire dimensions. When she speaks to J.S. Bach, she really means it and when Bach speaks back, she listens—entirely—the way certain moths perceive sound via their whole body, even their wings. How is this accomplished? It will seem to come through the poems themselves—their music, tonal qualities and subjects, yet it goes even deeper as it pushes up like duende through the soles of your feet." She is also the author of Blackberries in the Dream House, winner of the Chelson Award for Fiction, two other novels, and a photo memoir of her 400-mile trek in the Himalayas. She teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University and lives in the Outer Sunset in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. She selected the poems for the Fog and Light anthology.




Daily Listings

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25 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 18 and June 25) writing course as a part of their "Blank Page Series," with emerging author Rhea Bryce, day one will handle debunking writing myths and day two will discuss how writers can find inspiration when confronted with the blank page, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $60, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)
  • Warwick's welcomes novelist Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had, to discuss her latest book, Same As It Ever Was, joined in conversation by artist and podcaster Jason Blitman, Gays Reading, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/lombardo-2024)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes Madeleine Cravens to celebrate the launch of her new poetry collection, Pleasure Principle, joined in conversation by Angie Sijun Lou, Dark Soil, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-madeleine-cravens-angie-sijun-lou)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes novelists Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Rebecca Handler, Edie Richter Is Not Alone, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $36, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/gabrielle-zevin)

26 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

  • The Booksmith welcomes poet K-Ming Chang,Bestiary, reading from Cecilia, and poet Jennifer Tseng, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, reading from Thanks for Letting Us Know You Are Alive: Poems, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/event/chang-tseng)
  • Warwick's welcomes bestselling nonfiction author Eric Blehm, Fearless, to discuss his latest book, The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/blehm-2024)
  • Afikomen Judaica welcomes poet Anna Goodman Herrick for a celebration of her new release, A Speaker is a Wilderness: Poems on the Sacred Path from Broken to Whole, Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.afikomen.com/upcoming-events/anna-goodman-herrick)
  • Skylight Books welcomes essayist Jennifer Kabat to discuss her new memoir, The Eighth Moon: A Memoir of Belonging and Rebellion, in conversation with Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-jennifer-kabat-presents-eight-moon-w-chris-kraus)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes journalist Carvell Wallace to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Another Word for Love, joined in conversation by R.O. Kwon, Exhibit, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-carvell-wallace-ro-kwon)

27 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Pegasus Books presents an evening of music and storytelling with Alan Bern, who will be reading from his book In the Pace of the Path, reading will be accompanied by cellist Gael Alcock, who will perform Bach's Cello Suite #4 in honor of Larry Bensky, host of KPFA's "Sunday Salon" and "Piano," Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.pegasusbookstore.com/bern)
  • Literary Speakeasy is celebrating Pride Month by pairing up with the LGBTQ+ literary organization, Foglifter, readings by Foglifter editorial team or those who have been published by Foglifter including poet Nefertiti Asanti, Fist of Wind, novelist/poet K-Ming Chang, Bestiary, author Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Tender Age, Edward Gunawan, The Way Back, and saahil m., Martuni's, 4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sfstation.com/literary-speakeasy-celebrates-foglifter-e2472397 or visit the Literary Speakeasy Facebook page)
  • Warwick's welcomes journalist Maggie Mertens to discuss her latest book, Better Faster Farther: How Running Changed Everything We Know about Women, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/mertens-2024)
  • "Skulls & Stairs" features poets and writers with punk and rebel attitudes including Omar Bárcena,Poemas desde el otro lado, Lily Lady, quickie, Jack Skelley, Myth Lab: Theories of Plastic Love, and Brittany Menjivar, Parasocialite, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/skulls-stairs-brittany-menjivar-omar-barcena-lily-lady-jack-skelley-tickets-920364142927)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Steve Hellman, 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)

28 JUNE 2024 — friday

  • The Beach City Writers Conference is an annual conference where educators, writers, and lovers of literature can come together to discuss and celebrate the transformative power of literature; Gathering of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of The Community Literature Initiative (CLI) includes workshops, panels, and lectures, Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, starts at $125, 11:00 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.clibcwc.com)
  • Book Soup welcomes Essie Chambers to read from and discuss her new novel, Swift River, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksoup.com/event/essie-chambers)
  • Skylight Books presents "Women in Horror," a panel featuring women horror writers including Monika Kim,The Eyes Are the Best Part, CJ Leede, Maeve Fly, Jennifer Thorne, Diavola, and Liz Kerin, First Light, moderated by filmmaker/writer Brea Grant, Torn Hearts, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-women-horror-panel-moderated-brea-grant)

29 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • The Beach City Writers Conference is an annual conference where educators, writers, and lovers of literature can come together to discuss and celebrate the transformative power of literature; Gathering of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of The Community Literature Initiative (CLI) includes workshops, panels, and lectures, University Southern California -Taper Hall, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, starts at $125, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.clibcwc.com)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes memoirist, essayist, and critic Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses in conversation with filmmaker Brit Marling, A Murder at the End of the World, discussing Dederer's new book, Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, an interrogation of art in the age of #MeToo and an elaboration of her essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/claire-dederer)
  • Writing from Your Soul, created and hosted by Fairfield Poet Laureate Suzanne Bruce, Her Visions—Her Voices, presents poetry and music by poet and cellist, Diane Frank, While Listening to the Enigma Variations, and an open mic, Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5500 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: allevents.in/fairfield/writing-from-your-soul-poetry-event/200026579054320, or email fairfieldpoetlaureate@gmail.com)

30 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • The Beach City Writers Conference is an annual conference where educators, writers, and lovers of literature can come together to discuss and celebrate the transformative power of literature; Gathering of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of The Community Literature Initiative (CLI) includes workshops, panels, and lectures, University Southern California -Taper Hall, 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, starts at $125, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.clibcwc.com)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, Stephen Meadows, Winter Work, and Kurt Schweigman, Confluences of Solitude, Jered's Pottery, 5743 A Horton Street, Emeryville, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org, jeredspottery.com).
  • Hip Pocket Press presents a book launch for their new publications, featuring readings by D. James Smith via audio/video from his new book, Cafe Dissertation; Charles Entrekin who will be present and read poems from his new book, Poems from the Threshold; Gene Berson, The Work Ethic of the Shopping Cart Shaman; and Gail Entrekin, Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press, reading from her 2023 book, Walking Each Other Home, Yggdrasil Garden, 575 H Street, Benicia, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, contact: gailentrekin@gmail.com)

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