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Bruce Isaacson

Bruce Isaacson, Jan Steckel, Deborah Fruchey on Rudy Jon Tanner

19 SEPTEMBER 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual Zeitgeist Press poetry reading by Bruce Isaacson, Leningrad to Las Vegas, and Jan Steckel, Like Flesh Covers Bone; poet and editor Deborah Fruchey presents the late Rudy Jon Tanner's If Thirst is Proof of Water, 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, September 19 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you this Zeitgeist Press event 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.

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Deborah L. Fruchey's recent Zeitgest poetry collection is Three Kinds of Dark. Connie Post says, "A great new book from the well-known author of books, romances, and poems with emotional punch. The poems in this collection have verve, have a kick, and will leave your senses wanting more.…" Deborah Fruchey is also the author of Armadillo (poetry), two comedy romance novels, one self-help manual for the mentally ill, and Priestess of Secrets, a recent flash fiction collection. Her debut novel was chosen as a "Best Book" by the American Booksellers Association. A part of the Above Paradise and Café Babar scenes, her work appeared in the Babarian anthology, Poets from Hell. She edited If Thirst is Proof of Water, by the late Rudy Jon Tanner, and Our Lady of Telegraph Avenue, a tribute to the late poet Julia Vinograd.

Rudy Jon Tanner passed away in August 2021. If Thirst is Proof of Water, edited by Deborah Fruchey, is his first full-length collection, and was published in 2021 by Zeitgeist Press. Audio of him reading his own poetry will be presented at this event. Previously, he published two chapbooks, Picasso's Monkey, and The Accidental Beacons of Things Worn Away. Tanner studied piano and twentieth century composing at Oklahoma City University, where he also began writing poetry, while he continued to compose. He moved to California in 1980. He attended the Old Spaghetti Factory readings in North Beach, where he became friends with Julia Vinograd, along with her many friends who just happened to have a very natural talent for stunning poetry.

Jan Steckel's most recent book, Like Flesh Covers Bone, published by Zeitgeist Press, won the 2019 Rainbow Awards for LGBT Poetry and Best Bisexual Book. James Cagney says, "These poems have come for blood. Jan Steckel writes often humorous, always electrified poetry of great depth and courage. Take this journey!" Her poetry collection, The Horizontal Poet, won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. Her fiction chapbook, Mixing Tracks, and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital have also won awards. She lives in Oakland, California.

Bruce Isaacson's new book of poems is Leningrad to Las Vegas; Jack Hirschman says, "…a brilliantly composed novel in poems…very beautifully evoked…you will learn more about Russia soon after the end of the Soviet Union via Isaacson's terrific perceptions than you'll read anywhere." He is known here in the Bay Area both as a poet and the publisher of Zeitgeist Press, and is often associated with the Café Babar series, part of the SF spoken word revival of the 1980s. A graduate student with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College, he was a finalist in the inaugural season of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam. The first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada whose two million population includes Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip, he is the founder of Poetry Promise, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is the advancement of the knowledge and practice of poetry. Isaacson is the author of several previous collections, including Ghosts Among the Neon and The Last Lie.

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8 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents poet and editor Victoria Chang, discussing her recent works, Obit, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and Grief, and The Trees Witness Everything, three books released in three years that explore longing, grief, and memory, in conversation with novelist Kristin Keane, Luminaries, online, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

9 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, winner of the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Literary Pub Trivia Night, a literary-themed trivia with drinks, emceed by Amy Schneider, forty-time Jeopardy! champion, the most successful woman to ever compete on the show and the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for Jeopardy's "Tournament of Champions," come for a fun evening of trivia, drinks, and prizes, in person, The Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, $25, proceeds benefit the Bay Area Book Festival, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

10 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning essayist and educator Kristen Ghodsee, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence, discussing her new book, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women, an exploration of the history of socialist feminism in Eastern Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents poet and nonfiction writer Toni Mirosevich, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, reading and discussing her new book, Spell Heaven and Other Stories, a linked story collection about a gay couple drawn to a group of outsiders after their move to a new coastal town, in conversation with Janine Kovac, former professional ballet dancer and author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

11 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • San Francisco Writing Institute presents "Poetry Revision Workshop," led by poet Hollie Hardy, How to Take a Bullet, and Other Survival Poems, winner of the annual Poetry Center Book Award in 2016; the workshop will focus on deep revision of existing poems, attendees are welcome to write new poems to workshop, but it is not required, class time will be spent workshopping poems in small groups, this workshop can be taken on its own or as a follow-up to Hardy's previous workshop, "Generative Poetry," runs six-weeks, August 11-September 15, $425, 5:30-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up here:

12 AUGUST 2022 — friday

  • Copperfield's Books presents storyteller and author Shugri Said Sahl, reading from and discussing her new book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert, winner of the 2022 Gold Nautilus Award, Multicultural & Indigenous Category, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, in person, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

13 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading featuring poets Mathieu Cailler, Heaven and Other Zip Codes, winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival, Zara Lisbon, Baby's First Apocalypse, Kevin Ridgeway, Too Young to Know, and Jose Hernandez Diaz, The Fire Eater, all reading from new work, in person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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17 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist Elif Batuman, The Idiot, finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, discussing her new book, Either/Or, a continuation of beloved protagonist Selin and her quest for self-knowledge, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

18 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

19 AUGUST 2022 — friday

20 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2022 Poetry Symposium, an exciting day-long event including poetry readings, workshops, and presentations, teens and up welcome, featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, poet and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, winner of the California Arts Council Legacy Fellowship and the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of Borrowed Bones, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, 9:00 am-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

21 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents the 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work, Part 5 features poets Lee Rossi, Wheelchair Samurai, Robin Lee, Gail Entrekin, The Art of Healing, Ella Eytan, Gabriel Rilleau, and Laurel Feigenbaum, Matrimony, with co-ambassadors Jackson Bramlette and Tashi Manchip, in person, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here:

22 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the launch of Second Stutter Volume Five, an annual San Francisco literary journal focused on contemporary English language poetry and translation, with readings by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Immigrants in Our Own Land, Jaime Chavez, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, Norma Cole, Natural Light, Adrian Lurssen, Neowise, Ivan Argüelles, Ars Poetica, and Eleni Stecopoulos, Armies of Compassion, hosted by poet Solomon Rino, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

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