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Jan Beatty. Photo by Beth Kukucka.

Jan Beatty, Peter Kline, C. Dale Young

11 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual reading by poets Jan Beatty, American Bastard: A Memoir and The Body Wars: Poems, Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, and C. Dale Young, Prometeo, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (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, November 11 at 7:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you this rare gathering of three compelling poets 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; the featured books are available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Jan Beatty's new book is American Bastard, winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award 2021. A lyrical inquiry into the experience of being a bastard in America, it travels across literal continents—and continents of desire—as Beatty finds her birthfather, a Canadian hockey player who's won three Stanley Cups, and her birthmother, a working-class woman from Pittsburgh. Issues of class and struggle run throughout the memoir. Her sixth book is The Body Wars: Poems, University of Pittsburgh Press. Naomi Shihab Nye said in The New York Times: "Jan Beatty's new poems…shimmer with luminous connection, travel a big life and grand map of encounters." Beatty's previous books include Jackknife: New and Collected Poems, winner of the Paterson Prize. Maria Mazziotti Gillan said, "Jackknife is a book that secures Jan's place in American literature as one of the fiercest and bravest poets writing today." Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, BuzzFeed, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

Peter Kline's Mirrorforms is a daring, experimental collection of poems in which language reaches its most pressurized state. Kline has invented a new poetic form, the mirrorform, which he uses with musical verve to essentialize thought and intensify feeling. Bruce Snider says, "…Risky and formally inventive, playful yet rigorous, these poems work like mirrors facing one another; they give a sense of the infinite—the endless joys, losses, and mysteries that make our world." A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Peter Klein has also received residency fellowships from the Amy Clampitt House, James Merrill House, Artsmith Orcas Island, and more. His previous book is Deviants; his poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as Best New Poets, Verse Daily website, and the Random House anthology of metrical poetry, Measure for Measure. He teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and in Stanford University's Master of Liberal Arts Program.

C. Dale Young's new book is Prometeo, from Four Way Books. Ilya Kaminsky says, "Heartbreaking and beautiful is Prometeo, a book so eloquent the heart stops but refuses to stop reading. These are glorious poems in memoriam for friends, family members, patients. 'I have written too many elegies,' the poet says, 'the living have become jealous of the amount I have written for the dead.' Indeed, fellow poets must be jealous of this book's fearless spirit, of its music." C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time. He is also the author of a novel in stories, The Affliction, and four previous collections of poetry. He is a recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and more. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Poetry.






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17 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • Films with Friends and Renegade Cinema: North Beach present a screening of Christopher Felver's documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth Of Wonder, Introduction by Bobby Coleman, Jambu Press, publishers of Light on the Walls of Life, a tribute anthology to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Poetry Flash editor Joyce Jenkins, Savoy Tivoli, 1434 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, free admission, donations benefit Poetry Flash, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: thoseguyssf.com)
  • The Booksmith welcomes journalist J. Malcolm Garcia, Most Dangerous, Most Unmerciful: Stories from Afghanistan, for a discussion of his latest novel, Out of the Rain, which reflects his experiences working in social services in San Francisco in the 1980s and '90s, in conversation with Katherine Seligman, At the Edge of the Haight, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/event/outoftherain)
  • Sausalito Books by the Bay welcomes author Penny Lane to discuss her memoir, Redeemed: A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood, with Joanne Greene, By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go, Sausalito Books by the Bay, 100 Bay Street, Sausalito, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sausalitobooksbythebay.com/2024-events/author-event-penny-lane-redeemed-a-memoir-of-a-stolen-childhood-in-conversation-with-joanne-greene)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes fiction writer Laura van den Berg, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, stories, in celebration of the release of her first novel, State of Paradise, 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-laura-van-den-berg-ro-kwon)

18 JULY 2024 — thursday

19 JULY 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents an afternoon of poetry celebrating the book launch of Brent Ameneyro's debut collection, A Face Out of Clay, featuring readings from poets heidi andrea restrepo rhodes, Ephemeral, Jose Hernandez Diaz, The Parachutist, Francisco Aragón, After Rubén, and Nick Martino, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Live on YouTube, free, 8:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/la-book-launch-a-face-out-of-clay-by-brent-ameneyro-tickets-924710793877)
  • As a part of her residency at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, poet Claire Blotter, Moment In The Moment House, reads from her latest book, Expanding.Water.Ways., which she has adapted to reflect the unique landscape and waterways of the local Sierra Nevada foothills, Sierra Meadows, 46513 Opah Drive, Ahwahnee, $20, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: ygac.org/classes-and-workshops)
  • Book Passage's "Plotting a Mystery Novel: The Secret's in the Secrets," led by Hallie Ephron, Careful What You Wish For, students will explore the structure of mystery novels and how to secrets to fuel plot in their personal writing, Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $125, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/class-hallie-ephron-plotting-mystery-novel-secrets-secrets)
  • Book Passage's Mystery Writers Conference takes place over three days, July 19 through July 21, and includes panels and classes by authors such as Tony Broadbent, The Smoke, and Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, participants discuss publishing with editors and publishers, with discussions by detectives, forensic investigators, etc. who will share crucial information to help writers add realism to their writing, with chances for one-on-one manuscript evaluation; Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $650, Noon PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/mystery)
  • The San Francisco Art Book Fair is a free multi-day exhibition of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world, featuring artist books, art catalogs, monographs, etc., talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings, Minnesota Street Project's contemporary art campus, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, free (For more information, visit: sfartbookfair.com)

20 JULY 2024 — saturday

  • As a part of her residency at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, poet Claire Blotter, Moment In The Moment House, will lead "Diving Underwater" writing workshop, participants will discover and express hidden themes, feelings, and desires through art, writing, and performance; Part One deals with "Drawing, Then Describing An Indescribable Feeling," and Part Two explores "Writing the Persona Poem, Releasing Hidden Voices," Yosemite Gateway Art Center, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, $45, 10:00 am PDT (For more information, visit: ygac.org/classes-and-workshops)
  • As a part of her residency at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, poet Claire Blotter, Moment In The Moment House, will give a short poetry performance followed by an open mic and the sharing of work from the residency's earlier workshop with both participants and performers, Yosemite Gateway Art Center, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, $10, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: ygac.org/classes-and-workshops)
  • Marin Poetry Center's Traveling Show visits Mill Valley for an afternoon of poetry featuring readers: Barry Peterson, Kathleen McClung,A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, Simona Carini, Lee Rossi, Say Anything, and Peter Neil Carroll, hosted by Francesca Bell, Bright Stain, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/traveling-show-3)
  • "Poetry in the Park: Proverbs" features spoken word performances, an open mic, and opportunities for young women to connect; geared towards young women age 15 and up, Heather Farms Park, 301 North San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information and to register, visit: register.adventsourceevents.org/PoetryInTheParkFeaturingProverbs)
  • The San Francisco Art Book Fair is a free multi-day exhibition of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world, featuring artist books, art catalogs, monographs, etc., talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings, Minnesota Street Project's contemporary art campus, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, free (For more information, visit: sfartbookfair.com)

21 JULY 2024 — sunday

  • Former poet laureate of San Mateo County Aileen Cassinetto, poet Marisa Lin, DREAM ELEVATOR, and Kim Shuck, Pick a Garnet to Sleep In, read from the new anthology, Dear Human at the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the United States, with special guests Sharon Coleman and Ranko Ogura performing "EcoDance," Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events/2024/07/21/performance-poets-read-dear-human-edge-time)
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents Reverberations 2024, a poetry reading in conjunction with a special exhibit on ekphrastic poetry, featured readers include Susan Ackerman, Laura Blatt, Abby Bogomolny, Elizabeth Herron, Fran Carbonaro, Rebecca Evert, Gwynn O'Gara, Linda L Reid, Lee Rossi, Steve Trenam, Katherine Harer, and Robert Thomas, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, free, 1:00 pm PDT (Register online to attend. For more information, visit: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetry-readings-reverberations-2024-jul-21-2024)
  • City Lights Bookstore presents "Poetry in the Alley" featuring reading from poets: George Albon, Empire Life, James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, Garrett Caples, Proses: Incomparable Parables! Fabulous Fables! Cruel Tales!, hector son of hector, Evan Kennedy, Metamorphoses, Barbara Jane Reyes, Letters to a Young Brown Girl , and Preeti Vangani, Mother Tongue Apologize, Kerouac Alley, between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/poetry-in-the-alley)
  • San Diego Poetry Annual welcomes SDPA poets for an open reading; the open mic is followed by SDPA readers, Riford Library Community Room, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, free, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sandiegopoetryannual.com/readings)
  • The San Francisco Art Book Fair is a free multi-day exhibition of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world, featuring artist books, art catalogs, monographs, etc., talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings, Minnesota Street Project's contemporary art campus, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, free (For more information, visit: sfartbookfair.com)

22 JULY 2024 — monday

23 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore welcomes Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist, to discuss her latest book, The Tree Collectors, a collection of vignettes describing the transformation of individuals obsessed with trees, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.mrsdalloways.com/events/amy-stewart-presents-her-new-book-tree-collectors)
  • KALW presents a poetry reading, "Bay Writers: Sex, Intimacy, and the Body," on desire and sex, featuring poets Brittany Newell, Malcolm Squire, Sloka Krishnan, Theadora Walsh, and Wren Farrell, at KALW's pop-up community events space, 220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-writers-sex-intimacy-and-the-body-tickets-933602128097?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)
  • Warwick's welcomes journalist/author Dean Calbreath, The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught, to discuss his latest book, The Sergeant: The Incredible Life of Nicholas Said, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/calbreath-2024)
  • Poetic License Sonoma Poetry Reading, "Water" is the theme, with guest poet and translator William Greenwood, Landscape/Cityscape, and poets Steve Trenam, Judith Vaugh, Leo McCloskey, Susanne Arrhenius, Kusum Jain, Joan Osterman; this not an open mic, it is a Zoom poetry series beamed from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, registration is required by 3pm the day of the event to receive the Zoom link, a donation of $10 is also required for the link, you must receive notification of registration to log on, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-topic-water-with-special-guest-poet-william-greenwood)
  • San Francisco Public Library welcomes indigenous poets from Oceania and Turtle Island to share poetry and stories, hosted by scholar and community organizer Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, with poet Kim Shuck, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events/2024/07/23/performance-poetry-oceania-and-turtle-island)

24 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • The Booksmith presents a book launch for Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People, for her new novel, Liars, in conversation with columnist Moira Donegan, The Guardian, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/event/manguso-liars)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes physician Dr. Dean-David Schillinger to discuss his nonfiction book, Telltale Hearts: A Public Health Doctor, His Patients, and the Power of Story, joined in conversation by José Vadi, Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, a memoir-in-essays, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-dr-dean-david-schillinger-jos%C3%A9%C2%A0vadi)

25 JULY 2024 — thursday

  • Bookshop West Portal welcomes Catherine Newman, We All Want Impossible Things , to discuss her latest novel, Sandwich, in conversation with Jenny True, You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood, Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookshopwestportal.com/event/catherine-newman-sandwich)
  • The Booksmith welcomes teacher/journalist Erik Davis, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, to present his most recent book, Blotter: The Untold Story of an Acid Medium, that covers the history of blotter paper, used in the distribution of LSD, in conversation with the "head of an LSD conspiracy that gained a new generation to the cause of LSD," Mark McCloud, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/blotterbook)
  • Warwick's welcomes poet/author Kamla K. Kapur to discuss her latest book, The Privilege of Aging: Savoring the Fullness of Life, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/kapur-2024)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes fiction writer Molly Giles, Iron Shoes, to discuss her memoir, Life Span, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-molly-giles)
  • Poetry Flash presents an exciting poetry reading by Dorianne Laux, Life and Earth, and Lynne Thompson, Blue on a Blue Palette, part of Poetry Flash's 50+ Anniversary celebration, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

26 JULY 2024 — friday

  • Green Apple Books welcomes journalist Jesse Katz for the release of his book, The Rent Collectors: Exploitation, Murder, and Redemption in Immigrant LA, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jesse-katz)

27 JULY 2024 — saturday

  • Warwick's welcomes historical-fantasy novelist Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches to discuss her latest in the All Souls series, The Black Bird Oracle, offsite at IPJ Theatre, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5555 Marian Way, San Diego, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/harkness-2024)
  • Marin Poetry Center's Traveling Show will visit Berkeley for an afternoon of poetry featuring readers: Judy Juanita, The High Price of Freeways, Judy Bertelsen, Susan Cohen, Democracy of Fire, Jeanne Wagner, Everything Turns Into Something Else, and Carol Dorf, Berkeley Public Library Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/traveling-show-3)
  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)

28 JULY 2024 — sunday

  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)
  • Join Genie Cartier and special guests for "the Curve!" a special show that combines spoken word poetry, comedy, and acrobatics, Circus Center Theater, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, $18, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-curve-an-acro-poem-tickets-929837768797?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)

29 JULY 2024 — monday

30 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • ZYZZYVA Magazine presents Movie Night at the Roxie with novelists Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and R.O. Kwon, Exhibit; the featured film will be Secretary, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, $15, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: roxie.com/film/zzyva-movie-night-secretary)

31 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human, discussing his latest book, The Murmuring Grief of the Americas, in conversation with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, The Life Assignment, virtual on Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/daniel-borzutzky-in-conversation-with-ricardo-alberto-maldonado)
  • Lyrics & Dirges reading series presents Anastasia Lê, Taneesh Kaur, Linette Escobar, Jessica Ke'mani, Abby Bogomolny, hosted by MK Chávez and Sharon Coleman, curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, refreshments, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes author Willy Vlautin, The Night Always Comes, to celebrate the release of his new book, The Horse; Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, Free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-willy-vlautin)

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