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Elena Karina Byrne

Elena Karina Byrne and Gail Wronsky

9 DECEMBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, and Gail Wronsky, Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New & Selected Poems, 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, December 9 at 7:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you this compelling reading 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

Elena Karina Byrne's new book is If This Makes You Nervous, a book of lyric poetry that responds to works of art. Molly Bendall says, "In this original and beguiling collection, Byrne offers us her private gallery and guides us through episodes of her life, revealing to us not only how works of art have instructed and nurtured her, but also how her life became imprinted on the art." A Pushcart Prize recipient, her previous books include No, Don't, Squander, MASQUE, and The Flammable Bird. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Kyoto Journal, Verse Daily, Poetry International, Plume, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Kenyon Review, Narrative, Volt, TriQuarterly, and BOMB. She's currently writing screenplays, short stories, and completing a collection of hybrid essays entitled "Voyeur Hour: Poetry, Art, Film, & Desire." Former Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Elena Karina Byrne is a freelance editor and lecturer, Programming Consultant & Stage Manager for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, poetry programs curator for the Craft Contemporary Museum, and literary programs director for The Ruskin Art Club.

Gail Wronsky's new book is Under the Capsized Boat We Fly: New & Selected Poems David St. John says, "Gail Wronsky is an astonishing poet whose work I've turned to for more than twenty-five years to find the most deeply compassionate, artistically complex and intellectually astute poetry being written in this country. She is a literary revisionist of the most exquisite order, reconstructing the poetic canon, challenging the historical conventions of poetry and striking urgent, lyric chords of female empowerment. …With this book she takes her rightful place among the most celebrated of American poets." Her previous poetry collections include Imperfect Pastorals, Poems for Infidels, and Dying for Beauty (finalist for the Western Arts Federation Poetry Prize). She is the translator of Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy's book Fuegos Florales/Flowering Fires, winner of the American Poetry Prize from Settlement House Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, Antioch Review, Poetry International, and Volt. Her work has appeared in anthologies, including Poets Against War, The Black Body, In Possession of Shakespeare, The Poet's Child, and Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles.




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25 SEPTEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Omnidawn presents "Breaking the Bowl," a new writing course led by poet David Koehn, Scatterplot, focusing on breaking formal traditions in poetry, the course runs four weeks, September 11-October 2, and features a different special guest each week, this week features Annie Finch, recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and author of Calendars, among other titles, sliding scale $750-$1000, online, classes are split into two sections, with section one running 11:00 am-Noon PDT and section two running 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Enroll here by Thursday, September 8: www.omnidawn.com/breaking-the-bowl-a-new-organic-forms-class-led-by-david-koehn)

26 SEPTEMBER 2022 — monday

27 SEPTEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents Julian Aguon, Chamorro human rights lawyer and founder of Blue Ocean Law, discussing his new book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay, part memoir, part manifesto, weaving together indigenous rights and environmental justice, in conversation with feminist writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me, in person, Kerouac Alley, between City Lights and Vesuvio Café, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Left Margin Lit presents "Next Level: Advanced Poetry Workshop," led by poet David Roderick, Blue Colonial, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize, this is a graduate-style workshop focused on discussing your poems, enrollment is limited to eight people, runs six weeks, September 27-November 8, no class on October 4, $495, in-person, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/next-level-advanced-poetry-2)
  • Poetic License Sonoma presents a poetry reading featuring the eight poets Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, and Kusum Irene Jain, with special guest poet Sande Anfang, host of the Rivertown Poets monthly reading series and author of Xylem Highway, with guest student poet Dirk Dunning; the reading will explore the theme "Equinox," part of the Fourth Tuesday Zoom Poetry Series hosted by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, $5/donations welcome, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-sandra-anfang)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and spoken word artist Zomkhonto, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

28 SEPTEMBER 2022 — wednesday

29 SEPTEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • The Booksmith presents artist and graphic designer George McCalman, discussing his debut book, Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and Unseen, a stunning collection of 145 portraits of Black heroes and icons throughout America's history, with short biographies about their contributions to activism, science, politics, medicine, entertainment, the arts, and more, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.booksmith.com/event/george-mccalman)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring former Ukiah Poet Laureate Linda Noel, Red Indian Road West, followed by an open mic, six minutes per reader, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.gracehudsonmuseum.org/new-events)
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San Jose presents a reading by acclaimed poet and novelist Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, and others, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, tickets range from $45-$75 and a include signed copy of Vuong's best-selling collection Time is a Mother, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.clasanjose.org/ocean-vuong)

30 SEPTEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Green Apple presents novelist Angie Cruz, Dominicana, finalist for the Women's Prize, discussing her new book, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, in conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-angie-cruz-ingrid-rojas-contreras)
  • Point Reyes Books presents poets Jody Gladding and Tawanda Mulalu, reading from and discussing their new collections, I Entered Without Words and Please make me pretty, I don't want to die, respectively, the latest publications in the Princeton Contemporary Poets series, online, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/jody-gladding-and-tawanda-mulalu)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents "True Tales of Family," a reading that explores family history and conflict from the perspectives of five Latin American authors, featuring memoirist Juanita Mantz, Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer, nonfiction writer Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, Late Bloomer, poet Cecilia Caballero, short story writer Pat Alderete, Ghost and the Spirit, and poet Allison Hedge Coke, Look at This Blue, followed by a Q&A, in-person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents best-selling author Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, celebrating the release of her new book, Woman Without Shame, her first collection of poems in twenty-eight years, co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Research Center for the Americas at UC Santa Cruz, at Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn, 94 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, $33, ticket includes a copy of the book, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/sandra-cisneros-2022)

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