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Jack Foley
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Jack Foley, Sangye Land, and Deborah Bachels Schmidt

16 DECEMBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Jack Foley, When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, with Sangye Land, and Deborah Bachels Schmidt, Stumbling Into Grace, 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 16 at 7:00 pm PST! We are pleased to bring you this exciting 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; Jack Foley's books are available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings. For Deborah Schmidt's new book see https://orchpress.com/index.php/en/new-publications2.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Jack Foley will read and perform with Sangye Land. His new book of poetry is When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, poems ranging from traditional to experimental verse; and the companion volumes, The Light of Evening, a brief autobiography, "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads," a book about the growth—the autobiography—of the octogenarian poet's mind, and Grief Songs, dealing with his sorrow at his wife's death. Micah Zevin said, "Foley's When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs is a collection that speaks multitudes, gives voice and voices to the human condition in all its tragic and celebratory facets, compels us to keep singing until the last song is sung." Foley has published seventeen books of poetry, five books of criticism, a book of stories, and a 1,300-page "chronoencyclopedia," Visions & Affiliations: California Poetry 1940-2005. With his late wife, Adelle he became known for his multi-voiced "choruses," a practice he has continued with his new life partner, Sangye Land. He has presented poetry on Berkeley, California radio station KPFA regularly since 1988 and is currently one of the hosts of KPFA's literary program, "Cover to Cover." He received the Berkeley Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, and June 5, 2010 was declared "Jack Foley Day" in Berkeley.

Deborah Bachels Schmidt's brand new chapbook is Stumbling Into Grace. Diane Frank said, "In these pandemic times, the world needs poems that provide vision, joy and grace. Stumbling Into Grace by Deborah Bachels Schmidt provides this kind of elixir. From the first poem through the narrative arc of her book, we receive a mythology of our times, full of ancient wisdom." A Pushcart Prize nominee, Schmidt is also the author of The Milky Breath of Stars, poems; a memoir about growing up in Taos, Land of My Enchantment; a children's book; and two genealogical adventures, The Bible, the Ship and the Pewter Plate and The Menorah in the Closet. She was awarded First Prize in the Sonnet category by the Soul-making Keats Literary Competition. Her poems have appeared in Blue Unicorn, California Quarterly, The Lyric, The Ekphrastic Review, and elsewhere.




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27 MAY 2022 — friday

28 MAY 2022 — saturday

  • Beast Crawl, Oakland's free annual literary festival, celebrates its tenth year with one afternoon and evening of numerous readings and performances in downtown Oakland, showcasing diverse and talented writers who are connected to the East Bay, begins with Leg 1 at 4:00 pm, featuring readings by Poetry Flash, Milvia Street Journal, J de Salvo Open Mic, and "Julia Vinograd: Between Spirit and Stone"; Leg 2 at 5:30 pm, features Colossus Press, Reginald Lockett Open Mic, Bi The Way, AfroSurreal Writers, "West Oakland to West Africa," and the Oakland Slam; Leg 3 at 7:00 pm, features Hydra, La Palabra Musical, Throwback Special, Paper Press, and Fierce Words: All Gender Event; Beast Crawl ends with Leg 4 at 8:30 pm, an afterparty at Binny's, 532 8th Street, where everyone can meet up and celebrate the crawl, Oakland, free, 4:00 pm-9:30 pm PDT (More information here, including a map of the crawl: www.beastcrawl.org)
  • Beast Crawl presents Poetry Flash as part of their annual literary festival, "Poetry Flash Writers and Readers," featuring Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, Heather Bourbeau, Sam Sax, Bury It, and Richard Silberg, associate editor of Poetry Flash, hosted by Joyce Jenkins, editor, Poetry Flash; The Bookmark Bookstore | Friends of the Oakland Public Library, 721 Washington Street, Oakland, free, Leg 1 at 4:00 pm sharp, (More information here, including a map: www.beastcrawl.org/blog/poetry-flash)
  • Beast Crawl presents Poetry Flash as part of their annual literary festival, "Poetry Flash Writers and Readers," featuring Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, Heather Bourbeau, Sam Sax, Bury It, and Richard Silberg, associate editor of Poetry Flash, hosted by Joyce Jenkins, editor, Poetry Flash; The Bookmark Bookstore | Friends of the Oakland Public Library, 721 Washington Street, Oakland, free, Leg 1 at 4:00 pm sharp, (More information here, including a map: www.beastcrawl.org/blog/poetry-flash)
  • Beast Crawl, Oakland's free annual literary festival, celebrates its tenth year with one afternoon and evening of numerous readings and performances in downtown Oakland, showcasing diverse and talented writers who are connected to the East Bay, begins with Leg 1 at 4:00 pm, featuring readings by Poetry Flash, Milvia Street Journal, J de Salvo Open Mic, and "Julia Vinograd: Between Spirit and Stone"; Leg 2 at 5:30 pm, features Colossus Press, Reginald Lockett Open Mic, Bi The Way, AfroSurreal Writers, "West Oakland to West Africa," and the Oakland Slam; Leg 3 at 7:00 pm, features Hydra, La Palabra Musical, Throwback Special, Paper Press, and Fierce Words: All Gender Event; Beast Crawl ends with Leg 4 at 8:30 pm, an afterparty at Binny's, 532 8th Street, where everyone can meet up and celebrate the crawl, Oakland, free, 4:00 pm-9:30 pm PDT (More information here, including a map of the crawl: www.beastcrawl.org)
  • Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library presents a reading with editor and poet Elena Karina Byrne, If This Makes You Nervous, No Don't, and poet Daniel Romo, Moonlighting as an Avalanche, Apologies in Reverse, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue N., Claremont, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a reading with poet Roberto Tinoco Duran, Darkspark, Maximum in Minimum, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

29 MAY 2022 — sunday

  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents the workshop "Navigating With(out) Instruments," led by author and performer traci kato-kiriyama, based on their book of the same name, the workshop focuses on themes of memory and belonging, and the soul-baring that comes with the creative process, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $65 for members, $75 general admission, Noon-4:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-without-instruments-a-workshop-with-traci-kato-kiriyama-tickets-313785921137?aff=ebdsoporgprofile)
  • Come join Sonoma County Poets for a reading, featuring Phyllis Meshulam, Doll, Moon, Larry Robinson, Roll Away the Stone, Vilma Ginzberg, Colors of Glass, David Seter, Don't Sing to Me of Electric Fences, Marvin Hiemstra, Poet Wrangler, and Brian Martens, Three Raven Gate, with Steve Shain on bass, hosted by poet Ed Coletti, in person, Café Frida, 300 S. A Street, Santa Rosa, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • Small Press Traffic presents a talk about the life and work of poet Joanne Kyger (1934-2017), a prolific writer of poetry and prose associated with the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation, the talk will be led by poet Cedar Sigo, All This Time, reading from Kyger's poetry and letters, and discussing their collaborative work in editing There You Are. Interviews, Journals & Ephemera, and ending with an open discussion of her work, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (RSVP to attend: www.smallpresstraffic.org/upcomingevents/joanne-kyger-cedar-sigo)

30 MAY 2022 — monday

31 MAY 2022 — tuesday


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