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D. Nurkse

D. Nurkse and Eliot Schain

24 JULY 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by D. Nurkse, A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, 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 virtual reading on Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 pm PDT. We are excited to bring you this 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.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley. Featured books for this event are available at bookshop.org/shop/poetryflash.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
This reading was rescheduled from May 22. D. Nurkse's new collection is A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, stretching over thirty-five years. In it, one of our most essential poets "casts a clear eye on our politics, our places, and our heart's hidden stories." He is author of eleven previous collections, including Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult. Ilya Kaminsky says, "What a joy to have this overview of D. Nurske's marvelous poems—he is a master of lyric mode, one in whose hands the lines come immediately come alive, magic breathes, nuance shimmers and becomes the world all its own, see the doors open into the unknown and we see that it is strangely familiar because strangeness is, in fact, our first language, one we mouthed before words." Nurkse's many honors include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His poems have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and The Paris Review; he has taught poetry in prison, and, as Brooklyn Poet Laureate, in local schools and the public library system. He has also worked for human rights organizations. A resident of Brooklyn, he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Eliot Schain most recent collection is The Distant Sound. Bruce Isaacson says, "An unforgettable modern voice…in Schain's poetry, the inexhaustible American hunger confronts its limits—wilderness defiled by industry, the nuclear family gone ballistic, love turned impossible. Here wisdom and madness live side-by-side, take the reader's hand, and walks us toward the uncertain future. Once you have heard his cadences, you will not forget." Eliot Schain's previous books are American Romance and Westering Angels, both from Zeitgeist Press. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Santa Monica Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Miramar, among other journals, and four anthologies: America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience; The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed; Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California; and Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees.
He has served as program director for the Poetry Society of American, taught high school, and is now a psychotherapist in Berkeley, California.




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3 JULY 2022 — sunday

4 JULY 2022 — monday

5 JULY 2022 — tuesday

6 JULY 2022 — wednesday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents short story writer Leslie Kirk Campbell, reading from and discussing her new book, The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs, in conversation with novelist Keenan Norris, Brother and the Dancer, winner of the 2012 James D. Houston Award, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events)
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes, winner of the California Book Award for Poetry, celebrating his debut record of spoken work poetry, I Go To The Railroad Track and Follow Them To The Station Of My Enemies, the event features a poetry reading by Eisen-Martin and friends, followed by a conversation about the work with Sonny Smith from Rocks In Your Head Records, in person, African American Center Exhibit Space, Third Floor, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/07/06/performance-tongo-eisen-martin-spoken-word-album)

7 JULY 2022 — thursday

  • Bird & Beckett presents a poetry reading featuring Julie Rogers, Life on Earth, and Peter Marti, Elephants I Didn't Ride, followed by an open mic, hosted by Michael Koch and Jerry Ferraz, in person, Bird & Beckett Music & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: birdbeckett.com/poets-7-7-22)

8 JULY 2022 — friday

9 JULY 2022 — saturday

  • Writers With Drinks presents a reading with journalist and novelist Vanessa Hua, Forbidden City, Amy Schneider, holder of the second-longest winning streak in Jeopardy!, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg, Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything, and novelist Nina LaCour, We Are Okay, winner of the 2017 Printz Prize, Yerba Buena, all proceeds to benefit a local nonprofit, The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, $5 to $20, no one turned away, 7:30-9:30 pm, doors open 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.writerswithdrinks.com)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late, 1994 Booker Prize-winner, discussing his new book, God's Teeth and Other Phenomena, in conversation with Alan Black, cofounder of the Scottish Cultural and Arts Foundation and author of Kick the Balls: A Bruising Season in the Life of a Suburban Soccer Coach, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

10 JULY 2022 — sunday

  • The Literature, Film, Drama, and Music Contingent of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley presents speaker and poet Arif Gamal discussing his new collection, Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode, a profound meditation on life in modern Sudan, online, free, 1:00 pm PDT (Zoom link here: us02web.zoom.us/j/84257017624)
  • Marin Poetry Center presents their 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work, this Part 3 featuring poets Grace Marie Grafton, Jester, Barbara Swift Brauer, Rain, Like a Thief, Marie Henry, Ann Robinson, Kate Peper, Dipped in Black Water, 2016 New Women's Voices Award-winner, and Cathy Shea, Genealogy Lessons for the Laity, online via Zoom, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: marinpoetrycenter.org/events)
  • The Green Arcade presents editor and essayist Tom Wetzel, discussing his new book, Overcoming Capitalism: Strategy for the Working Class in the 21st Century, an accessible read about capitalism and where power truly lies, and how the powerless can get the upper hand, in conversation with Leslie Leyba, co-op member of the worker-owned Rainbow Grocery, introductions by author and organizer James Tracy, Hillbilly Nationalists, in person, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 5:00 pm PDT (More information here: thegreenarcade.com)

11 JULY 2022 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Abby Caplin, A Doctor Only Pretends: Poems about illness, death, and in-between, and Kathleen McClung, A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, online, free, 6:15 pm PDT (RSVP to attend/sign up for the open mic: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Meng Jin, author of Little Gods, finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award and Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, reading from and discussing her new book, Self-Portrait with Ghost, a collection of ten thematically linked stories exploring intimacy and isolation, in person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-meng-jin-presents-self-portrait-ghost)

12 JULY 2022 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents feminist poet, translator, and activist Margaret Randall, author and editor of nearly 200 books and recipient of the 2019 Hayde'e Santamari'a Medal and the 2019 Poet of Two Hemispheres Prize, reading from and discussing her new book, Stormclouds Like Unkept Promises, an insightful collection of poetry that blends the political and the personal, featuring photographs by artist Barbara Byers, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents an all-open reading with guest emcee Tara A. Elliot, poet and founder of Salisbury's Poetry Week, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Coastside Poetry presents a poetry reading featuring Marvin R. Hiemstra, Poet Wrangler: Droll Poems, Raven Understands: A Happy Memoir, open mic to follow, up to twenty readers, three-minutes per reader, spoken poetry only, online, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: coastsidepoetry.org)

13 JULY 2022 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist and editor Emily Hall and short story writer and novelist Mark Haber, Reinhardt's Garden, longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award, both reading from and discussing their new novels, The Longcut and Saint Sebastian's Abyss, respectively, in conversation with novelist Mauro Javier Cárdenas, The Revolutionaries Try Again, Aphasia, online, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/emily-hall-mark-haber)

14 JULY 2022 — thursday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, this month featuring San Francisco's Revolutionary Poets Brigade reading from their new anthology Storm Warning: Poets for the Planet / Building Socialism, with readings by poets Lisbit Bailey, Kristina Brown, Bobby Coleman, John Curl, Karen Melander-Magoon, and special guests, come for an evening of poems on the climate crisis and environmental and social justice, in person, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/07/14/performance-kim-shucks-poem-jam-storm-warning-poets-planet)
  • Santa Rosa Arts Center presents poet David Madgalene, I Heard a Journeyman Sing, with musical performances by Steve Shain on bass and songwriter Chris Bramble, followed by an open mic, hosted by Brian Martens, in person, Santa Rosa Arts Center, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa, free, donations welcome, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: santarosaartscenter.org/index.php/speakeasy-2-2)

15 JULY 2022 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a poetry reading featuring Susan Suntree, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Narrative Poetry, and Tom Laichas, Empire of Eden, celebrating their new books, Dear Traveler and Sixty-Three Photographs at the End of a War, respectively, 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)

16 JULY 2022 — saturday

17 JULY 2022 — sunday

18 JULY 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, winner of the silver medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, discussing her new memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, a passionately written exploration of her family's otherworldly legacy and the power of storytelling, in conversation with essayist Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias, in person in Kerouac Alley, next to City Lights Bookstore, between Columbus and Grant Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here: citylights.com/events)

19 JULY 2022 — tuesday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist Erika Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, discussing her new memoir, Crying in the Bathroom, a hilarious, insightful, and brutally honest collection of essays in which Sánchez delves into a range of topics from sex to white feminism to depression, in person, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/erika-sanchez)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Iván Salinas, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

20 JULY 2022 — wednesday

  • Aunt Lute Books presents Home in the Bay, a reading series featuring the voices of those experiencing houselessness, gentrification, migration, and colonization, asking the question, What does home mean to you?, emceed by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, readers TBA, co-presented by Sogorea Te' Land Trust, POOR Magazine, Poets Reading the News, Black Freighters Press, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, online, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/home-in-the-bay-a-reading-series-the-third-event-tickets-348191208277)
  • City Lights Books presents award-winning viral curator and poet Natasha Marin, reading from and discussing her new book, Black Powerful: Black Voices Reimagine Revolution, a breathtaking collection of reflections exploring the resilience, joy, and triumph of Black people everywhere, from over one-hundred Black voices, co-presented with McSweeney's, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Jamil Jan Kochai, 99 Nights in Logar, reading from his new book, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Bird & Beckett Books & Records presents poet and translator Zack Rogow, reading from his latest collection, Irreverent Litanies, joined by fiction writer and poet Judith Serin, Gravity, in person, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: birdbeckett.com)

21 JULY 2022 — thursday

  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry presents a reading featuring poet Melissa Eleftherion-Carr, field guide to autobiography, prism maps, with open mic to follow, hosted by blake more, Poet Laureate of Point Arena, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Email blake@snakelyone.com for the Zoom link, or to sign up for the open mic)
  • California Institute of Integral Studies presents activist, biologist, and writer Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, discussing her new book, Sexed Up: How Society Sexualizes Us, and How We Can Fight Back, online, pay-what-you-can, suggested admission $10, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ciis.edu/public-programs/event-calendar/serano-julia-july-21-2022)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist and short story writer K-Ming Chang, author of Bestiary, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, reading from her new collection, God of Want, stories centered around myth and memories, bodies, and the relationships of Asian American women, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • 18th Annual San Francisco Writers Conference, keynote speakers include Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Lysley Tenorio, presenters include agents, publishers, editors, authors, and book marketing professionals, $75-$795, this conference was re-scheduled from February, in-person, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, (For more information: www.sfwriters.org)
  • Rivertown Poets presents a three-way poetry reading featuring Kelliane Parker, Down the Foggy Streets of My Mind, Dee Allen, A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, and Kimi Sugioka, Wile & Wing, Alameda Poet Laureate, followed by an open mic, ten-available slots, first come first read, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, online, free, 6:15 pm PDT (More information here: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)

22 JULY 2022 — friday

  • 18th Annual San Francisco Writers Conference, keynote speakers include Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Lysley Tenorio, presenters include agents, publishers, editors, authors, and book marketing professionals, $75-$795, this conference was re-scheduled from February, in-person, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, (For more information: www.sfwriters.org)

23 JULY 2022 — saturday

  • 18th Annual San Francisco Writers Conference, keynote speakers include Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Lysley Tenorio, presenters include agents, publishers, editors, authors, and book marketing professionals, $75-$795, this conference was re-scheduled from February, in-person, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, (For more information: www.sfwriters.org)

24 JULY 2022 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by D. Nurkse, A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, 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)
  • 18th Annual San Francisco Writers Conference, keynote speakers include Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, and Lysley Tenorio, presenters include agents, publishers, editors, authors, and book marketing professionals, $75-$795, this conference was re-scheduled from February, in-person, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, (For more information: www.sfwriters.org)

25 JULY 2022 — monday

26 JULY 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring JR Turek, named Long Island Poet of the Year in 2019 and the author of several collections including A is for Almost Anything, Imagistics, and They Come and They Go, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books celebrates Issue 123 of the esteemed literary journal ZYZZYVA, with appearances from contributors to the journal, novelist Maggie Millner, Couplets: A Love Story, poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Quiet, novelist Ruth Madievsky, All-Night Pharmacy, and poet Chris Carosi, Fictions, hosted by Oscar Villalon, writer and managing editor of ZYZZYVA, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

27 JULY 2022 — wednesday

28 JULY 2022 — thursday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's Richard J. Nevle, deputy director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University, and poet Steven Nightingale, The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace, reading from and discussing their new book, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada, a collection of essays and poetry contemplating natural phenomena in the Sierra Nevada, co-authored by Nevle and Nightingale, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events)

29 JULY 2022 — friday

30 JULY 2022 — saturday

31 JULY 2022 — sunday


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