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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

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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26 MARCH 2023 — sunday

  • Beyond Baroque celebrates the life of Doug Knotts (1943-2022), poet, performer, and former president of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees, author of several books including the poetry collection Small Dogs Bark Cartoons, with readings, performances, and remembrances by Quentin Ring, Janet Sager Knott, The Mighty Echoes, Peter Lownds, John Fleck, Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, Laurel Ann Bogen, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Richard Modiano, Jerry the Priest, Jerome Dunn, Nelson Gary, Alexa Hunter, Marsha de la Oh, Phil, Joe Culp, Andy Schwartz, Neal Taylor, Mike M Mollett, Michael Lane Bruner, and S.A. Griffin, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a chapbook jam, with featured Nomadic Press poets Rachelle Escamilla, Space Junk from the Heavenly Palace; Yeva Johnsonis, Analog Poet Blues; Antmenantmen Pimentel Mendoza, My Boyfriend Apocalypse; Kimberly Acevedo, Ryan Nakano, I Am Minor; Edward Gunawan, The Way Back; and Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with featured poets Toti O'Brien, Alter Alter, Pages of a Broken Diary, and Linda Dove, Fearn, with two open mic sessions, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here:

27 MARCH 2023 — monday

28 MARCH 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Derek Brown, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Belén Gopegui, La escala de los mapas [The Scale of Maps], discussing her new book, Stay This Day and Night with Me, in conversation with Mark Schafer, translator of the book, online via Zoom, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents translator and poet Dong Li, reading and discussing his debut collection, The Orange Tree, in conversation with poet Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here:

29 MARCH 2023 — wednesday

30 MARCH 2023 — thursday

  • A night of poetry in collaboration with the show Hechizos, with featured artist and poet Leticia Hernández-Linares, Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl, joining Leticia to read are poets Flavia Mora, Anna Rodas, Entre cenizas y palmas, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, first Poet Laureate of Oakland, and Yaccaira Salvatierra, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • City Lights Books presents novelist and critic Yxta Maya Murray, Art Is Everything, celebrating her new book, God Went Like That, about the environmental damage caused by the Simi Valley nuclear power accidents, in conversation with writer and performer Jocelyn Saidenberg, Kith & Kin, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

31 MARCH 2023 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet Monica Youn, Ignatz, finalist for the National Book Award, reading from and discussing her new book, From From, in conversation with poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, finalist for the National Book Award, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Aveue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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