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David Baker

David Baker and Rebecca Foust

10 NOVEMBER 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents reading by David Baker, Whale Fall, and Rebecca Foust, Only, in-person, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, masks are encouraged, free, 7:00 pm PST (510-649-1320,; Poetry Flash: 510-525-5476)

Please join us for this first Poetry Flash Series in-person reading since February 2020! This reading is co-sponsored by Pegasus Books Downtown. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash, our reading series, and independent bookselling during these changing times. We look forward to seeing you in person!

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the in-person event, and are also online at:

Acclaimed poet, educator, editor, and literary critic David Baker's new book of poetry is Whale Fall. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and was poetry editor of The Kenyon Review for more than twenty-five years; he now curates the "Nature's Nature" feature for the magazine. Diane Seuss wrote in The Paris Review, "The craft of Whale Fall defies. It asserts, for me, a definition of poetry: an unbearable gulf of feeling made indelible by form." Linda Gregerson says, "From the shadow of the garfish to the memory of seabed in Ohio sandstone, nothing appears to be too slight or too immense for David Baker's powers of lyric transformation." His previous collections of poetry include Swift: New and Selected Poems, Scavenger Loop, Never-Ending Birds, which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Midwest Eclogue. Among his numerous honors are prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, and many more. He teaches at Denison University, and lives in Granville, Ohio.

Rebecca Foust's new poetry collection is Only. Ellen Bass says, "In Only, her luminous new collection of poems, Rebecca Foust's gifts are in full flower. Richly imagistic and achingly lyrical, these poems wrestle with the big questions—religion, immigration, climate change, politics, parenting, autism, and death—all on a deeply intimate level. Like an impressionist painter, she uses light to capture the immediacy of the present, the passage of time. Foust's most remarkable gift is showing us '…the world as it is: gorgeous in its mortal wound.'" She is the author of three previous collections, Paradise Drive, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, and, in collaboration with Lorna Stevens, God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World, and three chapbooks, including The Unexpected Ordnance Bin. Her work has appeared in The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, and elsewhere. Her honors include the 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry judged by Kaveh Akbar, the 2017-2019 Marin County Poet Laureateship, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell.

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9 JUNE 2023 — friday

  • Village Well presents an open mic reading, open mic performances must be family-friendly, part of a monthly reading series every second Friday of the month, Village Well Books and Coffee, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, free, 7:00 pm PDT

10 JUNE 2023 — saturday

  • Left Margin LIT presents "Craft and the Creative Life: How to Find Your Writing Community," a panel discussion focusing on San Francisco's rich literary community and the importance of finding your own writing community for inspiration and feedback, featuring poet Kelliane Parker, Down the Foggy Streets of My Mind; poet David Roderick, Blue Colonial; winner of the APR/Honickman Prize; Shizue Seigel, director of Write Now! SF Bay; poet and playwright Aimee Suzara, Souvenir; novelist Shruti Swamy, The Archer, winner of the California Book Award; moderated by short story writer Olga Zilberbourg, Like Water and Other Stories, part of San Francisco's literary festival Litquake, The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, $20 ticket includes one complimentary drink at Craft and the Creative Life Happy Hour, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here:

11 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Mary Mackey, Creativity: Where Poems Begin, and Judy Wells, Night at the Musée d'Orsay: Poems of Paris & Other Great European Cities, in person, 2727 California Street, a Cooperative Art Gallery, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PDT (
  • Second Sunday Readings presents poets Amanda Moore, Requeening, and Chloe Martinez, Corner Shrine, hosted by curator Siân Killingsworth, online via Zoom, registration is free and required for attendance, 3:00 pm PDT (More information here:

12 JUNE 2023 — monday

13 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

14 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

  • College of Marin presents "Poetry Writing Master Class," a workshop led by poet Thomas Centolella, Almost Human, winner of the Dorset Prize, attendees will discuss notable poems and examine poetic forms, including revision, $119, runs six sessions, June 14-July 19, online via Zoom, 2:10 pm-5:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:
  • A poetry reading by Stewart Florsheim, Amusing the Angels, Gail Newman, Blood Memory, and reader and host Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:00 PDT (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080;

15 JUNE 2023 — thursday

  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz presents a reading by Mark Sanford Gross, poet, radio host, and former Washington Post journalist, the reading will begin with improv jazz, followed by an open mic with musical accompaniment, Point Arena Community Center, 40 School Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

16 JUNE 2023 — friday

17 JUNE 2023 — saturday

  • 3rd Saturday Poetry features a reading by Nina Serrano and Scott Bird, plus open mic, Clarion Performing Arts Center, 2 Waverly Place, Chinatown neighborhood, San Francisco, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm PDT (

18 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents historian Louis Niebur, Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, discussing his new book, Menergy: San Francisco's Gay Disco Sound, which follows the birth of high energy dance music in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and its influence on gay liberation, in conversation with sociologist James Gamson, Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys of Kinship, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (More information here:

19 JUNE 2023 — monday

20 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Elyse Hart, Poems for Squares, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Zinething, a monthly LGBTQ zine-making meetup, come to make and learn about zines, co-presented by SF Zine Fest and the Hormel LGTQIA Center, open to new and experienced zine-makers, every third Tuesday of the month, Martin Paley Conference Room, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here:

21 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

22 JUNE 2023 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading celebrating the publication of Bert Meyers: On the Life and Work of an American Master, readers include poets Eric Gudas, David Shaddock, and Anat Silvera, the poet's daughter, in person, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (

23 JUNE 2023 — friday

24 JUNE 2023 — saturday

  • "A Bert Meyers Tribute," part of Fourth Saturdays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, the reading, by poets Amy Gerstler, co-editor Dana Levin, Maurya Simon, and Bert Meyer's son Daniel Meyers, celebrates the publication of Bert Meyers: On the Life and Work of an American Master, edited by Dana Levin and Adele Elise Williams, Claremont Helen Renwick Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, 2:00 pm PDT

25 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Gail Rudd Entrekin, Walking Each Other Home, and Elizabeth C. Herron, In the Cities of Sleep, in person, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, free, 3:00 pm PDT (

26 JUNE 2023 — monday

27 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

28 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

29 JUNE 2023 — thursday

30 JUNE 2023 — friday

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