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Mary Mackey

Mary Mackey and Judy Wells

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 (www.2727.today).

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MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Mary Mackey's new book is Creativity: Where Poems Begin. Mara Lynn Keller says, "In Creativity, Mary Mackey takes us on a journey to the mysterious place where creativity begins. Her quest makes this a book for anyone who wants to explore how ideas and bursts of insight come, not just to poets and novelists, but to us all." Mackey is the author of at least eight poetry books including The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems, 1974 to 2018, winner of 2019 Eric Hoffer Award for Best Book Published by a Small Press, Sugar Zone, winner of a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and Travelers With No Ticket Home. She is also the author of fourteen novels including The New York Times bestseller A Grand Passion, The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale, and Widow's War. Mackey is past president of PEN West, a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Professor Emerita of California State University, Sacramento. The Mary Mackey Papers are archived at Smith College, Massachusetts.
Judy Wells's new poetry book is Night at the Musée d'Orsay: Poems of Paris & Other Great European Cities. Kathleen Weaver says, "It's a treat to immerse yourself in Wells's poems in Night at the Musée d'Orsay, rich with life, color, and memory. She creates a wraparound mood of discovery, excitation, optimism, and the youthful joy of seeing for the first time those famous paintings, those foreign streets, a civilization freshly seen and intimately embraced." Judy Wells's previous books include Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, I Dream of Circus Characters: A Berkeley Chronicle, and Everything Irish. Her writings have appeared in Berkeley Times, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Borzoi College Reader, Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, California Quarterly, Traveler's Tale Ireland, Value: Essays, Stories, & Poems by Women of a Certain Age, and Not Dead Yet: Feminism, Passion, and Women's Liberation. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Berkeley Literary Women's Revolution: Essays from Marsha's Salon.




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