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Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)
Photo: Angela Bennett

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and Dick Cluster

5 NOVEMBER 2023 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and jazz singer Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), God in Her Ruffled Dress, and writer Dick Cluster, translator of the acclaimed poetry collection, Fiat Lux, by Paula Abramo, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series.
Featured books for this reading will be available for signing at the event and Dick Cluster's will also be at bookshop.org/shop/poetryflash.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)'s new poetry collection, God in Her Ruffled Dress, from LA's What Books Press, appears thirty-four years after publication of her debut full-length poetry book The Transparent Body, from Wesleyan University Press. D.A. Powell says of God in Her Ruffled Dress, "A book of deep seeing, 'the code inside the code'…also a book of intense listening, 'the bright spurt of trumpet' and the train calling like a late-night lover…a series of divine pleasures transcribed faithfully by a skilled musician and writer." Lisa B's poems have appeared in more than sixty anthologies and periodicals, including City Lights Review, Field, Kenyon Review, Lilith, Ploughshares, Poetry International, Tikkun, and ZYZZYVA. She has received Creative Writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and others. She is also a jazz and groove singer interweaving spoken and sung verse in her original songs and re-envisioned standards. She has released seven albums and various singles (available on all music platforms) to critical acclaim and international radio play, and performs with her band throughout the country. She also works as a professional psychic reader.

Dick Cluster has been translating Spanish-language literature for the past twenty-five years. His recent translations include Paula Abramo's Fiat Lux, nominated for the 2023 Northern California Book Award in California Translation, a cycle of poems about Abramo's ancestors—political refugees to and within Latin America—and about poetry itself. Alejandro Zambra said of it, "Amazing, unique and mind-blowing little book. Paula Abramo proves that there are territories where only poetry can take us." Dick Cluster also translated Gabriela Alemán's Poso Wells and Family Album, and Mylene Fernández Pintado's A Corner of the World, all from City Lights Books. He edited and translated his curated prose anthology, Kill the Ámpaya: The Best Latin American Baseball Fiction. Achy Obejas says of it, "If baseball is really a metaphor for life, then Kill the Ámpaya—Dick Cluster's wonderful collection of Latin American baseball stories—is an astonishing record of its beauty and coarseness, redemption and tragedy." Dick Cluster is also the author of a social history of Havana and a detective novel series.




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18 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 18 and June 25) writing course as a part of their "Blank Page Series," with emerging author Rhea Bryce, day one will debunk writing myths and day two will discuss how writers can find inspiration when confronted with the blank page; Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $60, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)

19 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

20 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Book Passage's course on "Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue," with Anoop Judge, The Rummy Club, takes place on two Thursdays, June 20 and 27, and will teach students how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir), online, $125, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/crafting-compelling-characters-dialogue-anoop-judge)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Carolyn Tipton, The Poet of Poet Laval, and Sandra Yannone, The Glass Studio, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

21 JUNE 2024 — friday

  • Community of Writers hosts its annual Benefit Poetry Reading featuring poets Blas Falconer, Forgive the Body this Failure, Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later, Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle, Patricia Spears Jones, The Beloved Community, Brynn Saito, Under a Future Sky, and Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry; All proceeds benefit the 2025 Poetry Program scholarship fund; Palisades Tahoe Ski Area, 1990 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, free or $25 donation, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: communityofwriters.org/events/event/online-and-in-person-join-us-for-a-benefit-poetry-reading)
  • As part of the San Francisco Flor Y Canto International Literary Festival, Poetry in the Window presents Better Ancestors hosting a poetry reading featuring poets Christine No, Whatever Love Means, Connie Zheng, Kevin Dublin, How to Fall in Love in San Diego, and Michael Warr, The Armageddon of Funk, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: medicinefornightmares.com/events/poetry-in-the-window-curated-by-better-ancestors)

22 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • ALOUD and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles present a poetry reading in connection with Hyde Park's "Miriam's Garden" series, featuring poet and novelist Sesshu Foster, City of the Future, and local poets, Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: lfla.org/event/miriam-garden/)
  • The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University presents Mexican poets Minerva Reynosa,Lo mejor que damos. Antología personal, Indira Isel Torres Crux, and Aziz Córdova, Como siempre llego tarde (o me vengo muy pronto), in ¡INTER-RANCHO-NAL! a Flor y Canto Literary Festival event, hosted by poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: poetry.sfsu.edu/event/inter-rancho-nal-flor-y-canto-reading-three-mexican-poets-minerva-reynosa-indira-isel-torres)

23 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • Sierra Nevada Field Campus at San Francisco State University presents "Gathering Stones: Writing Poetry by the River," a generative workshop led by Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, attendees will read the work of other poets as well as take inspiration from the outdoors and natural surroundings to inform their own writing, each day will include two writing sessions, plus time for hiking, swimming, and relaxing, all levels of experience are welcome, $500, runs six-days, June 23-28, near Sierra City in the Sierra Nevada (More information here: sierra.sfsu.edu/gathering-stones-writing-poetry-river#:~:text=Course%20Description,put%20words%20on%20the%20page)

24 JUNE 2024 — monday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 17 and June 24) writing course, "Finding Your Voice on the Page," with author Lauren Aliza Green, The World After Alice, students will study narratives with strong voices then use the techniques to create voice in their own writing, virtual on Zoom, $195, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)
  • Science Fiction in San Francisco presents science fiction authors Robin Sloan, Moonbound, Rudy Rucker, Software, and Clara Ward, Be the Sea, for a reading and Q&A moderated by author Cliff Winnig, The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, $10, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sfinsf.org/?p=2740)

25 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 18 and June 25) writing course as a part of their "Blank Page Series," with emerging author Rhea Bryce, day one will handle debunking writing myths and day two will discuss how writers can find inspiration when confronted with the blank page, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $60, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes novelists Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Rebecca Handler, Edie Richter Is Not Alone, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $36, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/gabrielle-zevin)

26 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

  • Afikomen Judaica welcomes poet Anna Goodman Herrick for a celebration of her new release, A Speaker is a Wilderness: Poems on the Sacred Path from Broken to Whole, Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.afikomen.com/upcoming-events/anna-goodman-herrick)

27 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Steve Hellman, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: innisfreeriedell@gmail.com for more information)

28 JUNE 2024 — friday

29 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes memoirist, essayist, and critic Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses in conversation with filmmaker Brit Marling, A Murder at the End of the World, discussing Dederer's new book, Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, an interrogation of art in the age of #MeToo and an elaboration of her essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/claire-dederer)
  • Writing from Your Soul, created and hosted by Fairfield Poet Laureate Suzanne Bruce, Her Visions—Her Voices, presents poetry and music by poet and cellist, Diane Frank, While Listening to the Enigma Variations, and an open mic, Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5500 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: allevents.in/fairfield/writing-from-your-soul-poetry-event/200026579054320, or email fairfieldpoetlaureate@gmail.com)

30 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, Stephen Meadows, Winter Work, and Kurt Schweigman, Confluences of Solitude, Jered's Pottery, 5743 A Horton Street, Emeryville, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org, jeredspottery.com).

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