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Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen and Katie Peterson

22 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Andrea Cohen, The Sorrow Apartments, and Katie Peterson, Fog and Smoke: Poems, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).


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Katie Peterson's new book of poetry is Fog and Smoke. Booklist wrote in a starred review, "Each line shines in the sun like stained glass. Fog and Smoke is a triumph of observation and intimacy that invigorates the reader to act for the natural world." Poems from the collection have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, The New York Review of Books, and Yale Review, among other publications. Katie Peterson's previous book, winner of the Omnidawn Open Book Prize, is Life in a Field, with photographer Young Suh, "a comedy about climate change, in which a girl and a donkey become friends, then decide to marry time." Other previous collections include This One Tree; Permission; The Accounts, winner of the Rilke Prize; and A Piece of Good News, finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her work has appeared in Journal of Alta California, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Northwest. She teaches at the University of California, Davis.
Andrea Cohen's new book of poetry is The Sorrow Apartments. Christian Wiman says of her poems, "One is caught off guard by their cumulative force. This is work of great and sustained attention, true intelligence, and soul." She is the author of eight collections of poetry; her previous books include Everything and Nightshade. Publishers Weekly said of Everything, "…A master stylist, Cohen uses em dashes and commas with an exactness that allows each poem to become elliptical and self-contained. These poems take no 'thing' for granted, not even the concept of eternity, as Cohen declares in 'Openings': 'I didn't want// forever forever.' It is the wit that astounds here, and an intelligence that sees the world anew." Andrea Cohen's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and elsewhere. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and several residencies at MacDowell. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches poetry at Boston University.




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25 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Author Day, featuring Andrea L. Ambler, Stoking the Poetry Flame: A Teaching Resource, a practical, easy-to-follow guide to encouraging a love of poetry in students, and fiction writer Steven Meloan, St. James Infirmary, a collection of short stories, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.vromansbookstore.com/Vromans-Local-Author-Day-January-2024)
  • Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with award-winning poets James Ragan, The Hunger Wall, and Amy Gerstler, Index of Women, with two open mic segments, refreshments will be served, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5 per person, 4:30 pm PST (More information here: villagepoets.blogspot.com)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

26 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • Fiction writer and former reporter Sarah Ruiz-Grossman discusses her debut novel, A Fire So Wild, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast The Stacks, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)

27 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

28 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • UC Berkeley and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) presents a reading and Q&A with French-Vietnamese author Line Papin on The Girl Before Her, her debut novel in English translation; the event will be moderated by writer and journalist Mel Kritikopoulos, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315, University of California Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free to the public, 5:00 to 6:30pm PST

29 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Books and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University present a reading and conversation with poets Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle: New and Selected Poems 2002-2022, and Kalamu ya Salaam, Be About Beauty, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events)
  • Women's National Book Association presents a share and tell mixer, writer's advice edition, come share what you do and ask writing, marketing, and publishing questions, and make some new connections in a community of writers coming together to pool resources and wisdom, online via Zoom, free, Noon pm PST (Register to attend: wnba-sfchapter.org/february-29th-share-tell-mixer-writers-advice-edition)

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