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Rebecca Foust
Photo: William Harvey

Rebecca Foust and Janée J. Baugher

7 APRIL 2024 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Janée J. Baugher, Seattle poet and author of The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Rebecca Foust, Only, Marin County Poet Laureate emerita, 2727 California Street, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).


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MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Poet Janée J. Baugher is the author of the only book of its kind, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction. WomensVoicesforChange.org calls it, "a guidebook that comprehensively treats the subject of ekphrasis at the same time it provides an inspiriting and practical guide to those who aspire to practice it." She's published two books of poetry, The Coordinates of Yes and The Body's Physics, which David Roderick says "demonstrates extraordinary poetic vision, and her lyric style is both tender and resolutely connected to the body." A featured poet both at the Library of Congress and on Seattle TV, Janée Baugher was a judge for the 2023 "Frame to Frames" ekphrastic film prize (Fotogenia Festival in Mexico City). As a collaborator she's had poems adapted for the stage and set to music at Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan), University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre (Ohio), Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), Otterbein University, and University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Baugher is an assistant editor at Boulevard magazine and recipient of a 2024 CityArtist grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Rebecca Foust's seventh 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." Her previous collections include Paradise Drive; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song; 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 2023 New Ohio Review prize, 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry judged by Kaveh Akbar, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee Writers' Conference. As Marin County Poet Laureate 2017-2019, her program, "Poetry as Sanctuary," featured readings by local immigrant poets.




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23 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore welcomes Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist, to discuss her latest book, The Tree Collectors, a collection of vignettes describing the transformation of individuals obsessed with trees, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.mrsdalloways.com/events/amy-stewart-presents-her-new-book-tree-collectors)
  • KALW presents a poetry reading, "Bay Writers: Sex, Intimacy, and the Body," on desire and sex, featuring poets Brittany Newell, Malcolm Squire, Sloka Krishnan, Theadora Walsh, and Wren Farrell, at KALW's pop-up community events space, 220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-writers-sex-intimacy-and-the-body-tickets-933602128097?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)
  • Warwick's welcomes journalist/author Dean Calbreath, The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught, to discuss his latest book, The Sergeant: The Incredible Life of Nicholas Said, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/calbreath-2024)
  • Poetic License Sonoma Poetry Reading, "Water" is the theme, with guest poet and translator William Greenwood, Landscape/Cityscape, and poets Steve Trenam, Judith Vaugh, Leo McCloskey, Susanne Arrhenius, Kusum Jain, Joan Osterman; this not an open mic, it is a Zoom poetry series beamed from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, registration is required by 3pm the day of the event to receive the Zoom link, a donation of $10 is also required for the link, you must receive notification of registration to log on, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-topic-water-with-special-guest-poet-william-greenwood)
  • San Francisco Public Library welcomes indigenous poets from Oceania and Turtle Island to share poetry and stories, hosted by scholar and community organizer Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, with poet Kim Shuck, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events/2024/07/23/performance-poetry-oceania-and-turtle-island)

24 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • The Booksmith presents a book launch for Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People, for her new novel, Liars, in conversation with columnist Moira Donegan, The Guardian, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/event/manguso-liars)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes physician Dr. Dean-David Schillinger to discuss his nonfiction book, Telltale Hearts: A Public Health Doctor, His Patients, and the Power of Story, joined in conversation by José Vadi, Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, a memoir-in-essays, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-dr-dean-david-schillinger-jos%C3%A9%C2%A0vadi)

25 JULY 2024 — thursday

  • Bookshop West Portal welcomes Catherine Newman, We All Want Impossible Things , to discuss her latest novel, Sandwich, in conversation with Jenny True, You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood, Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookshopwestportal.com/event/catherine-newman-sandwich)
  • The Booksmith welcomes teacher/journalist Erik Davis, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, to present his most recent book, Blotter: The Untold Story of an Acid Medium, that covers the history of blotter paper, used in the distribution of LSD, in conversation with the "head of an LSD conspiracy that gained a new generation to the cause of LSD," Mark McCloud, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/blotterbook)
  • Warwick's welcomes poet/author Kamla K. Kapur to discuss her latest book, The Privilege of Aging: Savoring the Fullness of Life, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/kapur-2024)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes fiction writer Molly Giles, Iron Shoes, to discuss her memoir, Life Span, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-molly-giles)
  • Poetry Flash presents an exciting poetry reading by Dorianne Laux, Life and Earth, and Lynne Thompson, Blue on a Blue Palette, part of Poetry Flash's 50+ Anniversary celebration, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

26 JULY 2024 — friday

  • Green Apple Books welcomes journalist Jesse Katz for the release of his book, The Rent Collectors: Exploitation, Murder, and Redemption in Immigrant LA, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jesse-katz)

27 JULY 2024 — saturday

  • Warwick's welcomes historical-fantasy novelist Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches to discuss her latest in the All Souls series, The Black Bird Oracle, offsite at IPJ Theatre, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5555 Marian Way, San Diego, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/harkness-2024)
  • Marin Poetry Center's Traveling Show will visit Berkeley for an afternoon of poetry featuring readers: Judy Juanita, The High Price of Freeways, Judy Bertelsen, Susan Cohen, Democracy of Fire, Jeanne Wagner, Everything Turns Into Something Else, and Carol Dorf, Berkeley Public Library Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/traveling-show-3)
  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)

28 JULY 2024 — sunday

  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)
  • Join Genie Cartier and special guests for "the Curve!" a special show that combines spoken word poetry, comedy, and acrobatics, Circus Center Theater, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, $18, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-curve-an-acro-poem-tickets-929837768797?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)

29 JULY 2024 — monday

30 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • ZYZZYVA Magazine presents Movie Night at the Roxie with novelists Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and R.O. Kwon, Exhibit; the featured film will be Secretary, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, $15, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: roxie.com/film/zzyva-movie-night-secretary)

31 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human, discussing his latest book, The Murmuring Grief of the Americas, in conversation with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, The Life Assignment, virtual on Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/daniel-borzutzky-in-conversation-with-ricardo-alberto-maldonado)
  • Lyrics & Dirges reading series presents Anastasia Lê, Taneesh Kaur, Linette Escobar, Jessica Ke'mani, Abby Bogomolny, hosted by MK Chávez and Sharon Coleman, curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, refreshments, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes author Willy Vlautin, The Night Always Comes, to celebrate the release of his new book, The Horse; Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, Free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-willy-vlautin)

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