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Lynne Thompson

Lynne Thompson and Dorianne Laux

25 JULY 2024 — thursday

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).

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MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Dorianne Laux's new book of poems is Life on Earth. Kwame Dawes says, "A prodigious imagination that somehow manages to sift through the ordinary, quotidian, and squalid realities of our world, to produce moments of grace and shimmering beauty, and empathetic illumination. Dorianne Laux is a national treasure, a poet of immense insight and masterful craft." Her previous collections include Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award; Smoke; Facts About the Moon; The Book of Men, which received The Paterson Poetry Prize; and Only as the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She's co-author of the celebrated book The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, and she's authored a new book in that vein, Finger Exercises for Poets. She is a founding faculty member of Pacific University's low-residency MFA program, and lives in Northern California.

Lynne Thompson's new book of poems is Blue on a Blue Palette. Ellen Bass says, "Singing the blues in this beautiful and devastating collection, Lynne Thompson calls on the tradition of poets such as Patricia Smith and Adrienne Rich to examine a culture of loss for women and for people of color.…Thompson employs a variety of forms—from abecedarian to cento and villanelle—in skillful, smart, and generous poems that include allusions to nursery rhymes, Bible verses, musicians, artists, and writers to explore the tensions between creation and violence.…This is an important collection, one to keep close.…" Her previous collections include Beg No Pardon, winner of Perugia Press Prize and Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award; Start with a Small Guitar; and Fretwork, winner of the 2019 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize selected by Jane Hirshfield. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her honors include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles, Tucson Literary Festival Poetry Prize, and George Drury Smith Award for Achievement in Poetry 2023. She lives in Los Angeles and graced that city as Poet Laureate 2021-22.




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22 JULY 2024 — monday

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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