Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Friday, June 7th, America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience

Please join us on Friday, June 7th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading from the anthology
featuring readings by Miriam Bird Greenberg,
Lucille Lang Day, Judy Halebsky, and Julia B. Levine!

The evening will be hosted by Sr. Editor Murray Silverstein!


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author bios & photos below.


All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.


365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.


+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!




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Miriam Bird Greenberg is a poet and occasional essayist with a fieldwork-derived practice. The author of In the Volcano’s Mouth and the chapbooks All night in the new country and Pact-Blood, Fevergrass, her work has appeared in Granta, Poetry, and The Baffler, and been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the NEA. She’s currently working on a book about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong's Chungking Mansions.


Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently Becoming an Ancestor and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems, which received the 2014 Blue Light Poetry Prize. She has also co-edited two anthologies, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and is the author of two children’s books, Chain Letter and The Rainbow Zoo, and an award-winning memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story.


Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Tree Line and Sky=Empty, which won the New Issues Prize. Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Canada Council for the Arts have supported her work. Her poems have been published in APR, Field, Zyzzyva and elsewhere. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she moved to California to study poetry at Mills College. She now lives in Oakland with her spouse and young daughter. She is an associate professor at Dominican University of California and teaches in their low residency MFA program.

Julia B. Levine’s most recent poetry collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, (LSU press 2014) was awarded the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. Her awards also include the Tampa Review Poetry Prize for her second collection, Ask, the Anhinga Prize in Poetry and a bronze medal from Foreword magazine for her first collection, Practicing for Heaven, the Pablo Neruda Prize in poetry from Nimrod, and a grand prize from Public Poetry. Widely published, her work has been anthologized in many collections. She lives and works in Davis, California.

Murray Silverstein is the Sr. Editor of America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (2018), and The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed (2010), both from Sixteen Rivers Press. He is the author of two books of poetry, Master of Leaves (2014) and Any Old Wolf (2007), both also from Sixteen Rivers. Any Old Wolf received 2007 Independent Publisher medal for poetry. In addition to being a poet, Murray is a retired architect and co-author of four books about architecture, including A Pattern Language (Oxford University Press) and Patterns of Home (The Taunton Press). His poems have appeared in RATTLE, Brooklyn Review, Spillway, California Quarterly, Poetry East, West Marin Review, RUNES, Nimrod, Connecticut Review, Zyzzyva, Fourteen Hills, Pembroke Magazine, Elysian Fields and other journals.



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friday, May 3rd, featuring Terry Taplin, William "Endlesswill" Davis, and Caroline O'Connor Thomas!

Please join us on Friday, May 3rd from 7:30-9:30 pm for a reading featuring Terry Taplin, William "Endlesswill" Davis,
and Caroline O'Connor Thomas!

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author bios & photos below.

All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.

365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.

+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!


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Terry Taplin is the inaugural Lambda Literary Fellow at Saint Mary’s College. Terry serves as Poetry Editor for MARY: A Journal for New Writing, Co-Editor of Baest, and is the Social Media Manager at speCt! books. He holds a BA in Classical Languages: Greek and Latin. He is a former slam champion and the recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Prize for Undergraduate Poetry (academic year 2014-15). Terry’s work has appeared in PARADISE NOW and Baest: A Journal of Queer Forms and Affects. He is the author of fragmenta (Marigold 2016), and has a chapbook forthcoming from Nion Editions.

William “Endlesswill” Davis, 2016-2018 poet laureate of Hillsborough, NC, and author of Broken Perception and Falling Apples, is a spoken word artist who is dedicated to continuing the tradition of poetry in living form. Ambitious in his craft and performance, Endlesswill offers audiences unforgettable performances that evoke thoughtfulness, introspection, and connection as a community. William is a publisher, graphic design artist, basketball coach, and radio host, and manages to juggle all of that under the umbrella of being a father and a husband.

Caroline O'Connor Thomas is a writer who lives in Oakland, California.  Her poetry has appeared in 580 Split, Tin House, Sixth Finch and others. She is the author of the chapbook Unusual Light Source (White Stag, 2018) and a graduate of the MFA program at St. Mary's College of California. https://carolineoconnorthomas.com

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday, March 1st, featuring Morgan Parker, Maw Shein Win, Heather June Gibbons, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Please join us on Friday, March 1st from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Morgan Parker, Maw Shein Win,
Heather June Gibbons, and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett!


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author bios & photos below.


All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.


365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.


+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!




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Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry collections Magical Negro, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Her debut YA novel Who Put This Song On? will be published in late 2019 from Delacorte Press, and her debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World/Random House. Parker is the recipient of a  2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.

Maw Shein Win is a writer, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and several anthologies including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Talking Writing, Poetry International, Cimarron Review, and others. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Her collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018) and her forthcoming second full-length collection of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press, as well as two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover. Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and West Branch. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Vermont Studio Center, Academy of American Poets and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, The Writing Salon, and as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth arts education non-profit.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of four chapbooks, including Twice Shy forthcoming from Nomadic Press and Harm’s Way forthcoming from dancing girl press. In 2018, she was a finalist for both the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry from Tupelo Press. Her poetry can be found in Third Coast, The Journal, The Common, Granta, and elsewhere. She serves as editor-in-chief of the queer literary journal Foglifter and lives in sunny Oakland, California.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, February 1st, featuring Sara Mumolo and giovanni singleton for our 10-year anniversary reading!

Please join us on Friday, February 1st from 7:30-9:30 pm
for our 10-year anniversary reading, featuring
Sara Mumolo and giovanni singleton,
plus art by tomye neal-madison!


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Contribute $20 + and receive a copy of the book ~
You can also purchase advanced copies at the event!

author & artist bios & photos below.


all of our readings are free & open to the public.
snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.


365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.


+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!



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Sara Mumolo is the author of Day Counter (Omnidawn, 2018) and Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013). Sara serves as the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, PEN Poetry Series, Volta, and Volt, among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Photo Credit: Amarnath Ravva
giovanni singleton is the author of Ascension and the poetry/art collection AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper. She has received the California Book Award Gold Medal, the African American Literature and Culture Society’s Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement, and fellowships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Cave Canem. Her work has appeared in many journals and publications, and has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, Oakland's Digital Literature Garden, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. singleton is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She served as the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California-Berkeley and has held visiting professorships in creative writing at Sonoma State University, New Mexico State University, and CalArts. Additionally, she has taught poetry at the de Young Museum, California College of the Arts, and Naropa University. She collects bookmarks and enjoys figs and greek style yogurt.

tomyé neal-madison has shown a passion for Drawing & Painting of various subjects since a child of elementary school age. By the time she relocated from the East Coast to the West, her abilities included, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Calligraphy. In the S.F. Bay Area, she learned how to frame Artworks, woodworking, being a guest Art Teacher, curating exhibits, fabricating with glass and using all these skills as a Visual Arts Specialist employed by the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department for 18 years. Currently, tomyé’s Artworks are small scale as well as larger for Public Art sites. She mostly enjoys depicting portraits and figurative Artworks. Due to the shift in humanity, tomyé often depicts more serious content that addresses disparities and inequitable politics, knowing there are others who relate to her images and need reaffirmation.

Fugitive Slave Act / Belonging   (Gouache Painting), by tomyé neal madison
Bind Up The Broken Hearted (Fused Slumped Glass atop Text), by tomyé neal madison