Thursday, December 31, 2020

Thursday, January 7th *Virtual Reading* feat. Gillian Conoley, Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, and Robin Myers


Graphics by François Luong


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 *We hope you and your loved ones are safe & well, and we look forward to sharing this experience with you!*

Gillian Conoley’s A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, with Nightboat Books, won the 39th annual Northern California Book Award in 2020. She received the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America, and was also awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. She is the author of seven previous books, including PEACE, an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Conoley’s translations of three books by Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, appeared in 2014 with City Lights. Conoley is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University where she edits VOLT.


Ezequiel Zaidenwerg is a poet, translator and essayist, not necessarily in that order. His most recent book is 50 estados: 13 poetas contemporáneos de Estados Unidos, a novelized anthology of recent American poetry. He translates a poem a day at zaidenwerg.com, produces the podcast series Orden de traslado, and writes on poetry, translation and politics for El Malpensante.


Robin Myers lives in Mexico City and works as a translator. Her poems have recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, PANK Magazine, 32 Poems, and the Massachusetts Review, among other publications. Her book-length collections have been translated into Spanish (mostly by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, also featured in this reading) and published in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. She writes a monthly column on translation for Palette Poetry. You can find her at robinepmyers.com.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Friday, November 6th, *Virtual* Reading feat. Brenda Hillman, Cynthia Parker-Ohene, & Andrew Zawacki

Graphics by François Luong

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we hope you and your loved ones are safe & well,

and we look forward to sharing this experience with you!


Brenda Hillman’s most recent book is Extra Hidden Life among the Days (2018). Hillman has co-edited and co-translated numerous volumes, including Ana Cristina Cesar’s At Your Feet (Parlor Press, 2018), co-translated from Portuguese with her mother Helen Hillman. Her awards for poetry include the 2020 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Innovation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She teaches at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California and currently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets. https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/brenda-hillman/


Cynthia Parker-Ohene is a graduate of the MFA program at the Saint Mary’s College of California where she was the Chester Aaron Scholar for Excellence in Creative Writing. She is a Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference alum, awarded the Pittman Scholarship from Juniper at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an awardee at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Callaloo Fellow and Hurston/Wright Fellow, among others . Her poems have appeared or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Kweli, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Yellow Medicine Review, and others. She is a Pushcart Nominee, and the winner of the 2017 chapbook prize for Drapetomania published in 2017 by Backbone Press.


Andrew Zawacki is the author of the poetry books Unsun : f/11 (Coach House), Videotape (Counterpath), Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia). His work has appeared in Poems for Political Disaster, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, Great American Prose Poems, The Eloquent Poem, and other anthologies, as well as The New Yorker, The Nation, and The New Republic. His translation of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo (Burning Deck), received a French Voices Grant, and his translation of Smirou’s See About (La Presse) earned an NEA Translation Fellowship and a fellowship from the Centre National du Livre. He was a 2016 Howard Foundation Fellow.








Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Friday, September 11th *Virtual* Reading feat. Aricka Foreman and July Westhale

                                                                                                Graphics by François Luong


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we hope you and your loved ones are safe & well,

and we look forward to sharing this experience with you!


Aricka Foreman
is an American poet and interdisciplinary writer from Detroit MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Offing, and spends her time in Chicago, IL engaging poetry with photography & video. https://www.arickaforeman.com/





July Westhale is an essayist, translator, and the award-winning author of Trailer Trash, and Via Negativa, which Publishers Weekly called "stunning" in a starred review. Her most recent work can be found in McSweeney’s, The National Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Huffington Post, among others. She also has an inventively-named collection of salty chapbooks. When she’s not teaching, she works as a co-founding editor of PULP Magazine. www.julywesthale.com


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Friday, June 12th *Virtual* Reading feat. Jeff Alessandrelli and Alix Coupet, Jr.

Please join us on Friday, June 12th from 6:30-7:10 pm PDT
for a virtual reading featuring
Jeff Alessandrelli and Alix Coupet, Jr.! 


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author bios & photos below.


Zoom link to be emailed to participants & posted on social media 
on the day of the event.


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If you're in a position to give, we will be asking for contributions to Community Ready Corps' Black Solidarity Fund. #BlackLivesMatter. Dismantle white supremacy! 

or contribute today: https://blacksolidarity.org/donate

we look forward to sharing this experience with you!

Jeff Alessandrelli is most recently the author of the poetry collection Fur Not Light (Burnside Review Press, 2019). Forthcoming is a chapbook on the literary work of the deceased writer and environmental activist Mark Baumer and a full-length book centered around masculinity and shyness. In addition to his own writing, Alessandrelli also runs the literary record label/press Fonograf Editions. He’s at https://jeffalessandrelli.net/.


Alix Coupet, Jr. is both poet and educator who teaches writing and tricksterdom to public school youth. His aim is to land the plane somewhere between playful pain and peace. Born in Chicago, Alix jokes that many people say subjective things about his city, but that, objectively, Chicago is the greatest city in the world. Since the time of this writing, he has been rejected from six more publications.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Friday, May 8th *Virtual* Reading feat. Garrett Caples and Ava Koohbor

Please join us on Friday, May 8th from 6:30-7:10 pm PST
for our first ever virtual reading featuring
Garrett Caples and Ava Koohbor!


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author bios & photos below.

Zoom link to be emailed to participants & posted on the day of event.

Please RSVP for the reading here to have the link emailed to you.

we hope you and your loved ones are safe & well,
and we look forward to sharing this new experience with you!

Garrett Caples is a poet living in San Francisco. His most recent book of poems is the bilingual Noches Apátridas: Poesía escogida, 1999-2019 (Unstated Nights: Selected Poems, 1999-2019) (Juan Malasuerte, 2019). He's an editor at City Lights Books, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series.


Ava Koohbor is a native Farsi speaker, poet and visual artist. Her poems have appeared in various publications. Her chapbooks include Triangle Squared (Bootstrap Press) and Sinusoidal Forms (Lew Gallery). Death Under Construction is her first full collection of poetry in English by Ugly Duckling Presse. She believes that each artist is a medium to transfer the world of possibilities to what is.





Thursday, January 9, 2020

Friday, February 7th, featuring Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Will Vincent, Joshua McKinney, and Veronica Kornberg!

Please join us on Friday, Februray 7th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Will Vincent,
Joshua McKinney, and Veronica Kornberg!


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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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Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of the forthcoming collection Look Alive, winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, along with six chapbooks, most recently Tender Age, winner of the 2019 Headmistress Press Charlotte Mew chapbook contest, and Shadow Box, winner of the 2019 Madhouse Press Editor's Prize. Her poetry can be found in Third Coast, Pleiades, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.


Will Vincent's poems and articles have appeared in PANK, HTML Giant, The Elephants, The Iowa Review, Entropy, and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Wildfires, I-XVI was published recently by sPect! He lives in Oakland, CA, where he teaches 8th grade English.

Joshua McKinney’s most recent book of poetry is Small Sillion (Parlor Press, 2019). His work has appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, New American Writing, and many others. He is the recipient of The Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, The Dickinson Prize, The Pavement Saw Chapbook Prize, and a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing. He is co-editor of the online eco-poetry zine, Clade Song. A member of Senkakukan Dojo of Sacramento, he has studied Japanese sword arts for over thirty years. 

Veronica Kornberg is a poet based in Pescadero, on the Central Coast of California, a place of significance for the imagery and inspiration of her writing. Recipient of the 2018 Morton Marcus Poetry Prize, recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, Crab Creek Review, Catamaran, Beloit Poetry Journal, The New Guard, New Ohio Review, and Swwim Every Day among many other journals. She is at work on her first book of poetry.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Friday, December 6th, featuring sam sax, Thea Matthews, and Alix Coupet, Jr.!

Please join us on Friday, December 6th
from 7:30-9:30 pm for a reading featuring
sam sax, Thea Matthews, & Alix Coupet, Jr.!


*****
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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sam sax is a queer, jewish, writer & educator. He is the author of Madness, winner of The National Poetry Series, and bury it, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He's the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion with poems published in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, & Buzzfeed. He’s a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellow from The Poetry Foundation & currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


Thea Matthews is a Black feminist, poet, scholar who earned her BA in Sociology at UC Berkeley where she studied and taught June Jordan's program Poetry for the People. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, The Acentos Review, The Rumpus, For Women Who Roar magazine, and others. Her first collection of poems Unearth [The Flowers] (Red Light Lit Press) will be available in spring 2020. More information can be found at www.theamatthews.com

Alix Coupet, Jr. is both poet and educator who teaches writing and tricksterdom to public school youth. His aim is to land the plane somewhere between playful pain and peace. Born in Chicago, Alix jokes that many people say subjective things about his city, but that, objectively, Chicago is the greatest city in the world.