Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday, November 1st, featuring Maxine Chernoff, Donna de la Perrière, Derrick Austin & Chris Stroffolino

Please join us on Friday, November 1st from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Maxine Chernoff, Donna de la Perrière, Derrick Austin, & Chris Stroffolino!


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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
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+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!




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Maxine Chernoff has published 17 books of poetry and six of fiction. Her latest poetry collection is Under the Music: Collected Prose Poems (MadHat Press). She is the recipient  of a 2013 NEA and the 2009 PEN Translation Award for her co-translation of Friedrich Hoelderlin. Her fiction has won the Chicago Sun-Times Fiction Award, twice been a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and been named a NYT Notable Book of the Year. In 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. She is a professor of Creative Writing at SFSU and the former editor of New American Writing

Donna de la Perrière is the author of three full-length books — Works of Love & Terror (Talisman House, 2019), Saint Erasure (Talisman House  2010), and True Crime (Talisman House 2009), as well as two chapbooks, Night Calendar (Omerta Publications 2017) and First Love (The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange 2013).  She teaches in San Francisco and lives in Oakland.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, The Nation, and Tin House. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.






Chris Stroffolino is the author of 5 books of poetry, a memoir, and two collections of essays. He is currently still residing in Oakland and teaching at Laney College.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Friday, October 4th, featuring Rusty Morrison, Jay Deshpande, and Trisha Peck

Please join us on Friday, October 4th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Rusty Morrison, Jay Deshpande,
and Trisha Peck!


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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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Rusty Morrison’s five books include Beyond the Chainlink, the true keeps calm biding its story. Recent poems at Poetry Foundation website & podcast Poetry Now, Fence, Iowa Review. She’s a recipient of Civitella Ranieri fellowship. She’s co-publisher of Omnidawn (www.omnidawn.com). She offers private consultations. For more info, see her website: www.rustymorrison.com
Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger and The Rest of the Body (both from YesYes Books). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the Scotti Merrill Award, has received fellowships from Kundiman and Civitella Ranieri, and is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford.

Trisha Peck is a writer and visual artist from a census-designated place just south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border. She studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a late-in-life degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Trisha has exhibited her paintings and drawings in Chicago and Los Angeles, and her poems have appeared in Berkeley Poetry Review and Berkeley Art + Design. She works as a production editor at North Atlantic Books, and is a poetry editor and book designer at Omnidawn.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Friday, September 6th featuring Lyn Hejinian, Margaret Ronda, and Kristin George Bagdanov

Please join us on Friday, September 6th from 7:30-9:30 pm
for a reading featuring Lyn Hejinian, Margaret Ronda,
& Kristin George Bagdanov!


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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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Lyn Hejinian teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which are Positions of the Sun (Belladonna, 2019) and Tribunal (Omnidawn, 2019).




Margaret Ronda is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California-Davis, where she teaches American poetry and environmental theory and literature. She is the author of two books of poems, Personification (Saturnalia Books, 2010) and For Hunger (2018), and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature’s End (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Kristin George Bagdanov received her MFA from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of California Davis. Her first full-length poetry collection, Fossils in the Making, was published by Black Ocean in April. Her chapbook, Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press this September. She is the recipient of fellowships from Phi Kappa Phi, Lilly Graduate Fellows, and the Vermont Studio Center and is the senior poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine.  

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