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.

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
Here's a map.


+ 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!


*****
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.