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Megan Harlan and Mari L'Esperance

20 JANUARY 2011 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Megan Harlan, Mapmaking, and Mari L'Esperance, The Darkened Temple, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com; wheelchair accessible, ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be requested a week in advance by email, editor@poetryflash.org)

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Megan Harlan's first book of poems, Mapmaking, is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize for poetry, selected by Sidney Wade. Alice Fulton says of it. "Megan Harlan's nuanced, visionary poems explore farsickness, the sensation of missing places we've never been, including the imaginary realms of lotusland and limbo…A profound meditation on the permeability of past and present, nature and artifice, self and other, space and time, Mapmaking is a miracle of invention." It's interesting, in this context, that Harlan had lived in seventeen different homes on four different continents by the time she graduated from high school. Her poetry has been published in American Poetry Review and elsewhere, and her fiction, travel writing and book reviews have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mari L'Esperance is a Hapa poet, born in Kobe, Japan. Her first full-length book of poems, The Darkened Temple, won the 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize; Jane Mead says of it, "Mari L'Esperance enacts the process of defining a self out of fragments of cultural and personal history…by turns narrative, chantlike, fractured, and lyric, these tender, terrifying, and frank poems fight their way into song." An earlier collection, Begin Here, was the winner of the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Poetry Kanto, and Prairie Schooner. A recipient of fellowships and grants from the New York Times Company Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Mari L'Esperance lives in the Bay Area.




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  • Author, academic, and journalist Christina Gerhardt discusses and presents her latest, co-edited book, 1968 and Global Cinema, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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24 NOVEMBER 2018 — saturday

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  • Writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist Avery Cassell appears on "Small Business Saturday" for a book signing of Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, Avery will also be presenting a coloring workshop featuring printouts from Resistance and Butch Lesbians Coloring Books, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2018 — sunday

26 NOVEMBER 2018 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Juan Sequeira, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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27 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

28 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

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  • Pegasus Books Solano presents "Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards," bring you little ones for a fun, interactive, and educational morning, Imagination Flannel Board will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination by engaging with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement, held every fourth Wednesday of the month, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, free, 10:30 a.m. (510/525-6888, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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29 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

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  • Fiction writer, poet, and musician Mark Russell Gelade celebrates the release of his new, debut short story collection, Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love and Longing, stories centered around desire, divorce, nostalgia for the past, and consolation, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents "In Common Writers Series" with writer, artist, and editor Janice Lee, The Sky Isn't Blue, reading from her work and in conversation with poet, editor, and publisher Brenda Iijima, Remembering Animals, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Fiction writer Sarah Stone reads from her new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, an inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between art and hunger, duty and desire, loss and survival, Green Apple Books & Music, 506 Clement Street, at 6th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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30 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

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  • Fiction and nonfiction writer, educator, and essayist May-Lee Chai discusses her new short story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, with Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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