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Alicia Suskin Ostriker and Philip Memmer

15 JULY 2012 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Alicia Suskin Ostriker and Philip Memmer, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.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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Alicia Suskin Ostriker's new book of poems is The Book of Life, Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011. Ilya Kaminsky calls it, "A Song of Songs, which is not Solomon's but Alicia Ostriker's. A great ages-old hymn to life, to flesh, to memory, is revised again on these pages, with gusto, with passion, with clarity, with eros, with grief." An incisive critic and a major American poet, she has published fourteen books of poems including The Book of Seventy, The Mother/ Child Papers, No Heaven, the volcano sequence, and The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998. She has also published a number of prose books, on the Bible and on contemporary literature. Among her honors are the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the National Jewish Book Award; she has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.
Philip Memmer's new book of poems is The Storehouses of the Snow. Alicia Ostriker says, "Bitter and brilliant, ardent and persistent, The Storehouses of the Snow is a book to read-no fooling-alongside the Book of Job. Every poem here made me catch my breath in astonishment at Philip Memmer's bold imagination and the sacred relentlessness of his quest." His previous three books include Lucifer A Hagiography, winner of the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry; Threat of Pleasure, winner of the Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry; and Sweetheart, Baby, Darling.




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21 SEPTEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Reception and book signing celebrating Francis Ford Coppola's Live Cinema and Its Techniques, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation with Douglas Kearney Patter, and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, The Easy Body, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Brittany Perham, Double Portrait, and Matthew Siegel, Blood Work, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Ida Egli, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improv, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189, blake@snakelyone.com, www.facebook.com/215Main)
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22 SEPTEMBER 2017 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The New Talkies, live film narration by Jaime Cortez, Tongo-Eisen-Martin, Douglas Kearney, Nicole McJamerson, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Konrad Steiner, Jennifer Tamayo, Anuj Vaidya, and Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal,
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  • Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today presents a reading by Jocelyn Saidenberg and Robert Glück, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, BAMPFA admission free for UC Berkeley students, 6:00 (510/642-0808, communalpresence.com, bampfa.org)
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  • A poetry reading by British poet Clive Wilmer, from Urban Pastorals, his sequence of prose poems about the England of the poet's childhood, and ideas of John Ruskin, paradise, and the ideal society, limited seating, Holton Studio Frame-Makers, 2100 Fifth Street, at Addison, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/450-0350, www.holtonframes.com)
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23 SEPTEMBER 2017 — saturday

24 SEPTEMBER 2017 — sunday

25 SEPTEMBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Dave Holt, open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Outer Limits," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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26 SEPTEMBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Kristina Brown and Stephen Kessler, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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  • Poet Matthew Zapruder in conversation with Oscar Villalon, managing editor of ZYZZYVA literary journal, celebrating the release of Why Poetry, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • An evening with celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward reading from Bone, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and inner self, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Josh Weil reads from his new novel, The Age of Perpetual Light, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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28 SEPTEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Thomas Centolella, Almost Human, and Susan Gubernat, The Zoo at Night, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The SFSU Poetry Center presents a poetry reading and conversation with Camille T. Dungy, Trophic Cascade, and Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied, The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/338-2227, www.sfsu.edu)
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  • Celebrating the release of Heaven is All Goodbyes, the much-awaited second book by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Zoe Quinn discusses Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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29 SEPTEMBER 2017 — friday

30 SEPTEMBER 2017 — saturday


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