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John Oliver Simon

John Oliver Simon and David Shaddock

22 JANUARY 2015 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a double White Violet Press book launch by poets John Oliver Simon and David Shaddock, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
David Shaddock’s new book of poems is Vernal Pool. Al Young says, “Not only do these poems touch base with crucial human struggles and issues; they bust moves, they take risks. Throughout the tender, mindful pages of Vernal Pool, spring breaks 24/7.” A poet and a psychotherapist, David Shaddock studied poetry with Denise Levertov at UC Berkeley. Among his previous books of poetry are This Place Where Something’s Missing Lives and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles. He won the Ruah Magazine Power of Poetry Award and the International Peace Poem prize. His play, In a Company of Seekers, was performed at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
John Oliver Simon’s new book of poems is Grandpa’s Syllables. Rebecca Foust says of it, “‘Some turbulent process related to language’ gave birth to this book, at once a paean to and elegy for the life force embodied in the speaker’s granddaughter and muse, Isabella. Working in 11-syllable lines, Simon trains his fierce focus on details small as a spider supping on dew and large as ‘a cathedral made of salt and bread.’” A poet, critic, and translator, he’s a contributing editor to Poetry Flash and a California Poets in the Schools poet-teacher. He’s also a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in literary translation and author of Caminante, a narrow road into the far south and Son Caminos, selected poems, published in Spanish.




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16 JUNE 2019 — sunday

17 JUNE 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading for the new anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, with co-editor and contributor Lucille Lang Day and contributor Diane Frank, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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18 JUNE 2019 — tuesday

19 JUNE 2019 — wednesday

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  • David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, D.A. Powell, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, and Roberto Bedoya read and celebrate the release of poet Ed Smith's Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith, edited by David Trinidad, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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20 JUNE 2019 — thursday

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  • UC Associate Professor of Medicine and fiction writer Louise Aronson presents her new book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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21 JUNE 2019 — friday

22 JUNE 2019 — saturday

23 JUNE 2019 — sunday

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  • 38th Annual Northern California Book Awards, Northern California authors are honored in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, and Children's Literature with brief readings and remarks; presentation of the Fred Cody Lifetime Achievement Award and NCBR Recognition Award; presented by the Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, PEN West, Women's National Book Association-SF Chapter, and Mechanics' Institute Library, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, enter on Grove, SF, free, 1:00, book signing and lively reception follows (510/525-5476, 510/612-3958, NCBR@poetryflash.org, poetryflash.org)
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24 JUNE 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Kitty Costello, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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25 JUNE 2019 — tuesday

26 JUNE 2019 — wednesday

27 JUNE 2019 — thursday

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  • Composer and writer Elliott Sharp presents his new book, IrRational Music, in conversation with David Rothenberg, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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28 JUNE 2019 — friday

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30 JUNE 2019 — sunday


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