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J. David Cummings

J. David Cummings and Esther Kamkar

5 MARCH 2015 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by J. David Cummings and Esther Kamkar, 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
J. David Cummings's debut collection, Tancho, won the 2013 Snyder Award from Ashland Poetry Press, selected by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, who says, "This is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. Its account of terrible beauty is itself beautiful, speaking of 'hope and despair, the promise of each to other.' Nagasaki, Hiroshima, 'ruined human beings,' a peace park, a sounding bell, a thousand paper cranes." J. David Cummings resigned his position as a theoretical physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1973 and vowed to end his work in nuclear weapons. He visited Japan in the early 1990s and visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. Tancho, his book-length meditation on the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan, whose composition took him almost two decades, is the result.
Esther Kamkar has published two collections of poetry, Hummingbird Conditions, a letterpress limited edition, and the chapbook A Leopard in My Pocket. John Waterman says, "Esther Kamkar's poetry is as changing as the ocean, as passionate as a pomegranate tree in blossom, as deep and clear as a pool in a mountain stream." Born in Tehran, Iran, she has lived in the USA since 1973. Published in many literary journals, her poetry has been anthologized in The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles and Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora.




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22 APRIL 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Judy Wells, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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23 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

24 APRIL 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Ed Bok Lee, Mitochondrial Night: Poems, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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25 APRIL 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Co-author Neda Atanasoski in conversation with co-author Kalindi Vora, discussing the subject of their new book, Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Nicholas Friedman, Petty Theft, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Laura Glenn, When the Ice Melts, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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26 APRIL 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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27 APRIL 2019 — saturday

28 APRIL 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by acclaimed poet and memorist Grace Schulman, Without a Claim, and Rosa Lane, Chouteau's Chalk, winner of the Georgia Poetry Prize, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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29 APRIL 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a Maverick Night reading on "Other People's Poems," bring two of your poems without your identity on the pages to play "guess who wrote it," open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Poet Grace Schulman reads from her new memoir, Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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30 APRIL 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Heather Dundas in conversation with David Wade, celebrating the release of Simeon Wade's Foucault in California: A True Story—Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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