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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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20 NOVEMBER 2018 — tuesday

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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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21 NOVEMBER 2018 — wednesday

22 NOVEMBER 2018 — thursday

23 NOVEMBER 2018 — friday

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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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Persis Karim, poet and editor, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and poet, translator, playwright Sholeh Wolpé, The Conference of Birds, 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 "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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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