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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 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by poet Judy Bebelaar, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Bird & Beckett presents a poetry reading with American Book Award-winner Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, and Leroy Franklin Moore, Jr., open mic, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Jerry Ferraz, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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21 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

22 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

23 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

24 AUGUST 2018 — friday

25 AUGUST 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Jeannette DesBoine aka JD, prolific poet, creative writing coach, and reporter, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, meets every fourth Saturday of every month, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oak-land, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (dzeltzer@acm.org, www.gearboxgallery.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Alison Luterman, Desire Zoo, The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 3:00-4:30 (www.dream-institute.org)
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26 AUGUST 2018 — sunday

27 AUGUST 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Clive Matson, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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28 AUGUST 2018 — tuesday

29 AUGUST 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Holloway Series and the English Department host the annual poetry reading by faculty poets: C.S. Giscombe, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Sara Hicholson, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and John Shoptaw, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley, free and open to the public, 6:30 (hollowayreadingseries.wordpress.com)
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30 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Joseph Lease, The Body Ghost, Donna de la Perrière, Night Calendar, and Natasha Sajé, Vivarium, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • The International Hotel Eviction Commemoration (on August 4) remembered the night in 1977 when seniors were evicted from the original hotel and protests took place over the destruction of the last vestige of San Francisco's once pros-pering Manilatown; that historic event foretold the San Francisco housing cri-sis; the event featured the opening of an exhibit of I Hotel "Family Portraits," Au-gust 2-30, historic black and white photographs by photographer Steven C. Wil-son; this is the last day to see that historic photo exhibit; International Hotel Ma-nilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, between Washington Street and Jackson Street, San Francisco, 4:00-6:00 (415/291-0175, manilatown.org)
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31 AUGUST 2018 — friday


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