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Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong

Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong and Khaty Xiong

12 NOVEMBER 2015 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, ravel, and Khaty Xiong, Poor Anima, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong’s first book of poems is ravel. Koon Woon says, “In this ‘multilingual’ collection of poems, Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong writes of the subtext of terror in every ‘civilized good.’ Hidden histories, suffering, and injustice are calmly dissected by this poet with clear eyes and straight diction—words that at once enlighten, empower, and untangle.” ravel was a finalist for the Many Voices Project from New Rivers Press and the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is both a poet and a software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among her projects is a digital anthology, The Taste of Each, curated around references to oranges and bananas in various literary and artistic works across the world.
Khaty Xiong’s debut book of poems is Poor Anima. Elizabeth Robinson says, “Khaty Xiong writes a penumbra poetry…Xiong’s poetry is also a sacrificial poetry, both in the sense that it knows and performs ritual, and in the sense that it gives itself up, completely, to currents that it perceives but can’t tame…These poems are deeply strange, deeply courageous, deeply beautiful.” She is a second-generation Hmong-American from Fresno, California. Born to Hmong refugees from Laos, she is the seventh daughter among her fifteen brothers and sisters. She is the author of two chapbooks, Elegies, winner of the Merriam-Frontier Award, and Deer Hour.

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  • Point Reyes Field Institute presents a writing workshop weekend, a two-day retreat, Friday to Sunday, with poet, essayist, and visual artist, Patti Trimble, an insightful workshop on story: writing short fiction, narrative poems, and/or nonfiction; there will be a hearth to gather around, community meals, and free time for the coastal trails, accommodations at the Clem Miller Education Center, workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Point Reyes Station, $310/$280 for members, bring all meals and snacks, exact locations and directions will be sent to you on registration (Point Reyes Field Institute: 415/663-1200,,
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16 DECEMBER 2017 — saturday

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  • Poetry Express presents reading by Michael Caylo-Baradi open reading follows, hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (,
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19 DECEMBER 2017 — tuesday

  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Maria Medina Serafin and Colin O'Leary, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602,
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  • Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Improv Reading Series features Solstice Open Mic and community party, hosted by blake more, reading begins with live jazz by local musicians and an open mic with jazz improve, 215 Main Pub, 215 Main Street, Point Arena, free, 7:00 (707/884-9189,,
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