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Katherine Hastings

Katherine Hastings and G.P. Skratz

30 MARCH 2017 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Katherine Hastings, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar, and a poetry performance by G.P. Skratz, Sundae Missile: the Mass of the Church of the Center that will not Hold, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Katherine Hastings's new book of poems is Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar. Annie Finch says, "Katherine Hastings' poems play with consciousness on many levels. Nature, literature, and human experience catch memorably within the threads of their dense and startling webs." Her two previous full-length collections are Nighthawks and Cloud Fire. A former poet laureate of Sonoma County, she is the curator of WordTemple Poetry Series and host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM.
G. P. Skratz's new book of poems is Sundae Missile: the Mass of the Church of the Center that will not Hold, a homophonic translation of the "pre-Vatican Council Latin version" of the Roman Catholic Mass. Andrei Codrescu says, "Until they ever improve the wine and put some jam in the wafers, Catholics will have to be content with GP Skratz' sound translation of the Mass. It doesn't beat Bach but it would work for Sinatra." His previous publications are The Gates of Disappearance and Fun, and Everything Else with the late poet Darrell Gray. With a long history as a poet performer, he is probably most noted for his production of "The Actualist Conventions" with Darrell Gray, Jim Nisbet, and David Schein. He currently performs poetry and music with Arundo and "twisted roots" music with Smooth Toad.




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Northern California

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22 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Laura Kyriazis and Zaid Shlah, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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23 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by California Poet Laureate emeritus Al Young, poet and biographer Melba Joyce Boyd, poet M.L. Liebler, I Want to Be Once, and short story writer Brian Jabas Smith, Spent Saints & Other Stories, request ASL interpreters one week in advance at editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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25 AUGUST 2017 — friday

26 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • La Palabra Musical featuring Kim Shuck, Jennifer Barone, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Kirk Lumpkin, hosted by Avotcja Jiltonilro, Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, free, 3:00-5:00 (510/535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/cesar-e-chavez-branch)
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  • The 15th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival features readings by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Cassandra Dallett, Tiff Dressen, Nancy Aidé González, Juba Kalamka, Marguerite Munoz, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, René Vaz, Shelley Wong, and Milvia Street literary journal contributors Youssef Ahalla, Jalyce Fairley, Fungai Gora, Julian Mithra, and Julie Southworth, Invocation of the Muse by John Oliver Simon, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Naomi Helena Quiñonez, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair, Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/Berkeley-Poetry-Festival-155792814582187)
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27 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a celebration and launch reading for Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-hop and Beyond, with contributors Greil Marcus, Al Young, Melba Joyce Boyd, Brian Jabas Smith, George Moseman, Joel Martin, and Pat Thomas, with editor M.L. Liebler, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, dieselbookstore.com)
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28 AUGUST 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Georgette Howington; open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Long Hair," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Sixteen Rivers Press poets Gillian Wegener and Erin Rodoni, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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29 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Jennifer Barone and James Cagney, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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30 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

31 AUGUST 2017 — thursday


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