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Martha Rhodes

Martha Rhodes and Bruce Willard

9 APRIL 2017 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Martha Rhodes, The Thin Wall, and Bruce Willard, Violent Blues, 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)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Martha Rhodes's new book of poems is The Thin Wall. Susan Wheeler says, "The Thin Wall—between care and resentment, protectiveness and rage, betrayal and abandonment—marks the furious, vital poems in Martha Rhodes's fifth collection…Martha Rhodes has long been one of our finest poets, and now she has written her best and most moving book." Her previous collections are At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance, Mother Quiet, and The Beds. She directs the summer Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place and is the director of Four Way Books in New York City.
Bruce Willard's new book of poems is Violent Blues. Juan Felipe Herrera says, "Willard plays the notes in-between—the awakenings, loves and losses, the slippages between two blurred bodies of life, of sending and receiving¬ that is the 'ununderstandable,' perhaps like Thelonius Monk's fractured piano, the one that flames in the center of being, meaning, and enlightenment." His earlier collection is Holding Ground. He spends his time in Maine, Colorado, and California and runs several clothing businesses.




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22 JANUARY 2018 — monday

23 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

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  • A tribute to the life and work of Denis Johnson, American novelist, poet and playwright, with Program Director of Theatre for Intersection for the Arts, Sean San José, playwright Octavio Solis, novelist and editor Vendela Vida, and other special guests celebrating his final collection of short fiction, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3114)
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24 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

25 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet Dan Bellm, Deep Well, translator of Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting), by Pura López Columé, and poet Annie Stenzel, The First Home Air After Absence, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Michael Benanav presents his new book Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life, stories of tribal cultures where Western ways of protecting the environment clash with an indigenous understanding of nature, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion present a poetry reading with Linda Gregerson, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, prior to her campus lecture on Milton, "Milton and the Syntax of Faith," 300 Wheeler Hall, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, reading 2:00 (bcsr.berkeley.edu/events/category/berkeley-seminars-in-art-and-religion)
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26 JANUARY 2018 — friday

27 JANUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Poetry at Florey's presents a reading and open mic featuring poets Laura Davis, Braiding the Storm, and Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia, New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren, Florey's Book Company, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, free, 7:00-9:30 (www.facebook.com/pg/FloreysBookCo/posts)
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28 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a Tribute Reading for Chana Bloch, Invocation to Daughters, by her Writing Group: Dan Bellm, Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, Phyllis Stowell, and Alan Williamson, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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29 JANUARY 2018 — monday

30 JANUARY 2018 — tuesday

31 JANUARY 2018 — wednesday

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  • City Lights and the Rock and Roll Book Club of San Francisco present a discussion with Greil Marcus, music journalist, cultural critic, and author, and Jenn Pelly, author and editor at Pitchfork, about her book The Raincoats, the first ever written about this feminist punk band, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3116)
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  • Colin Winnette reads from and discusses his delightfully creepy gothic novel, The Job of the Wasp, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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