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Janet Hamill

Janet Hamill and Cal Freeman

22 JUNE 2017 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Janet Hamill, Knock, and Cal Freeman, Brother of Leaving, 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
Cal Freeman's latest book of poems is Brother of Leaving. Alan Michael Parker says, "Cal Freeman's a poet who measures the world and constructs, at angles, a whole shining city, a self-portrait he calls Detroit. With a bardic poignancy Brother of Leaving hums the sorrowful anthem of capitalism and its discontents. Pretty as a trash fire, and sad as a mirror, these are poems to remember." He is the author of the chapbook Heard Among the Windbreak, and his second full-length collection, Fight Songs, is forthcoming in the fall.
Janet Hamill's new book of poems is Knock. Patti Smith says, "Janet Hamill's Knock is intensely visual and invigorating…This is an ambitious work, rich with unexpected juxtapositions—Casanova and the Huns, Rothko and Goat's Head Soup. A bounteous world into which we're drawn by one of our true poets." Among her six published books of poetry and fiction are Nostalgia of the Infinite, Lost Ceilings, Body of Water, and The Eternal Café. Widely published in literary journals, her work has been anthologized in Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, Bowery Women Poems, and elsewhere. A strong proponent of spoken word, she's read at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, CBGB's Gallery, Seatle's Bumbershoot Festival, Patti Smith's Meltdown Festival in London, and many other festivals and venues. In collaboration with the band Lost Ceilings she's released two CDs of spoken word and music, Flying Nowhere and Genie of the Alphabet.




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4 APRIL 2020 — saturday

5 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. A memorial poetry reading to honor the life of Les Gottesman, beloved writer, teacher, activist, and founder-publisher of Omerta Publications, with a reading of his work, as well as readings by Omerta poets, including Alan Senauke, Bill Crossman, Genny Lim, Hilton Obenzinger, Jack Hirschman, and Julie Rogers, piano by Bill Crossman, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, all are invited to bring food and drinks, donations in Les Gottesman's name may be made to Bird & Beckett, Omerta books will be available for purchase, 2:00-3:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)

6 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Elaine Brown, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

7 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

8 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

9 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Animal Children, and Sarah Kobrinsky, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

10 APRIL 2020 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Albert Flynn DeSilver and Judy Halebsky, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

11 APRIL 2020 — saturday

12 APRIL 2020 — sunday

13 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

14 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

15 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

    EAST:
  • The Distinguished Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, a finalist for the National Book Awards 2019, joined by student winners of the DeClercq Poetry Contest, Q&A and book signing to follow, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, California State University, East Bay, Library, Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:00 (www.csueastbay.libcal.com)

16 APRIL 2020 — thursday

17 APRIL 2020 — friday

18 APRIL 2020 — saturday

19 APRIL 2020 — sunday

20 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Tony Aldarondo, Puerto Rican writer, actor, and musician, open mic before and after, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

21 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

22 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

23 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Meryl Natchez, Time Crunch, and Dion O'Reilly, Ghost Dogs, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

24 APRIL 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents a reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander, Be With, and Tess Taylor, reading from her new book of poetry Rift Zone, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)

25 APRIL 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, theme announced at end of previous month's open mic, readings by two featured writers, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

26 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch reading by Patrick Cahill, The Machinery of Sleep, Terry Ehret, co-translator of Plagios/Plagiarisms by Ulalume González de León, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

27 APRIL 2020 — monday

28 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

29 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

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