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Dorianne Laux

Christopher Howell, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar

30 JULY 2017 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar from their new chapbook, Duet, with Christopher Howell, Love's Last Number, 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
Christopher Howell's new book of poems is Love's Last Number. Laura Kasischke says, "In these gemlike meditations on love and time and the human condition—and so much more—Christopher Howell's vision is nearly mystical, his music almost entirely uncanny…There is a distance in this tone that is all about clarity, and a proximity that is all about intimacy, humility." He has published ten collections, most recently Gaze and Dreamless and Possible, a volume of new and selected poems. His honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Washington State Book Awards, and three Pushcart Prizes.
Joseph Millar and Dorianne Laux will be reading from their new chapbook of poems about music, Duet, as well as from their own books. Millar's new book of poems is Kingdom. Marie Howe says, "If this is a kingdom then Joe Millar may be one of the kings. He's lived enough to be both man and woman now, and he's learned to sing so sweet a song it might be rising from the broken branches and the bones of the lost horses, or the desert stars, or the scars of the middleweight boxers who finally went home." He's published three previous books of poems, most recently Blue Rust, and he's won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dorianne Laux's fifth book of poems is The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Prize. Alan Shapiro says, "The Book of Men could just as easily have been called The Book of Empathy, or The Book of Negative Capability, or The Book of Intimate Awareness of Who We Are and How We Got To Be This Way. Whether she is writing about men or women, the powerful or the powerless, the present day or the past, Laux observes, evokes and meditates with profound compassion and understanding for the delicate complexities of the human heart." Her previous collections are Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Smoke, and Facts About the Moon, which won the Oregon Book Award. Among her other honors are a Pushcart Prize, two appearances in Best American Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.




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19 MARCH 2019 — tuesday

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  • A reading and celebration for Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, with co-editor and contributor Lucille Lang Day, and contributing poets Marin Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust, Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, Susan Gubernat, Nellie Hill, and Andrena Zawinksi, California State University East Bay, University Library, Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free, 6:00 (www.scarlettanager.com)
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  • Get Lit is a community gathering of twelve to fifteen writers reading never-before-read material within a three-minute time limit, live music, beer made by Ale Industries on site, and wonderful food by Guadalajara Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Ale Industries, 3096 East 10th Street, Oakland, $10-$25 requested, no one turned away for lack of funds, 7:00 (www.facebook.com/events/2175076879224820)
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20 MARCH 2019 — wednesday

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  • Joyce Carol Oates reads from and discusses her new novel, Hazards of Times Travel , to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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21 MARCH 2019 — thursday

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  • Edna in a Bottle (tastes funny) is a new San Francisco comedy hour at The Bindery in the Haight District featuring a colorful splash of sketch scenes, storytelling, circus talent, and wacked-out adult comedy, eighteen and over, The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, $12-$20 sliding scale, RSVP preferred, 8:00-9:30 (www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-edna-bottle-tastes-funny-3)
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  • Kurt Eichenwald reads from his new memoir, A Mind Unraveled, to reserve a seat a copy of the book has to be purchased from the store, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • A book release party and celebration for Little Boy, the new novel just released by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with an opening statement by Peter Maravelis of City Lights, and featuring readings by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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22 MARCH 2019 — friday

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  • The Nomadic Press Open Mic presents six open-mic slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with to-be-announced music and features curated and emceed by Rene Vaz, fourth Friday of every month, Nomadic Press: Uptown, 2301 Telegraph Avenue, $10 sliding scale, sign up list opens 7:00 sharp, 7:00-9:00 (www.nomadicpress.org)
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23 MARCH 2019 — saturday

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  • Filmmaker and photographer Christopher Felver screens his celebrated documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (88 minutes), preceded by an interview with the director, Felver, and Peter Maravelis from City Lights Books; this definitive documentary film crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait of Ferlinghetti that reveals his true role as catalyst to so many literary careers and the Beat movement itself, Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, $12, 1:30-3:30 (ticketing.us.veezi.com/purchase/6218?siteToken=4m48btf3yavn7xjk5yxk6nc40c)
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24 MARCH 2019 — sunday

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  • A Gala Open House 100th Birthday Party for Lawrence Ferlinghetti headquartered at City Lights with concurrent programming throughout the afternoon at three other North Beach venues: Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, 1:00-5:00; Café Zoetrope, 916 Kearny Street, 2:00-3:00; Vesuvio's, 255 Columbus Avenue, 3:00-4:00; readings and festivities, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00-5:00 (www.citylights.com)
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  • As part of the "Ferlinghetti in Photographs," exhibition, Lawrence: A Lifetime in Poetry, a documentary film by Giada and Elisa Polimeni, wil be screened, check websites for times to be announced, Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, exhibit runs through March 28 (www.canessa.org, www.citylights.com)
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25 MARCH 2019 — monday

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  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Mary Mackey, open mic, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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  • Adobe Books hosts a monthly writing workshop in their community space, Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street, San Francisco, to participate please email imagdaleno@gmail.com, 6:30-9:30 (www.adobebooks.com)
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26 MARCH 2019 — tuesday

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  • KPFA presents acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché reading from and discussing What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, a benefit for KPFA FM, $12 advance tickets online, or at Pegasus Books, Moe's Books, Mrs. Dalloways, and Books Inc. in Berkeley; Walden Pond Bookstore and East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, $15 at door, 7:30 (brownpapertickets.com)
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  • Book release party and celebration for The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's HOWL, with Ronald Collins and David Skover, City Lights Books, 261 Colombus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.citylights.com)
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27 MARCH 2019 — wednesday

28 MARCH 2019 — thursday

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  • Photographer Ruby Ray celebrates the release of her new book, Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool/Photographs 1976-1982, a collection of photographs from the music, art, and literature of the industrial and punk scenes of San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 1980s, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (415/362-8193, www.citylights.com)
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29 MARCH 2019 — friday

30 MARCH 2019 — saturday

31 MARCH 2019 — sunday

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  • Walker Talks, the last Sunday of each month, Walker Brent III delivers his wide-ranging investigations into topics literary, mythological, and otherwise, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:30-4:00 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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