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Melba Joyce Boyd

Melba Joyce Boyd, M.L. Liebler, Brian Jabas Smith, Al Young

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

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)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
M.L. Liebler is a celebrated poet, literary arts activist, and professor. Most recent of his many books of poetry is I Want to Be Once; others include The Moon a Box and Written in Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2000. He’s edited many books, ranging across labor politics, music, and poetry, and his brand new one is Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond, with a wide range of contributors, including Greil Marcus and Al Young.
Poet, editor, and professor Melba Joyce Boyd is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Death Dance of a Butterfly. As Jayne Cortez notes, "Life opposed to death, death opposed to life in New Orleans, in Detroit, in Death Dance of a Butterfly. Melba Joyce Boyd's most important volume of poetry is filled with interactions, eulogies, and 'streets beneath water stains.' It is a collection flashing with poetic development." Boyd is also the author of Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press, a tribute to Dudley Randall (1914-2000) with whom she worked as an editor at Broadside Press and whose authorized biographer she became. Randall was poet laureate of Detroit, a civil rights activist, and a force in the Black Arts Movement. Two of his poems, one for the four little girls killed in the Alabama church bombing in Birmingham, one for the assassination of President Kennedy, were set to music by folk singer Jerry Moore in 1965. Randall published them as broadsides, and so the press, publishing chapbooks that opened out the work of African American writers into the canon of American literature, was born. Boyd’s book, connecting politics and art with the wider struggles of black America in that era, is also a dialogue between poets and includes extensive interviews. In addition, she produced and directed a documentary film on Randall and the press.
Brian Jabas Smith’s debut book of fiction is Spent Saints & Other Stories. Jim Daniels says, “In these fine stories, Brian Smith’s direct, natural, story-telling voice rocks with the authority and grit of someone who’s been there and come back to tell the tale.” Smith is an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist for the Phoenix New Times and then as an editor for the Detroit Metro Times. His earlier career was as a songwriter who fronted rock’n’roll bands. He’s written for many performers, including Alice Cooper.
Al Young, former California Poet Laureate, author of poetry, novels, and memoirs. His most recent poetry collection is Something About the Blues; some forthcoming books are 22 Moon Poems, October Variations, and Love Offline.




Daily Listings

Northern California

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12 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

13 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

14 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Wendy Taylor Carlisle, The Mercy of Traffic, and Kimi Sugioka, Wile & Wing, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special poet guests Linda Noel, Duane Big Eagle, Kitty Costello, and more in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet and storyteller Mary TallMountain, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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  • Babar in Exile #21, Till Death Do We Part, presents a revival of the historic Café Babar, Paradise Lounge, and Club Chameleon readings series, now in a new venue after the closing of The Octopus, featuring a Chris Trian, Deirdre Trian, and celebrating the work of Vampyre Mike Kassel (1953-2008), with the release of Bat Flower, a new compliation of Kassel's mixed-genre work by Deborah Fruchey and Last Laugh Productions, hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts, plus open mic, which for this occasion will ask participants to read one poem from a departed Babarian along with their own (books will be available to read from), Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 sharp (hello@richardloranger.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Maurya Simon, The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems, and Amber Flora Thomas, Red Channel in the Rupture, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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15 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Judy Wells, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, Ralph Dranow, Sunday Ritual, and Dale Jensen, Amateur Mythology, plus an open mic and refreshments, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, a little east of Adeline, Berkeley, parking lot next door (510/644-4930)
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16 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

17 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

18 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

19 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Joyce Young, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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20 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash and PEN West co-present a poetry reading by Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, and Genny Lim, KRA!, note different day of the week for this special event, refreshments, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, featured readers: Jalyce Fairley, poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong Wild Geese Sorrow, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, Nia McAllister, Katherine Vaz, Casey Walker, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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21 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poem Jam presents San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests in a poetry reading in honor of the late Native American poet, essayist, and visual artist Carol Lee Sanchez, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, lower level, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 (sfpl.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Center For Literary Arts of San Jose presents poets and writers Marilyn Chin, A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Sean Wong reading selected poems and short stories to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Aiiieeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225/229, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 6:30 (www.litart.org)
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22 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • In Common Writers Series presents poets Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Beast Meridian, and Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera reading and in conversation, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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23 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Bahamas Hurricane Relief fundraiser event, with excellent food, poetry, exciting music, and raffle, poets reading include Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, Amos White, and more to be announced, Watergate, The Clipper Club, 5 Captain Drive, Emeryville, $100, $70 senior, $25 student, donations tax deductible, 7:00 (For tickets, contact Joyce Gordon at Joyce Gordon Gallery, downtown Oakland, or John Whitehead, 510/658-1360)
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24 NOVEMBER 2019 — sunday

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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading and powerpoint presentation of artwork by Marcia Falk, Inner East: Illuminated Poems and Blessings, Steven Rood, I Say Your Name, also reads, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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25 NOVEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Dave Holt, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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26 NOVEMBER 2019 — tuesday

27 NOVEMBER 2019 — wednesday

28 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

29 NOVEMBER 2019 — friday

30 NOVEMBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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