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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.




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Northern California

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1 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

2 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lunch Poems series presents a reading by poet and translator Mary Jo Bang, author of eight books of poetry, including Elegy, winner of the Natonal Book Critics Circle Award, and a translation of Dante's Inferno, illustrated by Henrik Drescher, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 (lunchpoems.berkeley.edu)
  • Fanny Singer, co-founder of the design brand Permanent Collection, and co-author and illustrator of My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook, with her mother Alice Waters, launches her new cookbook and culinary memoir, Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories, with a foreword by Alice Waters, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)

3 APRIL 2020 — friday

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

30 APRIL 2020 — thursday


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