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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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21 AUGUST 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Cassandra Dallett, open reading—need a prompt? "Skin," hosted by Bruce, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Hot Poetry in the Park featuring readings by CharRon Smith and Marvia Xia, hosted by Bethanie Humphreys, sponsored by the Sacramento Poetry Center, Fremont Park, 16th and Q Streets, Sacramento, 7:00 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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22 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Laura Kyriazis and Zaid Shlah, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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23 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

24 AUGUST 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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)
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25 AUGUST 2017 — friday

26 AUGUST 2017 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • La Palabra Musical featuring Kim Shuck, Jennifer Barone, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Kirk Lumpkin, hosted by Avotcja Jiltonilro, Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Oakland, free, 3:00-5:00 (510/535-5620, www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/cesar-e-chavez-branch)
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  • The 15th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival features readings by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Cassandra Dallett, Tiff Dressen, Nancy Aidé González, Juba Kalamka, Marguerite Munoz, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, René Vaz, Shelley Wong, and Milvia Street literary journal contributors Youssef Ahalla, Jalyce Fairley, Fungai Gora, Julian Mithra, and Julie Southworth, Invocation of the Muse by John Oliver Simon, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Naomi Helena Quiñonez, co-directed by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, sponsored by the City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College, plus open mic, book fair, Berkeley City College Student Lounge, Fifth Floor, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, free, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 (sharoncoleman@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/Berkeley-Poetry-Festival-155792814582187)
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27 AUGUST 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a celebration and launch reading for Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-hop and Beyond, with contributors Greil Marcus, Al Young, Melba Joyce Boyd, Brian Jabas Smith, George Moseman, Joel Martin, and Pat Thomas, with editor M.L. Liebler, 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)
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28 AUGUST 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Georgette Howington; open reading follows, need a prompt for the open reading? "Long Hair," hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Poetry reading by Sixteen Rivers Press poets Gillian Wegener and Erin Rodoni, hosted by Tim Kahl, Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, 7:30 (www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org)
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29 AUGUST 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Jennifer Barone and James Cagney, curated by Jack Hirschman, North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:30 (415/522-8602, www.friendssfpl.org/events/tuesdays-at-north-beach.html)
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30 AUGUST 2017 — wednesday

31 AUGUST 2017 — thursday


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