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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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22 APRIL 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poet Jacqueline Berger reads from The Day You Miss Your Exit, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 (www.birdbeckett.com)
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  • A new stage play adaptation of Persian twelfth century Sufi poet Attar's poem The Conference of the Birds, adapted and translated by poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, a new translation by Sholeh Wolpé of The Conference of the Birds has just been published by Norton, Inferno Theatre, 1635 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, $12, 8:00 (www.infernotheatre.org)
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23 APRIL 2018 — monday

    SOUTH:
  • Poetry reading and conversation with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, 99 Poems: New and Selected, and California Poet Laureate Emeritus Al Young, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 4:00 (www.legacyofpoetry.com/festival)
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24 APRIL 2018 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center and Mill Valley Library collaborate to present a reading of four outstanding Copper Canyon Press poets with new collections: Dana Levin, Banana Palace, Dean Rader Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, Melissa Stein Terrible Blooms, and Javier Zamora Unaccompanied, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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25 APRIL 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from Loaded: A Disarming History o the Second Amendent, on the persistence of our national gun crisis, hosted by Joanna Manqueros, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, $15 at door/$12 advance, 7:30 (800-838-3006, https://kpfa.org/event/roxanne-dunbar-ortiz, brownpapertickets.com)
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26 APRIL 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Yang Huang reads from her short story collection My Old Faithful, winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Maw Shein Win, Invisible Gifts, and Arisa White, You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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27 APRIL 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry reading by Amanda Nadelberg, Songs from a Mountain, David Lau, and Emily Liebowitz, National Park, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.moesbooks.com)
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  • In celebration of Poets in the Schools, Richmond's Three Poet Laureates introduce the winners of the Richmond Writes Competition, this year the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission challenged students to write on the subject of change, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00 (www.cafesociety.coffee/events)
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    NORTH:
  • National Book Award-winning author Richard Powers reads from and discusses his new novel, The Overstory, called "beyond special" by environmentalist Bill McKibben, Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, free and open to the public, 7:00 (707/746-4340, www.benicialibrary.org)
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28 APRIL 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • The fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival is one of the West Coast's premier celebrations of writers, readers and the written world; nearly 500 authors and exhibitors-from around the world come together for the two-day event with tens of thousands of book enthusiasts in Berkeley for presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits, and a lively outdoor fair; visit local publisher exhibits including Manic D Press, Aunt Lute Books, many others; literary programs range from science fiction, history, mysteries, memoir, poetry, food writing, children's literature and more, with special tracks this year on women, Native storytelling and youth literature; literary sessions take place in venues throughout the downtown area and on outdoor stages, downtown Berkeley, events range from free to $15, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.baybookfest.org)
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  • Georgeanne Brennan presents Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley; to reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Windows on Provence speak to a bookseller, 3:00 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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  • Artists' Television Access and San Francisco Public Library present a collection of short films from the 1960s including Richard O. Moore's USA Poetry: Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the program also features films by Alan Kondo and Stuart O'Brien, Latino Hispanic Room, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 11:00 a.m. (www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1031608401)
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  • A new stage play adaptation of Persian twelfth century Sufi poet Attar's poem The Conference of the Birds, adapted and translated by poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, a new translation by Sholeh Wolpé of The Conference of the Birds has just been published by Norton, Inferno Theatre, 1635 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, $12, 8:00 (www.infernotheatre.org)
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    NORTH:
  • A group reading by women poets whose work appears in editor Katherine Hastings's anthology Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women, The Sitting Room Library, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove, free, 2:00 (www.sittingroom.org)
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29 APRIL 2018 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • The fourth annual Bay Area Book Festival is one of the West Coast's premier celebrations of writers, readers and the written world; nearly 500 authors and exhibitors-from around the world come together for the two-day event with tens of thousands of book enthusiasts in Berkeley for presentations, panels, keynotes, films, performances, participatory activities, exhibits, and a lively outdoor fair; visit local publisher exhibits including Manic D Press, Aunt Lute Books, many others; literary programs range from science fiction, history, mysteries, memoir, poetry, food writing, children's literature and more, with special tracks this year on women, Native storytelling and youth literature; literary sessions take place in venues throughout the downtown area and on outdoor stages, downtown Berkeley, events range from free to $15, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (www.baybookfest.org)
    event page
  • A new stage play adaptation of Persian twelfth century Sufi poet Attar's poem The Conference of the Birds, adapted and translated by poet and translator Sholeh Wolpé and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, a new translation by Sholeh Wolpé of The Conference of the Birds has just been published by Norton, Inferno Theatre, 1635 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, $12, 8:00 (www.infernotheatre.org)
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30 APRIL 2018 — monday


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