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Alan Williamson

Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson

19 OCTOBER 2017 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet-translators Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson, from their new co-translation of Italian poet Bianca Tarozzi, The Living Theatre, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


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Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson will be reading from their co-translation, from the Italian, of The Living Theatre by Bianca Tarozzi, the first U.S. publication of the celebrated Italian poet. The collection is a journey through the poet's childhood memories of the difficult conditions of World War II under Mussolini and mid-century changes that changed Italian life, especially for women. Bianca Tarozzi is an acclaimed Italian poet whose many books of poems have received her country's highest literary honors; she is also author of a novel, Una luce settle (A Subtle Light), and she is the translator of Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, James Merrill, Richard Wilbur, A.E. Housman, Denise Levertov, and Louise Glück into Italian.
Jeanne Foster's most recent collection of poems is Goodbye, Silver Sister; previous collections include Great Horned Owl and A Blessing of Safe Travel, which won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. She translated twenty-five poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez in Instants of Faith, and she is co-editor of Appetite: Food as Metaphor.

Alan Williamson's books of poems include Presence, The Muse of Distance, Love and the Soul, Res Publica, and The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems. His many books of criticism include Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell, Introspection and Contemporary Poetry, Eloquence and Mere Life, Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification, and Westernness: A Meditation. His other several translations from Italian include a complete version of Pavese's Death Will Come and Look at Me with Your Eyes. Among his honors are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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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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