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Michelle Gillett

Tribute to Michelle Gillett: Robert Thomas, Carolyn West, more

2 NOVEMBER 2017 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a posthumous book launch in tribute to the late poet Michelle Gillett, reading from Coming About will be Erin Gillett, Sarah Miller, Robert Thomas, and Carolyn West, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Michelle Gillett's debut book of poems, Coming About, was selected for publication before her death from lung cancer in 2016. Daniel Tobin says of it, "…Gillett's insight is Rilkean in its wisdom.…In these fiercely honest poems, knowledge of the fragility of things before 'the ever-declining light' keeps pace with a faith that knows always 'some effect of the light keeps the dusk unfinished,' staving off the absolute dark. Coming About is a brave and beautiful book by a poet greatly gifted both in her humanity and her craft." Born in 1948, she lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and was active in the arts and literary communities of the Berkshires.

The readers for the event will be:

Erin Gillett, her daughter, who graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters degree in Architecture and works as an architectural designer and consultant.
Sarah Miller, author of Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn and numerous essays.
Robert Thomas, author of Bridge, fiction, and the poetry collections Door to Door, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa, and Dragging the Lake. He's won a Pushcart Prize and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Carolyn West, poet and storyteller.




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22 NOVEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Celebration for poet Latif Harris, Barter Within the Bark of Trees, Bodhisattva's Busted Truth, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 7:30-9:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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23 NOVEMBER 2017 — thursday

24 NOVEMBER 2017 — friday

25 NOVEMBER 2017 — saturday

26 NOVEMBER 2017 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Walker Talks! A literary discussion by Walker Brents III, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, 2:30-4:00, (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)
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27 NOVEMBER 2017 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents reading by Elizabeth Alford, open reading follows, hosted by J.D., Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, 7:00-9:00 (PoetryExpress@gmail.com, poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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28 NOVEMBER 2017 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tuesdays at North Beach, a weekly poetry series celebrating international poets and showcasing local talent, presents a reading by Gail Mitchell and Michael Koch, 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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29 NOVEMBER 2017 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • SMC MFA in Creative Writing Open House and Happy Hour, meet the faculty and learn about the application process, De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, St. Mary's College campus, Moraga, 6:00-7:30 (www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing)
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  • SMC MFA in Creative Writing Graduate Student Reading and Potluck featuring students Ryan Jones, Emily Ratto, Amy George, and David Zumwalt, the reading is curated and hosted by a committee of Creative Writing grad students, De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, St. Mary's College campus, Moraga, free and open to the public, 7:45-9:30 (www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing)
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    EAST:
  • Sacramento Poetry Center presents its Annual Fundraising Party at the home of Mimi and Burnett Miller, poetry by Indigo Moor, music by CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble, followed by raffle and silent auction, 1224 40th Street, Sacramento, $40 per person and $30 for members, pay at door, 6:00-8:00 (916/240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com)
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30 NOVEMBER 2017 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Dan Gerber, Particles: New & Selected Poems, and Joseph Stroud, Of This World: New and Selected Poems, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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