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Lynne Knight

Lynne Knight and Beth Spencer

6 MAY 2018 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press Double Book Launch for Lynne Knight, The Language of Forgetting and Beth Spencer, The Cloud Museum, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Lynne Knight's new book of poems is The Language of Forgetting. Al Young says, "Lynne Knight's mindful, lyrical The Language of Forgetting reads like a heart-and-soul video, Season One. Against a big backdrop of learn-and-let-go, each poem-episode streams me into her book's majestic mosaic, which I happen to feel as love vs. love." She has published five poetry chapbooks and five full-length collections, the most recent of which is The Persistence of Longing, which was nominated for a Northern California Book Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry; other honors and awards include an NEA grant, a Prix de l'Alliance Française 2006, a Poetry Society of America Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, and the 2009 Rattle Poetry Award. I Know, her translation of Ito Naga's Je Sais, was published by Sixteen Rivers in 2013.
Beth Spencer's debut book of poems, also from Sixteen Rivers, is The Cloud Museum; the book explores two worlds, the persona of a sage named Alice and the persona of the artist Jay DeFeo; Pamela Uschuk says, "Rich in imagist language, Spencer's poems transcend simple explanation as they transform us at many levels. Much as an oil painting accrues power and depth layer by subtle layer, this collection opens out and out, bursting into the essence and vortex of mystery itself." She is the founder and editor of Bear Star Press, publishers of poetry and short fiction by writers in Western states.




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Northern California

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19 APRIL 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • In celebration of National Poetry Month, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal presents "A Carnival of Poems," featuring poets Jennifer Barone, Cesar Love, Gail Mitchell, Gerardo Pacheco, Alice Rogoff, Maurisa Thompson, Andrena Zawinski, Latino Hispanic Room, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00 (www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1030994601)
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  • Alexander Chee discusses his stunning first collection of essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • Poetry reading featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Rabbit Stories and Smuggling Cherokee, and poet and movement worker Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, who has just been short-listed for the International Griffin Poetry Prize 2018, Library and Chess Room, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, $15/free to poets and readers of Poetry Flash, see web link, 6:30 (www.milibrary.org/events/san-francisco-poet-laureate-kim-shuck-poet-tongo-eisen-martin-apr-19-2018)
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  • Critically-acclaimed novelist Jessica Levine reads from Nothing Forgotten, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • Opening night for a new stage adaptation of the 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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  • Jacqueline Winspear reads from her new Maisie Dobbs mystery To Die But Once, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 12:30 (510/704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center Third Thursdays series presents an Adults Only Night of Erotic Poetry, with Los Angeles photographer, editor and author Alexis Rhone Fancher, Enter Here, and acclaimed poet D.A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, Falkirk Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael, free, 7:30-9:30 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/events.php)
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    SOUTH:
  • Third Thursday: 9th Annual Poetry Invitational, a reading by former Santa Clara County Poet Laureates Arlene Biala and David Perez, and other Bay Area poets, featuring poems inspired by art at the San Jose Museum of Art, live music presented by Content Magazine to follow, hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, current Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market Street, San Jose, $5/free to members and Content subscribers, 7:00-10:00 (sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-9th-annual-poetry-invitational)
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  • SJSU alum and poet Carmen Giménez Smith reads from her recent poetry collections, Milk and Filth (2013) and Cruel Futures (2018), conversation to follow, Steinbeck Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, free, 4:00 (www.legacyofpoetry.com/festival)
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  • Christina Lauren, a.k.a. the New York Times best-selling writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, share their first novel for adults, Love and Other Words, Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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20 APRIL 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Critically-acclaimed novelist Tayari Jones reads from her newest, An American Marriage, Books Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, free, 7:00 (www.booksinc.net/events)
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  • William T. Vollmann reads from and discusses his new book, No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, free, 7:00 (www.ebbooksellers.com/events)
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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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21 APRIL 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Naked Bulb Lit Open Mic, Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:30 (oaklandoctopus.org)
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  • Two Poets Laureate, a poetry conversation with readings by San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, hosted by Kirk Lumpkin, Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, Third Floor Community Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge Street, at Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 2:00-4:00 (510/981-6100, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org)
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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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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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