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Martín Espada
Photo: David González

Martín Espada, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Gary Soto

2 AUGUST 2018 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poets Martín Espada, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Filthy Labors, and Gary Soto, The Elements of San Joaquin, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Martín Espada's new book of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Sandra Cisneros calls him "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors." Recent collections include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Alabanza, whose title poem has been widely anthologized and performed. In all, he's published fifteen books as poet, editor, essayist, and translator. A former tenants lawyer for the Latino community of the greater Boston area, he's received a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenhein Fellowship, and he's just won the prestigious 2018 Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime accomplishment.
Lauren Marie Schimdt's new book of poems is Filthy Labors. Previous collections include Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing, Psalms of the Dining Room, and The Voodoo Doll Parade, winner of the Main Street Rag Author's Choice Chapbook Series. Among her prizes are the So to Speak Poetry Prize, Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, and The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry.
Gary Soto's a poet, essayist, and novelist. His new book of poems is a revised, updated edition of The Elements of San Joaquin, his first collection, originally published in 1977, about which La Bloga had said, "The poet has an impeccable memory for capturing the music and sounds of his childhood. He carries a heavy sense of nostalgia with…grace…" He has since published twelve poetry collections, including New and Selected Poems, which was a National Book Award finalist as well as three novels and a memoir among other books. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.




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10 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Chris Chandler, open mic, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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11 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poets Emily Yoon, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, Sam Sax, Bury It, and Monica Sok, Year Zero, read from their latest work, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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12 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

13 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sara Mumolo and Caroline O'Connor Thomas read from their new poetry collections, Day Counter and Unusual Light Source, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue, San Franciso, free, 7:30 (415/742-5833, www.greenapplebooks.com)
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14 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

15 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

16 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

17 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a reading by Barbara West, open mic, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.com)
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18 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

19 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

20 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

21 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

22 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gearbox Poetry presents a reading by Judith Offer, Double Crossing, poems about Oakland, open mic follows, hosted by David Zeltzer, unfortunately this will be the last reading in this reading series, so come and celebrate the wonderful readings that have taken place there this year, Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, free, 2:00-4:00, open mic sign up starts 1:30 (dzeltzer@acm.org www.gearboxgallery.com)
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23 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

24 DECEMBER 2018 — monday

25 DECEMBER 2018 — tuesday

26 DECEMBER 2018 — wednesday

27 DECEMBER 2018 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Celebrating an Evening with Al Young, a tribute to the acclaimed poet, writer, educator, and California Poet Laureate emeritus, hosted by Kim McMillon, Jack Foley, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck; a collaborative poem is being created especially for this celebration of Al Young, if you wish to add a line or two to this collective effort, please email your contribution to Jack Foley (jandafoley@sbcglobal.net); the poem begins with the line, "Al is great"; there are also plans to publish a chapbook in honor of Al, to contribute a poem, email Jack Foley, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:30 (sfpl.org)
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28 DECEMBER 2018 — friday

29 DECEMBER 2018 — saturday

30 DECEMBER 2018 — sunday

31 DECEMBER 2018 — monday


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