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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Watershed: Ann Fisher-Wirth and Iris Jamahl Dunkle

4 OCTOBER 2018 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a Watershed Environmental Festival Kick Off reading by Ann Fisher-Wirth, Mississippi and The Ecopoetry Anthology, a past featured reader at Watershed, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Interrupted Geographies, who is reading at the Strawberry Creek Walk and the Watershed Festival on October 13, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


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Iris Jamahl Dunkle's book of poems is Interrupted Geographies. She is a featured reader on the Strawberry Creek Walk and the Watershed Environmental Poetry stage on October 13 in Berkeley. Camille T. Dungy says, "While Iris Jamahl Dunkle writes specifically about particular places and people—some famous and some little known—there's no way to read these poems without understanding the ways she is always writing about you and also about me." She is the former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and her second collection, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County. Her debut collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay for the Trio Prize from Trio Press (2013).

A previous featured reader at Watershed, Ann Fisher-Wirth's new book of poems is Mississippi, a "verbal/pictorial" collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay, an acclaimed, much exhibited Mississippi-born photographer. Billy Collins says, "Fisher-Wirth's poems are not direct responses to Clay's photographs. Rather, her poems are voices–sometimes down-home, other times, uptown–that offer a complementary way of calling forth the spirit of a particular landscape. The attention of the eye and the ear are both quickened by this winning collaboration." Ann Fisher-Wirth is a poet known for her environmental focus; she is the co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013). Her own collections include Blue Window, Five Terraces, Carta Marina, and Dream Cabinet. Among her honors are the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, and two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowships.




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4 APRIL 2020 — saturday

5 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. A memorial poetry reading to honor the life of Les Gottesman, beloved writer, teacher, activist, and founder-publisher of Omerta Publications, with a reading of his work, as well as readings by Omerta poets, including Alan Senauke, Bill Crossman, Genny Lim, Hilton Obenzinger, Jack Hirschman, and Julie Rogers, piano by Bill Crossman, Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, Glen Park, San Francisco, all are invited to bring food and drinks, donations in Les Gottesman's name may be made to Bird & Beckett, Omerta books will be available for purchase, 2:00-3:30 (415/586-3733, www.birdbeckett.com)

6 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Elaine Brown, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

7 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

8 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

9 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Animal Children, and Sarah Kobrinsky, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

10 APRIL 2020 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Poetry Connection reading series presents Albert Flynn DeSilver and Judy Halebsky, hosted by Terry Lucas, Marin County Poet Laureate, open mic to follow, light refreshments, The Fireside Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.terrylucas.com/schedule.html)

11 APRIL 2020 — saturday

12 APRIL 2020 — sunday

13 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading, open mic before and after, hosted by Jim Barnard, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

14 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

15 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

    EAST:
  • The Distinguished Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, a finalist for the National Book Awards 2019, joined by student winners of the DeClercq Poetry Contest, Q&A and book signing to follow, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, California State University, East Bay, Library, Biella Room, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:00 (www.csueastbay.libcal.com)

16 APRIL 2020 — thursday

17 APRIL 2020 — friday

18 APRIL 2020 — saturday

19 APRIL 2020 — sunday

20 APRIL 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Tony Aldarondo, Puerto Rican writer, actor, and musician, open mic before and after, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)

21 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

22 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

23 APRIL 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Meryl Natchez, Time Crunch, and Dion O'Reilly, Ghost Dogs, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

24 APRIL 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents a reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander, Be With, and Tess Taylor, reading from her new book of poetry Rift Zone, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)

25 APRIL 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, monthly literary reading series, bring on/off theme poems, stories, comedy sketches, songs, or dances, three-minute maximum, theme announced at end of previous month's open mic, readings by two featured writers, hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz, last Saturday of every month, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, 21+, free but one drink minimum, cash only, sign up 7:00, show 7:00-9:30 (510/652-NICK, www.nickslounge.com)

26 APRIL 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • This event is postponed. Check back for updates. Poetry Flash presents a Sixteen Rivers Press book launch reading by Patrick Cahill, The Machinery of Sleep, Terry Ehret, co-translator of Plagios/Plagiarisms by Ulalume González de León, and Eliot Schain, The Distant Sound, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

27 APRIL 2020 — monday

28 APRIL 2020 — tuesday

29 APRIL 2020 — wednesday

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