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Kathleen McClung

Kelsay Books: Kathleen McClung, Lenore Weiss, Andrena Zawinski, more

10 FEBRUARY 2019 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a Kelsay Books reading by Rachel Dacus, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Eileen Malone, Kathleen McClung, Lenore Weiss, and Andrena Zawinski, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
This reading celebrates poets published by Kelsay Books, whose imprints also include Aldrich Press.
Poet and novelist Rachel Dacus’s collection, Gods of Water and Air, features poems and tales of horseback riding, ballet class, a bipolar rocket scientist parent, and a commercial fishing immigrant community. She is also author of The Renaissance Club, a time-travel novel, and the poetry collections Femme au Chapeau and Earth Lessons. Her writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, as well as in anthologies.
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas’s new book of poetry is On the Edge of the Ethereal. Sam Rasnake, editor of Blue Fifth Review, calls it, “a dark and beautiful book filled marvelously with the nature of loss, pain and its evasion, leaving, things left unsaid, ‘inhaling a world gone wrong’…Grellas is a remarkable poet with an unflinching eye and ear for details. The writing is a powerful, rewarding journey, not to be missed.” She is an eight-time Pushcart nominee and a four-time Best of the Net nominee. A Red Ochre Press Chapbook contest-winner, her work has appeared in many magazines including The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She has published other collections, including her chapbook, Things I Can’t Remember to Forget.
Eileen Malone has published her poetry in over 500 literary journals and anthologies, some of which have earned significant awards, including four Pushcart nominations. Her newest book is It Could Be Me, Although Unsure. Her previous books include Letters with Taloned Claws and I Should Have Given Them Water. She founded and now directs the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition and its Awards Event at San Francisco Main Library. She has taught for California Poets in the Schools and at Bay Area community colleges, and hosted an online interview show for Cable Access TV San Francisco.
Kathleen McClung’s new book is The Typists Play Monopoly. Almost the Rowboat is her previous collection. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies including Southwest Review, Naugatuck River Review, Ekphrasis, Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Winner of the Rita Dove, Morton Marr, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust national poetry prizes, she is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and associate director and sonnet judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. She teaches at Skyline College, where she directs Women on Writing: WOW! Voices Now, on campus. She is a 2018-2019 writer-in-residence for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Lenore Weiss received an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University where she won the Clark-Gross Award (judged by Paul La Farge) and the Robert Browning Dramatic Monologue Contest. She recently won first prize in the Alexandria Quarterly Press small stories series for her flash fiction chapbook, Holding on to the Fringes of Love. Her three poetry collections form a trilogy about being mortal: Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island, Two Places, and The Golem. In reviewing Two Places, Nina Serrano wrote, “Weiss’ mind travels like the speed of light from the real, to the symbolic and the surreal.”
Andrena Zawinski’s poetry has received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. Landings is her recent Kelsay Books collection. In Landings, she presents poems that embrace the worldwide condition of women, immigrants, and the working class alongside reverence for the natural world. Rebecca Foust lauds the collection “as a book that offers wisdom and solace and one you will take comfort in reading again and again.” Her other books include Something About, a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award winner, and Traveling in Reflected Light, a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry winner.




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Northern California

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16 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by poet and KPFA radio host Dennis J. Bernstein, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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17 SEPTEMBER 2019 — tuesday

18 SEPTEMBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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19 SEPTEMBER 2019 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama and Matthew Siegel, Blood Work, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Third Thursdays at Willow Glen Library, featuring a poetry reading by Ruth G. Mota, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free and open to the public, 7:00 (408/808-3045, 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org)
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20 SEPTEMBER 2019 — friday

21 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

22 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, and poet Brian Komei Dempster, Topaz, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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23 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a poetry reading by Sandra Anfang, hosted by Gary Turchin, open mic before and after featured reading, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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24 SEPTEMBER 2019 — tuesday

    NORTH:
  • Isabella Tree, award-winning British author, travel writer, and manager of The Knepp Wildland Project, presents her new book, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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25 SEPTEMBER 2019 — wednesday

26 SEPTEMBER 2019 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • Live Lit: Poetry and Story Open Mic series, every Thursday, hosted by Santa Clara Country Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee, open to the public, bring stories, poetry, rants, raves, and missives, Caffe Frascati, 315 South First Street, San Jose, free, sign up at 7:00, open mic 7:30 (www.pcsj.org)
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27 SEPTEMBER 2019 — friday

28 SEPTEMBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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29 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

30 SEPTEMBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a Maverick Night writing prompt open mic, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
    event page
    EAST:
  • Writers On the Air (WOA), a Sacramento spoken word and word artists community that supports and encourages all writers, presents an open mic, five to seven-minutes, after each reading there will be a short positive critique on request, hosted by Todd Boyd, Creekside Cafè, 1750 Oaks Drive #170, Sacramento, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (www.meetup.com/Writers-On-the-Air)
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