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Jennifer Elise Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster and Chad Sweeney

30 MAY 2019 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Jennifer Elise Foerster, Bright Raft in the Afterweather, and Chad Sweeney, Little Million Doors, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Jennifer Elise Foerster's new book of poems is Bright Raft in the Afterweather. Joy Harjo says of it, "We are adrift in mythic waters that hold the possibility of rebirth even as they float the remains of human destruction." A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer Foerster has published one previous collection, Leaving Tulsa. She received a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Chad Sweeney's new book of poems, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, is Little Million Doors. Kazim Ali, the prize's judge, says, "Still and spare, Little Million Doors is a book-length series of lyrics that mourns a dead father…Perhaps ghostly but never disembodied, these lyrics feel immediate, necessary and absolutely brand new." He has published five previous collections, and two books of translation, the selected poems of the dissident Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh (from the Farsi with Mojdeh Marashi) and Pablo Neruda's final book, Calling on the Destruction of Nixon and the Advancement of the Chilean Revolution. His poetry is widely published in literary journals and has been included in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Verse Daily. He is the editor of Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: Teaching Artists of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose and Iroquois elder Maurice Kenny's posthumous collection of poetry and prose, Monahsetah, Resistance, and Other Markings on Turtle's Back.




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26 FEBRUARY 2020 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, discusses her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, on the untold history of the relationship between fast food and black wealth in America, in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in partnership with MoAD and Green Apple Books, JCCSF, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, $20/members ten percent off, 7:00 (415/292-1200, www.jccsf.org)
    NORTH:
  • The Write Spot: Jumpstart Workshop, participants write freely in response to a variety of prompts, facilitated by Lakin Khan, drop-in, all writers welcome, all writing and conversations confidential, bring notebook and pen, Copperfield's Books, 850 4th Street, San Rafael, 18+, $15 per workshop, 4:30-6:30 (www.thewritespot.us/jumpstart.php)

27 FEBRUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading celebrating The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel, with the collection's editor Gerald Fleming, and poets Jack Marshall, Edward Mycue, Jo-Anne Rosen, and Patti Trimble, painter Stephanie Sanchez, photographer Mark Citret, psychotherapist Robert Cantor, and teacher Wendy Berkelman, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

28 FEBRUARY 2020 — friday

29 FEBRUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cafe Society presents Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist, on her recent book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond, 7:00-9:00 (www.kaleidoscopecoffee.com)
  • 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, two featured readers to be announced, theme to be announced at the end of the January reading, 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)

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