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Gillian Conoley

Maxine Chernoff and Gillian Conoley

7 NOVEMBER 2019 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Maxine Chernoff, Under the Music: Collected Prose Poems, and Gillian Conoley, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New & Selected Poems, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)


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Maxine Chernoff’s new book of poems is Under the Music: Collected Prose Poems. Peter Orner says, “It is time to acknowledge that Maxine Chernoff is a national treasure…Who has a voice like hers, able to penetrate so deep into the roots of life’s pain and awkwardness and sometime beauty? I could quote any one of these aching, uproarious and, above all, humane pieces and you’d see what I mean.…” Author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including Here, Without, and To Be Read in the Dark, she is also a fiction author and a translator: with Paul Hoover she translated The Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, which won the 2009 PEN Translation Award. She and Hoover founded and edited New American Writing. Among her honors, a PIP Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry, a Carl Sandburg Award in Poetry, and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gillian Conoley’s new book of poems is A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New & Selected Poems. The Antioch Review says, “Here we find the peculiarly American matter-of-factness of the small-town exotic coming face-to-face with intellectual high-brow energy. Carson McCullers meets Gertrude Stein.” Among her previous collections are Profane Halo, The Plot Genie, and Peace, which was named a Standout Book for 2014 by the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She published her translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, in 2014, and she edits Volt magazine. Other honors include the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Fund for Poetry Award, and a 2017 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America




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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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