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Karen Kevorkian

Ramón García and Karen Kevorkian

18 OCTOBER 2020 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Karen Kevorkian, Quivira, and Ramón García, The Chronicles, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Karen Kevorkian and Ramón García via Zoom. To register for this reading, please click here. After you register, you will receive an email with a link and information on how to join the reading. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.

Ramón García Is the author of two books of poetry, The Chronicles, Red Hen Press, and Other Countries, What Books Press, and a monograph on the artist Ricardo Valverde from the University of Minnesota Press. Yusef Komunyakaa says, "Ramón García's The Chronicles is wondrously deceptive. At first we may think we know the folkloric stuff dreams are made of, but soon one is inside a unique world where, through language and ritual, an edgy authority speaks through metaphor, chronicling the underbelly of the spoken and unspoken, and at times even the unspeakable. The Chronicles unearths things we didn't know we knew—surprising, new, clear-eyed twists and turns. This collection of urgent poems, partly woven from stories inherited, sings through the past to the present and future." García's poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Springhouse Journal, Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, and Plume. A chapbook is forthcoming from Foundlings Press in November. He teaches at California State University, Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.

Karen Kevorkian's new book is Quivira, from Three: A Taos Press. Christopher Merrill says, "Karen Kevorkian's dazzling new collection of poems explores the ways in which time can be measured in movement—in her case through the vast, riveting, and often bewildering spaces of the American West. Voices, familiar and otherwise, inhabit these poems, which ceaselessly interrogate the land and its varieties of human and nonhuman experience: "what an idea trying to outrun / the fire," she writes, "in a moment / on you." No one escapes the fire in these poems, which will burn for a very long time to come." Karen Kevorkian is the author of two previous collections, White Stucco Black Wing, Red Hen Press, and Lizard Dream, What Books Press. Her work appears in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She received fellowships from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Ucross Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation.




Daily Listings

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8 MARCH 2021 — monday

  • PEN Out Loud presents a discussion with Isabel Allende, The Soul of a Woman, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in conversation with New York Times reporter Concepión de León, with a reading by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, novelist and finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, $35, online, 8:00-9:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: pen.org/event/pen-out-loud-isabel-allende-with-concepcion-de-leon)
  • Word Week Noe Valley presents feminist author and journalist Naomi Wolf, discussing her book Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love and the ways the feminist movement has altered over the years and where it stands today, in conversation with Maxine Einhorn, free, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3jA6xjx, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)

9 MARCH 2021 — tuesday

  • Skylight Books presents Sam Cohen discussing his new collection, Sarahland, stories that diverge from traditional narrative by having every story feature a protagonist named Sarah, twisting worlds and personas that challenge the way stories are told, in conversation with writer and artist Nikki Darling, free, online, 6:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-sam-cohen-discusses-her-collection-stories-sarahland-nikki-darling)
  • Coastside Poetry presents a reading featuring Bay Area poet David Cummings, free, online via YouTube Live, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Livestream link here: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • Word Week Noe Valley presents historian and writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discussing her upcoming book, Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion, examining how the simplistic claim that the United States is a "nation of immigrants" ignores the violent and racist history at its foundation, in conversation with journalist Mary Jo McConahay, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3tLhnYl, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)
  • City Lights Books presents a book launch for novelist Joshua Mohr, Model Citizen: A Memoir, in conversation with best-selling novelist Lidia Yuknavitch, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3746)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Amber Moss, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Marcus Books and KPFA Radio 94.1 FM present musician and writer Sister Souljah discussing her latest book, the much-anticipated sequel to the best-selling novel The Coldest Winter Ever, in conversation with Sabrina Jacobs, radio host of "A Rude Awakening" on KPFA, suggested donation $5-$20, online, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-souljah-and-sabrina-jacobs-life-after-death-tickets-135779284495)

10 MARCH 2021 — wednesday

  • Word Week Noe Valley presents the panel, "Black Literature, Black Lives," featuring readings and discussions with nonfiction writer Julie Lythcott-Haims, poet Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, and novelist Maurice Ruffin, moderated by novelist Gar McVey-Russell, free, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3jGdorI, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)

11 MARCH 2021 — thursday

  • Kim Shuck's Poetry Night at the San Francisco Public Library features readings by poets Elaine Brown aka Poet E Spoken, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Connie Post, and Jacki Rigoni, this reading inspired by the memoir Know My Name by Chanel Miller, the selection for this year's One City One Book event, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/03/11/performance-kim-shucks-poetry-night-one-city-one-book-edition)
  • Join translators Jessica Cohen, Allison Charette, and Brian Bergstrom for a discussion of Elemental: Earth Stories, latest book in the Calico Series, a collection of translated fiction from around the world, published by Two Lines Press, presented by Point Reyes Books, in conjunction with the Center for the Art of Translation, free, donations welcome, online, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/elemental-earth-stories)
  • The Community of Writers, in conjunction with the Marin Poetry Center and the Mill Valley Public Library, celebrates the launch of Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poetry from the Community of Writers, with a reading and discussion featuring poets Cornelius Eady, Brenda Hillman, Evie Shockley, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, and many more, hosted by editor Lisa Alvarez, emceed by Meryl Natchez, with music by Cornelius Eady and his CE Trio, free, online, 6:30 pm PST (Register to attend: communityofwriters.org/events/event/book-launch-50th-anniversary-poetry-anthology)
  • KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents poet and translator Martín Espada, in conversation with Dennis Bernstein, poet and investigative journalist, with a reading from and discussion of Floaters, Espada's new collection of poetry, suggested donation $1-$20, online, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-espada-and-dennis-bernstein-floaters-tickets-130079233489)
  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents novelist Joe Ide, discussing his new book Smoke, the latest in his IQ series, following unlicensed detective Isaiah Quintabe and his sidekick Juanell Dodson, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/joe-ide)
  • Word Week Noe Valley presents poet Jeffrey Thomas Leong reading from his book Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, translations of poems written in Chinese on walls at Angel Island, with original poems from his latest book, Writ, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/2ZaCyoC, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)
  • Copperfield's Books presents investigative reporter Michael Moss discussing his book Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/michael-moss-online)
  • Litquake presents Lysley Tenorio, novelist and short story writer, discussing his latest novel The Son of Good Fortune, part of the Seismic Salon series, an intimate setting with an author and a small audience, $100, limit ten participants, online, 5:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.litquake.org/seismicsalons.html)

12 MARCH 2021 — friday

13 MARCH 2021 — saturday

  • Word Week Noe Valley presents "Noir NOT at the Bar," an online version of Word Week's popular event "Noir at the Bar," featuring four mystery novelists: Cara Black, Jasmine Almaq, Naomi Hirahara, and Rachel Howzell Hall, reading from and discussing their newest books, free, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3qf3UGa, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poet Momtaza Mehri and writer and photographer Zoé Samudzi, part of the Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series, emceed by alex cruse, free, online, Noon PST (Register to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29187-tripwire-cross-cultural-poetics-series-momtaza-mehri-and-zo%C3%A9-samudzi)
  • Word Week Noe Valley presents novelists Colm Toibin (The Magician) and Michelle Gallen (Big Girl, Small Town), and poet Paula Meehan (As If By Magic), reading from new work, free, online, 11:00 am PST (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3rIL8Ya, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)

14 MARCH 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Brian Komei Dempster, Seize, and Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • The Claremont Library presents Fourth Sundays, a special poetry event featuring poets Ariana Reines (A Sand Book, 2019) and Tiana Clark (I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, 2018), both winners of the 2020 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award, reading from their work and answering questions after, free, online via Facebook Live, 2:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry)
  • Word Week Noe Valley presents six Noe Valley poets: San Francisco Laureate emeritus Kim Shuck, Kristen Belshaw, Susann Dambroff, Jeff Doleman, Eveline Kanes, and MaryLee McNeal reading poems about experiences of life during the pandemic, free, online, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: bit.ly/3rSZZ27, or for Zoom information, email: wordweeknoevalley@gmail.com)

15 MARCH 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Susana Praver-Perez and Terri Glass, Being Animal, open mic to follow, hosted by Sande Anfang, free, online, 6:15 pm PDT (Sign up for the open mic/Zoom link: aqus.com/rivertownpoets)

16 MARCH 2021 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents a book launch for Kim Addonizio's Now We're Getting Somewhere: Poems, she will be joined by poets Brittany Perham, Peter Kline, and Tracey Knapp, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3747)
  • Point Reyes Books presents a discussion of Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water, a nonfiction work by poet and essayist Kazim Ali, about the Pimicikamak community in Manitoba, Canada, and the environmental damage caused by the Jenpeg dam in the area, in conversation with poet and National Book Award finalist Natalie Diaz, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/kazim-ali-and-natalie-diaz)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Mike Hickey, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

17 MARCH 2021 — wednesday

18 MARCH 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents a book launch for novelist Patricia Engel, Infinite Country, she will be joined by journalists Roberto Lovato and Jean Guerrero, and writer and historian Juliana Delgado Lopera, free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3748)

19 MARCH 2021 — friday

20 MARCH 2021 — saturday

21 MARCH 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Brian Komei Dempster, Seize, and Lee Herrick, Scar and Flower, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Omnidawn Publishing offers the workshop "Prosody and Revision", led by poet David Koehn, where attendees will focus on revision and workshopping their own poems each week, with a guest poet each week giving a short talk and Q&A, runs for 6 weeks (March 21 – April 25), with two sections, enrollment is first come, first serve, tuition is $1100-1400, some partial scholarships available, email rusty@omnidawn.com for more info, online, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST (Enroll here: bit.ly/2MjLRA8)
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Maxima Kahn, Fierce Aria, and Indigo Moor, Everybody's Jonesin' for Something , online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

22 MARCH 2021 — monday

23 MARCH 2021 — tuesday

24 MARCH 2021 — wednesday

25 MARCH 2021 — thursday

26 MARCH 2021 — friday

27 MARCH 2021 — saturday

28 MARCH 2021 — sunday

  • VCP SoCal Poets presents a reading featuring poets Brian Sonia Wallace, Linda Ravenswood, and Bryn Wickerd, part of a reading series held on the last Sunday of every month, free, online via Zoom, 3:00-4:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.vcpsocal.org/schedule.html)

29 MARCH 2021 — monday

30 MARCH 2021 — tuesday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents poet and writer Kim Addonizio reading from and discussing her latest poetry collection, Now We're Getting Somewhere, in conversation with Danusha Laméris, Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Cruz County, free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/kim-addonizio)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Ramón García, The Chronicles, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • Famed actress and activist Sharon Stone joins Book Passage and the Dominican University's Institute for Leadership Studies to discuss her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, an intimate and moving look at her life in films as well as her humanitarian work, $40, ticket includes a complementary copy of the book, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookpassage.com/SharonStone)

31 MARCH 2021 — wednesday


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