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Barbara Ras

Barbara Hamby and Barbara Ras

28 MARCH 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Barbara Hamby, Holoholo, and Barbara Ras, The Blues of Heaven, 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)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, March 28 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Barbara Ras and Barbara Hamby via Zoom. To register for this reading, please click on the link in the calendar listing above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley; the featured books are available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

Barbara Ras's new book of poems is The Blues of Heaven, both personal, dealing with grief over the death of a brother and memories of growing up in a working-class neighborhood of Polish immigrants, and national, reflecting on gun violence, the climate crisis, and the fecklessness of an ignorant, corrupt government. Naomi Shihab Nye said, "The Blues of Heaven radiates with immense tenderness—here are poems of vivid painterly wonderment, perfect pacing and weight, elegantly woven counterpoints of shimmering imagery." Ras's previous collections include Bite Every Sorrow, winner of the Walt Whitman Award and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, One Hidden Stuff, and The Lost Skin. Her poetry has been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, Orion, and elsewhere, and she's been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is the founding director emerita of the Trinity University Press.

Barbara Hamby's new book of poems is Holoholo, the Hawaiian word for strolling without a fixed destination. A collage of one woman's consciousness, spoken in an American lingo, including Yiddish and street talk, its three sections motor across wars, racial tension, street violence, and other assorted national chaos. Billy Collins said, ""Barbara Hamby's poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable. This collection offers a generous helping of poems so crackling with references and busy with verbal energy you might feel them buzzing in your hands." She's the author of seven previous collections, most recently Bird Odyssey and On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. Her book of linked stories, Lester Higata's 20th Century, was the winner of the 2010 University of Iowa John Simmons Award. A 2010 Guggenheim fellow, she is also co-editor, with her husband David Kirby, of Seriously Funny, an anthology of poetry.




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20 APRIL 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Julianna McCarthy, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Festival presents a tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, with a screening of the documentary film Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, and a panel discussion featuring photographer and filmmaker Christopher Felver, Ferlinghetti biographer and poet Neeli Cherkovski, artist Patrick Surgalski, and Garret Caples, poet and editor for City Lights Books, with Joyce Jenkins, poet and editor-director of Poetry Flash, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.sjsu.edu/legacyofpoetry/LoP2021/index.php)

21 APRIL 2021 — wednesday

  • San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Festival presents "Spoken Word and Video Poem Workshop," led by Santa Clara Poet Laureate emeritus Mighty Mike McGee (In Search of Midnight) and poet Tshaka Campbell (Tunnel Vision), hosted by the San Jose Poetry Center, limited to fifteen participants, $15 for students and PCSJ members, $25 nonmembers, online, 5:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.sjsu.edu/legacyofpoetry/LoP2021/index.php)

22 APRIL 2021 — thursday

  • San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Festival presents the Reed Magazine Sponsored Reading, featuring poet and labor activist Rodrigo Toscano (In Range) and poet Danusha Laméris (Bonfire Opera: Poems), with current and former student contributors and editors of Reed Magazine, including Ume Ali, Vinnie D. Lopez, and Megan R. F. Alfaro, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.sjsu.edu/legacyofpoetry/LoP2021/index.php)

23 APRIL 2021 — friday

  • San Jose State University Legacy of Poetry Festival presents a premiere of the poetry performance videos entered for the performance video contest co-sponsored by the Poets and Writers Coalition and Poetry Center San Jose, entries accepted until May 3, winners will be announced on May 14, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.sjsu.edu/legacyofpoetry/LoP2021/index.php)

24 APRIL 2021 — saturday

25 APRIL 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Kristin George Bagdanov, Diurne, and Terese Svoboda, Theatrix: Poetry Plays, 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)
  • VCP SoCal Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Gail Wronsky, Ramón Garcia, and Dig Wayne, part of their 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)

26 APRIL 2021 — monday

27 APRIL 2021 — tuesday

28 APRIL 2021 — wednesday

29 APRIL 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Katie Peterson, Life in a Field, and Phyllis Stowell, Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

30 APRIL 2021 — friday


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