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2018 Poetry Flash Reading Series


Poetry Flash readings take place at Moe's Books, Berkeley, and at Diesel, A Bookstore, Oakland.

To find out more about the Poetry Flash Reading Series, please email editor@poetryflash.org or call (510) 525-5476, weekday afternoons. ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired may be provided for these events with at least one week's notice. To request, email mbb@poetryflash.org, or editor@poetryflash.org. Our reading series venues are wheelchair accessible. Read more about the series on the Poetry Flash Reading Series page.


18 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

Chris Olander and Kim Shuck

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Chris Olander, River Light, and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Sidewalk NDN, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Chris Olander's debut book of poems is River Light. Kirk Lumpkin says, "What has always impressed me about Chris Olander's poetry is how present, how kinetically alive the energies of Nature (birds, oaks, rivers, etc.) are in it and of how the words dance in the breath and sinew of it." Chris Olander is a performance poet, teacher, and naturalist, and a California Poets in the Schools poet-teacher and Poetry Out Loud coach.
Kim Shuck is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Her latest publication is the chapbook Sidewalk NDN. Her other books include the books of poems Smuggling Cherokee, for which she won the Diane Decorah first book award by the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, Clouds Running In, and the prose work Rabbit Stories.


25 JANUARY 2018 — thursday

Dan Bellm and Annie Stenzel

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet Dan Bellm, Deep Well, translator of Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting), by Pura López Columé, and poet Annie Stenzel, The First Home Air After Absence, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Dan Bellm's new book of translation, Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting) is from the Spanish of distinguished Mexican poet Pura López Columé; many of her poems in this book have been set to music by composers from Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His previous translations include the work of Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca and French poet Pierre Reverdy. He has published four books of poems, the latest Deep Well, and his honors include a prize from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
Annie Stenzel's debut book of poems is The First Home Air After Absence. Dorianne Laux says, "Sensual, laced with wry wit, her writing shows us how the language of poetry and love will outlast us, speak for us even after the Japanese wisteria has overcome the shingled roof, smothering us with its beauty." Widely published in literary journals both in print and online, she works at a law firm in San Francisco.


28 JANUARY 2018 — sunday

Chana Bloch Tribute: Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, more

Poetry Flash presents a Tribute Reading for Chana Bloch, Invocation to Daughters, by her Writing Group: Dan Bellm, Jeanne Foster, Sandra Gilbert, Peter Dale Scott, Phyllis Stowell, and Alan Williamson, wheelchair accessible, East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel), 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)

This tribute to the late poet Chana Bloch is a reading by six members of her close knit Writing Group. It is also a celebration of her posthumous book of poems, The Moon Is Almost Full; copies will be available at the event. Chana Bloch was a poet, translator, and teacher for many years at Mills College; she was much beloved in the Bay Area and beyond. Jane Hirshfield says of her new collection, "Each page verifies the beauty and scope and surge of a life both extraordinary and daily, embraced not in spite of our mortality, but because of it." The book will be available that this event. The readers from her Writing Group will be:
Poet and translator Dan Bellm, whose most recent book of poems is Deep Well.
Poet and translator Jeanne Foster's most recent book of poems is Goodbye, Silver Sister. She is professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College in Moraga.
Poet, memoirist, critic, and teacher Sandra Gilbert, among whose recent books of poems is Belongings.
Former Canadian diplomat, poet, political thinker, and memoirist Peter Dale Scott, among whose books of poems is Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror.
Poet, teacher, editor, and founding member of Saint Mary's College of California MFA program Phyllis Stowell, among whose books of poems is Sundered.
Poet, critic, and teacher Alan Williamson's most recent poetry collection is A Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems.


1 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Phyllis Meshulam

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Interrupted Geographies, and Phyllis Meshulam, Land of My Father's War, wheelchair accessible, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Iris Jamahl Dunkle's new book of poems is Interrupted Geographies. Camille T. Dungy says, "While Iris Jamahl Dunkle writes specifically about particular places and people—some famous and some little known—there's no way to read these poems without understanding the ways she is always writing about you and also about me." She is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, and her second collection, There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air, is about the untold history of Sonoma County. Her debut collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay for the Trio Prize from Trio Press and was published in 2013.
Phyllis Meshulam's new book of poems is Land of My Father's War. Fred Marchant says, "In this book, the literal 'land of my father's war is Italy, where the poet's father served in World War II…However, the landscape of these beautifully crafted poems is wider than any one country, and deeper than any one moment in time. Phyllis Meshulam maps the landscape of consciousness in our time…" She is also author of the chapbooks Doll, Moon and Valley of Moon. Widely published in literary journals, she is anthologized, too, in the acclaimed anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. She is a teacher and the coordinator of both California Poets in the Schools and the nation-wide youth recitation series Poets Out Loud.


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