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Steve Kowit

Steve Kowit Tribute: Jack Marshall, Alan Williamson, more

4 OCTOBER 2015 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents tribute reading from the work of the late poet Steve Kowit by Jack Marshall, Alan Williamson, Richard Silberg, Joyce Jenkins, Dennis Schmitz, David Shaddock, and artist Lenny Silverberg, celebrating the posthumous publication of two new books on and by Steve Kowit, request ASL interpreters one week in advance from, wheelchair accessible, Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, 3:00 (510/653-9965,

Steve Kowit, poet, essayist, teacher, died at his home in Potrero in San Diego County near the Mexican border last April. Among his books of poetry are The Dumbbell Nebula, The Gods of Rapture, and Crossing Borders, with artist Lenny Silverberg. He edited the anthology The Maverick Poets and put together the celebrated teaching book In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. Two new, posthumously published books will be launched at this event, Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life, a prose work by editors, poets, and essayists on Kowit and his writings, and Cherish: New and Selected Poems by Steve Kowit, himself.

The readers who will be reading Kowit’s poems to remember and celebrate this passionate, generous, and divinely funny man will be:
Joyce Jenkins, poet and Editor/Executive Director of Poetry Flash, editor of The Dumbbell Nebula.
Jack Marshall, poet and memoirist, whose most recent book of poems is Spiral Trace.
Peter Najarian, novelist and painter, whose most recent books are The Paintings of Art Pinajian and The Artist and His Mother.
Dennis Schmitz, poet, whose most recent book of poems, Animism, was a nominee for the Northern California Book Award.
David Shaddock, poet and psychotherapist, whose most recent book of poems is Vernal Pool.
Richard Silberg, poet, translator, and Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, whose most recent book is The Horses, New and Selected Poems.
Lenny Silverberg, painter, teacher, and collaborator with Steve Kowit on several books.
Alan Williamson, poet, critic, and translator, whose most recent book is The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems.

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