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Jeffrey Thomas Leong

Jeffrey Thomas Leong and Brian Komei Dempster

22 SEPTEMBER 2019 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Jeffrey Thomas Leong, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, and poet Brian Komei Dempster, Topaz, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)


MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Jeffrey Thomas Leong's new book is Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, which won the Poetry in Translation Award at this year's Northern California Book Awards. David Wojahn says, "Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a fine poet, and his translations of 70 of the poems are nuanced, affecting, and informed by a haunting but astringent music." Leong began his translations of these wall inscriptions at the Angel Island Immigration Station, by Chinese immigrants detained from 1910-1940, while earning his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has been widely published in literary journals including Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard, Hyphen, and Spillway.
Brian Komei Dempster's debut book of poems, Topaz, received the 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry in 2014. He edited both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. His poems have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including the North American Review and Ploughshares.




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Northern California

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15 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

16 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Lyrics and Dirges monthly reading series features emerging writers to highlight the diverse literary community in the Bay Area, hosted by MK Chavez and Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:30 (510/649-1320, pegasusbookstore.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Margaret Gibson, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, Poet Laureate of Connecticut, and poet and fine letterpress printer Lisa Rappoport, Penumbra, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 7:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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17 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Lola Haskins, Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare, and Colby Gillette, Hymn Underground, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087, www.moesbooks.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry Center San Jose presents Third Thursdays at Willow Glen Library, featuring a poetry reading by Darrell Dela Cruz, Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, free and open to the public, 7:00 (408/808-3045, 408/266-1361, www.pcsj.org)
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18 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

    NORTH:
  • Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift, reads from his new book of scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism, A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, on the question of forgetfulness as a pathway to rebirth and peace via art and writing from ancient times to our present moment, Point Reyes Books, 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, free, 7:00 (415/663-1542, www.ptreyesbooks.com)
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19 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

20 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

21 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Georgette Howington, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Bruce Bagnell, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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22 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

23 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

24 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday

25 OCTOBER 2019 — friday

26 OCTOBER 2019 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Saturday Night Special presents featured poets, hosted by Holly Hardy, three-minute maximum open mic on the theme of exploring boundaries between public and private, all creative work welcomed, must be twenty-one, Nick's Lounge, 3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, free but one drink minimum, 7:00-9:30 (510/652-6425, nickslounge.com)
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  • Marin Poetry Center reading by Deborah Landau, Soft Targets, director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, and Matthew Zapruder, Sun Bear and Why Poetry, Tara Hall Pittman South Branch Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, free, 4:00 (www.marinpoetrycenter.org)
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27 OCTOBER 2019 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Barbara Berman, Currents, and poet and translator Zack Rogow, Irreverent Litanies, East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, wheelchair accessible, 3:00 (510/653-9965, ebbooksellers.com)
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28 OCTOBER 2019 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Poetry Express presents a featured poetry reading by Grace Marie Grafton, open mic before and after featured reading, hosted by Gary Turchin, Himalayan Flavors Restaurant, back room, 1585 University Avenue, Berkeley, free but donations appreciated, 7:00-9:00 (poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com)
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29 OCTOBER 2019 — tuesday

30 OCTOBER 2019 — wednesday

31 OCTOBER 2019 — thursday


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