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Terry Tierney

Nathalie Anderson and Terry Tierney

28 FEBRUARY 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Nathalie Anderson, Stain, and Terry Tierney, The Poet's Garage, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you poetry 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 will be available at

Nathalie Anderson's latest book of poems is Stain; she's author as well of the chapbook Held and Firmly Bound. Eamon Grennan said, "Stain is Anderson's richest collection so far. Fresh and irrepressibly inventive (in language, in image, in the way thought and feeling are yoked together), it moves from secular hymns of praise for the illuminations of stained glass, to elegy-edged family memories, to scalpel-sharp probings of the deeper, darker recesses of the self." She's published three previous collections, Following Fred Astaire, which won the 1998 Washington Prize from Wordworks, Crawlers, which won the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Quiver. Her poems have been anthologized and widely published in literary journals, including The New Yorker, Atlanta Review, Nimrod, and Plume. In addition to her poetry, she's an accomplished librettist, with libretti to four operas to her credit. A fellow at Yaddo in 1986, she was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1993.

Terry Tierney's new book of poems, The Poet's Garage, was published in 2020. Joan Gelfand wrote, "The Poet's Garage, Terry Tierney's debut collection is, like most garages, a wild mashup. Loss, patch-ups and re-building are the themes that stitch this collection together. In compact lines and gorgeous prose poems, Tierney speaks to what it is to be an observer, a recorder and a player all at once." He's also a fiction writer whose irreverent Vietnam era road novel, Lucky Ride, is forthcoming in 2022. His stories and poems have been widely published in over forty literary journals, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. A teacher of college composition and creative writing, originally from the Midwest, he's re-established his roots in the San Francisco Bay Area where he survived several Silicon Valley startups as a software engineer.

Daily Listings

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18 MAY 2021 — tuesday

19 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Aminatta Forna (Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love) discussing her new book, The Window Seat: Notes From a Life in Motion, a collection of new and previously published essays about displacement, community, and how humanity co-exists (or not) with the non-human world, in conversation with nonfiction writer Eula Biss (Having and Being Had), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Red Hen Press presents a reading and conversation featuring poets Judy Grahn, Touching Creatures Touching Spirit, Kim Stafford, Singer Come From Afar, and Gary Lemons, Original Grace, discussing their new collections from Red Hen Press as well as their long careers as poets and writers in their respective communities, free, online, 4:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books presents Noah Warren, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, reading from and discussing his collection of poems, The Complete Stories, joined by poets Armen Davoudian (Swan Song), Randall Mann (Propriety), and Katie Peterson (A Piece of Good News), free, online, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • Join the You're Going to Die team for this open mic, "Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes," performance time five-minutes maximum, bring poetry, prose, music, dance, artwork to perform in this online community space, sign up during the Zoom meeting, with Ned Buskirk, free, with suggested donation, online via Zoom, 6:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Point Arena Third Thursday Poetry Series presents a reading featuring former Poet Laureate of Vallejo Diana Lang, This Festival of Dreams, open mic to follow, with host Blake More, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for Zoom information, and if you would like to participate in the open mic)

21 MAY 2021 — friday

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

24 MAY 2021 — monday

25 MAY 2021 — tuesday

26 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Nathaniel Mackey (Blue Fasa, Splay Anthem) discussing his new poetry collection, Double Trio, a three-book lyric exploration of poetry and jazz, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents novelist Vendela Vida, discussing her new book, We Run the Tides, a poignant story of a mysterious disappearance set in pre-tech boom San Francisco, in conversation with photographer and film director Autumn de Wilde, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

27 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents poet Lucille Lang Day, Bird of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, discussing traditional Native American poetry and songs, with a presentation including a reading of poems from the anthology that she co-edited, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, part of the Literary Lectures series, free, online, 7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:
  • The Ukiah Library presents Loba Poetry Series, an open mic poetry reading, held on the last Thursday of each month, open to both teens and adults, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for Zoom link)

28 MAY 2021 — friday

29 MAY 2021 — saturday

30 MAY 2021 — sunday

31 MAY 2021 — monday

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