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"Colossus: Home": Sarah Kobrinsky, D.L. Lang, Juanita J. Martin, Kim Shuck, Kimi Sugioka

11 APRIL 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Sarah Kobrinsky, D.L. Lang, Juanita J. Martin, Kim Shuck, and Kimi Sugioka, current and former poet laureate contributors to Colossus: Home; the anthology addresses the Bay Area housing crisis, 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)

Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, April 11, at 3:00 pm PDT! We are pleased to bring you a Colossus: Home anthology reading 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.

Colossus: Home, An Anthology of Lives In & Out of Place, edited by Sara Biel and Karla Brundage, presents poetry on the San Francisco Bay Area's housing crisis. These poets, all contributors to the anthology, are current or former Poet Laureates from across the Bay Area. You can purchase this exciting anthology at

Sarah Kobrinsky's recent book is Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything. Jill McDonough says, "In Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, Sarah Kobrinsky opens with a brief meditation on the imposter syndrome that also speaks to where all poems come from, anyway. Elsewhere we read 'I make. I tinker. I create. An instinct born/of my blueprints, deep within my DNA.' But these poems also come from us, from knowing what people say about kids looking like the milkman, pranks like TP-ing houses and tying shoelaces together, a recognizable rhythm of punchlines." Born in Canada, raised in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California, she was the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, California, 2013-2015.
D.L. Lang is the former Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, 2017-2019. She is the author of twelve poetry books, most recently Paradise Collectors: A Book of Jewish Poetry and Armor Against the Dawn: Poetry of Protest, and one spoken word album. She can be found behind a mic throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and at
Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield, California's first Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. Her poetry book is The Lighthouse Beckons. Her poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, Rattlesnake Review, and others; her nonfiction writing has appeared in Sonoma Discoveries Magazine. She was a longtime member of Redwood Writers, and is a current member of Napa Valley Writers, Benicia Writers Salon, Ina Coolbrith Circle, and Benicia First Tuesday Poets. When she isn't writing or volunteering, she reads on Vallejo Ozcat radio's ARTbeat. For more see
Kim Shuck is San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate, 2017-2020. Deer Trails, published by City Lights Books, is her most recent book. She is an Ani Yun Wiya (Cherokee)/Polish-American poet, author, weaver, and beadwork artist who draws from Southeastern Native American culture and tradition as well as contemporary urban Indian life. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She earned an M.F.A. in Textiles from San Francisco State University. She is the winner of the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas and the Mary Tallmountain Award for Freedom Voices. She also received the Academy of American Poets National Laureate Fellowship and the Northern California Book Reviewers Groundbreaker Award.
Kimi Sugioka's newest poetry book is Wile & Wing. She is the current Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, 2020-2023. Anne Waldman said, "Kimi Sugioka is a poet with a lot of guises: maternal, witchy, passionate, detached observer…She moves through the female cycle confidently, poised, strong in her observance and power." Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and raised in Berkeley, Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter, and educator who performs her work frequently throughout the Bay Area. She has worked in public education for decades. She earned her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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2 DECEMBER 2023 — saturday

3 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

  • House concert reading and performance by acclaimed poet Kim Addonizio, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Tell Me, finalist for the National Book Award, with music by guitarist Danny Caron, private home, Berkeley, $20, 4:00 pm PST (For more information, email:
  • The Poetry Center, at the Howard Zinn Book Fair, presents poets Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, and Chaun Webster, Wail song: wading in the water at the end of the world, in reading and conversation with each other and the audience, Room 214, City College of San Francisco Mission Center, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 10:30 am-Noon PST (More information here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Cynthia Hogue, instead, it is dark, poet and memoirist Louise Nayer, Narrow Escapes, and Tennison S. Black, Survival Strategies, a National Poetry Series selection, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (
  • Three Rooms Press presents an evening of Dada poetry, performance, and music, in celebration of the launch of Maintenant 17, a contemporary journal of Dada writing and art, with performances by Youssef Alaoui, Mahnaz Badihian, Allison Davis, Carol Dorf, Robert Duncan, James Gleeson, Dale Jensen, Richard Loranger, Anna O'Meara, Eva Maria Stern, Tom Stolmar, Maw Shein Win, Alex Starr, Rich Stone, and Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, hosted by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, co-directors of Three Rooms Press, costumes are encouraged, Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Café, 12 William Saroyan Place, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Bazaar Writers Salon presents a reading featuring poet Carolina Hotchandani, The Book Eaters, winner of the 2023 Perugia Press Prize; novelist Joshua Mohr, All This Life, winner of the Northern California Book Award; poet and translator Cintia Santana, The Disordered Alphabet; and poet Sam Sax, PIG, hosted by poet Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns after a three-year hiatus, featuring over sixty small presses and community groups selling books and artwork, as well as close to seventy author panels discussing a variety of social justice issues such as climate change, racism, feminism, LGBTQ+, immigration, housing, and the arts, featuring authors Sonali Kolhatkar, Rebecca Solnit, Kim Stanley Robinson, devorah major, Robin D.G. Kelley, Zein El-Amine, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Peter Linebaugh, Angela Hume, Nina Serrano, Roarshock, Steve Early, and many more, childcare provided, City College, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 10:00 am-6:00 pm PST (More information here:

4 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring Kathe Jordan and Gail Entrekin, Walking Each Other Home, finalist for the Blue Light Prize and the Richard Snyder Prize, followed by an open mic, three minutes per reader, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PST (More information here:

5 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

6 DECEMBER 2023 — wednesday

7 DECEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems, UC Berkeley's noontime reading series, presents poet Jesse Nathan, Eggtooth, Morrison Library inside Doe Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PST (More information here:

8 DECEMBER 2023 — friday

9 DECEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Molly Fisk, The More Difficult Beauty, and Tricia Caspers, Some Flawed Magic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Poetry Center presents poet Divya Victor, CURB, winner of the PEN America Open Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, reading from her work and joining in conversation with poet Tonya M. Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, part of Undisciplining the Fields, a conversation and reading series that emphasizes artists and writers from a range of fields and cross-disciplinary practices, free, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (More information here:

10 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

11 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading with four Black Lawrence Press authors, poet Lisa Dordal, Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and author of Mosaic of the Dark, finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, short story writers Nancy Welch, The Road from Prosperity, and JoeAnn Hart, Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, and novelist Sara Johnson Allen, Down Here We Come Up, winner of the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

12 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

13 DECEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the 90th birthday of the late Jack Hirschman (1933-2021), poet, translator, editor, and activist, former Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and prolific author of poetry and essays including All That's Left and Lyripol, with tributes by Agneta Falk, joined by Scott Bird, Dimitri Charalambou, Neeli Cherkovski, Mauro Ffortissimo, Celia Hirschman, Matt Gonzales, devorah major, Sarah Menefee, Alejandro Murguia, and Byron Spooner, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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