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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 www.colossuspress.org/buy.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
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 poetryebook.com.
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 www.jmartinpoetwriter.com.
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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6 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • Litquake presents novelist and nonfiction writer Natalie Baszile, author of the best-selling novel Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers Land and Legacy, a collection of poems, essays, and interviews about the history of Black people's relationship with the American land, part of the Seismic Salon series, an intimate setting with an author and a small audience, $100, limit ten participants, online, 5:00-6:30 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.litquake.org/seismicsalons.html)
  • City Lights Books presents poet and artist Kate Durbin, reading from her new collection of poetry, Hoarders, in conversation with poet Alex Dimitrov (Love and Other Poems), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3781)
  • Join Beyond Baroque for a celebration of poetry and literature, "Beyond This Moment," a virtual benefit for the literary center as it reopens this year, featuring an array of notable writers and performers, including inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, former L.A. Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer with poet activist John Sinclair, poets E. Ethelbert Miller, Ryka Aoki, and Peter J. Harris, actors Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker, actor and writer Simon Callow, and many more, $25 general admission, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.beyondbaroque.org/2021gala.html)
  • Book Passage presents novelist Adam Mansbach (Rage is Back, The End of the Jews) discussing his new book, I Had a Brother Once, part poem, part memoir, in conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón (Lost City Radio), free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.bookpassage.com/event/book-passage-presents-adam-mansbach-i-had-brother-once-online-event)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelist Douglas Stuart discussing his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, in conversation with memoirist Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here, $15, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)

7 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents novelist and voice actor James Sie discussing his new novel, All Kinds of Other, in conversation with actor and director Shaan Dasani and Ash Nichols, instructor at Trans* Lounge in Los Angeles, free, online, 6:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-james-sie-shaan-dasani-and-ash-nichols-conversation-about-all-kinds-other)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents novelists Nnedi Okorafor, Remote Control, and Jeff VanderMeer, Hummingbird Salamander, discussing their new novels and the changing worlds of fantasy and sci-fi writing, and what the genres can tell us about our own world, moderated by novelist and poet Isabel Yap, $15, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)

8 MAY 2021 — saturday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, discussing There's A Revolution Outside, My Love, a collection of letters, poems, and essays from a diverse array of writers written in response to the tragedy and tumultuous time of history in which we find ourselves, in conversation with poet and criminal justice reform advocate Reginald Dwayne Betts and poet Camille T. Dungy, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, moderated by Ismail Muhammad, story editor for the New York Times, $30, tickets include a complimentary copy of the book, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)
  • Skylight Books presents novelist Rivers Solomon discussing their new book, Sorrowland, the story of a pregnant woman seeking to escape the religious compound where she was raised, desperate to carve a space for her small family and face the violent forces working against her, in conversation with best-selling novelist and short story writer Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist, $33.32, tickets include a signed copy of Solomon's book, online, 1:00 pm PDT (www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-zoom-rivers-solomon-reads-their-novel-sorrowland-conversation-roxane-gay)
  • City Lights Books celebrates the release of Mule Kick Blues, the last collection of poetry by acclaimed Beat poet Michael McClure (1932-2020), featuring a discussion with poet Eileen Myles (Not Me, Chelsea Girls), Anne Waldman, poet and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and poet and editor for City Lights Garrett Caples, free, online via Zoom, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3774)

9 MAY 2021 — sunday

  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents a roundtable discussion of powerful women novelists with women-focused stories, featuring Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar, Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King, and Alia Trabucco Zerán, Las Homicidas, moderated by Karen Phillips, executive director of Words Without Borders, free, online, 6:00-7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.baybookfest.org)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents world-renowned psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, discussing his memoir, A Matter of Death and Life, which explores themes of love, intimacy, and grief in the wake of the death of his wife, feminist scholar Marilyn Yalom, in conversation with novelist and poet Joyce Carol Oates, A Garden of Earthly Delights, Them, $15, online, 1:00-2:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.baybookfest.org)

10 MAY 2021 — monday

11 MAY 2021 — tuesday

  • Coastside Poetry presents a poetry reading featuring James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, winner of the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles Award, free, online via YouTube Live, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: coastsidepoetry.org/current-features)
  • Cobalt Poets presents poet and editor Christopher T. George, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name, winner of the Prix Femina Etranger) discussing his latest novel, Monkey Boy, in conversation with essayist and novelist Valeria Luiselli (Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd), free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3766)

12 MAY 2021 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland, Interpreter of Maladies), discussing her new novel, Whereabouts, her first novel written in Italian and translated into English, $40, ticket price includes a complementary copy of the book, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.bookpassage.com/lahiri-whereabouts)
  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading featuring Janice Dewey, How to Feed a Horse, and Eleanor Wilner, Gone to Earth, from Red Hen Press's new imprint, Crooked Hearts, focusing on writers over the age of 55, free, online, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend: www.facebook.com/redhenpress)

13 MAY 2021 — thursday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, curated by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin and Kim Shuck, San Francisco poet laureate emeritus, featuring readings from poets James Cagney (Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory), Josiah Luis Alderete (Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos), Lourdes Figuroa (Ruidos = To Learn Speak), and Mimi Tempestt (the monumental misrememberings), free, online, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2021/05/13/performance-poem-jam)
  • Two Lines Press presents novelist Bruno Lloret discussing his debut novel, Nancy, originally published in Spanish and now available in English, joined by Ellen Jones, translator of the book, and short story writer Kathryn Scanlan, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.crowdcast.io/e/nancy-bruno-lloret-and/register?blm_aid=8890120)

14 MAY 2021 — friday

  • Point Reyes Books presents poet, essayist, and artist Rikki Ducornet, discussing her new novel, Trafik, a story of an astronaut living in a post-Earth future and her adventures in search of the planet Trafik, in conversation with novelist Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation), free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/rikki-ducornet-and-jeff-vandermeer)

15 MAY 2021 — saturday

16 MAY 2021 — sunday

17 MAY 2021 — monday

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: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3790)
  • 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: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/noah-warren-complete-stories)

20 MAY 2021 — thursday

21 MAY 2021 — friday

22 MAY 2021 — saturday

23 MAY 2021 — sunday

24 MAY 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Sarah Schulman discussing her new book, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP in New York, 1987-1993, an insightful examination of the grassroots coalition that took on the AIDS epidemic and fought for treatment for all, in conversation with nonfiction author Marc Stein, Queer Public History: Essays on Scholarly Activism, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.citylights.com/bookstore/?fa=event&event_id=3791)

25 MAY 2021 — tuesday

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