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Phyllis Stowell

Katie Peterson and Phyllis Stowell

29 APRIL 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Katie Peterson, Life in a Field, and Phyllis Stowell, Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 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 Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Katie Peterson and Phyllis Stowell 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 are available at

Katie Peterson's brand new book of poems, to be released May 1, is Life in a Field, with photographer Young Suh. It is "a comedy about climate change, in which a girl and a donkey become friends, then decide to marry time." Her previous book is A Piece of Good News; it was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry 2020. Library Journal says, "[A Piece of Good News] is written from the perspective of one who barely survived a devastating blow and is now ruminating on her loss. Coping with daily life, Peterson keeps an eye on the past…[using] words as a videographer employs details and images." Her work has been published in Journal of Alta California, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Northwest. Her other poetry collections are This One Tree, Permission, and The Accounts. She is professor and Chancellor's Fellow at the University of California, Davis, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.

Phyllis Stowell's new book of poems is Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions. Patricia Berry says, "Phyllis Stowell documents the phenomena of aging by way of her personal process, including relevant details of her childhood and life. It comes alive like fiction—characters, voice, falling apart, the losses, frustrations, symptoms and pain, expressed also in poetic moments and poetry." She has authored eight collections of poetry and edited APPETITE, Food as Metaphor, An Anthology of Women's Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly, Wallace Stevens Review, Columbia, Epoch, Phoebe, 13th Moon, Volt, and The Jung Journal. Professor Emerita at Saint Mary's College, she is also the former Chair of the Friends of the Institute (C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco). She lives in Berkeley.

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28 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Poetry from the Pandemic, a reading of San Francisco poets highlighting how they discovered their inner resources and resilience during the pandemic, featuring Karen Melander-Magoon, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, in conversation with bookstore co-owner Molly Parent, Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PST (More information here:

29 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Skylight Books presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, The Stan Poems, reading and discussing her new book, Cantadora: Letters from California, a collection of forty-four hybrid texts that read as maps, diary entries, dream fragments, and lists, spanning the 500+ years from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico to the present day, Skylight Books,1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here:

30 JANUARY 2023 — monday

31 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer Thomas Crow, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930-1995, discussing his new book, The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge, examining the influence of West Coast artists on California's counterculture of the 1960s to 1980s, in conversation with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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