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Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Lucille Lang Day and Iris Jamahl Dunkle

30 MAY 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle, West : Fire : Archive, 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, May 30 at 3:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Lucille Lang Day and Iris Jamahl Dunkle 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

Lucille Lang Day's latest book of poems is Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place; David Roderick says, "Very few poets possess the acute observational power on display in Lucille Lang Day's Birds of San Pancho. In lyric, narrative, and meditative forms, Day's curiosity and love for the world radiate from every page." She's published six previous collections, most recently Becoming an Ancestor, and she's co-edited two anthologies, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry from California. Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story was a finalist for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award in Creative Nonfiction. Other honors include the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature and two PEN Oakland/ Josephine Miles Literary Awards. Educated as a scientist as well as a writer–she holds a PhD in Science/Mathematics Education–she is also the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's new poetry collection is West : Fire : Archive. Gillian Conoley says of it, "…[this] magnificently wide-ranging new book traverses both ground and history to create a new genre: a dual biography (Charmian London's) and autobiography (the poet's own). Ultimately questioning what it is to be singular at the center of catastrophe and personal pain, equally at home with the known and the unknowable—beyond heritage, beyond gender—these poems offer the thrill of a newly discovered vista, while never straying far from our planet's formidable powers, our brief existence.…it is Dunkle's formidable twin characteristics of skepticism and heart that make this book so riveting and crucial as we step cautiously into the new frontier." Iris Jamahl Dunkle's previous poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies and There's a Ghost in This Machine of Air; she's also author of the new biography Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. She was the 2017–2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, California.

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4 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

5 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, reading from his new collection of poems, Pilgrim Bell, online via Zoom as well as in-person at Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register for the Zoom:

6 AUGUST 2021 — friday

7 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • City Lights Books presents acclaimed musician Marc Ribot discussing his new book, Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, a collection of stories and essays playfully exploring assumptions about music, life, and death, in conversation with musician and composer Elliot Sharp, IrRational Music, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:

8 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

  • The Marin Poetry Center presents the Traveling Show, a series of poetry readings featuring new and longtime members of MPC, this reading features poets Elise Kazanjian, Barbara Swift Bauer, Cathryn Shea, Ann Robinson, Kate Peper, and Karen Pierce Gonzalez, free, online, 3:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

9 AUGUST 2021 — monday

10 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

11 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

12 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

13 AUGUST 2021 — friday

14 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

15 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring Taurean Horn Press poets, including poet and publisher of Taurean Horn Press Bill Vartnaw, Suburbs of My Childhood; poet and musician Avotcja; poets Gail Mitchell, Root Tracings, Bone Songs, and Jeanne Powell, February Voices, Tom Sharp, Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, and San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus Kim Shuck, Clouds Running In, online, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

16 AUGUST 2021 — monday

17 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Salvatore Roseo, open mic reading to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • City Lights Books presents graphic novelist Jaime Cortez, discussing his debut short fiction collection, Gordo, in conversation with writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

18 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

  • Green Apple Books presents novelist and short story writer Kyle Beachy, The Slide, discussing his new memoir, The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents novelist Laura Munson, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is, founder of the Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops, reading from and discussing her new novel, Willa's Grove, the story of four women at difficult crossroads in their lives, who come together to Willa's Montana homestead to find solace and companionship, free, online, 5:30 pm PDT (Watch here:

19 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow, reading from his new collection of stories, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, in conversation with best-selling novelist Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

20 AUGUST 2021 — friday

21 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2021 Poetry Symposium, a weekend-long, virtual event with poetry readings, workshops, and presentations by and for poet-consultants who teach in the schools, featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Someone's Dead Already, and Shonda Buchanan, Black Indian, poet and editor of Harriet Tubman Press, the symposium also features workshops taught by CalPoets teachers, runs Saturday, August 21-Sunday, August 22, free, donations welcome, online via Zoom, 9:00 am PDT (Register to attend:

22 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

23 AUGUST 2021 — monday

24 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

  • City Lights Books presents activist and writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, discussing her new book, Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion, examining the pervasive myth that America was founded by and for immigrants, and this harmful ideology used to disguise the country's history of slavery, genocide, and white supremacy, in conversation with poet and fiction writer Alejandro Murguía, Southern Front, This War Called Love, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Kendall Hoeft, open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Zoom link here:
  • Skylight Books, Marin County Office of Equity, and Dominican University of California present Dr. john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and author of Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society, part of the Community at Table Speaker Series, a series about anti-racism and social justice, free, online, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:

25 AUGUST 2021 — wednesday

26 AUGUST 2021 — thursday

27 AUGUST 2021 — friday

28 AUGUST 2021 — saturday

29 AUGUST 2021 — sunday

30 AUGUST 2021 — monday

  • Bookshop Santa Cruz presents journalist Kat Chow, founding member of NPR's Code Switch, reading from and discussing her new book, Seeing Ghosts, a deeply moving memoir about grief and family in the wake of her mother's death, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Authors Day, featuring three local authors discussing their new work: David W. Reed, Uphill and Into the Wind, a memoir about Reed's odyssey across the United States by bicycle, during the political turmoil of the 1970s; Lin Nelson Benedek with her latest poetry collection, Singing Lessons; and Louise Wannier, Tree Spirits, an interactive picture book illustrated by April Tatiana Jackson; free, online, 6:00 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

31 AUGUST 2021 — tuesday

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