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Julia Levine
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Gerald Fleming and Julia B. Levine

14 OCTOBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Gerald Fleming, The Bastard and the Bishop, and Julia B. Levine, Ordinary Psalms, 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, October 14 at 7:00 pm PDT! We are excited to bring you Gerald Fleming and Julia B. Levine 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 event. 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 bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Gerald Fleming's new book of poems is The Bastard and the Bishop. Pablo Medina says of it, "The Bastard and the Bishop" is an awakening. Socially incisive and psychologically illuminating, it presents us with a full range of human passion and emotion. You didn't know prose could sing, poetry could mean? Read The Bastard and the Bishop and see for yourself." Master of the prose poem, Fleming's previous collections are One, monosyllabic prose poems; The Choreographer; Night of Pure Breathing; and Swimmer Climbing onto Shore. He is also the editor of The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel. A teacher in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, he's published books for teachers and edited literary magazines.

Julia B. Levine's new book of poems is Ordinary Psalms. Library Journal wrote of it, "A polished poet of extraordinary skill…Levine is caught between wholehearted love of the world's beauty and sorrow at its unavoidable misery and suffering." She's published four previous collections, the most recent of which, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, was the winner of the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. She also received a Discovery/The Nation Award and a Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry from Nimrod. Her work has been widely published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and the Southern Review. She lives in Davis, California.




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8 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents poet and editor Victoria Chang, discussing her recent works, Obit, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and Grief, and The Trees Witness Everything, three books released in three years that explore longing, grief, and memory, in conversation with novelist Kristin Keane, Luminaries, online, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: sfpl.org/events/2022/08/08/author-victoria-chang-and-kristin-keane-exploring-grief)

9 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, winner of the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • The Bay Area Book Festival presents Literary Pub Trivia Night, a literary-themed trivia with drinks, emceed by Amy Schneider, forty-time Jeopardy! champion, the most successful woman to ever compete on the show and the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for Jeopardy's "Tournament of Champions," come for a fun evening of trivia, drinks, and prizes, in person, The Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, $25, proceeds benefit the Bay Area Book Festival, 7:00-10:00 pm PDT (Purchase tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/89-literary-pub-trivia-prizes-special-guest-star-tickets-384151205597)

10 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning essayist and educator Kristen Ghodsee, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence, discussing her new book, Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women, an exploration of the history of socialist feminism in Eastern Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Mrs. Dalloway's presents poet and nonfiction writer Toni Mirosevich, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, reading and discussing her new book, Spell Heaven and Other Stories, a linked story collection about a gay couple drawn to a group of outsiders after their move to a new coastal town, in conversation with Janine Kovac, former professional ballet dancer and author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards, in person, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.mrsdalloways.com/events)

11 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

  • San Francisco Writing Institute presents "Poetry Revision Workshop," led by poet Hollie Hardy, How to Take a Bullet, and Other Survival Poems, winner of the annual Poetry Center Book Award in 2016; the workshop will focus on deep revision of existing poems, attendees are welcome to write new poems to workshop, but it is not required, class time will be spent workshopping poems in small groups, this workshop can be taken on its own or as a follow-up to Hardy's previous workshop, "Generative Poetry," runs six-weeks, August 11-September 15, $425, 5:30-7:30 pm PDT (Sign up here: sfwriting.institute/events/poetry-revision-workshop)

12 AUGUST 2022 — friday

  • Copperfield's Books presents storyteller and author Shugri Said Sahl, reading from and discussing her new book, The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert, winner of the 2022 Gold Nautilus Award, Multicultural & Indigenous Category, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, in person, Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/shugri-said-salh)

13 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a reading featuring poets Mathieu Cailler, Heaven and Other Zip Codes, winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival, Zara Lisbon, Baby's First Apocalypse, Kevin Ridgeway, Too Young to Know, and Jose Hernandez Diaz, The Fire Eater, all reading from new work, in person, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

14 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

15 AUGUST 2022 — monday

16 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

17 AUGUST 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents best-selling novelist Elif Batuman, The Idiot, finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, discussing her new book, Either/Or, a continuation of beloved protagonist Selin and her quest for self-knowledge, online via Zoom, free, 5:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

18 AUGUST 2022 — thursday

19 AUGUST 2022 — friday

20 AUGUST 2022 — saturday

  • CalPoets presents the 2022 Poetry Symposium, an exciting day-long event including poetry readings, workshops, and presentations, teens and up welcome, featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, poet and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, winner of the California Arts Council Legacy Fellowship and the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and author of Borrowed Bones, online via Zoom, free, donations welcome, 9:00 am-9:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.californiapoets.org/events/calpoets-2022-virtual-poetry-symposium)

21 AUGUST 2022 — sunday

  • Marin Poetry Center presents the 2022 Traveling Show, a multi-reading summer poetry event where members perform their own work, Part 5 features poets Lee Rossi, Wheelchair Samurai, Robin Lee, Gail Entrekin, The Art of Healing, Ella Eytan, Gabriel Rilleau, and Laurel Feigenbaum, Matrimony, with co-ambassadors Jackson Bramlette and Tashi Manchip, in person, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 3:00-4:00 pm PDT (More information here: marinpoetrycenter.org/events)

22 AUGUST 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the launch of Second Stutter Volume Five, an annual San Francisco literary journal focused on contemporary English language poetry and translation, with readings by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Immigrants in Our Own Land, Jaime Chavez, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, Norma Cole, Natural Light, Adrian Lurssen, Neowise, Ivan Argüelles, Ars Poetica, and Eleni Stecopoulos, Armies of Compassion, hosted by poet Solomon Rino, online, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

23 AUGUST 2022 — tuesday

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