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Jan Beatty. Photo by Beth Kukucka.

Jan Beatty, Peter Kline, C. Dale Young

11 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual reading by poets Jan Beatty, American Bastard: A Memoir and The Body Wars: Poems, Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, and C. Dale Young, Prometeo, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (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, November 11 at 7:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you this rare gathering of three compelling poets 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


Jan Beatty's new book is American Bastard, winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award 2021. A lyrical inquiry into the experience of being a bastard in America, it travels across literal continents—and continents of desire—as Beatty finds her birthfather, a Canadian hockey player who's won three Stanley Cups, and her birthmother, a working-class woman from Pittsburgh. Issues of class and struggle run throughout the memoir. Her sixth book is The Body Wars: Poems, University of Pittsburgh Press. Naomi Shihab Nye said in The New York Times: "Jan Beatty's new poems…shimmer with luminous connection, travel a big life and grand map of encounters." Beatty's previous books include Jackknife: New and Collected Poems, winner of the Paterson Prize. Maria Mazziotti Gillan said, "Jackknife is a book that secures Jan's place in American literature as one of the fiercest and bravest poets writing today." Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, BuzzFeed, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

Peter Kline's Mirrorforms is a daring, experimental collection of poems in which language reaches its most pressurized state. Kline has invented a new poetic form, the mirrorform, which he uses with musical verve to essentialize thought and intensify feeling. Bruce Snider says, "…Risky and formally inventive, playful yet rigorous, these poems work like mirrors facing one another; they give a sense of the infinite—the endless joys, losses, and mysteries that make our world." A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Peter Klein has also received residency fellowships from the Amy Clampitt House, James Merrill House, Artsmith Orcas Island, and more. His previous book is Deviants; his poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as Best New Poets, Verse Daily website, and the Random House anthology of metrical poetry, Measure for Measure. He teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and in Stanford University's Master of Liberal Arts Program.

C. Dale Young's new book is Prometeo, from Four Way Books. Ilya Kaminsky says, "Heartbreaking and beautiful is Prometeo, a book so eloquent the heart stops but refuses to stop reading. These are glorious poems in memoriam for friends, family members, patients. 'I have written too many elegies,' the poet says, 'the living have become jealous of the amount I have written for the dead.' Indeed, fellow poets must be jealous of this book's fearless spirit, of its music." C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time. He is also the author of a novel in stories, The Affliction, and four previous collections of poetry. He is a recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and more. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Poetry.

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2 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

3 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents the launch of Beyond the Binding, a book club hosted by Dana Johnson, this meeting will feature essayist and journalist Lynell George, discussing her book A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler, Beyond Baroque Literary Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Noon-2:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books presents translator Sophus Helle, discussing his new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh, with audience Q&A, online, free, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend:

4 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Sharon Dolin, Imperfect Present, and Kelli Russell Agodon, Dialogues with Rising Tides, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

5 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • New York poet Daniel Wolff reads from his new book More Poems About Money, Oakland Yard, 420 40th Street, Oakland, 6:00-7:00 pm PST
  • Odd Mondays Reading Series presents editor and author Peter Kupfer, reading from his historical memoir The Glassmaker's Son, poet Genny Lim, Child of War, and novelist Michael David Lukas, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, Bethany United Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring poets Robert Eugene Rubino, Spinning Shame Into Nostalgia, and Guy Biederman, Nova Nights, followed by an open mic, 3 minutes per reader, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, free, at Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, as well as on Zoom, 6:15 pm PST (Sign up for the open mic:

6 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Chloe Martinez, author of Corner Shrine, winner of the 2019 Backbone Press Chapbook Prize, and Ten Thousand Selves, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • Point Reyes Books presents poet and translator David Hinton, discussing his new book, Wild Mind, Wild Earth: Our Place in the Sixth Extinction, online via Zoom, free, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents author and critic Yunte Huang, Inseparable, discussing his new book, Chinese Whispers: Toward a Transpacific Poetics, which examines poetry in the age of globalization, particularly when it comes to translation and universality in a transpacific context, in conversation with poet Charles Bernstein, who was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry from Yale University in 2019 and is the author of several collections including Topsy-Turvy, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

7 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Douglas Kearney, Sho, finalist for the National Book Award, celebrating his new book, Optic Subwoof, a collection of talks given by Kearney for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in 2020 and 2021, in conversation with essayist and poet Tisa Bryant, Unexplained Presence, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

8 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • The Poetry Center presents a special reading with poets Will Alexander, Divine Blue Light (For John Coltrane), and Sotère Torregian, In An Era of Pillage, both reading from new work, followed by a conversation with one another and the audience, free, online, 6:00-7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, this month featuring poets Sara Biel, Wanda Sabir, and other special guests reading from their new anthology, Colossus: Freedom: An Anthology of Voices Across the Carceral Wasteland, free, at the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here:
  • Open mic reading, anything goes, poetry, recitals, rants, rejoicings, come to read or to listen, and be a part of this collaborative experience, with musical accompaniment by Psi Process, every second Thursday of the month, The Ugly Mug Coffee House, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, free, 5:30-7:15 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents poet Zein El-Amine, A Travel Guide for the Exiled, shortlisted for the Bergman Prize, reading and discussing his new book, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon?, a collection of stories spanning war-torn Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, in conversation with author and organizer James Tracy, Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, and poet Aimee Suzara, Finding the Bones, free, at Kerouac Alley, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:

9 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "Bodies, Borders, and Tongues," a reading featuring three poets reading from their latest collections: Lisa Ortiz, Stem, 2021 Idaho Prize-winner, Leonora Simonovis, Study of the Raft, 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry winner, and Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize-winner, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and livestreamed on YouTube, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

10 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a special tribute to poet, performance artist, and musician Linda J. Albertano (1942-2022), with an afternoon of readings and performances featuring Frank Lutz, Amelie Frank, John Fleck, Philip Littell, The Dark Bob, Tequila Mockingbird, Anna Homler, Jeff Schwartz, Laurel Ann Bogen, and others TBA, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

11 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

12 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), a poet, filmmaker, and artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, handmade books, and performance, this event celebrates the publication of two new books, Dictee, a postmodern autobiography, and Exilee and Temps Mort: Selected Works, two related poem sequences that explore language, memory, and alienation, featuring poet Brandon Shimoda, The Desert, publisher and writer Reese Williams, and curator Christina Yang, moderated by artist and poet Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop and University of California Press, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

13 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Damian Rucci, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents bestselling novelist Sam Lipsyte, Home Land, recipient of the Believer Book Award, reading from his new book, No One Left to Come Looking for You, joined by essayist Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There, a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francsico Public Library presents the monthly open mic reading On the Page, Off the Page, come to perform or listen to poetry and music, free, at the Park Meeting Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:45 pm PST (More information here:

14 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

15 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from her new collection, And Yet, in conversation with multimedia reporter and author Elizabeth Holmes, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, $17, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, at 695 E. Colorado Street, Pasadena, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here:
  • City Lights Books presents Helen Shiller, radical anti-war activist, discussing her new book, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community, telling the story of Shiller's forty-year struggle for justice in Chicago, in conversation with translator, activist, and poet Achy Obejas, Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

16 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

17 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

18 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

19 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Mosab Abu Toha, celebrating his debut collection, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award, Toha will be signing copies of his book at the event, free, at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:

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