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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 bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

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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24 JANUARY 2022 — monday

  • San Francisco Public Library celebrates the release of ZYZZYVA No. 122, The Inter/Transnational Issue, with a night of readings featuring contributors from the issue, readers include C.J.A., Shelby Kinney-Lang, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, and Dean Rader, hosted by Oscar Villalon, ZYZZYVA managing editor, Zoom, free, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (For more information and to register, visit: sfpl.org/events)

25 JANUARY 2022 — tuesday

  • San Francisco Public Library's Bernal Readers Book Club, read and discuss Amor Towles's A Gentleman in Moscow, a novel about a man sentenced to a life of house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel during the Bolshevik revolution, in-person, Bernal Heights Meeting Room, 500 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-4:00pm PST (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring slam poet Generalissimo Bryan Franco, with open mic to follow, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights presents Peter Richardson in conversation with David Talbot, celebrating the book launch for Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here: citylights.com/events-category/peter-richardson-in-conversation-with-david-talbot)

26 JANUARY 2022 — wednesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents "Eco-Poetics for a Changing World," a class led by poet and essayist Susie Meserve, Little Prayers, Faith; participants will read nature writing for inspiration, and use various techniques to write eco-poetry, with the idea of capturing what we love in the world in an era of climate change, runs two Wednesdays, January 26 and February 2, $175, online, 6:00-8:30 pm PST (Enroll here: www.leftmarginlit.org/eco-poetics-for-a-changing-world-meserve)
  • Skylight Books presents short fiction writer Henry Hoke, The Book of Endless Sleepovers, Genevieves, discussing his new book, Sticker, a memoir told through stickers, exploring queer childhood, parental disability, and ancestral violence, in conversation with artist and writer Kate Durbin, Hoarders, free, in person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 pm PST (For more information: www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-henry-hoke-presents-sticker-kate-durbin)
  • City Lights presents John Nichols in conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna, a discussion exploring John Nichol's new book Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here: citylights.com/events-category/john-nichols-in-conversation-with-congressman-ro-khanna)

27 JANUARY 2022 — thursday

  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Young Literati present Wine and Wisdom featuring a conversation with journalist and poet Dana Goodyear, whose current project is the Lost Hills true crime podcast, hosted by Young Literati member Shayna Englin, Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: lfla.org/calendar)
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center celebrates the life of avant-garde Chicano poet Alfred Arteaga (1950-2008), with readings and discussions featuring poet Cherríe Moraga, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness; artist and author Harry Gamboa Jr.; poet and educator Richard T. Rodríguez, Exemplars and Accomplices; Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate 2015-17, 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007); and critic and translator Ryuta Imafuku, hosted by poet and editor David Lloyd, Dark Room, audience Q&A to follow, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • City Lights presents Jordan Stein and Bruce Hainley discussing the life and afterlives of artist Jay DeFeo's Estocada, a work created in the shadow of her great painting, The Rose, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Zoom link here: citylights.com/events-category/jordan-stein-and-bruce-hainley-in-conversation)

28 JANUARY 2022 — friday

29 JANUARY 2022 — saturday

30 JANUARY 2022 — sunday

31 JANUARY 2022 — monday

  • San Francisco Public Library presents Book Club, read and discuss Richard Matheson's award-winning novel Somewhere in Time, a moving romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met allows him to literally transcend time, zoom, free, 7:30-8:30pm PST (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events)

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