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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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23 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets an all open reading, for all poets to come and share their work or just listen to others, free, online via Zoom, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Lights and Wave Books present a reading by CA Conrad and Lisa Jarnot in celebration of Conrad's new book of poetry, Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return and Jarnot's new collection of autobiographical essays, Four Lectures, that examines what it means to be a woman in a male-centered experimental tradition, to have white privilege, and to write poetry, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 to 8:00 pm PDT (To register, visit Eventbrite:
  • Green Apple Books presents a celebration of poet Giovanna Lomanto's new collection, driver's seat echo with Paolo Bicchieri, Familial Animals, Kevin Dublin, Eulogy, and Christine No, Whatever Love Means, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • The Marin Community Foundation, Marin Poetry Center, Mill Valley Library, and Urban Word NYC join together to inaugurate Marin's first Youth Poet Laureate and Poet Laureate Ambassador, featured readings of original work by former Poet Ambassadors Naomi Ko and Cade Palmer; current Marin Poet Laureate Francesca Bell, Bright Stain; Marin Poet Laureate emerita Prartho Sereno, Indian Rope Trick; and youth poets representing high schools throughout the Bay Area; Creekside Room, Mark Taper Auditorium, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30 to 8:00 pm PDT (For more information and to register, visit:

24 APRIL 2024 — wednesday

  • Point Reyes Books presents iconic novelist Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, celebrating her latest book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, Red Barn, 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, $40, each ticket comes with a copy of the book, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The Los Angeles Public Library and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles are pleased to present "Ekphrasis," an evening with poet Gabriele Tinti presenting his ekphrastic poetry series with a talk on this form of writing; special guests to include actors Robert Davi, Joe Mantegna, and Jamie McShane, Getty Head Curator Kenneth Lapatin, and LACMA educator Chelo Montoya; Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • City Lights, ALTA Journal, and Heyday Books celebrate the publication of Greg Sarris's new short story collection, The Forgetters, and the paperback release of his memoir in essays, Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information:

25 APRIL 2024 — thursday

  • The Writing Forward Reading Series at Santa Clara University presents a Poetry Reading & Conversation with Daniel B. Summerhill, Divine, Divine, Divine and Mausoleum of Flowers; James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, and Martian: The Saint Of Loneliness, Cave Canem Fellow and PEN Oakland Award-winner; and Ashia Ajani, storyteller and environmental educator, We Bleed Like Mango and Heirloom, sponsored by the Santa Clara Review and Santa Clara University Creative Writing/ English Department, Saint Clare Room, Santa Clara University Library, Third Floor, Santa Clara University campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, free and open to the public, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (For more information, contact:
  • The Marin Poetry Center's Poetry Reading Series presents Tshaka Campbell, MUTED WHISPERS, 2022-23 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate and winner of two Grand Slam Champion titles, with acclaimed poet Dorianne Laux, Life On Earth, in celebration of National Poetry Month, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm PDT (To attend, register here:; for more information:
  • The Booksmith presents Gerri Lewis reading from her new novel, The Last Word, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:; direct questions by email to:
  • The Poetry Center, in conjunction with TurkxTaylor Initiative, presents "Trans Temporal Resistances," writers and artists deconstruct trans archives and architecture through text and movement, featuring performances by three local writers, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Rowan Powell, and Mason J., co-curated by Emji Saint Spero and Leila Weefur, Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading by Bay Area poets Dena Rod, Scattered Arils, Taneesh Kaur, Thawing: A Poetic Memoir, and Tony Aldarondo, reading from new work, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents Haiku Night, featuring a presentation and reading of haikus and other short forms of poetry, followed by an open mic reading, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: for more information)
  • Green Apple Books presents a celebration of poet José Vadi's new collection, Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, with "This Old Ledge" host, Ted Barrow, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

26 APRIL 2024 — friday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Catherine Lacey, Biography of X, Pew, The Answers, Nobody Is Ever Missing, and journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Chloé Cooper Jones discussing Jones's new memoir, Easy Beauty; Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:
  • The Book of Light Poetry Series, a reading series that celebrates the spirit and soul of the poetry of Lucille Clifton, featuring Jackson Holbert, winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and author Winter Stranger, Books Inc., 1344 Parks Street, Alameda, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here:

27 APRIL 2024 — saturday

  • This workshop, "Writing Historical Fiction," taught by historical novelists Siobhan Curham, The Storyteller of Auschwitz, and Linda Joy Myers, The Forger of Marseille, covers the key elements of writing historical fiction including idea, research, character, and plot, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $105, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Jodie Hollander, Nocturne, and Veronica Michalowski, One: Family of Poetry, free, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The International Poetry Film Festival will feature nearly forty experimental, narrative, documentary, and animated poem-based film screenings from around the world; The Wanda Coleman Theater, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, $30,1:00-6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • "Lines From Within: Poetry From the Inside Out," is a generative poetry workshop and craft laboratory with Dr. Mary-Alice Daniel,Mass for Shut-Ins and A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing, attendees create a signature style in their writing, find their comfort zone, nurture originality, defeat writer's block, and help to develop an individual writing practice, Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center, Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme, free,1:00-3:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • In celebration of National Poetry Month, PoemDome 19, the 19th annual Poems In-Front-Of-The Dome, an open mic with no mic poetry event, will be held across from San Francisco City Hall; featured guests include "Diamond" Dave Whitaker, poet and radio host Global Val Ibarra, poets Charlie Getter, Richard Ivanhoe, Dan Brady, and Jorge Molina, "Poetry Circle in the Town Square," City Hall Plaza, the park between City Hall and San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, free, all ages, 2:00-4:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Sonoma Valley Authors Festival presents "Authors on the Plaza" featuring authors David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, Colm Tóibín,The Magician, and Amy Tan,The Joy Luck Club, Sonoma Plaza, 453 First Street East, Sonoma, free, registration required, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • City Lights, Morbid Curiosity, and Strange Attractor Press present an afternoon in appreciation of the life and work of Mel Gordon, in celebration of the posthumous publication of his Cabarets of Death: Death, Dance and Dining in Early Twentieth-Century Paris, a documentation of three cabaret-restaurants in the Montmartre district of Paris from 1892 until 1954, moderated by Joanna Ebenstein and Peter Maravelis, with Maer Ben-Yisreal, Ati Citron, J. Hoberman, La Pustra, Mark Pilkington, Jill Tracy, Christina Ward, and others, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT (To register, visit Eventbrite:

28 APRIL 2024 — sunday

  • Litquake and Litcamp present, "How They Did It: High-Stakes Memoir," a conversation with five intrepid authors of recent memoir including Eddie Ahn Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for Environmental Justice, Sylvia Brownrigg,The Whole Staggering Mystery: A Story of Fathers Lost and Found, Margaret Juhae Lee,Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History, Susan Lieu,The Manicurist's Daughter, and Carvell Wallace,The Sixth Man, Another Word for Love; the event will be moderated by author Rachel Howard, The Risk of Us, Page Street Co-Working Space, 297 Page Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring contributors to the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, including Nicole Henares, Karen Melander-Magoon, Phyllis Klein, Cesar Love, Ed Mycue, Antoinette Vella Payne, Rafael Pineda, Dan Richman, Alice Rogoff, John Rowe, Eva Helene Stern, and Nellie Wong, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Dan Alter, My Little Book of Exiles, and Cintia Santana, The Disordered Alphabet, 2727 California Street, a cooperative art space, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (

29 APRIL 2024 — monday

  • Mechanic's Institute presents "No Poetry No Peace," a reading celebrating human poetic expression, hosted by award-winning multidisciplinary writer Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, featuring poets Aileen Cassinetto, Lisa DeVuono, Poems from the Playground of Risk, Benjamin Gucciardi, West Portal, Lucille Lang Day, Becoming an Ancestor, O'Cyrus, Sacred, and Noah Warren, The Complete Stories, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, free for members, $10 nonmembers, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as she discusses her new book, An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, a historical biography inspired by notes, journals, and letters by Goodwin's late husband, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

30 APRIL 2024 — tuesday

  • A celebration for the launch of prizewinning anthropologist Angela Garcia's moving work of narrative nonfiction, The Way That Leads Among the Lost: Life, Death, and Hope in Mexico City's Anexos, based on over a decade of research, Garcia's book examines the anexos, community-based recovery houses serving people struggling with addiction in Mexico City, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 to 9:00 pm PDT (For more information:
  • Green Apple Books presents a celebration of novelist Sylvia Brownrigg's new memoir, The Whole Staggering Mystery, with novelist Anne Raeff, Only the River, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Ray Jane, Black Like That, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Skylight Books presents poet Callie Siskel, celebrating her debut collection, Two Minds, joined in a reading by poets L.A. Johnson, Little Climates, and Armen Davoudian, The Palace of Forty Pillars, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Booksmith presents Sasha Vasilyuk in celebration of her new novel, Your Presence Is Mandatory, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:; direct questions by email to:

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