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Susan Suntree

Doren Robbins and Susan Suntree

18 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Doren Robbins, Sympathetic Manifesto: Selected Poems 1975-2015, and Susan Suntree, Dear Traveler, 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 18 at 7:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you this reading by two 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

Doren Robbins's new book of poems is Sympathetic Manifesto: Selected Poems 1975-2015. Dorianne Laux says, "What of the tired, the lost, the cast aside? We behold them all, revealed in their human complexity with tenderness, wit and rage throughout Robbins's work. His vision is necessary and vital…." A poet, mixed media artist, and essayist, he's published fifteen books. His monograph, Apocalypse Contemporary on Sharon Doubiago's book Naked to the Earth was published in 2020 as was Not Fade Away: Poetic Prose Monologues, Three Sequences. His honors include the Blue Lynx Poetry Award, 2001 and the 2008 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award. He's widely published in literary journals and is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing and English at Foothill College in California.

Susan Suntree's brand new book of poetry is Dear Traveler. Marsha de la O said of it, Dear Traveler is a gorgeous poem-cycle as well as journey we all must make." Suntree's previous book, a non-fiction poem, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetic Narrative, and a Mellon Foundation Elemental Arts Award. Her books and chapbooks include Eye of the Womb, also published in Madrid as a bilingual edition, El Ojo de la Matriz; Tulips, a bilingual chapbook of translations of poetry by Spanish poet Ana Rossetti; Rita Moreno; and Wisdom of the East: Stories of Compassion, Inspiration and Love, that she edited, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Suntree adapted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poem set as a frequently performed choral work by award-winning composer Adrienne Albert (A Choral Quilt of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, and she has published essays and book chapters about activist theatre. Poetry Flash and Theatre Journal have published her reviews.






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25 MARCH 2023 — saturday

  • The Ina Coolbrith Circle will hold a memorial service for its long-time president, poet Richard Angilly, who passed away December 17, 2022; the memorial will take the place of the monthly membership meeting, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, 1:00-5:00 pm PDT
  • Beyond Baroque presents poet Carol V. Davis, Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg, winner of the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize, celebrating the launch of her fourth collection, Below Zero, an exploration of Siberia and borders, faith and doubt, home and belonging, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet Ernest Garai, reading from his new collection, Reverberating Voices, joined by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, California Book Award-winner; activist and poet Bernice Espinoza; and poet N'game Gray, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

26 MARCH 2023 — sunday

  • Beyond Baroque celebrates the life of Doug Knotts (1943-2022), poet, performer, and former president of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees, author of several books including the poetry collection Small Dogs Bark Cartoons, with readings, performances, and remembrances by Quentin Ring, Janet Sager Knott, The Mighty Echoes, Peter Lownds, John Fleck, Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, Laurel Ann Bogen, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Richard Modiano, Jerry the Priest, Jerome Dunn, Nelson Gary, Alexa Hunter, Marsha de la Oh, Phil, Joe Culp, Andy Schwartz, Neal Taylor, Mike M Mollett, Michael Lane Bruner, and S.A. Griffin, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents a chapbook jam, with featured Nomadic Press poets Rachelle Escamilla, Space Junk from the Heavenly Palace; Yeva Johnsonis, Analog Poet Blues; Antmenantmen Pimentel Mendoza, My Boyfriend Apocalypse; Kimberly Acevedo, Ryan Nakano, I Am Minor; Edward Gunawan, The Way Back; and Lourdes Figueroa, Ruidos = To Learn Speak, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 3:00-5:00 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga presents a reading with featured poets Toti O'Brien, Alter Alter, Pages of a Broken Diary, and Linda Dove, Fearn, with two open mic sessions, Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, Los Angeles, suggested donation $5, 4:30 pm PDT (More information here: villagepoets.blogspot.com)

27 MARCH 2023 — monday

28 MARCH 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Derek Brown, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist Belén Gopegui, La escala de los mapas [The Scale of Maps], discussing her new book, Stay This Day and Night with Me, in conversation with Mark Schafer, translator of the book, online via Zoom, free, Noon PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents translator and poet Dong Li, reading and discussing his debut collection, The Orange Tree, in conversation with poet Forrest Gander, Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, and online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

29 MARCH 2023 — wednesday

30 MARCH 2023 — thursday

  • A night of poetry in collaboration with the show Hechizos, with featured artist and poet Leticia Hernández-Linares, Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl, joining Leticia to read are poets Flavia Mora, Anna Rodas, Entre cenizas y palmas, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, first Poet Laureate of Oakland, and Yaccaira Salvatierra, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • City Lights Books presents novelist and critic Yxta Maya Murray, Art Is Everything, celebrating her new book, God Went Like That, about the environmental damage caused by the Simi Valley nuclear power accidents, in conversation with writer and performer Jocelyn Saidenberg, Kith & Kin, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

31 MARCH 2023 — friday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet Monica Youn, Ignatz, finalist for the National Book Award, reading from and discussing her new book, From From, in conversation with poet Solmaz Sharif, Look, finalist for the National Book Award, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Aveue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-monica-youn-solmaz-sharif)

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