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Cathy Colman

Cathy Colman and Sam Sax

21 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Cathy Colman, Time Crunch, and Sam Sax, Bury It, 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)


Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 pm PST! We are excited to bring you this event 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 meeting. 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

Cathy Colman's new book of poems is Time Crunch. Patricia Smith says, "The textured and lyrically lush narratives in Time Crunch—deftly-honed poems that titillate and resound long after their last lines—firmly establish Cathy Colman as a fierce and formidable voice destined to be a stalwart presence in the contemporary canon." Her first collection, Borrowed Dress, won the 2001 Felix Pollak Prize for Poetry and immediately made it to The Los Angeles Times Bestseller List; her second is Beauty's Tattoo. Other honors include a Browning Award for Poetry and the Ascher Montandon Award for Poetry. She's also been a reviewer for The New York Times Book Review.

Sam Sax's latest book of poems is Bury It. Tyehimba Jess says, "Bury It, Sam Sax's urgent, thriving excavation of desire, is lit with imagery and purpose that surprises and jolts at every turn.…A vitalizing and necessary book of poems that dig hard and lift luminously." Bury It received the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Their first collection, Madness, won the National Poetry Series. A queer Jewish writer and educator, they are a two-time Bay Area Grand Slam champion, and have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, The MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Michener Center for Writers.




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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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