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Tobey Hiller

Tobey Hiller and Maw Shein Win

6 FEBRUARY 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a virtual book launch reading by Tobey Hiller, Flight Advice: a fabulary, stories, with Maw Shein Win, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, poems, 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 launch reading on Sunday, February 6 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.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley; Maw Shein Win's Storage Unit for the Spirit House is available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings. Tobey Hiller's Flight Advice is available at: www.unlikelystories.org/unlikely-books/flight-advice.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Tobey Hiller's new collection of stories is Flight Advice: a fabulary. Thaisa Frank says, "In Flight Advice, fairy tales and myths of passion come alive in the modern world: Men with cigarettes that look like stars make love to mermaids, a genie appears in a woman's laundry room, and a writer is transformed by mysterious words. Told by a narrator with a remarkable voice that ranges from vernacular clarity to dazzling lyricism, Flight Advice is the best of contemporary magic realism." Hiller's previous books include four poetry books, most recently Crow Mind; a novel; and a work of nonfiction. Her story "Splinter" won First Prize in Craft's 2020 Short Story Elements Contest and was earlier short-listed for the first Los Gatos-Listowel Short Story Contest; "The Seventh Blue" was a finalist for the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award. Two of her other stories have been short-listed for prizes, and Flight Advice: a fabulary was one of five finalists for Omnidawn Publishers's Fabulist Fiction Prize under the name "Particle to Wave: a fabulary." Her fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Able Muse Review, Ambush Review, Askew, Canary, The Fabulist: Words & Art, North Coast Literary Review, Sisyphus, Sin Fronteras, Spillway, and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California.

Maw Shein Win's recent poetry book is Storage Unit for the Spirit House, nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award, and short-listed for the California Independent Booksellers Alliance's Golden Poppy Award for Poetry. D.A. Powell wrote of it, "Poetry has long been a vessel, a container of history, emotion, perceptions, keepsakes. This piercing, gorgeous collection stands both inside and outside of containment: the porcelain vase of stargazer lilies is considered alongside the galley convicts, the children sleeping on the cement floors of detention cells, the nats inside their spirit houses; the spirit houses inside their storage units.…These poems are portals to other worlds and to our own, a space in which one sees and one is seen. A marvelous, timely, and resilient book." Maw Shein Win's previous collections include Invisible Gifts; her chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace and Score and Bone. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of El Cerrito (2016-2018). She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was a Spring 2021 ARC Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley.




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8 FEBRUARY 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning novelist Isabel Waidner, Corey Fah Does Social Mobility, discussing their new book, Sterling Karat Gold, in conversation with poet and playwright Maxe Crandall, The Nancy Reagan Collection, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, online via Zoom, free, Noon PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)

9 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • 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
  • The monthly Poem Jam reading series presents writers published in the new anthology Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/02/09/performance-kim-shucks-poem-jam-celebrates-uncommon-ground)

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21 FEBRUARY 2023 — tuesday

22 FEBRUARY 2023 — wednesday

23 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • Poet and artist Daniela Molnar celebrates her debut collection, Chorus, winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Award, in conjunction with her solo art show of the same name, joined by poet Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, come for an evening of art and poetry reading, Round Weather Gallery, 951 Aileen Street, Suite P, Oakland, free, 5:00 pm PST
  • Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita, reads from her new collection of essays, Noodle, Rant, Tangent, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2023/02/23/author-kim-shuck-noodle-rant-tangent)

24 FEBRUARY 2023 — friday

25 FEBRUARY 2023 — saturday

26 FEBRUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Valley Contemporary SoCal Poets Reading, featuring Laurel Ann Bogen, Washing a Language, Michael C. Ford, Emergency Exits, nominated for a 1998 Pulitzer Prize, Rick Lupert, I am not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii, E Amato, Swimming Through Amber, Beth Ruscio, Speaking Parts, Robert Krut, Watch Me Trick Ghosts, and Ashaki Jackson, Language Lesson, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

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