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Ralph Dranow

Ralph Dranow and Judy Wells

6 MARCH 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Ralph Dranow, presenting At Work on the Garments of Refuge, his own poems with poems and art by the late Daniel Marlin, reading with poet Judy Wells, Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West, 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, March 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; Ralph Dranow's At Work on the Garments of Refuge is available at Judy Well's Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West is available at:

Ralph Dranow is co-author, with the late poet and artist Daniel Marlin, of At Work on the Garments of Refuge. Gary Turchin says, "This is an exquisite book of poetry crafted by two fine poets who were best friends. Daniel Marlin, now deceased, wrote soul-stirring poems, simple, elegant, thoughtful and inspired. They're filled with dharma and the drama of real life. No subject is taboo, but each subject is handled with the deftest of touches. This is a man who had a gift for language but never over did it…always stayed grounded and real. He let his experience guide him and not his ideas.…Marlin and Dranow matured together as writers and this is the culmination of their mutual admiration." In 1978, Ralph Dranow and Daniel Marlin met while working at the Oakland, California main post office. They hit it off immediately, finding a common passion for writing and concern for social justice. Their nascent friendship took root on the level of deep mutual caring as well as support for each other's writing. They formed a writing group that lasted thirty-eight years, and continues today with new members.
Ralph Dranow is an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach as well as a poet specializing in people's stories. He has published eight poetry books including A New Life, one short-story collection, and numerous poems and articles in magazines and newspapers:
Daniel Marlin (1945-2017) was a poet, artist, translator, and peace activist. He traveled extensively, spending much time in Japan, where his wife, Toshiko, was born. His book Heart of Ardor contains over three-hundred-images of his vibrant paintings and drawings, along with commentary about his artwork. His other books include Jerusalem and the Boardwalk, Amagasaki Sketchbook, and Isaiah at the Wall: Palestine Poems.

Judy Wells newest poetry book is Dear Phebe: The Dickinson Sisters Go West. Lucille Lang Day says, "Go West, young man,' is the famous command, but many young women also heeded this advice. Among them were Judy Wells' great-grandmother Phebe Marsh Dickinson and her two sisters, distant cousins of Emily Dickinson, who came to California from Massachusetts in the late 19th century. In Dear Phebe, Wells chronicles their stories in poetry and prose." Dear Phebe is neither traditional autobiography nor strict genealogy. Letters and historical facts are turned into poems, and anecdotes become grist for the mill. As historian Lauren Coodley says, "This book is a wholly new form, fusing history and poetry, inspiring both disciplines." Bridget Connelly comments, "I loved every twist and turn of this mind-tripping story and laughed with glee when the author ends up returning her great-grandmother Phebe's one-hundred-year-overdue book to the San Francisco Public Library." Judy Wells is the author of eleven previous collections of poetry, including Everything Irish, Call Home, and The Glass Ship. She lives with her husband, avant-garde poet Dale Jensen, in Berkeley.

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5 JUNE 2023 — monday

  • Odd Mondays presents a celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a reading by queer authors Ajuan Mance, Living While Black: Portraits of Everyday Resistance, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Tell the Rest, and Miah Jeffra, The Violence Almanac, finalist for the Grace Paley Book Prize, Bethany Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Rivertown Poets presents an in-person reading to celebrate their ten-year anniversary, featuring poets Rebecca Patrascu, Before Noon, and Gwynn O'Gara, Sonoma County Poet Laureate emerita and author of Sea Cradles, followed by an open mic, three-minutes per reader, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PDT (More information here:

6 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

  • The Green Arcade presents a reading with The Page Poets of FMSBW Press, featuring Lauren Caldwell, Other Scavengers, Jesse Holwitz, Cueonia, and Cynthia Randolph, In the Museum of Hunting and Nature, all reading from new work, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Sunayna Pal, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:

7 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

  • Book Passage presents poet, novelist, and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil's Highway, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, discussing his new novel, Good Night, Irene, a powerful story about Red Cross women during World War II, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 6:00 pm PDT (More information here:

8 JUNE 2023 — thursday

  • The Green Arcade presents a reading by poets Susan Gevirtz, Burns, Evan Kennedy, Metamorphoses: City Lights Spotlight No. 22, and Syd Staiti, Seldom Approaches, The Green Arcade, 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Bird & Beckett presents "Beasts, McRedeye, and Homage to Ithaca," a poetry reading featuring Art Goodtimes, Dancing on Edge: The McRedeye Poems, Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate emerita and author of A Casino Bestiary, and Art Beck, Angel Rain, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents the monthly Poem Jam, led by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface, featuring writers associated with Beast Crawl, Oakland's beloved literary arts festival, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The San Francisco Public Library celebrates World Oceans Day with a reading by Bay Area poets, reading from recent work inspired by oceans and their connections to the sea, North Beach Library, Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:30 pm PDT (More information here:

9 JUNE 2023 — friday

  • Village Well presents an open mic reading, open mic performances must be family-friendly, part of a monthly reading series every second Friday of the month, Village Well Books and Coffee, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, free, 7:00 pm PDT

10 JUNE 2023 — saturday

11 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Mary Mackey, Creativity: Where Poems Begin, and Judy Wells, Night at the Musée d'Orsay: Poems of Paris & Other Great European Cities, in person, 2727 California Street, a Cooperative Art Gallery, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PDT (
  • Second Sunday Readings presents poets Amanda Moore, Requeening, and Chloe Martinez, Corner Shrine, hosted by curator Siân Killingsworth, online via Zoom, registration is free and required for attendance, 3:00 pm PDT (More information here:

12 JUNE 2023 — monday

13 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

14 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

  • College of Marin presents "Poetry Writing Master Class," a workshop led by poet Thomas Centolella, Almost Human, winner of the Dorset Prize, attendees will discuss notable poems and examine poetic forms, including revision, $119, runs six sessions, June 14-July 19, online via Zoom, 2:10 pm-5:00 pm PDT (Enroll here:
  • A poetry reading by Stewart Florsheim, Amusing the Angels, Gail Newman, Blood Memory, and reader and host Richard Silberg, The Horses: New and Selected Poems, refreshments, Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, entrance is on Webster Street, just north of 28th Street beside the parking lot, "2808 Summit" is written above the door, several blocks east of Telegraph Avenue, no driving entry from Broadway, Oakland, free, 7:00 PDT (Phil Rubin, 510/547-8080;

15 JUNE 2023 — thursday

16 JUNE 2023 — friday

17 JUNE 2023 — saturday

  • 3rd Saturday Poetry features a reading by Nina Serrano and Scott Bird, plus open mic, Clarion Performing Arts Center, 2 Waverly Place, Chinatown neighborhood, San Francisco, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm PDT (

18 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents historian Louis Niebur, Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, discussing his new book, Menergy: San Francisco's Gay Disco Sound, which follows the birth of high energy dance music in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and its influence on gay liberation, in conversation with sociologist James Gamson, Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys of Kinship, James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PDT (More information here:

19 JUNE 2023 — monday

20 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with featured poet Elyse Hart, Poems for Squares, followed by an open mic, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Zinething, a monthly LGBTQ zine-making meetup, come to make and learn about zines, co-presented by SF Zine Fest and the Hormel LGTQIA Center, open to new and experienced zine-makers, every third Tuesday of the month, Martin Paley Conference Room, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (More information here:

21 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

22 JUNE 2023 — thursday

23 JUNE 2023 — friday

24 JUNE 2023 — saturday

  • "A Bert Meyers Tribute," part of Fourth Saturdays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, the reading, by poets Amy Gerstler, co-editor Dana Levin, Maurya Simon, and Bert Meyer's son Daniel Meyers, celebrates the publication of Bert Meyers: On the Life and Work of an American Master, edited by Dana Levin and Adele Elise Williams, Claremont Helen Renwick Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, 2:00 pm PDT

25 JUNE 2023 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Gail Rudd Entrekin, Walking Each Other Home, and Elizabeth C. Herron, In the Cities of Sleep, in person, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, free, 3:00 pm PDT (

26 JUNE 2023 — monday

27 JUNE 2023 — tuesday

28 JUNE 2023 — wednesday

29 JUNE 2023 — thursday

30 JUNE 2023 — friday

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