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Dorothy Gilbert

Dorothy Gilbert and Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

10 APRIL 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Dorothy Gilbert, Fox Woman, with poet and Jungian analyst Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, Death and His Lorca, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PDT (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, April 10 at 3:00 pm PDT. 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. Naomi Ruth Lowinsky's Death and His Lorca is available at Dorothy Gilbert's Fox Woman is available at:

Dorothy Gilbert's new poetry collection is Fox Woman. Robert Alter says, "The world becomes magical and often mysterious in Dorothy Gilbert's poems. Landscapes, cityscapes, ordinary domestic settings, and, above all, the presences of nature show forth in a fresh light. The language of the poems is vigorous and musical, its diction bracingly compact, and abounding in little revelatory surprises. This is a book that readers who care about poetry should cherish." Dorothy Gilbert's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Iowa Review, and other print and online publications from Poetry Flash to Persimmon Tree. Her translations are included in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and she has published two translations from twelfth-century Old French: Erec and Enide, the first known Arthurian romance, and Marie de France: Poetry. She received the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation and an award from the Columbia University Translation Center. She has also published criticism, journalism, and science fiction.

Naomi Ruth Lowinsky's fifth poetry book is Death and His Lorca. Susan Terris says, "Naomi Ruth Lowinsky's [new book] is a powerful volume of poems about love, about loss but also about how lost ones still stream indelibly through a life. Again and again, Lorca's passion and Lowinsky's intertwine, adding a memorable musical lyric to the whole book." Death and His Lorca includes Lowinsky's strongest work from the last two decades, it is "at once archetypal, personal, political and influenced by the great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, whose understanding of duende—involving the presence of death—became the magnet for the poems in this collection. The dead show up as late kin, late friends, ancestors, tricksters, spirit guides and oracles." Her poetry books include Dreaming Night Terrors, The Faust Woman Poems, and Adagio & Lamentation; her memoir is The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way. She is the author of numerous prose essays, many published in Psychological Perspectives and The Jung Journal. She is also co-editor of Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way. A member of the San Francisco Institute, for years she led Deep River, a writing circle there. She is a Jungian analyst in private practice.

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28 JANUARY 2023 — saturday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents Poetry from the Pandemic, a reading of San Francisco poets highlighting how they discovered their inner resources and resilience during the pandemic, featuring Karen Melander-Magoon, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, and Mahnaz Badihian, Ask the Wind, North Beach Library Community Room, 850 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 2:00-3:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Point Reyes Books presents novelist Selby Wynn Schwartz, The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, celebrating her new book, After Sappho, longlisted for the Booker Prize, in conversation with bookstore co-owner Molly Parent, Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, free, donations welcome, 4:00 pm PST (More information here:

29 JANUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Skylight Books presents poet and performance artist Linda Ravenswood, The Stan Poems, reading and discussing her new book, Cantadora: Letters from California, a collection of forty-four hybrid texts that read as maps, diary entries, dream fragments, and lists, spanning the 500+ years from the Spanish Conquest of Mexico to the present day, Skylight Books,1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 pm PST (More information here:

30 JANUARY 2023 — monday

31 JANUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet and essayist Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents nonfiction writer Thomas Crow, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design, 1930-1995, discussing his new book, The Artist in the Counterculture: Bruce Conner to Mike Kelley and Other Tales from the Edge, examining the influence of West Coast artists on California's counterculture of the 1960s to 1980s, in conversation with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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