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Phyllis Stowell

Sandra M. Gilbert and Phyllis Stowell

21 APRIL 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Sandra M. Gilbert, Judgment Day, and Phyllis Stowell, Threshold State, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 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 reading on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 pm PDT. We are pleased to bring you this exciting event via Zoom. To register, 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. Search for Sandra M. Gilbert's book at For Phyllis Stowell's new book, see

Sandra M. Gilbert's tenth book of poetry is Judgment Day. Marilyn Hacker said, "Judgment Day, with formal virtuosity, explores food and its multiple cultural meanings, infuses a series of ekphrastic poems with history often includes love lyric and elegy in one poem, gives us politically charged narratives of childhood and young womanhood in New York, and a wry and revolutionary look at an aging body still desiring, desired, and in motion." Sandra M. Gilbert is renowned for her collaborative critical work with Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, widely recognized as a central text of second-wave feminism. Carolyn See called it "a masterpiece" in Los Angeles Times Book Review. Gilbert co-edited The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets, and co-authored No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the 20th Century, among other works. Sandra Gilbert edited Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry, from the courageous political prose of poet Adrienne Rich. Gilbert has received many honors, including the Northern California Book Awards's Fred Cody Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Phyllis Stowell's new book of poetry is Threshold State. Alan Williamson said of it, "When I read Phyllis Stowell's poetry, I am first struck by the beauty of the sound-play—a dimension undervalued by so many contemporary poets. Then by her unflinching confrontation with the theme that must come to the fore for all poets if they live long enough: the confrontation with the Void. Like the great poets of old age—I think particularly of Stevens—Stowell records both the horror and the glimpses of a possible transcendence." Phyllis Stowell's previous books of poems include Einstein's Knot and Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions. She has authored numerous collections of poetry and edited APPETITE, Food as Metaphor, An Anthology of Women's Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly, Wallace Stevens Review, Columbia, Epoch, Phoebe, 13th Moon, Volt, and The Jung Journal. She is former Chair of the Friends of the Institute (C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco). She lives in Berkeley.

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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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