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Kathleen Winter

Susan Kelly-DeWitt and Kathleen Winter

28 APRIL 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Gatherer's Alphabet, and Kathleen Winter, Cat's Tongue, 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)


Join us on Thursday, April 28, at 7:00 pm PDT for an exciting reading via Zoom. To register for this event, 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.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley; the featured books are available at bookshop.org/lists/poetry-flash-readings; search for the title by author name.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Susan Kelly-DeWitt, a visual artist as well as a poet, reads to launch her new book, Gatherer's Alphabet, also the first book in the Gunpowder Press California Poets Series. Sandra McPherson says, "Susan Kelly-DeWitt's concentrations come to life as if in a studio, with watercolor washes and ink accentuations. As well as mother and father, ghosts and angels, words are animated characters urgently communicating—whistling to animals or dogwood gods, pinches of anger too—a tool to save us. Is she holding a pen—or a moth by its wings? Poems like "Words" and "The Thorne Miniatures" and the title poem gaze multi-eyed at the reader from the palm of her offering hand." Susan Kelly-DeWitt's books include Gravitational Tug, Spider Season, and The Fortunate Islands. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow whose work appears in many anthologies, and in print and online journals at home and abroad. She has been a reviewer for Library Journal, editor of the online journal Perihelion, Program Director for the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Women's Wisdom Arts Program, a Poet in the Schools and in the Prisons, and a blogger for Coal Hill Review. A Poetry Flash Contributing Editor, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and Northern California Book Reviewers.

Kathleen Winter's new chapbook is Cat's Tongue. W. Todd Kaneko says of it, "In [this] new collection, memory is a thing to encounter untamed, to be rediscovered and confronted before it's lost again. These poems 'go backwards / in experience, subtracting yes from yes' as they unearth secrets and regrets and yearnings, as they reckon the past with the present. Through the glint and gloom of memory, these poems portray the self in all its strength and grief, all with Winter's trademark keenness and lyrical grace." Kathleen Winter's previous books include Transformer, finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, and I will not kick my friends, winner of the 2017 Elixir Poetry Prize. Her first book, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Award, the Antivenom Prize, and the Poetry Society of America's The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in The New Republic, New Statesman, Agni, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Five Points, and Poetry London.




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22 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Andrea Cohen, The Sorrow Apartments, and Katie Peterson, Fog and Smoke: Poems, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).
  • Marin Poetry Center's Poetry Reading Series presents a reading featuring Catharine Clark-Sayles, The Telling, One Breath, and Lifeboat, Gerald Fleming, whose most recent book is prose poetry, The Bastard and the Bishop, and David Watts, Katy Bridge, poems, Seed Kites, haiku, and Daily Bouquet, aphorisms, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, free, 6:30 to 8:00pm PST (To register, visit: www.millvalleylibrary.org; 415/389-4292)
  • Holloway Poetry Series presents a poetry reading by Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian, finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, books will be available for purchase and for signing, 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California at Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free, reception at 5:45 pm, reading at 6:30 pm PST (More information here: www.pegasusbookstore.com/reeves)

23 FEBRUARY 2024 — friday

  • Beyond Baroque presents "Black Radiance," a poetry reading and mini arts festival in collaboration with SKEW Magazine, featuring readings by Bri Stokes, managing editor for the magazine and author of the chapbook A Throat Full of Forest-Dirt, and poets Jaden Fields, Intentional Musings on Staying Alive When I Want to Die, Rhys Langston, Grapefruit Radio, Aiyana Sha'niel, Little Black Poetry Book, and Liliana Jeanine Epps; the reading will showcase work from SKEW's fourth issue on the theme "Black Embodiment," full vendor lineup TBA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)

24 FEBRUARY 2024 — saturday

  • Paradiso presents a reading featuring poet Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Of Mongrelitude, feminist author and essayist Diana Cage, Lesbian Sex Bible, winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award, and poet Violet Spurlock, Alloyed Bliss, Finnish Hall Auditorium, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, free, doors open 5:30 pm, reading begins 6:00 pm PST
  • City Lights Books presents author and educator Sharad Chari, Fraternal Capital, discussing his new book, Gramsci at Sea, an exploration of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci's writings on the sea, online via Zoom, free, 11:00 am PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events)
  • Come see the Flypoet Classic Slam, an all-out spoken word performance featuring six incredible slam poets competing in a multi-round battle for the top, with DJ sets, beatboxing, and dance battles between rounds, $5,000 in prizes for the performers, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, tickets range $40-$120, (Purchase tickets here: flypoet.com/slam)
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a reading featuring short story writers Frank Gioia, The Mercury Man: Remembering Brooklyn, and Beverly Parayno, Wildflowers, followed by an open mic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/sacramentopoetryalliance)
  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Gustavo Hernandez, Flower Grand First, and James Coats, winner of the 2021 San Gabriel Poetry Slam and author of Midnight & Mad Dreams, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PST (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)
  • Beyond Baroque presents poet Jose Hernandez Diaz, 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow, celebrating the launch of his new book, Bad Mexican, Bad American, joined in a reading by poets Rooja Mohassessy, When Your Sky Runs Into Mine, winner of the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Award, Jose Oseguera, The Milk of Your Blood, L.A. Johnson, Little Climates, and jimmy vega, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and comedian Bucky Sinister, Black Hole, celebrating the release of his new book, To Fear and Love Bambi Lake, joined in reading and conversation by musician and novelist Alvin Orloff, Vulgarian Rhapsody, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

25 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents Local Author Day, featuring Andrea L. Ambler, Stoking the Poetry Flame: A Teaching Resource, a practical, easy-to-follow guide to encouraging a love of poetry in students, and fiction writer Steven Meloan, St. James Infirmary, a collection of short stories, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 pm PST (More information here: www.vromansbookstore.com/Vromans-Local-Author-Day-January-2024)
  • Medicine for Nightmares presents the Odd Verse Reading Series, a poetry reading and open mic that amplifies underrepresented voices, in a safe space for discourse, community solidarity, and collective action for social justice, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 4:30-7:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

26 FEBRUARY 2024 — monday

  • Fiction writer and former reporter Sarah Ruiz-Grossman discusses her debut novel, A Fire So Wild, in conversation with Traci Thomas, creator and host of the podcast The Stacks, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: www.skylightbooks.com)

27 FEBRUARY 2024 — tuesday

28 FEBRUARY 2024 — wednesday

  • UC Berkeley and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) presents a reading and Q&A with French-Vietnamese author Line Papin on The Girl Before Her, her debut novel in English translation; the event will be moderated by writer and journalist Mel Kritikopoulos, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall 315, University of California Berkeley campus, Berkeley, free to the public, 5:00 to 6:30pm PST

29 FEBRUARY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Books and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University present a reading and conversation with poets Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle: New and Selected Poems 2002-2022, and Kalamu ya Salaam, Be About Beauty, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events)

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