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D. Nurkse

D. Nurkse and Erin Rodoni

22 MAY 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by D. Nurkse, A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, and Erin Rodoni, And If the Woods Carry You, 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, May 22 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. Featured books for this reading are available at bookshop.org/shop/poetryflash.

MORE ABOUT THE READERS
D. Nurkse's new collection is A Country of Strangers: New and Selected Poems, stretching over thirty-five years. In it, one of our most essential poets "casts a clear eye on our politics, our places, and our heart's hidden stories." He is author of eleven previous collections, including Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult. Ilya Kaminsky says, "What a joy to have this overview of D. Nurske's marvelous poems—he is a master of lyric mode, one in whose hands the lines come immediately come alive, magic breathes, nuance shimmers and becomes the world all its own, see the doors open into the unknown and we see that it is strangely familiar because strangeness is, in fact, our first language, one we mouthed before words." Nurkse's many honors include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His poems have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and The Paris Review; he has taught poetry in prison, and, as Brooklyn Poet Laureate, in local schools and the public library system. He has also worked for human rights organizations. A resident of Brooklyn, he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Erin Rodoni's new book is And If the Woods Carry You, winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize. "On the brink of climate catastrophe, a mother grappling with her choice to bring children into an apocalyptic world sends her daughters into the woods of fairy tale as a rite of initiation. The woods carry her fears of extinction—devastating fires, rising seas, and the predatory dangers of girlhood—but also contain the transformative magic of love, interdependence, and renewal." Her previous collections include Body, in Good Light and A Landscape for Loss, winner of the Stevens Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Sandra Alcosser said of Body, in Good Light, "A reader slips into this delicate and gracious book of poems as if into an estuary, subject to the waxing and waning of its subtle currents. Erin Rodoni's generous spirit flows forward as she creates her vision through exquisite and mysterious poems." Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Blackbird, EcoTheo Review, Colorado Review, and Poetry Northwest. She has been honored with awards from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, The Montreal International Poetry Prize, and Ninth Letter. She teaches at the Writing Salon in San Francisco.




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9 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and essayist María Mínguez Arias reading from her new book, Nombrar El Cuerpo, in conversation with journalist Lourdes Cárdenas, followed by a Q&A and book signing, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Beyond Baroque presents "Bodies, Borders, and Tongues," a reading featuring three poets reading from their latest collections: Lisa Ortiz, Stem, 2021 Idaho Prize-winner, Leonora Simonovis, Study of the Raft, 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry winner, and Farnaz Fatemi, Sister Tongue, 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize-winner, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and livestreamed on YouTube, free, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

10 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Beyond Baroque presents a special tribute to poet, performance artist, and musician Linda J. Albertano (1942-2022), with an afternoon of readings and performances featuring Frank Lutz, Amelie Frank, John Fleck, Philip Littell, The Dark Bob, Tequila Mockingbird, Anna Homler, Jeff Schwartz, Laurel Ann Bogen, and others TBA, hosted by poet Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, free, 1:00 pm PST (Register to attend: www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)

11 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents actor and poet Carlos Baron reading from his new book, Poemario Semiurgente, joined by poets and musicians Roque Baron, Damien Nunez, Ahkeel Mestayer, Francisco Ferrer, and Mission Bohemia Trio, co-hosted by Vivos & Activos, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 4:00-5:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

12 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a tribute to the life and work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982), a poet, filmmaker, and artist who worked in a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, handmade books, and performance, this event celebrates the publication of two new books, Dictee, a postmodern autobiography, and Exilee and Temps Mort: Selected Works, two related poem sequences that explore language, memory, and alienation, featuring poet Brandon Shimoda, The Desert, publisher and writer Reese Williams, and curator Christina Yang, moderated by artist and poet Linda Norton, Wite Out: Love and Work, co-presented with Asian American Writers' Workshop and University of California Press, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

13 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Damian Rucci, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • City Lights Books presents bestselling novelist Sam Lipsyte, Home Land, recipient of the Believer Book Award, reading from his new book, No One Left to Come Looking for You, joined by essayist Sloane Crosley, Look Alive Out There, a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)
  • The San Francsico Public Library presents the monthly open mic reading On the Page, Off the Page, come to perform or listen to poetry and music, free, at the Park Meeting Room, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco, 6:00-7:45 pm PST (More information here: sfpl.org/events/2022/12/13/performance-page-page)

14 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry featuring readings by Robert Carr, The Unbuttoned Eye, Kris Winquist, Sophie Diehl, and Tanuki SpiderCat, hosted by Bloodflower, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

15 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

  • Vroman's Bookstore presents poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from her new collection, And Yet, in conversation with multimedia reporter and author Elizabeth Holmes, HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, $17, ticket includes a signed copy of the book, at 695 E. Colorado Street, Pasadena, 7:00 pm PST (Purchase tickets here: www.vromansbookstore.com/kate-baer-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-holmes-discusses-and-yet-poems)
  • The Poetry Center presents poet, musician, and activist Camae Ayewa, a.k.a. Moor Mother, creating a voice and sound workshop on the theme "Anthropology of Consciousness," with local poets and artists alex cruse, Jemma Decristo, Kevin CK Lo, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Leila Weefur, and Zêdan Xelef, followed by a performance of the new work they created together, audiences are welcome to observe the workshop prior to the performance, The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, free, workshop begins at 7:00 pm PST, performance and talk begin at 8:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: poetry.sfsu.edu/event/moor-mother-anthropology-of-consciousness-with-local-guest-poetartists)
  • City Lights Books presents Helen Shiller, radical anti-war activist, discussing her new book, Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win: Five Decades of Resistance in Chicago's Uptown Community, telling the story of Shiller's forty-year struggle for justice in Chicago, in conversation with translator, activist, and poet Achy Obejas, Boomerang / Bumerán: Poetry / Poesía, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend: citylights.com/events/)

16 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

17 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents an evening of poetry, experimental films, and indigenous Hip Hop, featuring the films of Chuli 1312, poetry by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, La Movida, Wendy Trevino, Cruel Fiction, and special guest Bishop Underdog, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00-10:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)

18 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

19 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents poet Mosab Abu Toha, celebrating his debut collection, Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza, winner of a 2022 Palestine Book Award, Toha will be signing copies of his book at the event, free, at 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 6:00 pm PST (More information here: citylights.com/events/)

20 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

  • Medicine for Nightmares presents poet and artist Adrian Arias in a celebration of his new collection, Mar De Las Palabras Para Amar, joined by special guest Anaís Azul, composer and singer-songwriter, Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30-8:00 pm PST (More information here: medicinefornightmares.com/events)
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Layla Lenhardt, Mother Tongue, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)

21 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

22 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

23 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

24 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday

25 DECEMBER 2022 — sunday

26 DECEMBER 2022 — monday

27 DECEMBER 2022 — tuesday

28 DECEMBER 2022 — wednesday

  • 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, free, at Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station, 4:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend: www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/selby-wynn-schwartz)

29 DECEMBER 2022 — thursday

30 DECEMBER 2022 — friday

31 DECEMBER 2022 — saturday


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