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John Sibley Williams

John Sibley Williams, Rusty Morrison, Alexis Sears

12 JUNE 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Rusty Morrison, Beyond the Chainlink, John Sibley Williams, Scale Model of a Country at Dawn, Cider Press Review Book Award-winner and The Drowning House, Elixir Press Poetry Award-winner, with Alexis Sears, Out of Order, Donald Justice Poetry Prize-winner, 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 reading on Sunday, June 12 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
Rusty Morrison's most recent collection, Beyond the Chainlink, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. Library Journal wrote, "As these eloquent, perfectly faceted poems attest, life is at heart our burningly patient negotiation with the everyday. We're followed by 'dangerous ideas,' risk the 'little hurt' of impulse, attempt to construct meaning (even in the backyard), and always, always desire ('This wanting, a pocket mirror I'll rub / until the silver backing rubs off.') James Laughlin Award-winner Morrison delivers poetry that feels affirmative, radiant, and lived." Her previous books include After Urgency, Tupelo's Dorset Prize-winner, the true keeps calm biding its story, winner of the Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Prize, James Laughlin Award, Northern California Book Award, and DiCastagnola Award. She is a recipient of a Civitella Ranieri fellowship, and other artist retreat fellowships. She was one of eight fellows in the 2020 UC Berkeley Art Research Center's Poetry and the Senses Program. Co-publisher of Omnidawn Publishers, she teaches and offers writing consultations.

Alexis Sears's debut collection is Out of Order, winner of the 2021 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. David Yezzi says, "If you have never read Alexis Sears, prepare yourself. Her poems draw blood. It's hard to think of a debut collection since Heart's Needle [by W.D Snodgrass] that is at once so deeply felt and so finely tuned. In her hands, form is the fist that delivers the blow, conveying the pure force of language. With so much at stake—identity, melancholia, a father's suicide in a distant place—feeling could easily overwhelm and blur, but Sears's poems remain precise and richly textured. Her poems do not succumb; they triumph, as we do, thrillingly, through them." She earned her BA in Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and her MFA in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has appeared in the Birmingham Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Northwest Review, Poet Lore, E-verse Radio, Hopkins Review, Literary Matters, Best American Poetry 2022, minnesota review, Cimarron Review, Able Muse, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of the online literary journal, Up North Lit.

John Sibley Williams is the author of nine poetry collections, including Scale Model of a Country at Dawn (Cider Press Review Poetry Award). Susan Rich says, "To conjure is a recurring theme in this impressive collection—as if language holds the power to reconfigure a past, a mother, a child. And perhaps it can. Williams's words are that convincing." His books include The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). His collection, Sky Burial: New & Selected Poems, is forthcoming in translated form by the Portuguese press do lado esquerdo. A twenty-seven-time Pushcart nominee, Williams is the winner of numerous other awards, including the Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and is founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.




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20 MAY 2024 — monday

  • Book Passage's First Edition Book Club takes place every third Monday of the month and includes discussion of books such as Percival Everett's James, hosted by former Lisa Joss, Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $25 per session, 2:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/corte-madera-book-group-lisa-joss-first-editions-book-discussion-group-2024)
  • Litquake and Green Apple Books present a launch party celebrating R.O. Kwon's new novel, EXHIBIT!, she will be joined by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE CLOUDS: A Memoir offsite at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, tiered tickets, price varies, 6:00 pm VIP, 7:00 pm general admission-time (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/offsite-ro-kwon-ingrid-rojas-contreras-exhibit-launch-party)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the life of late San Francisco poet Neeli Cherkovski, 1945-2024, whose posthumously published seminal collection is Selected Poems: 1959-2022, hosted by Danny Rosen and Kyle Harvey, this event will feature readings by Patrick Dunagan, Sarah Menefee, Aggie Falk, Tate Swindell, Scott Bird, Garrett Caples, Marina Lazzara, and Jessica Loos, the event will be both in person and accessible via Zoom, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/neeli-cherkovski)

21 MAY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets a poetry open mic reading, all poets welcome, bring a poem to share or come listen to others, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, welcomes Graham Moore, The Holdout to discuss his new novel, The Wealth of Shadows, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information and to reserve a seat, visit: www.dieselbookstore.com/event/Graham-Moore-May-21-Author-signing)
  • UCLA professor and poet Stephen Yenser welcomes V. Penelope Pelizzon for a reading and discussion of her latest poetry collection, A Gaze Hound That Hunteth by the Eye, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: hammer.ucla.edu)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Kathleen Hanna, pioneer of the riot grrrl movement and lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and Brontez Purnell, Oakland-based punk musician and writer, discussing their new memoirs: Hanna's Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk and Purnell's Ten Bridges I've Burnt, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/kathleen-hanna-brontez-purnell)
  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes novelist K-Ming Chang in celebration of her new novel, Cecilia, in conversation with author Jemimah Wei, The Original Daughter, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/k-ming-chang-2)

22 MAY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Justice Stephen Breyer to discuss his first book since retiring from the US Supreme Court, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism; he will be joined by legal analyst Sarah Isgur, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/justice-stephen-breyer-3)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Kit Schluter's Cartoons and Garret Caples's roses: Incomparable Parables! Fabulous Fables! Cruel Tales!, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/kit-schluter-with-garrett-caples-book-launch-party)

23 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes author and creator Miranda July, discussing her new novel, All Fours, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/miranda-july-4)

24 MAY 2024 — friday

25 MAY 2024 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Tim Steele, Toward the Winter Solstice, and Angela Narciso Torres, Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)

26 MAY 2024 — sunday

27 MAY 2024 — monday

28 MAY 2024 — tuesday

29 MAY 2024 — wednesday

30 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Gil Cuadros's latest collection, My Body Is Paper: Stories and Poems, hosted by editor Kevin Martin, professor Rafael Pérez-Torres, and filmmaker Amy Scholder with readings by Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties, and Flavia Elisa Mora, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/launch-party-for-gil-cuadros-my-body-is-paper)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Diane Pendola, followed by an open mic, six-minutes per reader, emceed by Michael Riedell, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT (Email: innisfreeriedell@gmail.com for more information)
  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

31 MAY 2024 — friday

  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors of the horror genre; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

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