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Lubna Safi

Leila Chatti and Lubna Safi

23 JUNE 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Lubna Safi, Your Blue and the Quiet Lament, Walt McDonald First Book Poetry Prize-winner, and Leila Chatti, Deluge and , The Mothers: Poems in Conversation & A Conversation, co-authored with Dorianne Laux, 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, June 23, 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.

Featured books for this reading are available at,, and at Texas Tech University Press, This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley.

Leila Chatti's debut full-length collection is Deluge, winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award. Naomi Shihab Nye said in The New York Times, "To write a series of poems out of extreme illness is a bracing accomplishment indeed. In Deluge…, Leila Chatti, born of a Catholic mother and a Muslim father, brilliantly explores the trauma. In a frightening two-year saga of a tumor and the 'flooding' it caused, Chatti finds not disassociation but deeper association with her own experience." She is also co- author of The Mothers: Poems in Conversation & A Conversation, a chapbook, with Dorianne Laux, and other chapbooks. Tunisian-American dual citizen born in Oakland, Chatti has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. Her poems have received prizes from Ploughshares's Emerging Writer's Contest, Narrative's 30 Below Contest, Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize, among others, and appear in The New York Times Magazine, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, POETRY, The Nation, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Rumpus, and Best New Poets.

Lubna Safi's debut poetry collection is Your Blue and the Quiet Lament, winner of the Walt McDonald Prize First-Book Series in Poetry. Texas Tech University Press says, "Your Blue and the Quiet Lament records the textures of grief after a cousin's murder at the hands of the Syrian state reaches the poet through a long-distance phone call. The poems trace a narrative of arrest, imprisonment, and torture in Syria and interweave the difficulties a family experiences in the diaspora. Shifting between the death of poet Federico García Lorca and that of her cousin, Lubna's poetry contends with personal loss by distancing the meaning of one death through the intermediary of another. Yet the distortion of distance is already there—in the language, in the geographic space, in time, in the grief itself—tinged with blue." Along with poetry, Lubna Safi also writes fiction, literary criticism, and lyric essays. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Journal, MIZNA, and elsewhere. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

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3 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

  • House concert reading and performance by acclaimed poet Kim Addonizio, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Tell Me, finalist for the National Book Award, with music by guitarist Danny Caron, private home, Berkeley, $20, 4:00 pm PST (For more information, email:
  • The Poetry Center, at the Howard Zinn Book Fair, presents poets Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, and Chaun Webster, Wail song: wading in the water at the end of the world, in reading and conversation with each other and the audience, Room 214, City College of San Francisco Mission Center, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 10:30 am-Noon PST (More information here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Cynthia Hogue, instead, it is dark, poet and memoirist Louise Nayer, Narrow Escapes, and Tennison S. Black, Survival Strategies, a National Poetry Series selection, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (
  • Three Rooms Press presents an evening of Dada poetry, performance, and music, in celebration of the launch of Maintenant 17, a contemporary journal of Dada writing and art, with performances by Youssef Alaoui, Mahnaz Badihian, Allison Davis, Carol Dorf, Robert Duncan, James Gleeson, Dale Jensen, Richard Loranger, Anna O'Meara, Eva Maria Stern, Tom Stolmar, Maw Shein Win, Alex Starr, Rich Stone, and Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, hosted by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, co-directors of Three Rooms Press, costumes are encouraged, Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Café, 12 William Saroyan Place, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Bazaar Writers Salon presents a reading featuring poet Carolina Hotchandani, The Book Eaters, winner of the 2023 Perugia Press Prize; novelist Joshua Mohr, All This Life, winner of the Northern California Book Award; poet and translator Cintia Santana, The Disordered Alphabet; and poet Sam Sax, PIG, hosted by poet Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns after a three-year hiatus, featuring over sixty small presses and community groups selling books and artwork, as well as close to seventy author panels discussing a variety of social justice issues such as climate change, racism, feminism, LGBTQ+, immigration, housing, and the arts, featuring authors Sonali Kolhatkar, Rebecca Solnit, Kim Stanley Robinson, devorah major, Robin D.G. Kelley, Zein El-Amine, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Peter Linebaugh, Angela Hume, Nina Serrano, Roarshock, Steve Early, and many more, childcare provided, City College, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 10:00 am-6:00 pm PST (More information here:

4 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring Kathe Jordan and Gail Entrekin, Walking Each Other Home, finalist for the Blue Light Prize and the Richard Snyder Prize, followed by an open mic, three minutes per reader, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PST (More information here:

5 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

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7 DECEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems, UC Berkeley's noontime reading series, presents poet Jesse Nathan, Eggtooth, Morrison Library inside Doe Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PST (More information here:

8 DECEMBER 2023 — friday

9 DECEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Molly Fisk, The More Difficult Beauty, and Tricia Caspers, Some Flawed Magic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Poetry Center presents poet Divya Victor, CURB, winner of the PEN America Open Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, reading from her work and joining in conversation with poet Tonya M. Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, part of Undisciplining the Fields, a conversation and reading series that emphasizes artists and writers from a range of fields and cross-disciplinary practices, free, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (More information here:

10 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

11 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading with four Black Lawrence Press authors, poet Lisa Dordal, Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and author of Mosaic of the Dark, finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, short story writers Nancy Welch, The Road from Prosperity, and JoeAnn Hart, Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, and novelist Sara Johnson Allen, Down Here We Come Up, winner of the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

12 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

13 DECEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the 90th birthday of the late Jack Hirschman (1933-2021), poet, translator, editor, and activist, former Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and prolific author of poetry and essays including All That's Left and Lyripol, with tributes by Agneta Falk, joined by Scott Bird, Dimitri Charalambou, Neeli Cherkovski, Mauro Ffortissimo, Celia Hirschman, Matt Gonzales, devorah major, Sarah Menefee, Alejandro Murguia, and Byron Spooner, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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