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David Baker

David Baker and Rebecca Foust

10 NOVEMBER 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents reading by David Baker, Whale Fall, and Rebecca Foust, Only, in-person, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, masks are encouraged, free, 7:00 pm PST (510-649-1320,; Poetry Flash: 510-525-5476)

Please join us for this first Poetry Flash Series in-person reading since February 2020! This reading is co-sponsored by Pegasus Books Downtown. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash, our reading series, and independent bookselling during these changing times. We look forward to seeing you in person!

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the in-person event, and are also online at:

Acclaimed poet, educator, editor, and literary critic David Baker's new book of poetry is Whale Fall. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and was poetry editor of The Kenyon Review for more than twenty-five years; he now curates the "Nature's Nature" feature for the magazine. Diane Seuss wrote in The Paris Review, "The craft of Whale Fall defies. It asserts, for me, a definition of poetry: an unbearable gulf of feeling made indelible by form." Linda Gregerson says, "From the shadow of the garfish to the memory of seabed in Ohio sandstone, nothing appears to be too slight or too immense for David Baker's powers of lyric transformation." His previous collections of poetry include Swift: New and Selected Poems, Scavenger Loop, Never-Ending Birds, which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Midwest Eclogue. Among his numerous honors are prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, and many more. He teaches at Denison University, and lives in Granville, Ohio.

Rebecca Foust's new poetry collection is Only. Ellen Bass says, "In Only, her luminous new collection of poems, Rebecca Foust's gifts are in full flower. Richly imagistic and achingly lyrical, these poems wrestle with the big questions—religion, immigration, climate change, politics, parenting, autism, and death—all on a deeply intimate level. Like an impressionist painter, she uses light to capture the immediacy of the present, the passage of time. Foust's most remarkable gift is showing us '…the world as it is: gorgeous in its mortal wound.'" She is the author of three previous collections, Paradise Drive, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, and, in collaboration with Lorna Stevens, God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World, and three chapbooks, including The Unexpected Ordnance Bin. Her work has appeared in The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, and elsewhere. Her honors include the 2020 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry judged by Kaveh Akbar, the 2017-2019 Marin County Poet Laureateship, and fellowships from The Frost Place, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell.

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2 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents poet and novelist adrienne maree brown, discussing her new book, Maroons: A Grievers Novel, published by AK Press, in conversation with filmmaker and writer dream hampton, executive producer of the 2019 Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, online via Zoom, free, Noon PST (Register to attend:
  • Lunch Poems, a monthly noontime reading series, presents poet and essayist Louise Glück, recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature and author of over a dozen books including The Wild Iris, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, and Faithful and Virtuous Night, winner of the 2014 National Book Award, Morrison Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PST (More information here:

3 FEBRUARY 2023 — friday

4 FEBRUARY 2023 — saturday

5 FEBRUARY 2023 — sunday

  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a reading of environmental poetry, featuring Dee Allen, Elohi Unitsi, Avotcja, John Curl, Rainbow Weather, Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, Genny Lim, Winter Place, and devorah major, and then we became, hosted by playwright and editor Dr. Kim McMillon, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00-2:30 pm PST (More information here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Beverly Burch, Leave Me a Little Want, and Robert Thomas, Sonnets with Two Torches and One Cliff, in person, 2727 California Street, between Ward and Stuart Streets, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PST (
  • Book Passage presents best-selling author Patricia Engel, The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, discussing her new book, The Faraway World, a beautiful collection of stories exploring the spectrum of Latin American immigration, Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, free, 1:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • San Diego Writers, Ink, presents an open mic reading with Poets Underground, held the first Sunday of each month, in person at Inspirations Gallery, upstairs in Barracks 16, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #204, San Diego, donations at the door, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:

6 FEBRUARY 2023 — monday

  • Green Apple Books presents novelist Patricia Engel, Vida, winner of the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana and finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award, celebrating the release of her short story collection, The Faraway World, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:

7 FEBRUARY 2023 — tuesday

  • Green Apple Books presents poet Tina Cane, Body of Work, reading from and discussing her latest collection, Year of the Murder Hornet, joined by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Poet Laureate of San Francisco and author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes, winner of the California Book Award for Poetry and an American Book Award, and San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, Exile Heart, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading featuring poet Susan Nguyen, Dear Diaspora, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, with open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • City Lights Books presents writer and editor Peter Turchi, discussing his new book, (Don't) Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (and Other Essays on Writing Fiction), published by Trinity University Press, in conversation with best-selling author Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

8 FEBRUARY 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning novelist Isabel Waidner, Corey Fah Does Social Mobility, discussing their new book, Sterling Karat Gold, in conversation with poet and playwright Maxe Crandall, The Nancy Reagan Collection, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry, online via Zoom, free, Noon PST (Register to attend:

9 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • Open mic reading, anything goes, poetry, recitals, rants, rejoicings, come to read or to listen, and be a part of this collaborative experience, with musical accompaniment by Psi Process, every second Thursday of the month, The Ugly Mug Coffee House, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, free, 5:30-7:15 pm PST
  • The monthly Poem Jam reading series presents writers published in the new anthology Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism, hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita Kim Shuck, What Unseen Thing Blows Wishes Across My Surface?, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here:

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23 FEBRUARY 2023 — thursday

  • Poet and artist Daniela Molnar celebrates her debut collection, Chorus, winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Award, in conjunction with her solo art show of the same name, joined by poet Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, come for an evening of art and poetry reading, Round Weather Gallery, 951 Aileen Street, Suite P, Oakland, free, 5:00 pm PST
  • Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate emerita, reads from her new collection of essays, Noodle, Rant, Tangent, San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00-7:15 pm PST (More information here:

24 FEBRUARY 2023 — friday

25 FEBRUARY 2023 — saturday

26 FEBRUARY 2023 — sunday

  • Valley Contemporary SoCal Poets Reading, featuring Laurel Ann Bogen, Washing a Language, Michael C. Ford, Emergency Exits, nominated for a 1998 Pulitzer Prize, Rick Lupert, I am not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii, E Amato, Swimming Through Amber, Beth Ruscio, Speaking Parts, Robert Krut, Watch Me Trick Ghosts, and Ashaki Jackson, Language Lesson, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, 2:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

27 FEBRUARY 2023 — monday

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