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Jose Antonio Villarán

Jose Antonio Villarán and Sesshu Foster

20 NOVEMBER 2022 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Jose Antonio Villarán, Open Pit, and Sesshu Foster, City of the Future, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

Please join us for a virtual reading on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm PST. 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.

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MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Jose Antonio Villarán's new collection is Open Pit. He is author of two previous collections, including la distancia es siempre la misma and el cerrajero. He is also author of one book of translation, Album of Fences, by Omar Pimienta. Sandra and Ben Doller say, "Jose Antonio Villarán's Open Pit affectively pits global addictions against personal extractions, calculating the enormous human and environmental weight of techno-privilege. Hurtling down the superhighway of forms—the ocean on one side, the desert on the other—the poems in this book accumulate into a desperate investigation of complicity, commodity, and heredity, as they swerve from Sacramento to San Diego to Lima to China to dust. The open pit of the title—of the exploited town of Morococha, of the raided earth itself—echoes and plumbs as it is stripped bare, as it is offered to the poet's young son Miqel, the future. This text is a necessary addition to the canon of disembordered political poetry which, here, honestly acknowledging its own limits, dilates the aperture." He holds an MFA in Writing from UC San Diego and is a PhD candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.

Sesshu Foster is a poet, novelist, and veteran public school teacher. Foster's most recent poetry collection, City of the Future, is "the poetic soundtrack of a people and a place, of their history and their dreams." He is co-author, with artist Arturo Romo, of the surrealist, multigenre novel ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines. Ben Ehrenreich says "ELADATL is strong medicine against the erasures of history, a mega-vitamin for struggles yet to come." Foster has taught writing in East Los Angeles, at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. Foster earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Alhambra, California.




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16 JUNE 2024 — sunday

17 JUNE 2024 — monday

18 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

19 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

20 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Book Passage's course on "Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue," with Anoop Judge, The Rummy Club, takes place on two Thursdays, June 20 and 27, and will teach students how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir), online, $125, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/crafting-compelling-characters-dialogue-anoop-judge)
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Carolyn Tipton, The Poet of Poet Laval, and Sandra Yannone, The Glass Studio, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

21 JUNE 2024 — friday

  • Community of Writers hosts its annual Benefit Poetry Reading featuring poets Blas Falconer, Forgive the Body this Failure, Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later, Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle, Patricia Spears Jones, The Beloved Community, Brynn Saito, Under a Future Sky, and Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry; All proceeds benefit the 2025 Poetry Program scholarship fund; Palisades Tahoe Ski Area, 1990 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, free or $25 donation, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: communityofwriters.org/events/event/online-and-in-person-join-us-for-a-benefit-poetry-reading)
  • As part of the San Francisco Flor Y Canto International Literary Festival, Poetry in the Window presents Better Ancestors hosting a poetry reading featuring poets Christine No, Whatever Love Means, Connie Zheng, Kevin Dublin, How to Fall in Love in San Diego, and Michael Warr, The Armageddon of Funk, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: medicinefornightmares.com/events/poetry-in-the-window-curated-by-better-ancestors)

22 JUNE 2024 — saturday

23 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • Sierra Nevada Field Campus at San Francisco State University presents "Gathering Stones: Writing Poetry by the River," a generative workshop led by Emilie Lygren, What We Were Born For, attendees will read the work of other poets as well as take inspiration from the outdoors and natural surroundings to inform their own writing, each day will include two writing sessions, plus time for hiking, swimming, and relaxing, all levels of experience are welcome, $500, runs six-days, June 23-28, near Sierra City in the Sierra Nevada (More information here: sierra.sfsu.edu/gathering-stones-writing-poetry-river#:~:text=Course%20Description,put%20words%20on%20the%20page)

24 JUNE 2024 — monday

25 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes novelists Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Rebecca Handler, Edie Richter Is Not Alone, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $36, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/gabrielle-zevin)

26 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

27 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Steve Hellman, 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)

28 JUNE 2024 — friday

29 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes memoirist, essayist, and critic Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses in conversation with filmmaker Brit Marling, A Murder at the End of the World, discussing Dederer's new book, Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, an interrogation of art in the age of #MeToo and an elaboration of her essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $39, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/claire-dederer)

30 JUNE 2024 — sunday


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