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Hannah Sward

Rose Black and Hannah Sward

27 APRIL 2023 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents "An Evening of Poetry & Memoir," reading and discussion with poet Rose Black, Green Field, and memorist Hannah Sward, Strip, both writers work with Right to Write Press, a nonprofit that supports emerging writers who are incarcerated in California prisons; in-person, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

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MORE ABOUT THE READERS
Hannah Sward's new book is Strip: A Memoir. She tells of being abandoned by her mother and living with her poet father on an island with no stores or cars. Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee says, "Hannah Sward's memoir of how she blundered into the sex industry is touchingly honest, and written with a light touch." Booklist wrote, "Elegant prose, stripped of all sensationalism and demands for pity…a fresh, literary addition to the courageous and resonant addiction-memoir genre." Her writing has appeared in Halcoyne, Arts & Letters, Red Wheelbarrow, and Porter Gulch Review, among other magazines. She was Editor and Columnist at Third Street Villager Los Angeles, and has written for Fix and Your Tango. A longtime contributor at Erotic Review, she is also a Board member of Right to Write Press, a nonprofit that supports emerging writers who are incarcerated.

Rose Black's poetry books are Clearing, Winter Light, and Green Field. David St. John says, "Rose Black's superb new collection of poems, Green Field, is a sobering volume of recollections, reflections and meditations upon a life's ravaged hopes, the echoes of a personal past, and the raw realities of our present. Like fables and dreams gone dark in the lens, these poems instruct us in the complex measures we need to employ in determining what values still remain—and endure—in our lives." A Pushcart nominee, her poetry has been widely published, and her first two books are included in Yale's Beinecke Library for the Yale Collection of American Literature. She teaches poetry at Salinas Valley State Prison and is one of the founders of Right to Write Press, a nonprofit that promotes the growth of emerging poets who are incarcerated in California state prisons. She will read from her own work and from poetry by incarcerated writers, including Ubaldo Teque, Jr., who recently won first place in a statewide prison poetry contest with thousands of entries. She edited his chapbook, Niño Inmigrante. Rose Black lives and works at Renaissance Studios, an artists' collective in East Oakland.




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20 JULY 2024 — saturday

  • As a part of her residency at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, poet Claire Blotter, Moment In The Moment House, will lead "Diving Underwater" writing workshop, participants will discover and express hidden themes, feelings, and desires through art, writing, and performance; Part One deals with "Drawing, Then Describing An Indescribable Feeling," and Part Two explores "Writing the Persona Poem, Releasing Hidden Voices," Yosemite Gateway Art Center, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, $45, 10:00 am PDT (For more information, visit: ygac.org/classes-and-workshops)
  • As a part of her residency at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, poet Claire Blotter, Moment In The Moment House, will give a short poetry performance followed by an open mic and the sharing of work from the residency's earlier workshop with both participants and performers, Yosemite Gateway Art Center, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, $10, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: ygac.org/classes-and-workshops)
  • Marin Poetry Center's Traveling Show visits Mill Valley for an afternoon of poetry featuring readers: Barry Peterson, Kathleen McClung,A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, Simona Carini, Lee Rossi, Say Anything, and Peter Neil Carroll, hosted by Francesca Bell, Bright Stain, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/traveling-show-3)
  • "Poetry in the Park: Proverbs" features spoken word performances, an open mic, and opportunities for young women to connect; geared towards young women age 15 and up, Heather Farms Park, 301 North San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information and to register, visit: register.adventsourceevents.org/PoetryInTheParkFeaturingProverbs)
  • The San Francisco Art Book Fair is a free multi-day exhibition of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world, featuring artist books, art catalogs, monographs, etc., talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings, Minnesota Street Project's contemporary art campus, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, free (For more information, visit: sfartbookfair.com)

21 JULY 2024 — sunday

  • Former poet laureate of San Mateo County Aileen Cassinetto, poet Marisa Lin, DREAM ELEVATOR, and Kim Shuck, Pick a Garnet to Sleep In, read from the new anthology, Dear Human at the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the United States, with special guests Sharon Coleman and Ranko Ogura performing "EcoDance," Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events/2024/07/21/performance-poets-read-dear-human-edge-time)
  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents Reverberations 2024, a poetry reading in conjunction with a special exhibit on ekphrastic poetry, featured readers include Susan Ackerman, Laura Blatt, Abby Bogomolny, Elizabeth Herron, Fran Carbonaro, Rebecca Evert, Gwynn O'Gara, Linda L Reid, Lee Rossi, Steve Trenam, Katherine Harer, and Robert Thomas, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, free, 1:00 pm PDT (Register online to attend. For more information, visit: www.sebarts.org/classes-lectures/poetry-readings-reverberations-2024-jul-21-2024)
  • City Lights Bookstore presents "Poetry in the Alley" featuring reading from poets: George Albon, Empire Life, James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, Garrett Caples, Proses: Incomparable Parables! Fabulous Fables! Cruel Tales!, hector son of hector, Evan Kennedy, Metamorphoses, Barbara Jane Reyes, Letters to a Young Brown Girl , and Preeti Vangani, Mother Tongue Apologize, Kerouac Alley, between City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/poetry-in-the-alley)
  • San Diego Poetry Annual welcomes SDPA poets for an open reading; the open mic is followed by SDPA readers, Riford Library Community Room, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, free, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sandiegopoetryannual.com/readings)
  • The San Francisco Art Book Fair is a free multi-day exhibition of printed material from independent publishers, artists, designers, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world, featuring artist books, art catalogs, monographs, etc., talks, performances, book launches, special projects, exhibitions, and signings, Minnesota Street Project's contemporary art campus, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, free (For more information, visit: sfartbookfair.com)

22 JULY 2024 — monday

23 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore welcomes Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist, to discuss her latest book, The Tree Collectors, a collection of vignettes describing the transformation of individuals obsessed with trees, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.mrsdalloways.com/events/amy-stewart-presents-her-new-book-tree-collectors)
  • KALW presents a poetry reading, "Bay Writers: Sex, Intimacy, and the Body," on desire and sex, featuring poets Brittany Newell, Malcolm Squire, Sloka Krishnan, Theadora Walsh, and Wren Farrell, at KALW's pop-up community events space, 220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-writers-sex-intimacy-and-the-body-tickets-933602128097?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)
  • Warwick's welcomes journalist/author Dean Calbreath, The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught, to discuss his latest book, The Sergeant: The Incredible Life of Nicholas Said, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/calbreath-2024)
  • Poetic License Sonoma Poetry Reading, "Water" is the theme, with guest poet and translator William Greenwood, Landscape/Cityscape, and poets Steve Trenam, Judith Vaugh, Leo McCloskey, Susanne Arrhenius, Kusum Jain, Joan Osterman; this not an open mic, it is a Zoom poetry series beamed from the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, registration is required by 3pm the day of the event to receive the Zoom link, a donation of $10 is also required for the link, you must receive notification of registration to log on, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sebarts.org/classeslectures/p/poetic-license-sonoma-topic-water-with-special-guest-poet-william-greenwood)
  • San Francisco Public Library welcomes indigenous poets from Oceania and Turtle Island to share poetry and stories, hosted by scholar and community organizer Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, with poet Kim Shuck, online, free, 5:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: sfpl.org/events/2024/07/23/performance-poetry-oceania-and-turtle-island)

24 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • The Booksmith presents a book launch for Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People, for her new novel, Liars, in conversation with columnist Moira Donegan, The Guardian, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/event/manguso-liars)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes physician Dr. Dean-David Schillinger to discuss his nonfiction book, Telltale Hearts: A Public Health Doctor, His Patients, and the Power of Story, joined in conversation by José Vadi, Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, a memoir-in-essays, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-dr-dean-david-schillinger-jos%C3%A9%C2%A0vadi)

25 JULY 2024 — thursday

  • Bookshop West Portal welcomes Catherine Newman, We All Want Impossible Things , to discuss her latest novel, Sandwich, in conversation with Jenny True, You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood, Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookshopwestportal.com/event/catherine-newman-sandwich)
  • The Booksmith welcomes teacher/journalist Erik Davis, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, to present his most recent book, Blotter: The Untold Story of an Acid Medium, that covers the history of blotter paper, used in the distribution of LSD, in conversation with the "head of an LSD conspiracy that gained a new generation to the cause of LSD," Mark McCloud, The Booksmith, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.booksmith.com/blotterbook)
  • Warwick's welcomes poet/author Kamla K. Kapur to discuss her latest book, The Privilege of Aging: Savoring the Fullness of Life, Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/kapur-2024)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes fiction writer Molly Giles, Iron Shoes, to discuss her memoir, Life Span, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-molly-giles)
  • Poetry Flash presents an exciting poetry reading by Dorianne Laux, Life and Earth, and Lynne Thompson, Blue on a Blue Palette, part of Poetry Flash's 50+ Anniversary celebration, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org).

26 JULY 2024 — friday

  • Green Apple Books welcomes journalist Jesse Katz for the release of his book, The Rent Collectors: Exploitation, Murder, and Redemption in Immigrant LA, Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-jesse-katz)

27 JULY 2024 — saturday

  • Warwick's welcomes historical-fantasy novelist Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches to discuss her latest in the All Souls series, The Black Bird Oracle, offsite at IPJ Theatre, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5555 Marian Way, San Diego, free, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.warwicks.com/event/harkness-2024)
  • Marin Poetry Center's Traveling Show will visit Berkeley for an afternoon of poetry featuring readers: Judy Juanita, The High Price of Freeways, Judy Bertelsen, Susan Cohen, Democracy of Fire, Jeanne Wagner, Everything Turns Into Something Else, and Carol Dorf, Berkeley Public Library Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, 2:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: marinpoetrycenter.org/programs/traveling-show-3)
  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)

28 JULY 2024 — sunday

  • The CODEX Foundation Logan Book Arts Center presents a two-day poetry printing workshop with Jonathan Gerkin; the class will honor Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, by teaching to print using one of his poems, CODEX Foundation, 1331 Seventh Street, Unit D, Berkeley, $320, 9:30 am PDT (For more information, visit: www.codexfoundation.org/events)
  • Join Genie Cartier and special guests for "the Curve!" a special show that combines spoken word poetry, comedy, and acrobatics, Circus Center Theater, 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, $18, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-curve-an-acro-poem-tickets-929837768797?aff=ebdssbdestsearch)

29 JULY 2024 — monday

30 JULY 2024 — tuesday

  • ZYZZYVA Magazine presents Movie Night at the Roxie with novelists Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and R.O. Kwon, Exhibit; the featured film will be Secretary, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, $15, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: roxie.com/film/zzyva-movie-night-secretary)

31 JULY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human, discussing his latest book, The Murmuring Grief of the Americas, in conversation with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, The Life Assignment, virtual on Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/daniel-borzutzky-in-conversation-with-ricardo-alberto-maldonado)
  • Lyrics & Dirges reading series presents Anastasia Lê, Taneesh Kaur, Linette Escobar, Jessica Ke'mani, Abby Bogomolny, hosted by MK Chávez and Sharon Coleman, curated by Sharon Coleman, Pegasus Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, refreshments, 7:00-9:00 pm PDT (www.pegasusbookstore.com)
  • Green Apple Books welcomes author Willy Vlautin, The Night Always Comes, to celebrate the release of his new book, The Horse; Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, Free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/9th-ave-willy-vlautin)

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