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Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth and Dan Bellm

11 MAY 2023 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents An Evening of Poetry with poet and translator Dan Bellm, celebrating Counting, a chapbook, and his translation of Balam Rodrigo's Central American Book of the Dead, reading with Ann Fisher-Wirth, celebrating her new collection, Paradise is Jagged, in person, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (

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Dan Bellm's new poetry book is Counting. Molly Fisk says, "Counting offers us Dan Bellm's deft conversational tone and his blending of the deep and the quotidian, with mesmerizing cadences that carry us further into ourselves and further into the wider world, both accountable and accounted for." His 2023 translation from the Spanish is Central American Book of the Dead, by Balam Rodrigo. Dan Bellm is the author of four previous books of poetry, One Hand on the Wheel, Buried Treasure, winner of the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America and the CSU Poetry Center Prize, Practice, 2009 California Book Award-winner, and Deep Well. His translations from Spanish and French include Speaking in Song, by Pura López Colomé, and The Song of the Dead, by Pierre Reverdy, supported by an Artist's Fellowship in Translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught literary translation and poetry in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, Mills College, and New York University, and he serves as an interpreter for immigrants and asylum seekers with Centro Legal de la Raza, Oakland, California. Dan Bellm lives in Berkeley, California.

Ann Fisher-Wirth's new book of poems is Paradise is Jagged. Cyrus Cassells says of it "As a poet, Ann Fisher-Wirth is a steadfast wizard of telltale imagery and at-the-ready music…Fisher-Wirth's lyric concentration and attention to home, alive nature, and struggling humanity are that sacred and arrow-sure." She's authored six previous books of poems, including The Bones of Winter Birds and Mississippi, a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay. She also co-edited the acclaimed The Ecopoetry Anthology with Laura-Gray Street. Among her honors are two Fulbright awards and a 2023 Governor's Award for Excellence in Literature from the Mississippi Arts Commission. A senior fellow and board member of the Black Earth Institute, she recently retired from the University of Mississippi where she taught in the MFA program and directed the Environmental Studies program.

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27 SEPTEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a poetry workshop led by David Roderick, co-director of Left Margin Lit and author of Blue Colonial; the workshop will focus on short poems that make use of painterly images and surprising transitions and juxtapositions, all levels of experience welcome, runs four-weeks, September 27-October 18, Berkeley Public Library, North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, free, 6:00-7:30 pm PDT (RSVP to attend:

28 SEPTEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • The Arts Research Center presents "Latinx Poetry Now," a reading and conversation with J. Michael Martinez, Heredities, winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and aracelis girmay, The Black Maria, moderated by John Alba Cutler, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, free, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Bird & Beckett presents a reading featuring poet Martin Nakell, Consciousness, fiction writer Rebecca Goodman, Forgotten Night, and poet Evan Burkin, Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, free, 7:30-9:30 pm PDT (More information here:
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents poet Robin Gabbert, Diary of a Mad Poet, who will give a lecture on ekphrastic poetry and read from her new book, The Clandestine Life of Paintings in Poem, Grace Hudson Museum, 431 South Main Street, Ukiah, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 pm PDT

29 SEPTEMBER 2023 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents a poetry reading with Gia Gonzales, Render Sleaze, Muriel Leung, Imagine Us, The Swarm, and Jocelyn Saidenberg, If an Elsewhere, Et al. etc., 2831A Mission Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (More information here:

30 SEPTEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • The Dancing Poetry Festival presents a memorial concert in honor of poet Richard Angilly, co-founder of the Poetic Dance Theater Company and who served as president of the Ina Coolbrith Circle for thirty years; the performance celebrates Angilly's life as well as the arts of poetry and dance together, Social Hall of Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, free, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT (Email: to RSVP)
  • 42nd Annual Northern California Book Awards, honoring the published works and authors of Northern California, as well as California translators state-wide, presenting the FRED CODY AWARD, RECOGNITION and GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS, and awards in FICTION, POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, GENERAL NONFICTION, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN POETRY, CALIFORNIA TRANSLATION IN PROSE, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, YOUNGER READERS, MIDDLE GRADE, YOUNG ADULT, bookselling follows, selected by Northern California Book Reviewers and sponsored by Poetry Flash, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, free, 2:00 pm PDT (Check back for updates, or
  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Camille Norton, Corruption, and Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:

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