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Judy Bebelaar

Judy Bebelaar and Jeanne Wagner

24 SEPTEMBER 2023 — sunday

Poetry Flash Reading Series presents their festive season opening, a book launch for poet and writer Judy Bebelaar, Sky Holding Fall, reading with poet Jeanne Wagner, Everything Turns Into Something Else, followed by refreshments and music, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, free, 3:00 pm PDT (

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Judy Bebelaar's new poetry book is Sky Holding Fall. devorah major says, "Judy Bebelaar has written a book of seeing and connection, of everyday miracles and astronomy, of birdsong and sea, and forests holding mountains, all reaching toward a changing sky. It is a book of the human capacity to face death, to revel in life, and to love and love again." Bebelaar's previous poetry book is Walking Across the Pacific. She is also co-author, with Ron Cabral, of the nonfiction book, And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and winner of ten other awards and honors. Her prize-winning work has been published widely in magazines and anthologies including The Widows Handbook, River of Earth and Sky, The Squaw Valley Review, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down, and elsewhere. She lives in Berkeley.

Jeanne Wagner's recent poetry book is Everything Turns Into Something Else, runner-up for the Grayson Book Prize. Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Dunn said, "Jeanne Wagner brings an originality to whatever she chooses to take on. I love, in particular, how she thinks her way down a page, every line seemingly discovered by the line that preceded it. A wonderful achievement." Her previous collections include The Zen Piano-Mover, winner of the Stevens Manuscript Award, and In the Body of Our Lives. Her poetry has appeared in the North American Review, Cincinnati Review, River Styx, Nimrod, Poetry Daily, Nimrod, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of several national awards including the 2021 Joy Harjo Award and the 2022 Cloudbank Poetry Prize. She lives in Marin County, California.

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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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