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Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley and Dean Rader

8 OCTOBER 2023 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents Gillian Conoley, Notes from the Passenger, and Dean Rader, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly, reading from their new poetry collections, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (

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Poet, editor, and translator Gillian Conoley's new book is Notes from the Passenger. Brian Teare says, "Gillian Conoley writes visionary Americana, her signature vernacular abstraction picking up lyric signals from the Invisible. Attuned to the intrinsic revelations of apocalypse, Notes from the Passenger registers the increased 'vibratory qualities' of our especially troubled times." Her previous books include A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, Profane Halo, The Plot Genie, and Peace. Conoley's work has been featured in many anthologies, including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry, Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Her honors include the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Jerome J. Shestack Prize, and the Northern California Book Award. Founder and editor of VOLT magazine, Conoley has collaborated with installation artist Jenny Holzer, composer Jamie Leigh Sampson, and Butoh dancer Judith Kajuwara.

Dean Rader's new poetry collection is Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly. Elena Karina Byrne says, "Just as Rader's elegiac unknown waves 'its wand, / and a beam of light disappears into the sky's black hat,' the living conversation of poems and paintings in Before the Borderless puts the reader in touch with the 'everything [they] need to know.'" His previous collections include, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, finalist for the Northern California Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award, and Works & Days, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize. Eric Weinstein wrote of it, "his poems ask the difficult questions in accessible ways, ways rendered all the more effective via wry humor and an eye for the darkly poignant." A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, he is collaborating with the calligrapher Thomas Ingmire on a series visual/textual projects. He lives in San Francisco.

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3 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

  • House concert reading and performance by acclaimed poet Kim Addonizio, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Tell Me, finalist for the National Book Award, with music by guitarist Danny Caron, private home, Berkeley, $20, 4:00 pm PST (For more information, email:
  • The Poetry Center, at the Howard Zinn Book Fair, presents poets Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha, winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, and Chaun Webster, Wail song: wading in the water at the end of the world, in reading and conversation with each other and the audience, Room 214, City College of San Francisco Mission Center, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, 10:30 am-Noon PST (More information here:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Cynthia Hogue, instead, it is dark, poet and memoirist Louise Nayer, Narrow Escapes, and Tennison S. Black, Survival Strategies, a National Poetry Series selection, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (
  • Three Rooms Press presents an evening of Dada poetry, performance, and music, in celebration of the launch of Maintenant 17, a contemporary journal of Dada writing and art, with performances by Youssef Alaoui, Mahnaz Badihian, Allison Davis, Carol Dorf, Robert Duncan, James Gleeson, Dale Jensen, Richard Loranger, Anna O'Meara, Eva Maria Stern, Tom Stolmar, Maw Shein Win, Alex Starr, Rich Stone, and Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis, hosted by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, co-directors of Three Rooms Press, costumes are encouraged, Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Café, 12 William Saroyan Place, San Francisco, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • Bazaar Writers Salon presents a reading featuring poet Carolina Hotchandani, The Book Eaters, winner of the 2023 Perugia Press Prize; novelist Joshua Mohr, All This Life, winner of the Northern California Book Award; poet and translator Cintia Santana, The Disordered Alphabet; and poet Sam Sax, PIG, hosted by poet Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, Bazaar Café, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (More information here:
  • The Howard Zinn Book Fair returns after a three-year hiatus, featuring over sixty small presses and community groups selling books and artwork, as well as close to seventy author panels discussing a variety of social justice issues such as climate change, racism, feminism, LGBTQ+, immigration, housing, and the arts, featuring authors Sonali Kolhatkar, Rebecca Solnit, Kim Stanley Robinson, devorah major, Robin D.G. Kelley, Zein El-Amine, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Peter Linebaugh, Angela Hume, Nina Serrano, Roarshock, Steve Early, and many more, childcare provided, City College, 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, free, donations welcome, 10:00 am-6:00 pm PST (More information here:

4 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a reading featuring Kathe Jordan and Gail Entrekin, Walking Each Other Home, finalist for the Blue Light Prize and the Richard Snyder Prize, followed by an open mic, three minutes per reader, hosted by poet Sande Anfang, Aqus Café, 189 H Street, Petaluma, free, 6:15 pm PST (More information here:

5 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

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7 DECEMBER 2023 — thursday

  • Lunch Poems, UC Berkeley's noontime reading series, presents poet Jesse Nathan, Eggtooth, Morrison Library inside Doe Library, 101 Library Ct., University of California campus, Berkeley, free, 12:10-12:50 pm PST (More information here:

8 DECEMBER 2023 — friday

9 DECEMBER 2023 — saturday

  • Sacramento Poetry Alliance presents a poetry reading by Molly Fisk, The More Difficult Beauty, and Tricia Caspers, Some Flawed Magic, Sacramento Poetry Alliance, 1169 Perkins Way, Sacramento, free, 4:00 pm PDT (More information here:
  • The Poetry Center presents poet Divya Victor, CURB, winner of the PEN America Open Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, reading from her work and joining in conversation with poet Tonya M. Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, part of Undisciplining the Fields, a conversation and reading series that emphasizes artists and writers from a range of fields and cross-disciplinary practices, free, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley, 2:00-4:00 pm PST (More information here:

10 DECEMBER 2023 — sunday

11 DECEMBER 2023 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents a reading with four Black Lawrence Press authors, poet Lisa Dordal, Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and author of Mosaic of the Dark, finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, short story writers Nancy Welch, The Road from Prosperity, and JoeAnn Hart, Highwire Act & Other Tales of Survival, and novelist Sara Johnson Allen, Down Here We Come Up, winner of the Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

12 DECEMBER 2023 — tuesday

13 DECEMBER 2023 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books celebrates the 90th birthday of the late Jack Hirschman (1933-2021), poet, translator, editor, and activist, former Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and prolific author of poetry and essays including All That's Left and Lyripol, with tributes by Agneta Falk, joined by Scott Bird, Dimitri Charalambou, Neeli Cherkovski, Mauro Ffortissimo, Celia Hirschman, Matt Gonzales, devorah major, Sarah Menefee, Alejandro Murguia, and Byron Spooner, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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