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Andrena Zawinski

Andrena Zawinski and Jerry Ratch

18 FEBRUARY 2024 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and flash fiction writer Andrena Zawinski, Born Under the Influence, and novelist and poet Jerry Ratch, A Body Divided, memoir, who will read some of his poems accompanied by live music, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PST (poetryflash.org).


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MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Jerry Ratch's most recent poetry books are Follow Your Heart, or Your Dreams, Abundance: Selected Poems, and A Few Guilty Pleasures: New Poems. The author of eighteen book of poetry, he is also the author of seven books of prose, including Wild Dreams of Reality, a novel, and A Body Divided, a memoir, the story of a one-armed boy growing up in a two-fisted world, in the time of polio. Lawrence Ferlinghetti said of it, "A gritty and valiant story…I would be glad to recommend it." Richard Ford wrote about Wild Dreams of Reality, "The almost, but not quite innocent directness of Ratch's savvy little novel is irresistible to me. I read it in a sitting. I'm glad real writers still want to write books this way." Jerry Ratch's poems have been published in Antioch Review, Beatitude, Carolina Quarterly, Ironwood, Louisville Review, Maryland Literary Review, Milvia Street Journal, Negative Capability, Slant, and elsewhere. Most of his titles are available as Kindle Books from Amazon, or through his website: www.jerryratch.com. He lives in Oakland.
Andrena Zawinski's new poetry collection is Born Under the Influence; her recent flash fiction collection is Plumes and Other Flights of Fancy. Born Under the Influence, through a wide range of craft from narrative free verse through European and Asian forms, grapples with the trials, anger, rebellion, survival, and joys influenced by gender, class, nature, pop culture, and contemporary history. Mary Mackey says of her work, "Andrena Zawinski is a poet of rare talent and radical empathy who combines the straightforward, take-no-prisoners, blue collar directness of a steelworker's daughter in her narratives, along with the rules of formal verse, creating lines which blossom into poems of memory, rebellion, longing, righteous anger, and—above all—survival. These poems are tough, smart, and beautifully crafted." Andrena Zawinski has also published three previous full-length poetry collections, four chapbooks, and edited two anthologies. Her work has received accolades for lyricism, form, and social concern including a Kenneth Patchen Poetry Prize and PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she makes her home in Alameda, California.




Daily Listings

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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

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 17 and June 24) writing course, "Finding Your Voice on the Page," with author Lauren Aliza Green, The World After Alice, students will study narratives with strong voices then use the techniques to create voice in their own writing, virtual on Zoom, $195, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)
  • Science Fiction in San Francisco presents science fiction authors Robin Sloan, Moonbound, Rudy Rucker, Software, and Clara Ward, Be the Sea, for a reading and Q&A moderated by author Cliff Winnig, The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, $10, 6:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.sfinsf.org/?p=2740)

25 JUNE 2024 — tuesday

  • Left Margin Lit presents a two-day (June 18 and June 25) writing course as a part of their "Blank Page Series," with emerging author Rhea Bryce, day one will handle debunking writing myths and day two will discuss how writers can find inspiration when confronted with the blank page, Left Margin Lit, 1543 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, $60, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: leftmarginlit.org)
  • 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

  • Afikomen Judaica welcomes poet Anna Goodman Herrick for a celebration of her new release, A Speaker is a Wilderness: Poems on the Sacred Path from Broken to Whole, Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.afikomen.com/upcoming-events/anna-goodman-herrick)

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)
  • Writing from Your Soul, created and hosted by Fairfield Poet Laureate Suzanne Bruce, Her Visions—Her Voices, presents poetry and music by poet and cellist, Diane Frank, While Listening to the Enigma Variations, and an open mic, Fairfield Cordelia Library, 5500 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, free, 1:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: allevents.in/fairfield/writing-from-your-soul-poetry-event/200026579054320, or email fairfieldpoetlaureate@gmail.com)

30 JUNE 2024 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by Lucille Lang Day, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, Stephen Meadows, Winter Work, and Kurt Schweigman, Confluences of Solitude, Jered's Pottery, 5743 A Horton Street, Emeryville, refreshments, free, 3:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org, jeredspottery.com).

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