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Julia Vinograd

Zeitgeist Press poets honor Andy Clausen, Eli Coppola, David Lerner, Julia Vinograd

5 MAY 2024 — sunday

Poetry Flash presents a Zeitgeist Press reading honoring releases by their late authors: The Fabled Damned, by Andy Clausen; Make of Me Many Miracles, the collected chapbooks of Eli Coppola; A Bouquet of Nails, by David Lerner; and The Book of Jerusalem, by famed 'Bubble Lady' Julia Vinograd; Zeitgeist Press poets Deborah Fruchey, Richard Loranger, Anita May, Paul Corman Roberts, Jan Steckel, and David West, Zeitgeist publisher Bruce Isaacson and Poetry Flash host the event, 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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Featured books for this reading will be available for signing at the event. The video of this event will be posted on the Poetry Flash YouTube channel,


Paul Corman-Roberts's recent book is a collection of independently-published experimental poems, Exquisite Zombie OWLS of the Heights. His previous collection is a graphic poetry chapbook, The Sincere, with illustrator Ray Swaney, from Libran Apocalypse Books. He is the author of Bone Moon Palace, Black Lawrence Press, a CLMP Firecracker nominated full-length poetry collection. He is a founder and organizer of the Beast Crawl Lit Festival in Oakland, California, and has taught workshops for the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. He sometimes fills in as a drummer for the U.S. Ghostal Service, The Jennifer Blowdryer Band, and the Poznansky Sisters.

Deborah L. Fruchey is the author of five books: two comedy romance novels, Armadillo, poems, one self-help manual for the mentally ill, and a flash fiction collection, Priestess of Secrets. Connie Post says of Fuchey's book Three Kinds of Dark, "The poems in this collection have verve, have a kick, and will leave your senses wanting more." Deborah Fruchey's first novel was chosen as a Best Book by the American Bookseller's Association. She was included in the Babarian anthology, Poets from Hell, and edited Our Lady of Telegraph Avenue, a tribute anthology about the late poet Julia Vinograd. Fruchey was part of the Above Paradise and Café Babar scene. She is never going to get used to going to poetry readings where Julia is not in the front row.

Bruce Isaacson's new book of poems is Anthems of the Damned, in which the poet shows how it feels "to be human in an age of the ghosted soul." His most recent previous collection is Leningrad to Las Vegas; his is new novel is Vegas Dirt, as he says, "These are human stories of the Great Recession—the salesman with two families, the mogul in misery, the erotic dancer who took the stage name America." Isaacson was the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. He's publisher of Zeitgeist Press.

Richard Loranger is the author of Sudden Windows. Joan Gelfand says, "To my mind, the prose poem has never had a more adept practitioner. Echoes and enjambment, like the eddies themselves, drift and float throughout the text. Add a pinch of anger, a tablespoon of despair and a cup of rage and you have a book that, shot out like a rocket to space, shall endure through the ages. I'd like to read this book in heaven." His previous collections are Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and ten chapbooks. His work has been included in over one hundred publications and thirty anthologies, including Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza, Poetry Flash, and Nomadic Journal. He is a multi-genre writer, performer, musician, and visual artist.

Anita May is the author of All of it, So Far. Marvin R. Hiemstra says, "Beautiful, often terrifying, based on both love and indifference. The honesty of Anita May's poetry is absolutely nonpareil: an amazing candor that quickly bonds with the reader. Reading All of it, So Far brings understanding, forgiveness, and a new appreciation of the rich variety in the human experience." She has self-published multiple chapbooks, and is included in the anthology Between the Fault Lines: 8 Bay Area Poets, from Sugartown Publishing. She lives for words and music in Northern California.

Jan Steckel's new book is her short story collection, Ghosts and Oceans. Thaisa Frank says, "…Jan Steckel has created her own magic realism, exploring fluid realms between rumor and myth. A woman becomes the color of a mango. An angel makes a hurried appearance at the hour of death. The sea is alternatively seductive and dangerous. The language is so musical; you can hear the book." Jan Steckel's latest poetry book is Like Flesh Covers Bone; previous books include The Horizontal Poet, Lambda Literary Best Bisexual Book Award-winner, her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks, and her poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital. She lives in Oakland, California.

David West is the author of Evil Spirits and Their Secretaries. He is a poet of humor, insight, and power. This book was all written during the era of the Café Babar readings in San Francisco in the 1980s and early-1990s. Here is an excerpt from his book: "The new blues are gray / There's no money in pain / I feel very little / They just bill me."

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20 JUNE 2024 — thursday

  • Book Passage's course on "Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue," with Anoop Judge, The Rummy Club, takes place on two Thursdays, June 20 and 27, and will teach students how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir), online, $125, 5:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • Poetry Flash presents a reading by poet and translator Carolyn Tipton, The Poet of Poet Laval, and Sandra Yannone, The Glass Studio, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, two blocks north of Ashby BART, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (

21 JUNE 2024 — friday

  • Community of Writers hosts its annual Benefit Poetry Reading featuring poets Blas Falconer, Forgive the Body this Failure, Brenda Hillman, In a Few Minutes Before Later, Major Jackson, Razzle Dazzle, Patricia Spears Jones, The Beloved Community, Brynn Saito, Under a Future Sky, and Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry; All proceeds benefit the 2025 Poetry Program scholarship fund; Palisades Tahoe Ski Area, 1990 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, free or $25 donation, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • As part of the San Francisco Flor Y Canto International Literary Festival, Poetry in the Window presents Better Ancestors hosting a poetry reading featuring poets Christine No, Whatever Love Means, Connie Zheng, Kevin Dublin, How to Fall in Love in San Diego, and Michael Warr, The Armageddon of Funk, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

22 JUNE 2024 — saturday

  • ALOUD and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles present a poetry reading in connection with Hyde Park's "Miriam's Garden" series, featuring poet and novelist Sesshu Foster, City of the Future, and local poets, Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:
  • The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University presents Mexican poets Minerva Reynosa,Lo mejor que damos. Antología personal, Indira Isel Torres Crux, and Aziz Córdova, Como siempre llego tarde (o me vengo muy pronto), in ¡INTER-RANCHO-NAL! a Flor y Canto Literary Festival event, hosted by poet Josiah Luis Alderete, Baby Axolotls & Old Pochos, Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit:

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:,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:
  • 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:

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:
  • 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:

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:

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: 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:
  • 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:, or email

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 (,

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