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Rusty Morrison
Photo: Josie Gallup

Rusty Morrison and Steven Rood

12 JUNE 2024 — wednesday

Poetry Flash co-presents a book launch with Rusty Morrison, Risk, and Steven Rood, Music from Behind a Stone Wall, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, refreshments, free, 7:00 pm PDT (poetryflash.org, Pegasus: 510-649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com)


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MORE ABOUT THE READERS

Rusty Morrison's new book of poems is Risk. Forrest Gander says, "Most of the breath-stopping poems in Risk are defined by strong lineal caesuras—as though the poems were torn open to show 'the deaths you carry within.' And yet, the dominant theme of Risk is bonding–the bonding of a couple, and the bonding that language might engender…Risk reminds us of the mutability of identity and its collaborative constructs in our interactions with others and with the world itself." She is the author of five previous books: After Urgency, winner of Tupelo's Dorset Prize; the true keeps calm biding its story, winner of the Ahsahta's Sawtooth Prize, James Laughlin Award, Northern California Book Award, and Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award; Beyond the Chainlink; Whethering, winner of the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry; and Book of the Given. She is the senior editor, co-publisher, and co-founder of Omnidawn and lives in Richmond, California.

Steven Rood's new book of poems is Music from Behind a Stone Wall, from Omnidawn. His previous collection, also from Omnidawn, is Naming the Wind. Colorado Review says, "…naming the wind is a metaphor for how we struggle to make sense of what is beyond our control. This is the work of a mature poet, one who makes the details of everyday life luminous and gives meaning to suffering while offering a glimpse of the sublime." His work has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Quarterly West, Southern Poetry Review, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Fugue, Lyric, Hayden's Ferry Review, Tar River Poetry, New Letters, Marlboro Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. He's a practicing trial lawyer and lives in Berkeley.




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19 MAY 2024 — sunday

20 MAY 2024 — monday

  • Book Passage's First Edition Book Club takes place every third Monday of the month and includes discussion of books such as Percival Everett's James, hosted by former Lisa Joss, Book Passage Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, $25 per session, 2:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: www.bookpassage.com/event/corte-madera-book-group-lisa-joss-first-editions-book-discussion-group-2024)
  • Litquake and Green Apple Books present a launch party celebrating R.O. Kwon's new novel, EXHIBIT!, she will be joined by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE CLOUDS: A Memoir offsite at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, tiered tickets, price varies, 6:00 pm VIP, 7:00 pm general admission-time (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.greenapplebooks.com/event/offsite-ro-kwon-ingrid-rojas-contreras-exhibit-launch-party)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the life of late San Francisco poet Neeli Cherkovski, 1945-2024, whose posthumously published seminal collection is Selected Poems: 1959-2022, hosted by Danny Rosen and Kyle Harvey, this event will feature readings by Patrick Dunagan, Sarah Menefee, Aggie Falk, Tate Swindell, Scott Bird, Garrett Caples, Marina Lazzara, and Jessica Loos, the event will be both in person and accessible via Zoom, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/neeli-cherkovski)

21 MAY 2024 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets a poetry open mic reading, all poets welcome, bring a poem to share or come listen to others, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PDT (Register to attend: www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html)
  • DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, welcomes Graham Moore, The Holdout to discuss his new novel, The Wealth of Shadows, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, free, 6:30 pm PDT (For more information and to reserve a seat, visit: www.dieselbookstore.com/event/Graham-Moore-May-21-Author-signing)
  • UCLA professor and poet Stephen Yenser welcomes V. Penelope Pelizzon for a reading and discussion of her latest poetry collection, A Gaze Hound That Hunteth by the Eye, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information, visit: hammer.ucla.edu)
  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Kathleen Hanna, pioneer of the riot grrrl movement and lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and Brontez Purnell, Oakland-based punk musician and writer, discussing their new memoirs: Hanna's Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk and Purnell's Ten Bridges I've Burnt, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/kathleen-hanna-brontez-purnell)
  • City Lights Bookstore welcomes novelist K-Ming Chang in celebration of her new novel, Cecilia, in conversation with author Jemimah Wei, The Original Daughter, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/k-ming-chang-2)

22 MAY 2024 — wednesday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes Justice Stephen Breyer to discuss his first book since retiring from the US Supreme Court, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism; he will be joined by legal analyst Sarah Isgur, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/justice-stephen-breyer-3)
  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Kit Schluter's Cartoons and Garret Caples's roses: Incomparable Parables! Fabulous Fables! Cruel Tales!, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/kit-schluter-with-garrett-caples-book-launch-party)

23 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Arts and Lectures welcomes author and creator Miranda July, discussing her new novel, All Fours, Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, $49, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityarts.net/event/miranda-july-4)

24 MAY 2024 — friday

25 MAY 2024 — saturday

  • Fourth Saturdays presents a reading with featured poets Tim Steele, Toward the Winter Solstice, and Angela Narciso Torres, Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Claremont, free, 2:00 pm PDT (More information here: www.facebook.com/fourthsaturdayspoetry)

26 MAY 2024 — sunday

27 MAY 2024 — monday

28 MAY 2024 — tuesday

29 MAY 2024 — wednesday

30 MAY 2024 — thursday

  • City Lights Bookstore celebrates the publication of Gil Cuadros's latest collection, My Body Is Paper: Stories and Poems, hosted by editor Kevin Martin, professor Rafael Pérez-Torres, and filmmaker Amy Scholder with readings by Joseph Cassara, The House of Impossible Beauties, and Flavia Elisa Mora, City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, free, 7:00 pm PDT (For more information, visit: citylights.com/events/launch-party-for-gil-cuadros-my-body-is-paper)
  • Writers Read Ukiah presents a reading featuring Diane Pendola, 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)
  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

31 MAY 2024 — friday

  • The Horror Writers Association presents Stokercon, the annual convention for horror genre authors of the horror genre; Guests of Honor include Jonathan Maberry, Rot & Ruin, Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World, and Paula Guran, New Cthulhu, with panels, the Bram Stoker Awards, readings, a dealer's room, parties, signings, and more, San Diego Mission Marriott Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, $300 in person or $75 virtual (For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.stokercon2024.com)

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