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Saturday, October 7

3:00pm PDT

Poetry Melange in the Mission

Listen to some of the Bay Area's best and brightest poets (Kazumi Chin, Jack Marshall, Brittany Perham, Shabnam Piryaei, Lisa Rosenburg, José  Vadi, Shawn Wen) read from their latest publications, which tackle subjects from marginalization and mimes to parenthood and physics. Signing to follow. FREE

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Kazumi Chin

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke With Godzilla. He works to build loving communities with marginalized people, put language to the mechanisms of structures and identities, and create spaces and tools that allow others to do the same. He is interested in scholarship at the... Read More →
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Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall was born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria and now lives in California. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Literary Award, two Northern California... Read More →
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Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). She is a Jones Lecturer... Read More →
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Shabnam Piryaei

Described by the San Francisco Book Review as “a force to be reckoned with in literary circles,” Shabnam Piryaei is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. In addition to authoring Nothing is Wasted, Forward and ode to fragile, she has received awards from Poets & Writers, the... Read More →
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Lisa Rosenberg

Lisa Rosenberg is the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. She holds degrees in Physics and Creative Writing, and received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford. She worked for many years in engineering, founded a marketing consulting practice, and was active... Read More →
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José Vadi

José Vadi is a writer based in Oakland, California. The recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Shenson Performing Arts Award, he has published poems and essays in Prelude Magazine, The Capilano Review, HOLD: a journal, Catapult, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
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Shawn Wen

Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her book A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause is a lyric essay on the mime Marcel Marceau. She is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St., San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 10

12:30pm PDT

Poetic Tuesday at Yerba Buena Gardens

Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The final event in our summer series at Yerba Buena! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Curated by Brynn Saito, and featuring Lee Herrick, Raina J. León, Sara Mumolo, Derrick Carr, and ContainHer (April Natalie Gee). FREE

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Derrick Carr

Derrick Carr has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since he was old enough to read. He graduated from Yale in 2011 with a degree in Black people. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Adroit, and Oakland Review. He’s co-edited Tandem, an annual anthology... Read More →
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ContainHer (April Natalie Gee)

ContainHer is a female artist, vocalist and electronic music producer that cannot be contained, weaving transcendental sci-fi dreams into indy electro pop that scintillates with warmth and emotion. She collaborates with many, performs cooly alone, or with a phoenix of a live band... Read More →
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Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. He recently completed a two-year term as Fresno Poet Laureate and serves on the advisory board of The Adoption Museum Project. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines... Read More →
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Raina J. León

Raina J. León is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Acentos Review, and the author of three poetry books: Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate, and the chapbook, profeta without refuge. She is a member of the Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo, and Carolina... Read More →
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Sarah Mumolo

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade Mission St. between Third and Fourth Streets
Wednesday, October 11

7:00pm PDT

SOLD OUT! Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora
Supported in part by Poets and Writers

The recent anthology Of Poetry and Protest gives voice to the current conversation about race in America as it has coalesced in protest against police killings of African American boys and men, and serves as an excellent introduction to African American poetry. Tonight’s readings feature contributors Sonia Sanchez, C.S. Giscombe, devorah major, Al Young, and editor Michael Warr. Program includes a wine reception beginning at 6pm. Come early and purchase the book! $10 general / $5 students/seniors / MoAD members

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C.S. Giscombe

C. S. Giscombe teaches English at the University of California. His books include Prairie Style, Ohio Railroads, Border Towns, etc. His book-in-progress is Negro Mountain.
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devorah major

devorah major San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate has five poetry books most recently: and then we became,. major has two novels, two biographies and a host of short stories, essays, and individual poems published in anthologies and periodicals.
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Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books including Does Your House Have Lions?, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, and most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010).
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Michael Warr

Michael Warr’s recent books include Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Travyon Martin (W.W. Norton) and The Armageddon of Funk (Tia Chucha Press).
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Al Young

Former California Poet Laureate Al Young’s many books include poem collections, memoirs, and novels. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, he is currently Distinguished Professor at California College of the Arts’ MFA In Writing program.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Museum of the African Diaspora 685 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Thursday, October 12

6:30pm PDT

2017 Poetry World Series
Seattle’s John Roderick emcees this rowdy, fast-paced reading. Two teams of award-winning poets take turns batting at topics pitched by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Judges Lee Herrick and Ayelet Waldman will score each performance, and the winning team takes the series title. Book sale/signing follows the reading. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets! $5 adv / $10 door

Music and sound effects mixed by Kristen Clark of Mill Valley.

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John Roderick

John Roderick is a musician, writer, champion podcaster, and erstwhile political candidate. The songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, he helms the podcast "Roderick on the Line." He lives in Seattle.
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Melissa Stein

Organizer and host Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.

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Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone is an English Professor at Whittier College and the author of 18 books. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, Pablo Neruda, and the John Ciardi Prize.
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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song. She’s the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, MacDowell and Sewanee and is the new Marin County Poet Laureate.
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Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’ book The Moons of August won the 2013 Autumn House Press poetry prize. Her work is in The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2017, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
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Roy Mash

Roy Mash, the author of Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove, 2014), is a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible scamp who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry—be ready to duck.
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Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka’s book The Big Smoke won 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book is Map to the Stars (Penguin 2017).
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Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein is the author of Little Stranger, Lost Alphabet, and Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (Hayden Carruth Award). She’s received a Lannan Literary Residency, a MA Cultural Council fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the U of Texas Michener Center for Writers.
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Bruce Snider

Bruce Snider wrote Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of Felix Pollak Prize. A former Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer, he teaches at USF.
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Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life; the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter's Keeper; the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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