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Mar 01 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Lunch Poems with Rosa Alcalá

Join Rosa Alcalá for a noontime poetry reading at the Morrison Library in Doe Library, University of California Berkeley, on March 1, 2018, 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. 

Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE. Her poetry also appears in a number of anthologies, including Stephanie Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, her translations are featured in the forthcoming Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems. Alcalá teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.

The Lunch Poems series at University of California Berkeley, founded by Professor Robert Hass, is under the direction of Professor Geoffrey G. O'Brien.
 
Support for this series is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Tom Colby, the Library, The Morrison Library Fund, the dean's office of the College of Letters and Sciences, the English Department, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. These events are also partially supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

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12:00pm
University of California, Berkeley
Doe Library
Morrison Library
94720 Berkeley, California
Feb 25 2018

The Journey of Poetry

INSTRUCTOR: Leslie Contreras Schwartz 
TIME: Sundays, February 25th, March 4th, 18th, 25th, 3-6 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird Price $150 for Writespace members, $180 for non-members; After Tuesday, February 20th, $180 for Writespace members, $210 for non-members. 

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Poetry uses language in a way that is not available to us in everyday life. As with a song, a poem can elevate and capture a specific experience--an image, memory, or sensation--and connect people in a powerful way. Whether you are a practiced poet or a total “newbie” who has just wondered what poetry is “about,” this workshop will provide a jump start to get you into a writing practice.Come join us in a supportive, inspiring workshop environment in which we will explore found poetry, song lyrics, spoken word, and literary poetry from a wide range of contemporary authors. We will also study a broad array of craft techniques, including how to use line breaks, stanzas, and sound to heighten meaning. Writers from marginalized communities (writers of color, writers with disabilities, writer from the queer and LGBT community) are encouraged to attend

Admission fee: $180.00
4:00pm
Writespace
2000 Edwards
Suite 212
77450 Houston, Texas
Feb 25 2018

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Readings by Philip Fried, Suzanne Gardinier, and Christopher Bursk.

Admission fee: $10.00
6:00pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Feb 26 2018

PEN Out Loud with Jason Reynolds and Gregory Pardlo

This February, join bestselling and multi-award winning author Jason Reynolds and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Greg Pardlo in conversation for the launch of the 2018 season of PEN Out Loud, presented in collaboration with PEN America and the Strand Book Store. In a candid author-to-author conversation, they will discuss the vital importance of a literary canon that is representative, contemporary, and hopeful, as they speak about craft, interrogate and celebrate each other’s work, and provide insight into their respective relationship with poetry and prose as a means of expression.

Jason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. The New York Times bestselling author is a National Book Award Finalist, a Kirkus Prize winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His critically acclaimed debut novel When I Was the Greatest, was followed by The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, and the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina. His recent work includes Long Way Down and Miles Morales: Spider Man. Jason is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Pardlo‘s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, is forthcoming from Knopf. 

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Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm
SubCulture
45 Bleecker St
10012 New York, New York
Feb 26 2018

Conversation with Linor Goralik & Maria Vassileva

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd in all its forms, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals. Her mastery of the minimal, including a wide range of experiments in different forms of micro-prose, is on full display in this collection of poems, stories, comics, a play, and an interview, here translated for the first time. In Goralik's Found Life, speech, condensed to the extreme, captures a vivid picture of fleeting interactions in a quickly moving world. Goralik's works evoke an unconventional palette of moods and atmospheres--slight doubt, subtle sadness, vague unease--through accumulation of unexpected details and command over colloquial language. While calling up a range of voices, her works are marked by a distinct voice, simultaneously slightly naive and deeply ironic. She is a keen observer of the female condition, recounting gendered tribulations with awareness and amusement. From spiritual rabbits and biblical zoos to poems about loss and comics about poetry, Goralik's colorful language and pervasive dark comedy capture the heights of ridiculousness and the depths of grief.

Linor Goralik is an award-winning contemporary Russian writer of flash fiction, poetry, essays, fairy tales, theater, and more. Her boundary-pushing works include fourteen books and dozens of other print and electronic publications. Maria Vassileva is a Ph.D. candidate in Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard University.

7:00pm
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge , Massachusetts

poems

poem

of water with a bed of rock barely visible
from your surface. You are the only dark body

of water in a desert littered with bleeding cactus.
At your collarbones you carry a gulch, held up by a thread

of hair. You travel days drinking only from yourself,
because you are this land’s only

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poem
There is a silence where hath been no sound, 
There is a silence where no sound may be, 
In the cold grave—under the deep deep sea, 
Or in wide desert where no life is found, 
Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound; 
No voice is hush'd—no life treads silently, 
But clouds and cloudy shadows wander
poem
Once when the moon was out about three-quarters
and the fireflies who are the stars
of backyards
were out about three-quarters
and about three-fourths of all the lights
in the neighborhood
were on because people can be at home,
I took a not so innocent walk
out amongst the lawns,
navigating by the light of