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Feb 24 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: NASTY WOMEN Poets! A Book Reading & Signing

Join us for a Book Reading & Signing by NASTY WOMEN POETS to celebrate the release of NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, edited by Grace Bower and Julie Kane, on Saturday, February 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. 
 
Featured poets include Andi Boyd, Hélène Cardona, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Ronna Magy, Lisa Mecham, Melinda Palacio, and Lynne Thompson.
 
NASTY WOMEN POETS (Lost Horse Press, 2017) speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.
 
The anthology includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
 
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4:00pm to 6:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd
90291 Venice, California
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 24 2018

Water and the Future: Red Hen Press and the Music of Toru Takemi

Red Hen Press Authors Florencia Ramirez and Tess Taylor share the stage with veteran Boston Court Performing Arts Center musicians Alexander Miller and Sara Andon in an evening of readings, music, and discussion on environmentalism centering on the importance of water in this age of heavy consumption.
 
 
Admission fee: $30.00
11:00pm
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 Mentor Ave.
91106 Pasadena, 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

poems

poem

Why do trees along the river
     Lean so far out o’er the tide?
Very wise men tell me why, but
    I am never satisfied;
And so I keep my fancy still,
    That trees lean out to save
The drowning from the clutches of
    The cold, remorseless wave.

poem
At eight years old my brother born with Down syndrome
		liked to shuffle
down the sidewalk holding our mother's hand mirror

		in which he'd watch
what was happening behind him.  What did he see so long ago?
		Me on a butterfly-handlebarred

bike, which he would never learn to ride, about to run him down,
poem

No one’s awake
but us, and a bird.
The day’s too beautiful
to speak a word.