On December 4, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Dana Gioia as California poet laureate. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and books of literary criticism. He will serve a two-year term.

Alejandro Murguía is San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position. An editor, translator, literary organizer, and prose writer, he is the author of the poetry collections Stray Poems (City Lights Books, 2014) and Native Tongue (CC. Marimbo Press, 2012), among others.

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Mar 31 2018
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Hum of Our Blood with Madelyn Garner & Ramón García
Join us for a reading and discussion on the theme of grief, representation, and the body, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Beyond Baroque, 681 North Venice Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.
Madelyn Garner reads from Hum of Our Blood, her profoundly moving meditation on the loss of her son, the talented photographer and artist Bradley Braverman, from AIDS. She's joined in reading by poet, visual culture scholar, and The Chronicles author Ramón García. Following the reading, poet Karen Kevorkian moderates a discussion that covers the legacy of the AIDS epidemic, representations of the body in poetry and photography, and poetry’s role in coping with illness and loss. This program is offered in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition's national programming on the theme of Poetry & the Body. Co-sponsored by Lambda Literary.
About the Artists
Master teacher, editor, and poet, Madelyn Garner has degrees from the University of Denver and Mills College. As a creative writing instructor, middle school principal, and mentor, she is widely recognized for designing and implementing a variety of innovative educational programs at all levels, elementary through university. Among her educational achievements and honors, she is the recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for encouraging incorporation of the arts into school programs. Named a Leo Love Merit Scholar at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Madelyn also was awarded an Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Annual Writing Retreat scholarship. In 2010, she won the Jackson Hole Writers Conference Poetry Prize. As co-editor, she edited and published the anthology, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, in 2011. Recent work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2015, The Florida Review, The Pinch, Slant, Roanoke Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Water-Stone Review, among others. Her debut book was selected for publication by TupeloPress/3: A Taos Press in the July Open.
Ramón García is the author of two books of poetry The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015) and Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010), and a scholarly book-length monograph on the photographer Ricardo Valverde entitled Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The Chronicles was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award, in the category of Poetry Book in English. His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of US-Hispanic Literature, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review, and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. He teaches at California State University, Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.
Bradley Braverman, known in L.A art circles as Bad Brad, was an artist, graphic designer, filmmaker, and photographer based in Los Angeles. His commercial work was recognized by the 1992 Nikon Award for Excellence, while his highly stylized black and white films won the Adult Video News Awards in 1992, the porn industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. At the time, critics said his work had made “an aesthetic leap forward” in erotic filmmaking, and had “elevated the genre to the art-house level, earning comparisons to the work of Andy Warhol, Bruce Webber and Robert Mapplethorpe.” His last art show at Grand Arts, Kansas City, Kansas, fall of 1995, just before Braverman’s death of AIDS, featured fourteen black and white photographs titled “Auto-erotic Suicide Suite”. The photographs were shot over a two-year period during which he asked HIV-positive friends and models to visualize an alternative ending to their impending suffering. The art installation, already shown nationally, reflected Braverman’s desire to humanize AIDS and homosexuality. 
The Poetry Coalition, of which Beyond Baroque is a founding member, will present national programming throughout March 2018 on the theme of Poetry and the Body.
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8:30pm to 10:30pm
681 N Venice Blvd
90291 Los Angeles, California
Apr 02 2018
Portland Poet, Local Favorite, April Aqus Features
Poets are an odd bunch. Alike clowns, many people fear them. Twisting words like so many balloons, until the squeaking becomes intolerable. But to some, poetry is a graceful spiritual thing, a gateway to introspection, or to others, a reason to throw down the gauntlet and fight bare-knuckled against Death itself! Or Jim, with a whim, that’s him.
In its fourth year as a local literary enclave, Sandra Anfang’s “Rivertown Poets Amusing-Mondays” reader series explores those themes and more, with a steady stream from ‘conscious poets’ to conspicuous cornballs.
For National Poetry Month 2018, Anfang brings together an unlikely combination of poetic personages, John Dooley and Melissa Hobbs.
WHO: John Dooley, Melissa Hobbs
WHAT: Two feature poets, +open mic
WHEN: Monday, April 2. 6:15-8:30
WHERE: Aqus Café Foundry Warf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
John Dooley is a Portland poet & writer, retired poetry slammer (three years on the Portland Nationals team), and former columnist and features writer for The Portland Mercury and other regional and national publications. He has recorded six full-length spoken-word albums with Hydropods.  @MidnightHashtag Warrior.
John's albums Oral Foibles (available now), and Oral Foibles II – The Jackening (available in April) are on Amazon, Billboard Music, Apple Music, and iTunes. His work has appeared on Indiefeed Performance Poetry, RC Weslowski’s Oh No Not Another Podcast, on KHSU, KBOO, KMHD, and Poetica - ABC Australia. You can learn more about him at
Melissa Hobbs earned a BA from Kent State University in Ohio. She’s an idealist who worked one of her lifetimes in insurance for the State of California. She would like to see the dream of a blue-green earth climb up from the enlightened horizon, but for now, she pursues writing in the San Francisco Bay area. She has a new poetry collection, Under the Pomegranate Sun. Birds, meditation, and service to refugee children fill up her five-gallon bucket, which overflows with narratives and lyrical worlds, which eventually become poems and stories.
6:15pm to 8:30pm
189 H Street
94952 Petaluma, California
Mar 28 2018
Writers' Block Live! with Trevor Kaiser Allred, Shauna Barbosa, and Liz Harmer

Writers’ Block Live! with Trevor Kaiser Allred, Shauna Barbosa, and Liz Harmer. This reading series aims to highlight and discuss writers across various genres and fields.

Trevor Kaiser Allred is a writer, community advocate, and arts enthusiast. He has collaborated with many writers and artists working as the Community Manager at 1888 and as a poet at The dA Center for the Arts. While earning his Master’s in creative writing and critical theory at Cal State Fullerton, he mentored numerous students and campaigned for foreign language learning.

Shauna Barbosa‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, the Awl, Colorado Review, No Tokens Journal, the Atlas Review, PANK, wildness, Foundry, and others. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her first book, Cape Verdean Blues, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Pitt Poetry Series.

Liz Harmer is a Canadian writer living in California, where she’s currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Her essays, stories, and reviews have been published widely. In 2014 she won a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, and was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first novel, the Amateurs, comes out in April with Knopf Canada.

Writers’ Block is a bi-weekly podcast that highlights the work of writers, poets, scientists, musicians, and more to find the story behind the pieces. Host Mike Gravagno digs into his guests work the same way he digs into pie, voraciously and without pretension, because you don’t have to be high-falutin to enjoy talking about art. Writers’ Block is a joint venture from and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, and is available wherever you get your podcasts.

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Dana Gioia
California poet laureate

Dana Gioia

Born in Hawthorne, California, in 1950, Dana Gioia is the author of several poetry collections, including Interrogations at Noon (Graywolf Press,...


Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,

certain airy white blossoms punctually
reappeared, and dense clusters of pale pink, dark pink—
a delicate abundance. They seemed

like guests arriving joyfully on the


    —& humans walked to the edge of the sand
  through a bank of verbena & fog;  
     they thought they’d never get over
the deaths, but they were starting to. Worry
     about money rested in their phones. Talk of
 candidates had stalled. Some sang. Grays of