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Mar 24 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ferlinghetti at 100 / Open House Birthday Party at City Lights

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., join City Lights Books in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights—along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio's, and Café Zoetrope—featuring an amazing lineup of poets, writers, and friends reading Lawrence's work.
See the full schedule of birthday events celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti here: http://www.citylights.com/ferlinghetti/
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1:00pm to 5:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 25 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Inprint Reading Series with Carmen Giménez Smith & Fady Joudah

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series and Tintero Projects will present a reading by Carmen Giménez Smith and Fady Joudah on Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at Rice University's Stude Concert Hall in Houston, Texas.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which The Nation calls “a sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection.” She received the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker, and her latest book Cruel Futures is described by Ross Gay as “one of those rare books, rare pieces of art, that manages to be extremely intimate, vulnerable and close while also doing a kind of searing cultural critique.” Her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of an American Book Award, was praised by the Austin-American Statesman “as innovative in form as it is honest in emotion… outrageously smart…. Bring Down the Little Birds seems to tip motherhood on its side to expose its brutal-though-beautiful underbelly.” Coeditor of Angels of the Americlypse: New [email protected] Writing and poetry coeditor of The Nation, she serves as the publisher of Noemi Press and co-director of CantoMundo.
Fady Joudah’s most recent poetry collection Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance is hailed as “exceptional” by Publishers Weekly, and Mary Szybist writes, “Few books of American poetry seem to me as essential as this one…. Joudah’s gifts for articulating the intersections of bewilderment, tenderness, rage, and grief are fully alive here. These poems blaze into the visionary.” Houston-based Palestinian American poet and physician, his other books include The Earth in the Attic, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition; Alight; and Textu, a collection of 160-character poems written on a smartphone’s text message screen. Also an award-winning translator, he is a recipient of the Banipal Prize and a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish; winner of the PEN USA Award for If I Were Another, also by Darwish; and winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me by Ghassan Zaqtan.

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Admission fee: $5.00
Stude Concert Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Entrace #18
77005 Houston, Texas
Mar 24 2019 to Apr 28 2019

National Poetry Month Readings at Flintridge Bookstore

Beginning the last week of March and throughout April, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates National Poetry Month (April) with five special events. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, curators, publishers, bloggers, and of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

The Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to highlight the achievements of American poets, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms, encourage increased publication, distribution and reading of poetry books, and generally support poets. 

In keeping with this goal to spread the appreciation of poetry, Flintridge Bookstore hosts five readings:

We recognize National Poetry Month a bit early with a reading honoring a century of poet, radical, publisher, and booksmith Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This legendary personality, who opened the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1953, turns 100 on Sunday, March 24. At 4 PM on that day, local poets Marcielle Brandler, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Bill Cushing, Kitty Kroger, and Gobind Tanaka commemorate Ferlinghetti with a program including his poetry as well as their original work.

On Sunday, April 7 at 4 PM, Moonday Poetry Series features Suzanne Lummis, the 2018/19 COLA (City of Los Angeles) award winner and fellow. This honor comes with an endowment to create a new body of work. Her poetry has been published in The New Yorker magazine and many literary journals. The Los Angeles Times named the anthology she edited, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, one of the Ten Best Books of 2015. 

Nare Garibyan reads selections from her book When Ruins Speak: A Journey of Poems on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM. These poems chronicle the poet’s journey to her lost homeland, in search of a connection to the land of her ancestors, now in ruin. Her travels take her to Western Armenia, present-day  Eastern Turkey. They are written in an attempt to resuscitate the belief of empathic survival in a tumultuous world.

Saturday, April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day, a national recognition of the country’s local bookstores. As part of our programming that day, at 3 PM we present the poets Charles Jensen and Sheila McMullin, who read from their respective books Nanopedia and daughterrarium, and host an open mic. Nanopedia (LGBTQIA) takes the form of "the world's smallest encyclopedia" of American culture. Jensen’s prose poems explore concepts coined in or corrupted by (or both) America from vantage points that are both deeply personal and politically charged. In daughterrarium (Women’s Studies), avowed feminist McMullin “scores the flesh of her observations and sears them with ponderous, mostly unanswerable questions about pain and anger, consequences, finality...” – Foreword Reviews

Poet Yun Wang launches her book Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po on Sunday, April 28 at 4 PM. Su Dong-Po was a Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) master poet, credited with transforming a minor form of poetry (the tune poem) to the primary vessel for lyric poetry in China. Yun Wang’s translations of classical Chinese poetry are highly regarded and have appeared in a number of journals and magazines.

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Boulevard
91011 La Cañada Flintridge, California