UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:00 p.m. Café Society, 522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. “Coastside Poetry.” I will be the featured reader, along with Julie Bruck, and an open mic follows. Curated by Diane Moomey and Steve Long, this monthly free event is open to all. www.coastsidepoetry.org
Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:30 a.m. Skyline College, San Bruno, CA (Building 6). “WOW Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments.” This annual free event features two acclaimed women writers, poet Maw Shein Win and novelist Lori Ostlund, as well as book sales/signing, an open reading, student awards, and networking. For the past nine years I’ve served as creative director, collaborating with WOW founder Marijane Datson to build and nourish a strong community of writers. www.skylinecollege.edu
Sunday, March 4, 2018 1:00 p.m. Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library. Soul-Making Keats literary competition annual awards reading/reception. Awardwinning writers in 12 categories fly in from across the country to read at this festive, free event. I serve as sonnet judge and take deep pleasure in publicly congratulating prize winners. www.soulmakingcontest.us
Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:00 p.m. The Writing Salon, 2042 Balboa Street, San Francisco. The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize awards reading features winner Amanda Moore and finalists Grace Marie Grafton and Catherine Abbey Hodges. I was honored to judge the inaugural contest with fellow Writing Salon teachers Julie Bruck and Alison Luterman. Join us for a free evening of awardwinning poetry. www.writingsalons.com/event/2017-jane-underwood-poetry-prize-reading/
Sunday, May 6, 2018 6:00–8:00 p.m. The Artisans of San Francisco, 2549 Irving Street (at 27th Avenue). Launch party for my new book, The Typists Play Monopoly. Join us for light refreshments, a short talk/reading, and book sales/signing. Store owner Joe Dellert is a friend of 20+ years who regularly hosts lively events featuring Bay Area poets and artists. http://artisansofsf.com/
Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:30 p.m. Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica. I read from my new book of poems, The Typists Play Monopoly. I’m thrilled to read with Eileen Malone, director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition and author of several volumes of poetry. Open mic and refreshments at this gem of an indie bookstore, just blocks from the beach. Host: Sherri Rose-Walker. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com/
Sunday, July 1, 2018 2:00-4:00 p.m. Poetry reading in Benicia, California at Rosanna’s European Delights, 305 First Street. Host: Johanna Ely. An open mic follows my featured reading. Everyone’s welcome at this full-service pastry and café, which “takes baking into the level of high art.” I can’t wait for those eclairs!
Monday, July 16, 2018 7:00 p.m. Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco (near Glen Park BART). I read with poet and physician Dawn McGuire, author of American Dream with Exit Wound. An open mic follows our featured readings. Owner: Eric Whittington. http://www.birdbeckett.com/
Monday, July 23, 2018 7:30 p.m. The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco. I co-curate the Bay Area Generations show featuring seven intergenerational pairs of writers: Nancy Davenport/Clive Matson, Mike Murray/Nick Nelson, Tobey Kaplan/A.O. Dugas, Lynne Barnes/Vince Montague, Elise Kazanjian/Raluca Ioanid, Bonnie McManis/Sarah HaBa, Rosa DeAnda/Cassandra Rockwood-Rice. The suggested admission $10 includes souvenir chapbook. www.bayareagenerations.com
Friday, July 27, 2018. Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street (corner of 25th & R.) I’m delighted to read with my friend/colleague Maw Shein Win. We’ll read from our 2018 books: Maw’s Invisible Gifts and my collection,The Typists Play Monopoly. Host: Rhony Bhopla. www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com
Saturday, July 28, 2018. 1:00 p.m. Dimond Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. A panel of three award-winning poets will read from our books and talk about our publishing process: Robert Eastwood, Indigo Moor, and me. http://oaklandlibrary.org/locations/dimond-branch
Thursday, September 6, 2018 7:00 p.m. Greenhouse artist studios, 229 Flamingo Road, Mill Valley. Five San Francisco and Marin County poets read under the stars in a garden adjoining vibrant art studios: Cathy Shea, Kate Peper, Sarah HaBa, Kelly Alsup, and I. Join us for a free event. Refreshments–including eye candy–book sales/signing, easy parking.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00 p.m. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda. I read with award-winning Berkeley poet Susan Cohen, author of A Different Wakeful Animal. Open mic and refreshments. Host: Jeanne Lupton.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00-9:00 p.m. Mission Yoga, 2390 Mission Street, #200, San Francisco. Lit Crawl panel: “Soul-Making from A to Z” Six of us Soul-Making Keats contest judges read winning entries and talk about what we look for as we judge. Lit Crawl is big fun up and down Mission and Valencia Streets once a year in October!
Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:00 p.m. Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California launch reading. Come join editors Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan and 27 of us contributors to this stunning new anthology. Food, drink, book selling/signing/celebrating.
Sunday, November 11, 2018. 7:00 p.m. Green Apple Books, Clement & 6th Ave, San Francisco. Sanctuary launch reading. Editors and contributors to this timely new anthology gather for a reading and signing. I’ll be reading my poem, “Perfect Game.” See you there!
Last Year’s Events (2017)
Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 a.m. Skyline College, San Bruno, CA (Building 6) “WOW Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments” This annual free event features two acclaimed women writers, poet Julie Bruck and fiction writer Vanessa Hua, as well as book sales/signing, an open reading, student writing awards, and networking. For the past eight years I’ve served as creative director, collaborating with WOW founder Marijane Datson to build and nourish a strong community of writers. www.skylinecollege.edu
Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:00 p.m. Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library. Soul-Making Keats literary competition annual awards reading/reception. Awardwinning writers in 12 categories fly in from across the country to read at this festive, free event. I serve as sonnet judge and take deep pleasure in publicly congratulating prize winners. www.soulmakingcontest.us
Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Artisans of San Francisco, 2549 Irving Street (at 27th Avenue). “Women, Forgotten and Remembered.” Bay Area contributors to the 2017 Grayson Books anthology, Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry, will read from the book: Jeanne Wagner, Susan Terris, Teresa Poore, Jodi Hottel, Jacqueline Doyle, and I will be joined by Berkeley poet Susan Cohen. Free! Join us for wine & cheese. Books will be available to purchase. www.artisansofsf.com
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael. “Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show.” I’ll be reading with Katherine Crawford, Ella Eytan, Susan Gunter, Diana Lyster, and Maggie Morley. Our host is Sandra Cross. Free! I love reading in the historic Falkirk mansion. Please join us for an evening of fine poetry. www.marinpoetrycenter.org
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Noon–3:00 p.m. Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Main Courtyard, 741 30th Avenue, San Francisco. “2nd Annual Richmond Book Swap.” I’ll be one of three authors reading from our work at this lively, free neighborhood event. Bring a book to trade! I read from my poetry collection, “Almost the Rowboat” at 1 pm, followed by nonfiction authors Mary Ellen Hannibal and Beth Terry. https://www.meetup.com/Outer-Richmond-Hangout-Meetup/events/235251841/
Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:30-7:30 p.m. Scarlet Sage, 1193 Valencia Street, San Francisco. I’m thrilled to participate in this year’s LitCrawl as part of an illustrious panel, “The Insider’s Guide to Soul-Making.” Contest director Eileen Malone and five of us judges will read/discuss winning entries to the Soul-Making Keats literary competition. Join us for an inspiring evening. FREE. https://litcrawlsanfrancisco2017.sched.com/event/857a680446c5197c9660da4b3da024b4
Friday, November 10, 2017 7:00-8:00 p.m. The Writing Salon, 2042 Balboa Street, San Francisco. Join us for a reading from the award-winning anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. Editor Carolyne Wright and five Bay Area contributors will read from the book. Copies will be available to purchase. www.writingsalons.com/events
Last Year’s Events (2016)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Artisans of San Francisco, 2549 Irving Street (at 27th Avenue). Celebrate National Poetry Month and enjoy a free evening of poems on art. I will be reading ekphrastic poems with Grace Grafton, Carol Dorf, Tobey Hiller, Maw Shein Win, and Heather Bourbeau in a handsome Sunset district frame shop filled with paintings and photographs. Join us and savor beautiful words, pictures, and munchables. www.artisansofsf.com
Saturday, July 30, 2016 6:30 p.m. Rolling Writers Reading Series: Love! Rolling Out Café, 1722 Taraval Street, between 27th and 28th Avenues, San Francisco I will be reading, along with 5 other writers, on the endlessly swirling subject of love. Come get dizzy with us. Host: Jon Sindell. www.rollingwriters.blogspot.com.
Saturday, August 20, 2016 7:00 p.m. Berkeley Writing Salon, Summer Reading Series, 2121 Bonar Street, Studio D (second floor). I will be reading in partnership with my award-winning memoir student Emma Buls, and my Writing Salon colleague Susie Hara will be reading with her student Mike Karpa. Free! Come early to snag a good seat. www.writingsalons.com
Thursday, August 25, 2016 7:00 p.m. Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael. MPC produces a terrific reading series with events twice a week all summer long. I’ll be reading with Jodi Hottel, Diana Lang, Stephanie Moore, Sara Tolchin, and Charselle Hooper. Host: Calvin Ahlgren. www.marinpoetrycenter.org
Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:00 p.m. Marin Poetry Center anthology launch. Contributors read their work in the historic Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, San Rafael. I’m happy to be reading my sestina, “Ida’s Song, 1945.” www.marinpoetrycenter.org
Saturday, September 17, 2016 7:30 p.m. Florey’s Book Co, 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica. Eileen Malone and I are featured readers for the monthly poetry reading series, followed by an open mic. Host: Sherri Rose-Walker. Join us to share work and/or listen in this family-owned, independent bookstore near the beach. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
Thursday, December 8, 2016 7-9 p.m. The Artisans frame shop, 2549 Irving Street (at 27th Ave) in San Francisco’s Sunset district. Six of us will share work: Lynne Barnes, Heather Bourbeau, Grace Marie Grafton, Tobey Hiller, Maw Shein Win, and me. We’ll have our books on hand and Joe Dellert’s shop is filled with beautiful collectibles. Join us to lift your spirits and lift a glass of wine for the holiday season. www.artisansofsf.com
PAST EVENTS (2015)
Sunday, January 18 1 p.m. Poets 11 Reading, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library
Jack Hirschman hosts this lively, free public reading of poets selected from throughout San Francisco’s 11 districts. I am proud to represent District 1. A handsome anthology will be available to purchase. More info: www.friendssfpl.org
Saturday, Feb 21 9:30 a.m. Skyline College, San Bruno, CA (Building 6) “WOW Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments” This annual free event features two acclaimed women writers, novelist Natalie Baszile and poet Eileen Malone, as well as book sales/signing, an open reading, student writing awards, and networking. For the past six years I’ve served as creative director, collaborating with WOW founder Marijane Datson to build and nourish a strong community of writers. www.skylinecollege.edu
Tuesday, March 10 7:00 p.m. Crossroads Poetry Reading, BookShop West Portal, San Francisco. I’m honored to read with poet Judy Wells as part of San Francisco’s annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival. Judy is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including her most recent collection of prose poems, The Glass Ship. Come early to browse and support this fine independent bookstore at 80 West Portal Avenue. www.irishamericancrossroads.org For those who missed the reading, have a look at the video here: https://vimeo.com/122146657
Sunday, March 29 1:00 p.m. Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library. Soul-Making Keats literary competition annual awards reading/reception. Awardwinning writers fly in from across the country to read at this festive, free event. I serve as sonnet judge and take deep pleasure in publicly congratulating prize winners. www.soulmakingcontest.us
Thursday, April 30 2:00 p.m. Skyline College Quad I participated with eight colleagues in the Skyline College Faculty Poetry Reading. I happily read with fellow English department instructors Michael Cross, Chanel Daniels, Kathleen Feinblum, Katharine Harer, Nathan Jones, Janice Sapigao, Michael Urquidez, and Rob Williams, who organized an amazing month of campus-wide poetry events to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Thursday, June 4 7:00 p.m. Diesel Books Larkspur Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show, hosted by Prartho Sereno, Marin Poet Laureate. I’ll be reading with Ed Coletti, Jennifer Gennari, Terri Glass, Ed Rosenthal and Paul Watsky. Kudos to MPC for organizing a season full of poetry–readings twice a week at various locations all summer long! For more info, visit www.marinpoetrycenter.org
Saturday, July 11 BEASTCRAWL, an eclectic, free evening of literary and musical performances in various locations in uptown Oakland. This “beating literary heart of Oakland” is organized into 4 legs, starting at 5 pm and ending…well, late!
I’m excited to read 3 sonnets with my friend, free verse poet Eileen Malone who will present her powerful work. Others in the one-hour Bay Area Generations program include writers Colleen McKee, Jon Sindell, Nina Serrano, Garrett Murphy and musician Stella Peach. We perform from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Sweet Bar Bakery, 2355 Broadway. (And, for the curious, “Beastcrawl” derives from Pig Latin for Beast, which is East Bay!)http://www.beastcrawl.weebly.com
Sunday, July 12 3:00-4:30 p.m. Expressions Gallery, Berkeley 2035 Ashby Ave. at Adeline (near Ashby BART) Writing Teachers Write. Come cheer on 14 of us members of the Women’s Poetry Potluck Salon as we each read brief selections of our poetry. Free. Light refreshments and inspiring artwork all around. www.expressionsgallery.org
Sunday, September 20 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sweet Inspiration Café, San Francisco, 2239 Market Street. I will be reading new and selected poems in honor of artist Nancy Buffum at the opening reception for her show “Downtown and Brooklyn: Art of the 1980s.” www.sweetinspirationbakery.com
Sunday, October 4 2:00-4:00 p.m. Emeryville Exhibition Hall, 5745 Peladeau Street. I will be reading with Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky, Tim Donnelly, Vernon Keeve III, and Salame Samiat at part of the Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. We are some of the poets whose work appeared on the Emery-Go-Round shuttle buses earlier in 2015. More info: www.emeryarts.org/2015/poetry.html
Friday, November 13 7:00 p.m. Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Ave (near Hearst) in Berkeley. I will be a featured reader with Ramsay Bell Breslin as part of the Last Word Reading Series, a long-running poetry series hosted by Dale Jensen, Ralph Drano, John Rowe, and Grace Grafton. The evening includes an open reading. Admission is free, but a one-drink or one-plate minimum is suggested.
Monday, December 28 7:30 p.m. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, downtown Berkeley. I will be reading my poems in partnership with Grace Marie Grafton, author of six volumes of poetry, as part of the Bay Area Generations reading series. Admission is $7 or $10 for admission and souvenir chapbook. www.bayareagenerations.com for those who missed the reading, have a look at the video here: www.bayareagenerations.com/2016/01
PAST EVENTS (2014)
Monday, January 6 7:00-9:00 p.m. Poetry Express Reading at Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave, Berkeley, CA www.poetryexpressberkeley.blogspot.com
Saturday, March 15 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Skyline College, Building 6 “WOW! Voices Now: A Morning of Readings & Refreshments” featuring poet Caroline Goodwin, fiction writer Kirstin Valdez Quade, and other local Bay Area women writers. I am the event coordinator for the fifth year. More info is available at www.skylinecollege.edu
Sunday, March 30 1:00-4:00 p.m. Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition annual awards reading/reception. A free, festive event featuring winners in 13 categories, including sonnets, which I judged. www.soulmakingcontest.us
Sunday, April 6 2:00-4:00 p.m. Bird & Beckett Bookstore presents new authors from Finishing Line Press. I will be reading with fellow poets Judy Bebelaar, Raffi Del Bourgo, Ellaraine Lockie, Zara Raab, and Laura Schulkind. Come celebrate with us! www.birdbeckett.com
Saturday, April 12 3:00-4:00 p.m. Belmont Library hosts a Poetry Tea in honor of national poetry month. SFSU facultymember Jennifer Arin and I are the featured readers. The event includes book signings and free refreshments in a beautiful library setting. www.smcl.org
Sunday, April 27 7:30 p.m. Great Overland Book Company hosts a reading by Writing Salon teachers Julie Bruck, Alison Luterman, Ben Jackson, Jane Underwood and me. Come snag a seat in the cozy upstairs area and browse the excellent poetry section of the store. Address: 345 Judah Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset district.
Tuesday, August 5 7:00 p.m. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. Margaret Stawowy hosts a reading of 6 poets as part of the Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show. I’m happy to read with Calvin Ahlgren, David Beckman, Vincent DeMaio, Barry Peterson, and Julia Vose. For details and full schedule, visit www.marinpoetrycenter.org
Monday, August 25 7:00 p.m. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley Fellow poet Eileen Malone and I read as part of the Generations reading series in the historic Berkeley City Club. Five intergenerational duos perform our work together. The evening is videotaped and will be available to view at www.bayareagenerations.com
Saturday, Sept 20 Noon-4 p.m. Florence Gould Theater, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco Dancing Poetry Festival
I will be reading my 1st prize-winning poem, “The Typists Play Monopoly,” and cheering for fellow winners from around the country. Three Grand prizewinners have their poems choreographed. Tickets and info: www.dancingpoetry.com
Oct 10-12 Nashville, Tennessee Southern Festival of Books
I’m delighted to be part of a panel of poets, “Alluring Threats of the Everyday,” at this long-running literary celebration in downtown Nashville. My co-panelists are award-winning authors Ed Madden and Donald R. Johnson, who teach at universities in South Carolina and Tennessee. Over 200 authors gather to present work, discuss our craft, and sign books in historic War Memorial Plaza. Free and open to the public. Info: www.humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books/sessions
Sunday, November 23 3:00-5:00 p.m. Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian-Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street (corner of Bonita)
Atlanta Review celebrates the Fall 2014 issue with northern California contributors Susan Cohen, Raffaela Del Bourgo, Carol Frith, Meryl Natchez, Margaret Stawowy, Roy Mash, Jeanne Wagner, Rachel Dacus, Lee Rossi, Lucille Lang Day, and me. Editor & Publisher Dan Veach will be part of the festivities. Book sales/signing and refreshments. Come join us for an afternoon of fine poetry in the heart of Berkeley. www.atlantareview.com
PAST EVENTS (2013)
Sunday, February 24
Almost the Rowboat launch party
Reading, book signing, live music, wine & cheese Fellowship Hall, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar Street (corner of Bonita), Berkeley, CA
Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WOW Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments
3300 College Drive, San Bruno, California (Building 6)
A free annual event celebrating women writers: Two featured
authors, a book signing, and an open reading.
Sunday, March 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition Awards Reading
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
A free and festive event honoring contest winners from across the country.
Sunday, April 14 4:00-6:00 p.m. Valona Deli Second Sunday Poetry Series, 1323 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA Featured reading with Gerald Fleming, followed by an Open Mic and live jazz. Host: Connie Post For more info: www.poetrypost.com
Saturday, April 20 3:00-5:00 p.m. Poetry Tea, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA Featured reading with Jennifer Arin and Geoffrey Green. Book selling/signing and light refreshments. More info: www.smcl.org
Saturday, April 27 7-9 p.m. Fourth Saturday Poetry Reading, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru, Alameda, CA Featured reading with Susan Cohen. Event includes an Open Mic. For more info: www.frankbettecenter.org
Thursday, June 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
First Thursday Poetry Reading
Hygienic Art Gallery
79 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut
A monthly poetry reading.
Wednesday, August 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
First Wednesday Formal Poetry Reading with Dan Bellm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Avenue, Albany, California
A monthly poetry reading hosted by David Rosenthal focused on formal poetry, with two featured readers, a brief interview, and an open reading.