Events

Upcoming Events
Past Events

Upcoming Events

 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Excited to be asked to feature with the fab jazz-poetry band COPUS, along with the equally-but-fab-in-a-different-way experiguitar-poetry duo LOAN with Tongo Eisen-Martin and Steve Peck.

There will also be an open mic for poetry and music.

Doors 6:30
Show at 7 pm
at
The Art House Gallery and Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA

Please come by and join us!

Requested admission is sliding scale $10-20 to support the venue and the performers, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please give what you can and let them know if you can’t.

~~~

Sunday, November 11, 2018

I’ll be emceeing a very special event which is a fundraiser for Julia Vinograd, Berkeley poetry stalwart and icon, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is in a long-term care facility, and could use all the help she can get. This is a big deal and I am very honored to have been asked to host the show.

Doors 4:30 for open mic signup and pot luck (please bring food and/or drink if you can)
Show 5 – 8 pm
at
The Art House Gallery and Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA

Julia Vinograd, celebrated Bay Area poet for over 50 years and Berkeley personality, recently received a cancer diagnosis. Harold Adler of Art House Gallery and other friends are holding this fundraising reading to raise funds for Julia’s 24-hour care needs, whether that ends up being at home in her studio apartment or in a nursing home bed. 100% of the proceeds are going directly to Julia.

Featured readers and musicians include:

Richard Loranger (emcee)
Jan Steckel
David Gollub
Judy Wells
Dale Jensen
Steve Arntson
Deborah Fruchey
Kathleen Wood
Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga
Harold Adler
Fred Dodsworth
John Rowe
Julie Roberts
Thaisa Frank
Jack Foley & Sangye Land
Al Wollmer (musician)
Hybrid Vigour (musical duo)
+ Others

An open mike Poetry reading will follow as time allows.

From the City of Berkeley Proclamation Honoring Julia Vinograd with the Lifetime Achievement Award as Berkeley’s unofficial Poet Laureate:

“She gives us herself in her poetry. Her love affair with Berkeley has spanned 30 years and 48 books, and for that we thank her. We thank her for her valuable words. She makes us feel that we are not alone, that we are a community that bends at signs of adversity but never breaks. For this we thank her. She is the People’s Poet of People’s Park. … She is a slice of artistic, free speech pie. In essence she is the spirit of Berkeley. For this we love her.” – Mayor Tom Bates

Please support this Iconic Berkeley Poet in her time of need.

ALL AGES & Wheelchair Accessible

Requested admission is sliding scale $15 to $150 Donation at the door. Remember, this is a benefit. If you absolutely cannot afford the $15, you won’t be turned away, but please give what you can, as Julia has given to the Bay Area poetry community tirelessly for over fifty years.

~~~

Wednesday, November 28

I will be starting a new queer talk and reading series in Oakland, which at first will happen quarterly. Each event will feature two speakers from different parts of the queer spectrum, who will speak on a topic of their choice based on their queer perspective and experience, and also read creative work to complement their talk.

The series is focused on inclusivity and interest in the multiplicity of queer perspectives, and toward that end will be called

#we - Edwardian Script 250 inverted blk

. It will debut on November 28 at

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

For the first event, I will introduce the series with a talk called “Marginalizing Marginalization”. I know it’s unusual for a writer to initiate a series by featuring themself, but since I will be asking queer writers to compose talks that might often be of a very personal nature, I thought it appropriate to be the first to do so, as well as give folks a sense of why I’m starting the series, and what I hope for it.

Our second feature for the debut of #we will be noted transgender writer and activist Julia Serano, who will address the topic of on who we consider to be legitimately queer/LGBTQ+, and the often arbitrary nature of said criteria, in a talk titled “Queer Posers (or perhaps they aren’t actually posers?)”. She will also read from her novel-in-progress, Posers.

The events will be free of charge, and a hat will be passed to show appreciation for the readers.

If this sounds of any interest to you, please please please come check it out.

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Past Events

(for a list of readings prior to 2017, click here)

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #15 along with, of course, the incensed Paul Corman-Roberts. This year our November event will be focused on Latinex writers, and will be called Babar de los Muertos. Both featured and open mic readers will be asked to read at least one poem by a departed Latinex writer, from the Mission if possible but really of their choice. At the moment I have Alfonso Texidor, Francisco X. Alarcon, and Carlos Sanchez in mind. Who else shall we ask to visit?

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Josaihluis Alderete
and “Honorary Babarians” Michelle Gonzales and a second Honorary to be determined,

a host of Latin spirits,

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “Honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Thus ends the
great weather for MEDIA
2018 West Coast Tour
October 21 – November 2, 2018
Come see us next year!

Suitcase+of+Chrysanthemums+front+cover

Friday, November 2, 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA reaches escape velocity in the SF East Bay to finish up their West Coast tour, to celebrate the release of The Other Side of Violet, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

7 – 9 pm
at
Alley Cat Books
3036 – 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

Featuring: Jane Ormerod of great weather (NY), Zoë Christopher (SF), Kit Kennedy (Walnut Creek, CA), Calder G. Lorenz (SF), Richard Loranger (Oakland), and William Taylor Jr (SF).

Hosted by Richard Loranger.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA reaches escape velocity in the SF East Bay to finish up their West Coast tour, to celebrate the release of The Other Side of Violet, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

6:30 – 9 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring: Cassandra Dallett (Oakand), Cathyann Cusimano (Mountain View, CA), Carol Dorf (Berkeley), Heikki Huotari (Marin County, I think), Kit Kennedy (Walnut Creek, CA), Richard Loranger (Oakland), and Mary Mackey (Albany, CA).

Hosted by the great weather founder and publisher, the wonderful Jane Ormerod.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Tuesday, October 30 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA brings great weather to Seattle on their West Coast tour, to celebrate the release of Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

7 – 9 pm
at
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar
1508 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA

Featuring: Josh Anthony (Seattle), Shannon Bushby (Seattle), Bryn Gribben (Seattle), Carol Guess (Seattle), Richard Loranger (Oakland, CA), Mary Mackey (Albany, CA), Jenny Montgomery (Missoula, MT), G.G. Silverman (Seattle), and Jane Ormerod of great weather (NY).

Plus a limited open mic. Come early to sign up!

Hosted by Richard Loranger.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Friday, October 26, 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA swarms Portland once again on their West Coast tour, to celebrate the release of Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

8 – 10:30 pm
at
The Waypost
3120 North Williams Ave.
Portland, OR

Featuring: Sossity Chiricuzio (Portland), Brad Garber (Portland), Laura LeHew (Eugene, OR), Christopher Luna (Vancouver, WA), Pattie Palmer-Baker (Portland), Dan Raphael (Portland), Kelly Terwilliger (Eugene, OR), Gina Williams (Portland), John Sibley William (Portland), and Richard Loranger (Oakland, CA).

Plus a limited open mic. Come early to sign up!

Hosted by the great weather founder and publisher, the wonderful Jane Ormerod.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA kicks off their West Coast tour this year in LA, to celebrate the release of Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

8 – 10 pm
at
Stories Books
1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Featuring: Daniel Dissinger (LA), Doug Knott (LA), Tanya Ko Hong (Palos Verdes, CA), Daniel Yaryan, (LA), Christian Georgescu (LA), Sophie Malleret (NY), Yan Sham-Shackleton (LA), and Richard Loranger (Oakland, CA).

Hosted by the great weather founder and publisher, the wonderful Jane Ormerod.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New York small press great weather for MEDIA kicks off their West Coast tour this year in LA, to celebrate the release of Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

4:30 – 6:30 pm
at
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA

Featuring: Daniel Dissinger (LA), Alexis Rhone Fancher (LA), CLS Ferguson (LA), Rich Ferguson (LA), Christian Georgescu (LA), Tanya Ko Hong (Palos Verdes, CA), Richard Loranger (Oakland, CA), Sophie Malleret (NY), Yan Sham-Shackleton (LA), and Jane Ormerod of great weather (NY).

Hosted by Richard Loranger.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

 

Suitcase+of+Chrysanthemums+front+cover

great weather for MEDIA
2018 West Coast Tour
October 21 – November 2, 2018

~~~

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Babar in Exile returns to Lit Crawl!

Babar in Exile, the series honoring the wild San Francisco readings of the late 80’s through the 90’s, is thrilled to have a spot at LitQuake’s Lit Crawl for the second year running. There are many, many readings scattered through SF’s Mission District over the course of four hours – here’s a full list, just to blow your mind a bit. Scroll down to download a pdf map with a list of the readings, below which you’ll find the full schedule listed leg by leg. We’re the second listing the the second (green) leg. You’ll see what I mean if you click through to the page.

Babar in Exile will be happening

6:30 – 7:30 pm sharp
at
Intentionally Blank
1360 Valencia Street (between 24th and 25th Streets)
San Francisco, CA

For this event, we have gathered a core group of original participants to recreate an open mic from San Francisco’s notorious and ground-breaking Café Babar reading series. These folks were amidst a supercharged circle of writers and performers that were blowing listeners’ minds for years. Readers include:

  • Bruce Isaacson – in from Las Vegas!
  • Jan Steckel – from East Oakland
  • Margery Snyder – from just down the way
  • Tarin Towers – San Francisco’s own
  • Julia Vinograd – in from Berkeley
  • David Gollub – in from Planet Gollub
  • Kathleen Wood – down from the Haight
  • and “Honorary Babarian” Paul Corman-Roberts – co-host of the series from the Heart of Poetry

This is a rare confluence of dynamic talent that helped to shape the San Francisco literary and spoken word scene as we know it today. This may be a singular chance to see this group in action.

Hosted by Richard Loranger (that’s me)

Free of charge

~~~

Saturday, October 13, 2018

How cool is this? I’ve been asked to be the headline poet at the 11th Annual Davis Jazz and Beat Festival next month. Get to read for half an hour in the evening with a jazz band and everything. I said yes.

The Festival will have two stages and starts at 2:30. I’ll go on at

7 pm
at
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
521 First Street
Davis, CA

Here’s the full lineup:

Outdoor Stage

2:30pm
WORLD TOOR BEATS with Live Painting by TAIT TAKAI

3:45 pm
TENOR EXPLOSION ! with Live Painting by MYRON STEPHENS

5:00 pm
ALEX JENKINS TRIO with Live Painting by LAURA HOHLWEIN

Indoor Stage

2:30 pm
RANDY MCKEAN / MURRAY CAMPBELL DUO

3:45 pm
THE LOST TRIO

5:00 pm
THIN AIR ENSEMBLE

7pm- 7:30pm FEATURED POET, RICHARD LORANGER

8pm JEAN PAUL BOURELLY with BROUN FELLINIS

I’ll be there kicking back all day. So if you know anyone in the area who is a lover of jazz, tell ’em to come on by and be sure to stay for the poetry!

This event is free of charge. No kidding

~~~

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Beast Crawl, the East Bay’s annual crazed Lit Crawl, is taking a year off, so in homage to the mighty one, a bunch o’ revved folx have organized Alt Beast, and afternoon of words and good spirits. AND it’s in Mosswood Park. Sweet-o!

12 – 5 pm
inl
The Amphitheater
at
Mosswood Park
Broadway & W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA

For those who haven’t been, the amphitheater in on the Broadway side of the park, behind the Mosswood Rec Center. It’s a sunken amphitheater, so when you start sinking, you’ve found it.

I’ll be hosting a special group called POWER UNIT 17, which includes Garrett Murphy, Kimi Sugioka, Giavanna Ortiz de Candia, and myself.

Each poet will read for five minutes, though there’s no specific timing or lineup yet. It’ll be a pleasant afternoon lounging in the park. AND it’s a potluck picnic, so bring something if you wanna.

The full lineup includes, among others, folks from the groups Beast Alt Stars, Be About It Press, Rag Zine, Association of Black and Brown Writers, Intrinsically Difficult Collective, Nomadic Press, Power Unit 17 (okay, I invented this one for the event), Crosstown Creature Feature, Naked Bulb Press, and more!

And here’s the full schedule to date, because why not. Note there ARE a few open slots.

12:00 PM        Opening Ceremony
12:05 PM
12:10 PM
12:15 PM
12:20 PM
12:25 PM        Casey McAlduff
12:30 PM        Chloé Veylit
12:35 PM        Vernon Keeve III
12:40 PM        Gabriel Quiroz
12:45 PM        Nadia Morales
12:50 PM        Keith Mark Gaboury
12:55 PM        Thea Matthews
1:00 PM          Roxana Amparo
1:05 PM          Charlie Getter
1:10 PM          Allie Marini
1:15 PM          Gwen Schulte
1:20 PM          Brennan DeFrisco
1:25 PM          Matt Carney
1:30 PM          BREAK
1:35 PM          BREAK
1:40 PM          Garrett Murphy
1:45 PM          Kimi Sugioka
1:50 PM          Giavanna Ortiz de Candia
1:55 PM          Richard Loranger
2:00 PM          James Cagney
2:05 PM          Keenan Norris
2:10 PM          Jenee Darden
2:15 PM          Nazelah Jamison
2:20 PM          Sara Mithra
2:25 PM          BREAK
2:30 PM          Paul Corman-Roberts
2:35 PM          Christine No
2:40 PM          Colleen McKee
2:45 PM          J De Salvo
2:50 PM          Charles Kruger
2:55 PM          Jesse Prado
3:00 PM          Cassandra Dallett
3:05 PM          Rohan DaCosta
3:10 PM          Rachel Jasper
3:15 PM          Alexandra Naughton
3:20 PM          Cassandra Rockwood-Rice
3:25 PM          Audrey T. Williams
3:30 PM          Rj Equality Ingram
3:35 PM          Amos White
3:40 PM          Sharon Coleman
3:45 PM          Laura Close
3:50 PM          Dee Allen
3:55 PM          Abe Becker
4:00 PM          Ruth Crossman
4:05 PM          Gary Turchin
4:10 PM          Andrew J. Thomas
4:15 PM          Joanna Anabo
4:20 PM          Sean Labrador y Manzano
4:25 PM          Fred Dodsworth
4:30 PM          OPEN MIC
4:35 PM          OPEN MIC
4:40 PM          OPEN MIC
4:45 PM          OPEN MIC
4:50 PM          OPEN MIC
4:55 PM          OPEN MIC
5:00 PM          END

To be followed by an excursion to Kelly Landmine’s book release at 6, so be prepared to travel.

Free poetry and air!

~~~

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2018

Proud to be reading at the 2018 and 11th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival in good ol’ North Beach, San Francisco. This is actually a three day event coordinating a Friday night kickoff 100 Thousand Poets for Change reading, then two afternoons of unceasing poet-glee. I don’t have a time slot yet but when I do I’ll add it to this post. In the meantime and to whet your poet-tite:

12 – 6 pm (both days)
at
Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA

The current full list of readers, overwhelming and beautiful, is: Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Marguerite Munoz, Fred Dodsworth, Paul Corman-Roberts, Kirk Lumpkin, Bill Gainer, Alexandra Kostoulas, MK Chavez, Youssef Alaoui, Raina De Leon, Preeti Vangani, Natasha Dennerstein, Amelia Alvarez, Allen Fleming, Black Lyrics Ileah, Terry Adams, Diane Mooney, Carl Macki, Alexandra Naughton, Mary Marcia Casoly, Anne Cheliek, Daniel Ari, Peter Kline, Gary Horsman w. Bill Haines, Chris Olander, Norm Mattox, Cara Vida, Tracy Knapp, Bill Vartnaw, Q.R. Hand, Jeanne Powell. Michael Joseph ArchAngelini, Colleen McKee, Matthew Siegel, Brittany Perham, Naomi Quinonez, Abe Becker, Garrett Murphy, Peggy Morrison, Ben Gucciardi,Gary Turchin, Leah Lubin, Cesar Love, Esther Kamkar, KR Morrison, Richard Loranger, Gwynn O’ Gara, Carol Dorf,, Caroline Goodwin, Carol Denney, Richard Martin, Joe Cottonwood, Joel Landmine, Diego Deleo, Aideed Medina and Thea Matthews.

Nuff said.

Free of charge.

~~~

Monday, September 24, 2018

I’ll be doing a paired reading with the inimitable and present Alexandra Naughton at Bay Area Generations, the local literary reading series featuring paired readers of differing generations. First time there for this novice!

6:30 – 9 pm
at
Piano Fight
144 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA

This should be a super fun time. The full list of readers is:

Chino Scott-Chung + Teresa Chung
Hillary Martin + Steve Lane
Julie Thi Underhill + Navya Sharad
Just Duléa + Dee Allen
Lenore Weiss + Gina Goldblatt
Melina Selverston Scher + Jackie Davis Martin
Nick Nelson + Mike Murray
Richard Loranger + Alexandra Naughton
Susan Dambroff + Eveline Kanes

Plus a musical guest!

Cureated by Cassandra Rockwood-Rice, Amos White, and Marise Phillips

Suggested donation $10, for which you receive a chapbook of work from the event, and no one turned away for lack of funds.  :)

~~~

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Reading at Get Lit #40, which also happens to be the release party for the new anthology from Nomadic PressNomadic Journal: WonderAnd in which I happen to have a poem, so I’ll be reading.

7 pm
at
Ale Industries
3096 East 10th St.
Oakland, CA

This Get Lit will feature readings from local authors who are in the journal, which near as I can tell are myself, Christine NoJ de Salvo, and Xan Roberti, and possibly others I don’t know. Plus I’m sure the usual fabnificent cast of Get Litters lighting things up. Plus you can get your very own copy of the journal!

Hosted by the only and one Abe Becker

Free of charge, and there are wonderful beers and ales to be had

~~~

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thrilled I am and may always be to participate in my first Moon Drop show. And it’s none other than The Break-Up Show. Yay for break-ups so we can have lots of break-up poetry!

7 – 9 pm
at
Chapter 510
2301 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

with readings by
Abe Becker, Allyson Darling,
Tracey Knapp, Anna Allen,
Karen Ta, Maya Sisneros,
Norma Smith,Riss Risado,
Carly Nairn, Zach Goldberg
Richard Loranger (that one’s me),
Ruth Crossman, Kelly Landmine,
Ayo Khensu-Ra,
Cassandra Rockwood-Rice,
Dena Rod,Karla Brundage,
Zephir O’Meara,Jeane Lupton,
Gaia Thomas, Alli Marini &
Brennnan DeFrisco.

Have you caught your breath yet?

Hosted with love by Moon Drop Productions: Cassandra Dallett & Kelechi Ubozoh

Free of charge and rocking your mind.

~~~

Saturday, September 8, 2018

I’ll be hosting and reading at the Last Lost Door Show, commemorating the end of the Lost Door and the Illinois Street art warehouses and hailing the Death of San Francisco.

7 pm
at
The Lost Door
1828 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA

Featuring the musical excellence of:

Ovarian Trolley
Hazy Loper
Tin Sandwich
StRiCtLy AlBeRt

and cameo appearances by

Ruby Howl
and Hall Flowers

This is the end of Illinois St and its row of art warehouses which have been making great fucking art and music since the 80’s, and are being torn down to make way for yet another battalion of tech bros.

Come down for one last fire and join us in singing a bittersweet so long and farewell.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Friday, August 24, 2018

10 YEARS SPAR FLYER - Triple Spar Aug 22-24 2018I’ll be celebrating with many others the 10th Anniversary of Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, Daniel Yaryan‘s revolutionary pan-California reading series. He’s marking the anniversary with a Triple Spar, in LA, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, from August 22-24. Who’s going to all three?!

6 pm – rapid-fire open mic “Everybody Spars!”
7 pm – Spar proper (or improper, depending on your definition)
at
Clarion Music Performing Arts Center
2 Waverly Place
San Francisco, CA

Featuring poetry and jazz ensemble COPUS (who will also host), and poets Genny Lim, Ana Elsner, Clara Hsu, Avotcja, Neeli Cherkovski, Cara Vida, myself if I’m not mistaken, and more to be announced!

Go spar!

~~~

Thursday, August 9, 2018

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #13 along with, of course, the entirely fabricated Paul Corman-Roberts.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Neeli Cherkovski
QR Hand
and “Honorary Babarian” Kelly Landmine

also a “special” “musical” “guest”

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Was scheduled to read in another of the extravaganza of book parties for The Shouldspeak Disease by Elynn Alexander (Naked Bulb Press, right now), this one in the once-great city of San Francisco, but the venue had to cancel, so instead we’re having a guerrilla reading, that’s right I said guerrilla,

5 – 7:30 pm
in
Jack Kerouac Alley
off Columbus Avenue
between City Lights Books and Vesuvio’s
San Francisco, CA

and if you can’t find that, you shouldn’t be there.

Featuring Elynn Alexander, minutes before she rushes to the airport, and a “tag, you’re it” round robin open reading for those who can take it. Or give it. Or embrace it.

It’s outdoors and amenityless, so BYOEverything and prepare to be somethinged.

I’m also hoping while I’m there to get recruited by a smarmy tech firm that will spy on everyone I know.

~~~

Sunday, July 29, 2018

I’m excited to be reading at Toxic Abatement 4, which and even more excitedly is a book launch for Elynn Alexander‘s “The Shouldspeak Disease”, fresh out from Naked Bulb Press. Yay!

Doors at 4 pm
Show starts by 5
at
Chapter 510
2301 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

Featuring of course the awesome Elynn Alexander, surfing all the way in from Pennsylvania, and a cast of unredoubted rogues, including Kim Shuck, William Taylor Jr,. Missy Church, Kelly Landmine, Joel Landmine, Andrew J. Thomas, Bill Gainer, Alexandra Kostoulas, Nancy Davenport, G Macias Gusman, and of course myself, whoever I am. With musical guests Postcapitalism.

Please please please come by for a money-back guaranteed detoxification.

Free of charge.

~~~

Saturday, July 21, 2018

I’m honored to have been asked to read at the annual Poetry in the Redwoods, a event sponsored by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, in a different state park each year. This year the event is in the gorgeous Armstrong Woods outside of Guerneville, California, in beautiful Sonoma County.

1 – 4:30 pmForest Theater - Armstrong Woods - Guernville CA
at
Forest Theater
in
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
16903 Armstrong Woods Rd. off of HWY 116
Guerneville, CA

I will be reading in some pretty awesome company as well. Here’s the lineup as of June 1.

Dana Gioia – CA Poet Laureate
Maya Khosla – 2018 Sonoma Co. Poet Laureate
Iris Jamahl Dunkle – Past Sonoma Co. Poet Laureate
Amos White – awesome Oakland haiku impressario
KM English – Sacramento poet extraordinaire
Phyllis Meshulam – Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, Sonoma Co.
Jackie Hallerberg – Cal Poets Board President
Sandra Anfang – Cal Poets poet-teacher
Margo Perin – Cal Poets poet-teacher
Pamela Stone Singer – Cal Poets poet-teacher
Brian Martens – local poet and former Pond Farm student
my humble self
and
about 6 or 7 Poetry Out Loud high school finalists from Sonoma and Napa.

The poetry reading will be combined with a co-event, Gourmet Walk in the Woods. Poetry is free, the Gourmet event is pay. Food and drink will also be available to purchase during the poetry event in the theater.

State Parks is fortunate to have an operating non-profit partner at the park, The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. They are supporting the event and are very enthusiastic about bringing poets into the park. There is a wonderful historic legacy of art at Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek State Rec. Area (adjoining Armstrong) through the connection with master potter, Marguerite Wildenhain and the Pond Farm Pottery site.

So plan to spend a day in the redwoods with word and delicious air – and some delicious food if you’re up for it. There are also a variety of trails for walkers and hikers of every skill level. You can find out more about all this at the Armstrong Redwoods website.

~~~

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I’m VERY pleased to be reading at the 2017 Naked Bulb Anthology release party, as well as included in the eponymous anthology. Yay, as always, yay! It’s called “2017” because it includes folks who read at the series last year. It’ll be done up with sparkles at

5 pm
at
Naked Bulb Reading Series
2518 Grande Vista Avenue
Oakland, CA

The writers included in the anthology will read their featured piece or something new:

Riss Rosado
Fred Dodworth
Ruth Crossman
Gary Turchin
Richard Loranger
Keith Gaboury
Chris Smith
Sandra Wassilie
Paul Corman-Roberts
Nancy Davenport
Andrew J. Thomas
Abe Becker
Kristina Ten
Youssef Alaoui-Fdili
Cassandra Dallett
Zephir O’Meara
G. Macias Gusman
Keeley Ann Finn
Cassandra Rockwood-Rice
Giavanna Ortiz de Candia
Missy Church

There will also be a limited open mic.

Copies of the anthology will be available, OF COURSE.

Doors and open mic signup start at 5 pm. The bulb is lit at 6.

This is in the backyard (enter the gate to the right of the house), so bring a warm jacket, blanket, extra chair if you can, and of course YOB.

Hosted by Someone Terrific.

Free of charge, though you should bring a few bucks to get a book! Some snacks and bevs provided but feel free to bring more.

~~~

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I’ll be reading for Pride Month at the third Queer Words Vallejo. Yay!

7 pm
at
Vallejo Public Library
505 Santa Clara St.
Vallejo, CA

The fabulous lineup includes Achy Obejas, Jon Wilson, Gar McVey-Russell, and myself.

Hosted by queernamic duo Wayne Goodman and Richard May.

Free of charge and all charged up.

~~~

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I’ll be hosting the final reading by the not-an-understatement fabulous Mimi Gonzalez in the SF Bay Area for the foreseeable future. Yay!

5 pm
at
Naked Bulb Reading Series
2518 Grande Vista Avenue
Oakland, CA

Besides a healthy set by the not-an-understatement fabulous Mimi Gonzalez, this reading also features an freaktastic open mic.

Doors and open mic signup start at 5 pm. The bulb is lit at 6.

This is in the backyard (enter the gate to the right of the house), so bring a warm jacket, blanket, extra chair if you can, and of course YOB.

Hosted by moi.

Free of charge. Some snacks and bevs provided but feel free to bring more.

~~~

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I’ll be reading with a murder of sharp-winged poets at the new and improved Crow Show, and I urge you to flock to see it. If you do, you might want to wear your best panache and mithril mail.

7 pm
at
La Val’s Subterranean
1834 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA

The Taloneded Lineup: Jenee Darden, Ruth Crossman, K.R. Morrison, Richard Loranger, ToReadAh Mikell, Laura Zink, Keith Mark Gaboury, Chris Smith and musical guest Giavanna Ortiz de Candia!

Doors and open mic signup start at 6:30.

If you haven’t been, the theater is in the basement of La Val’s Pizza. Come early and grab a slice’n’bev!

Hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts-Who-Is-Everywhere.

Donations requested but not required.

~~~

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #13 along with, of course, the endearing Paul Corman-Roberts.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Daphne Gottlieb
Alvin Orloff
and “Honorary Babarian” Giavanna Ortiz de Candia

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Monday, May 7, 2018

7 pm
at
Poetry Express
Himalayan Flavors
1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

I’m very pleased to feature at this long-running and weekly Berkeley series, hosted by Jim Barnard, Jan Dederick, Bruce Bagnell, and Jennette DesBoine.

There is an open mic before and after the feature.

Go to the room at the back of the restaurant (or ask one of the servers).

Recommended to get there early to try some of their delicious Tibet-inspired food. Seriously.

Free of charge, though a hat is passed for the feature (ahem, moi).

~~~

Sunday, April 22, 2018

I’m verrrrry excited to co-feature with Amy Lemmon at Spoken Word Sundays NYC – yes, that New. York. City. I will be there.

4 – 6 pm
at
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
New York, NY

Open mic signup starts at 3:30.

Hosted by the fabulous David Lawton.

Free of charge and all charged up.

~~~

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I’ll be the guest poet for a whole hour on Christopher Funkhouser’s

POET RAY’D YO

2 – 3 pm EST
on
WGXC 90.7 FM
broadcasting from
Hudson, NY

I’m not sure why crazy people keep asking me to talk and stuff on the radio, but they do so I keep doing it and you keep having to put up with it. This time the endlessly prolific multi-media maven Chris Funkhouser has dared to schedule me for his monthly show. Do you dare to listen in?

Click here to listen live at the time above.

Click here to listen later from the WGXC archives.

Click here if you don’t plan to do either.

~~~

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Honored to be part of the very first Santa Cruz Coyote Festival, a new annual event and tribute to artist Daniel Stolpe, sponsored by Daniel Yaryan and the Mystic Boxing Commission. Yay! Or is it Howwwwl!

7 pm
at
The Kamstra Sparring Archive
5321 Scotts Valley Drive #201
Scotts Valley, CA

The lineup includes Avotcha, John Pusey, Lady MichalCathyann CusimanoSteve ArntsonEsther FrancesSvargo F. SchullerPablo Rosalesand, uh, myself.  With music by The Process. Hosted by T Mike Walker.  Looks like a festival to me!

Coyote Festival flyer 2

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, February 9, 2018

I’m co-featuring with the inimitable Julia Vinograd at the Last Word Reading Series in Berkeley. Yay!

7 pm
at
Nefeli Caffe
1854 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Open mic signup starts at 6:30.

Please come by and join in! And partake of the Nefeli’s delicious food and bevs.

Hosted by Dale Jensen.

Free of charge.

~~~

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #12 along with, of course, the endless Paul Corman-Roberts.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Margery Snyder
Tarin Towers
and “Honorary Babarian” G Macias Gusman

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I’m absolutely honored to be the FIRST FEATURE at a BRAND NEW OPEN MIC SERIES in Oakland.

2 – 4 pm
at
Gearbox Gallery
770 W Grand Ave
(between San Pablo & Market, just west of Telegraph)
Oakland, CA

Open mic signup starts at 1:30.

Please come by and help to open this mic! I’ll be reading some brand new spankins, along with selections from Sudden Windows and Poems for Teeth.

Hosted by David Zeltzer.

Free of charge.

~~~

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #11 along with, of course, the quite alive Paul Corman-Roberts. This is a special edition that we’re calling Babar in Requiem, and it’s dedicated to reading the work of Cafe Babar and Above Paradise poets from the 80’s and 90’s who have left us (i.e., died). Two features will read the work of specific writers, and the for the open mic we’ll provide books by a number of poets who’ve passed, and ask folks to read from them. Their words live on through us.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Margery Snyder reading Whitman McGowan
and Dawn Oberg reading Dominique Lowell

and you, honoring all of the Babarian angels in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Poetry Above Paradise.  Thought not the case tonight, normally each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Saturday, November 4, 2017

New York small press great weather for MEDIA dives into the East Bay as part of their West Coast tour to celebrate the release of The Other Side of Violet, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

6 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring: Jane Ormerod (from NY),  Carol Dorf (Berkeley), Ken Saffran (SF), and Oakland crew Jessica Barksdale, Julian Mithra, Natasha Dennerstein, and SB Stokes.

Hosted by Richard Loranger.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Friday, November 3, 2017

New York small press great weather for MEDIA hits the Bay Area as part of their West Coast tour to celebrate the release of The Other Side of Violet, their new international anthology of poetry, prose, and everything in-between and out-of-bounds. These readings are dynamic and eye-opening, and so worth taking in.

7 – 9 pm
at
Alley Cat Books
3036 – 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

Featuring: Jane Ormerod (from NY), Jessica Barksdale (Oakland), Carol Dorf (Berkeley), Patrick Cahill (SF), Maw Shein Win (El Cerrito), Julian Mithra (Oakland), Jan Steckel (Oakland), and Richard Loranger (Oakland these days).

Hosted by the great weather founder and publisher, the wonderful Jane Ormerod.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. Your heart and mind will thank you.

~~~

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Babar in Exile comes to Lit Crawl!

Babar in Exile, the series honoring the wild San Francisco readings of the late 80’s through the 90’s, is thrilled to have a spot at LitQuake’s Lit Crawl this year. There are many, many readings scattered through SF’s Mission District over the course of four hours – here’s a full list, just to blow your mind a bit. Also you can download a pdf map with a list of the readings at the top of the page.

Babar in Exile will be happening

8 – 9 pm
at
Gent’s Barber Shop
3041 – 24th Street (between Folsom and Harrison)
San Francisco, CA

For this event, we have gathered a core group of original participants to recreate an open mic from San Francisco’s notorious and ground-breaking Café Babar reading series. These folks were amidst a supercharged circle of writers and performers that were blowing listeners’ minds for years. Readers include:

  • Bruce Isaacson – in from Las Vegas!
  • QR Hand – down from Vallejo
  • Julia Vinograd – in from Berkeley
  • David Gollub – in from Planet Gollub
  • Kathleen Wood – down from the Haight
  • David West – will walk there from Bernal Heights
  • Deborah Fruchey – in from Walnut Creek
  • Steve Arntson – from somewhere in the Universe

This is a rare confluence of dynamic talent that helped to shape the San Francisco literary and spoken word scene as we know it today. This may be a singular chance to see this group in action.

Hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts

Free of charge.

~~~

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I’ll be reading at the release celebration for Strangelandthe first book of poetry by Andrew J. Thomas just out from Naked Bulb Press. Yay!

6 – 9 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring: Joel Landmine, Kelly Landmine, John Panzer, Kwan Booth, myself, and Andrew J. Thomas reading from the actual book. Yes that’s right. Surprise guests as well, I hear.

Hosted by the legendarily indefatigable Paul Corman-Roberts.

Free of charge, but come prepared to buy a copy of this wonderful book. And yes, I’ve already read it, so I ain’t foolin around.

~~~

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Proud to be reading at the 2017 San Francisco edition of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a global event in which many thousands of poets read on the same day. NRG!

3 – 7 pm
at
Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA

Readers include:

  • Dan Brady
  • Mahnaz Badihian
  • Neeli Cherkovski
  • Pauline Craig
  • John Curl
  • Diego De Leo
  • Agneta Falk
  • Nahid Fattahi
  • David Giesen
  • Q R Hand
  • Najia Karim
  • Richard Loranger
  • Karen Melander-Magoon
  • Barbara Paschke
  • Richard Sanderell
  • David Volpendesta

Hosted by Karen Melander Magoon & Philip Hackett

Yeah, that’s right.

Here’s the official description of this event:

“Poets and artists all over the world are currently organizing events to promote environmental, social, and political change.

Poets, writers, artists, and humanitarians will create, perform, educate and demonstrate, in their individual communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which co-founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

All those involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.”

Free of charge.

~~~

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I’ll be hosting this month’s East Bay Edition of the Perfectly Queer reading series.

2-3 pm
at
Nomadic Press
2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

With readers Nazelah Jamison, Tim Donnelly, and Julian Mithra

Coffee and beverages will be served.

Free of charge. Optional donations will be taken at the door.

~~~

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Reading at the BEAST CRAWL, the SF East Bay’s answer to every other literary crawl. Ever. Anywhere.

The event:

Skinless: New and Raw Writing

6:30 – 7:30 pm SHARP
at
The Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

Blurb + lineup, okay:

For our sixth year at Beast Crawl, Skinless once again assembles some of the Bay’s most talented poets and authors to read you their original work. Work that is challenging, and perhaps a little newer and rougher, than you’d get to hear anywhere else!

Our Skinless Readers:
Keith Mark Gaboury – Daryl Llamas – Richard Loranger – Indiana Pehlivanova – Matthew Sherling – SB Stokes

Hosted by the sublimely dangerous SB Stokes

This is during Leg 2 of a three-leg crawl, so be sure to check out the rest!

Free of charge and censorship

~~~

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reading with a buncha fine folks at:

7-10 pm
at
East Bay Media Center
1939 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

The Lineup: Tureeda Mikell –  Nazelah Jamison – Richard Loranger – Victor James Smith – Julian Mithra – Alison Luterman – Tom Stolmar – James Cagney – Allie Marini – Christine No

And jazz with Karen Sudjian on voice and Jim Davidson on keyboards

Hosted by the road demon himself, Steve Arntson

Fun times!

Refreshments will be served

Free of charge

~~~

Sunday, August 13, 2017

As part of the Workroom Artist Program of Nomadic Press, I’ll be doing a talk about my writing that runs off the page in Text Art and Performance. There will also be work on display. More below.

SHIFTING MEDIA: THE TEXT ART & PERFORMANCE OF RICHARD LORANGER

2-3 pm
at
Nomadic Press
2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

Here’s the blurb:

What happens when a writer gets bored of writing for the page or screen? He writes all over the place. Richard Loranger is a writer of poetry and prose who for the past three decades has also explored the realms of text art and spoken performance. He will talk about his history of writing off the page and out of the box as 2-D and 3-D text are as well as spoken word and performance art. He’ll have an abundance of artwork and video documentation as part of his talk and on display just for this event.

Hosted by the multi-paletted Harriet Poznansky, who coordinates the Workroom programs.

Thank you so much, Harriet!

Coffee and beverages will be served.

Free of charge. Optional donations will be taken at the door.

~~~

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #9 along with, of course, the stalwart Paul Corman-Roberts.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CAFeaturing:

Sparrow 13
Tom Stolmar
and “Honorary Babarian” Vanessa Lewis

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge and oppression.

~~~

Friday, August 4, 2017

Book release for Cockymoon, selected poems of Jack Micheline edited by William Taylor Jr. for Zeitgeist Press

7 pm
at
Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA

Honored to be with the gang kicking off this new selected works by the rightfully renowned poet and incredibly good man Jack Micheline, who left us standing on the corner in 1998.

The gang shall include:
Jack Hirshman
A.D. Winans
Matt Gonzalez
Julia Vinograd
William Taylor, Jr.
Cassandra Dallet
Bruce Isaacson of Zeitgeist Press
and myself,
with a few special guests, I hear.

Seriously.

Free of charge, and the book will be for sale.

~~~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Pandemonium Press Presents:
Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Very happy to be reading at this annual remembrance, along with:

Rafael Jesús González
Rose Black
and Sandra Wassilie

With a brief open mic – come early to sign up!

Also don’t forget to get a raffle ticket for prizes!

Hosted by the fabulous Leila Rae.

Free of charge, though a hat will be passed.

~~~

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Honored to be part of Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts #74! Was at the very first of this very prolific series in 2008, and have read at several since. So glad to see the tradition continues.

Potluck at 6
Spar starts at

7 pm
at
The Kamstra Sparring Archive
5321 Scotts Valley Drive #201
Scotts Valley, CA

The Lineup:  Victor James Smith – Lynn Rogers – Richard Loranger – Cathyanne Cusimano – Steve Arntson – Christine Lias – T. Mike Walker – Ron Lampi

Hosted by the one and only Daniel Yaryan

Free of charge

~~~

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #8 along with, of course, the stalwart Paul Corman-Roberts.

This will be the first anniversary of the Exile series. Hooray!

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

John Longhi
Dawn Oberg
and “Honorary Babarian” Joel Landmine

and you, in our fab open mic.

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge

~~~

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Full of Crow Presents: The Spring Murder

7 pm
at
Nomadic Press
2301 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

Full of Crow magazine celebrates it’s past two issues with work from their most recent contributors.

The Lineup:  G. Macias Gusman – Nancy P. Davenport – Ruth Crossman – Richard Loranger – Barbara West – Steven Gray – Christine No – Norma Smith – Kristen Caven – Hannah Beatrix Rubin – Michael Mohr.

Coffee and beverages will be served.

Hosted by who else but Paul Corman-Roberts.

That is not all.

~~~

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The First Naked Bulb Anthology Release Party!

5-8 pm
at
The Night Light
311 Broadway
Oakland, CA

I’ll be part of a release party for the very first Naked Bulb Anthology, which comes out of Oakland’s own more-than-fabulous Naked Bulb reading series. That means I also have a piece in the anthology. Yay! The book contains the work of 23 local writers, and any and all of them might be reading. Whatever happens, this will be a kickass reading.

There will also be a limited open mic.

You can find more current info on their Facebook invite, and I’ll try to update as I can.

Copies of the anthology will be available, OF COURSE.

Hosted by the enigmatic Zephir O’Meara.

Free of charge, though you should bring a few bucks to get a book!

~~~

Monday, March 27, 2017

7 pm
at
Poetry Express
Himalayan Flavors
1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

I’ll be part of a release party for the 2017 issue of PoetryExpressed.com, an online publication produced by the hosts of this long-running and weekly Berkeley series, Jim Barnard, Jan Dederick, Bruce Bagnell, and Jennette DesBoine.

Participants will be reading their pieces from the publication, and perhaps a little more.

There is an open mic before and after the feature.

Go to the room at the back of the restaurant (or ask one of the servers).

Recommended to get there early to try some of their delicious Tibet-inspired food. Seriously.

Free of charge, though a hat is passed for the feature

~~~

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reading at Get Lit #22

7 pm
at
Ale Industries
3096 East 10th St.
Oakland, CA

I’m pleased to be reading again at Get Lit, the Nomadic Press series which features a big group of excellent writers each reading new stuff briefly.  A.k.a., it’s a new shit show!

Tonight’s lineup features Jamey Genna, C. Anne Gardner, Gina Goldblatt, Tureeda Mikell, Jason Ridler, Ayo Kensu Ra, Rene Vaz, Jenee Darden, Norma Smith, Anna Davidson, Jessica Mejia, Brenda Usher-Carpino, Aqueila Lewis, and moi

Hosted by Christine No

Free of charge, and there are wonderful beers and ales to be had

~~~

Friday, February 17, 2017

7 pm
at
Studio Morey
5500 M.L.K. Jr Way
Oakland, CA

With readings by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Natasha Dennerstein, Nancy Patrice Davenport, Joel Landmine, and Richard Loranger

With music by Troy Bradley

Hosted by G. Macias Gusman

A likely wild open mic will follow.

No one is kidding here. We are not fooling around.

Free of charge

~~~

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #7 along with, of course, the unshakable Paul Corman-Roberts.

7 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Featuring:

Jennifer Joseph
and “Honorary Babarian”
William Taylor, Jr.

and you, in a fab – and this time extended open mic

Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading put together by Paul Corman-Roberts and myself, which is meant to be a commemoration and revival of the high energy San Francisco reading series of the 1990’s, Café Babar and Paradise Lounge.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

So come on down to check out a slice of San Francisco poetry history, now and in the making, and make your way home with a bindle full of inspiration and a thimbleful more hope for the species.

Free of charge

~~~

Monday, February 13, 2017

7 pm
at
Poetry Express
Himalayan Flavors
1585 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA

I’m very pleased to feature at this long-running and weekly Berkeley series, hosted by Jim Barnard, Jan Dederick, Bruce Bagnell, and Jennette DesBoine.

There is an open mic before and after the feature.

Go to the room at the back of the restaurant (or ask one of the servers).

Recommended to get there early to try some of their delicious Tibet-inspired food. Seriously.

Free of charge, though a hat is passed for the feature

 

 

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