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Thursday, August 8, 2019

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #19 along with, of course, the ever-intrinsic Paul Corman-Roberts. This installment has a very unique focus because, as far as we know, only two people who met through the original Cafe Babar readings had a child who has taken to poetry as well. This is the only genuine two-generation Babar reading possible, with all three as features at the same event, and perhaps for the only time ever.

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

Featuring:

Kimi Sugioka
Richard Stone
and “Honorary Babarian” Kai Sugioka-Stone

and you, in our fab open mic.

Can you handle it?

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, August 10, 2019

Very pleased to be reading at the Frank Bette Center in Alameda along with terrific SF poet James J. Siegel.

7 pm
at
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street
Alameda, CA

Hosted by the wonderful (and I cannot stress that enough) Jeanne Lupton.

Free of charge and a hat will be passed for the Center. Refreshments provided.

C’mon down!

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Past Events

(for a list of readings prior to 2019, click here)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

My talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, begins a new iteration with its fourth event. It happens six times a year, on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month.

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Each installment features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who will each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading of their creative work. This is a long-form event, meaning that each reader is given up to half an hour to go into depth about their lives and into their writing. The presentations are followed by a Q&A and chat time.

The fourth event in the series will be on the last Wednesday in July at

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

at which
beautifully experimental non-binary wordsmith Julian Mithra will deliver a talk titled “Hybrid Gender & Genre”, and read selections of whatever they see fit,
and
beyond fabulous poet Marvin R. Hiemstra will present his upcoming memoir, Raven Knows: Your Smile Is Unique, detailing his amorous evolution through much of the 20th Century both extemporaneously and through passages.

Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred. And the venue proffers a variety of delicious food and drink.

This event is 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. I promise you an interesting, informative, and inclusive time.

~~~

Saturday, July 27, 2019

I’m honored to be reading in the (practically) brand new series Fire Thieves, curated by current SF Poet Laureate Kim Schuck.

Fire Thieves #2
7 pm
at
Dog Eared Books Castro
489 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA

Featuring:

A’aron Heard
Richard Loranger
Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Vincent Calvarese
Poet E-Spoken (Elaine C Brown)
and Cal Calamia

Please do stop by.

Rockin and free of charge.

~~~

Sunday, July 21, 2019

I’m organizing Octopus Day, a twelve-hour benefit of poetry and music for The Octopus Literary Salon, which has done so much for the East Bay communities. That’s right: 12 hours. 100 poets. 12 music acts. And glee.

OCTOPUS DAY

10 am to 10 pm
at
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street
Oakland, CA

Admission is free.
Donations of $20 are requested but not required.

The event schedule is filled, but there will also be two open reading slots per hour, at five minutes each, until 8pm, for signup on the day of the event. They will be time permitting, but I expect there will be time.

Octopus Day flyer (2) - print on white

You can find the full schedule on the Octopus Day page of this website, and also at http://tiny.cc/OctopusDay.

Here’s the deal: the Octopus has done so much for the East Bay’s literary and music communities, providing time and space for so many artists to present their work, without asking much back. Within the year they’ll be forced out of their space by a corporate acquisition of the building that’s tripling their rent, and they need to transition to a new space in the area if they’re going to soldier on. So we’re showing up to help. If you’re in the area, please come by, whether you’re performing or not, hang out and enjoy the readings and music, and please please please if you possibly can, bring a $20 bill (or a handful!) to throw in the donation bin. There’s no admission, and no one will be turned away for less or lack.

You can also donate to the Octopus Literary Salon at their GoFundMe page here.

~~~

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

My talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, begins a new iteration with its third event. It will now occur six times a year, on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month.

#we - Edwardian Script 250 inverted blk

Each installment features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who will each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, along with a reading of their creative work. This is a long-form event, meaning that each reader is given up to half an hour to go into depth about their lives and into their writing. The presentations are followed by a Q&A and chat time.

The third event in the series will be on the last Wednesday in May at

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

at which
blind performance poet Leah Gardner will speak on “Atypical Grit: A Poetic Exploration” and will read a selection of poetry,
and social justice poet Elaine Brown a.k.a. Poet E Spoken will give a talk titled “A Triple Dose of Being Black, Woman, & Queer”, along with some poetry, of course.

Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred. And the venue proffers a variety of delicious food and drink.

This event is 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. I promise you an interesting, informative, and inclusive time.

~~~

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #18 along with, of course, the newly new Paul Corman-Roberts.

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

Featuring:

Glenn Ingersoll
Deborah Fruchey
and “Honorary Babarian” Yume Kim

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, April 6, 2019

I’ve been asked to read/speak/perform or whatever the heck it is I do waaay up north in Calistoga, CA at a storytelling event, part of the Sarafornia : ENGAGE Calistoga arts festival that runs from April 4-7.

Storytelling Speakeasy
6 – 9 pm
at
A Mystery Location
in downtown
Calistoga, CA

I’m hoping they’ll reveal the location before I show up in town, or I’ll be yelling on the streets (again).

Don’t know what time I’ll go on, but if you’re in the area, or know anyone that is, come on by and hang. It’ll be the best show in town.

Here’s what the organizers have to say about the event:

“In true speakeasy form, and for one night only, come into the empty tavern to experience a dreamlike quality of booze, live music, and storytelling by poets and raconteurs. Don’t miss it. Like a circus, the next day it will be gone and the door will be locked.

In between stories, enjoy a mental pallet cleanse with music and poetry.

Admission is free, wine & cocktails available for purchase.”

Sounds like fun to me! I’m not sure anyone told them though, that my idea of a mental palate cleanse can be somewhat astringent.  Lol…

~~~

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Last November, I started a new quarterly talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, called

#we - Edwardian Script 250 inverted blk

Each installment features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who will each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work. This is a long-form event, meaning that each reader is given up to half an hour to go into depth about their lives and into their writing. The presentations are followed by a Q&A and chat time.

The second event in the series will be on the last Wednesday in February at

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

at which
Lambda award-winning poet Jan Steckel will give a talk entitled “Bi Babes in the Woods” and will read a selection of poetry,
and intersex writer Tom Odegard will speak on “Being Intersex”, followed by a selection of poetry.

Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred. And the venue proffers a variety of delicious food and drink.

This event is 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. I promise you an interesting, informative, and inclusive time.

~~~

Saturday, February 16, 2019

All day long I’ll be doing presentations for the Poetry Track of the San Francisco Writers Conference. The Conference has a new format and place this year, and the Poetry Track is all on one day and has a smaller fee of $195 for folks who just want to attend those events. There are still registrations open, so if this sounds of interest, click on the SFWC link above and check it out. It all takes place at the SF Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.

That evening, I’ll be hosting a Poetry & Jazz Party in the Atrium that will be free and open to the public. It will feature performances and backing by the fab jazz-poetry band COPUS, featured readings by the presenters for the Poetry Track, and an open mic for all (with some slots to read with jazz).

7 – 10 pm
in the Atrium
at
The SF Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

Featuring:

Richard Loranger (emcee)
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck
Jane Ormerod of great weather for MEDIA
Diane Frank of Blue Light Press
Jen Joseph of Manic-D Press
Bruce Isaacson of Zeitgeist Press
renowned poet and novelist Joan Gelfand
Mary Mackey (aka scribner goddess of the universe)
Dr. Andy Jones of Dr. Andy’s Poetry & Technology Hour on KDVS FM in Davis
Lissa Provost (organizer of the Poetry Track itself)

and COPUS.

Please come by and join us!

Free and open to the public.

~~~

Thursday, February 14, 2019

I will be co-hosting
Babar in Exile #17: Viva Babar! – New Zeitgeist Press Authors,
along with special co-host Bruce Isaacson (!)

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

Featuring, all the way from Las Vegas:

Bruce Isaacson
Syd Stewart
James Norman
and Heather Lang Cassera

and you, in our fab open mic.Babar in Exile #17 - Viva Babar - flyer

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, Poetry above Paradise, and Club Chameleon.  Each reading features a couple former participants of those series, and one “honorary Babarian”, along with an open mic.

This special event features core Babarian Bruce Isaacson, who founded Zeitgeist Press in order to publish the poets of that milieu, and not one but three “honorary Babarians”, who are among Bruce’s newest Zeitgeist authors to carry the torch of Babar into the 21st Century.

So come on down to check out a slice of 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.

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