Events

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Upcoming Events

 

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Past Events

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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