Babar in Exile

 

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Babar in Exile is a quarterly reading series curated and hosted by Richard Loranger and Paul Corman-Roberts at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, California. It is a commemoration and revival of the raucous trinity of high energy San Francisco readings of the 1980’s and 90’s, located at Café Babar, Paradise Lounge, and Club Chameleon. Each reading features two original participants of these series along with a contemporary poet of similar ilk who is dubbed an “Honorary Babarian”. Babar in Exile also proffers a much-loved open mic, which was core to the explosion of performative voices in those original series, and an aluminum siding gong in (loud) memory of the stageside wall at Café Babar which readers so lovingly bashed for emphasis. It began in May, 2015, and is ongoing.

Historically the Café Babar, Poetry Above Paradise, and Chameleon series are very significant in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry arena, and had a strong and positive influence on many of today’s Bay Area writers who have come into their own since that time. They were, among other things, a link between the Beat tradition and the millennial galaxy of voices, fostering the passionate work of women, queer writers, street poets, and wordsmiths of more diverse backgrounds than the reading scene had ever done before, paving the way for the megacultural tide of the 21st Century. Numerous of the poets from this era are still active in the Bay Area poetry venues, but many are mind-blowing readers who rarely read out any more. Babar in Exile gives contemporary audiences a chance to hear and share the stage with strong voices who helped to shape Bay Area poetry over the last thirty years, writers of both historical importance to the local and national scenes, and of ongoing influence.

The readings and features are listed below, with the upcoming reading on top. So come on down to check out a slice of Bay Area 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.

 

Babar 13

COMING UP: Babar in Exile #13

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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

Featuring:

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

 

Babar in Exile #12

Babar in Exile #12

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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

Featuring:

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

 

Babar in Exile #11 - Babar in Requiem

Babar in Exile #11: Babar in Requiem

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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

Featuring:

Margery Snyder reading Whitman McGowan
and Dawn Oberg reading Dominique Lowell

 

Babar in Exile #10 - Babar in Exile Comes to Lit Crawl

Babar in Exile #10: Babar in Exile Comes to Lit Crawl

Saturday, October 14, 2017

8 – 9 pm
at
Gents Barber Club
3041 – 24th Street (between Folsom and Harrison)
San Francisco, CA

Featuring:

Bruce Isaacson
QR Hand
Julia Vinograd
David Gollub
Kathleen Wood
David West
Deborah Fruchey
and
Steve Arntson

 

Babar in Exile #9

Babar in Exile #9

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

Featuring:

Sparrow 13
Tom Stolmar
and “Honorary Babarian” Vanessa Lewis

 

Babar in Exile #8.5 - Ralph LaCharity

Babar in Exile #8.5: Special Edition featuring Ralph LaCharity

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Featuring:

Ralph LaCharity

 

Babar in Exile #8

Babar in Exile #8

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

Featuring:

John Longhi
Dawn Oberg
and “Honorary Babarian” Joel Landmine

 

Babar in Exile #7

Babar in Exile #7

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

Featuring:

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

 

Babar in Exile #6

Babar in Exile #6

Friday, October 21, 2016

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

Featuring:

Jan Steckel
Max Wolf Valerio
and Tim Donnelly

 

Babar in Exile #5

Babar in Exile #5

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Featuring:

Bucky Sinister
Deborah Fruchey
and “Honorary Babarian” Garrett Murphy

 

Babar in Exile #4

Babar in Exile #4

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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

Featuring:

Kimi Sugioka
Steve Arntson
and “Honorary Babarian” James Cagney

 

Babar in Exile #3

Babar in Exile #3

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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

Featuring:

Bruce Isaacson
David West
and “Honorary Babarian” Missy Church

 

Babar in Exile #2

Babar in Exile #2

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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

Featuring:

Julia Vinograd
David Gollub
Kathleen Wood
and “Honorary Babarian” MK Chavez

 

Babar in Exile #1

Babar in Exile #1

Friday, May 8, 2015

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

Featuring:

QR Hand
Jennifer Blowdryer
Richard Loranger
and “Honorary Babarian” Cassandra Dallett

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