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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Ohmygosh, I’ll be reading for the Woodstock Poetry Society today, first time in years! Used to hang out in the early 00’s in this blissed-out Upstate New York town – I came cause an old friend had moved there, and stayed cause whaddayaknow, the Hudson Valley has a terrific poetry scene! (Plus my old friend continued living there.) Miss the energy and have been considering making that my next region of residence. But for now, this will have to do. So, at

11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT
via zoom

I’ll be reading with Amy Ouzoonian, beaming in from Phoenix.

Plus it’s hosted by the wonderful Phillip X. Levine.

Yay!

To attend: contact phillip@woodstockpoetry.com to receive Zoom info. And while yer at it, please indicate if you would like to be on the open mike.

Yay!

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

What, there’s more? You bet your Dada there is.

DA DO SF 8
6 pm
at
the one and only Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
12 William Saroyan Place
(across Columbus Ave from City Lights)
San Francisco, CA

Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges present their annual Dada Journal MAINTENANT reading with Bay Area contributors:

Youssef Alaoui
Carol Dorf
Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis
Robert Duncan
Heikki Huotari
Richard Loranger
Maw Shein Win
Allison Davis
Marc Olmsted
Suzy Kaplan Olmsted
Richard Stone
Mahnaz Badihian
Gerald Nicosia
and Daniel Yaryan.

Are you kidding me?

Finally I get to read with Robert Duncan!

Three Rooms Press will be there with copies of their internationally renowned MAINTENANT 15: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, which contains work by all of these readers and many more, on hand for purchase and signing.
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The night’s performance will be dedicated to late/great North Beach Poet Laureate, Maintenant contributor, and friend Jack Hirschman.
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Note that all attendees must have proof of vaccination.
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Please do stop by for a relaxing beverage and some shrieking humans.

And sorry in advance if we shave your head.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

To celebrate Monday the 13th, I’ll be reading for the wonderful Bird & Beckett with the even more wonderful Glenn Ingersoll. Could it get more wonderful? Yes! Just tune in and listen at

7 pm PDT / 10 pm EDT
via zoom
(the link will be posted here soon)

Hosted by the inimitable Kim Shuck and I mean it. Just you try.

Totally looking forward to this one!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wait, could there be even more? Yes, one more. If you haven’t had your fill o’ me, here’s your chance.  😀

This time I’ll be reading for The FUNdaMentalists, a poetry group out of Calistoga, CA. Don’t let the name fool you. Or maybe it didn’t.

3 pm PDT / 6 pm EDT
via zoom at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88144417840

My co-features for the event will be the masterful (missterful?) Kim Shuck, fresh from hosting me the night before, and the wonderful Dr. Andy Jones, who owns Davis, CA. Or might as well.

Hosted by Dominic Triglia, who has a heart the size of Oregon. Nick heard me read a couple of years ago in the Armstrong Woods by Guerneville, CA, and has been asking me to come up to Calistoga ever since. Turns out they have a great hidden poetry scene up there, and of course they do! Because they’re alive like the rest of us.

So please come by and check us all out. Kim and Andy are excellent, and I’m, well, you know. Plus I hear there’ll be five local poets reading a poem each as well. Yay!

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Past Events

(for a full list of readings prior to 2020, click here)

Saturday, November 13, 2021

FINAL RELEASE PARTY FOR UNIT OF AGENCY: “COLLAPSE AROUND AMERICA”

We’ll have one more zoom for Unit of Agency featuring readers from around the country. That’s called using your tools, baby! And it’s the very best part.

6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern
via “zoom”

And here’s the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85028590716.

You can also watch this event livestreamed on the Facebook event page.

This event will feature readings by fantastic writers from around the country, to wit:

Natasha Kochicheril Moni (Seattle)
Hilary Brown (Chicago)
Lonely Christopher (NYC)
Tammy Melody Gomez (Fort Worth)
Rich Ferguson (LA)
and
Richard Loranger (Oakland) (that’s me).

This reading will not include an open mic, though it may contain more fabulousness than you can handle.

Unit of Agency is currently available through through the Collapse Press website here and on Amazon here.

Get one early and read along!

“Collapse Around America” will be hosted by Collapse Press, with Paul Corman Roberts and E. Lynn Alexander, who founded this enterprise earlier in 2021.

Please do join us for some amazing voices, and treat yourself to a little more Agency.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

I’m honored to be taking part in the great weather for MEDIA weekly “10-minute reading” series, which is exactly what it sounds like.

4:30 pm PDT / 7:30 pm EDT
via zoom (see below)

I’ll be reading again from Unit of Agency, but I’m trying to read mostly different pieces at each reading this month. Except my faves, of course.

To watch directly on zoom, you must click here to register for this event via Eventbrite (for free) at least fifteen minutes before it starts and you will be sent the link. The event will also be live-streamed to the great weather for MEDIA Facebook page.

Great Weather for Media brings you 10-Minute ZOOM Features every Wednesday from 7:30-7:40pm Eastern. No open mic. No pageantry. Nothing to sell, we just want to amplify voices. Just 10 minutes of some amazing poetry.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Here’s the best part: we’ve rented an amphitheater! This will be an outdoor, in-person event.

Collapse Press and Be About It Press are teaming up to co-release Unit of Agency and Broken, the new chapbook of poetry about Aileen Wuornos by Natasha Dennerstein. How’s that for a non-nonsense dance ticket?

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The
Amphi-
theater
at
Mosswood Park
in
Oakland, CA

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The event will feature readings by myself and Natasha Dennerstein, along with James Cagney, Juba Kalamka, Dena Rod, and Cassandra Dallett. And that’s the damn truth.

We’ll gather from 1 – 1:30 or so, then begin once it feels time to start. The readings will run 60-90 minutes, and we’ll have some time to hang out later if we like.

Both books will be available.

The City of Oakland requires masks and social distancing for outdoor events over a certain number, so please bring a mask – and take care of yourself and your neighbors! They’ve also suggested that people bring their own snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic). There are trash cans nearby so that you can considerately clean up afterward (so I don’t have to).

Directions:
Mosswood Park is about five blocks from the MacArthur BART Station in North Oakland, on MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and the new Kaiser Complex. It’s easily found by Google Maps. The amphitheater is in the southeast corner, east of the tennis courts and just north of the only building on the block (a tall Kaiser building). It’s down a small incline and surrounded by trees, so you have to walk up to it before you see it. But it IS easy to find.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Hi, I’ll be reading a few poems to help the wonderful Natasha Dennerstein kick off her new chapbook of poems about the life of Aileen Wuornos on zoom this coming Tuesday. It’s called Broken and is just out from Be About It Press. Be about it, Natasha!

5:30 pm PDT
via zoom
click here for the Facebook event page which has a button to the link

Readers include:

Tony Alderondo,
Cassandra Dallett,
Trey Keeve,
Christine No,
and, apparently, moi.

I’ll likely read a piece or two from Be a Bough Tit (Be About It Press, 2020), and some new and unpublished work.

You can see the cover of Natasha’s book in the next event description, when the two of us will release our books together and in person, like ducks in a pond.

Hope to see you there!

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Friday, October 29, 2021

We’ll let the monster loose at the monthly Collapse Press series, The Friday Collapse.

6:30 pm PDT / 9:30 pm EDT
via “zoom”

I’ll post the Facebook Event Page for the reading here once it’s up and eventing. To find the zoom link for the reading, look for it on said Event Page the the day of. You will also be able to watch it from the Collapse Press Facebook Page (streaming live), but if you want to read in the open mic, or comment in real time via the chat, you’ll need to be in the zoom.

Here’s the best part. (There’s a best part of everything this month.)

I’ll be featuring and and reading from the book, but only after we hear from my stupendous co-feature, Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas. That’s THE Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas to you. She was my first choice to read with and I can’t believe she said Yes, or whatever she said, something in the affirmative. Is it safe to say I LOVE Mimi Gonzalez-Barillas? Yes it is, if anything is safe anymore. She’ll be beaming in from a black walnut grove in Central Michigan to kick absolutely everyone’s ass. Especially mine.

AND The Friday Collapse features a fab open mic. Check in to that Event Page the day before or so to find a signup in the Discussion tab.

Who can’t wait? I can’t wait!

Hope to see you there.

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RELEASE PARTIES FOR UNIT OF AGENCY

I’m insanely excited to debut my new collection of human struggle/protest culture/social justice/pissed-off leftie poems and flash prose pieces. Unit of Agency is the inaugural publication from Collapse Press, a fresh-off-the-shelf endeavor by Paul Corman-Roberts and E. Lynn Alexander.

We’ve got three events lined up to please most everyone. Please consider checking in to one and checking out the work. Yippie-kai-yay and all that.

By “please”, by the way, I mean “provoke”.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Super honored to be reading on zoom for the San Francisco International Arts Festival. I’ve gone to events there for years, but never imagined I’d be presenting, even cyber-presenting. Excited!

6 pm PDT / 9 pm EDT sharp
via “zoom”
and lasting for one hour

Click HERE to get tickets – they’re free unless you want to donate – and they should give you the zoom link, or explain how to get it. You can also check out the reader’s bios on the page (even mine).

Here’s the best part.

I’ll be reading with:

Ayodele Nzinga (current and first Poet Laureate of Oakland, CA),
Avotcja (Goddess of Jazz and Saying What Needs to Be Said),
Greer Nakadegawa-Lee (2020 Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland, CA),
Natasha Dennerstein (current Poet Laureate of Awesome),
and
Kai Sugioka-Stone (future Poet Laureate of Universal Clarity for an Instant).

Rockin.

Hosted by Kimi Sugioka (current Poet Laureate of Alameda).

I sure hope I get some laurel out of this, or at least a nice fresh sprig of bay.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

#we is making a return at the Beast Crawl Online, a virtual version of the annual East Bay lit festival. Yay!

For this event, we’ll feature five of our ardent readers from the series, which was cut short due to the pandemic. (One of the readers, Shilpa Kamat, was scheduled for the next event after the cancel, so of course I asked her to read here! This will be a straightforward reading (or should I say a queerforward reading) of whatever work these folks want to share.

Please join us for the energized words and minds of:.

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Julia Serano
Jan Steckel
Juba Kalamka
Hilary Brown
and
Shilpa Kamat

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The reading runs virtually from 2 – 3 pm on Sunday, Sept 5 as mentioned above. You can watch it directly on zoom, or on Facebook Live.

For the zoom link, go to our Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/896519317969651.

The FB Live stream can be seen on the Beast Crawl Lit Fest page at: https://www.facebook.com/BeastCrawlLiteraryFestival.

This is a three-day event, running from Friday evening Sept 3 through Sunday evening. It should rock your literary foundations; you might want to glue your socks on. You can read all about it at and check out all the hourly readings and music at https://sites.google.com/view/beastcrawl2021. Go Beast!

If you’re unfamiliar, #we was a bi-monthly talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, which ran from November 2018 through January 2020. Each installment featured two presenters from various segments of the queer spectrum, each of whom give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading or performance of their creative work. The series had an emphasis on marginalization from without and/or within the queer community, though did not require that exclusively. This was a long-form event, meaning that each presenter was given up to half an hour to go into depth about their lives and into their writing. The presentations were followed by a Q&A and chat time.

Due to the often personal or intimate nature of the events, our presenters generally preferred an in-person experience, so we closed our doors due to the pandemic. I am hoping to start it up again sometime in 2022, once it’s safe again for us all to share our lives in rooms with each other.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Super honored to co-feature on the terrific zoom, NeuroNautic Institute Presents, with the mega-terrific Neeli Cherkovski and George Wallace. Who dreamed up this tornado?

4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT
on the damn internet
via “zoom”
with specifics to be announced

There’s also a yes yes yes open mic.

Interested in attending? You can get in on the zoom and read in the open mic if you like by checking that day on the Facebook event page (click here). If it’s posted earlier I’ll try to put the link here.

You can also watch the event as it happens, streaming live on FB LIVE on
the NeuroNautic Institute / NeuroNautic Press page:
(https://www.facebook.com/NeuroNautic-Institute-Neuronautic-Press-109548260772346/)

George has a new book called Resistance is a Blue Guitar, Neeli will neeli us into the next life, and I’ll tease a few from my upcoming book Unit of Agency. Do drop by if you wanna have your day utterly changed.

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Note – August 2021

Having been keeping this poorly for some time, and having egregiously not noted numerous pandemic readings, I resume.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

This evening, as it happens, I’ll be hosting the Poetry & Jazz Party for the San Francisco Writers Conference in the Atrium of the SF Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. I should say co-hosting, with the fabulous Dr. Andy Jones. The event will be free and open to the public starting at 7. It will feature performances and backing by the fab jazz-poetry band COPUS, featured readings by the presenters for the Poetry Summit of the SFWC, and an open mic for all (with some slots to read with jazz).

If you get there before 7, by the way, you might have to wait in the gigantic gorgeous Atrium until then, since they’ll have a networking party going on for attendees only. But they will open the gate at 7.

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

Featuring:

Richard Loranger (emcee)
Dr. Andy Jones of Dr. Andy’s Poetry & Technology Hour on KDVS FM in Davis (emcee)
former El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win
Joyce Jenkins of Poetry Flash
Diane Frank of Blue Light Press
and
Lissa Provost (organizer of the Poetry Track itself)

and COPUS.

Please come by and join us!

Free and open to the public.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

I will be co-hosting Babar in Exile #22 along with, of course, the uniquely Paul-Corman-Robertsy Paul Corman-Roberts. This will be our next to last installment, and we we proudly feature a lineup of queer readers who will take a close look at all our lives. Two of our features honed their chops at the original Café Babar and remain performers of towering skill, and the third is blazing a trail as we speak. Three-time SF Slam Team member and former Lake County Poet Laureate Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga will share some of his Filipino American gaze, while special educator, Union activist, and longtime Berkeley resident Tim Xonnelly will endow us with some true Bay Area queerness. And “Honorary Babarian” Anna Allen will vibe us with some next-gen activist energy.

7 pm
at
Himalayan Flavors Restaurant
1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Featuring:

Russell Reza-Khaliq Gonzaga
Tim Xonnelly
and “Honorary Babarian” Anna Allen

and you, in our fab open mic.

We’re talkin’ Up Close & Personal.

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.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

#we, my talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, is now a talk and performance series. We start out second full year with an expanded format and at a new location for its seventh event. Starting this year, we’ll have queer musicians and other creatives presenting as well as authors, with whom the series started. And we’re moving officially to ProArts Gallery, off Frank Ogawa Plaza and one block from the 12th Street BART Station (14th Street exit) in downtown Oakland. Yay!

#we has six events per year, on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month.

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.Each installment features two presenters from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading or performance of their creative work. This is a long-form event, meaning that each presenter 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 seventh event in the series will be on the last Wednesday in January at

7 pm sharp
at
ProArts Gallery & Commons
150 Frank Ogawa Plaza
(around the corner from Awaken Café)
Oakland, CA

at which

Chinese-American vocalist, musician, and composer Sidney Chen will speak on expressing gayness in two cultures and languages in his talk “Mother Tongues: Reclaiming a Discarded Self”, and perform vocally as well as play us a few of his handmade music box pieces

and

non-binary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rybree Tree will give a talk titled “In Between: Visions from the Outskirts & People People” and regale us with their amazing and joyous voice and music.

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.

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.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

#we, my talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, begins a new iteration and second time at a new location for its sixth event. It normally happens six times a year, on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month. With the closing of the Octopus Literary Salon, our ancestral home (of one year), we’ve found a new home at Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. This is the second of two dates off of our normal schedule, which we hope to resume in 2020.

Thank you, Wolfpeople!

Long live the Octopus!

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Each installment features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who 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.
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The sixth event in the series will be on the last Tuesday in November at

7 pm sharp
at
Wolfman Books
410 – 13th Street
(between Broadway and Franklin Street,
one block from the 12th Street BART Station)
Oakland, CA

at which

Pushcart-nominated writer and queer disability activist Hilary Brown will give a talk titled “I’m a Mover and a Shaker: Thoughts From an Epileptiqueer”, and will read a variety of relevant work

and

trans poet Natasha Dennerstein will give a talk titled “Rebel, rebel, you’ve torn your dress”, along with reading from Seahorse, her Nomadic Press chapbook about her years of trans prostitution and transition in a harsher time of the 1980s.

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.

You’re welcome to bring beverages to the venue, but SOIBI (spill on it, buy it).

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.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Reading at the brand new series Badass Bookworm’s Lit Loft with a great crew to celebrate the East Bay release of Disasterama, the recent memoir by Alvin Orloff about sex culture, AIDS activism, and agitprop performance in 1990’s San Francisco.

7 pm
at
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

with:
Sam Sax
Dena Rod
Richard Loranger
Vernon Keeve III
Anna Allen
and Alvin Orloff, of course, reading from his fabulous book

Hosted by the very very Cassandra Dallett.

Free of charge and books available for purchase.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Babar in Exile #21 hits November like a windstorm with “Till Death Do We Part”, featuring readings by Chris & Deidre Trian, who were at the first night of the Cafe Babar series and have been partnered for 47 years, and a tribute to our departed Babarians with a focus on Vampyre Mike Kassel with Bat Flower, a new compilation of his mixed-genre work by Deborah Fruchey and Last Laugh Productions.

7 pm
at
Himalayan Flavors Restaurant
1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Featuring:

Chris Trian
Deirdre Trian
and the work of Vampyre Mike Kassel

and you, in our fab open mic, which for this occasion will ask participants to read one poem from a departed Babarian along with their own. Books will be available to read from.

Hosted by myself and the very spooky Paul Corman-Roberts.

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.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

great weather for MEDIA anthology release party – Oakland

6:30 – 9 pm
at
Perch Coffee House
440 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA

Featuring contributors:

Mary Mackey (Berkeley)
Julian Mithra (Oakland)
Guy Biederman (Sausalito)
Carol Dorf (Berkeley)
Kit Kennedy (Rossmoor, CA)
Cathyann Cusimano (Mountain View, CA)
and great weather editor Jane Ormerod (NYC)

plus a brief open mic

Hosted by Richard Loranger

Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Submissions for our new collection open October 15th.

https://www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions

Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with musician/artist Walter Steding by Puma Perl.

https://www.greatweatherformedia.com/birds-fall-silent-in-the-mechanical-sea

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

great weather for MEDIA anthology release party – SF

7 – 9 pm
at
Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco

Featuring contributors:

Neeli Cherkovski (SF)
Joan Gelfand (SF)
Matthew Hupert (from NYC)
Deborah Kennedy (San Jose)
Mira Martin-Parker (SF)
Richard Loranger (Oakland)
and SB Stokes (Oakland)

plus a brief open mic

Hosted by great weather editor Jane Ormerod (NYC)

Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Submissions for our new collection open October 15th.

https://www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions

Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with musician/artist Walter Steding by Puma Perl.

https://www.greatweatherformedia.com/birds-fall-silent-in-the-mechanical-sea

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

I’m reading with a bunch of great folks at what looks like a wonderful event up in Calistoga. It’s being billed as An Evening of Poetry Celebrating the Dead. Go Dead!

Day of the Read: Words for All Souls

5 – 7 pm
at
Tucker Farm Center
1201 Tucker Rd,
Calistoga, CA

Featuring:

Richard Loranger
Erin Rodoni
Georgina Marie
Stephanie Der
and Nick Triglia

Hosted by Jeremy Benson, Napa County Poet Laureate

Free of charge and at a terrific venue

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zeitgeist Press Presents:
Julia Vinograd Release Party –  Selected Works and Tribute Anthology

2 – 4 pm
at
Himalayan Flavors
(in the back room)
1585 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Zeitgeist Press is very excited to present two new Julia Vinograd books with a celebration at Himalayan Flavors. Publisher Bruce Isaacson has put together A Symphony for Broken Instruments, a seminal collection of selected works along with a big section of previously unpublished poems. Never before has such a tour de force of Vinograd’s work been together in one volume, which is 384 pages in total, including art by Deborah Vinograd and Chris Trian. At the same event, editor Deborah Fruchey presents Our Lady of Telegraph Avenue, the new tribute anthology of poems to, for, and about Julia Vinograd by a slew of friends and local writers.

Please join us for a festive afternoon celebrating the life and work of this remarkable woman who energized and shaped the poetry of the SF Bay Area for over fifty years.

event is free of charge and books for sale at a one-time discount

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Babar Does the Lit Crawl!

Join Babar in Exile on the “third leg” of the San Francisco Lit Crawl for a jaunty and colorful time.

8 – 9 pm
at
Gents Barber Club

3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

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Featuring:

QR Hand
Jan Steckel
Sparrow 13
Bruce Isaacson
Richard Loranger
Deborah Fruchey
David Gollub
Kathleen Wood
and Steve Arntson

Hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts

Babar in Exile Does the Lit Crawl aims to recreate an open mic from San Francisco’s raucous and ground-breaking poetry scene of the 1980’s and 90’s. Featuring original participants of the notorious Café Babar, Poetry Above Paradise, and Club Chameleon series, this event gives you the chance to hear strong voices who helped to shape Bay Area poetry as we know it today, writers of both historical importance to the local and national scenes, and of ongoing influence. So come on down to check out a slice of SF 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.

Also available at this event, two new Julia Vinograd books, one day before their official release (see below):
A Symphony for Broken Instruments, a seminal collection of selected works along with a big section of previously unpublished poems, edited by Bruce Isaacson,
and
Our Lady of Telegraph Avenue, the new anthology of poems in tribute to Julia Vinograd, edited by Deborah Fruchey.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

#we, my talk and reading series of queer perspectives in Oakland, CA, begins a new iteration with a new date and a new location for its fifth event. It normally happens six times a year, on the last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month. With the closing of the Octopus Literary Salon, our ancestral home (of one year), we’ve found a new home at Wolfman Books in downtown Oakland. This fall we’ll have two dates off of our normal schedule, which we hope to resume in 2020.

Thank you, Wolfpeople!

Long live the Octopus!

#we - Edwardian Script 250 inverted blk

Each installment features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who 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 fifth event in the series will be on the last Thursday in September at

7 pm
at
Wolfman Books
410 – 13th Street
(between Broadway and Franklin Street,
one block from the 12th Street BART Station)
Oakland, CA

at which

poet and editor Dena Rod will deliver a talk titled “Following the Breadcrumbs: Searching for Iranian Queer Culture”, and read poetry based on their research sifting through academic sources, ephemera, and anonymous newsletters from the SF Public Library’s James C Hormel Center

and

African American bisexual artist and activist Juba Kalamka will give a talk titled “Nguzo Sabatage: Intersecting My Margins”, and read some relevant creative work.

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.

You’re welcome to bring beverages to the venue, but WYSOYB (what you spill on, you buy).

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, 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!

~~~

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.

~~~

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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