5:00 PM17:00

Poetry at Ravenswood

Livermore Poet Laureate Cynthia Patton hosts Poetry at Ravenswood on Sunday, October 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ravenswood historic site, 2657 Arroyo Road in Livermore. I'll be one of the featured readers. 

The event begins with readings by the featured poets, followed by a book signing and open mic. Admission is $5. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the City of Livermore, the Ravenswood Poetry Series has featured many notable poets over its thirteen-year existence. It is held quarterly on the fourth Sunday. Next readings are July (7/22) and October (10/28). For more information contact LivermorePoetLaureate@gmail.com

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Modesto Workshop on Erasure Poetry
1:00 PM13:00

Modesto Workshop on Erasure Poetry

Join me as I lead a workshop on Blackout and Erasure Poetry, open to all. In the workshop, we'll look at examples of the form and see why blackout/erasure is often referred to a "poetry of absence." Using existing text provided to attendees, we'll explore ways we can frame words and create new work. For examples of blackout poetry, see http://newspaperblackout.com/ or http://erasures.wavepoetry.com/. Bring your own source text if you'd like. Newpapers will be provided as source material. 

At the Modesto Library, in the downstairs auditorium. Take elevator or stairs down. Refreshments provided. See you there! 

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7:00 PM19:00

Book launch for Dana Koster


Please join me to launch a gorgeous, disturbing collection of poems into the world with a potato gun. Dana Koster's first collection, Binary Stars, has won the 2016 Carolina Wren Press poetry series contest. We'll do a brief back-and-forth thing and then Dana will read. Tri-Chromatic Gallery.  

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10:30 AM10:30

Color the Skies

I'll be reading from and signing copies of Alkali Sink at the 10th Annual Color the Skies Hot Air Balloon & Kite Festival, along with Modesto Poet Laureate Gillian Wegener, who will have copies of her 2008 Sixteen Rivers collection, The Opposite of Clairvoyance.  

Gillian: 10:30 - 11 am;
Stella 11:00 - 11:30 am

SIGNING: 12 - 3 pm for the both. 

For more info on Color the Skies: colortheskies.com

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5:00 PM17:00

Collision IV - Third Thursday Art Walk

  • Mistlin Gallery/Central California Art Association (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto for Collision IV, a collaboration of poets and photographers paired up for an explosion of words and images. Okay, maybe I'm being hyperbolic. There will be NO actual explosions. 

Enjoy photographs and the poems that inspired them/were inspired by them. Coordinated by David Schroeder, Modesto Poet Laureate Gillian Wegener, and Stella Beratlis. 

Reading at 7 p.m. 

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6:00 PM18:00

La Luz de Jesus

Ain't nothing but a party. In LA. Far away from the Central Valley and life as I know it. 

Join us at this kickass birthday party for my pal Michael Sheppard, drummer/DJ Don Bolles, and gallery assistant Shari Bricker. Even if you don't know the birthday trio, you're invited to celebrate with music and poetry. I'm reading with Lisa Erin Robertson and Helen Wickes, and we'll be listening to radically different DJ sets from Mystery DJ #1 and Don Bolles. DJ #1  opens with vintage country and hillbilly (swoon!) from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm; poets read from 8:00 pm (sharp) to 8:45 pm. Finally, Don Bolles spins what Don Bolles spins from 8:46 pm to 10:00 pm. I don't know exactly what that is. I only know that I will like the hell out of it. All of it. 

I can't wait to read at La Luz de Jesus.  

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3:00 PM15:00

Interview on Pakatelas KFCF 88.1 FM

I heart community radio, so I'm really looking forward to talking to Fresno poet Michael Medrano about Alkali Sink and various & sundry poetry-related topics on his show, Pakatelas, later this week on KFCF 88.1fm (tagline: "free speech radio for Central California").

Sailor-mouth expressions will, alas, be bleeped out.  This streams worldwide at http://www.kfcf.org/; there's no excuse, really.

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