small siren, my first full length book of poems, is now out thank to Cultural Society, and I’m grateful to share that you can find it on Small Press Distribution’s recommend reading list! I’m looking forward to sharing the book launch with poets Norman Fischer and Tiff Dressen on June 5 at Moe’s Books and June 12 at City Lights!
Our cities echo with calls for resistance and protection, and our earth’s soil, forests, water, and air do the same. What unites today’s Bay Area poets and prose writers who explore what it means to live in this landscape? On Saturday September 2nd at 8 pm, Lone Glen is honored to present the ecowriting of 최 Lindsay, Vernon Keeve III, Genine Lentine, and Claire Marie Stancek. Join us at Temescal Art Center in Oakland, $5-10 donation suggested *but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.* Please bring a friend, a sense of humor, and an open mind! Wine/beer/juice, snacks, and good tunes provided, though we welcome additions.
Temescal Art Center can be accessed via a wide ramps and has a bathroom equipped with handrails.
About the writers:
최 Lindsay is a diasporic Korean poet and a student at UC Berkeley, where they work as the editor in chief of Berkeley Poetry Review. They were selected as a finalist in Omnidawn’s 2016 chapbook contest, and have poems published or forthcoming in HOLD: A Journal, The Felt, Omniverse, and Apogee, with a chapbook forthcoming from speCt! books. They can be found on Twitter @chwelinji.
Genine Lentine is the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model, and the chapbooks, Archaeopteryx; Found Dharma Talks, and Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes. She is co-author with Stanley Kunitz and photographer, Marnie Crawford Samuelson, of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also tends a meadow. www.geninelentine.com
Vernon Keeve III
Vernon Keeve III is a writer from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a California-made educator. He currently teaches high school English and history in Oakland, and has a book Southern Migrant Mixtape in its final stages of publication with Nomadic Press–look for it in the Fall.
Claire Marie Stancek
Claire Marie Stancek is the author of MOUTHS (Noemi , 2017), and OIL SPELL (forthcoming from Omnidawn, 2018). With Daniel Benjamin, she co-edited Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba /Giramondo , 2016). With Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she edits Nion Editions, a chapbook press. She is currently completing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches classes on literature and creative writing. She lives in Berkeley, California.
About Lone Glen:
Lone Glen is a writing, art, and performance series that began in December 2011 in the Mission District of San Francisco. For years we have offered our home on a quarterly basis as a performance space for those working in any and all genres. Our mission: to create more support, inspiration, and community among creators in the Bay Area in a down to earth vibed space. This event celebrates our first presention of work in a more traditional venue space– the first in a monthly series of events.
Margaret Rhee and Valerie Witte and I decided we would do a reading together in Eugene back in March, and I feel we’re very lucky to have both found each other and Mike Copperman of the Oregon Writers Collective. We’ll be reading together in this “Live & Resist” event in Eugene on Sunday, June 4th at 4:30 pm, along with these other inspiring writers!
Owen and I are super excited to host The Bay Area Correspondence school tomorrow night, April 29. There will be music, echoes, installation art, poetry, and a chapbook for sale. More about BACS and the performers, who will also include DANCERS!, HERE
If you want to read a book of poems that compassionately tends to what is personal in the politics of immigration, labor, inspiration, and power, look no further than Susanne Dyckman’s A Dark Ordinary. It’s a lovely book that feels strangely prophetic in light of Trump’s recent win. Her poems give voice to early 20th century child laborers, immigrants, and other subjects from Lewis Hine’s photographs. I’m so happy to share that my essay about those poems is forthcoming in the next issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter!
I’m grateful to share this evening with these incredible writers & artists. Many of us from Lone Glen & elsewhere have been working hard to co-organize & curate this event that aims to build more meaningful community through a celebration of art while raising funds for those who may especially need it after inauguration week. Join us?!
I was honored to read with Eleven Eleven & Fourteen Hills at one of my very favorite SF
bars, Latin American Club, in Phase 1 of Litquake’s Litcrawl (October 15th!). We read “pieces that explore what it means to live as writers and citizens in increasingly fluctuating and globalized landscapes.”
I’m also overjoyed to share that Dancing Girl Press will be publishing my fourth chapbook in early 2017! Editor Kristy Bowen designs such gorgeous books, and I’m so grateful my newest work has found such a hospitable home.
My newest poems just emerged in this recent issue of Fourteen Hills; I was lucky to read “Oakland” and other poems about the SF Bay Area rent crisis along with many other talented poets in this issue last week at Alley Cat Books in the Mission.
Kevin Simmonds, a long time friend and fellow poet, convinced me to interview him last winter, and the collaborative conversation we ended up having is now featured at The Conversant. I’m grateful to Kevin and to Ching-In Chen for making this happen.
I’m also excited to read with several talented lady poets at Orinda Books on June 10th as we celebrate our new work just launched in an anthology of women’s writing just out through Quaci Press. Join us in the east-east bay to hear poets including Raina J. Leon, Heather June Gibbons, and Tereza Joy Kramer. Of Remembering the Days that Breathe Pink, editor and Dancing Girl Press poet Nicole Borello describes, “Like the evolution of the church veil, women’s experiences have been covered, silenced, unveiled, and then partially veiled again. Through this spirited collection of poems, prose and lyrics, we discover the true elements of our world and how it impacts the female soul. Filled with an entire cast of compelling characters that delivers each act with riveting language, Remembering the Days that Breathed Pink, recounts the days of innocence, desires, fears, motherhood, curiosities, and observations. This anthology is a diverse collection of women’s voices that exposes both the complexities and the inner balance of the female journey.”
I’m also thrilled to be a reader and curator for The Hundy series, Wednesday June 22nd. Many thanks to poet Zack Haber for asking me to part of this an evening at E.M. Wolfman! I am honored to read along side inspiring poets Valerie Witte and Donna de la Perrriere.
Join us on Saturday June 4th at 7:45 for an inspiring Lone Glen night of poetry and music as we celebrate the emergence of spring! We are delighted to host writers Aja Couchois Duncan and Stacy Nathaniel Jackson as well as musician Amber Field. Lone Glen is a quarterly reading, writing, and performance series dedicated to supporting all artists and art forms in the Bay Area and beyond. Find us at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland, and look for the door on the side of the house that will lead you to the garden and our performance basement space. Please bring a friend, a beverage or snack (if you have the means), and an open mind! You can learn more about Lone Glen at http://loneglen.wordpress.com/
Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her most recent chapbook, Nomenclature, Miigaadiwin, a Forked Tongue was published by CC Marimbo press. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Marin Arts Council Award Grant for Literary Arts, and, in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award. Her first book, Restless Continent, is forthcoming in the spring of 2016 from Litmus Press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along. http://ajacouchoisduncan.blogspot.com/
Amber Field is a performer, teacher and healer featured in San Francisco Magazine’s Best of the Bay for yoga music. She has performed and taught at Esalen, Wanderlust, Hollyhock, the Yoga Journal Conference, and universities and retreat centers around the world. She specializes in world fusion music and plays didgeridoo, djembe, Arabic tambourine, esraj, harmonica, piano, and sings like an angel. Amber delights in helping free people’s voices. Her latest album Serendip is now available. www.amberfieldmusic.com
Stacy Nathaniel Jackson was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life. Stacy holds a BAFA in studio arts from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was the recipient of an individual artist’s grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011. Author of the chapbook Camouflage (MaCaHu Press, 2010), his poems, plays, and visual art have been published in Black Arts Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Enizagam, and New American Writing among others. His painting and sculpture exhibition history includes Los Angeles City Hall, the University of Arizona, Cal Poly Pomona, and NoDa Artist Network in Charlotte, NC. He is a Director of Finance and Administrative Services at the University of California, San Francisco and serves as an Assistant Secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Stacy is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript exploring African American women in the military. Currently living in the Oakland Hills, you can find him at www.snjackson.com or on Twitter at Mr. Stacy@stayseajackson.