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.
So much happened in 2015 that my breath seems to be returning only as spring remains an aloof glimmer. I left a beloved job and began a new one. I gave birth to a daughter, a new chapbook, and wrote my first political poem, too. There were readings I was lucky to be part of and several I hosted– the latest with some incredible poets (Angela Hume, Donna de la Perriere, and Gillian Conoley!) for the half decade birthday of the Lone Glen series. My poem “Waiting”found a home in the final issue of alice blue, a journal I will miss, while “The Last Word” appeared in the 20th anniversary edition of VOLT. In the year of the Monkey, I look forward to reading my newest work about motherhood and gender on behalf of local Quaci Press, a small publishing house that’s putting out an anthology of ladies’ writing this winter. I’m grateful too that Fourteen Hills has chosen to take on a poem called “Oakland” that responds to the Bay Area rent crisis. Now in the middle of writing a review and doing an interview of two other poets I admire, I know 2016 is going to be another inspiring year….
On February 19th, 7:00 pm, Monday Night journal is celebrating thirteen years of print publishing and its new step into cyber space. I’m excited to read from my poems in the (print) Issue 13, along with contributors Lyndsey Ellis and Caroline Goodwin at E.M. Wolfman’s eclectic bookstore in Oakland. It should be a colorful evening with plenty of back issues of the journals to peruse and enjoy.
Celebrating the spirit of collaboration at our eleventh Lone Glen, we are thrilled to host poets Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr on the evening of Saturday, August 16th. Join us at 6:30 in our garden to hear both their individual works and a new, co-written poem. We will welcome you with libations and snacks, but please feel free to contribute! Find us at 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland. For more info, go to loneglen.wordpress.com
Thanks to Samantha Giles and Small Press Traffic for graciously hosting over fifty poets on the longest day of the year. It was hosted in the gorgeous garden of the hospitable Juliana Spahr. It was lovely to see so many poets laughing together in one space and to feel community in the often-too-distancing SF realm. Genine Lentine was particularly hilarious, and Owen and I hope to woo her as well as some others for Lone Glen this summer….I read a poem about Sisyphus and one about time (we only got five minutes). This was my second year at Endless Summer….what an inspiring space.