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March 13th: In conjunction with the exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: Metamorphoses and Mutations, Line Reading presents: Anselm Berrigan, Jean Day, Lyn Hejinian. Anselm Berrigans books of poetry include They Beat Me Over the Head with a Sack (1998), Integrity and Dramatic Life (1999) and the forthcoming Pictures for Private Devotion, all from Edge Books in Washington. His poetry and reviews has appeared recently in Crow, Pharos, The Poetry Project Newsletter and Shark. Berrigan lives in New York City. Jean Days books of poetry include Linear C (Tuumba, 1983), A Young Recruit (Roof, 1988), The I and the You (Potes and Poets, 1992) and The Literal World (Atelos, 1998). Her work has been in anthologies such as In the American Tree (National Poetry Foundation, 1986) and From the Other Side of The Century (Sun and Moon, 1994). Day lives in Berkeley. Lyn Hejinians books include Writing is an Aid to Memory (The Figures, 1978), My Life (Burning Deck, 1980), Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (1991), The Cell (1992), and The Cold of Poetry (1994), all from Sun and Moon in Los Angeles. Her collaborations include Individuals, with Kit Robinson (Chax, 1988), Sight, with Leslie Scalapino (Edge, 1999) as well as The Traveler and the Hill and the Hill, (1998), and The Lake (2001), both with Emilie Clark and published by Granary Books. Hejinians selected essays, The Language of Inquiry, was published in 2000 by the University of California Press. She lives in Berkeley. May 20th: Line Reading for Children presents Andy Rash. Andy Rashs first childrens book, The Robots are Coming is forthcoming from Scholastic this spring. His cartoons have been published in such magazines and newspapers as American Illustration, The New York Times, Raygun Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Rash will be reading from The Robots are Coming. May 22nd: In conjunction with the exhibition, Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, Line Reading presents: Kevin Davies, Renee Gladman, Lisa Robertson. Kevin Daviess books include Pause Button (Tsunami, 1992) and Comp. (Edge, 2000). His writing has appeared in such journals as The Impercipient, Open Letter, Philly Talks and Raddle Moon. A member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, Davies now lives in New York and teaches at NYU. Renee Gladman is the author of two chapbooks, Arlem (Idiom, 1996) and Not Right Now (Second Story, 1998), and a collection of prose work, Juice (Kelsey St., 2000). Most recently, her work has appeared in Conjunctions 35, Fourteen Hills, and Mungo vs. Ranger. Gladman lives in Oakland, CA, where she edits the chapbook press, Leroy. Lisa Robertsons books include The Apothecary (Tsunami, 1991), XEclogue (Tsunami, 1993), The Descent (Meow, 1996) and Debbie: An Epic (New Star, 1997). Her writing has appeared in such journals as Parataxis, Proliferation and Exact Change Yearbook. She is a member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, where she lives. June 17th: Line Reading for Children presents: Megan Montague Cash. Megan Montague Cashs illustrations have been published widely. Her first childrens book, I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me, is forthcoming from Viking. Cash will be reading from this book. June 26th: In conjunction with the exhibition, Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor, Line Reading presents: Adam Degraff, Jackson Mac Low, Ange Mlinko. Adam DeGraffs self-published chapbooks include, Uncle (1995) and The Hawaii Poems (2000). Rose Glass Hap is forthcoming from Shark. His poems and essays have appeared in Idiom, Chain, Shark, and Log. DeGraff is an editor of Idiom in San Francisco, where he lives. Jackson Mac Low is author of over 25 books of poetry, including Verdurous Sanguinaria (Southern University, 1967), Asymmetries 1-260 (Printed Editions, 1980), From Pearl Harbor Day to FDRs Birthday (Sun and Moon, 1982), Twenties (Roof, 1991), Pieces o Six (Sun and Moon, 1992), and Barnesbook (Sun and Moon, 1996). His work has been anthologized widely. Also an artist and composer, Mac Low lives in New York City. Ange Mlinko is author of Matinees (Zoland, 1999). Her work has appeared in magazines including The World, Lingo, The Hat and Combo. Mlinko currently edits The Poetry Project Newsletter and lives in Brooklyn. APRIL 7: BRUCE ANDREWS AND JACQUES DEBROT. Bruce Andrews is the author of several landmark books of poetry including I Dont Have Any Paper So Shut Up (Or, Social Romanticism) and Paradise & Method (Northwestern University Press). Forthcoming is Lip Service, the "Dante Paradiso dub," from Coach House Books, and the "Millennium Project," which will appear on the Eclipse website. Jacques Debrot is the author of Confuzion Comix (Second Story Books), and is the editor of the zine 9 to 0. Known as one of the more challenging from-the-hip literary critics and provocateurs, he has published poems in Combo and at www.arras.net. APRIL 14: ROD SMITH AND REDELL OLSEN. Rod Smith is the author of In Memory Of My Theories (O Books), The Boy Poems, Protective Immediacy, and with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma, New Mannerist Tricycle. The Good House and The Given are forthcoming in 2001. He edits Aerial magazine, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. Redell Olsen is the author of Book of the Insect and Book of the Fur (rem press). One of a growing crop of exciting younger writers coming out of London, England, she has an MA in fine art and has worked in video, performance, and installation. APRIL 21: SALLY SILVERS AND MAC WELLMAN. Sally Silvers is a NYC-based choreographer/performer whose theoretical writing, scores, and poetry have appeared in many journals including The Drama Review and The Impercipient. Her next dance performances are in NYC at Construction Company, May 5, 6, 7. Mac Wellman, one of the countrys great innovative playwrights, has published several books including A Shelf in Woops Clothing (poetry, Sun & Moon), The Bad Infinity, and Crowtet I (A Murder of Crows & The Hyacinth Macaw). He was co-editor of From the Other Side of the Century II: A New American Drama 1960-1995 (Sun & Moon). APRIL 28: YEDDA MORRISON AND KIM ROSENFIELD. Yedda Morrison lives in San Francisco where she co-edits Tripwire, a Journal of Experimental Poetics. Her chapbooks include The Marriage of the Well Built Head, Shed, and Apostasy, forthcoming from Melodeon Poetry Systems. Recent work has appeared in Primary Writing, Kenning and Syllogism. Kim Rosenfield is the author of several chapbooks including Rx, cool clean chemistry, and A Self-Guided Walk, and the book Good Morning -Midnight -. An internet chapbook, Verbali, is forthcoming on www.arras.net. MAY 5: ALAN DAVIES AND NICOLE BROSSARD. Alan Davies is the intrepid author of several underground classics including Name, Signage (essays, Roof Books), Candor and a limited host of other titles bridging the traverses between poetry and theory and life. Nicole Brossard is one of New Yorks favorite Quebecers, and has published numerous books and essays of poetry, fiction and feminist criticism, including These Our Mothers (Or: The Disintegrating Chapter), Picture Theory, Surfaces of Sense, and Mauve Desert (Arroyo Press). MAY 12: DARREN WERSHLER-HENRY AND JUDITH GOLDMAN. Darren Wershler-Henry lives and works as a writer, critic, and the editor of Coach House Books in Toronto. His book of visual poetry, NICHOLODEON: a book of lowerglyphs, appeared in 1997, and the tapeworm foundry in 2000 (Anansi). He is the co-author of four nonfiction books on the internet, and his essays on pop culture and theory have appeared in numerous periodicals including boundary 2, Open Letter, Sulfur, and Semiotext(e) Canada(s). Judith Goldman has published poems in several journals and zines including Object, Arras, Aerial, and The Impercipient. Hew first book of poems, Vocoder, will be published in March 2001 by Roof Books. MAY 19: CHRISTIAN BÖK AND MADELINE GINS. Christian Bök, besides being the author of Crystallography (Coach House) and the forthcoming Eunoia (parts of which can be read on www.arras.net), is the "noted linguist" (Time Magazine) who created the language for the Taelons on a recent Gene Roddenberry series. His book of essays on pataphysics and other subjects is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press, and work of his in print and on CD can be found in the new issue of Cabinet. Madeline Gins is the author/creator of Word Rain, What the President Will Say and Do, and the meta-somethingelse Helen Keller or Arakawa. She collaborated with Arawaka on the seminal Mechanism of Meaning, and has been busy constructing several Reversible Destiny structures -- cities, houses, installations -- all over the world. MAY 26: GARRETT CAPLES AND LEE ANN BROWN. Garrett Caples is the author of The Garrett Caples Reader (Black Square Editions). He is presently working on a prose book, the beginning of which appeared in Faucheuse 3, and working on a new collection tentatively titled All Chemical. He lives in Oakland, California. Lee Ann Browns Polyverse, winner of the New American Poetry Series, appeared in 1999 (Sun & Moon). She is also a singer, filmmaker, the publisher/editor of Tender Buttons press, and has published several chapbooks including The Voluptuary Lion Poems of Spring. WEDNESDAY MARCH 7 The Art Bar Reading Series presents Margaret Christakos, Chris Chambers and Paul Vermeersch, at Balmuto's Triangle, 17 Balmuto Street (at Bloor and Yonge). 8 p.m. Free. 416-461-5657. Kama 2001 and World Literacy of Canada celebrate Women's Day, with Sandra Shamas, Katherine Govier and Catherine Bush, at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park Circle. 6:30 p.m. $35 or $150 for a five-event series (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included). 416-977-0008. Paul Vermeersch, Ed Shaw, Suzanne Hancock and Lindsay Zier-Vogel will read, with music by T. Dekker, at the Victory Café, 581 Markham Street. 8 p.m. Free. THURSDAY MARCH 8 Join the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada) for Hot Hot Cuba, a benefit to raise money for the Cuban section of IBBY. A night of music, dance and fun, featuring the band VIBRASON (playing música cubana, of course). The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Avenue. 8 p.m. $25. 416-538-9844. Hamilton Poetry Centre: Writers of poetry at all levels of experience are invited to read their work (and provide 12 printed copies) to a small group of colleagues and peers to receive constructive criticism in a supportive environment. Led by John Terpstra and Marilyn Gear Pilling. Room 215, Hamilton Central Library, 55 York Boulevard. 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY MARCH 9 The I.V. Lounge Reading Series presents gordon michael allen, Gary Barwin, Neil Hennessey and Jason LeHeup at the I.V. Lounge, 326 Dundas Street West (across the street from the AGO). 8 p.m. Free. 416-533-9753. Website. SATURDAY MARCH 10 Phoenix Poets' Workshop, the longest-running workshop in Toronto, meets at the College-Shaw branch of the Toronto Public Library, 766 College Street. 2:30 p.m. 416-393-7668. SUNDAY MARCH 11 Syntactic Sunday Reading Series presents Lea Harper and science-fiction poetry by poetrymachine.com's David Clink, plus an open mic, at the Free Times Café, 320 College Street. 8 p.m. $2 suggested donation. 416-967-1078. The Idler Pub Reading Series presents Bill Klebeck, Treena Kortje and Daniel f. Bradley, at the Idler Pub, 255 Davenport Road. 8 p.m. Free. 416-962-0195. CIUT 89.5 Howl, hosted by Nancy Bullis, with guests TBA. 2 3 p.m. MONDAY MARCH 12 Award-winning youth writer Sylvia McNicoll will talk about her books and provide tips on writing. Room CL3, Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West. 2 p.m. Free. Barefoot Journal, a grassroots environmental, urban renewal and social justice zine is having a launch party for its Winter/Spring 2001 edition, with music: reggae, techno and trance. Lava Lounge, 507 College Street. 416-260-0429. TUESDAY MARCH 13 CKLN 88.1 presents In Other Words, with Insomniac Press author Matt Robinson reading from A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking. Hosted by Susan L. Helwig. 2 p.m. Enter the exciting world of magazine writing and publishing! Editor Penelope Jackson will speak about the development of Reluctant Hero, a dynamic Canadian teen magazine showcasing artwork and writing by girls 11 to 19. Room CL3, Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West. 2 p.m. Free. Open stage for spoken word and music at the Oasis, hosted by Tom Glenne. 294 College Street. Sign-up 7:45 p.m. Free. 416-505-1828. Lit Chat: Bring your favourite book, poem, short story, anything other than your own writing to share. Sasso Basso, 164 James South, Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 The Art Bar Reading Series presents Lucy Brennan, Eva Tihanyi and Treena Kortje. Balmuto's Triangle, 17 Balmuto Street (at Bloor and Yonge). 8 p.m. Free. 416-461-5657. The Free Times Café presents Vixens & Storytellers, a casual night of readings... music... vixens & storytellers, featuring Paul Cooper, Melanie Janisse, Andrea Thompson and guests. Free Times Café, 320 College Street. 8 p.m. $3 suggested. 416-967-1078. Email. Book Discussion Group meets at High Park Library (second Wednesday of each month). High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Avenue. 6:30 p.m. For information on this month's book call Carly, 416-533-0660. THURSDAY MARCH 15 York University's Canadian Writers in Person Series welcomes Alistair MacLeod, reading from No Great Mischief. Stedman Lecture Hall "D," York University, 4700 Keele Street. 7:30 p.m. Free. New Acropolis presents a talk on Confucius: Discover the life and the teachings of one of the most influential philosophers of China. 20 Craighurst Avenue. 7:30 p.m. $12/$9 students/seniors. 416-486-7198. FRIDAY MARCH 16 The Java Man Café Reading Series presents Helen Humphreys reading from her novel Afterimage, with music by Phillip Hughes. Java Man Café, 80 King Street West, Cobourg. 7:30 p.m. $10. 905-377-1755. SATURDAY MARCH 17 ST PATRICK'S DAY The Writing Circle offers a half-day workshop poetry and/in/with art get jiggy with your muse. Call 416-537-3095 for information/registration. SUNDAY MARCH 18 CIUT 89.5 Howl, featuring the work and life of the King of the Beats: Jack Kerouac, hosted by Nik Beat, 2 3 p.m. The Idler Pub Reading Series presents Kathleen Whelan, Marion Lydbrooke, Edward O'Connor, Ray Jones and Charlie Huisken. Idler Pub, 255 Davenport Road. 8 p.m. Free. 416-962-0195. TUESDAY MARCH 20 A Night Above/Ground, with readings & launches by meghan lynch, Adam Levin, rob mclennan, Jason LeHeup and others. Imperial Library Pub, 54 Dundas Street East. 8 p.m. $5 (includes a recent chapbook). Email. Open stage for spoken word and music at the Oasis, hosted by Tom Glenne. 294 College Street. Sign-up 7:45 p.m. Free. 416-505-1828. WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 The Art Bar Reading Series presents 3 For the Road: Michael Dennis, Stephen Brockwell and rob mclennan promote their new poetry books from Talonbooks and Broken Jaw Press. Balmuto's Triangle, 17 Balmuto Street (at Bloor and Yonge). 8 p.m. Free. 416-461-5657. FRIDAY MARCH 23 The I.V. Lounge Reading Series presents poets Ronna Bloom, Phil Hall and John Reibetanz. I.V. Lounge, 326 Dundas Street West (across from the AGO). 8 p.m. Free. 416-533-9753. Website. SATURDAY MARCH 24 Phoenix Poets' Workshop, the longest-running workshop in Toronto, meets at the College-Shaw branch of the Toronto Public Library, 766 College Street. 2:30 p.m. 416-393-7668. SUNDAY MARCH 25 The Idler Pub Reading Series presents the Tower Poetry Society, introduced by Jeff Sefinga. Idler Pub, 255 Davenport Road. 8 p.m. Free. 416-962-0195. CIUT 89.5 Howl and hosts Nik Beat and Nancy Bullis present Jason Walter and friends for CIUT fundraising week. 2 3 p.m. The Exile Reading Series hosts Richard Teleky, Priscila Uppal, Shannon Bramer and more. Bar Italia, 582 College Street. 2 p.m. Free. TUESDAY MARCH 27 The UofT Bookstore Reading Series presents David A. Wilson, author of The History of the Future, at the Hart House Library, 7 Hart House Circle. 7:30 p.m. Free. 416-978-7989. The Poetic Licence reading series 2nd Anniversary Party! Featuring Bobby Hsu, Noah Zacharin, Sana Mulji, Donna Langevin, Roger Bell and John B. Lee, plus special guests. Free Times Café, 320 College Street. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. 416-967-1078. Stories For the Idle Mind, a monthly fiction reading series at the Idler Pub, with published feature readers and an open mic for fiction writers. 255 Davenport Road. 8 p.m. Free. Email. Website. Open stage for spoken word and music, at the Oasis, hosted by Tom Glenne. 294 College Street. Sign-up 7:45 p.m. Free. 416-505-1828. WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 The Art Bar Reading Series presents Poetry in Song, an evening of singer-songwriters hosted by Joseph Maviglia with musical guests. Balmuto's Triangle, 17 Balmuto Street (at Bloor and Yonge). 8 p.m. Free. 416-461-5657. Writuals literary series presents Souvankham Thammavongsa, Christopher Jennings and Sophie Levy with open stage to follow. Arbor Room at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. 8:30 p.m. Free. 416-978-5362. TUESDAY MARCH 30 The UofT Bookstore Reading Series presents A PEN Canada Benefit: Screen/Writer II with John Irving and Michael Ondaatje. Convocation Hall, 31 King's College Circle. 7:30 p.m. $25/$20. 416-978-7989. Since the fall of 1987, over one hundred poets have read in Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series. These readings have included historic literary events, such as James Schuyler's first public reading. All events have been videotaped, resulting in an extensive archive of poets reading from wide spans in their careers. Thanks to a generous grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, selected audio from historic readings is being made available, starting with the 1987 season. Beginning with the December 9, 2000, reading by Jorie Graham and Charles Wright, recordings of entire readings will be posted. Readings are at 4:00 pm at 548 West 22nd Street and admission is $6, $3 for students, seniors and members. Readings will be introduced by the director of Dia's poetry program, Brighde Mullins. Readings in Contemporary Poetry is funded, in part, by generous grants from The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc., Lannan Foundation, and Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, with additional support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation. Saturday, November 18, 2000: Sharon Olds and Quincy Troupe. Saturday, December 9, 2000: Jorie Graham and Charles Wright. Saturday, January 13, 2001: John Ashbery and Robert Creeley. Saturday, March 31, 2001: Alan Dugan and Maria Ponsot. Saturday, April 28, 2001: Anne Carson and Bei Dao. Saturday, May 19, 2001: Ann Lauterbach and Alice Notley. MARCH Thursday, March 15th 8 pm, Reading at the Getty Center: Christopher Merrill & Tomaz Salamun. Co-sponsored with the Getty Research Institute. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. The Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Call (310) 669-2369 for more information or to make reservations. Thursday, March 29th 12:30 pm. Lecture on T.S. Eliot and "The Waste Land" Tan Lin. Poet and professor Tan Lin will discuss "T.S. Eliot and the Use Value of the Obsolescent." Admission is free. 438 Clemens Hall, SUNY-Buffalo, North Campus, Buffalo. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. Thursday, March 29th 7 pm. Poetry in Translation: Slovenian Poetry, Tomaz Salamun, Andrew Zawacki and Ales Debeljak. PSA's Poetry in Translation series continues with an exploration of contemporary Slovenian poetry. Co-sponsored with Housing Works Used Books and Café and the Slovenian Consulate. Admission is free. Housing Works Used Books and Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. Saturday, March 31st 6 pm, Poetry and Criticism: Poetry & Beauty Charles Altieri, Brenda Hillman, Reginald Shepherd and Cole Swenson. Introduced and moderated by Donald Revell. The third installment in PSA's Poetry and Criticism series explores the relationship between poetry and beauty, from the sublime to the subversive. Co-sponsored with Poets House. Admission is $8/ $4 for PSA Members. Wollman Auditorium, Cooper Union Engineering Building. 51 Astor Place, New York. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. APRIL Wednesday, April 11th 8 pm, Tribute to Stanley Kunitz. Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Robert Pinsky, Gerald Stern and C.K. Williams. The New York literary community celebrates the career of Stanley Kunitz, the recently elected Poet Laureate of the United States. Co-sponsored with The Academy of American Poets, the National Writer's Voice and The New York Times. Ticket prices are as follows: Balcony seats $10/ Orchestra seats $15. Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York. Call (212) 274-0343, extension 18, for information about reservations. Thursday, April 19th 6 pm. NYC Poetry in Motion® Live: Hal Sirowitz & Nina Cassian. A reading to celebrate the continuation of the dynamic Poetry in Motion® program in New York City. A reception will follow. Co-sponsored with the New York Transit Museum. Admission is free. The New York Transit Museum is located in Brooklyn Heights at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. Take subway lines 2/3/4 to Borough Hall; N/R to Court Street; A/C/F to Jay Street; A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Call (718) 243-8601 for more information or for directions. Friday, April 20th 7 pm. The 91st Annual PSA Awards Ceremony. The gala ceremony will feature the presentation of the 2001 Frost Medal to Sonia Sanchez by prize-winning author Chinua Achebe and the official announcement of the winners of the PSA Annual Awards. A reception, including a publishers' display of the latest publications from 30 journals and presses, will follow the ceremony. Co-sponsored with the New School. Admission is $10/ $5 for PSA Members. The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. Tuesday, April 24th 6:30 pm. Poetry in Public Places: Poetry & The Natural World. Poetry in Public Places continues with an evening of landscape and language at The Field Museum, the renowned museum of natural history. W.S. Merwin will read from his work, with particular reference to his poetry on environmental subject matter. Co-sponsored with The Field Museum, The Guild Complex and The Poetry Center of Chicago. Admission is $15/ $12 Students/ $10 PSA Members*. *Discounts are also available to members of The Field Museum, The Guild Complex and The Poetry Center of Chicago. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Call (312) 665-7518 for more information or for directions. MAY Saturday, May 5th, 1 pm. Poetry in Public Places: Poetry in the Parks, Nick Flynn at Salt Marsh Nature Center Poetry in the Parks continues with poet and teacher Nick Flynn, who will lead a workshop and read from his recent collection, Some Ether (Graywolf Press, 2000). Co-sponsored with the City of New York Parks & Recreation Department. Admission is free. Salt Marsh Nature Center is located in Brooklyn. Take the D train to Avenue U, cross the street outside the station and get on the eastbound B-3 Bus. The Nature Center is at the East 33rd Street stop. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. Thursday, May 10th 8 pm: Reading at the Getty Center Marilyn Chin & Jeffrey McDaniel. Co-sponsored with the Getty Research Institute. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. The Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Call (310) 669-2369 for more information or (310) 440-7300 to make a reservation. Thursday, May 17th 7 pm. Beyond Tribute: Anne Sexton Revisited: Betsy Andrews, Marie Howe, David Trinidad, Eileen Myles and Chris Stroffolino. Introduced and moderated by J.D. McClatchy. A celebration of the poetry, the myth and the music of Anne Sexton, with a special musical interlude by Chris Stroffolino and an original member of Sexton's rock band "Anne Sexton and Her Kind." Co-sponsored with Cooper Union. Admission is $8/ $4 for PSA Members. Wollman Auditorium, Cooper Union Engineering Building, 51 Astor Place, New York. Call (212) 254-9628 for more information. MARCH 7, WEDNESDAY, 7:30 DAVID ALPAUGH & ROBERT SWARD. David Alpaugh's first book, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. His chapbook, Slow Burn for Ozymandias, was recently published by Coracle, and Pudding House has just published The Greatest Hits of David Alpaugh. His poems have appeared widely in journals including Poetry, Exquisite Corpse, The Formalist, and ZYZZYVA. He runs Small Poetry Press and teaches at UC Extension in Walnut Creek. Robert Sward teaches at UC Santa Cruz. He has received a Guggenheim, and was chosen by Lucille Clifton for a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. He is the author of sixteen books including Four Incarnations, New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press) and A Much-Married Man, A Novel. Rosicrucian in the Basement, Selected Poems, is forthcoming in Canada, with a simultaneous release in the U.S. He is a contributing editor to Web Del Sol and Blue Moon Review. Donation: $2. MARCH 14, WEDNESDAY, 7:30 MURRAY SILVERSTEIN & HELEN WICKES. Murray Silverstein is an Oakland poet whose work appears in the current issue of Fourteen Hills; he is a member of the Editorial Board for the poetry journal, americas review. Helen Wickes is an Oakland poet who is currently studying for an M.F.A. from Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Santa Clara Review and ZYZZYVA. Donation: $2. MARCH 18, SUNDAY, 7:30 YVONNE CANNON, LARA GULARTE, & RICHARD ROCCO. Yvonne Cannon's poetry has appeared or will shortly in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Confrontation, and FRUITFLESH: Luscious Lessons for Women Writers. Poet Lara Gularte works with the San Jose Center for Poetry and Literature at the San Jose Museum of Art, and, with Richard Rocco, is active in the Waverly Poets of Palo Alto. Donation: $2. MARCH 21, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, AN EVENING WITH JAMES SCHEVILL. James Schevill is a widely published and respected poet and playwright. Now living in Berkeley, he is Emeritus Professor of English at Brown University, as well as a former longtime director of The Poetry Center at SFSU. His many books include The Complete American Fantasies, and its companion volume, Ambiguous Dancers of Fame. This event celebrates his just published book New and Selected Poems. " He is a passionate doubter, and his is a singular voice in American Poetry." Sam Hamill. "His metaphors are fresh and arresting. They take in objects from our daily lives and by comparing them to the eternities of sky and sea bring us up with a start."--William Carlos Williams. Donation: $2. MARCH 25, SUNDAY, 7:30, BEVERLY MATHERNE & A.J. RATHBUN. Beverly Matherne is the author of Le Blues Braillant/The Blues Cryin'. Her poetry has appeared in Poets On, Paterson Literary Review, The Squaw Review, anthologies, and a number of French language reviews. "Beverly Matherne is one of a kind, a rare jewel. Born and bred in Cajun Country, out of the deepest roots of American soil, these poems sing the body beautiful with plaintive wail and lusty earthiness. These poems grew out of two languages, Cajun French and American English, and they're hot--hot as Tabasco sweet as sugar cool as Mississippi mud."--Judith Minty. A.J. Rathbun's poetry has been published in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Monster, The Poetry Miscellany, The Sonora Review, ZYZZYVA, and other magazines and journals. His first book, Want, has just been published by Creative Arts in a collaboration with ZYZZYVA. He is Co-editor of LitRag, a print and on-line Seattle-based literary and arts magazine. Donation: $2. MARCH 28, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, CRAIG VAN RIPER & JAIME ROBLES. Seattle poet Craig Van Riper's new chapbook is Convenient Danger. He's also the author of Making the Path While You Walk, and is a contributing editor to the Bay Area's Five Fingers Review. "What makes Van Riper's work distinctly American is its thinly disguised sense of danger and deadpan humor. [His work] is both very accessible and totally uncompromising."--Talking Raven. Jaime Robles is a writer and book artist. She was the poetry editor at The Lapis Press, Santa Monica, and is currently General Editor of Five Fingers Review. Her chapbook is Unseen Stream (Em Press), This Narrow Ring, a chapbook is forthcoming from Potes and Poets as part of their experimental women writers series. Donation: $2. APRIL 4, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, CAROLE SIMMONS OLES & MATTHEW McKAY. APRIL 11, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, KURT BROWN & to be announced APRIL 15, SUNDAY, 7:30, JOANNA KLINK (poetry) & JOHN D'AGATA (lyric essays). APRIL 22, SUNDAY, 7:30, MAXINE HONG KINGSTON & FRED MARCHANT. APRIL 27, FRIDAY, 7:30, MICHAEL HELLER & CARL RAKOSI. APRIL 29, SUNDAY, 7:30, GLORIA FRYM & LEWIS WARSH. MAY 2, WEDNESDAY, 8:00 (note special time). WRITERSCORPS READING: Judith Tannenbaum, author of Disguised as a Poem, My Years Teaching at San Quentin, and WritersCorps teacher, is joined in a reading by WritersCorps poet-coordinators and poet-eachers Janet Heller, Sarah Lenoue, Valerie Chow Bush, Cathy Arellano, Michelle Matz, Dani Montgomery, Jessica Rosenfeld, Alison Seevak, Chad Sweeney, Peter Tamaribuchi, Gloria Yamato, and Kim Nelson. MAY 6, SUNDAY, 7:30, Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure, with anthology editor WENDY MALTZ, contributors DAVID MEUEL & DAVID WATTS. May 9, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, MELODY LACINA & LISA SITKEN. MAY 20, SUNDAY, 7:30, FRANCISCO ALARCON & FRANCISCO ARAGON. MAY 23, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ & KAREN CHASE. MAY 27, SUNDAY, 7:30, BARBARA GUEST & ELENI SIKELIANOS. JUNE 6, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, RALPH DRANOW & CARLA KANDINSKY. JUNE 20, WEDNESDAY, 7:30, PETER DALE SCOTT & ALAN WILLIAMSON JUNE 23, SATURDAY, 7:30, FRANCISCO ARAGON'S MOMOTOMBO PRESS POETS READ: LISA SPERBER, SEAN McDONNELL, ANGELA GARCIA, ERIC GUDAS, MARIA MELENDEZ. JUNE 24, SUNDAY, 7:30, ALISON LUTERMAN & NINA LINDSAY. The event room at Cody's is wheelchair accessible. Please ask for help or directions at the Information Desk. ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired can be provided with reasonable advance notice. To request, call Poetry Flash at (510) 525-5476 via regular phone service or the California Relay Operator, 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Poetry Flash thanks the Civic Arts Program, City of Berkeley, for their support. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph Avenue (at Haste) Berkeley Parking is available at the Durant/Channing Garage; Cody's will validate one hour of parking with purchase. Cody's Books: 510/845-7852 Poetry Flash: 510/525-5476. VANCOUVER POETS GEORGE STANLEY & SHARON THESEN. Thursday February 8, 7:30 pm, $5 donation. @ The Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin (at Geary). San Francisco native George Stanley makes a rare return visit to his home town for The Poetry Centerís opening evening of its Spring 2001 series. A member of the poetry circles around the late Jack Spicer and the North Beach bohemian scene during the 1960s, Mr. Stanley had his early books published here by the legendary White Rabbit Press. Some of his finest later poems are centered on his personal and family history in San Francisco. His amazing long poem "San Franciscos Gone" (in the recent book Gentle Northern Summer) is the most remarkable San Francisco poem to appear within anyones recent memory. Since 1970 George Stanley has made his home in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches at Capilano College. His recent books, published by New Star Books of Vancouver, include the brilliant volume Gentle Northern Summer and, just out, that books equally compelling successor, At Andys. Sharon Thesen is one of Canadas more prominent poets and editors. Recent projects include her edition of The New Long Poem Anthology (Coach House Press, Toronto; new edition forthcoming from Talonbooks), and, co-edited with scholar Ralph Maud, the incredibly illuminating correspondence between the remarkable writer Frances Boldereff and the late great poet Charles Olson Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern Correspondence (Wesleyan University Press, 1999). Ms. Thesens books of poetry include Artemis Hates Romance, Aurora (both from Coach House), News and Smoke (Talonbooks, 1999) and, most recent, A Pair of Scissors (Anansi, 2000). She too teaches at Capilano College in Vancouver. A reunion of San Francisco legends DAVID MELTZER & JACK HIRSCHMAN, Thursday February 15, 7:30 pm, $5 donation @ The Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin (at Geary). David Meltzers new book of poetry, the latest of over 40 books in as many years, is No Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow Press, 2000), "a prolonged meditation on the last year of Lester Youngs life." It joins his latest anthology, Writing Jazz (Mercury House, 1999) representing "African-American perceptions of jazz as a subject and practice" companion to the earlier Reading Jazz (1994), "a negative critique of white cultures shimmy with black jazz." A new edition of his 1971 anthology The San Francisco Poets is forthcoming this spring from City Lights. Mr. Meltzer lives in Richmond, CA, and teaches poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. Since their work together in the 1970s magazine Tree devoted to poetic explorations of the Jewish Kabbalah he and Jack Hirschman have shared a profound internationalist affinity and liberative imaginary ethos. Mr. Hirschman is "dean of S.F.s Marxist poetry," according to an SF Chronicle front-page story headline last March. His latest collection, Arcani (Multimedia Edizioni, 1999), was published in a beautiful bilingual edition in Salerno, Italy, and presents his recent long poems impassioned, elegaic works dedicated to, among others, Allen Ginsberg, Pier Palo Pasolini, Bob Kaufman, his late father Stephen, and his son, David Hirschman. Prolific translator from a multitude of languages (Albanian, Russian, Yiddish) and poets (Paul Celan, Roque Dalton, MallarmÈ, Artaud, Neruda), he is an active member of the Labor Party, the Union of Left Writers, and since 1973 a resident of North Beach in San Francisco. Two events with visiting writers SEMEZDIN MEHMEDINOVIC & AMMIEL ALCALAY Thursday March 1 7:30 pm, $5 donation @ The Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin (at Geary). Also, Thursday afternoon March 1, 4:30 pm free public conversation @ The Poetry Center (SFSU) both events presented in collaboration with IVRI-Nasawi Bosnian poet, writer and filmmaker Semezdin Mehmedinovic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1960, and is the author of four books. Sarajevo Blues"widely considered here to be the best piece of writing to emerge from this besieged capital since Bosnias war erupted" (Washington Post) was written at the height of the war that destroyed Sarajevo, and was published outside the country in Ljubljana, then, in English translation by Ammiel Alcalay, in the US by City Lights Books in 1998. Mr. Mehmedinovic, his wife, and their child came to the U.S. as political refugees in 1996. He lives and works in Washington, DC. Ammiel Alcalay has become among the most exemplary US writers of his generation. Poet (the cairo notebooks; A Masque in the Form of a Cento), activist, widely-recognized scholar and essayist (After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture; Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays), anthologist (Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing), and prolific translator from Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanishhis recent work has been focused particularly on Bosnia and the Middle East. His work-in-progress includes the book From the Warring Factions. One of the original members of the East for Peace movement and NGO in Israel in the 1980s, he has also done a variety of human rights work for Amnesty International, the Palestine Human Rights Data Base and other organizations. Along with Jordan Elgrably, Ruth Behar and Victor Perera, he is one of the co-founders of IVRI-Nasawi, the National Association of Sephardic Writers & Intellectuals. Currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Mr. Alcalay lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at Queens College, CUNY. HOMAGE TO JOE BRAINARD Six poets: featuring Kenward Elmslie, Ron Padgett, Anne Waldman, Bill Berkson, Dick Gallup & Barbara Guest. Sunday afternoon March 4, 2:00-5:00 pm, free with museum admission. Special Location @ UC Berkeley Art Museum Theater (2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley) presented by UC Berkeley Art Museum, co-sponsored by The Poetry Center. Joe Brainard painter, collagist, book-artist, author of the incomparable poetic opus I Rememberwill be remembered by his poet friends at this special event in Berkeley, in conjunction with the first museum retrospective of his work. Joe Brainard: A Retrospective, curated by Constance Lewallen, runs from February 7 thru May 27 at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. Brainard was born in Arkansas in 1942, and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, moving to New York after graduating from high schoolwhere he became affiliated and associated ever after with the New York School poets, collaborating on many publications and one-off collaborations. He died, from AIDS-related pneumonia, in 1994. Readings by the poets, introduced by Robert Hass, will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Ms. Lewallen. An afternoon reading with BENJAMIN FRIEDLANDER & HORACE COLEMAN Thursday afternoon March 15, 4:30 pm, free @ The Poetry Center, SFSU. Benjamin Friedlanderís new book of poetry, A Knot Is Not A Tangle (Krupskaya Books, 2000), presents "all the great heresies. . . : poignant rhymes, literate feints and graceless parries, the bogus and the beautiful, elliptical, epochal, and incidental" (Brian Kim Stefans). Over the course of numerous brief books and the co-editing of several magazines over the past two decades, Mr. Friedlander has developed a restless, ultra-skeptical, and incessantly trying poesisup against the ends of "the poem" per se and "a sordid world / of fallen nets / and hammered / cask replies." His scholarly work resulted recently in the beautifully edited Collected Prose of Charles Olson (U California), with Donald Allen. Along with Steve Evans, he co-edits the journal Sagetrieb. A collection of essays is currently in preparation, as well as a study of Emily Dickinson and the Civil War. Ben Friedlander lives in Old Town, Maine, and teaches at the University of Maine, Orono. This is his first local reading since leaving the Bay Area in 1992. Horace Colemans In The Grass (Viet Nam Generation/Burning Cities Press, 1995) is one of the great candid works of imaginative response to the state of affairs in post-Vietnam War USA. The late Gwendolyn Brooks once wrote of his poetry that it is "sharp and uncompromisingbut invincibly warm." (Mr. Colemans eulogy for Ms. Brooks appeared recently in the online magazine The Black World Today, www.tbwt.com). His poetry composes a new Songs of Experience for a mostly unspoken-for generation. In addition to being a former university professor, Horace Coleman has been a writer in the schools and a technical writer. His poetry is included in numerous anthologies focused on the Vietnam War and aftermath. Originally from Ohio, he lives in southern California and is a Viet Nam veteran, "class of 67." An afternoon reading with MILTON MURAYAMA Thursday afternoon March 29, 4:30 pm, free @ The Poetry Center, SFSU. Milton Murayama is the celebrated author of a remarkable tetralogy of novels centered on the Oyama family saga and plantation life among the Japanese in Hawaii. All I Asking For Is My Body, his moving debut novel, originally appeared in 1975, and has since become an underground classic, hailed as the "only comprehensive literary treatment of the Hawaii plantation experience, an experience which either directly or indirectly affects a very large segment of Hawaiis population" (Arnold Hiura, The Hawaii Herald). The novel later won an American Book Award and was picked up by the University of Hawaii Press, which has kept it in print since. That book was followed by Five Years on a Rock (1994) and Plantation Boy (1998), all from the University of Hawaii Press. The fourth and final novel of the tetralogy, A Good Life, is in progress. Born on Maui in 1923, Mr. Murayama grew up in a sugar plantation company town of several hundred workers and their families that no longer exists. During World War II he served as a language interpreter in India and Taiwan, and later received an MA in Chinese and Japanese from Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco. An evening with MARK MCMORRIS & ELIZABETH WILLIS Thursday April 5, 7:30 pm, $5 donation @ The Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary). Mark McMorris was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended college in the US, at Columbia University, earning both a Masters and PhD at Brown University. He is author of several chapbooks, including Palinurus Suite (Paradigm Press, 1992) and Moth-Wings (Burning Deck, 1996); his book The Black Reeds was published by the University of Georgia Press in 1997. He edited a special section on poets "Out of the Anglophone Caribbean" for Exact Change Yearbook (1995), and has published critical work on Kamau Brathwaite, Louis Zukofsky, and on the Black avant-garde. His poetry was included in the special issue of Callaloo on "Emerging Male Writers" (1998). Mr. McMorris lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at Georgetown University. Elizabeth Williss collection The Humant Abstract (Penguin, 1995) won the National Poetry Series in 1994. She is also the author of several chapbooks, a book-length poem entitled Second Law (Avenue B, 1993), and a new manuscript entitled Turneresque. Currently she is Writer in Residence at Mills College in Oakland. She lives in Santa Cruz. A very special evening with ERNESTO CARDENAL Thursday April 19, 7:30 pm, $5-10 donation. Special Location @ The Womens Building (3543 18th St, between Valencia & Guerrero) presented in collaboration with New College of California & Mission Cultural Center. World-renowned Nicaraguan poet-priest Ernesto Cardenal former Minister of Culture under the Sandinista government, and among the most significant Latin American literary figures of the past half-centuryvisits San Francisco in a rare appearance, co-sponsored by The Poetry Center, New College of California, and Mission Cultural Center. Among his many books to appear in Spanish and in English translation over the past decades are Oracion por Marilyn Monroe y otros poemas, Cosmic Canticle, Apocalypse and Other Poems, Flights of Victory, and Quetzalcoatl. Father Cardenal will read his poetry in EspaÒol, with spoken English translations provided. Seating is limited! Ernesto Cardenal was born in 1925 in Granada, Nicaragua. He attended the University of Mexico (1944-48) and Columbia University (1948-49), as well as the Trappist monastery in Kentucky directed by Thomas Merton. In 1965 he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, and developed a politics and practice he considers "Christian-Marxist." He is well-known throughout Latin America and North America as a spokesman for social justice and self-determination. Euro-San Francisco Poetry Festival featuring poets: KATARINA FROSTENSON (Sweden) TOR OBRESTAD (Norway) LUTZ SEILER (Germany) TAYLOR BRADY (San Francisco). Saturday April 28, 7:30 pm, $5 donation @ The Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary). Join us for this evening of readings by a unique international company of poets, with appearances by Katarina Frostenson, visiting from Sweden, Tor Obrestad from Norway, Lutz Seiler from former East Germany, and Taylor Brady of San Francisco. The Poetry Center is co-presenting this evenings event as part of the Euro-San Francisco Poetry Festival, running from Thursday April 26 thru Sunday April 29 featuring visiting poets from throughout Europe alongside poets from San Francisco. Check out the festival website at www.bigbridge.org for full details of the weekends events. Poetry Center Book Award reading COLE SWENSEN & ELIZABETH ROBINSON. Thursday afternoon May 3, 4:30 pm, free @ The Poetry Center, SFSU. Cole Swensens new book of poetry, Try (University of Iowa, 1999), was selected for the annual Poetry Center Book Award. Also a noted translator from the French, Ms. Swensen has had book-length translations published of works by Olivier Cadiot, Pierre Alferi, and Jean Fremon. A native of northern California--and alumnus of SFSU--Cole Swensen lives in Colorado, where she directs the writing program at the University of Denver. Poet Elizabeth Robinson was judge for the Award this past year. Her own latest book, House Made of Silver, is brand new from Kelsey St. Press., and Under the Silky Roof is forthcoming from Burning Deck. After years spent studying and teaching on the East Coast (New York and Providence), in the Midwest (Chicago), and Southwest (Oklahoma), Ms. Robinson now lives in Berkeley, where she earned her Doctor of Divinity degree at the Graduate Theological Union. STUDENT AWARDS READING Thursday afternoon May 10, 4:30 pm, free @ The Poetry Center, SFSU. Join us at The Poetry Center (in Humanities 512) for our annual afternoon reading honoring outstanding graduate and undergraduate writers from the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State. Included will be readings by this years winner of the Poetry Centerís Frances Jaffer Poetry Prize (now in its second year), the prestigious Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize winner, and recipients of numerous other student awards given annually by the department of Creative Writing. An evening with STEFANIA PANDOLFO & LESLIE SCALAPINO Thursday May 17, 7:30 pm, $5 donation @ The Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin (at Geary). Anthropologist Stefania Pandolfos extraordinary first book Impasse of the Angels (University of Chicago Press, 1997) is subtitled "Scenes from a Moroccan Space of Memory," and is a truly remarkable cultural work of daring and rare imagination. Her dense, elaborated writing stands out as singular in its effort to "let real characters take center stage and, through their act of speech, invent a people rather than stand for it." The book is rich with the poetry and philosophy both native to Moroccos Berber cultures and drawn from classic Islam. Instead of using poetry, though, as example or instance of culture, she lets its methods shape and orient her in her writing. Ms. Pandolfo teaches anthropology at UC Berkeley. Leslie Scalapino is the author of more than 15 books of poetry and prose. Her most recent book, R-hu (Atelos 2000), she has characterized as "thought intending to dismantle mythos, lineagean undertaking of joy." Her work in general has relentlessly explored "the radical nature of experience" title phrase from one piece in The Public World/ Syntactically Impermanence (Wesleyan, 1999) via a radical fusion of poetry, critical thinking, philosophic conjecture, and the active breakdown of received categories of hierarchy in thought and writing. As editor and publisher of O Books, Ms. Scalapino has brought into print over 100 works of contemporary poetry. She lives in Oakland. LOCATIONS: The Poetry Center is located in Humanities 512 on the SW corner of the San Francisco State University Campus, 1600 Holloway Avenue 2 blocks west of 19th Avenue on Holloway, take MUNIs M Line to SFSU from Daly City BART 28 MUNI bus or free SFSU shuttle. The Unitarian Center is located at 1187 Franklin Street at the corner of Geary on-street parking opens up at 7:00 pm from downtown SF take the Geary bus to Franklin. The UC Berkeley Art Museum is located at 2625 Durant Avenue in Berkeley, near Bowditch parking in the pay-lot on Bancroft opposite the museum from Downtown Berkeley BART walk 2 blocks south on Shattuck, 3 blocks east on Bancroft or take the 51 bus to Durant & Bowditch. The Womens Building is located at 3543 18th Street between Valencia & Guerrero parking in the pay-lot at 16th below Valencia from 16th St BART walk 1 block west, 2 blocks south on Valencia then west on 18th. Readings that take place at The Poetry Center are free of charge. Except as indicated, a $5 donation is requested for readings off-campus. SFSU students & Poetry Center members get in free. The Poetry Centers programs are supported by funding from Grants for the Arts-Hotel Tax Fund of the City of San Francisco, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, Inc., and The Fund for Poetry, as well as by the College of Humanities at San Francisco State University, and by donations from our members. Join us!