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Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley CA 94704

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Phone: (510) 849-2087

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Moe's literary events began as a weekly poetry reading called Monday@Moe's. Over the years Moe's Books has become one of the premier Bay Area venues to hear novelists, poets, activists, and scholars read from their works. We archive our events in audio and video files that can be accessed from our webpage. Sign up for the Moe's Books events calendar alerts here.

If you are an author who'd like to be considered for a reading, please contact Nick Baranowsky.

All events, unless noted, start at 7:30pm

   

  

Michael Stewart Foley on the Dead Kennedys and San Francisco in the 70s, Wednesday, May 27th

Michael Stewart Foley is Professor of American Political Culture and Political Theory at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is author of Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s and Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War, and a founding editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture. He is currently writing a book about the political culture of early San Francisco punk.
In 1978, San Francisco, a city that has seen more than its share of trauma, plunged from a summer of political tension into an autumn cascade of malevolence that so eluded human comprehension it seemed almost demonic. The battles over property taxes and a ballot initiative calling for a ban on homosexuals teaching in public schools gave way to the madness of the Jonestown massacre and the murders of Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk at the hands of their former colleague, Dan White.

In the year that followed this season of insanity, it made sense that a band called Dead Kennedys played Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, referring to Governor Jerry Brown as a "zen fascist," calling for landlords to be lynched and yuppie gentrifiers to be sent to Cambodia to work for "a bowl of rice a day," critiquing government welfare and defense policies, and, at a time when each week seemed to bring news of a new serial killer or child abduction, commenting on dead and dying children. But it made sense only (or primarily) to those who were there, to those who experienced the heyday of "the Mab.

Most histories of the 1970s and 1980s ignore youth politics and subcultures. Drawing on Bay Area zines as well as new interviews with the band and many key figures from the early San Francisco punk scene, Michael Stewart Foley corrects that failing by treating Dead Kennedys' first record, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, as a critical historical document, one that not only qualified as political expression but, whether experienced on vinyl or from the stage of "the Mab," stimulated emotions and ideals that were, if you can believe it, utopian.

 

Poetry Flash present the Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show, Thursday, May 28th

 

Poetry Flash presents a Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show reading co-hosted by Richard Silberg and Rose Black.

Barbara Swift Brauer is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Nimrod, Canary, Anderbo, West Marin Review, The MacGuffin, Spillway, California Quarterl, and Barnabe Mountain Review, as well as anthologies, including Beside the Sleeping Maiden and The Place That Inhabits Us. With portrait artist Jackie Kirk, she is coauthor of the nonfiction book Witness: The Artist's Vision in The Face of AIDS. Her full-length poetry collection is At Ease in the Borrowed World, Sixteen Rivers Press.
Rafaella Del Bourgo 's poems have been widely published. Her honors include the 2003 Lullwater Prize and 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, the 2012 Paumanok Prize, and 2014 New Millennium Prize. She has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook is Inexplicable Business, Finishing Line Press.
Gerald Fleming's most recent books are The Choreographer, long prose poems from Sixteen Rivers Press, and Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems from Hanging Loose Press. His work has appeared widely over the past forty years. In the late nineties he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review and currently edits for the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass.
Connie Post was Poet Laureate of Livermore from 2005 to 2009. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Slipstream, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She won the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award. Her first full-length book, Floodwater, won the Lyrebird Award.
  Ann Robinson is retired from the Marin County Superior Courts; she currently owns a farming operation in Arkansas. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, Fourteen Hills, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Serving House Journal, Spoon River, and Valparaiso , among other journals. She has received a Marin Arts Council grant.
Jeanne Wagner is the winner of the 2014 Hayden's Ferry 500/500 Prize and 2014 Sow's Ear Poetry Review Award. Her poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and American Life in Poetry. She is on the editorial board of California Quarterly. Her most recent book, In the Body of Our Lives, is from Sixteen Rivers Press.

 

The first Bay Area Book Festival, the weekend of June 6 & 7

The first annual Bay Area Book Festival will be held in downtown Berkeley on the weekend of June 6 & 7. Over 200 top authors will be attending the festivities. Both days will be packed with a children's arena, teen stage, a cooking stage, a literary street fair, and a major art installation. For more information go to: www.baybookfest.org


Poetry Flash presents Francisco X. Alarcon and Devaraux Baker, Thursday, June 11th
Francisco Alarcon Francisco X. Alarcón’s new book of poems is Borderless Butterflies/Mariposas sin fronteras. Dorianne Laux says, “Francisco Alarcón’s newest book is a silken thread strung with poems that bump up against one another, creating tremors of electricity, a litany of the brown peoples and poets of the Americas, dedications to those who have fought and are still fighting for justice and peace.” As in this book, much of his writing is bilingual, in both English and Spanish, and on occasion trilingual, including Nahuatl, language of the Aztecs. He has authored at least twelve books of poetry, includingCanto hondo/Deep Song, From the Other Side of the Night/Del otro lado de la noche: New and Selected Poems, and Body in Flames. He has been honored with the Northern California Book Awards’ Fred Cody Award for lifetime achievement and service and is also the award-winning author of six bilingual books of poems for children.
Deveraux Blake Devreaux Baker’s new book of poems is out of the bones of the earth. Pamela Uschuk says, “…out of the bones of the earth is a fiery mélange of longing and grief, of body scars and scars from wars leavened by dreams, the balm of the natural world, and loveAnchoring her poems, evocative imagery links great issues like climate change and disease with warBaker’s is a powerful voice, a wise voice. Listen closely.” She has published three previous collections, including Red Willow People, winner of a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award. Other honors include the 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelley Poetry Peace Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Women’s Global Leadership Poetry Prize. She also directed the Mendocino Coast Poets Reading Series.


arts & culture Ultra World Duo at Moe's during the 12th Berkeley World Music Festival, Saturday, June 13th
  This event will be from 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Gary Schwantes and Winnie Wong

Gary Schwantes & Winnie Wong dazzle when they perform Jazz/Chinese fusion on traditional Chinese instruments. Named "Ultra World Duo", the two are members of larger group "Ultra World X-Tet" an incredible ensemble previously introduced as a quartet by Berkeley World Music Festival.  Gary Schwantes is a master of Chinese bamboo flutes and Winnie Wong a virtuouso on the guzheng, a Chinese Zither. These musical pioneers blend music and culture in an exciting experimental style. For this special evening performance at Moes they will offer both traditional Chinese their mesmerizing jazz fusion.

 

Gary Schwantes, has has toured internationally and recorded 3 CDs with the North Carolina based jazz-funk trio Hip Bones which feature many of his compositions. He is founder of ULTRA WORLD X-TET. He has performed and/or recorded with Klezmania, Pam Tillis, Weishan Liu, Lou Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, and many others. He including Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Craig Baldwin, Dimensions Dance Theater

 

Winnie Wong has performed extensively in the U.S. including venues such as San Francisco Asian Art Museum, SF Conservatory of Music, Herbst Theater, deYoung Museum, and Ford Ampitheatre in Hollywood. Ms. Wong is Director of China's Spirit Music Ensemble (CSME), an organization dedicated to teaching and performing Traditional Chinese Music.



Poetry Flash presents Ivan Arguelles and Neeli Cherkovski, Thursday, June 18th
Ivan Arguelles Ivan Argüelles’s new book of poems is Duo Poemata: Ilion–a Transcription & Altertumswissenschaft. Jack Foley says of it, “the ‘marvelous’ of these poems ventures further than even Surrealism. Their vast reach and their vast reading include the Classics and the realm of Pound’s Cantos, where the dead and the living mingle. James Joyce’s ‘nighttown’ is here as well” He has published many previous collections, includingLooking for Mary Lou, which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award in 1989;The Death of Stalin: Selected Early Poems, which won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 2010; a number of ‘epic’, book-length poems like “That” Goddess; and A Day in the Sun, an elegiac collection prompted by the death in 2011 of his twin brother José Argüelles, the renowned New Age writer.
Neeli Cherkovski Neeli Cherkovski’s new book of poems is The Crow and I. Raymond Foye says of him, “He celebrate[s] a love and learning in language that is exuberant, vivid, and reflective. Neeli lives for poetry. Long may this great imagination thrive.” His previous collections include Leaning Against Time, From the Canyon Outward, and Animal. He is also the author of the prose works Whitman’s Wild Children, Bukowski: A Life, andFerlinghetti: A Biography. His honors include a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles National Award for literary excellence and a 2014 Acker Award for poetry and biography.


Poetry Flash presents Andy Clausen, Bruce Isaaceson, and Pamela Twining, Thursday July 9th
Andy Clausen Andy Clausen’s latest book of poems is Home of the Blues: More Selected Poems. Bob Holman says, “There’s an arc of power around these poems. Andy Clausen would be my choice for poet you’d most like to be shipwrecked on a desert island with, no doubt. And not just because his is the Voice Most Likely To Reach Ships Passing Within A Couple Hundred Light Years.” Oakland-raised, Clausen co-edited Poems for the Nation with Allen Ginsberg and Eliot Katz, and was an editor at Long Shot magazine. He’s traveled the world, done many jobs, and written of his friendships with Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Ray Bremser, Janine Pommy Vega, and others of the Beat generation.
Bruce Isaacson Bruce Isaacson was one of the key voices and pioneering organizers of Spoken Word in the Bay Area. His recent books include Dumbstruck at the Lights in the Sky, Ghosts Among the Neon, and Bad Dog Blues.Jack Hirschman says, “In a world in which both [the U.S, and Russia] are now utterly capitalized, he gives his realist and inciteful eyes to seeing and revealing how poetry remains the king of affirmation amid devastating negations and the ghosting of the soul.” Bruce Isaacson is publisher and editor of Zeitgeist Press, now based in Las Vegas.
Pamela Twining Pamela Twining has published several chapbooks, including  Utopians & Madmen, I Have Been a River, and A Thousand Years of Wanting. She has also published in literary journals like Big Scream and Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art.