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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.

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


Nancy Morejon, Wednesday, September 17th

Nancy Morejón (Havana, 1944). With a poetic production that spans more than half a century and has achieved enormous popularity, Morejón was awarded the Cuban National Literature Prize in 2001. She is a jurist for the Carbet Caribbean Award (since 1990) and is a full member of the Cuban Academy of Language (since 1999). The most recent awards Morejón has earned are the Gold Crown of Macedonia (2006), the Rafael Alberti Award (2007), plus the Gallega Universal Writer (2008) and the prestigious Latin American Studies Association Award (2012). In 2009, the University of Cergy- Pontoise, Paris, France, awarded Morejón an honorary doctorate. In 2013 she was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. In 2008, Morejon was elected president of the Association of Writers of the Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas Cubanos (UNEAC), a position she held for many years. Currently, she directs the Caribbean Studies Center at Casa de las Américas, Havana, epicenter of Cuban and Latin American intelligentsia. She serves as the Director of the Cuban Academy of Language.

The University of Salamanca collected most of her extant verse into the anthology titled El huerto magnífico de odos, edited by Alfredo Pérez Alencart. The most complete collection of her poetry, released in 2003, is Looking Within / Mirar adentro (Selected poems 1954-2000) (Bilingual edition), edited and with an introduction by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook. Her most recent poetry collections are Peñalver 51 (2009) published by the Mockingbird Foundation of Zamora, Spain, and the Anthology Exposed Havana (2012), Vigia de Matanzas Edition, compiled by Juana Maria Cordones-Cook. Prize-winning translators have rendered her poetry into more than ten languages.


Poetry Flash presents Jannie M. Dresser and Lester Graves Lennon, Thursday, September 18th

Jannie M. Dresser's new book is Worker's Compensation: Poems of Labor & the Working Life. She says, “ … these are gut-level, rather direct language narratives attesting to the daily grind. I offer them in the spirit of poets who feel the need to testify to hard truths and uncomfortable feelings…” She is the founder of Sugartown Publishing and the Bay Area Seasonal Review; she is also the editor of Between the Fault Lines: Eight East Bay Poets.
Lester Graves Lennon's new book of poems is My Father Was a Poet. Dana Gioia says, “In Lester Graves Lennon's new book personal history and national history become interwoven to remarkable effect. This is a collection of startling contradictions in which love and hate, peace and violence, light and dark not only clash but intermingle.” His first poetry collection is The Upward Curve of Earth and Heavens; he lives in Los Angeles where he serves on the Los Angeles Poet Laureate Task Force.


Berkeley World Music Festival: Bamboo Flutist Karl Young performs at the store, Saturday, September 20th, 6-7 p.m.

Virtuoso performer Karl Young, playing Japanese bamboo flute,  is a featured evening performance during Berkeley World Festival's launching of its first autumn celebration, September 20 th & 21 st . The captivating and beautiful sounds of wind drawing through bamboo offer an rare intimate glimpse into Japan's folkloric music, as well as the Buddhist “honyoku”, the solo music first played by the medieval begging monk, as a meditative vehicle for enlightenment."

Karl will interject discussion of the pieces he'll play from a variety of genres that are part of the centuries old tradition of this revered instrument. From the foundational legend in the Chinese Tang dynasty through use as a Rinzai Zen meditation tool in Japan, to use in modern jazz and symphonic settings, the unusual medleys of the shakuhachi form the basis for this sonic exploration.

First a physicist by profession, Karl's musical yearnings led him to an intensive study the Japanese flute. His primary sensei (teachers) are Kaoru Kakizakai and Riley Lee, both masters in the Dokyoku tradition and students of Katsuya Yokoyama one of the great players of the 20th century. ?

While Karl's focus has been on solo performing of the shakuhachi, he also plays in several ensembles. He co-founded Ensohza, a traditional Japanese folk music and dance group, in which he plays the ?shinobue or transverse bamboo flute as well as the shakuhachi. Versatile Karl also plays tenor sax!  His recently released 'Lost In The Wood', a CD of jazz standards and original compositions, explore the expressive possibilities for shakuhachi in jazz.


Omnidawn Night, Friday, September 26th

  Local publisher Omnidawn checks in with their fall list of new titles. Moe's has been hosting Omnidawn readings for many years and they are truly Events. Come early, have a snack, and meet the authors!
Sara Deniz Akant received a BA from Wesleyan and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in jubilatLana Turner, and The Claudius App. She received the John Logan Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the James Merrill House, and Yaddo. She was born and raised in New York.
Ewa Chrusciel has two books in Polish: Furkot and Sopilki and one in English, Strata, which won the 2009 international book contest and was published by Emergency Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals in Poland, England, Italy, and the U.S., including Jubilat, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Lana Turner. She translated Jack London, Joseph Conrad, I.B. Singer, and several contemporary American poets into Polish. She is associate professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.
Joshua Corey is the author of three other books of poetry, Severance Songs (Tupelo Press), Fourier Series (Spineless Books), and Selah (Barrow Street Press), as well as a novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy (Spuyten Duyvil Press). He and G.C. Waldrep edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press), an anthology of innovative contemporary nature poems. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, and co-director of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books.

Cole Swensen has published 13 books of poetry and 15 translations from French. Founding editor of the translation press La Presse, she teaches at Brown and divides her time between the east coast and Paris.


Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival & Strawberry Creek Walk, Saturday, Sept. 27, Berkeley

Kay Ryan, Anne Waldman, Dean Rader, Al Young,  Randall Potts,  Phavia Kujichagulia with guitar and percussion, River Village book fair & exhibits, open mic, & more! 

Dedicated to Denise Levertov.

19th annual  Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Saturday, Sept. 27, noon-4:30 pm, at  Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Center Street, Berkeley, one block from Berkeley BART. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan; poet Anne Waldman in a rare West Coast appearance; Al Young; Dean Rader,  99 Poems for the 99 Percent; Randall Potts; paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram,  The West without Water; Lucille Lang Day; Dick Bakken; Phavia Kujichagulia with guitar and percussion; Chris Olander, Tiffany Higg ins, Traci Gourdine, Eliot Schain, Sharon Coleman, Doreen Domb,  jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio;  Poetry Inside Out and California Poets in the Schools students with poet-teachers John Oliver Simon, Maureen Hurley, J. Ruth Gendler;  River Village book fair and exhibits featuring  Milvia Street: Art and Literary Journal, Sixteen Rivers Press,  Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Planet Drum Foundation, Sugartown Publishing, REED magazine, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Buffalo Field Campaign's Buffaloon for the kids, and more. 

Strawberry Creek Walk at 10:00 am precedes the main event with poetry, dance, and talk, meet at Oxford and Center Streets, UC Berkeley.  Chris Olander, Tiffany Higgins, Traci Gourdine, Eliot Schain, Sharon Coleman, Doreen Domb,  John Shoptaw, UCB Creek Restoration expert Tim Pine, and dancer Patricia Bulitt with Creek movement piece.

All free. Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters (email by Sept. 19 ). 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, presented by Poetry Flash and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market. For information,  (510) 525-5476 , info@poetryflash.org , or visit  Poetryflash.org .


Poetry Flash presents Marilyn Hacker and Deema K. Shehabi, Thursday, October 2nd

  The Israeli siege of Gaza in 2009---sadly, two sieges ago --- moved Palestinian-American poet Deema K. Shehabi and Jewish-American poet Marilyn Hacker to begin a correspondence in poems, a dialogue that continued until 2012. The result is their collaborative book Diaspo/Renga . Annie Finch says of it, “Peace grows from the interweaving of voices, and it's hard to imagine two more aware and unmistakable poetic voices on the subject of peace in the Middle East than these: Hacker and Shehabi, two brilliant witnesses, one infused with memory and dream, the other unswerving and crystalline.”
Marilyn Hacker has published twelve books of poetry, including Names, Essays on Departure, and Desesperanto; and an essay collection, Unauthorized Voices. A prolific translator from the French, she received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for her rendering of Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen. Her honors for her own poetry include the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poet's Prize for her Selected Poems , and the National Book Award for Presentation Piece. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she lives now in Paris and is an editor of the Journal Siecle 21.
Deema K. Shehabi is a poet, writer, and editor. The child of Palestinian parents, she grew up in the Middle East and moved to the United States in 1988. Her book of poems Thirteen Departures From the Moon was published in 2011. She is co-editor of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, which received the Northern California Book Reviewers NCBR Recognition Award. She also served as Vice-President of the Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI) between 2007 and 2010.


Joanne Diaz, Wednesday, October 8th

Joanne Diaz is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the Brittingham Prize, University of Wisconsin Press in 2014) and The Lessons (winner of the Gerald Cable First Book Award, Silverfish Review Press, 2011)She is also the co-editor, with Ian Morris, of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, 2015). She teaches in the English Department at Illinois Wesleyan University.


Steven Herrmann, Tuesday, October 21st

Steven Herrmann's writing is recognized nationally and internationally. He has published over thirty papers and two books, William Everson: The Shaman's Call  (2009) and  Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul  (2010). He has taught on the subjects of Whitman and Melville at the C. G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zurich, as well as at the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. Herrmann's expertise in Jungian Literary Criticism makes him one of the seminal thinkers in the international field, and a foremost authority on Whitman and Melville in post-Jungian studies. Herrmann, a poet and Jungian psychotherapist, has a clinical practice in Oakland, California.
Exploring what the author calls the "shaman-poets"—Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson—this book demonstrates how far ahead of their times these writers were in forecasting developments of our current time. It was Whitman who first wrote of "Spiritual Democracy" as a vision of transformation and global equality. Steven Herrmann delves deep into the visionary expressions of this idea of Spiritual Democracy—"the realization of the oneness of humanity with the universe and all its forces"—in these early American writers, showing the influence the groundbreaking work of the geologist and thinker Alexander Von Humboldt had on Whitman and others. Writing that every member of the global community regardless of color, gender, or sexual orientation can realize these freedoms, the author explores how one can tap into the vitalizing source of equalizing, vocational energy to bring a sense of purpose and peace. Although the book shines as a work of literary criticism, the author's insights as a Jungian psychotherapist take the reader ever deeper into the creative impulses of Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, and other poets in their crafting of the seminal notion of Spiritual Democracy. In addition, Herrmann offers practical methodologies for personal and global transformation in the section, "Ten Ways to Practice Spiritual Democracy."


Readings from the anthology Love and the Turning Seasons featuring editor Andrew Schelling and other contributors, Wednesday, November 5th

Love and the Turning Seasons spans 2,500 years, and includes work originally sung or recited by India’s well-known bards: Kabir, Mirabai, Lal D`ed, Vidyapati, and Tagore. There are also poems from the Upanishads, ancient Sanskrit poetry, and Punjabi folk lyrics. The poets have largely emerged from the ranks of the dispossessed: leather workers, refuse collectors, maidservants, women, and orphans.

Their vision is of a democratic society in which all voices count, much like American gospel and blues, shaker songs, or the grand vision of Walt Whitman. Often they faced persecution for speak-
ing candidly, or daring to speak of spiritual matters at all. The notes include profiles of these legendary lives. Several of these poets simply vanished, absorbed into a deity, or disappeared in a flash of purple lightning. A few produced miracles—most of them are surrounded by clouds of mystery.

Andrew Schelling has drawn on the work of twenty-four other translators, including Ezra Pound, Robert Bly, W.S. Merwin, Jane Hirschfield, and Denise Levertov, to build the finest anthology of India’s erotic and spiritual poetry ever assembled for the general reader.

Poet and translator, Andrew Schelling has written or edited twenty books. For more than twenty years he has been on the faculty of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School, and he also teaches at Deer Park Institute, in Himachal Pradesh, India.