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Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley CA 94704

Open 10 to 10 daily
Phone: (510) 849-2087

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Open 12 noon to 6 daily
Phone: (510) 849-2133


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Store Events

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


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

Joanne Kyger and Cedar Sigo, Wednesday, July 15th
Joanne Kyger One of the major women poets of the SF Renaissance, Joanne Kyger was born in 1934 in Vallejo, CA. After studying at UC Santa Barbara, she moved to San Francisco in 1957, where she became a member of the circle of poets around Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. In 1960, she and then-husband Gary Snyder traveled in Japan and India where, along with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, they met the Dalai Lama. She returned to California in 1964 and published her first book, The Tapestry and the Web, in 1965. In 1969, she settled in Bolinas, where she continues to reside today. She has published over 30 books of poetry and prose, including Strange Big Moon, The Japan and India Journals: 1960-1964 (2000), As Ever: Selected Poems (2002), and About Now: Collected Poems (2007), which won the 2008 Josephine Miles Award from PEN Oakland. She occasionally teaches at Naropa University.
Cedar Sigo Cedar Sigo is the author of several books and pamphlets of poetry, some which have been included in various magazines and anthologies. His poems have appeared in Poker, Yolanda's Pipeline's Magazine, Shampoo, RealPoetik, Puppy Flowers, and more. Currently, he lives in San Francisco and is the editor of the Old Gold Press