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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


Jonathan Lethem: A Gambler's Anatomy, Wednesday, October 26th

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn; three short story collections; and two essay collections, including The Ecstasy of Influence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Lethem's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among other publications.


The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he's psychic. Too bad about the pesky brain tumor.

Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his aging, doughy, manipulative manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling string of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

Things don't go much better in Berlin. Bruno's flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive; the game at the unsettling Herr Kohler's mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having run through Falk's money, Bruno gambles and calls Stolarsky, who somewhat mysteriously agrees to fly him to Berkeley, and pay for the experimental brain surgery that might save his life.

Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities, and to which he vowed never to return. Amidst the pseudo-radical chaos of the Berkeley scene, Tira's come-ons and Keith's machinations, Bruno must confront two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you're telepathic but it doesn't do you any good?


Anne C. Klein: Strand of Jewels, Thursday, October 27th

Anne C. Klein will talk about her book Strand of Jewels, My Teachers' Essential Guidance on Dzogchen. This is a rare translation from Tibetan of a retreat given by her revered teacher, the late Khetsun Sangpo. Since it is unusual for the teachings of Dzogchen retreats to be made accessible to the public, this is a rare opportunity for people interested in learning in depth about this wisdom tradition. Anne's earlier works include Meeting the Great Bliss Queen, Unbounded Wholeness, and Heart Essence, The Vast Expanse among others.

Anne C. Klein, following a long history of learning from the highest Tibetan lamas, founded Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism in 1997 along with her husband, Harvey B. Aronson. As scholars, translators and gifted teachers, they serve Western seekers of all stripes and have fostered a strong community of advanced students that reaches from Houston to Portland, Berkeley, Bloomington, Ithaca, Copenhagen, and beyond.

Anne Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma) earned a BA in English from Binghamton University, an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Religious/Tibetan Studies at UVA. She held a post-doctoral research fellowship in Women’s Studies and Religious History at the Harvard Divinity School. Anne has published eight books, most recently Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse and Strand of Jewels: My Teachers’ Essential Guidance on Dzogchen, and authored countless articles in various Buddhist periodicals. 

In 1974 Anne and Harvey began studying with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, who was born in central Tibet in 1920. He was asked in 1960 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to lead the school of the Nyingma tradition in Japan, which he did for 10 years while teaching in Japanese universities, then returned to India to found a school to educate Tibetan monks in the Nyingma tradition. He is the author of a 13-volume history of all of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and taught extensively in Asia and the West until his death in 2009. In 1999 Anne and Harvey began studying with A.dzom Rinpoche and Jetsun Wangmo, who have empowered them to provide support to advanced students immersed in traditional Buddhist practices.


Micah Ballard, Derek Fenner, and Kevin Opstedal  Wednesday, November 2nd

Kevin Opstedal was Born and raised in Venice, California, and currently residing in Santa Cruz, Kevin Opstedal is a poet whose line leaves three decades of roadcuts across the entire imaginary West. His twenty-five books and chapbooks include two full-length collections, Like Rain (Angry Dog Press, 1999) and California Redemption Value (UNO Press, 2011). Blue Books Press, one of many of his “sub-radar” editorships, belongs in the same breath as the great California poetry houses (Auerhahn, Big Sky, Oyez) that his own poems seem to conjure like airbrushed flames on a murdered-out junker carrying Ed Dorn, Joanne Kyger, Ted Berrigan, and some wide-eyed poetry neophyte to a latenite card game in Bolinas. “His poems,” writes Lewis MacAdams, “are hard-nosed without being hard-hearted.” As identity and ideas duke it out in the back-alley of academia, Opstedal surfs an oil slick off Malibu into the apocalypse of style.
  Derek Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher living in Oakland, California. He earned his MFA in writing and poetics at Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing his Doctorate in education at Mills College. His latest book of poetry is Hermeticities & Others (2016) published by Bootstrap Press, a publishing company he co-founded in 2000.
Micah Ballard is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, including Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter, 2014), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Auguste Press, 2001), as well as the collaborations Death Race V.S.O.P (with Cedar Sigo & Will Yackulic), Easy Eden (with Patrick James Dunagan), and Poems from the New Winter Palace (with Michael Carr). His third full-length collection, Afterlives, was just released by Bootstrap Press. He works at the University of San Francisco and with Sunnylyn Thibodeaux is the co-editor of Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions.


Poetry Flash presents Kim Addonizio and Brendan Constantine, Thursday, November 3rd

Kim Addonizio's new book of poems is Mortal Trash. San Francisco Book Review says, "Kim Addonizio's voice lifts from the page, alive and biting…unleashing wit with a ruthless observation." Poet, fiction writer, and memoirist, she has a teeming resume: author of six previous poetry collections, including Tell Me, which was a National Book Award finalist, two novels, two books of short stories, a memoir, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. Her honors include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, one from the Guggenheim Foundation, and two Pushcart Prizes.

Brendan Constantine's new book of poems is Dementia, My Darling. Amy Gerstler says it is "a suite of acute, beautiful poems about coming apart, slippage, love, emptying out, transformation, and carrying on. Every absurdly human moment in them is handled with smarts and just the right mix of inventiveness and delicacy.…Tender and humane and unsparing, the poems never surrender to despair." His previous collections are Letters to Guns, Birthday Girl with Possum, and Calamity Joe. He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, the James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He's a terrific performer; he has appeared on National Public Radio, many podcasts, and YouTube, as well as live across the U.S. and Europe.


Eleni Stecopoulos, Jeanne Heuving, and Susan Thackrey, Wednesday, November 9th

Eleni Stecopoulos is a poet and independent scholar. She recently published Visceral Poetics (ON Contemporary Practice), which Alphonso Lingis writes "open[s] an important field for investigation and practice: the healing force of language, of poetry" and Petra Kuppers calls "a thick rich book of Artaudian trickster moves." Other books include Armies of Compassion (Palm Press) and Daphnephoria (Compline). She has taught at Bard College, the University of San Francisco, Naropa University, the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and in community workshops. Originally from New York, she lives in Berkeley.
Jeanne Heuving is a writer and a scholar. Her book length-study The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is just out from the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series at the University of Alabama Press.  Other books include Incapacity (Chiasmus), Transducer (Chax), and Omissions Are Not Accidents:  Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State U P). Her cross genre book Incapacity won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic.  She recently published her long poem “Miss  Lonelyhearts” in Hambone 20, and was one of two scholars to write an overview of American women’s poetry 1950-2000 for A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Cambridge 2016).  She has an essay on Tisa Bryant forthcoming in The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of our Time (Northwestern 2017).  Heuving directs the MFA program in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at the University of Washington Seattle. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale.
Susan Thackrey, a poet who lives and works in San Francisco, began to compose poetry at the age of three.  She was an inaugurating student in the Poetics Program at New College in San Francisco in 1980, and studied with Robert Duncan and Diane di Prima over a number of years. Thackrey has given invitational lectures on Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and  George Oppen, including as a keynote speaker at the George Oppen Conference in Buffalo, and most recently on Duncan’s The H.D. Book for the San Francisco Poetry Center. Since reading Homer In Greek over a five year period with Robert Duncan and some of her poet contemporaries, an important and lively part of her life in poetry has almost always included variously focused and long-lived reading groups with other poets. She has earned her livelihood in various ways, including as co-founder and co-director of the art gallery Thackrey and Robertson in San Francisco, and for a number of years as a Jungian analyst in the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.  There she has taught, spoken and published, focusing especially on art, recently publishing a talk and essay on Jung’s paintings for The Red Book: Reflections on C.G. Jung’s Liber Novus (Routledge).

Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Five Fingers, Hambone, Talisman, Traverse, and Volt.  Current books in print are Andalusia (Chax), Empty Gate (Listening Chamber), and George Oppen: A Radical Practice (O Books and The San Francisco Poetry Center).


Poetry Flash presents Gerald Fleming and Miriam Greenberg, Thursday, November 10th

Gerald Fleming's new book of poems is One. Frederick Barthelme has called it "dizzying and wonderful, pretzelesque." It's the result of two years' work using a language the poet describes as "constrained, but somehow liberated in that constraint." Among his previous collections are The Choreographer, Night of Pure Breathing, and Swimmer Climbing onto Shore. A public school teacher for thirty-seven years, he's written three prose books for teachers. And from 1995 to 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review.

Miriam Bird Greenberg's new book of poems, In the Volcano's Mouth is the winner of the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Ed Ochester, final judge, says, "These poems do what the best poetry sometimes does: reveal and deepen our understanding of the strangeness in the ordinary. And they do so in language clear as a bell." The daughter of a New York Jew and a goat-raising anthropologist in the back-to-land movement, she grew up on an organic farm in rural Texas. Author of two previous chapbooks, All night in the new country and Pact-Blood Fever Grass, she is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and The Poetry Foundation.


Poetry Flash presents an Evening of Poetry in Translation, With Dan Bellm, Stephen Kessler, and Carolyn L. Tipton, Thursday, November 17th

Poet and translator Dan Bellm’s new book of translation is The Song of the Dead/Le chant des morts, by Pierre Reverdy, the famous French poet and Resistance fighter. Bellm’s previous book of translation is Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue, by the Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca, nominated for the 2015 Northern California Book Award in Translation. His most recent book of poems, Practice, won a 2009 California Book Award. Among his other honors are Literary Fellowship in Translation from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize.
  Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. His new book of translation is Save Twilight, a selected poems of Julio Cortázar, the renowned Argentinian master of modern fiction who was also a prolific poet. Among Kessler’s other translations are works of Borges and the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda. His most recent book of prose poetry/memoir is Where Was I? and his latest book of essays is Need I Say More?. He is a contributing editor for Poetry Flash.

Carolyn L. Tipton is a poet and translator. Her new book of translation is Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance, by Rafael Alberti, the great Spanish poet who was part of the “Generation of 1927.” Returnings is the winner of the 2016 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Her first Alberti translation, To Painting: Poems by Rafael Alberti, won the National Translation Award. Among her other honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Frank Wilderson and Wendy Trevino, Friday, November 18th

Wendy Trevino was born & raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She now lives and works in San Francisco. Her chapbook 128-131 was published by Perfect Lovers Press in 2013. Her chapbook BRAZILIAN IS NOT A RACE was just recently published by Commune Editions, and Krupskaya Books will publish her chapbook Cruel Work later in 2016. 
​Wendy is not an experimental writer.
  Frank B. Wilderson III is an award-winning writer, activist, and critical theorist who spent five and a half years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans to have held elected office in the African National Congress during the country’s transition from apartheid. He also worked clandestinely for the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK). He has worked as a dramaturge for Lincoln Center Theater and the Market Theater in Johannesburg. He has won numerous prizes including the American Book Award, for Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid.Other books include Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. He is a professor at UC Irvine in the Departments of African American Studies and Drama, where he also serves as the Director of the Culture & Theory PhD Program.


Poetry Flash presents Mariela Griffor and Lynne Knight, Thursday, December 1st

Mariela Griffor's new book is a translation of Pablo Neruda's Canto General: Song of the Americas, edited by Jeffrey Levine, perhaps Neruda's most daring and ambitious project, depicting history as a vast, continuous struggle against oppression. Griffor was born in Concepción in southern Chile. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden and now lives in the U.S., in Michigan and Washington D.C., where she is Honorary Consul of Chile. She is the founder of Marick Press and is the author of three books of poems, Exiliana, House, and The Psychiatrist.

Lynne Knight's new book of poems is The Persistence of Longing. Cecilia Woloch says, "I've never read poems that seem to me more accurate about love and desire and sexual relationships and their almost-inevitable shattering—darkly gorgeous and expertly-crafted poems, with a white-hot lyric intensity and a narrative pull that becomes cumulative, an erotic veering toward doom." She is the author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks, and translator of I Know (Je sais), by Ito Naga, from the French. Among her honors are publication in Best American Poetry, the Prix de l'Alliance Française 2006, the 2009 Rattle Poetry Prize, a Poetry Society of America Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Matt Callahan, Friday, December 2nd

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture.

Callahan’s meticulous, impassioned arguments both expose and reframe the political and social context for the San Francisco Sound and the vibrant subcultural uprisings with which it is associated. Using dozens of original interviews, primary sources, and personal experiences, the author shows how the intense interplay of artistic and political movements put San Francisco, briefly, in the forefront of a worldwide revolutionary upsurge.

A must-read for any musician, historian, or person who “was there” (or longed to have been), The Explosion of Deferred Dreams is substantive and provocative, inviting us to reinvigorate our historical sense-making of an era that assumes a mythic role in the contemporary American zeitgeist.


Rebecca Solnit, author of Nonstop Metropolis, Monday, December 5th

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases,conveys
innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays.

Rebecca Solnit is a prolific journalist and commentator, and the author of many books including Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City and Unfathomable City, all from UC Press. She received the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography from the North American Cartographic Information Society for her work on the previous atlases.


Michael McClure and Garrett Caples, Tuesday, December 6th

A landmark work of bio-romanticism, Mephistos and Other Poems is the first completely new collection in five years from legendary Beat and SF Renaissance poet Michael McClure. The title sequence, "Mephistos," stems from McClure's ongoing "grafting" experiment, growing new poems from fragments of his older works. "Some Fringes" is a series of haiku-like nature poems, while the 17-part "Rose Breaths" derives from the poet's practice of meditation. The freestanding poems grouped under the title "Being" pay homage to many of McClure's collaborators and fellow travelers, such as Bruce Conner, Terry Riley, and Dave Haselwood. The book climaxes with "Song Heavy," recounting McClure's recent encounter with a beached whale in Rockport, MA, and recalling his classic "For the Death of 100 Whales," which he read at the Six Gallery in 1955—the inaugural moment of American eco-poetics.
  Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013). He is the poetry editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He is also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for blogcitylights.com. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.