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Berkeley CA 94704

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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.

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


Gina Arnold and Alex Green, Wednesday, September 3rd

Gina Arnold is the author of Route 666: On the Road to Nirvana and Kiss This: Punk in the Present Tense. She has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice. Currently, she is finishing up her PhD at Stanford University.

Alex Green is the author of the book The Stone Roses, which is part of the ongoing 33 1/3 series on seminal rock and roll album. A native of California, Alex's upcoming book of poems Emergency Anthems, will be published in December by Brooklyn Arts Press.

He currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate program at St. Mary's College of California and he's the Editor of the daily music website stereoembersmagazine.com .


Poetry Flash presents Peter Kline and Brittany Perham, Thursday, September 11th

Peter Kline's  debut book of poems is Deviants . Eavan Boland says of it, “With craft, dark wit and an edgy honesty in every line, these poems unsettle our familiar world. There are no comfortable places left after these wonderful lyrics have done their work.” He is a former Stegner Fellow and Chace lecturer at Stanford University.
Brittany Perham's  book of poems is The Curiosities . D. A. Powell says, “With curatorial precision and a starling's penchant for multiple threads in both song and shelter, Brittany Perham has fashioned a haven of curiosities captivating to the ear as well as the eye.” She was also a Stegner Fellow, 2009-2011, and is now a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


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.
Bin Ramke grew up in Texas and Louisiana and spent his youth in the bayous and marshes among Cajun and German-immigrant relatives. Author of over 10 books of poetry, his first book won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He teaches at the University of Denver where he holds the Phipps Chair in English and is an Evans Professor, and where he edited the Denver Quarterly for 17 years. He teaches on occasion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He edited over 80 books of poems for the University of Georgia Press.

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.


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.


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.