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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

 

Poetry Flash presents Bill Mayer and Cammy Thomas, Thursday, March 19th

Bill Mayer’s most recent book of poems is Articulate Matter. Grace Schulman says of it, “The best of these poems are transcendent, bringing the sacred into common life…I like, too, the tone. This work is genuine.” He has published three previous collections, includingThe Uncertainty Principle, and a fifth, A Truce With Fantasy, is forthcoming. He is also a professional photographer, who collaborated on a photographic essay, Hummingbirds, with Tony Keppelman, published by Little-Brown, and he is editor and publisher of Paroikia Press. 
Cammy Thomas’s new book of poems is Inscriptions. Daniel Tobin says, “The poems of Cammy Thomas’s second collection, Inscriptions, have an emotional ferocity and lyric intensity that cut to the quick of desolating loss and fraught family legacies…The implacable balm Thomas offers, and the mercy, is her refusal to look away.” She is the author of a first collection, Cathedral of Wish, recipient of the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Prize, selected by Medbh McGuckian.

 

Omnidawn Night, Friday, March 27th

  Donald Revell, Essay: A Critical MemoirDonald Revell is Professor of English & Graduate Studies Director at UNLV.  Tantivy is his twelfth poetry collection, published by Alice James. Donald Revell's translations include The Illumninations by Arthur Rimbaud, and A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud, both of which were published by Omnidawn. A Season in Hell won the PSA translation award. His books of essays include Invisible Green: Selected Prose, published by Omnidawn. He serves as poetry editor of Colorado Review. Revell lives in the desert south of Las Vegas with his wife, poet Claudia Keelan, and their children Benjamin Brecht and Lucie Ming.
 
Claudia Keelan, Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz
Claudia Keelan is the author of six books of poetry, most recently O, Heart (Barrow Street, 2014). Her honors include the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and The Jerome Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz is her first book of translation. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she edits Interim.
C. Violet Eaton, Some Habits (selected by Forrest Gander as winner of the Omnidawn Open)C. Violet Eaton is the editor of Bestoned and Rural Harmonics, and the author of a chapbook, No Outside Force Can Harm the Coyote (Free Poetry, 2014). He lives in Arkansas with his wife, the poet Sara Nicholson. He sells used & rare books.
Susan Terris’ poetry books include Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems, The Homelessness of self, Contrariwise, Natural Defenses, Firs is Favorable to the Dreamer, Poetic License, and Eye of the Holocaust. Her work has appeared in many publications including: Colorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyThe Iowa ReviewFIELDThe JournalPrairie SchoonerThe Southern ReviewVolt, and Ploughshares. For seven years, with CB Follett, she edited RUNES, A Review Of Poetry. She is now editor of Spillway and a poetry editor for Pedestal Magazine and In Posse Review. She had a poem fromFIELD published in PUSHCART PRIZE XXXI.
Eric Ekstrand, Laodicea (selected by Donald Revell as winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize)Eric Ekstrand lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his husband, Danny, and his father, Ken. He teaches writing at Wake Forest University. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. 
Richard O. Moore, Particulars of Place (introduction by Cedar Sigo)
One of the early poets centered around Kenneth Rexroth, Richard O. Moore made a career in broadcasting as co-founder of the first U.S. listener-sponsored radio station, KPFA. He is also an important cinéma vérité filmmaker, having directed such works as the 10-part series USA: Poetry (1966). Moore's first book, Writing the Silences, was published in 2010 by the University of California. At age 95, he continues to write and lives in Mill Valley, CA.

 

Poetry Flash presents Anita Barrows and Lenore Weiss, Thursday, April 2nd

Anita Barrow’s new book of poems is Exile. Joanna Macy says of it, “While they appear first as haunting fragments of an uprooted life, there is wholeness to these poems as they compose...In the tides of the displaced and dispossessed--be they called refugees, migrants, asylum seekers--their inner experience is honored here with tact and restraint, unencumbered with political reportage or sentimentality.” Her previous books of poems were publications in competitions by the Quarterly Review of Literature and Riverstone Press. She has co-translated several books of Rilke’s poetry with Joanna Macy, of which Book of Hours was nominated for a PEN Translation Prize.
Lenore Weiss’s new book of poems is Two Places. Sharon Doubiago says, “Lenore Weiss’s psychic linguistic engagement borders on the surreal, on the transcendent, the mystical, the magical, and on the mundane and familiar.” Her previous collections include Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island and the chapbook Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail. She was a finalist in the California Voices contest from Poets & Writers and a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.

 

Poetry Flash presents Jeanne Foster and Paul Breslin, Thursday, April 16th

Poetry Flash and Moe’s are pleased to host the book launch for Jeanne Foster’s brand new book of poems, Goodbye, Silver Sister. Richard Tillinghast says, “Jeanne Foster is a poet of great originality, writing in a way that makes a reader feel he is entering deep into what Yeats called “the labyrinth of another’s being.”…Foster’s poems are, in addition, transgressive, hinting at forbidden areas of life in a very Southern, very New Orleansian way---if there is such a word.” Her first collection, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Her critical work, A Music of Grace, explores the sacred in contemporary poetry; she is co-editor ofAppetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women; and she is also collaborating with Alan Williamson on a translation of the poems of Bianca Tarozzi from the Italian.
Paul Breslin’s new book of poems is Between My Eye and the Light. Sandra M. Gilbert says, “Paul Breslin’s accomplished new collection culminates in a dazzling display of abecedarian verve. Leading up to that triumph are poems witty and contemplative, fierce and forlorn---all captivating!” His previous collection is You Are Here. He is also author of the critical books The Psycho-Political Muse: American Poetry Since the Fifties and Nobody’s Nation: Reading Derek Walcott. His co-translation of Aimé Césaire, The Tragedy of King Christophe,appeared in 2013. 

 

Poetry Flash present Lola Haskins and Lynne Knight, Thursday, April 23rd

Lola Haskins’s new book of poems is The Grace to Leave. W.S. Merwin says of it, “She writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying, and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal, in image after image, the dream behind the waking world.” She has published nine books of poetry, including Still the Mountain and The Rim Benders. Among her honors are two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. 
Lynne Knight’s most recent book of poems is Again; she’s published four books of poems in all, and four chapbooks. She’s received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, won the Prix de l’Alliance Française 2006, a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the RATTLE Poetry Prize, and she’s appeared in Best American Poetry. Her translation, with the author, of Ito Naga’s Je sais, I Know appeared in 2013.