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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


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."


Poetry Flash presents Ellen Bass and Robin Becker, Thursday, October 23rd

Ellen Bass's new book of poems is Like a Beggar.  Toi Derricotte says, “Good poets help us to see the world in a new way; great ones open the mind to new ways of conceiving that world and our connections to it. Like a Beggar does this for me.” Among her previous collections are The Human Line and Mules of Love. She co-edited the groundbreaking anthology of women's poetry, No More Masks! and her nonfiction includes the bestseller The Courage to Heal.
Robin Becker's new book of poems is Tiger Heron.  Ellen Bass says of it, “Robin Becker looks straight at the failures of our human species, yet never loses her compassion or reduces the complexities and paradoxes to easy conclusions. Deftly, precisely, these poems express their wisdom in lines that surprise and delight.” Author of seven poetry collections, including Domain of Perfect Affection , Giacometti's Dog , and All-American Girl , which won the Lambda Literary Award, she is poetry editor and writes a column on poetry for the Women's Review of Books. Among her honors are fellowships from the Bunting Institute, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Project Censored book release, Saturday, October 25th

Come join Andy Lee Roth, Mickey Huff, and Project Censored for an evening celebrating independent journalism that speaks truth to power. The occasion? The annual release of Project Censored's book published by Seven Stories Press,  Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People  (with cartoons by Khalil Bendib and a Foreword by Ralph Nader). Come hear from contributors Susan Rahman, Nolan Higdon, Dorothy Kidd (USF), Dave Maass (EFF), Peter Phillips, Project Censored students and interns and more for an evening discussing the news that didn't make the news. We hope to see you there!


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.


Poetry Flash presents  Tania Pryputniewicz, Ruth Thompson,  and Michelle Wing, Tuesday, November 11th

  This reading is rescheduled from June 2014 and is on a different day than the usual Poetry Flash reading series events.
Tania Pryputniewicz's first book of poems is November Butterfly . A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, she's the Managing Poetry Editor of The Fertile Source . A co-founding blogger for Mother , Writer , Mentor , she teaches poetry and Transformative Blogging for several different workshops, blogs for Feral Mom, Feral Writer , and creates award-winning micro movies and photo poem montages of her poetry for the Web.
Ruth Thompson's new book of poems (in a new, revised edition) is Woman with Crows . Frank X. Gaspar says, "There are many Zen-like moments of pure being in these poems, and there is also grief and questioning. Yet Ruth Thompson stares down her hungry ghosts and tames them … taken together, these poems accrue to a kind of wise triumph." Among her honors are the New Millennium Writings Poetry Award and the Harpur Palate Milton Kessler Memorial Award. Her chapbook Here Along Cazenovia Creek was the basis for a poetry and dance collaboration with Japanese dancer Shizuno Nasu.

Michelle Wing's debut poetry collection is Body on the Wall . Janet Fitch says of it, "These poems are like swallowed charcoal, purifying the toxins they've ingested. Brave, bracing, tender and true." Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been widely published. She writes a monthly literary column for a chain of newspapers in Sonoma County.


Poetry Flash presents Curt Anderson and Shelley Savren , Thursday, November 20th

Curt Anderson's first full-length book of poems is The Occasionist . Al Young says, “In ways that dare, stun or delight, his watchful poems signal divinity. Again and again, they point to the vast outback of mysteries that occasion life-jammed moments that cry out or whisper.” His poems have appeared in Poetry , Exquisite Corpse , Barrow Street , and many other journals, and his poem “Platonic Love” was published in The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse.
Shelley Savren's new book of poems is The Wild Shine of Oranges . Jimmy Santiago Baca says of it, “Foods, concentration camps, culture, love and loss abound in these poems and are treated with an affection and kindness seldom achieved in poetry.” Her first collection was The Common Fire . The recipient of nine California Arts Council grants, three National Endowment for the Arts regional grants, and five artist fellowships from the city of Ventura, she has taught poetry-writing workshops for homeless, abused, neglected, and emotionally-disturbed youths, developmentally-disabled adults, at a maximum security men's prison, juvenile halls, and K-12 with California Poetry in the Schools.