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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.

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

Poetry Flash presents Chana Bloch and Rusty Morrison, Thursday, February 26th

Chana Bloch’s new book of poems is Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015. Henri Cole says of her new poems, “Chana Bloch is writing the best poems of her life…[She] is like a Japanese potter mending the cracked and dinged pottery of experience with gold powder sprinkled from her fingers.” She is the co-translator of The Song of Songs and of the poets Yehuda Amichai and Dalia Ravikovitch. Among her honors are two Pushcart Prizes, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Rusty Morrison’s latest book of poems is Beyond the Chainlink. Lisa Robertson says of it, “How do we continue to choose, speak and interpret given the weight of the end fact? Silence in Morrison’s new work is transformed from an absence to a concept, a potential translator of temporal givens; she tends silence’s conscious work with a measure and a subtle ear.” Her previous collections have been prize-winners: the true keeps calm biding its story won Ahsahta Press’s Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.After Urgency won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press, and Whethering won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She has been co-publisher of Omnidawn Press since 2001.

 

Poetry Flash presents J. David Cummings and Esther Kamkar, Thursday, March 5th

J. David Cummings’s debut collection, Tancho, won the 2013 Snyder Award from Ashland Poetry Press, selected by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, who says, “This is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. Its account of terrible beauty is itself beautiful, speaking of ‘hope and despair, the promise of each to other.’ Nagasaki, Hiroshima, ‘ruined human beings,’ a peace park, a sounding bell, a thousand paper cranes.” J. David Cummings resigned his position as a theoretical physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1973 and vowed to end his work in nuclear weapons. He visited Japan in the early 1990s and visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. Tancho, his book-length meditation on the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan, whose composition took him almost two decades, is the result.
Esther Kamkar has published two collections of poetry, Hummingbird Conditions, a letterpress limited edition, and the chapbook A Leopard in My Pocket.  John Waterman says, “Esther Kamkar’s poetry is as changing as the ocean, as passionate as a pomegranate tree in blossom, as deep and clear as a pool in a mountain stream.” Born in Tehran, Iran, she has lived in the USA since 1973. Published in many literary journals, her poetry has been anthologized in The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora.

 

Bill Berkson, Wednesday, March 11th

Bill Berkson was born and grew up in New York and has lived in Northern California since the early 1970s. He is professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he taught art history and literature from 1984 to 2008. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America, contributing editor for artcritical.com and a contributor to such other journals as Aperture and The Brooklyn Rail. His most recent books include Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems; BILL, a words- and-images collaboration with Colter Jacobsen; Lady Air; Snippets; Not an Exit,with drawings by Léonie Guyer; and Repeat After Me, with watercolors by John Zurier; a new collection of his art writings, For the Ordinary Artist; and Parties du corps, a selection of his poetry in French translation. He was an advisory editor for New York School Painters and Poets/ Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014) and is now working on a compilation of memoirs entitled Since When. His latest book of poems, Expect Delays, appeared in fall 2014 from Coffee House Press.

 

Poetry Flash presents Victoria Chang and David Roderick, Thursday, March 12th

Victoria Chang’s new book of poems is The Boss. G. C. Waldrep says, “Part meditation on corporate life, part exploration of mother- and daughterhood, part elegy for a father who has not yet died, The Boss is essential reading for anyone who has ever had a job, a child, a parent, or a heart.” Her previous collections include Circle, winner of the 2005 Crab Orchard Open Competition, and Salvinia Molesta. She works in business and lives with her family in Southern California.
David Roderick’s new book of poems is The Americans. Natasha Trethewey says, “The Americans is a compelling meditation on the ways we go about our lives at this cultural moment, often unmoored from the facts of history, though we drift along its shores…The poet asks: ‘Must nostalgia/ walk like a prince through all our rooms?’ This lovely collection shows us a way to confront that question within ourselves.” A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, he is also the author of a debut collection, Blue Colonial, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize.

 

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.