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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


Poetry Flash presents Charles Entrekin and Gail Rudd Entrekin, Thursday, February 18th

This reading celebrates The Art of Healing, a new book of poems co-authored by husband and wife, Charles and Gail Rudd Entrekin. The book details a merged double journey, his as a cancer patient, hers as his wife, lover, and caregiver, through each of their poetries. Ellen Bass says, “The Art of Healing is a fitting title for this volume that demonstrates that healing is, indeed, an art. It could also be called 'The Art of Loving' because the love between Charles and Gail is palpable and inspiring. And it could be called 'The Art of Living,' for it contains wise examples of how to be alive to each moment…” Author of five books of poetry and a novel, Red Mountain: Birmingham, Alabama, 1965, Charles Entrekin is the founder of the Creative Writing department at John F. Kennedy University and of the Berkeley Poets Workshop and Press. Currently he is the editor of the e-zine Sisyphus, a journal of literature, culture, and philosophy, and managing editor of Hip Pocket Press. Gail Rudd Entrekin is poetry editor of Hip Pocket Press and editor of the online environmental literary journal Canary. She’s published four books of poetry, most recently Rearrangement of the Invisible.


Poetry Flash presents Patricia Caspers and Annie Stenzel Thursday, February 25th

Patricia Caspers’s debut book of poems is In the Belly of the Albatross. Noted Berkeley poet Chana Bloch says, “In these moving poems, many of them dramatic monologues spoken by women, Patricia Caspers conjures up the lives of historical individuals…She also draws on her own experiences as girl, woman, wife and mother…Patricia Caspers’ poems flourish and grow by turning themselves undaunted to the light.” Currently a reporter for the Auburn Journal, she has an MFA from Mills College, is the founding editor of West Trestle Review and poetry editor for Prick of the Spindle. Among her honors is the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Award for Poetry. 

Annie Stenzel’s poetry has most recently appeared in Kestrel, Ambit, Catamaran Literary Reader, and Quiddity; in the online journals Lunch Ticket, West Trestle Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, and Unsplendid; and in the anthology Patient Poets. Her translations of the German poet, Hilde Domin, have been published in Parthenon West and Two Lines. Herwork has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a letterpress printer, and was a member of a noted collective called Thicket Press, which published a number of hand-chapbooks and broadsides. 


Poets Patricia Spears and Dennis Maloney, Wednesday, March 2nd

Arkansas born and raised; resident of New York City for more than four decades, Patricia Spears Jones was named by Essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and five chapbooks including Living in the Love Economy. Her fourth collection: A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems is out from White Pine Press (White Pine Press Distinguised Poets series). Her work is widely anthologized. In 2015 she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund award for her memoir in progress. 

Dennis Maloney is the editor and publisher of the widely respected White Pine Press in Buffalo, NY. He is also a poet and translator. His works of translation include: The Stones of Chile by Pablo Neruda, The Landscape of Castile by Antonio Machado, Between the Floating Mist:Poems of Ryokan, and the The Poet and the Sea by Juan Ramon Jimenez.
A number of volumes of his own poetry have been published including The Map Is Not the Territory: Poems & Translations and Just Enough. His book Listening to Tao Yuan Ming was recently published by Glass Lyre Press. He divides his time between Buffalo, NY and Big Sur, CA.


Al-Mutannabi Street Starts Here: A Reading, Saturday, March 5th

On March 5, 2007, Baghdad's Al-Mutanabbi Street (the ancient street of booksellers, bookshops, and cafes) was bombed. Shortly afterwards, the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" project was founded by San Francisco bookseller and poet, Beau Beausoleil. Since then, through writings and art work, Al-Mutanabbi Street has been honored at events and exhibits all over the world.

Readers include:

Summer Brenner is the author of a dozen books of fiction and poetry. She is an associate editor of the anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (PM Press). She lives in Berkeley, California.

Muqdad Farajullah was born and raised in Baghdad, and fled with his family in 2011 to Jordan before immigrating to the U.S. He has a microbiology degree from Mustansyria University (Baghdad) and is now studying communications at Berkeley City College. He is co-translating (with poet Patti Trimble) Ibn Hamdis poems from Arabic Sicily (on the CD Hello Heaven from outofroundrecords). His goal is to act as a knowledgeable bridge between cultures—helping people understand the depth and beauty of Iraqi culture and its people. 

Owen Hill is the author of two mystery novels, The Chandler Apartments and The Incredible Double. HIs latest poetry collection is A Walk Among the Bogus (Lavender Ink, New Orleans, 2014). He is the events coordinator at Moe's Books.

Persis Karim is a poet, writer, editor, and professor at San Jose State University. She doesn't mind being called a "political poet." 

Joe Lamb, founder of the "Borneo Project," is a writer, activist, and arborist. His poetry and essays have appeared in Earth Island Journal, The Sun, Caliban, Wind, and other magazines; and included in the anthologies: The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology, Robert Bly et al., editors, and Veterans of War/Veterans of Peace, Maxine Hong Kingston, editor. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Rick London is a poet and translator. His most recent publication is a chapbook of poems, The Receptive. He is an associate editor of the anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.

Susan Moon is a writer and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. Her books include This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, with co-editor Florence Caplow, and, just out in 2016, What Is Zen: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, with Norman Fischer. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Deema K Shehabi’s poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, such as, The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, New Letters, Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, Perihelion, Drunken Boat, Bat City Review, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women. Her full collection Thirteen Departures From the Moon was published by Press 53 in 2011. She is co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (PM Press), for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. During 2009-2013, she worked with Marilyn Hacker on the Renga sequence, Diaspo/Renga.

Zaid Shlah was born in Canada of Iraqi heritage and currently resides in Northern California with his family. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies in both Canada and the U.S. In May 2005, he received the American Academy of Poets Award. His first book of poetry, Taqsim, was published in the U.S. and Canada (Frontenac House, 2006). He teaches composition and English literature at Modesto Junior College.

Patti Trimble is a Bay Area poet and performs/reads with music in the U.S. and Europe. She lives part-time in Sicily and in 2012 began a collaboration with Tunisian musician Ramzi Harrabi and Bagdad native Muqdad Farrajulah to translate poems from Sicily's Arabic period (827 to 1061) and more recently, contemporary Iraqi poems. Her 2014 CDs on outofround Records are: Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily with Ramzi Harrabi; and In the Middle of the Night of the Road etc. with eclectic musician Peter Whitehead. www.pattitrimble.com


Alex Abramovich book launch for Bullies: A Friendship, Tuesday, March 15th

At once the visceral story of an unusual friendship (with his childhood bully) and a telling portrait of a broken but remarkable Oakland, it's been praised by the likes of Jenny Offill, who called it “a sharp-eyed, fearlessly reported tale of personal and institutional violence.” 

Bullies begins with bikers and beat-downs, but quickly becomes something bigger: a portrait of a group of men, in America's most radical city, that is at once honest, soulful, original, brutal, and just plain beautiful."
—Jonathan Mahler, author of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

"Alex Abramovich's Bullies, a great book about the prickly subject of masculinity, is also a woozy parable about America today. Which is to saythat it's about coming to terms with flaws and failures and watching as the ground—Oakland, in this case—shifts under your feet. It's clear-eyed, unlyrically lyrical, and never shies from the truth."

—Luc Sante, author of Low Life

"Alex Abramovich is a true original and his first book, Bullies, is the real deal: A brutal, hilarious, deeply provocative look at our twisted American moment."
—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

Alex Abramovich has taught at the New School, worked for the New Yorker and Feed, and written for the New York Times, the London Review of Books, and many other publications. He was born in Moscow and lives in Astoria, Queens.


Omnidawn Night at Moe's, Friday, March 18th

Omnidawn Press night always features excellent poets reading from their newly published work but it is more than a great reading. This is a celebration for one of the Bay Areas most active publishers. Come early, have a snack and meet the people who produce these wonderful books!

This year features an extraordinary list of guest readers:

Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, teacher, and translator. Recent books Her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the co-director (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets. In addition to her literary and academic work, she has in recent years been involved in anti-privatization activism at the University of California, Berkeley, where she serves as the John F. Hotchkis Professor of English. 

Meredith Stricker is an artist, designer and poet who has published three collections of poetry involving performance, graphic over-lays and hybrid forms of documentary/lyric. She is co-director of visual poetry collaborative focusing on architecture in Big Sur and projects to bring together artists, writers, musicians and experimental media. She received the National Poetry Series Award and The Iowa Review Poetry Award. Her poetry and visual work has appeared widely including in Conjunctions, Drunken Boat, the Volta, as well as in galleries, museums and performance spaces.

Jocelyn Saidenberg WILL BE THE GUEST POET FOR 
Jocelyn Saidenberg's books include Mortal City, Cusp, Negativity, Shipwreck and most recently Dead Letter published by Roof Books in 2014. She is the founding editor of KRUPSKAYA Books and one of the twelve curators of Right Window. Born and raised in New York City, she has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1994.

Denise Newman’s fourth poetry collection Future People will be published this spring by Apogee Press. Her most recent translation Baboon by the Danish writer Naja Marie Aidt won the 2015 PEN Translation Award and an NEA Fellowship. With Hazel White, she is currently creating a poetic reordering of the collection at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for a project called Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek.

Mg Roberts is the author of the poetry collection not so, sea. Her work is forthcoming in Dusie The Sierra Nevada Review, and elsewhere. She is hard at work co-editing an anthology on the urgency of experimental writing written for and by writers of color forthcoming from Nightboat Books. She is a Kelsey Street Press member and lives in Oakland with her three daughters.

Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and lives now in Berkeley, California. Her first book, My Enemies, was published by the Song Cave in 2013. Fairly recent poems can be found in Company Journal, Critical Quarterly, the Denver Quarterly, Elderly, and OAR.