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Although reading is a solitary activity it can often lead to essential public discussion. For this reason, Moe’s began curating literary events in the late nineties. Since then the “basement series” has become an important part of Bay Area literary culture. Poets and novelists, activists and scholars have been invited to talk about their work. Please join us for a lively and thoughtful conversation in our enormous scholarly bookstore.

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

May 25: Poetry Flash presents Dan Bellm and Ann Pelletier

May 31: Poet and Musician Clark Coolidge

June 6: Poets Diana Aehegma, Claudia Cortese, and Steffi Drewes

June 14: Feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham


May 25th: Poetry Flash presents Dan Bellm and Ann Pelletier


Dan Bellm’s new book is Deep Well. Alicia Ostriker says, “With a touch on the keys of language as light as the air we breathe, Dan Bellm traces his mother’s death, and abides her continuing presence…Deep Well is a book of the purest poetry I have read in a long time. I am grateful for it.” He’s published three previous collections, including Practice, which won the 2009 California Book Award. He’s also a translator, whose books include Speaking in Song by Mexican poet Pura López Colomé, Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue by Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca, and The Song of the Dead by French poet Pierre Reverdy. His honors include a prize from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.

Ann Pelletier’s debut full-length book of poems is Letter That Never. Carol Snow says, “With each of these ‘imagined autobiographies’—unnamed, evocative, formally inventive—Ann Pelletier seeks, seeks to offer, a haunting solace at the edge of forgetting and being forgotten.” Raised in upstate New York; Madrid, Spain; and New Hampshire, she has been published in The Antioch Review, New American Writing, Volt, and elsewhere.

May 31st: Clark Coolidge


Moe's welcomes poet, musician and old friend Clark Coolidge in celebration of two new releases, Selected Poems 1962-1985 (Barrytown/Station Hill Press) and The Circus (Flow Press).

Clark Coolidge is the author of more than forty books, including SELECTED POEMS: 1962-1985, Space, Solution Passage, The Crystal Text, At Egypt, NOW IT'S JAZZ: WRITINGS ON KEROUAC & THE SOUNDS, THE ACT OF PROVIDENCE, and most recently 88 SONNETS and A BOOK BEGINNING WHAT AND ENDING AWAY. In 2011 he edited a collection of Philip Guston's writings and talks for University of California Press. Initially a drummer, he was a member of David Meltzer's Serpent Power in 1967 and Mix group in 1993-94. Currently he has returned to active drumming with Thurston Moore and the free jazz band Ouroboros.

June 6th: Poets Diana Aehegma, Claudia Cortese, and Steffi Drewes


Diana Aehegma grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, and lives in Oakland, CA. She earned her MA and MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she won the Ann Fields Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Monday Night, the Tinfish Press anthology Jack London is Dead, The Press at CSU Fresno anthology Shadowed: Unheard Voices, the Featherboard Writing Series / Aggregate Space Gallery chapbook Crossing Paths, and at Bang Out SF, among other venues.

Claudia Cortese’s first book, Wasp Queen (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) explores the privilege and pathology, trauma and brattiness of suburban girlhood. Cortese’s poems and stories have appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, and The Offing, among others, and she writes reviews for Muzzle Magazine. The daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, Cortese grew up in Ohio and lives in New Jersey. She also lives at

Steffi Drewes is the author of Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, and History of Drawing Circles. Her poems have appeared in various journals and in the anthology It’s night in San Francisco but it’s sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). She has attended writing and art residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The Wassaic Project in New York. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and editor in the Bay Area.

June 14th: Sheila Rowbotham discusses her new book Rebel Crossings


Moe's is delighted to welcome Shiela Rowbotham, who will discuss her new Verso book Rebel Crossings, the transatlantic story of six radical pioneers at the turn of the twentieth century.

Sheila Rowbotham, who helped start the women’s liberation movement in Britain, is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements. She is the author of the ground-breaking books Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History. Her later works include Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties; Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century; and the biography Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography. Her poetry and two plays have been published and she has written for newspapers and journals in Britain, the US, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Sweden and Sri Lanka. An Honorary Fellow of Manchester University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she lives in Bristol.