Thursday, April 22, 2010

Poetry reading by Bay Area poets to celebrate the release of The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed (Sixteen Rivers Press, March 2010), featuring contributors Chana Bloch, Camille T. Dungy, Sandra Gilbert, Forrest Hamer, Joyce Jenkins, Alice Jones, Eliot Schain, and Richard Silberg, Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 p.m. (510-704-8222, http://www.mrsdalloways.com)

From Sixteen Rivers Press:

The poems in this anthology embody what it’s like to live in this place: the astonishing weave of cities and towns, landscape and language, climate and history that make up the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Selected by the members of Sixteen Rivers Press, a regional poetry collective named after the web of rivers that flow into San Francisco Bay, the poems in The Place That Inhabits Us are drawn from both a physical and a metaphoric watershed. From the granite slopes of the Sierra to the Delta, through the Coastal Range to the bay and shores of the Pacific, one hundred poems by poets well known and not well known, living and dead, map this improbable region, a cultural crossroads where south meets north as surely as east meets west. These poems are internal maps, the mental maps “that, for humans,” writes Robert Hass in the forward, “make a place a place.” Gathered together, they evoke the San Francisco Bay watershed, the place that inhabits us.

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APRIL 1 thru APRIL 30: Third Annual Pocket Poem Giveaway

Sponsored by Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts

All during National Poetry Month of April, Mrs. Dalloway’s will offer their customers printed giveaway “pocket poems” selected by Bay Area poets and poetry enthusiasts (12 in all), including Alan Bernheimer, Cheryl Dumesnil, Camille T. Dungy, Robin Ekiss, August Kleinzahler, Jim Powell, Ron Slate, Al Young, and more. Come by and pick up a poem! Then, carry your pocket poem to unfold and share with family, friends, and co-workers on Thursday, April 29, the Third National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley

Monday-Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00, Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00, Sunday, noon-6:00

510-704-8222, http://www.mrsdalloways.com

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