Bay Area Lit Scene

Bay Area Lit Scene: The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand


The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand
written by Paul Ebenkamp
edited by Meg Hurtado

The Scoop

Where? 416 25th St, Oakland CA
When? 7:00 pm
Parking? Free street parking
Donation? $5 admission (or what you have) Books are usually for sale.
Is There a Blog? Indeed there is.
The Run of Things: Doors open at 6:30 for wine, beer, socializing and inspecting the art on the walls. Reading itself beg
ins at 7 and includes a brief break between readers.
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Bay Area Lit Scene: Pegasus Books


Reviews Editor: Meg Hurtado


Location: Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Curator: Maile Arvin & Rachel Marcus
Pegasus Contact Person: Rachel Marcus

Parking/Transportation: Metered parking along Shattuck until 6 pm – after 6, parking is free wherever you can find it.

The Run of Things: Most of the audience arrived right at the stated time. There’s a good selection of books to rummage through and refreshments to keep you mingling and mulling about until the reading starts.

Is There a Blog? All their information is on the Pegasus Books website:

Poems from each of the readers are featured below the review.

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Bay Area Lit Scene: Moe’s Books


Reviews Editor: Meg Hurtado

The Scoop:

Location: Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704
Main Store: (510) 849-2087
Open 10am – 10pm every day
Curator: Owen Hill

Parking/Transportation: Wherever you can get it. There’s a garage at roughly Telegraph and Channing – $1 per hour with validation. Probably best to drive, but not a terribly long walk from BART.

The Run of Things: Audience usually arrives a little early to browse the store and grab a good seat – it’s a well-established series in the Bay Area and it can get crowded.
Donation Encouraged? Not overtly, but it’s a bookstore – copies of the readers’ work is always for sale.

Is There a Blog? Yes, through the Moe’s Bookstore website.

All upcoming events and past audio and video files from previous events can be found there too.

Quote From a Reader: “Schools are made to be broken.” – Charles Bernstein.

Upcoming Events? Moe’s will host an in-store celebration of its 50th birthday on July 11th. This is not to be missed.

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Bay Area Lit Scene: Studio One


Welcome to the Omnidawn Blog’s first Bay Area Lit Scene Feature, which will provide our readers with a report of exciting poetry readings in the Bay Area. These features are edited by Omnidawn intern, Meg Hurtado.

Editor Bio:

Meg Hurtado is a second-year student in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California and attended undergrad at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She’s studied with Brian Henry, Piotr Sommer, Brenda Hillman, Graham Foust, and Tomaz Salamun. She’s originally from Scottsdale, AZ, which taught her about the beauty of the blank slate. She loves the classics (Plutarch, Yves St. Laurent, Technicolor, sailboats, Giotto, Victoria Station), but also the dark-and-weird (Batman comics, Chekhov, the Bog People). She regrets every second she doesn’t spend dancing, but almost never dances. Her favorite poets are Sexton, Berryman, Stevens, Keats. She’s extra-susceptible to Sir Philip Sidney. She’s relatively new to the published world, but this year was published in Cannibal and the West Wind Review.


The Scoop

Studio One Reading Series

Address/Neighborhood: 365 45th St. in Temescal, Oakland
What Kind of Space Is It Anyway: specifically used as a Art Center
Curator: Sara Mumolo
Parking: Neighborhood parking available, and a lot in the back if you’d prefer.
Transportation: Easiest to drive, but the appropriate BART station is MacArthur
Donation: encouraged, in any amount
The Run of Things: Doors open at 7:00 for wine and refreshments, small-talk, anticipation, etc. Reading begins at 7:30.
Upcoming events: July 10th with V. E. Grenier and Jane Miller and August 1st Aaron Kunin and Kevin Killian. Music by Tommy Busch and Heads Across the Sky.

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