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Bay Area Lit Scene: Studio One Reading

What: Studio One Reading

Where: Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street, Oakland, CA

When: Doors-7:00, Reading-7:30

Who: Nik De Dominic, Amanda Nadelberg, Geoffrey G. O’Brien

 


Review written by Jared Alford, Omnidawn’s Facebook Editor
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Bay Area Lit Scene: Ekphrastic!

What:  Ekphrastic!, the third reading

Where:  Krowswork Gallery, 480 23rd St., Oakland, CA

When:  Saturday March 12, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Who:  ‘Lectric Collective (Jillian Roberts, Sarah Rothberg, Kelsa Trom) presents

Poets:  Steven Lance, John Sakkis, C.S. Giscombe

Exhibiting Artists: Anthony Dubovsky, Shannon May, Jae Lauren Payne, Jon Stich, Ben Belknap, Peter Schulte, Misako Inaoka, Sarah Ratchye

Review written by Jared Alford, Omnidawn’s Facebook Editor and Lit Scene Features Reviewer.
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Bay Area Lit Scene: Mrs Dalloway’s

How To Approach the Mysterious

Reviewer: Sarah Louise Green

Reviews Editor: Meg Hurtado

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THE SCOOP

Location: Mrs. Dalloway’s 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA

Curator: Mary Fox
Mrs Dalloway’s Contact Person: Mary Fox

Parking/Transportation: Unless you have the strange & good fortune of finding a spot on College, your best bet is to turn left on Russell and left again into the small lot that the bookstore shares with some of the neighboring restaurants and shops.

The Run of Things: Come early to browse. The bookstore has a carefully curated poetry selection as well as robust offerings of biography, gardening, and other sorts of books. The crowd trickles in, but there will likely be no seats left as the reading begins.

Is There a Blog? Yes. You can find the schedule of readings and other events on their website.

Upcoming Poetry Readings: Sandy Tseng and Allison Benis-White read July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Excerpts from each of the readers will be featured within this review.
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Bay Area Lit Scene: Mrs. Dalloway’s

The Garden of Poetry at Mrs. Dalloway’s

Reviewer: Sarah Louise Green

Reviews Editor: Meg Hurtado

Photographs bought to you by: Robert Andrew Perez, Jr.

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THE SCOOP

Location: Mrs. Dalloway’s 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA

Curator: Mary Fox
Mrs Dalloway’s Contact Person: Mary Fox

Parking/Transportation: Unless you have the strange & good fortune of finding a spot on College, your best bet is to turn left on Russell and left again into the small lot that the bookstore shares with some of the neighboring restaurants and shops.

The Run of Things: Come early to browse. The bookstore has a carefully curated poetry selection as well as robust offerings of biography, gardening, and other sorts of books. The crowd trickles in, but there will likely be no seats left as the reading begins.

Is There a Blog? Yes. You can find the schedule of readings and other events on their website.

Upcoming Poetry Readings: Marc Elihu Hofstadter and Stephen Kessler will read Friday, 2/5/2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Poems from and photos of each of the readers will be featured within this review.


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Bay Area Lit Scene: Books & Bookshelves

The Scoop

Location: Books and Bookshelves is located in the Castro at 99 Sanchez St

Curator/bookstore Contact Person: David Highsmith.

Parking/Transportation: I always walk to this reading because I enjoy a good stroll up The Mission passed Dolores park and into the Castro. You can also take the bus up Mission from 16th Street BART. Or car and park, it seems to be pretty easy to get a spot there.

The Run of Things: This is a very warm and friendly space for a reading. People trickle in, have a smoke outside, socialize, browse the books. The reading usually doesn’t start until 30 minutes after the scheduled time. There are some beverages provided.

Bay Area Lit Scene feature is edited by Meg Hurtado

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Review by Ariel Goldberg
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Bay Area Lit Scene: Albany Library


The Scoop

edited by Meg Hurtado

Where? Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave, Albany, CA.
Curator/s: Catherine Taylor and Richard Russo
When? Now taking place the second Tuesday of each month.
Parking? Yes, and it’s free! The library has a lovely little parking lot.
Donation: Not required, although a donation to the library probably isn’t a bad idea.
Is There a Blog? Yes, the Albany Library Website.

The Run of Things: The reading begins at roughly 7 pm and ends around 8 pm, at which time there is a break for chatting and refreshments. After the break there is an open mic session for audience members which lasts until 9 pm or so.

Quotes from the Readers: “Each poem is different, wild . . . . Maybe not so lucid as I like to think they are!” –Alena Hairston

“Everything and everyone that lives on is trapped in love.” –Indigo Moor

Poems from each of the readers are featured below the review.
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Bay Area Lit Scene: The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand

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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

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Reviews Editor: Meg Hurtado

THE SCOOP

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

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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

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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.

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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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