In Conversation with Layli Long Soldier, San Francisco, CA
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

In Conversation with Layli Long Soldier, San Francisco, CA

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I'll be interviewing the poet, Layli Long Soldier on Nov 8 at CIIS. Find tickets here

Layli Long Soldier is a poet, a mother, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She wrote her latest collection of poetry as a response to the congressional resolution of "Apology to Native Peoples," which apologized to Native Americans for their mistreatment by the United States government signed by President Obama in 2010. The resolution is described by Layli as a silent gesture, tacked onto the Defense appropriations bill without any ceremonial acknowledgment or invitation to tribal leaders to witness its signing. Now, Standing Rock has become shorthand for this same painful history of ill-conceived policies and depredation.

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Inside Story Time in Oakland, CA
May
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Inside Story Time in Oakland, CA

Inside Story Time: DEFIANCE, on Thursday May 25th, 7-9 pm, at Ale Industries, 3096 E. 10th Street, Oakland, will feature Micheline Aharaonian Marcom (A Brief History of Yes), Brynn Saito (Power Made Us Swoon), Nazelah Jamision (Evolutionary Heart), Vernon Keeve III (Southern Migrant Mixtape), and Josh Wilson. MCd by James Warner (All Her Father's Guns). More info here

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ALOUD Reading, Los Angeles, CA
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

ALOUD Reading, Los Angeles, CA

In a Western Light: Poetry at the Edge of America

California poetry has looked to the future, as well as to its complex past and the present, as a way of understanding our place at the edge of the continent. California is about the magic of the land and the promise of possibility— yet the question remains, for whom? Seven contemporary California poets celebrate the diverse poetry of seven distinguished California writers, hoping to provide a lens through which to experience these visions of a life lived in the harsh clarity of a Western light.

Featuring Douglas Kearney reading Charles Bukowski; Victoria Chang reading Diane Di Prima; Brendan Constantine reading Wanda Coleman; Brynn Saito reading  Adrienne Rich; Kim Dower reading Gertrude Stein; Amy Gerstler reading Czeslaw Milosz; and Blas Falconer reading Juan Felipe Herrera.

Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

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Sonoma, CA
Oct
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Sonoma, CA

Art + POETRY + WINE
Inspired by Litquake's Flight of Poets event, poets Tess Taylor, Dean Rader, Brynn Saito, and Indigo Moor will each read a selection of their poetry in response to art in the Pairings exhibition. Chris Sawyer will bring it all together with a different Sonoma County wine to complement each poem/art pair. For reservations and further information, go to http://www.svma.org/calendar/events/pairings-senses or phone 707.939.7862 x13

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Mt. Tamalpais & Poetry in the Parks, Mill Valley, CA
Oct
9
11:00am11:00am

Mt. Tamalpais & Poetry in the Parks, Mill Valley, CA

Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy present Poetry in Parks 2016. This 3rd installation of Poetry in Parks is a free, day-long festival in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State ParkThe program includes Quiet Lightning’s flagship submission-based literary mixtape, selected through a blind process and published in a book handed out to the first 200 people in attendance, to be followed by an outstanding group of poets that includes Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson, and culminates in this year’s Neighborhood Heroes, featuring readings by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Pulitzer Prize-winning US Poet Laureate Emeritus Kay Ryan, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets Jane Hirshfield, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, sci-fi fount and Environmental Fellow Kim Stanley Robinson, and Editor of the New York Times Magazine poetry column, Matthew Zapruder.

Facebook Invite.

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"At Home on Earth" with Judy Grahn in Berkeley, CA
Sep
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

"At Home on Earth" with Judy Grahn in Berkeley, CA

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“At Home On Earth” is a Living Arts Magazine evening, featuring Judy Grahn, Brynn Saito, Anne Carol, and Asia Morganthaler. Four artists collaborate in a multi-art, multi-cultural, multi-generational show of beauty and caring expressed in poetry, music, and paintings. How do we feel toward earth and her creatures? How can we reunite with the matrix of life in our personal lives? We will include a “live article” looking back at the 1969 history of Berkeley’s People’s Park demonstrations as recorded in Harold Adler’s book, The Whole World’s Watching

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Race, Writing, and Power: Flash Readings and Panel, San Francisco
May
27
6:15pm 6:15pm

Race, Writing, and Power: Flash Readings and Panel, San Francisco

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Writing is a tool of inquiry and empowerment for many poets and writers of color; with words, we carve and cobble the "farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears," as Audre Lorde once wrote. Join us on Friday, May 27th (6:15-8pm, CIIS first floor) for flash readings and a panel discussion exploring the themes of writing, identity, community, and empowerment. CIIS faculty and alums Regina Louise, Kenji Liu, Brynn Saito, Diego Basdeo Fitzgerald, and others TBD will read and sign books. We'll also celebrate the launch of the 2016 Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (a collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and the MFA Programs at CIIS) and Mission At Tenth Inter-Arts Journal, vol. 6. 

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Literary Arts Center in Portland, OR
May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Literary Arts Center in Portland, OR

Poetry and Politics in America at the Literary Arts Center in downtown Portland.

Join Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Red Hen Press Award winning poet Brynn Saito, and Oregon Book Awards author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a frank discussion of identity politics, advocacy, and the role of contemporary Asian American poetics, as well as readings from their new work.

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"Why Poetry is Not a Luxury" at CIIS in San Francisco, CA
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Why Poetry is Not a Luxury" at CIIS in San Francisco, CA

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Why Poetry is Not a Luxury with Brynn Saito: Words create the thoughts that shape our reality, our movements, our public and private selves. How can reading and writing poems bring us closer to one another, creating threads of meaning and connection? How can we cultivate a poetic consciousness through simple exercises and rituals? What happens to our experience of time and life when poetry enters our world? Poetry is a powerful tool and a useful art that belongs to us all, not a luxury reserved for the privileged. As the great poet, Audre Lorde, once reminded us: “It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” In an era of constant distraction, reading and writing poetry can help us attune to the world, sharpen our senses, and illuminate the complexities inherent in our everyday moments. From Rumi to Mary Oliver, discover how making poetry a part of the fabric of your everyday life brings meaning and wonder to busy modern living. 

Tickets available here

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Liminal: A Feminist Writing Space in Oakland, CA
Apr
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Liminal: A Feminist Writing Space in Oakland, CA

LIMINAL has feminist and womanist Showcases bi-monthly, featuring 10-15 writers and performers. Facebook invite hereThis Showcase will feature:

-Michelle Gonzales
-Brynn Saito
-Sharon Coleman
-Michelle Puckett
-Lynsey Ellis
-Elena Mauli Shapiro
-Allie Marini
- Cassandra Dallet
-Norma Smith
-Mk Chavez
-Denise Benavides
-Emily Kuenstler
-Carol Dorf
-Autumn Stephens

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