Hiroshima Nagasaki Remembrance at Spice Monkey, Tuesday August 2


Reading Tonight – Alameda Island Poets at Frank Bette Center for the Arts

I will be reading poetry with John Curl at Alameda Island Poets Series this evening, 7-9 pm.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts, located at 1601 Paru St., corner of Lincoln Ave. and Paru. It is a large, yellow Victorian House that is an art gallery.

We’ll be surrounded by lots of visual art and you can be there, too. You’re invited!


13th Annual Berkeley Poetry Festival at Berkeley City College – May 16th

I am both excited and honored to be one of the featured poets at this annual poetry festival held this year on Saturday May 16th from 11 am – 5 pm at Berkeley City College.

Many thanks to poets Sharon Coleman and MK Chavez for herding the cats and handling publicity.

There will be readings, publishers, poetry books, and lots of hometown pride! You won’t want to miss it.

Poet and activist Rafael Jesus Gonzalez will be honored for a lifetime of poetry and social justice.

The poster is gorgeous, don’t you think?

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Pandemonium Press Reading Series – 1st Wednesdays

I’ll be reading poetry and some fiction with several excellent writers this week, as we kick off a new reading series at a beautiful loft space in Oakland that has great vibes.



7-9 pm

featured poets:

Sharon Coleman
Rafael Jesús González
Kirk Lumpkin
Joyce E. Young

Curator: Leila Rae

An open mic precedes and follows feature readers.
Signup now for open mic: pandemoniumpress@gmail.com

Admission Free

Come early or stay late for food/drink at Spice Monkey
(Webster at 17th; just 2 1/2 blocks from the 19th St. BART station)


The food, drink and staff at Spice Monkey are wonderful, so you’re in for an all around treat!


Lyrics & Dirges Tonight at Pegasus Books Downtown

I’ll be reading with a stellar lineup of writers this evening at Lyrics & Dirges hosted by the lovely and gracious Sharon Coleman.

I’m first up, so get there early or you’ll miss me.

Here we are, in reading order:

Joyce E. Young
Monica Zarazua
Joshua McKinney
Katayoun Zandvakili
Rusty Morrison

We’d love to have you in the audience!

Here’s the link:


Hope to see you there…

Beast Crawl 2014




Had a great time reading at Beast Crawl 2014 last night. The Beast Crawl Collective rocks!

Writers Tony Press, Robert Pesich, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and yours truly took the stage and held the audience rapt with our wordsmithing at Spice Monkey. We worked it, to say the least. I had an absolute blast.

Ah…what a night!

For the breakdown and locations of the entire festival, follow this link:


Broadsides, Anyone?


I’m in the process of creating a broadside of one of my poems that I plan to gift audience members with at two upcoming readings (I will post about them separately).

The broadsides of my own work are a first for me and I’ve had the great fortune to learn more about the history and origins of broadsides from a wonderful poet and friend.

In the past, Black Oak Books, a Berkeley independent bookstore, consistently and generously created broadsides and gifted them to audience members at readings.

I’m curious about the experiences that other writers have had with broadsides. Please share your stories about broadsides. It’s always good to hear what others have done and are doing.

Since a broadside represents one form of independent publishing, I think this will be my Independence Day Post.