Bay Area Writing Project at Expressions Gallery, Sunday November 13th

Glenn Ingersoll and I will be reading our poetry (plus a surprise) tomorrow at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley. Hosted by Marty Williams and BAWP.

Sun, November 13, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States (map)
A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work. (Open to the Public) Expressions Gallery 3:00-4:30 p.m.
There will also be an Open Mic

 

Bay Area Writing Project Reading on Sunday November 13, 2016

I hope you can join me and Glenn Ingersoll at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley on Sunday November 13th.
There will be an open mic; contact ms.marty.will@gmail.com if you are interested in reading.
Here are the details:
The Bay Area Writing Project & Expressions Gallery
present poets Joyce Young and Glenn Ingersoll
November 13, 20163:00-4:30 p.m. 
Expressions Gallery – 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA
We hope to see you there!

Mantras

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There is so much noise within and around these days, with social media posts, voices and beings buzzing around in the workplace, drivers on edge, free floating anxiety. And yes, the U.S. election cycle that ends (hopefully) on Tuesday November 8 has contributed to a lot of it, but I get the feeling that there is a lot more going on. And there is definitely a lot more going on in the world that we are all a part of.

In order to help myself navigate these churning waters, I’ve created mantras that directly connect me to writing. That’s my calling, so I have to work with myself to pull back from the fracas.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

What do I have to say?

Do I want to enter this particular conversation?

How can I add to the conversation?

How can I begin a new conversation?

What narrative do I want to be a part of?

What narrative do I want to create?

Are there tools that you have been using to focus your Self and your writing practice? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for the joy in poetry

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Yesterday’s reading, interview and discussion at the Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch was thoroughly enjoyable. From my audience of curious and writerly folks, to being drawn to read poems about my family members, friends and neighbors from my ‘growing up days’ in Brooklyn, the hour we spent together was a gift!

The questions asked were those of folks who write and are quiet about it, those who are experienced writers and teachers, and those who wanted to know more about the poems I read and about poetry in general.

Many thanks to the Glenn Ingersoll and the Berkeley Public Library for asking me to be part of the Clearly Meant Series. You made my experience yesterday enjoyable and supported me wonderfully in publicizing the event by providing chapbooks, flyers and a Facebook event page linked to the library’s events calendar. It was this writer’s dream event!

Photos to come (lots of them) and many thanks to Jain Williams for rising to the occasion of the sudden and surprising role of event photographer. Jain, you might want to consider using the camera as an income producing side project (smile).

Poetry Reading and Discussion at the Berkeley Public Library Saturday June 25, 2016 2-3 pm

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I will be reading some of my poems, talking with host and fellow poet Glenn Ingersoll and engaging in discussion with the audience (you) at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue@Ashby, tomorrow, June 25, 2016 from 2-3 pm.

This is my neighborhood library and I’m very happy to be reading there again. Please join me!

More details below:

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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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Forces of Change at the Oakland Museum of CA

I have been honored to work with 5 phenomenal individuals on their installations at the Oakland Museum. Now it’s time to celebrate our work!

Friday, April 10th – Forces of Change – 5 New Personal Stories

Please come to the Oakland Museum of California on the evening of Friday, April 10th, for the opening of five new displays of personal stories about living in California in the 1960s as told by: Cathy Cade, Leah Fisher, Sekio Fuapopo, Dave Peterson, and Mahesh Shah.
Friday, April 10th, 2015
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Remarks at 7pm
History Gallery, Oakland Museum of California, level 2
1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607
Admission rates on Friday evening: Adults $7.50, Students/Seniors $5, Members and Children 18 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing hub on level 2 and the parking garage has a flat rate of $5.00 for the night. The Museum is also BART accessible and is a block from the Lake Merritt Bart stop.
Please note that OMCA will be open until 9:00pm that night with Off the Grid food trucks, drinks, music, art activities, and other entertainment as part of our regular Friday Nights @ OMCA event. You can make a whole night of it!
Looking forward to seeing you there–