Poetry and Prose

Calliope is now hosting monthly formal poetry readings, and also regular writing workshops.

Fourth Friday Formal

David Rosenthal hosts this series, which will include conversation and readings with established poets, plus open-mic time.

Friday, May 24, 2019: Robert Eastwood and Peter Weltnerh

Robert Eastwood lives in San Ramon, California. He is the author of Romer (Etruscan Press, 2018), and Snare (Broadstone Books, 2016). His prize-winning poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, such as Oxford MagazineNew Zoo Poetry ReviewEkphrasisThe Dirty NapkinWild Goose Poetry ReviewFull Of CrowLegendaryUp The Staircase QuarterlyLiterary YardKentucky ReviewBird’s ThumbThe Hartskill ReviewSpryLoch Raven ReviewHalfway Down the StairsSteel Toe Review and others. His chapbooks include Over PlainsongThe Welkin Gate, and Night of the Moth, published by Small Poetry Press. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

Peter Weltner grew up in New Jersey and North Carolina, graduated from Hamilton College, and received a Ph.D. from Indiana University.  He taught English Renaissance poetry and prose, and modern and contemporary British, Irish, and American fiction and poetry at San Francisco State University for thirty-seven years, retiring in 2006. He has published six books of fiction, most recently The Return of What’s Been Lost (Marrowstone Press, 2017), and fourteen books or chapbooks of poetry including, most recently, The Light of the Sun Become Sea (BrickHouse Books, 2017), Unbecoming Time (Marrowstone Press, 2017), and You Wait For Me Where Mountain Peaks Are White As Your Hair(Marrowstone Press, 2018).  His newest book, Antiquary: Poems and Stories, was release this April by Marrowstone Press. His work has been selected for numerous anthologies, among them two O. Henry’s. He lives with his husband in San Francisco by the Pacific.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. A limited open reading, and a short interview with the featured readers will be included. This is a free event.

For more information about the program, see the event website here.

First Friday Writing Workshops

Join us in reading and responding to both well-known and outsider authors, engaging in creative exercises, and just generally enjoying writing and creating. We will talk about and experiment with different forms of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Special attention will be given to the poetic form that will be highlighted in the upcoming month’s Fourth Friday Formal reading series. Participants are encouraged to bring their work to read at the open mic at Fourth Friday Formal. Workshops will be led by Dani Gabriel, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, and Rebecca Black, Poet Laureate of Albany, with special guests.

6:30 – 8:00 pm, Monthly each first Friday

May 3, 2019

Sonnets, with Rebecca Black.

Join us to explore and play with form. We will read and write sonnets and talk about how form can actually bring freedom.

About Dani Gabriel and Rebecca Black

Dani Gabriel is a poet and writer, the author of The Woman You Write Poems About (Civil Defense Press) and coauthor of Molotov Mouths (Manic D Press), and author of The forthcoming Sam! (Penny Candy Books), as well as a manuscript in progress called “Low Rent Prophet.” She is the Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, CA. She is a postulant for the Diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of California, aspiring to ordination and service in the church and community. She works as a grant writer and writing teacher throughout the Bay Area.

Rebecca Black’s first book, Cottonlandia, won a Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press.  “Hers is a poetry full of promise and pain, migrating from Otis Redding to nanotechnology,” writes New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young. A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, in 2011 she was a Fulbright visiting professor at the Seamus Heaney Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has been the Director of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University and a member of the MFA faculty at UNC Greensboro. She lives in Albany, California where she serves as the city’s 2016 – 2020 Poet Laureate.