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, August 23, 2019: Jan Dederick and John Rowe

Jan Dederick has published two chapbooks, including Ear to the Rail and Between a Rock and a Soft Place, and a full length collection, Hammer it into Horseshoes, a Memory in Poetry.  She was for several years a co-host of the long-running, weekly Berkeley poetry series, Poetry Express, and currently serves on the editorial board of Poetalk, the journal of the Bay Area Poets Coalition.  Accolades include honors from the Soul Making Keats literary competition and the Dancing Poetry Festival. She is a practitioner of homeopathic medicine and Kairos therapy.

John Rowe  is the author of Beyond Perspective (Finishing Line Press, 2015), Winsome Losesome(Eventuality Press, 2010), and At My Wit’s Beginning(Eventuality Press, 2003/2007). His poems have appeared in various small press journals and anthologies. Honors include numerous prize-winning poems from the Artists Embassy International’s Annual Dancing Poetry Festival Contests, and Grand Prize in the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review Contest 2010. He is a co-host of the monthly Last Word Poetry Reading Series in Berkeley, a co-editor of Poetalk, and the long-time President of the Bay Area Poets Coalition. http://www.rowepoet.com 

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

Friday, July 5: Writing Practice, with Dani Gabriel

Join us to explore and play with words. Bring something you’re working on, or just a desire to write!

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.