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, March 22, 2019: Amy Glynn & Lucille Lang Day

Amy Glynn is the Poet Laureate of Lafayette, California. She is multi-generational Bay Area native and holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Lancaster University, England. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry (2010 and 2012). Her first collection, A Modern Herbalwas published by Measure Press in 2013; her second, Romance Language, is forthcoming, also from Measure Press. She has received the SPUR Award of the Association of Western Writers, Poetry Northwest’s Carolyn Kizer Award, scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Environmental Writer’s Conference, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She is also an award-winning essayist. Amy lives in Lafayette with her two daughters.

Lucille Lang Day is the founder of Scarlet Tanager Books, where she recently co-edited with Ruth Nolan Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California.  Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story (Heyday, 2012), received a 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a  finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Poetry collections include Becoming an Ancestor (Červená Barva, 2015), Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems(Blue Light, 2015), The Curvature of Blue (Červená Barva, 2009), Infinities(Cedar Hill, 2002), Wild One (Scarlet Tanager, 2000), Fire in the Garden(Mother’s Hen, 1997), and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (Berkeley Poets’ Workshop and Press, 1982). Her first children’s book, Chain Letter, based on her poem “Letter from St. Jude,” was published by Heyday Books in 2005; her second children’s book, The Rainbow Zoo, a rhyming picture book, was released by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2016.  She has received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Pushcart nominations.

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

April 5, 2019

Projects and Prompts, plus: short fiction. With Dani Gabriel.

Last month the format was short. This month we’re expanding to incorporate all your dreams and ideas. Are you working on an ongoing project? Want to start a new one? We will talk about writing practices, dig into the work of regular writing, and read and respond to a work of short fiction.

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.