Allegra Dancing

Allegra Silberstein, featuring Katy Brown

 

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, April 2nd at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis for a Poetry Night Reading Series performance and book release party featuring Davis Poet Laureate Emerita Allegra Silberstein. Silberstein will read from her new Cold River Press book, West of Angels. Opening for Silberstein will be Davis poet Katy Brown.

Trained as an actor, dancer, and teacher, Allegra Silberstein has been writing poetry in California since 1963. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Silberstein was named the first Poet Laureate of Davis in 2010. Accomplished in many forms of art and performance, Allegra is a dancer with Pamela Trokanski’s Third Stage Company, and she sings and plays washboard with the Front Porch Bluegrass band in Davis.

Silberstein has authored three chapbooks: Acceptance by Small Poetry Press, In The Folds by Rattlesnake Review, and Through Sun-Glinting Particles by Parallel Press. She edited the anthology of Davis poets titled Entering. Her new book, West of Angels, has recently been published by Cold River Press.

Dr. Andy Jones has written this about West of Angels: “Like some of the characters in this marvelous new book, West of Angels, beloved and perceptive Davis Poet Laureate Emerita Allegra Silberstein speaks “in hushed temple voices of ordinary things” and makes the quotidian awaken and enliven, like one poem’s “gigantic petrified eggs . . . hatching in golden shadows.” The Silberstein voice is receptive to the offerings of nature, from the “lacework lichens on an altar of fallen limbs,” to the “murmurations of light that move / through maple leaves golden red in the winter sun.” Compelled to “speak the tender of [her] thoughts,” Silberstein explores discoveries made possible by an alert and sympathetic imagination, she recounts generous insights about the human spirit, and she “mirrors with perfect clarity” the specific and chromatic variety of the natural world. Silberstein’s writing reminds us why, as one poem’s title tells us, “there are so many reasons for singing,” and each of these patient and accessible songs rewards the reader and speaker innumerably. With West of Angels, Silberstein reminds us all why she is so widely welcomed and appreciated by event hosts, editors, and anthologists alike.”

Joining Silberstein on stage will be the talented stand-up bass player Keith Cary. Cary plays steel guitar, string bass, and mandolin, among other instruments. He also builds many of the instruments he plays, so he knows them inside and out.

Opening for Silberstein will be Davis poet and photographer Katy Brown. Brown’s work appears frequently in Medusa’s Kitchen and Convergence. Rattlesnake Press produced The Quality of Light, a chapbook of her photographs and poems. Brown has won awards in The Ina Coolbrith Circle, Berkeley Poets’ Dinner, California Federation of Chaparral Poets, and The International Dance Poetry competitions; and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Brown’s photographs can be found on the covers of the Silberstein books Entering and West of Angels.

The featured poet will perform starting at 8 PM. The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the open mic List. Copies of Allegra Silberstein’s new book West of Angels will be available for sale at the Gallery and is available online via Cold River Press.

The Poetry Night Reading Series takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair. We hope to see you there!

 

Who: Allegra Silberstein and Katy Brown

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 8 pm

Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

www.poetryindavis.com

West of Angels at Cold River Press

The Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/992482347431240/

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Joshua Clover

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, March 19th at the John Natsoulas Gallery in for a Poetry Night Reading Series reading by Joshua Clover. Free refreshments will be provided at this special event.

 

Joshua Clover is the author of three books of poetry and two of cultural history and theory. His new book of poetry, Red Epic, has just been published by Commune Editions (spring 2015); his book on the political economy of struggle, Of Riot, will be published by Verso in spring, 2016.

 

Lauded by sources from Judith Butler to Entertainment Weekly, Joshua Clover’s poetry has received multiple honors including the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Village Voice book of the year. His poems appear in many anthologies, including three times in the Best American Poetry, twice in Pushcart Prize collections, and one poem in the prestigious Norton Introduction to Literature. His own poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Flemish, Swedish, Danish and Greek. Born in Oakland and still a Bay Area resident, Clover has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and GQ; he has been a columnist for SPIN, The Village Voice, and The Nation, where he currently writes “Pop and Circumstance.” He is a Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis.

 

Joshua Clover will perform starting at 8 PM. The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List.

 

Hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the Poet Laureate of Davis, The Poetry Night Reading Series takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair. We hope to see you there!

 

Who: Joshua Clover

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series

When: Thursday, March 19th, 8pm

Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

Media Contact: Andy Jones – aojones@gmail.com

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

www.poetryindavis.com

Find the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1426465187647109/

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Wide Open Mic

 

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, March 5th at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis for a night of poetry and other creative performances performed by local creative professionals and aspirants!

Attention all poets, musicians, and artists in the Davis and Sacramento areas! The Poetry Night Reading Series is holding a Wide Open Mic event on Thursday, March 5th at 8PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery on 1st Street in Davis. Join us if you have a original poem to share with a live audience, or if you want to treat yourself to an indulgent evening of poetry. Participants will be invited to perform a maximum of two pieces or five minutes, whichever is shorter. There will be 24 open mic slots, so come early to claim your spot on the program!

After intermission, expect a performance from the world-class a cappella group, The Spokes!

The Wide Open Mic for Poetry Night will start at 8pm and last until as late as 10pm, at which point we will enjoy the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub.

The Poetry Night Reading Series, hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the Poet Laureate of Davis, takes place every first and third Thursday of the month at the John Natsoulas Gallery. The Poetry Night Reading Series is an entirely volunteer-run event. We hope to see you there!

Who: You

What:​ The Poetry Night Reading Series’ Wide Open Mic series

When: ​Thursday, March 5th

Where: ​John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, 8pm

Media Contact: ​Andy Jones

aojones@gmail.com

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

The Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/802573169836086/

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Poetry Reading with Katie Peterson and Meagen Youngdahl

Thursday, February 19th at 8 PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, February 19th at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis for a Poetry Night Reading Series performance by Katie Peterson and Meagen Youngdahl.

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson’s lyric poems explore interior and exterior landscapes, exposure, and shelter. Peterson’s debut poetry collection, This One Tree (2006), was awarded the New Issues Poetry Prize by judge William Olson. She is the author of two other collections of poetry, The Accounts (2013) and Permission (2013), with The Accounts winning the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas in 2014. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo. Her poems have recently appeared in Third Coast, Zyzzyva, GREY, and West Branch.

Peterson earned a B.A. at Stanford University and a Doctorate in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard. She has taught at Bennington College, Tufts University, and Deep Springs College. She now lives in Woodland, California, after recently joining the English Department at the University of California, Davis. A frequent collaborator with her partner, the photographer Young Suh, Peterson is currently at work on a movie about donkeys. You can find out more about Katie at http://katiepeterson.org.

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Meagen Youngdahl received her BA in English and Film Studies from UC Berkeley, where she also studied Scandinavian literature and translation. Her creative work has appeared in several journals, including the American River Review, and her translations of poems by Tomas Tranströmer were included in the inaugural issue of Alchemy. She is currently a graduate student in the creative writing MA program at UC Davis, where she teaches a class on short fiction.

The featured poets will perform starting at 8 PM. The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List.

Hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the Poet Laureate of Davis, The Poetry Night Reading Series takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair. We hope to see you there!

Who: Katie Peterson and Meagen Youngdahl

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series

When: Thursday, February 19th, 8pm

Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

Media Contact: Andy Jones

aojones@gmail.com

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

www.poetryindavis.com

http://katiepeterson.org/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/798505026892973

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Thursday, February 5th at 8 PM at the John Natsoulas Gallery

Indigo Moor!

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, February 5th at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis for a Poetry Night Reading Series performance by Sacramento poet and playwright Indigo Moor.

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Working across multiple genres, Indigo Moor has published poetry, fiction, and stage plays that have earned him many awards and a devoted local following. His poetry book The Stonecutter’s Window was awarded the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, and Tap-Root was included in Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series. Other noteworthy accomplishments include finalist finishes for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Crab Orchard First Book Prize, Saturnalia First Book Award, Naomi Long Madgett Book Award, and WordWorks Prize. His short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet all debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre’s Spring Playwright’s festival. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and is being made into a full-length film.

A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program, Moor is a member of the Artist’s Residency Institute for Teaching Artists as well as an active musician and photographer. He has collaborated with the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Festival, The Livermore Ekphrastic Project, as well as the Davis Jazz Arts Festival. In addition to his many accomplishments, Indigo provides workshops in cross-genre writing as well as mentoring and manuscript consultation.

The featured poet will perform starting at 8 PM. The open mic will begin at 9 PM, and the after-party at de Vere’s Irish Pub will start at 10 PM. You are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic List. Copies of Moor’s books will be available for sale at the Gallery.

The Poetry Night Reading Series takes place at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursday of every month. Poetry Night at the John Natsoulas Gallery is an entirely volunteer-run affair. We hope to see you there!

Who: Indigo Moor

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series

When: Thursday, February 5th, 8pm

Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

www.poetryindavis.com

www.indigomoor.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/738557729584751/

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