Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, October 16th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the renowned poet James Ragan.

James Ragan

James Ragan

 

James Ragan is an internationally recognized poet, playwright, and essayist. Translated into 12 languages, he has authored eight books of poetry including The Hunger Wall and The World Shouldering I.  He has read for six heads of state and in 1985, was one of four poets including Seamus Heaney, Bob Dylan and Robert Bly, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow.  Honors include three Fulbright Professorships, two Honorary Doctorates, the Emerson Poetry Prize, eight Pushcart Prize nominations, a Poetry Society of America Citation, and the Swan Foundation Humanitarian Award.  Ragan’s plays have been staged in the U.S, Russia, Greece, and China. He has worked on staff during the making of The Godfather and in production on The Deer Hunter, The Border and recently, The House. He is the subject of a documentary, Flowers and Roots, based on his life in the arts (Arina Films, 2014). For 25 years, James Ragan directed the Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

 

Ragan is widely acclaimed. The great Russian poet called Ragan “A testament to universal brotherhood, a celebration. He is my brother.” William Matthews said that “James Ragan’s poetry lights the passage to the larger world of global citizenship.” The populist historian Studs Terkel found that “In Jim Ragan’s poetry, there is a lyrical fusing of innocence and wisdom. It is this juxtaposition that makes his work so exhilarating.” Michael Harper agrees, stating that “James Ragan’s poetry is splendidly candid, original, energized, connected to the real world, honed, humane, connected to a series of finely articulated voices, full of nuances, of music, of idioms he’s heard and invented.”

 

Because James Ragan will be traveling from a LitQuake event in San Francisco, this week the open mic will begin at 8 PM, and the featured performer will take the Natsoulas stage at 9 PM. 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.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the Poet Laureate of the City of Davis—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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series featuring James Ragan

 

When: Thursday, October 16th for the Open Mic at 8 PM – James Ragan at 9 PM.

 

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

 

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

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Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, October 2nd, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the poets Julia Levine and Denise Platt Lichtig.

 

Julia B. Levine has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the 2003 Tampa Review Prize for her collection, Ask, the 1998 Anhinga Poetry Prize and bronze medal from Foreword magazine for her first collection, Practicing for Heaven, as well as the Discovery/ Nation award. Her latest poetry collection, Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight, inaugurated the Barataria Poetry Series for Louisiana State University Press in 2014. She has work appearing in several new anthologies, including The Places That Inhabit Us, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Her work has been widely published in many of the most respected literary journals, including The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Julia Levine earned a PhD in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley, and today she lives and works in Davis, California.

 

Opening for Julia Levine will be Denise Platt Lichtig. A longtime Davis poet, Lichtig has been published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Suisun Review, The Antioch Review, and Dry Heat. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Lichtig was a finalist for the Atlanta Review International Poetry 2012 Contest, a semi-finalist in the Discovery /Nation Award, and the winner of the Quinton Duval Chapbook Contest, judged by Dennis Schmitz. A volunteer at REAL POETS, a non-profit organization that helps high-risk youth write poetry, Lichtig lives in Davis where she practices Chinese Medicine and owns a small Tai Chi school.

 

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.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the Poet Laureate of the City of Davis—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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series features Julia Levine and Denise Platt Lichtig

 

When: Thursday, October 2nd at 8 PM

 

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

 

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

 

P.S. James Ragan is scheduled to read at Poetry Night on October 16th!

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Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, September 18th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the poets Henry Reneau and Allegra Silberstein.

 

Henry 7. Reneau, Jr. attended UC Davis, double-majoring in English and African/African-American Studies. He has been published in more than a 120 journals and anthologies, among them, Nameless Magazine; Mandala Literary Journal; The Chaffey Review; Rufous City Review; Black Arts Quarterly; The View From Here; Empirical Magazine; FOLLY Magazine: Entering: Davis Poetry Book Project Anthology; Tule Review; BlazeVOX; Suisun Valley Review; Tidal Basin Review; and Storm Cycle, 2013 Best of Anthology from Kind of a Hurricane Press. He was the winner of the Sacramento News and Review Student Poetry Contest for 2008. He was the 2nd place winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize (Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize, 2008), and placed 3rd in the 2009 Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest. His upcoming poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press, 2014) will be released in late September of 2014. He also has an upcoming e-book, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), to be released in November of 2014. He has also self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories. As Henry is moving to Texas, this may be your final chance to see him share one of his dynamic performances.

 

Opening for Henry Reneau will be beloved Davis poet Allegra Silberstein. Allegra Jostad Silberstein grew up on a farm in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1963. In addition to three chapbooks of poetry, Allegra has over a hundred publications in journals such as Blue Unicorn, California Quarterly, Rattlesnake Review, Poetry Now, and many others. In March, 2010, Allegra became the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, and served until September 2012. She is also a dancer with the Third Stage dance company and sings and plays washboard with Front Porch Bluegrass in Davis.

 

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.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Davis— 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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series features Henry Reneau and Allegra Silberstein

 

When: Thursday, September 18th at 8 PM

 

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

 

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

Henry Reneau

Henry Reneau

Allegra Silberstein

Allegra Silberstein

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Mary Mackey

Poet Mary Mackey

 

Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, September 4th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the much-lauded poet Mary Mackey.

 

Her published works include seven collections of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence (Marsh Hawk Press 2011) and her latest collection Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014). She is also the author of thirteen novels, including Immersion (Shameless Hussy Press 1972), which has just been re-published by the Authors Guild.

 

Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer’s Almanac. Mackey’s works have been on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, sold over a million and a half copies, and been translated into twelve foreign languages. She is past president of the West Coast branch of PEN, and a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  A Professor Emerita at California State University, Sacramento, Mary Mackey earned a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Mary Mackey, read her blog interview series People Who Make Books Happen, and sample her work at www.marymackey.com.

Opening for Mary Mackey will be Andrew Williamson. Williamson teaches writing at Sierra and American River College. He has an MA in literature, two cats, and a few new poems. After a brief stint in the polar midwest, has returned to the place of his birth, the central valley of California. He has a novel in the works, but claims that student essays wait for no man.
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.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Davis— 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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series features Mary Mackey

 

When: Thursday, September 4th at 8 PM

 

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

 

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

 

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

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Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, August 21, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring Bakersfield poet Marit MacArthur. Opening for her will be Davis poet Mischa Erickson.

 

Marit MacArthur, an Associate Professor of English at CSU Bakersfield, earned her MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College in 2013. Her interests range from modern and contemporary American and English-language poetry and fiction to Polish poetry. Her poems, reviews, and translations from the Polish have appeared in over a dozen publications. In 2013, she won the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review. Her first manuscript of poems, Things to Do in Bakersfield in August, has won a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and is making the rounds seeking a publisher.

 

Poet Mischa Erickson is a graduate of the creative writing program at UC Davis. She lives in Davis with her husband and baby.

 

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.

 

The Poetry Night Reading Series—coordinated and hosted by Dr. Andy Jones, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Davis— 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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series hosts Marit MacArthur and Mischa Erickson

When: Thursday, August 21st at 8 PM

Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis)

The John Natsoulas Gallery – (530) 756-3938

http://www.poetryindavis.com/

 

Poet Mischa Erickson

Poet Mischa Erickson

Featured Poet Marit MacArthur

Featured Poet Marit MacArthur

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