Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, November 20th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the poets Judith Rose and Betsy Rosenberg.

 

One of Israel’s most sought-after English translators and poets, Betsy Rosenberg has been a resident of Israel since 1967. A poet, musician, and translator, Rosenberg studied at the Hebrew University and the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Winner of the Marshall Award for Translation of Children’s Literature in 2000, Rosenberg has given her papers to Indiana University, home of the recently established “Betsy Rosenberg Archives,” a collection of her works created for scholars to study the different aspects of translation. She has translated works by Israeli authors David Grossman, Aharon Appelfeld, Gabriel Preil, Miron C. Izakson and others.

 

Gabriel Levin says, “Betsy Rosenberg enchants and unsettles in poems that read like oracles syncopated with a variety of styles, from Persian moosiqi to Gilbert and Sullivan and jazz. Lyrical intimations, kabbalistic and biblical, classical Greek or Chinese sustain her night vigils and travels through time and space, reminding us that Jerusalem, the contentious city in which she lives, can become, like her poetry, a locus of mysterious concatenations and ever more vivid amazement.”

 

Rosenberg’s Selected Poems, titled A Future More Vivid has just been published this month (November, 2014) by The Sheep Meadow Press.

 

UC Davis alumna Judith Rose has published poetry and fiction in many of the top literary journals, including Calyx, The Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, the Iowa Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Living in St. Helena, California, Rose published her poetry book Walking the Minefield through Finishing Line Press in 2012. The title of the collection reflects her experience of walking behind her son through a minefield in Cambodia. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and UC Davis emeritus professor Gary Snyder wrote of this volume, “A remarkable collection, deeply lived. And many living beings: small, diverse, intense, invoked along the way.”

 

Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones has known Rose for more than 20 years, and knows her to be a sensitive and eloquent poet. Please join us in hearing from these two talented authors.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What: The Poetry Night Reading Series features Betsy Rosenberg and Judith Rose

 

When: Thursday, November 20th 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. Future Poetry Night performers include the Sable and Quill poets on December 4th.

 

Betsy Rosenberg and Judith Rose

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Please join us at 8 PM this Thursday, November 6th, at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 First Street, Davis) for Poetry Night featuring the poets Bill Gainer and Laura Martin.

 

Bill Gainer contributes to the California literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. Gainer is a past winner of the San Francisco Beat Museum’s Poetry Contest and the Sacramento News and Review’s Flash Fiction Contest. He continues to edit for the PEN Award-winning R.L. Crow Publications, is a founding and current board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series, and serves as the longtime host of Sacramento’s popular Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium. Widely published, Bill Gainer remains a nationally sought-after reader. His latest book is Lipstick and Bullet Holes, from Epic Rites Press of Canada. Find out more about Bill at billgainer.com.

 

Laura Martin is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in publications throughout California, including Tule Review, Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets, Medusa’s Kitchen, Convergence – An Online Journal of Poetry and Art, Sacramento Voices, Verse on the Vine, Susurrus and Soul of the Narrator. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Grand Prize at the Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Martin fronts The Soft Offs, a spoken word/jazz/blues/beer band that takes the written word from page to stage. Bill Gainer says, “Martin, solo or as part of a group, finds herself in front of an ever-growing audience. She is a talent in full bloom – a writer capable of stealing hearts and giving then back unblemished. She is marvelous.”

 

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 Bill Gainer and Laura Martin

 

When: Thursday, November 6th 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. Future Poetry Night performers include Judith Rose and Betsy Rosenberg on November 20th, and the Sable and Quill poets on December 4th.

 

Bill Gainer and Laura Martin (updated) 11-6-2014

 

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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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