FullSizeRender-2Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge magazine, 100,000 Poets for Change, and almost countless poetry books edited or written – not to mention Shell Dance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica –  says,

“Diversity of vision and style are the heart and soul of this reading, a momentous occasion of joyous and dark surprise.”

Sunday, March 6th, 5-8 p.m.
Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Avenue (at Ashby), Berkeley

Featured poets include:
Michael Rothenberg
Owen Hill
Paul Corman-Roberts
Youssef Alaoui

Open reading sign-up at 5 p.m.
$5 – $10 donation suggested.

MICHAEL ROTHENBERG will bring his strange brew of San Francisco Renaissance meditations, savvy humor and political rant.

OWEN HILL, the wizard of Moe’s legendary reading series, is always smart and insightful and sets the stage for a noir apocalypse.

PAUL CORMAN ROBERTS, notoriously unable to see his forest for his trees brings a message yearning for community and justice tempered with a reckless if soulful heart.

YOUSSEF ALAOUI will engage the surreal and the fabulist with his strange dark melodies.

This is the first time these poets have read together and it might be the last. If you are in the area, join them for a night of celebration and exultation!

For more information contact: Clive Matson, 510-654-6495, clive@matsonpoet.com


Owen Hill is currently finishing the annotations for the new edition of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. His most recent poetry collection is A Walk Among the Bogus from Lavender Ink Press in New Orleans.

Paul Corman-Roberts is a compulsive poet and a compulsive organizer. His latest collection of poems is called We Shoot Typewriters from Nomadic Press and he is a core-founder of Oakland’s Beast Crawl Festival. He once had coffee and donuts with Eldridge Cleaver.

Youssef Alaoui is known for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. His work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez. His work was nominated for the Pushcart prize. Youssef’s novella, The Blue Demon is available on Amazon and at other bookstores.

Michael Rothenberg
is a poet, editor and publisher of the online literary magazine Big Bridge,  and co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC).

Michael’s editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Ed Dorn.

His poetry books include Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press), Indefinite Detentions: A Dog Story (Shabda Press USA and Ekstasis Press CANADA) and Murder (Paper Book Press). Drawing The Shade is due out from Dos Madres Press in 2016.

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