THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.
So we’re about take this ––as the movie, Her, calls it–– “socially acceptable form of insanity” that we call LOVE and do the unthinkable, celebrate it. Yes, we are celebrating love this week at the Berkeley Slam so bring in your poems that embrace this maddening, and possibly delusional concept and say F*^& it, or rather, F*^& yeah to love.
And to help us say F*^& yeah, will be the sensational poet and novelists, SARAH GRIFF! She just released her first book, “Not Lost” which chronicles her first year living in San Francisco after emigrating from her native Ireland.
We’ve also added a spotlight feature to our Valentine’s show in José Saramago Prize winning Portuguese author of Blank Gaze/The Implacable Order of Things, The Piano Cemetery, and Morreste-me, José Luís Peixoto. He is one of Portugal’s hottest authors and has graciously agreed to stop by and do a couple of poems for the show.
Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. All poems written to this week’s theme will get priority on the list. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.
Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice
Sarah Griff writes essays, poems, and other things. She is co-editor of Bare Hands International Poetry Journal. She’s placed first at the last show of each Lit Slam season two years running, and has featured at poetry shows all over the Bay (and most of Ireland, too). Her work can be found in The Irish Times, Medium.com’s Human Parts editorial and The Rumpus amongst many others. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011 and her emigration memoir, Not Lost, was published by New Island Press in November 2013. She is usually covered in cat hair. She likes video games from the 1990′s and complicated female protagonists. She tweets @griffsk and blogs at wordfury.tumblr.com
February 19th All the way from Saskatchewan, Brent Chappel with spotlight feature, Austin’s Danny Strack
February 26th The one and only, Taylor Mali
March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 19th Battle of the Bay
THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.
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