Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown

Featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Lyrics & Dirges aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez.

July's readers are:

Judy Bebelaar
Aileen Cassinetto
Maya Khosla
Camille Norton
Fátima Policarpo

Judy Bebelaar’s poetry has been published widely in magazines and online, and has won many awards, most recently a first prize, two thirds, and the Grand Prize in the Ina Coolbrith Circle Poetry Contest. Her work is also included in many anthologies, among them The Widows’ Handbook (foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsberg) and River of Earth and Sky. Walking Across the Pacific is her first poetry chapbook. And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, non-fiction, is about the students from Peoples Temple she and co-author Ron Cabral came to know before most of them were sent to Jonestown. Ron and Judy were recently named Library Laureates 2019 by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Aileen Cassinetto is the third Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, the first Asian American appointed to the post. She is the author of Traje de Boda (Meritage Press, 2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books, 2018), as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. 

  Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Poet Laureate  (2018-2020), has written a new collection, All the Fires of Wind and Light, inviting readers to find themselves in the wild – even in the most challenging times. Drawing from personal history, ancestry, and from explorations ranging from the Bay of Bengal to the Sierra Nevada, Cascades Mountains and beyond, these poems take readers into worlds that are all but hidden, among “the best-kept secrets of our forests,” and sometimes all but crushed.  In moments, her work shows sudden flares of understanding about the sheer scale of fragmentation, even disappearance. And yet these poems are “fortified by nutrients and hope” in the powers of rejuvenation. She has also written Keel Bone (winner, 2003 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), Heart of the Tearing (poems from Red Dust Press), and Web of Water (Golden Gate Parks Press).

Camille Norton’s new book of poems is A Folio for the Dark. Her first collection, Corruption, was a National Poetry Series winner. She has worked collaboratively with artists and composers since the early 1990’s when she co-edited Resurgent: New Writing by Women, an anthology of experimental writing by women in literature, film, and the visual arts. Her poem “The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone” was published in The Best American Poetry 2010.

Fátima Policarpo is a Portuguese-American writer. Most recently, her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Luso-American Foundation. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter and Fourth Genre. She is presently working on a nonfiction manuscript about language and women’s bodies that explores the roots of various forms of violence against women.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Category: