Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Wednesday, January 16, 7:30pm
This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Our flagship monthly reading series returns for 2019. Featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.

Reading in January:

Sara Mumolo
Joseph Lease
Joyce Young
Kimi Sugloka
Mia Ruiz

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar and the Day Counter. She serves as the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing  at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, PEN Poetry SeriesVoltaand Volt, among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery.

Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send MyRoots Rain" were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. Lease’s poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was anthologized in The Best American Poetry (Robert Creeley, Guest Editor). His poem “Free Again (Why don’t people)” was published in The New York Times. He is a beloved professor of creative writing at California College of the Arts.

Joyce E. Young has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Oakland Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoJFK University, and Mills College Upward Bound. She’s received grants from the California Arts Council, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and fellowships to Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Bay Area Writer’s Workshop and VONA. She was awarded a Writers on Site residency through Poets & Writers, and residencies at Hedgebrook, Soapstone and Vermont Studio Center. Her work recently appeared in WORDPEACE and riverbabble. Nomadic Press published her poetry chapbook, How it Happens in 2018. She works as a writing coach and consults in the Writing Center at John F. Kennedy University. She’s currently writing Parallel Journey, a novel, nonfiction essays and poetry. A Brooklyn native, she currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Kimi Sugioka has been writing poetry, singing, and teaching children for decades. Some time ago she published a book of her poems and made a compilation of her songs. Now she has written more poems and more songs. She has an amazing son, a very sweet bunny, and two eccentric cats.

Mia Ruiz, first generation, Peruvian-American poet, lived in Oakland for 20 years, worked as a psychiatric social worker in San Francisco for that same time period, retired to Lake County in 2010.

Hosted and Curated by Sharon Coleman.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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