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TIME LANDSCAPE – J Grabowski

Join us at Bird & Beckett Books on Tuesday, August 8 from 7 to 9 pm for a reading and reception for TIME LANDSCAPE, a pamphlet of drawings and writings and an exhibition of paintings in the backroom Gallery Ex Libris by J Grabowski. Joining J to read will be Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, whose What’s Going On was the previous Bird & Beckett Book, published in January of this year, and whose Universal Fall Precautions was just released by Spuyten Duyvil. Please spread the word!

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ARCANA Boil! Concert & Reading Thursday 3/16 at 7pm

ARCANA BOIL! – Concert and Reading in celebration of the Shuffle Boil Special Issue of AMERARCANA – featuring Hafez Modirzadeh, David Boyce, Marshall Trammell on Thursday, March 16, 7pm, at Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Steet, in San Francisco’s Glen Park. We really hope you can make it out, if you’re in the area. We’re easy-access: 2 blocks from Glen Park BART station, several MUNI lines (J, 23, 35, 36, 44, 52), and just off Interstate 280.

The latest issue of AMERARCANA is guest edited by poets Steve Dickison and the late, great David Meltzer, erstwhile editors of SHUFFLE BOIL: A Magazine of Poets and Music, and consists of 160 pages of writing by Bill Berkson, David Boyce, Brandon Brown, Gerald Bryant (interviewed by Julie Rogers), Garrett Caples, Ornette Coleman (interviewed by Howard Shore and Zan Stewart), Justin Desmangles, Steve Dickison, Patrick James Dunagan, Howard Eiland, Stephen Emerson, Owen Hill, Ted Joans, Alastair Johnston, Andrew Joron, Ava Koohbor, Oliver Lake, Marina Lazzara, Brian Lucas, Francois Luong, Nathaniel Mackey, Jake Marmer, David Meltzer, Hafez Modirzadeh, Jason Morris, Joseph Noble, Linda Norton, Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, Julien Poirier, Rod Roland, Chris Stroffolino, and Marshall R. Trammell; with artwork by Alex Cruz, George Herms, and Julie Ezelle Patton; all bound in wrappers designed and printed from hand-set lead type once belonging to William Everson (aka Brother Antoninus) at Impart Ink, an errant studio, in Santa Cruz, CA.

On Thursday, March 16th at 7 pm, we’ll celebrate the publication of the magazine and pay tribute to David with a concert and reading, featuring David Boyce and Hafez Modirzadeh on saxophones and Marshall Trammell on drums, plus readings by several contributors, and some works and words of Maestro Meltzer. Please join us, and come back on April 10th for a proper tribute by friends, colleagues and students–more details tba.


David Meltzer Memorial Reading – April 10, Monday, 7pm

Please join us for a celebration of maestro David Meltzer’s life and work, Monday evening, April 10th from 7 to 9:30 pm at Bird & Beckett Books. Diane di Prima, Duncan McNaughton and others (TBA) will read and speak in honor of our friend David Meltzer. Please check back here and on the B&B website for more details soon.

DAVID MELTZER MEMORIAL READING: Monday, April 10th, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
(2 blocks from Glen Park BART, MUNI lines J, 23, 35, 36, 44, 52, and Interstate 280)


Thibodeaux / Levin – February 19, Sunday, 2pm

Sunnylyn Thibodeaux will read to celebrate the release of her new chapbook, What’s Going On, along with Lauren Levin, whose book, The Braid, is fresh out from Krupskaya, at 2pm on Sunday, February 19th at Bird & Beckett Books: 653 Chenery Street at Diamond, in San Francisco — two blocks from Glen Park BART, MUNI lines J, 23, 35, 36, 44, 52, and Interstate 280. Please join us!

Sunnylyn Thibodeaux is best described as a “New Orleans poet stranded in San Francisco.” She received her MA from New College of California in 2001 and is the author of AS WATER SOUNDS (Bootstrap Press, 2014) and PALM TO PINE (Bootstrap Press, 2011). Her poems have been published in Amerarcana, Back Room Live, Big Bridge, Big Bell, Generación, Greetings: Everyday Magic, Nevada State Line, Morning Train, Polis: Resistance, and Try!. Small books include 20/20 Yielding (Blue Press, 2005), Hidden Driveways Ahead, Room Service Calls (Lew Gallery, 2009), and United Untied (Private Edition, 2008). She co-edits Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions.

Lauren Levin is the author of THE BRAID (Krupskaya, 2016) and the forthcoming TWO ESSAYS (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018) as well as several chapbooks, including The Lens (Little Red Leaves, 2014) and Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). From 2011-2014, she co–edited the Poetic Labor Project. She grew up in New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA with her family.

 


ARCANA BOIL!

 

 

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ISSUE #7 of Bird & Beckett’s literary magazine has at last arrived! This issue of AMERARCANA is guest edited by poets Steve Dickison and David Meltzer, erstwhile editors of SHUFFLE BOIL: A Magazine of Poets and Music, which ran four single issues (#1-4) from winter 2002 through fall 2003, with a double issue (#5/6) following in 2006, all published under Dickison’s Listening Chamber imprint. Another issue was planned, and some materials gathered, but it never came to be. Since 2010, a few pieces slated for publication therein have made their way into one or another of the first six issues of AMERARCANA; however, what appears here was gathered newly over the last several months. This, then, is #7 of both magazines: 160 pages of writing by Bill Berkson, David Boyce, Brandon Brown, Gerald Bryant (interviewed by Julie Rogers), Garrett Caples, Ornette Coleman (interviewed by Howard Shore and Zan Stewart), Justin Desmangles, Steve Dickison, Patrick James Dunagan, Howard Eiland, Stephen Emerson, Owen Hill, Ted Joans, Alastair Johnston, Andrew Joron, Ava Koohbor, Oliver Lake, Marina Lazzara, Brian Lucas, Francois Luong, Nathaniel Mackey, Jake Marmer, David Meltzer, Hafez Modirzadeh, Jason Morris, Joseph Noble, Linda Norton, Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, Julien Poirier, Rod Roland, Chris Stroffolino, and Marshall R. Trammell; with artwork by Alex Cruz, George Herms, and Julie Ezelle Patton; all bound in wrappers designed and printed from hand-set lead type once belonging to William Everson (aka Brother Antoninus) at Impart Ink, an errant studio, in Santa Cruz, CA.

If you’ve already ordered one, or are among the contributors, you’ll be receiving your copy soon. For the rest of you, come on down the Bird & Beckett to pick one up, or order online here.

Stay tuned for details of celebratory events, but mark your calendars now for March 16th!

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Ava Koohbor at Gallery Ex Libris

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Join us Tuesday, August 2nd from 7–9pm for the opening reception of Ava Koohbor: Chromatic Sediments. The show will run through the end of August, open daily from 11–7.