Start: 3:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland presents another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time with memoirists Cheryl Dumesnil and Judy Grahn, on Sunday, February 17th at 3pm. Cheryl Dumesnil's new memoir, Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood, takes us through the madcap maze of the (il)legality of lesbian marriage, fertility treatments, multiple miscarriages, neurosis, and spiritual practice to the ultimate blessed arrival of a son. Steve Fellner says, "Imagine combining Emily Dickinson's grace with Rosie the Riveter's know-how and Annie Hall's neurosis with Billy Jean King's determination. Then put a quest for a baby in the mix. You might come up with something like Cheryl Dumesnil's new memoir on lesbian motherhood." She is also the author of the book of poems In Praise of Falling, which won the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.Poet and memoirist Judy Grahn will be reading from her new book A Simple Revolution, a unique memoir and a dramatic narrative of Judy Grahn's working class roots, her army career and discharge for being lesbian, her education as one of the first whites to attend Howard University, and her life as a celebrated poet in the Bay Area during the tumultuous beginnings of the lesbian movement in the late '60s. Poetry Flash readings are wheelchair accessible; ASL interpreters may be requested one week in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Poetryflash.org for more events and reviews!