Oakland - Poetry Flash with Miriam Bird Greenberg and Dennis Schmitz

Oakland Events

Poetry FlashDiesel, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash with Miriam Bird Greenberg and Dennis Schmitz on Sunday, April 6th at 3pm.

Miriam Bird Greenberg's first book of poems, All Night in the New Country, was the winner of the 2012 Sixteen Rivers Press Poets-Under-Forty Chapbook Contest. Camille T. Dungy says, "Though there is heat in this collection, fire and friction, all the energy is directed toward basic survival. But each poem catalogs a truth both ravished and ravishing, with such stark and startling images that I could not put the pages down." She's held fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dennis Schmitz's new book of poems is Animism. David St. John says of his work, "There is a radiant wisdom that has always infused the poetry of Dennis Schmitz, a remarkable light that is able to reflect precisely off even the most corrupted surfaces of our daily world. Since reading his very first collection, the astonishing We Weep for Our Strangeness, I have always thought of Schmitz's poems as the secular prayers of the sanest voice in an often insane world." He is the author of eight books of poems, including The Truth Squad and About Night: Selected and New Poems, and his honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The poets' books will be available for sale at the event. Poetry Flash readings are wheelchair accessible; ASL interpreters may be requested one week in advance from editor@poetryflash.org. Visit Poetryflash.org for more events and reviews!

Event date: 
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
5433 College Ave
94618-1502 Oakland