Monday, February 13, 2017

Reading: Maureen Hurley & John Oliver Simon, Feb. 27, Bay Area Generations, Edition #42, The Bellevue Club, Oakland


Maureen Hurley emerged in 1952 from the ravine that trickles from the bloody green wordstreams of Eire out of the poverty creeks on the backside of Tamalpais where her mother hung out for a thousand years in the No Name Bar with Jack Kerouac and Bob Kaufman. Schooled in her craft with California Poets in the Schools, she has carried her lyre from Chernobyl to Lake Titicaca. She holds an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State and has been awarded eight California Arts Council artist in residence grants. She lives in Oakland.

—John Oliver Simon


John Oliver Simon began his worldly travels in 1942, from the red diaper bullpen of New York City, to scribing poem-broadsides to sell on Telegraph Avenue. While at Cal, he was active in the Free Speech Movement; he read with Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch and Kenneth Rexroth. Since 1971, he has taught poetry to kids, with California Poets in the Schools, where he has passed the poetry baton onto his granddaughter. In the 1980s, he began translating poets from Mexico to the farthest corners of Latin America. He picked up an NEA translation fellowship along the way. And the City of Berkeley honored him for his 50-year-contribution to arts and culture, proclaiming January 20, 2015, as "John Oliver Simon Day."

—Maureen Hurley




We are very grateful to invite you to be a part of Bay Area Generations at The Bellevue Club, Oakland on Monday, February 27, 2017.

We would like you to read the following pieces:

STILL LIFE WITH DEAD BIRD (Maureen Hurley)
LETTER TO COLM TÓIBÍN (Maureen Hurley)
I WAS TEN (Maureen Hurley)
Pablo (John Oliver Simon)
Mama Skunk (John Oliver Simon)
After Rilke (John Oliver Simon)

Day of The Show
Your Reader arrival time - 6:45pm
Writer's mixer (at the bar) - 6:30pm
Doors open for seating - 7 p.m.
Reading starts - 7:30 p.m.

We invite you to arrive early so that you may meet your fellow readers and then we can review our reading procedures for the show. 

We provide you a complimentary "souvenir" chapbook of the entire show, and there will also be a small number of copies available for purchase at a nominal cost.

Sales Table  You are welcome to bring your own products to sell at the book table: books, chapbooks, cds, broadsides.

Guests  We hope that you invite friends and colleagues to hear you read! We are unable to offer comps. We do ask that all attendees, other than readers, donate $7.00 admission (or $10.00 with a souvenir chapbook), which helps to offset our costs. 

Directions  The Bellevue Club, Oakland is located in Oakland at 525 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA, right on beautiful Lake Merritt. It's walkable from BART (19 St.). The Bellevue Club has a full bar and offers a sumptuous view of the Lake. Map:https://goo.gl/maps/pjv7KpvvWv62

We are happy that you will be participating in this event and look forward to a memorable evening with your work.

Sincerely,


Sarah Kobrinsky, Guest Curator
Sherry Wilson + Amos White, Board Curators

Bay Area Generations 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandra Wassilie, Co-Founder & Chair
Amos White, President
Gina Goldblatt, Secretary
Sherry Wilson, Treasurer
Charles Kruger, Emeritus & Co-Founder

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