Monday, April 11, 2005

Where In the World is Lorna?

THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 7:30 - Poetry Flash @ Cody's
Cody's Books • 2454 Telegraph Avenue (at Haste) • Berkeley

Lorna Dee Cervantes has published two books, Emplumada, which won an American Book Award in 1981, and From the Cables of Genocide, Poems on Love and Hunger, which won the Paterson Prize for Poetry and the Latino Literature Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Unsettling America, No More Masks!, After Aztlan, Latino Poets of the Nineties, and elsewhere. Joy Harjo says of her poetry, "Lorna Dee Cervantes is a daredevil.…We are transfixed as she juggles rage, cruelties, passion. There is no net. Seven generations uphold the trick of survival. No one is alone in this amazing act of love." She will be reading from her 5-volume "pentych of poetry" ("How Far's the War?", BIRD AVE, Play, Letters to David A. Kennedy, and Hard Drive) to be published by Wings Press, October 12, 2005, in a special hard-bound first edition of all 5 books entitled DRIVE: The First Quartet.

Opal Palmer Adisa is a poet, fiction writer, storyteller, and critic. Her new book of poems is Caribbean Passion; among her publications are the novel The Orishas Command the Dance, the book of stories Until Judgment Comes, the books of poetry Leaf-of-Life and traveling women, Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories, the children's book Pina, the Many-Eyed Fruit, and much else. Born in Jamaica, she learned storytelling from her grandfather and great grandaunt and has performed widely. A professor of Literature and Creative Writing and former chair of Ethnic Studies/ Cultural Diversity at CCA, she given much back to her Oakland community through a variety of workshops for young people, women on welfare, prisoners, educators and students. Donation: $2.
Parking is available at the Durant/Channing Garage; Cody's will validate one hour of parking with purchase.

Cody's Books: 510/845-7852 • Poetry Flash: 510/525-5476 

THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 3-5PM - Bay Area PEN Writers

Join me for an intimate afternoon of poetry, process, wine and cheese with local PEN writers in Berkeley this Saturday. Leave a comment with addy here or email me if you're interested in attending. If you know Brenda Webster, you can contact her directly for more information. Space is limited. All are welcomed at no charge, but membership in PEN is appreciated.

You might catch me at my father's exhibit with Susan Kelk Cervantes and The Precita Eyes Mural Center at the San Francisco City Hall.

I'll be in the Bay Area this friday until Tuesday afternoon, from SF to Santa Cruz/Cabrillo. I'll be glad to hitch my hey to any last minute gigs or classes. I will be returning for a lengthy stay or several times in May.


Snail Mail:

Professor Lorna Dee Cervantes
English Department
UCB 226
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0226


Blogger barbara jane said...

oh, my! i will try to come see you and opal palmer adisa at cody's! sounds like it'll be a bomb-ass reading and i am looking forward. peace and love barbara jane reyes

12/4/05 11:52  

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