Friday, June 19, 2009

Where In the World Is Lorna? Berkeley City College TONIGHT 7:30 6/19 w/ Al Young & Busboys and Poets DC 6/21, wkshp 6/27 Split This Rock, DC

Join me tonight as Al Young and I kick off the Summer Creative Writing Intensive at Berkeley City College, June 19, 20, 21 and then on-line for six weeks. Spend the summer exploring poetry, play and fiction writing, earn 3 units of transferable college credit and still travel.

Friday, June 19 at 7:30-9:30pm reading and discussion byprofessional writers: poet and musician Al Young, former Poet Laureate of California and author of numerous books including _Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons_ and _Something about the Blues_and poet, publisher and cultural critic Lorna Dee Cevantes, _Emplumada_ and _From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger_.

Sign up for English 10, Creative Writing taught by Sharon Coleman, MFA in
Poetics, editor at Poetry Flash, poet and essayist, or English 70: Autobiography
into Creative Writing taught by Robyn Brooks, MFA in English and Creative Writing (with a focus in Poetry), poet and playwright. Cost is $60 for California residents. For Information, email: or You must sign up in advance: or at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley (one half block from Downtown Berkeley BART)


Washington, DC: June 21st, 4-6 pm., Father's Day (Bring your dad! Buy him a love poem from me to him!) - "A Sunday Kind of Love" at Bus-Boys and Poets with my favorite poet (I don't know how she buses), Reb Livingston! Join us for good eats and good poetry. Guaranteed to be hot and spicy in the Langston Room.

Intensive Poetry Workshop: "Ecopoetics, A Writer's Way of Knowledge" With Lorna Dee Cervantes, June 27th, the following Saturday, 1-4 pm. in Washington, DC for Split This Rock. Sign-up info to follow; or, come to the reading!


July 12th: Intensive Poetry Workshop with Lorna Dee Cervantes in Santa Cruz, 10 am - 3 or 4. Info to follow. Don't miss this rare opportunity, thanks to Poetry Santa Cruz which also presents:

Lorna Dee Cervantes and Francisco Alarcon, Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. $3 suggested donation to Poetry Santa Cruz.

Come and buy my love. I'll write you a personalized love poem for whomever, whatever, or, just for you. Hey, it's all for the book... 100 LOVE POEMS TO STRANGERS.


Your gig? Book me now! Have Poems. Will Travel. I'm looking for whatever in the East: DC, VA, NYC, NY. I'll be staying near NW VA, flying in an out of DC or train out of VA. I can stay through early July.

Also: COLORADO. Come on, homies. Boulder? I still need to move, and, frankly, haven't been able to afford it.

I'll be in Alabama the first week of October.

I'm available anytime for anything ASAP.

AND, I have a new book! 100 100-WORD LOVE POEMS maybe from my favorite press... (shhh, announcement to follow.)

I'm producing 150 self-designed books hand-stitched in signatures in its own gift box. Desperate times require desperate measures, requires love. These are lovingly produced and all about love. Desperate price of $10 each. $12.50 to mail ($15+ if you're nice.) Send by snail to:

Lorna Dee Cervantes
3181 Mission Street, #16
San Francisco, CA 94110

I may even write you a hay(na)ku on each one.

$25 for a signed copy of DRIVE: The First Quartet (while they last!)

Email: I don't like to post it due to the bots. Just send to my full name, don't forget the dee, at MAC, the usual dot and the typical COMmercial domain. You can also send to same AT ME and the usual. Don't ask. They changed. It's all the same. It's all good. Hope to hear from you soon. Or, see you there!

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Blogger Lyle Daggett said...

I love the idea of writing a book of love poems to strangers. And of being at a public event and writing personalized love poems for people.

The only time I've ever made "money" for writing a poem was sometime back in the '90's, a guy at the office where I was working at the time commissioned me to write a poem for him to give to his wife for their wedding anniversary. For payment, I gave him a choice, either cash (I think I suggested $10) or a meal. He opted for "paying" me with the meal. (Barbecued chicken in his back yard. Mmmmm yum.)

Word verification is "moolik". Must mean something, hmm?

20/6/09 22:14  

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