Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books while listening to internationally acclaimed poets and artists such as Jonathan Richman, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima and California Poet Laureate Al Young. The series is curated by Friends’ Resident Poet Jack Hirschman. For a full line-up and more information please visit our calendar of events.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library
This Thursday, July 14th, we are excited to have Devereaux Baker & Sharon Doubiago read!
Sharon Doubiago, a native of Southern California, was first moved to poetry by Jack Hirschman in the mid 60s, through a close friend of his, her Cal State/LA professor, Peter Marin. She experienced two readings by Jack that impacted her. Still, it was ten years before she became friends with Jack, by way of a significant poetry event in Point Arena, California. She has published many poetry and prose books since, Hard Country, The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, South America Mi Hija, Psyche Drives The Coast, Body and Soul, Love on the Streets —those from the University of Pittsburgh perhaps the most significant. Currently she is working on five books, all ten years so far in process. She and Devreaux Baker have been near life-long poet sisters.
Devreaux Baker is a 2011 recipient of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Poetry Award, a 2012 Hawaii Council on Humanities International Poetry Award and the Women’s Global Leadership Poetry Award. She is a 2014 recipient of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Poetry Prize for her poem, In The Year Of The Drone. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She has taught poetry in the schools and produced The Voyagers Radio Program of original student writing for public radio. She has led writing workshops in the United States, France and Mexico. Her books of poetry include Light at the Edge, Beyond the Circumstance of Sight, Red Willow People, and out of the bones of earth.