Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in our Readers Bookstore Fort Mason for our weekly FREE poetry series! Browse books and enjoy a glass of wine 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 website at www.friendssfpl.org.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library
This Thursday, April 30, we are excited to have Deema Shehabi & Dennis Bernstein read!
Deema K Shehabi is a poet, writer, and editor. Her full collection Thirteen Departures From the Moon was published by Press 53 in 2011. She is also co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (PM Press, 2012), for which she received the Northern California Book Award’s NCBR Recognition Award. During 2009 – 2013 she worked with Marilyn Hacker on the great poem sequence Diaspo/Renga (Holland Park Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, New Letters, Callaloo, Massachusetts Review, Perihelion, Drunken Boat, Bat City Review, Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women. Deema’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart prize four times, and she served as Vice-President for the Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI) between 2007 and 2010.
Dennis J. Bernstein lives in San Francisco and has been a long-time front-line reporter, specializing in human rights and international affairs. Bernstein is currently the host/producer of “Flashpoints,” a daily news magazine syndicated on Pacifica radio. He is the recipient of many awards for his investigative reporting, including the Jessie Meriton White Service Award in International Journalism, The Art of Peace award, for his Natioan Radio Production of the Road to Hiroshima, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Gold Reel award for his groundbreaking reporting on the Iran Contra Scandal, the American Arab Anti Discrimination reporting award, Media alliance/Media Bash Investigative Reporting award, and his investigative reports have been recognized by Project Censored many times. In 2009, He was chosen by Pulse Media as one of the “20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.”