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.
Proceeds from our bookstores benefit the San Francisco Public Library.
This week’s featured poet(s): Mauro Aprile Zanett & Peter Yamamoto
Peter Yamamoto is still a new poet after just a few years. He writes from the life around him. Falling together without too much premeditation. And sometimes he remembers that the point is to create a little disruption/spark/empathetic moment/association in the mind of his reader and/or audience. And that it is time to speak about other people and how they make their lives and struggle in this world. Whether it be a snapshot(s) of life or a diatribe(!). And that his own life takes place in RELATION to others and that RELATIONSHIP and those conditions are important. Basically he feels that his writing, like his life, is a search, and a journey, from one set of circumstances and moment, to another. And he is constantly growing and coming to new and better awareness and expression. Pete makes his home in Chinatown San Francisco. He is a dialysis patient and volunteers at the National Japanese American Historical Society. He is a young 61 years old. Pete is a mixed race Japanese American. His claim to fame is that he lived for 3 years at the International Hotel in Manilatown/Chinatown and was evicted with the Manongs in 1977.
Mauro Aprile Zanetti is a San Francisco-based storyteller, filmmaker and writer—stringer for the Italian national newspaper, La Stampa. Born in Sicily (Italy, 1974). Thanks to his film critic paper on Martin Scorsese’s remake, Cape Fear, he is selected to join the national jury at the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia. He writes the master thesis of his Italian Laurea degree on Gilles Deleuze philosophy, and his experimental docudrama, The Joy. Carnations and Siesta (2002). In 2004, Mille Piani publishes his homonym book-catalog. He writes and directs a docudrama on people with disabilities, DiversabilMente Uguali, editing a monologue after poet, Dario Tumino. In 2006, he collaborates with Italian singer-song writer, Vinicio Capossela for the creation of a video-clip series, Ovunque proteggi, and later directing the live-drama, Nel Niente Sotto il Sole. He writes La Natura Morta de La Dolce Vita—A Mysterious Morandi in the Matrix of Fellini’s Vision (NYC, 2008). In 2013 he moves to San Francisco, where he interviews poet and activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti for the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in US. He creates and directs a short video series, Cultural Ambassadors Circle, dedicating one to Mr. Ferlinghetti. On 2015 he curates Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s painting exhibition: Fluxare – The European Connexion, editing the booklet, Il Verbo Fluxare.
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