East Bay Poetry Summit 2014

Poets of the world once again converge on the East Bay July (fuck the) Fourth weekend! With your support, we can help defray travel costs and keep the party on
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Oakland, California
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Last year, the East Bay Poetry Summit brought over twenty poets from around the country to the East Bay for five nights of poetry, conversation, community-building, karaoke, dancing, drinking, flirting. Friendships were forged, yelps were howled, and hundreds of folks attended these free events. Read Anna Vitale's take on the Harriet blog here! And Anne Boyer's here!

To celebrate the long tradition of non-instutitional spaces for poetry and writing in the Bay Area, we're bringing the East Bay Poetry Summit back in 2014. And you're invited!

We've invited poets from around the US and Canada to converge on Oakland to give readings, lead conversations, mix cocktails, and teach and learn from each other. Confirmed readers include Will Alexander, Stephen Boyer, Ana Bozicevic, Allison Cobb, Coda (formerly Debbie Hu), R. Erica Doyle, Farnoosh Fathi, Aaron Kunin, Mat LaPorte, K. Silem Mohammad, Feliz Molina, Erin Morrill, Trish Salah, Jennifer Tamayo, Catherine Wagner, Jackie Wang, and Brian Whitener.  More names to come in the coming days.

We are hoping to pay all out of state poets $250 and in-state poets $100 for their travels. We wish it could be more--but this is your chance to directly impact our effort to help these poets travel to the Bay Area. Your generosity will make all the difference, as once again we are not funded by any institutional support! All the readings and events will be absolutely FREE! so any help you can provide would be critical to help these poets with the burden of travel costs.

The summit will launch Wednesday, July 2nd with karaoke at a location TBD.  Readings will happen Thursday night, Friday afternoon and night, Saturday afternoon and night, followed by a party Sunday to celebrate and reminisce. Schedules forthcoming. 


Official Schedule 

Wednesday, July 2nd

Karaoke at Nick's Lounge | 3218 Adeline St, Berkeley

Thursday, July 3rd

8pm Speakeasy | 604 56th, Oakland
Erin Morrill 
Jackie Wang 
Brian Whitener
Will Alexander

Friday, July 4th

4pm The Long Haul | 3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Leigh Phillips
Stephen Boyer
Brenda Iijima
Jesus Lasso
Rodney Koeneke

8pm Woolsey Heights | 1628 Woolsey St. Apt. C, Berkeley
Mat Laporte 
Cathy Wagner 
R. Erica Doyle 
Farnoosh Fathi

Saturday, July 5th

4pm Tender Oracle | 531 22nd St, Oakland
Trish Salah
Ana Bozicevic 
Jennifer Tamayo 
Coda Wei (formerly known as Debbie Hu)

8pm Bay Area Public School
K Silem Mohammad 
Allison Cobb
Aaron Kunin
Feliz Lucia Molina

Sunday, July 6th 

BBQ PARTY at David Buuck's house. Contact for location.

Let us know you are coming at our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/717525338293528/

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