Temescal Poetry Festival, hosted by Clive Matson, for the Centennial of the Temescal Branch Library

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Join selected poets from the neighborhood to help celebrate the centennial of the Temescal Branch Library.

Scheduled poets (listed alphabetically) include:

Sophia Dahlin and the poets of her workshop through California Poets in the Schools, including Fiona Connelly, Maya Looney, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Brisa Trollinger

DeWayne Dickerson (Chunky. V52 Press, 2004)

Hip Hop for Change poets: Reginald Edmonds, Collin Edmonds, Jamey Williams, Valentina Lopez-Cortez, Tochtli Xochitl, aka: L-Siete.

Jeanne Lupton (But then you danced: tanka. Raw Art Press, 2007)

Melissa Mack (The next crystal text. Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017)

Clive Matson (Mainline to the heart. Regent Press, 2009)

Adele Mendelson (in absentia)

G. P. Skratz (Sundae missile. Poetry Hotel Press, 2016)

July Westhale (Trailer Trash. Kore Press. 2018)

Joan Marie Wood (Her voice is blackberries. Amherst Writers & Artists Press, 2004)

(If your name is not on this list, you've published work as a poet and you'd like to read, please feel free to come and take a few minutes at the microphone).

Hosted by long-term Temescal resident Clive Matson, with extra special guests and poets from the neighborhood who happen to drop in.

The event will see the creation of a brand-new title, "Poet Laureate of the Temescal."

Produced with the generous support of Poets & Writers.

The poetry festival is part two of "A Month of Saturdays," recognizing the branch's 100th anniversary and launching it's second century of service to the greater North Oakland community.


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Temescal Branch

5205 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 597-5049