Journey into Cold War USSR in James Morehead’s “portraits of red and gray”

DUBLIN, CA–“portraits of red and gray“, the new collection of memoir poems by James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA) takes readers on an unforgettable journey from the Cold War USSR to Savery, Wyoming, from the mountains of Tuscany to the peak of Yosemite’s Half Dome, from the Canadian wilderness to the beaches of Normandy.

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Yanyi’s “Dream of the Divided Field” Explores the Separation of Self [INTERVIEW]

Yanyi is the author of Dream of the Divided Field (One World 2022) and The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019), winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has been featured in or at NPR’s All Things Considered, New York Public Library, Tin House, Granta, and A Public Space, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. He holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University. He was most recently poetry editor at Foundry. Currently, he teaches creative writing at large and gives creative advice at The Reading.

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SF Chronicle TotalSF Premieres James Morehead’s Cable Car Museum Inspired Poem

The San Francisco Cable Car system celebrates its 150th anniversary in August 2023. The Andrew Smith Hallidie invention, a visit to the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and a ride on the Powell-Mason line inspired the poem “nine point five miles per hour” by James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California). The poem premiered at the SF Chronicle TotalSF Movie Night on August 25, 2022, hosted by the SF Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub and Heather Knight. The September 23 episode of the TotalSF Podcast featured an interview with a Cable Car Gripman. Below is the poem “nine point five miles per hour”.

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Pamela Wax Explores the Healing Power of Poetry in “Walking the Labyrinth”

Pamela Wax is the author of Walking the Labyrinth (Main Street Rag, 2022) and the forthcoming chapbook, Starter Mothers (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have received awards from Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Oberon Poetry Magazine and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House. Her publication credits include Barrow Street, Pensive, Connecticut River Review, Heron Tree, Glimpse, Mudfish, Pedestal, Pangyrus, Reed Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, Sixfold, Solstice, and Passengers Journal, among others. Pam is an ordained rabbi who facilitates spiritual poetry writing workshops and walks labyrinths in the Northern Berkshires of Massachusetts—or wherever she can find them. Her forthcoming website is www.pamelawax.com.

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Poets Take the Mic Returns to City of Dublin’s Splatter Festival – Sept 10

DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin’s annual Splatter Festival returns Saturday September 10 in Emerald Glen Park. The event, which runs from 12:00pm to 8:30pm, features Poets Take the Mic on the Side Yard Stage at 2:30pm. The 45-minute performance features eight local poets reciting original poetry.

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Behind the Scenes of a Local Bookseller with Tricia Huebner, Phoenix Books [INTERVIEW]

This week’s episode of the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast takes you behind the scenes of an independent bookstore courtesy of Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vermont. As writers and poets we have all spent many hours – and dollars – in bookstores. No online experience can replace walking down an aisle of bookshelves, searching for the poetry section, and being distracted by an intriguing book cover.

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Five Poets Recite (Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis, David Holper, Connor Simons, Norma DaCrema, Linda Drattell)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast August submitted poems episode features contributions from six wonderful contributions read by the poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including Safia Elhillo, A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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Rakestraw Books Evening of Poetry Featuring Kate Moore / Ivan Hobson / James Morehead [REPLAY]

DANVILLE, CA–Rakestraw Books hosted three San Francisco Bay Area poets for an Evening of Poetry on Wednesday September 14, 7pm at Rakestraw’s Danville, CA location. Rakestraw regularly sponsors events featuring writers and authors. Poets Kate Moore (Alphapoetica); Ivan Hobson (Cutting Teeth); and James Morehead (canvas and portraits of red and gray) shared their work and took questions from the audience.

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Sarah Kobrinsky Shares Poetry from “Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything” [INTERVIEW]

Sarah Kobrinsky was the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. She is the author of Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything (New Rivers Press, 2019). Her poems and stories have appeared in Magma Poetry, Red Light Lit, Eleven Eleven, Monkeybicycle, *82 Review, 100 Word Story, Fjords Review, among many others. She was long-listed for the 2019 University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. She was born in Canada, raised in North Dakota, seasoned in England, and tempered in California.

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Cynthia Good Explores Mortality Through Poetry in “What We Do with Our Hands” [INTERVIEW]

Cynthia Good is an award-winning author, journalist and former TV news anchor. She has written six books including Vaccinating Your Child, which won the Georgia Author of the Year award. She has launched two magazines, Atlanta Woman and the nationally distributed PINK magazine for women in business. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Free State Review, Main Street Rag and Terminus Magazine. Cynthia’s new chapbook What We Do with Our Hands from Finishing Line Press will be published this summer. Cynthia is also a frequent speaker and global women’s advocate.

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Poets at the Mic featuring James Morehead, Caitlin Conlon, and Morgan Liphart [REPLAY]

Viewless Wings Live, which organizes virtual and in-person poetry readings and open mics, hosted Poets at the Mic – a YouTube Live reading and discussion on Thursday Aug 25 (4pm PST / 7pm EST) with poets James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA and author of canvas and portraits of red and gray), Caitlin Conlon (poet and author of The Surrender Theory) and Morgan Liphart (poet and author of Barefoot & Running). The event included a mix of poetry readings and discussion, and live questions. A replay is available below:

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Tina Cane (Poet Laureate, RI) on Capturing “Year of the Murder Hornet” in Verse [INTERVIEW]

Born in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, and raised in the Village, Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Her poems
and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Literary Review, Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat, and The Common. In her capacity as poet laureate, Cane has established her state’s first youth poetry ambassador program in partnership with Rhode Island Center for the Book, and has brought the Poetry-in-Motion program from the New York City Transit System to Rhode Island’s state-wide busses.

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Six Poets Recite (Durell Carter / Sarah Bitter / David Radavich / Mary Amato / Jai-Michelle Louissen / Nicole Farmer)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast July submitted poems episode features contributions from six wonderful contributions read by the poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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“She is San Francisco” by James Morehead Premieres on the SF Chronicle Total SF Podcast

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–James Morehead (Poet Laureate of Dublin, California) premiered his new poem “She is San Francisco” on the July 15 episode of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Total SF podcast. Total SF is “A San Francisco culture podcast featuring celebrity guests, non-celebrity guests, personalities from the San Francisco Chronicle and a celebration of Bay Area life. Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub and columnist Heather Knight and recorded on the streets, hilltops, parks and landmarks of San Francisco.” .

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“Light Work / Shadow Play” a Poetry-based City of Dublin 40th Anniversary Public Art Project 

DUBLIN, CA–“Light Work / Shadow Play” is a collaborative artist and youth project incorporating the work of artist Thomasin Dewhurst, the poetry of James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA), Livermore art students, and Dublin’s Eta Carinae, a student-led performing arts group. The installation can be viewed at the City of Dublin Civic Center in front of the clock tower.

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Cutter Streeby on Exploring the Intersection of Visual Arts and Poetry [INTERVIEW]

Cutter Streeby holds an MFA from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Literature from King’s College, London. He has delivered many lectures on poetics, translation, and translation theory, including “Navigating Lèse- Majesté: Translating the Poetry of Zakariya Amataya” at universities across Thailand and Malaysia while teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Publications, translations, and anthologies include The White Review, Anthology of South East Asian Poets (Vagabond Press), Chicago Quarterly Review, Chestnut Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cincinnati Review and World Literature Today among others. He successfully exited his first marketing startup in 2020.

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Poet Beth McDermott on Displacing Silence in Her New Collection “Figure 1” [INTERVIEW]

Beth McDermott is the author of Figure 1 (Pine Row Press) and a chapbook titled How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press). Her poetry appears in Pine Row, Tupelo Quarterly, Terrain.org, and Memorious. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Francis and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award, an Illinois Speaks Micro-Grant, and first place in the Regional Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

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Poets at the Mic with James Morehead, Jessica Sabo, and Rachel Abramowitz

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–We’re excited to share the next Viewless Wings Live event recorded with poets James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, CA and author of “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray”), Jessica Sabo (poet and author of “A Body of Impulse”), and Rachel Abramowitz (poet and author of “The Birthday of the Dead”). The event, available now on YouTube and the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast, featured a unique format: three poets, reading three poems, and after each performance a discussion of the poem. A round robin of readings and discussion.

Below is an edited excerpt, highlighting one of the three poems shared by each poet. The full event is available on YouTube and the Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast.

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Six Poems / Five Poets (Richard Evans / Dana Kinsey / Jeff Bien / Eliza Sible / Erika B. Girard)

The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast kicks off June with six wonderful poems contributed and read by five poets. Different forms and themes are featured. The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast explores the art of poetry through interviews with poets and artists including A.E. Stallings, Olivia Gatwood, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Kari Byron, Lisa Marie Simmons and more. Subscribe today.

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Maggie Queeney on Imagining the World of “Settler” [INTERVIEW]

Maggie Queeney is the author of “Settler” (Tupelo Press). Recipient of the 2019 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, The Ruth Stone Scholarship, and a 2019 Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago, her most recent work is found or forthcoming in The New Republic, Guernica, The Missouri Review, and The American Poetry Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and reads and writes in Chicago.

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