Litquake! Bay Area Poets Picking Poets

(General Event)

Oct 11,2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ 826 Writing Lab
In April, to celebrate National Poetry Month on a local level, we hosted a reading and discussion at 826 Valencia with seven poets who participated in a localized Poets Picking Poets project inspired by the McSweeney’s publication. If you aren’t familiar, the project starts with one poet who picks a poem by another poet who then picks another poem by a different poet and so on until they form a lovely collection.

We now bring you the same poets from the original event (Dean Rader, Jennifer Elise Foerster (in absentia), Cedar Sigo, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Zoe Tuck, and Tessa Micaela) who will read their poems in the April Poets Picking Poets order and then go backwards down the daisy chain; Tessa will pick and introduce a poem of Zoe’s; Zoe of Julian’s; Julian of Cedar’s; Cedar of Jennifer’s; and Jennifer of Dean’s. The reading will be followed by a short discussion about the experience, the process of reading and writing poetry, and what it means to be a poet in this community, with time for a few questions from the audience as well.

More about our brilliant readers:

Dean Rader’s Landscape Portrait Figure Form was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Books of 2013.  Read his poem about the Warriors commissioned by the San Francisco Chronicle here.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona Press. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer now lives in San Francisco.

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at Naropa University. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, most recently Language Arts published by Wave Books.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012) and gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Press, 2011). Julian lives in San Francisco.

Zoe Tuck, author of Terror Matrix (2014), is a poetry reader for HOLD: a journal. She reads tarot as Second Opinion Tarot. More at

Tessa Micaela is a poet, a full-spectrum doula, community educator, book-maker, and quiet firecracker, living in Oakland. Tessa’s work can be found in Make/shift magazine, Dusie, Open House, Sink Review, and Jupiter 88.

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