Works of literary merit
READINGS IN 2017
ANNOUNCING READINGS BY 4 SUGARTOWN PUBLISHING POETS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2017
Sugartown Publishing poets read from new works in upcoming events. See location information below bios:
March 11: Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Frank Bette Center in Alameda FEATURING
featuring Robert Coats, John Hart, Dale Jensen, Benjamin Slomoff
March 15: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Ironworks, Berkeley
Featuring John Hart reading climbing poems from Storm Camp
May 18: Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m., University Press Books, Berkeley, featuring John Hart
June 6: 6:30 p.m. Spice Monkey in Oakland FEATURING
Robert Coats, Jannie M. Dresser, John Hart, Dale Jensen
ABOUT THE POETS
Robert Coats, of Berkeley, is an environmental scientist working on water quality and climatic change issues, most recently with documenting changes to Lake Tahoe. He has widely published in his professional field. A devoted poet for over 40 years, he has published work in Orion, Windfall, Canary, Song of the San Joaquin, and the Pudding House anthology Fresh Water. The Harsh Green World is his first poetry book.
John Hart is an environmental writer and a beloved teacher of poetry in the Bay Area. Hart’s second poetry volume, Storm Camp, draws on his experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer. Author of 16 books, Hart’s first book, The Climbers, a selection for the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series. In addition, he is a recipient of a James D. Phelan Award, the Commonwealth Club Medal in California, and the David R. Brower Award for Service in the Field of Conservation.
Dale Jensen is a Bay Area native, born in Oakland, California and now living in Berkeley with his poet wife Judy Wells. He graduated U.C. Berkeley and received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto. In 1999, he took early retirement from a 25 year career with Social Security. His experimental poetry has been published in five other books and three chapbooks. Jensen is a longtime organizer of poetry events in the Bay Area and is presently co-coordinator of the poetry readings series at Nefeli Café in Berkeley. Amateur Mythology is his newest release.
Benjamin Slomoff, originally from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and now living at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, turned 103 years old this past November. After retirement from his long career in manufacturing, Slomoff earned a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts and continued to work as a mediator in the Contra Costa County court system. His first poetry book, A Stalwart Bends, was published in 2012 (Slomoff was 99); his second book, Never Enough, was released last year.
Sugartown Publishing was launched in 2012 when an out-of-work book and publications professional decided to help 98-year-old Benjamin Slomoff get his first book into print. Now, celebrating its 5th year, we have just published Slomoff's second book, Never Enough; Ben is now 103. We hope his and our longevity continues!
Based in Crockett, California (location of the C&H Sugar Plant), Jannie M. Dresser and Sugartown have published 20 books of poetry and one memoir. In 2015, Sugartown was voted “Best Local Publisher” in the East Bay Express’ “Best-of-the Bay Area” contest.
INFORMATION ON EVENT LOCATIONS
3/11 Robert Coats, John Hart, Dale Jensen and Benjamin Slomoff
1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501
3/15 John Hart
800 Potter St, Berkeley, CA 94710
5/18 John Hart
University Press Books
Bancroft Avenue, Berkeley
6/6 Robert Coats, Jannie M. Dresser, John Hart and Dale Jensen
1628 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (upstairs)
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:45-9 p.m. (come earlier to enjoy a meal)
1628 Webster St., Oakland, CA. (Webster at 17th)
Pandemonium Press presents a reading on the theme of "April in Paris" with poets Sharon Coleman, Yanina Gotsulsky.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sausalito City Library, in the Council Chambers
420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA 94965.
Poets published in the California Quarterly
Bonnie Thomas, author of Sun on the Rind and Chantal Guillemin, author of Truchas: Closer to Heaven
share the stage on Friday, April 8
(come a little early to get some food and your beverage then settle in)
1854 Euclid Avenue, just north of Hearst and the U.C. Campus
Friday, April 15
7 p.m. sharing feature with singer/songwriter Ken Risling, open mike follows...
2035 Ashby Avenue, just east of Adeline in Berkeley
SUGARTOWN POETS AT SPICE MONKEY!
Chantal Guillemin, author of Truchas: Closer to Heaven
Gail Peterson, author of Swimming the Sky
Kimberly Satterfield, author of Voices from the Field
Bonnie Thomas, author of Sun on the Rind
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
6:45-9 p.m. (come earlier to enjoy a meal)
1628 Webster St., Oakland (Webster at 17th)
On guitar: Hao C. Tran. Curated by Leila Rae. An open mic follows the featured readers. Free Drawing: Book, Broadside, and Spice Monkey Gift Card. Book Table. Free.
sharing feature with singer/songwriter Ken Risling
Saturday, June 11, 2016
7 p.m. (open mic follows)
1601 Paru Street
Alameda, CA 94501
If you wish to contact a Sugartown author to have them speak to your group or read at your event, please contact email@example.com.