770 West Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
510 567-4108


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Jules Campbell & Jerry Leisure

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Nov 24 - Jan 5

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7th
from 6-9pm

Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 15th
from 2-4pm

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January 2019

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Special Event: GearBox POETRY
featuring John Rowe

Saturday, October 27th, 2 - 4 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of poetry! We meet the fourth Saturday every month. The next poetry event will be Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at Gearbox Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland.

The poetry feature this month will be John Rowe. His poems have appeared in a variety of small press journals and anthologies. He's the author of Beyond Perspective, a poetry chapbook published by Finishing Line Press. Connie Post says: “The poems in Beyond Perspective will take any reader to a heightened level of introspection and awareness. John Rowe has found a delicate and perfect way of blending the imagined world with ordinary life.” John's previous chapbooks At My Wit's Beginning and Winsome Losesome showcase his tendencies toward whimsical word play and a minimalist approach. He is a co-host of the monthly (2nd Fridays) Last Word Poetry Reading Series, held at Nefeli Caffe in Berkeley. For many years he’s served as president of the Bay Area Poets Coalition and associate editor of BAPC’s Poetalk journal. Website: http://www.rowepoet.com/

Please join us for John's reading and the open mic.

The poetry reading is from 2 - 4 pm, with open mic sign-up starting at 1:30. Hosted by David Zeltzer, dzeltzer@acm.org.


Past GearBox POETRY Events:

Saturday, August 25th, 2 - 4 pm

Poetry Feature: Jeannette DesBoine, AKA "JD". JD, fascinated with the rhythm and music of language, admits to being “possessed by the love of words and haunted by the spirit of the printed page.” The University of Texas [El Paso] alumna describes herself as: English teacher by degree; social services clerical technician (ret) by pomp and circumstance; creative writing coach and poet with a passion for theater and spoken word. She began her artistic journey as reporter (Peninsula Bulletin, Palo Alto, CA) and TV talk-show host (Tri-City Features, Fremont, CA). Along the way she added acting, playwriting, directing, personal historian, and independent publishing to her addiction to literary arts. She has published fifteen chapbooks, been part of several anthologies, and has four books at amazon.com/author/jeannettedesboine. Her lifetime goal is a “book a year.”

Past accolades include Contra Costa County Woman of Achievement Award (Business and Technology); founding of Oseye Cultural Arts Center, El Paso, TX; establishment of California based OCO Arts, a referral & reciprocity support network for emerging & established artists; and creation of “The SOPHIA Project” – an art-without-judgment, writing-for-performance community building tool.

Find JD online and in print at Poetry Expressed, riverbabble 32 & 33, Poetalk, Mezcla, Our Texas Magazine, Newspaper Tree, etc. Books: Breaking News 45!; FLASHBACKS (short stories & tall tales) ; Disaster Revisited (hurricane katrina & other atrocities); and STORM: (a free-write diary & workbook). email: jendes9@gmail.com.


Saturday, July 28th, 2 - 4 pm

Poetry Feature: Ryanaustin Dennis. A founding member of The Black Aesthetic, Ryanaustin Dennis is an Oakland based curator/artist/writer. His practice is concerned with how 20th and 21st century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness. A dynamic poet and performer, he's done curatorial work for E.M. Wolfman Bookstore and is a Southern Exposure Curatorial Council Fellow.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2 - 4 pm

Poetry Feature: Maw Shein Win. Maw is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, The Fabulist, and others. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press, and her new full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems is published by Manic D Press. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. http://www.el-cerrito.org/poets

Maw will be joined by poets Jack Foley and Sangye Land, who often read poetic texts jointly. Jack has published 15 books of poetry. He became well known through his “multivoiced” performances with his late wife, Adelle, who was also a poet. His radio show, Cover to Cover, airs every Wednesday on KPFA-FM in California. Sangye Land is a life-long poetry enthusiast and editor.

Saturday, May 26th, 2 - 4 pm

Poetry Feature: David Erdreich. David is a poet, musician, singer, bird watcher and gardener. Variously known as D. Scribe, Mr. E and the poet laureate of Jazz Camp West, he's a prolific writer of verse, and has read widely in the Bay Area. His observations of nature and the human condition leave the listener with much to ponder or laugh at. His book of poetry, Mr. E's Mystery, published by Beautitude Press in 2009, also includes a CD of his work.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Poetry Feature: Keith Emmons. A cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Keith will read from his recently-published poetry memoir Moondrifter Reverie about living in the Alan Watts Sausalito houseboat community in the 1970s. He wrote poetry there, as well as designing and building a three-story floating home that won a first place award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Keith’s poems have appeared in San Francisco area journals including City Miner, Espresso, Loon, CoEvolution Quarterly, Sausalito Marinscope, and the Garlic Press. Keith’s work has also been featured in American Airlines Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Moondrifter Reverie, and in two made-for-television broadcasts.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Poetry Feature: Clive Matson: Clive began his career as a poet among the Beats in 1960s Greenwich Village. He was mentored and influenced by Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners, Diane di Prima and Herbert Huncke. He is the author of 9 volumes of poetry and the creative writing text "Let The Crazy Child Write!" and has been a creative writing teacher for 30 years. He frequently performs his works in Bay Area reading venues and will perform excerpts from his newest poem, "Hello Paradise, Paradise Good-bye". The long poem was premiered last year in Paris, France, the city of Climate Accord, and treats the topic of modern day threats of extinction and civil unrest.

Clive is the recipient of the Berkeley Lifetime Achievement in Poetry Award in 2012, was named the Best East Bay Writing Teacher in 2006 and received a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Award in 2003. To learn more, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Matson and http://matsonpoet.com/.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Poetry Feature: Clara Hsu: Clara practices the art of multi-dimensional being: mother, musician, purveyor of Clarion Music Performing Arts Center, traveler, translator and poet. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry (2001), she has published several books, including her translation of the Tao-te Ching. While translating the Tao, the passages prompted responses, memories, and philosophical thoughts which Clara Hsu incorporated in her translation, and which she calls her "infusions".

Clara Hsu read from the Tao, and her other work, along with an open mic.

Saturday, January 20, 2018: Featuring Steven Arntson

Saturday, November 18, 2017: Featuring Richard Loranger
reading from his book, “Sudden Windows”