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Artist's Opportunities:

Call for Entries:
Walking the Line

Deadline June 25th

Juror Drew Bennett, Director Facebook Artist in Residence Program

Awards include future exhibition opportunities

GearBox Poetry Event:
Maw Shein Win

with Jack Foley and Sangye Land
Saturday, June 23rd,
2 - 4 pm, with Open Mic Signup 1:30 pm

Now at GearBox:
Matthew Priest & Maryann Steinert-Foley

May 31 - June 23

Coming Soon:
By Implication:
Marsha Balian & Joy Broom

June 28 - July 28

Thurs - Fri: noon - 6 pm
Sat: 11 am - 5 pm
and during the First Friday Art Walks from 6-9 pm

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Special Event: GearBox POETRY

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.

Please join us for readings by Maw, Jack and Sangye, along with an open mic.

Our July feature will be Ryanaustin Dennis.

Hope to see you!


Past GearBox POETRY Events:

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”