Bay Area Poets Picking Poets

(General Event)

Apr 26,2015, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ 826 Valencia
To celebrate our amazing poetry community here in the Bay Area, we'll be hosting a reading and discussion at 826 Valencia by the poets who participated in our local Poets Picking Poets project. Inspired by McSweeney's publication, all 826 National chapters have created localized versions of the project, Read This Poem (shared with all on The Academy of American Poets site,

For those who 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 we have a lovely collection. As National Poetry Month draws to a close, the six participating Bay Area poets will be reading their picked poem plus a couple more followed by a discussion about the process, poetry, and what it means to be a poet in this community. It's sure to be a fantastic, delightful evening. Let us know you're coming here.

Participating poets (in the order they were chosen) are as follows:

Dean Rader, who not only kicked things off but, also facilitated the whole process as 826 Valencia's volunteer Poet Ambassador. Dean Rader’s Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Book of the Year. He is a professor at USF and the editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry.

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 has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She 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 by Wave Books. He is currently a Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian lives in San Francisco.

Zoe Tuck, author of Terror Matrix, has co-taught the class Vampire Poetics at the Bay Area Public School with Laura Moriarty, and a class on ghosts with Zach Ozma. She will be playing the filmmaker Maya Deren in a production of Brittany Billmeyer-Finn's the meshes: an iteration in 2 acts.

Tessa Micaela is a poet, a full-spectrum doula, community educator, book maker, and quiet firecracker, living in Oakland. Tessa's list-of-things-to-learn-in-a-lifetime includes midwifery, carpentry, bicycle repair, herbalism and the best-places-to-get-lost. Tessa's work can be found in Make/shift magazine, Dusie, Open House, Sink Review, Jupiter 88, and in various jars and corners.