Bring in the New Year with Lone Glen poetry! Join us at 7:30 pm on Saturday January 7th in San Francisco at Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore to celebrate writers Sarah Heady, Jacob Kahn, and Randy Prunty. This event is a book launch for Prunty’s debut collection, Test Camp, just published by BlazeVOX. “In revelation of how the emptiness inside meets ‘the emptiness outside,’’ praises Kimberly Lyons, “the poems in Test Camp bring us through the foliage of their landscape: wild, dense, ripe with ‘nature’s ordinary things’ and full of ‘rips to the real.’” We are also thrilled to feature poet Jacob Kahn and his best selling new book, Mine Ecologue. Brian Blanchfield testifies to Kahn’s visionary lens: “I can’t think of another book in which the pastoral has been so knowledgeably upbraided and reanimated. That Mine Eclogue is also a blast to read is a testament to Jacob Kahn’s embodied musicality, deft touch, arresting candor, and infectious will to community.” We are also eager to hear Sarah Heady read from her much awaited, delightful new collection, Comfort. “Imagine Emily Dickinson not as an Amherst resident but as a settler of the American Midwest,” writes Maxine Chernoff, “the lyricism and vision of Comfort confirm Heady as an astute reader of human experience and transmitter of an understanding deeper than one encounters in typical histories or chronicles.”

Lone Glen readings are donation based: $10-15 suggested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

ABOUT THE WRITERS:

SARAH HEADY is a poet and essayist interested in place, history, and the built environment. She is the author of Comfort (Spuyten Duyvil, 2022); Corduroy Road (dancing girl press, 2021); Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013), winner of the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award; and Tatted Insertion (2014), a limited edition letterpress chapbook with artist Leah Virsik. She is also the librettist of Halcyon, a new opera about the death and life of a women’s college, currently in development with composer Joshua Groffman and producer Vital Opera. Sarah’s poems and essays have appeared in such journals as FENCE, Jewish Currents, Ghost Proposal, Newfound, La Vague, where is the river, and OmniVerse. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, Bethany Arts Community, In Cahoots, Asylum Arts, the Home School, Art Farm, and Summer Literary Seminars. Raised in the Hudson River Valley region of New York State, she now lives in San Francisco, where she co-edits Drop Leaf Press, a small women-run poetry collective. More at sarahheady.com.

Poet and editor JACOB KAHN lives in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Mine Eclogue (Roof Books, 2022), and the chapbooks A Is For Aegis (DoubleCross Press, 2022), Mine Eclogue (Dirty Swan Projects, 2019), and A Circuit of Yields (Wolfman Books, 2014). From 2016-20, he was a managing editor, curator, and bookseller at Wolfman Books, a bookstore, small press, and community arts hub in downtown Oakland. He is an editor of the poetry chapbook press, Eyelet Press, and reading series, Islet, which he cofounded with Sophia Dahlin in 2019. He works as a freelance grant writer and copyeditor, as well as at the Berkeley Public Library.

RANDY PRUNTY grew up in West Virginia and North Carolina and has lived in Atlanta and Boulder. He now lives in California with his wife, poet Elizabeth Robinson, and works as a bus driver in the San Francisco Bay Area. His collection of poems, Test Camp, was just published by
BlazeVOX. When he’s not writing or working, he’s birding or biking.

September Garden Edition

November 23, 2022

Join us in San Francisco at Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore and Gallery on the evening of Tuesday April 5th to celebrate writers Andrea Marina, Kevin Simmonds, and Truong Tran. This event is Lone Glen’s first IN-PERSON READING in over two years! Of Kevin Simmonds’ brilliant new book, The Monster I Am Today, Keely Weiss praises, “Memoir and music theory may not seem like the most obvious of pairings, but Kevin Simmonds’s new biography-in-verse of Leontyne Price, the first great African-American opera star, makes it look natural.” Kevin reads and sings his work through harmonic registers that must be heard in the flesh. And if you haven’t heard Truong Tran read aloud from his recent collection, Book of The Other, you are missing “a deeply moving book of poetry that exists beyond the domain of a purely literary experience” (Bhanu Kapil). He reads with honesty and authenticity in a manner that transcends categorization. As poet Bhanu Kapil says best: “Because, how do you survive what’s not meant to be survivable? This is not a manual. It’s a memory. It’s a way through.” Lone Glen is also honored to feature Oakland writer Andrea Marina. She writes stunning, straight-to-the-core poems that will shoot your mind off.

About the writers:

ANDREA MARINA is an indigenous poet, originally from the swamps of Florida. She resides in San Francisco and her writing is mainly centered around heartbreak and trauma. Her first chapbook is titled My Dirty Southern Heart

TRUONG TRAN was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He is the author of 6 previous collections of poetry, The Book of Perceptions, Placing the Accents, Dust and Conscience, Within The Margins, Four Letter Words and 100 Words (Co-authored with Damon Potter). He also authored the children’s book, Going Home Coming Home, an artist monograph, I Meant To Say Please Past the Sugar. His poems have been translated into Spanish, French and Dutch. He is the recipient of The Poetry Center Prize, The Fund For Poetry Grant, The California Arts Council Grant and numerous San Francisco Arts Commission Grants. He lives in San Francisco and currently teaches at Mills College, Oakland. His much anticipated Book of The Other arrived in Nov 2021 from Kaya Press.

KEVIN SIMMONDS is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His poetry collections include Mad for Meat and Bend to it. His latest book, The Monster I am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse, blends poetry and prose. He lives in San Francisco.

Lone Glen turns TEN!

December 5, 2021

Join us on zoom here

Lone Glen 32!

October 25, 2021

Fall Event: Zawacki/Piccinnini

September 13, 2021

Lone Glen looks forward to hosting poets Andrew Zawacki and Douglas Piccinnini on Sunday, 24th October, 4:30 pm PST. Third writer and more details TBA soon!

Lone Glen 31!

April 16, 2021

On Tuesday May 18th, the Lone Glen series will feature writers Donna de la Perrière, Anna Maria Hong, and Christine Hume. Join us on zoom to hear their poetry and fiction reverberate from two coasts. This 31st Lone Glen will “open doors” at 5:30 pm PST and get going by 5:40. Bring your sense of humor, and a friend!

Find the Zoom link HERE

About the writers

Donna de la Perrière is the author of five collections of poetry: three books — Works of Love & Terror (2019), Saint Erasure (2010), and True Crime (2009), all from Talisman House —  as well as two chapbooks, Night Calendar (Omerta, 2018) and First Love (The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange Collection, 2013). Her work has appeared in journals such as Brooklyn RailColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyNew American Writing, and Volt, as well as anthologies such as  No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (2009) and Bay Poetics (2006). The recipient of a 2009 Fund for Poetry Award and a 2016 Creative Work Grant from Intersection for the Arts, she founded and curated the Bay Area Poetry Marathon reading series (2004 – 2019) in San Francisco. She teaches at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland with poet Joseph Lease and cats Whitman and Dickinson. Read more at www.donnadelaperriere.net.

Anna Maria Hong is the author of three recent books: Age of Glass, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque, winner of Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has poetry and fiction published and forthcoming in publications including The Nation, Colorado Review, The Common, Shenandoah, Plume, Ecotone, Smartish Pace, The Hopkins Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Best New Poets, and The Best American Poetry. She is an Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College. https://www.annamariahong.net/

Christine Hume is the author of an experimental memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2021), as well as three books of poetry and six chapbooks. She recently edited a special issue of the American Book Review onGirlhood (April 2020) and finished a new manuscript on two despised subjects in America, sex offenders and women’s bodies. She is professor of English at Eastern Michigan University.

Lone Glen 30!

March 14, 2021

On Sunday, 14 March at 4 pm PST, the Lone Glen series will feature an afternoon of poetry and activism with Tongo Eisen-Martin, Sara Mumolo, and Jive Poetic. Join us on zoom, where Noah Sanders of The Racket series will DJ a few tunes to open and close the reading! This is the second Lone Glen of the season, and our 30th event of the last nine years. 
Lone Glen is a quarterly reading and performance series dedicated to fostering all writing and art genres within a spirit of collaborative, down-to-earth, and inclusive creative community.  

Launched in December 2011 in an apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco, Lone Glen was later an Oakland basement operation for several years before taking root at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland and The Bindery in San Francisco. Although on hiatus for nearly a year due to pandemic constraints, we are back on track to host several virtual events in 2011. 


About the writers:
Tongo Eisen-MartinOriginally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book “Heaven Is All Goodbyes” was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award. His forthcoming book “Blood On The Fog” is being released this fall in the City Lights Pocket Poets series. He is San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.


Sara MumoloSara Mumolo is the author of Day Counter (Omnidawn, 2018) and Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013). She serves as the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. Poems have appeared in Lana Turner, PEN Poetry Series, Pleiades, San Francisco Chronicle, The Millions, and Zyzzyva, among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Mumolo is the recipient of a 2021 Poetry and the Senses Fellowship from UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center.


Jive Poetic Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2017, he was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. Jive is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. His work has been showcased on season four of TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS NewsHour, and BET. International recognition for his work has come from the British Arts Council; the Minister of Culture for Antigua and Barbuda; and US Embassies in Australia, Brazil, and Poland.