annelyseWe invite you to join us at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 31st for an evening of music and poetry to celebrate our anniversary edition of the Lone Glen series. The night will commence with songs performed by poet and musician Annelyse Gelman and then feature the inspiring work of poet Joseph Lease. Please join the merriment: Bring a friend, (perhaps) a beverage, and an open mind. Entering its fourth year, Lone Glen is a quarterly reading and performance series dedicated to promoting more community and support among writers and artists of all genres and persuasions. Find us at our home, 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland. You can find more information about the series here: About our featured artists:

Annelyse Gelman is a California Arts Scholar, the inaugural poet-in-residence at UCSD’s Brain Observatory, and recipient of the 2013 Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2013 Lavinia Winter Fellowship. She has new work in Hobart, Indiana Review, Swarm, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere, and is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone (Write Bloody, 2014). Find her at

Joseph Lease’s critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee House Press) and Broken World (Coffee House Press).

Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

“‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was also anthologized in The Best American Poetry.

Marjorie Perloff wrote: “The poems in Joseph Lease’s Broken World are as cool as they are passionate, as soft-spoken as they are indignant, and as fiercely Romantic as they are formally contained. Whether writing an elegy for a friend who died of AIDS or playing complex variations on Rilke’s Duino Elegies . . . Lease has complete command of his poetic materials. His poems are spellbinding in their terse and ironic authority: Yes, the reader feels when s/he has finished, this is how it was—and how it is. An exquisite collection!”

Michael Bérubé called Broken World “remarkably inventive and evocative work from Joseph Lease, one of the finest poets writing today.”