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

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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

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.

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.

Lone Glen : Triple Launch!

January 12, 2021

Lone Glen : Triple Launch 

On Sunday, 31st January at 4 pm PST, Lone Glen celebrates three wonderful writers and their new books. Join us on zoom for an hour of poetry and prose! Meredith ClarkArisa White, and Maw Shein Win will read from their latest poetry and/or prose in a “round” style event, and Noah Sanders of The Racket series will DJ a few tunes. 

Join zoom here: Meeting ID: 916 3104 2978; Passcode: 573574

“To live freely, observantly as a politically astute, sensually perceptive Queer Black woman is to be risk taker, at risk, a perceived danger to others and even dangerous to/as oneself,” writes the poet Tracie Morris of Arisa White’s You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. White’s upcoming book, Who’s Your Daddy, is now available for preorder at Augury Books! Terrance Hayes confides that in this poetic memoir, “What she gives us are archives, allegories, and wholly new songs.”

Meredith Clark’s recently released Lyrebird (Platypus Press) is a fragmented documentation of “a miscarriage and the chronicle of the dissolution of a relationship—a moving discovery on how it is possible to approach a thing with tenderness and still watch it break.” Writer Jenny Boully describes how “LYREBIRD slowly circles its heartbreak through understatement, poetic revelation, imagistic accord. It . . . knows there is no way to write what cannot be undone.”

Maw Shein Win’s Storage Unit for the Spirit House“takes as its literal subject compartments, vessels, and spaces, such as storage units, vases, tombs, towers and hallways. The objects they house … represent moments of necessary stillness in a world where achieving stillness, or self-reflection, seems almost impossible” (Eve Wood, LA Review of Books). Amanda Moore describes “The poems [as] tight, condensed, and without digression . . . the result is transporting.”

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

Meredith Clark is a poet and writer whose work has received Black Warrior Review’s nonfiction prize and the Sonora Review nonfiction prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PhoebeGigantic SequinsDenver Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry ReviewPoetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.A. in creative writing from Oberlin College, and is the recipient of grants and residencies from Artist Trust, Art Farm Nebraska, Jack Straw, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her book, Lyrebird, is out now with Platypus Press.

Maw Shein Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018). Her full-length poetry collection is Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn, 2020), which is longlisted for the 2021 PEN America Open Book Award. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and is a Spring 2021 ARC Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and an assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College. She is the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happenedand co-author of the middle-grade biography Biddy Mason Speaks Up. Forthcoming in March 2021 from Augury Books is her poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy. Arisa serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press.

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Please join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 25th for a night of poetry revelry at The Bindery in San Francisco. The Lone Glen series will celebrate the beginning of its ninth year with Apogee Press, featuring poets Elizabeth Robinson, Barbara Tomash, Laura Walker, and Edward Smallfield, who is also launching his latest book, to whom it may concern. Whereas Smallfield explores the “lyric meditation, [where] eros and erasure alternately fuse and efface until erasure becomes manifestation . . .”, Walker assures us that narrative is “a music to live by”, Tomash reminds us that “every word was once a poem”, and Robinson allows us to “revel in the slippery meanings of common words as they pour through the security perimeters.” We look forward to witnessing each of these poets pour through their works and invite you to share their words with us.

About the series:

Lone Glen, now in its ninth year, is a quarterly art-centric reading and performance series dedicated to creating a down-to-earth, inclusive space among writers and artists of all genres. Suggested donation for this reading is $5-$10 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About the Venue:

The Bindery, an outcrop of The Booksmith, is a magical bookstore/event space with a beer, wine and cocktail bar, located at 1727 Haight Street. The Bindery is wheelchair accessible.

About the poets:

ELIZABETH ROBINSON is the author, most recently, of Rumor (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions) and Blue Heron (Center for Literary Publishing).  Her nonfiction essays have appeared recently in Conjunctions and Scoundrel Time.  Robinson has received grants from the Fund for Poetry, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Maison Dora Maar.  With Jennifer Phelps, she co-edited the critical anthology Quo Animainnovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry, published by University of Akron Press in 2019.

EDWARD SMALLFIELD is the author of to whom it may concern, equinox, The Pleasures of C, and americana. He is also the author of several collaborative projects, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (with Doug MacPherson), locate (with Miriam Pirone), and lirio and anonymous (both with Valerie Coulton). His poems have appeared in Barcelona INKDenver Quarterly, e-poema.euFive Fingers ReviewNew American WritingPáginas Rojas, Parthenon West Review26, and many other magazines and websites. He has participated in poetry conferences in Delphi, Paou, Paros, and Sofia, and lives in Barcelona with his wife, the poet Valerie Coulton.

BARBARA TOMASH is the author of four books of poetry: PRE- (Black Radish Books 2018), Arboreal (Apogee 2014), The Secret of White (Spuyten Duyvil 2009), and Flying in Water, winner of the 2005 Winnow First Poetry Award. An earlier version of PRE- was a finalist for the Colorado Prize and the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize. Before her creative interests turned her toward writing she worked extensively as a multimedia artist. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver QuarterlyWeb ConjunctionsNew American WritingVerseVOLTOmniVerse, and numerous other journals. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.

LAURA WALKER is the author of story (Apogee Press, 2016), Follow–Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004). She grew up in rural North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, CA, where she teaches creative writing. More information is available at