LONE GLEN PRESENTS: Seedstarters: An Evening of Readings and Propagations

8 August, 7:30 pm, The Bindery, San Francisco 

Lone Glen is thrilled to present Seedstarters: An Evening of Readings and Propagations, guest curated by poet Genine Lentine. Join us on Wednesday August 8th at 7:30 pm at The Binderyin San Franciscoto celebrate Bidisha Banerjee, Emilie Lygren, and Lauren Shufran, who will be reading new writing and works-in-progress. Five to ten dollar donations will be taken at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 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.

LONE GLENis a quarterly writing, art, and performance series dedicated to collaboration and community, now in its seventh year. Usually based in Oakland, we are happy to return to our birthplace in San Francisco for this special event.

About these seedstarting writers and artists:

BIDISHA BANERJEEis a sustainability innovator, embodied leadership coach, and author of Superhuman River: A Biography of the Ganga. It’s a multi-strand narrative about following the river over eight years from source to sea in an attempt to reconcile science and spirituality–or, at least, spot the elusive Ganges river dolphin. It’s due out from Aleph Books in New Delhi in 2018. Many thanks to loved ones, the Middlebury Environmental Journalism Fellowship, Triple Canopy, Hedgebrook, the Mesa Refuge, the Yerba Buena Arts Center’s Future Soul Think Tank, and Yale’s Tropical Resources Institute for supporting this work. Make a journaling date with her on Instagram @bidishaban, Twitter @bidishabanerjee, and LinkedIn.

EMILIE LYGRENis an educator, curriculum designer, and poet who delights in shaping learning experiences that connect people to one another and their surroundings. She is the co-author of several pieces of curriculum and books, including The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling and the forthcoming Nature Journal Teacher’s Guide. Her poems have been published in journals such as Askew, The English Leadership Quarterly, and The New South. Her writing practice and daily interactions are rooted in attention and curiosity.

LAUREN SHUFRANis a poet and the Lead Writer for Zoho Academy. Prior to working in software, she received a PhD in early modern British literature from UC Santa Cruz. Her book Inter Arma won the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books and was published in 2013. Since then, she’s been working on a translation of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass—a project she began as a Lambda Literary Fellow. She’s also recently been musing on two of her favorite things on Instagram, @shakespeare_and_mindfulness.

About the curator:

GENINE LENTINEis the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model, and the chapbooks, Archaeopteryx; Found Dharma Talks, and Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes.  She is co-author with Stanley Kunitz and photographer, Marnie Crawford Samuelson, of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also tends a meadow. www.geninelentine.com

FLYER FOR MS MATTRAW-01Join us for our first Lone Glen of the season at 8 pm on Saturday, April 7th to celebrate the magnetic poetry of Maxine Chernoff, Michael Tod Edgerton, and Heather June Gibbons. Of Camera, Chernoff’s recent release from Subito press, Camille T. Dungy writes, “[These poems] are precise in just the way art is precise. They frame the word as a camera’s lens might frame a portion of what the eye might apprehend, adding a finely wrought filter of human feeling to the arbitrary world.” We’re thrilled to witness that frame, and to listen to charismatic Heather June Gibbons read from her debut book of poems, and to welcome poet Michael Tod Edgerton to the Bay Area.

About the writers:

Maxine Chernoff is the author of six works of fiction and 16 collections of poetry, most recently Camera (Subito) and Here (Counterpath). Winner an NEA in poetry and the PEN Translation Prize, she was a recent Visiting Writer at the American Academy in Rome.

Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013). His poems have appeared previously as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review contests, and in CoconutDenver QuarterlyDrunken BoatEOAGHNew American WritingNew Orleans ReviewSonora Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals. Tod holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. He lives with his husband, Greg, in San Francisco. You can check out Tod’s ongoing participatory text and sound project at WhatMostVividly.com.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Utah Press, and the chapbooks Sore Songs and Flyover. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and in the community.

About the series:
Lone Glen, now in its seventh 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. Learn more about Lone Glen and our history at https://loneglen.wordpress.com/

About the Venue:

Temescal Art Center can be accessed via a wide ramp and its bathroom is equipped with hand rails.


We invite you to join us at Lone Glen on Saturday, November 4th at 8 pm at Temescal Artpainting Center in Oakland to hear work from Megan Breiseth, Lauren Levin, Rashaan Alexis MenesesSara Mumolo, and Amos White. In our community, what role does parenting play in the creative process, and what role does the imagination play in the journey of raising a child? How does the act of parenting serve as a constraint, or not, as we express ourselves in writing and in other art forms? Come out to hear what these parent writers are thinking about in their work and about their process.  A brief Q and A will follow their readings.

Confirmed readers include the following, and one more to be announced soon:

Megan Breiseth is the author of the chapbook Zia (Mrs. Maybe Press), co-author of the chapbook the longer you stay here (Aggregate Space Gallery) and two manuscripts-in-progress. She works as an educator and lives in Alameda, CA with her wife, son, and cats.

Lauren Levin is the author of THE BRAID (Krupskaya, 2016) and the forthcoming JUSTICE PIECE/TRANSMISSION (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018) as well as several chapbooks, including The Lens (Little Red Leaves, 2014) and Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). From 2011-2014, she co–edited the Poetic Labor Project. She grew up in New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA with her family.

Rashaan Alexis Meneses has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK, and the Jacob K. Javits Program. Her fiction and non-fiction has been featured in various journals and anthologies, including Kartika Review, Puerto Del SolNew Letters, BorderSensesKurungabaaThe Coachella ReviewPembroke Magazine, Doveglion Press, and the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s hiking trails along the coast of California. You can find her at http://rashaanalexismeneses.com/

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing  at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. 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. Her next book Day Counter is forthcoming in 2018 from Omnidawn.

Amos White is an awarded American haiku poet and author, producer/director and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. Amos is published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. He is Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and Host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show; Producer the Oakland Haiku and Poetry Festival, and serves on several literary and arts nonprofit boards.​ www.about.me/amoswhite  www.facebook.com/amoswhitehaiku


pjimageOur cities echo with calls for resistance and protection, and our earth’s soil, forests, water, and air do the same. What unites today’s Bay Area poets and prose writers who explore what it means to live in this landscape? On Saturday September 2nd at 8 pm, Lone Glen is honored to present the ecowriting of 최 Lindsay, Vernon Keeve III, Genine Lentine, and Clarie Marie Stancek. Join us at Temescal Art Center in Oakland, $5-10 donation suggested *but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.* Please bring a friend, a sense of humor, and an open mind! Wine/beer/juice, snacks, and good tunes provided, though we welcome additions.

Temescal Art Center can be accessed via a wide ramps and has a bathroom equipped with handrails.

About the writers:

최 Lindsay

최 Lindsay is a diasporic Korean poet and a student at UC Berkeley, where they work as the editor in chief of Berkeley Poetry Review. They were selected as a finalist in Omnidawn’s 2016 chapbook contest, and have poems published or forthcoming in HOLD: A Journal, The Felt, Omniverse, and Apogee, with a chapbook forthcoming from speCt! books. They can be found on Twitter @chwelinji.

Genine Lentine

Genine Lentine is the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model, and the chapbooks, Archaeopteryx; Found Dharma Talks, and Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes. She is co-author with Stanley Kunitz and photographer, Marnie Crawford Samuelson, of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also tends a meadow. www.geninelentine.com

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a writer from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a California-made educator. He currently teaches high school English and history in Oakland, and has a book Southern Migrant Mixtape in its final stages of publication with Nomadic Press–look for it in the Fall.

Claire Marie Stancek

Claire Marie Stancek is the author of MOUTHS (Noemi , 2017), and OIL SPELL (forthcoming from Omnidawn, 2018). With Daniel Benjamin, she co-edited Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba /Giramondo , 2016). With Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she edits Nion Editions, a chapbook press. She is currently completing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches classes on literature and creative writing. She lives in Berkeley, California.

About Lone Glen:

Lone Glen is a writing, art, and performance series that began in December 2011 in the Mission District of San Francisco. For years we have offered our home on a quarterly basis as a performance space for those working in any and all genres. Our mission: to create more support, inspiration, and community among creators in the Bay Area in a down to earth vibed space. This event celebrates our first presention of work in a more traditional venue space– the first in a monthly series of events.

Lone Glen presents The Bay Area Correspondence School Variety Show and Art Extravaganza!

On Saturday evening, April 29th at 7:30 pm, come help us celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Bay Area Correspondence School with an evening of poetry, music, dance, and art. We’ll have interactive mail-art activities, copies of our new chapbook, tasty refreshments, and an epistolary-themed variety show. The evening will feature performances and art by Ramsay Bell Breslin, Joe Cha, MK Chavez, Pat Dienstfrey, Amber DiPietra, Tiff Dressen, Patrick Duggan, Gloria Frym, Margit Galanter, Erin Heath, Evan and Miles Karp of Turk and Divis, Kristin Kong, Raina Leon, Alexandra Mattraw, Sarah Rosenthal, Heidi Smith, Adam Thorman, Marissa Bell Toffoli, Della Watson, Jessica Wickens, Valerie Witte, and more!

Join us at Lone Glen’s home: 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland. Bring a friend, a beverage (if you have the means), and an open mind. When you arrive, look for signs pointing you to the side entrance for our garden and garage performance space.

The Bay Area Correspondence School (BACS) is a project that explores experimental writing through online and offline communications, including mail, email, and social media. Mail art and other work by our network can be viewed on our page: https://www.facebook.com/BayAreaCorrespondenceSchool/

Lone Glen welcomes writers Norman Fischer, Greg Mahrer, and Kathleen Winter on Thursday, November 3rd, at 8 pm. Join us at our Oakland home at 3132 Harrison Street: Bring a friend, a beverage (if you have the means), and an open mind.  When you arrive, look for the signs pointing you to the side entrance for our garden and garage performance space. Lone Glen is a quarterly writing, art, and performance series dedicated to promoting more community, inspiration, and support among writers and artists of all genres. Donations welcome but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Here’s more about these creators:

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, his latest poetry collections are Magnolias All At Once (Singing Horse, 2015) Escape This Crazy Life of Tears: Japan 2010 (Tinfish, 2014), and The Strugglers (Singing Horse, 2013).  His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Shambhala Press, 2016), and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press, 2015).

Gregory Mahrer’s work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review and elsewhere. In 2014 his poem, Refrain, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a special mention.  His new collection, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent won the POL prize from Fordham University Press was published in the Spring of 2016.

Kathleen Winter is the author of Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press), winner of the Antivenom Prize.  Her poems appear in The Yale Review, The New Republic, Tin House, Gulf Coast, Poetry London, AGNI and other journals.  Her awards include the 2016 The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, the 2015 Ralph Johnston Fellowship, and a 2015 residency at the James Merrill House.  She lives in Glen Ellen and teaches writing at Napa Valley College.

We’re thrilled to announce that Lone Glen will host writers Norman Fischer, Greg Mahrer, and Kathleen Winter on Thursday, November 3rd, at 8 pm. More details to follow!  We also look forward to bringing in the new year with the collaborative writers of BACS (the Bay Area Correspondence School), on Saturday, January 28th.

TurkDivisJoin us at 8 pm on Saturday, August 13th for the summer installment of the Lone Glen series, featuring the poetry and polyvocal rhythms of Turk & Divis, a collaboration between Evan and Miles Karp.  Evan Karp, founder of Litseen and director/creator of Quiet Lightning, and his brother, Miles Karp, offer us an evening of unbounded delights that defy categorization.  Find us at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland, and look for the signs pointing you to the side entrance to our garden and garage performance space.  Bring a friend, a beverage (if you have the means), and an open mind!  Lone Glen is a quarterly writing, art, and performance series dedicated to cultivating more community and inspiration among artists of any and all genres.

Evan and Miles Karp are Turk & Divis, an intersection where chance, rhythm, and processed repetition collide with modified fragments of language to form serendipitous anthems and intimate, often polyvocal meditations inside of those anthems. Old school samples and some of tomorrow’s most unusual hits @ turkanddivis.bandcamp.com.

Join us on Saturday June 4th at 7:45 for an inspiring Lone Glen night of poetry and music as we celebrate the emergence of spring! We are delighted to host writers Aja Couchois Duncan and Stacy Nathaniel Jackson as well as musician Amber Field. Lone Glen is a quarterly reading, writing, and performance series dedicated to supporting all artists and art forms in the Bay Area and beyond. Find us at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland, and look for the door on the side of the house that will lead you to the garden and our performance basement space. Please bring a friend, a beverage or snack (if you have the means), and an open mind! You can learn more about Lone Glen at https://loneglen.wordpress.com/

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her most recent chapbook, Nomenclature, Miigaadiwin, a Forked Tongue was published by CC Marimbo press. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Marin Arts Council Award Grant for Literary Arts, and, in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award. Her first book, Restless Continent, is forthcoming in the spring of 2016 from Litmus Press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along. http://ajacouchoisduncan.blogspot.com/

Amber Field is a performer, teacher and healer featured in San Francisco Magazine’s Best of the Bay for yoga music. She has performed and taught at Esalen, Wanderlust, Hollyhock, the Yoga Journal Conference, and universities and retreat centers around the world. She specializes in world fusion music and plays didgeridoo, djembe, Arabic tambourine, esraj, harmonica, piano, and sings like an angel. Amber delights in helping free people’s voices. Her latest album Serendip is now available. http://www.amberfieldmusic.com

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life. Stacy holds a BAFA in studio arts from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was the recipient of an individual artist’s grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011. Author of the chapbook Camouflage (MaCaHu Press, 2010), his poems, plays, and visual art have been published in Black Arts Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Enizagam, and New American Writing among others. His painting and sculpture exhibition history includes Los Angeles City Hall, the University of Arizona, Cal Poly Pomona, and NoDa Artist Network in Charlotte, NC. He is a Director of Finance and Administrative Services at the University of California, San Francisco and serves as an Assistant Secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Stacy is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript exploring African American women in the military. Currently living in the Oakland Hills, you can find him at http://www.snjackson.com or on Twitter at Mr. Stacy@stayseajackson.