Peter Sherburn-Zimmer was raised in Southie, in Boston, a slum kid. No one famous came from there, he had to admit to Gordon Cairney, lounging on a couch in Cairney’s Grolier Book Shop. Traveled an arc through mathematics to literature, sociology, philosophy and more to no bachelor’s degree ’til much later, at his wife’s urging, then a peripatetic life of teaching gigs in the humanities at all levels, a master’s, a Ph.D. in poetry and criticism at SUNY Rochester; San Francisco in ’67 and later, from ’93 to present. Three kids: a detailer in architecture, a fierce activist, a bartender turned liquor distributor driver trying to make a living… a poet who doesn’t write about his experience but whose experience can’t help but inform his poetry. A treasure for sure, and a sweet human being we’re pleased to know.
Alexis Spencer-Byers is traveling into town for the reading. Raised in San Francisco, she completed a degree in English at Amherst College; spent several years doing community development work in Jackson, Mississippi; and now lives in Los Angeles, working in church administration and web software development, and volunteering time to organizations serving incarcerated and at-risk youth. She has published two collections of poetry,Urban Verses (2005) and Anotherâ€™s Treasure (2014).
Jerry Ferraz hosts, and conducts one of the most satisfying little open mics in town! Â He’s a treasure himself. Â Bring your own and share it! Â Next session, Monday, November 2nd.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site