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Tuesday, September 11th – 7:30-9:30 pm
Poets Maw Shein Win
Melissa Stein
Margaret Stawowy
Miriam Bird Greenberg

M + M + M + M
4 Poets at Bird & Beckett

A mellifluous evening of poetry by
Miriam Bird Greenberg, Margaret Stawowy, Melissa Stein & Maw Shein Win

Macaroons, meringue & merlot will be served

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and the chapbooks All night in the new country and Pact-Blood, Fevergrass. Recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation, she’s written about the nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins, and is currently at work on a fieldwork-derived manuscript about economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she was a writer in residence at the National University of Singapore in 2017.

Margaret Stawowy grew up on the southwest side of Chicago in the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair’s book, The Jungle. In adulthood, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then Tokyo and Yokohama Japan, where she taught English conversation and co-wrote English-teaching textbooks. She began writing poetry in Japan after meeting poets in a literary group that she co-founded. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she continued in her lifelong occupation as a librarian. A Pushcart nominee, her poetry has also won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, AHA Books, Atlanta Review, and Beyond Baroque. She has served her artistic community for more than ten years by volunteering with Marin Poetry Center, including two years as Chair.

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible Blooms (Copper Canyon Press), and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, Harvard Review, New England Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.

Maw Shein Win has published in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. A collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Win’s most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press and was a City Lights Books bestselling paperback. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.


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