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Every Day is an Act of Resistance:
The Poetry of Carol Tarlen

Sunday, Sept. 9th at  2 pm:
Work by the late poet/activist Tarlen will be read by Jack Hirschman (SF Poet Laureate, 2003-2006) and David Joseph, as well as Nellie Wong, Sarah Menefee,
Agneta Falk and Louise Nayer.

Carol Tarlen, who passed away in 2004, was a hugely influential and well-loved figure in the progressive literary scene, never reluctant to put her body on the line nor to put her intellect and passion into her writing.  Upon her death, Julia Stein wrote that she was “a North Beach Emily Dickinson, publishing widely in magazines and anthologies but never putting out a full-length book. She was the contemporary poet I knew closest to Whitman or Neruda: from her white trash impoverished childhood to her MA in English from San Francisco State; from her being a poet/delegate on the S.F. Labor Council to her getting arrested repeatedly for feeding the hungry and homeless in front of San Francisco’s Civic Center.”

Now, there’s a full-length collection of Carol’s poetry — Every Day is an Act of Resistance: Selected Poetry published in April 2012 by Mongrel Empire Press — edited by Jack Hirschman, Julia Stein and David Joseph.  Poet/writer Louise Nayer has organized this reading at Bird & Becktt on the occasion of the publication of Carol’s book, with the participation of editors Jack Hirschman and David Joseph, as well as Agneta Falk, Nellie Wong and Sarah Menefee.

Click here to read some of Carol’s poems.

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