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Floyd Salas

Sunday, May 15 – 2:30pm
Floyd Salas Celebration

Celebrate the life of Floyd Salas, with friends and family.

Floyd Salas (1/24/31-10/17/21) was a novelist, social activist, boxer and boxing coach. A cofounder of PEN Oakland in 1989, he was a key figure in San Francisco Bay Area literary and social justice circles for six decades.

His literary work is highly regarded by aficionados of both Latino literature and 60s era protest literature, and in 2013, he was awarded the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Before Columbus Foundation.

On May 15, 2022, friends and family gather at Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco to celebrate his life, read from his work and read poems in his honor.

Floyd’s wife, Claire Ortalda, and his song, Greg Salas, are joined by Jessica Loos, Lucy Day, Tate Swindell, Andrena Zawinski and many friends from along the way, reading from Floyd’s work, contributing their own poems in tribute, and sharing remembrances of his remarkable life.

Live in the shop!
You can also take it in live streamed
on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.
Read Claire’s Berkeleyside article on Floyd at this link.
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Floyd Salas bibliography:

Hail to the poet laureate: For Morton Marcusand Walt Whitman — F.Salas, 1950.

Tatto the Wicked Cross — New York City: Grove Press,1967.

What Now my Love — New York City: Grove Press, 1969.

Lay my Body on the Line — Berkeley: Y’Bird, 1978.

Stories and Poems from Close to Home– Berkeley:Ortalda & Assoc., 1986.

Buffalo Nickel — Houston: Arte Publico Press,1992

Color of my Living Heart: Poems — Houston: Arte Publico Press,1996

State of Emergency – Houston: Arte Publico Press,1996

Steve Nash or the Killer that GotAway — Berkeley:Unpublished Stage Play, 2000.

Love Bites — Berkeley: Mad Dog PublishingCompany, 2006

Widow’s Weeds – Berkeley: Gaetana Press, 2013.

Highrunning Heart: Poems – Long Island, NY: Local Gems PoetryPress, 2016

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