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Saturday, September 7th – 5pm

A piece by Diane di Prima
performed by Q.R. Hand,
Nina Serrano, Tom Stanton

$20 suggested donation; contribute only what you can


Q.R. Hand          Nina Serrano          Thomas Stanton

Diane di Prima in Greenwich Village, 1950s

Three distinguished poets perform short solo sets
and together perform an unpublished piece by
Diane di Prima


Di Prima, a native New Yorker born in August 1934, emerged as a central voice, intellect and organizing figure among the 1950s Beat era literary figures, and moved with the times, changing coasts along the way, through the revolutionary 1960s and the emerging consciousness of the 1970s. Her major work of the ’70s, Loba, and her exploration of magick, esoteric and hermetic traditions found public expression in the Poetrics program she co-founded in 1980 at New College of California with fellow poets Robert Duncan and David Meltzer and the San Francisco Institute of Magical and Healing Arts (SIMHA), where she taught Western spiritual traditions into the early 1990s. She served as Poet Laureate of San Francisco from 2009-2011. Di Prima continues to write and to prepare manuscripts for publication.

QR Hand, Nina Serrano and Tom Stanton are all much-treasured, long-time figures on the Bay Area poetry scene, all living now just across the Carquinez Strait in Vallejo and Benicia.

click the links below to view discussions Nina has conducted with Q.R. and Tom about their poetry:




"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."

-- Job Harriman, 1902


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