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Sunday, June 12 – 8pm
Poet Lucien Zell, American Expat in Prague, on tour

Lucien Zell, passing through on his way to take part in the poetry workshops at the High Sierra Community of Writers in Olympic Valley at Lake Tahoe, will read some of his work alongside colleagues Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita (2019-2021), and Lee Rossi.

Can’t make it down to the shop for the reading? You’ll miss the wine & snacks and real-time camaraderie, but a live stream will be found on the Bird & Beckett Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Lucien Zell’s writing has appeared in
The New Orleans Review, Tikkun and Poetry Salzburg Review, and will appear in three upcoming anthologies. His first American book of poetry, Tiny Kites (Dos Madres), was published in 2019.

A professional singer-songwriter, his folk/rock albumFall into Flight” is available on iTunes and Spotify.Carnival of Shades,” a classical piece for which he composed the libretto, premiered last November at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 

An American expatriate living in Prague for the past twenty-four years, he is the recipient of the 2022 Galway Kinnell fellowship at the Community of Writers, and in mid-May embarked on a coast-to-coast ramble across the country en route to the Olympic Valley in the High Sierras to make good on that honor.

His June 12 San Francisco reading is one stop on a six-city U.S. tour. 


Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, is a Native American, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a native San Franciscan. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recentlyDeer Trailsfrom City Lights Press, as well as a work of fiction: Rabbit Stories. In 2019 she publishedMurdered Missing, a book of poems about violence against indigenous women.

As Poet Laureate, Kim curated the Poem of the Day on the San Francisco Public Library website. She is a winner of the Northern California Book Reviewers Recognition Award. A member of California Poets in the Schools, she is also active in the movement to end violence against women.

Lee Rossi is a winner of the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and the Steve Kowit Prize. His latest book isDarwin’s Garden, from Moon Tide Press. Recent poems appear in The Southwest Review, Rattle, Spillway, The Chiron Review and The Southern Review. He is a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers and a Contributing Editor to Poetry Flash.

Lee is the stealth weapon in the arsenal of American poetry, the writer you didn’t know you liked. Like chermoyas he is frightening in appearance, but delicious once tasted.


Bird & Beckett wishes to thank our good friend and neighbor, the writer Katia Noyes for helping Lucien crash America, bringing him through Glen Park for this occasion! Writers egging on other writers… that’s the ticket!

Lucien shared the stage at the Duluth Dylan Fest Songwriting Contest in late May in a chance encounter with an old friend of ours, singer/songwriter/guitar slinger/poster artist Misisipi Mike Wolf. After the Fest, they hit the road together to Dinkytown, and the poster for today’s San Francisco reading is the product of their collaboration on the road.


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