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Thursday, November 4 – 7pm
Poets Barbara Paschke
and Lisbit Bailey
followed by an open mic

An open mic follows our featured readers. All welcome to one of the most vibrant reading series in the City.

This evening, two poets with a longstanding commitment to social change through poetry are featured.

Barbara Paschke has been involved in translation for over thirty years, both as a translator and editor. Her publications include Riverbed of Memory (by Daisy Zamora), Clamor of Innocence and Volcán (City Lights Books), Clandestine Poems (Curbstone Press), short stories and poetry in the literary travel companions to Costa Rica, Cuba and Spain (Whereabouts Press), New World, New Words (Two Lines Press), First World Ha Ha Ha (City Lights), Literary Amazonia and The Empire for 1 Poem. She has also contributed translations to a number of literary journals. She is a board member of the Center for the Art of Translation, where she coordinates the annual Northern California Translation Award. Her other passion is music; she has been and continues to be part of several choral groups in the Bay Area.

Lisbit Bailey is an active member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and co-edited the 2021 RPB anthology Building Socialism – Fighting Fascism.

Jerry Ferraz and Michael Koch, stalwarts of the San Francisco poetry scene since the 1970s, co-host our monthly reading series.


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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