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Jeanne Powell

POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, September 2nd – 7-9 pm
Jeanne Powell + Jeff Kaliss
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No charge; but if you can spare a few bucks to help us reward the featured poets, that would be great.

Jeanne Powell’s latest collection, TWO SEASONS: STORY-POEMS, has just been brought out by Taurean Horn Books. Along the way, her poems have appeared in several print and online journals, including Essence Magazine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and the tenth anniversary issue of Drumvoices Revue from SIU-E. Jeanne Powell’s poem, “Next Time” won first prize from the Detroit Writers Guild in 2002. Three poems were selected for the Creative Justice Art Show at the University of San Francisco, 2006: “If The Shoe Fits,” “Next Time,” and “Making Amends.” Early collections of her work included February Voices (1994), Cadences (1996), and Tangerine Dance (1999) and were reprinted in 2003 as CELEBRATION OF THE WORD. MY OWN SILENCE (poems and haiku) was a finalist in national competition in 2002, shortlisted for the Naomi Long Madgett prize, and was published in a second edition by Taurean Horn in 2014. In 2008 WORD DANCING was published by Beatitude Press — a new collection of poems, prose and 21 art collages by Jeanne Powell. In 2013, a second edition was published by Taurean Horn Books.

Jeff Kaliss is pursuing an MFA in poetry at San Francisco State, but he’s been writing about entertainment and culture for his entire adult life, from his college newspaper in Boston to his 2009 biography of Sly & the Family Stone, the anthemic band formed just a mile from Jeff’s current family home in San Francisco. Aside from books, Jeff writes feature pieces and album and live reviews for international, national, and regional magazines and weekly and daily newspapers and websites. He’s also the author of encyclopedia entries, album liner notes, and festival program notes, and is working on a script based on his latest book. Jeff’s feature, review, and book subjects have spanned rock, jazz, world music, opera, classical music, show musicals, theater, film, tv, and radio. His interviewees have included James Brown, Benny Carter Sid Cesar, The Chieftains, Ornette Coleman, Julian Cope, Geno Delafose, Sally Field, Dizzy Gillespie, The Gipsy Kings, Philip Glass, Peter Greenaway, Dorothy Hamill, Pete Hamill, Emmylou Harris, Jake Heggie, Jerry Herman and Marilyn Horne.


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