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POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, December 3rd – 7-9 pm
POETS! – Byron Spooner + Judith Ayn Bernhard
followed by an open mic

In a rare joint appearance, Judith Ayn Bernhard and Byron Spooner will read at Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery, on December 3 at 7 PM. Judith will read new work and some old favorites. Byron will read his new Christmas story.

Judith Ayn Bernhard is a writer, poet, translator and teacher. She is a founding member and past chair of the Marin Poetry Center and a current member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. Her book, Prisoners of Culture (introduction by Jack Hirschman), was published by CC. Marimbo in 2014. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Byron Spooner, where she teaches writing and occasionally give public readings of her work.

“Judy Bernhard is a voice packed with both insight and irony in the face of social and political injustice, and a deeply compassionate sense of humor that belongs with the people of the world suffering under its current reign of corporate fascism.” –Jack Hirschman

Byron Spooner is the Literary Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. With his wife, Judith Ayn Bernhard, he co-edited Arcana: A Festschrift for Jack Hirschman (Andover Street Archives Press, 2014). His writing has been published in the San Francisco Examiner, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, Autobiography and Isis. His short story, A Book for Christmas (AKA A Child’s Christmas in Hackensack) was published by Red Berry Editions in 2011. Byron serves on the San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominating Committee and the One City, One Book Selection Committee of the SFPL and on the Advisory Boards of Litquake and the Beat Museum.


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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