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in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Daily Vigs

POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, May 20th – 7-9 pm
Poets Nicholas James Whittington
Rod Roland & Micah Ballard
open mic follows

Son of the shop Nicholas James Whittington reads his work, alongside Rod Roland and Micah Ballard in a celebration of their recent collections, No Right Words and Daily Vigs, respectively, the latest pamphlets from Bird & Beckett — a press, of which we are inordinately proud, that owes everything to our aforementioned progeny from the conception of its many offspring through their birthing into this temporal and concrete sphere.

Micah Ballard is the author of Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Auguste Press, 2001; reissued by Bootstrap Press, 2017); three full-length collections of poetry: Afterlives (Bootstrap Press, 2016), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), and Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009); and over a dozen small books, including most  recently, Daily Vigs (Bird & Beckett, 2019). With Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, he is co-publisher of Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions.


Rod Roland is a poet and  artist living in San Francisco. His books include The Playgroup (Gas Meter, 2012), Thrasher2 (Gas Meter, 2012), Best Loved (Old Gold, 2013), Lunch Poems (2016), and most recently No Right Words, co-published by Bird & Beckett and Ugly Duckling Presse in 2018. With Jackson Meazle, he is co-publisher of Gas Meter Books.


Nicholas James Whittington is the author of several small books, including Indefinite Sessions (Gas Meter, 2016) and Provisions (PUSH, 2017). His first full-length collection, Resolution of the West, is due out this year from Bootstrap Press. He publishes Bird & Beckett Books and edits, designs and typesets the store’s annual literary journal, AMERARCANA, the eighth issue of which will be released with a reading at B&B on July 31, 2019.



Rod Roland

Micah Ballard



"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


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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