Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Eleven Eleven Reading

Eleven Eleven is a biannual journal of literature and art based at California College of the Arts. The aim of the publication is to provide a forum for risk and experimentation and to serve as an exchange between writers and artists.

Kevin Killian, one of the original "New Narrative" writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs , and three books of stories. He has also written five books of poetry, most recently Les elements, from Joco Seria Press (Franc). Recent projects include Tagged, Killian's nude photographs of poets, artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals; and, with Dodie Bellamy, Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 (Nightboat Books). Two new projects appear in November 2018: Fascination: Memoirs, edited by Andrew Durbin, from Semiotext(e)/MIT, and Stage Fright (from Kenning)-ten plays from the ad hoc performance group San Francisco Poets Theater. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Tonya M. Foster was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in New Orleans. She earned a BA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an MFA from the University of Houston. Foster is the author of the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna*, 2015) and coedited the book Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (2002). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, MiPoesias, Western Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere. In a review, Patricia Spears Jones says, "Foster' s imaginative work glories in language's ambiguities, discords, emotions and logic-she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction."

Foster has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is a PhD candidate. She has taught at Bard College, Queens College CUNY, Baruch College CUNY, and she currently is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts.

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco and earned his MA at Columbia University. He is the author of someone's dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), nominated for a California Book Award; and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, a 2018 California Book Award, was named a 2018 National California Booksellers Association Poetry Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize. In their citation, the judges for the Griffin Prize wrote that Eisen-Martin's work "moves between trenchant political critique and dreamlike association, demonstrating how, in the right hands, one mode might energize the other-keeping alternative orders of meaning alive in the face of radical injustice ... His poems are places where discourses and vernaculars collide and recombine into new configurations capable of expressing outrage and sorrow and love."

Eisen-Martin is also an educator and organizer whose work centers on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights. He has taught at detention centers around the country and at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.

Dodie Bellamy is an American novelist, nonfiction author, journalist and editor. Her work is frequently associated with that of Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, and Eileen Myles. Her book Cunt-Ups won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award.

Bellamy is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement of the early and mid 1980s, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling. Bellamy has stated that she draws inspiration from Conceptual art and writing practices, including cut-ups (popularized by Brion Gysin) and generated texts.

Bellamy also directed the San Francisco writing lab, Small Press Traffic, and taught creative writing at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, Naropa University, Antioch University Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Feb 25, 7pm to 8pm, the basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Matt Ingalls and Ewen-Greenlief duo

Matt Ingalls, solo (clarinet)
Ewen-Greenlief duo:
Sandy Ewen (guitar)
Phillip Greenlief (sax)

Feb 25, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Poetry Flash presents Barbara Henning and Maureen Owen

Barbara Henning's new book of poems is A Day Like Today. Cole Swenson says, "Henning adds a global attention to the grand New York tradition of the frank reportage of daily life, making those mundane details refract in myriad sparkling colors." She has published seven poetry collections and four novels. She has edited a book of interviews,Looking Up Harryette Mullen, and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins; she was also editor of the poetry/art journal Long News: In the Short Century, from 1990-1995.

Maureen Owen has published eleven books of poems, most recently Edges of Water. A special selection of poems from her book Erosion's Pull is now available in collaboration with work of the New York artist Yvonne Jacquette. Bernadette Mayer says, "In Erosion's Pull, Maureen Owen epitomizes quantum poetics or being in 67 places at one time or The Atomizer." A former editor and chief of Telephone Magazine and Telephone Books and a former program coordinator for The St. Mark's Poetry Project, her work has been widely anthologized, including in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women. Among other honors, she has received a grant from the Fund for Poetry and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Feb 25, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The basement at Moe's 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Stephen Cohen & Katrina vanden Heuvel

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Monday, February 25, 7:30 PM 2019 First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA Advance tickets: $12: :: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door

War With Russia? is an alternative narrative of Donald Trump's US and Putin's Russia, from America's most prominent Russian scholar. America is in a new Cold War with Russia even more dangerous than the one the world barely survived in the twentieth century. The Soviet Union is gone, but the two nuclear superpowers are again locked in political and military confrontations, now from  Ukraine to Syria. All of this is exacerbated by Washington's war-like demonizing of the Kremlin leadership and by Russiagate's unprecedented allegations. US mainstream media accounts are highly selective and seriously misleading. American "disinformation," not only Russian, is a growing peril. In War With Russia?, Stephen F. Cohen - the widely acclaimed historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia- gives readers a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War from its origins in the 1990s, the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump's election and today's unprecedented Russiagate allegations. Cohen's views have made him, it is said, "America's most controversial Russia expert." Some say this to denounce him, others to laud him as a bold, highly informed critic of US policies and the dangers they have helped to create.  War With Russia? gives readers a chance to decide for themselves.

 Stephen F. Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University, where for many years he was also director of the Russian Studies Program, and Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and History at New York University. His other books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience; Sovieticus; Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia; and Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives. Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation, as well as a frequent commentator on US and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.  She writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.  She is the author of several books, including The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in The Age of Obama.  She has received numerous awards for public service from various groups-the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy; the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's  "Voices of Peace" award and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's "Justice in Action" award. In 2010, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. In 2013, she received American Rights at Work's Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award; the Center for Community Change's Champion in Activism Award. In 2015, she received the Progressive Congress Leadership Award on behalf of her work "creating pathways of success on behalf of progressive causes.

KPFA benefit

Feb 25, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA