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Saturday, October 20 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mojo Down The Mountain

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These authors emerged from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers as many do — with a desire to keep the magic going.  They have been meeting in workshop — with some slight alterations — for over five years, usually at the Mojo Café in South Berkeley.  Their work is diverse, and there is a strong thread of place as subject.  Chris has been writing intensely beautiful poems about the borderlands of Berkeley/Oakland, not just geographically, but by examining the tensions and revelations of living where cultures intersect.  Dan mines memory, music, and roads that have spanned from America to Israel in cadences that similarly span from clipped to rolling.  Eliot also has written to give voice to uniquely American longings, with long lines that are nevertheless increasingly compressed.  Judy's lines are shorter—often a carefully constructed pastiche of imagery, dense with reference to Japan, where she studied and worked.  All four share mutual respect and humor.  Cumulatively, they've got the mojo.

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Dan Alter

Dan Alter has  published poems recently  in The Burnside Review, Compose Journal, Field, Pank, and Zyzzyva among others. He has been a fellow of the Arad Arts Project, and is a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife... Read More →
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Judy Halebsky

Judy Halebsky is the author of the poetry collections Sky=Empty, Tree Line and the chapbook Space/Gap/Interval/Distance. Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center have supported her work. Her passions include the Moth-style storytelling... Read More →
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Eliot Schain

Eliot Schain has run poetry series at the Beat 'N Path Cafe in Hoboken, NJ and Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA.  His publications include American Romance and Westering Angels.
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Chris Simpkins

MFA Poetry Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran U. MA English Literature SF State U. BS Chemistry CSUEB. Feminist. Poet. Scholar of women poets of the 20th century. Data Privacy Analyst.

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