2023 Flash Reading Series

To train myself, in the midst of a burning world,
to offer poems of love to a burning world.
– Katie Farris

12 Featured Poets in Spring 2023


Poets this year will join 52 other amazing readings by Bay Area poets:

Katherine Agyemaa Agard, Dodie Bellamy, Maxe Crandall, Eric Falci, Caroline Goodwin, Amanda Gunn, Ra Malika Imhotep, Mason J, Fiza Jihan, Nathalie Khankan, Ava Koohbor, Dana Koster, Angie Sijun Lou, tanea lunsford lynx, Randall Mann, Florencia Milito, Zouhair Mussa, Lucie Pereira, Katie Peterson, Atsuro Riley, Janice Lobo Sapigao, Kevin Simmonds, Darius Simpson, Maya Sisneros, Aimee Suzara, Lehua M. Taitano, & Nellie Wong, Kim Addonizio, Bahaar Ahsan, Ari Banias, William Brewer, MK Chavez, Jennifer Cheng, Lindsay Choi, Sophia Dahlin, Jennifer Foerster, C.S. Giscombe, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Leena Joshi, Raina Leon, Thea Matthews, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Brittany Perham, D.A. Powell, Barbara Reyes, Rachel Richardson, sam sax, Kim Shuck, Juliana Spahr, & D’mani Thomas.

These short recorded readings are carried on our website (below), on ARC’s YouTube channel, and shared on social media – sign up for our newsletter (to the right) and you will be sent the spring 2023 readings each Friday in April!

In spring 2021, ARC piloted a new Flash Reading Series featuring two dozen Bay Area poets reading one of their poems in relation to the theme “emerge/ncy”. We were interested in what was emergent or birthed at times of crisis, the voices that become maps, guideposts, and sustenance along the way. The series was launched during 2021 National Poetry Month as part of a semester-long festival of poetry.

Over time, the series has turned into a growing online archive of Bay Area poets. During fall 2021/spring 2022, we are thrilled to be able to add 27 more writers reading one of their poems related to our new theme of “coexistence.”

In addition to ARC’s larger monthly readings (here), this series extends the number of voices we want to hear from, and carry with us, in these changing times, from emerging to established poets.

ARCs Flash Reading Series is part of our Poetry & the Senses initiative,
generously funded by Engaging the Senses Foundation
We are grateful for co-sponsorship of the 2023 Flash Readings
from the Center for Race & Gender, and
the Departments of English and Ethnic Studies.


Featured poets for April 2023 National Poetry Month

To Be Announced Soon!

Each poet will read one of their poems related to the theme Reclamation.

Readings Week of April 1-7

Readings Week of April 8-14

Readings Week of April 15-21

Readings Week of April 22-28

This reading is part of ARC’s Poetry & the Senses Program, generously sponsored by Engaging the Senses Foundation.