Fall 2021 Flash Reading Series

Poetry & the Senses

Flash Reading Series

Fall 2021

Weekly Releases

In spring 2021, ARC piloted a new Flash Reading Series featuring two dozen Bay Area community poets. We are thrilled to continue this series this fall, adding a dozen more Bay Area poets to our growing archive, with more to be added in spring. In addition to larger monthly readings (here) this series extends the number of voices we want to hear from, and carry with us, in these changing times. Each poet will give a 3-5 minute reading of one of their poems, related in some way to our new theme, coexistence.

Featured poets include:

Katherine Agard, Caroline Goodwin, Amanda Gunn,

Robert L. Hass, Dana Koster, Randall Mann,

Florencia Milito, Atsuro Riley, Kevin Simmonds,

and more!

These short readings will carried on our website and YouTube channel, and shared on social media. ARC will release two per week from late October through the month of November. The word coexistence has a spatial component, and implies the sharing of space or cohabitation within overlapping territories; it also has a temporal dimension, suggesting simultaneous presence with others in the same moment in time. We are interested in work that engages capaciously with issues of mutuality, synchronicity, interdependence, and care – from enlivening exchanges between beings, to the porous line between animate and inanimate, to the challenges of living together on our planet, to the uncanny shivers of coincidence.

(Visit 24 amazing readings from spring 2021 here.)

ARCs Flash Reading Series is part of our Poetry & the Senses initiative, generously funded by Engaging the Senses Foundation.

October 25th, 2021

Dana Koster

Dana Koster has earned degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell University. From 2011-2013, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her first collection, Binary Stars, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2017. Dana’s poems have appeared in EPOCH, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, The Cincinnati Review and many others. She lives in Modesto, California with her husband and two children, where she works as a wedding photographer. For the past six years, Dana has also worked as one half of the art project Broad Sides with her collaborator, painter Chelsea America.

Watch her reading here.

Kevin Simmonds

Kevin Simmonds is a San Francisco-based writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His poetry collections include Bend to it and Mad for Meat (both from Salmon Poetry). He edited Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina), the posthumously published collection by Carrie Allen McCray. His latest work is The Monster I am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse (Northwestern University), a hybrid collection of poetry and prose.

Watch his reading here.