Release Party for Great Weather For Media Anthology

Art House Gallery and Cultural CenterThis Sunday (Nov 2) Mary Mackey reads her poetry at the Art House in Berkeley with Great Weather For MEDIA editor Jane Ormerod (NY/London) and poets Daniel Yaryan (Santa Cruz), Lauren Marie Cappello (Upper Lake, CA), Kit Kennedy (SF), Clive Matson (Oakland), and  Julia Vinograd (Berkeley) to celebrate the release of the new Great Weather For MEDIA  Anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand.   TIME: 5:00 pm. PLACE:  The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. There will be a brief open mic.



Jane Ormerod  is the author of  Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012),  Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook  11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD  Nashville Invades Manhattan. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and Europe. She is a founding editor of great weather for MEDIA.

Daniel Yaryan is a devout disciple of the “Beat Friar” Brother Antoninus (William Everson) and producer of the popular poetry series Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts.

Lauren Marie Cappello has traded in the glitter of New Orleans for homesteading in Northern California. Her work has appeared in E·ratio 15 &16, gape-seed (Uphook Press),  It’s Animal but Merciful (great weather for MEDIA), among others.

Kit Kennedy is the author of While Eating Oysters (CLWN WR BKS, 2013) and co-author with Susan Gangel of Inconvenience (Littoral Press, 2010) and Constellations (Co-Lab Press, 2011).  Her work has appeared in the great weather for MEDIA anthology It’s Animal but Merciful, and in journals including Otoliths, and The Pedestal Magazine.  She lives in San Francisco. 

Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) was drafted as Chalcedony’s (kal-SAID-’n-ease) astonished scribe in 2004, and he’s been performing her songs ever since. His early teachers were Beats in New York City, and, amazingly, his seventh book was placed in John Wieners’ coffin. He became immersed in the stream of passionate intensity that runs through us all and has finally stopped trying to go anywhere else. He writes from the itch in his body, to the delight of his students, and that’s old hat, according to Let the Crazy Child Write! (1998), the text he uses to make his living, teaching creative writing. He enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field.

Julia Vinograd is a Berkeley street poet. She has published fifty-eight books of poetry and won the American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation for her collection The Book of Jerusalem. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A Pushcart Prize winner, she was one of four editors of the anthology New American Underground Poetry Vol. 1: The Babarians of San Francisco – Poets from Hell (Trafford Publishing, 2006).

Mary Mackey’s published works include six collections of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence (Marsh Hawk Press 2011). She is also the author of thirteen novels including the poetic novel Immersion (Shameless Hussey Press, 1972) , the first novel published by a Second Wave feminist press. Mary’s works have been translated into twelve foreign languages. Website


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