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Tenderness: a KPFA Valentine Evening With Two Films by Haydn Reiss

Sunday, February 14, 2010
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709

KPFA Radio with Poetry Flash presents

Tenderness: a KPFA Valentine Evening with two profoundly beautiful films by Haydn Reiss (featuring poets William Stafford, Robert Bly, Maxine Hong Kingston, Alice Walker, Naomi Shihab Nye, Coleman Barks, W.S. Merwin, Michael Meade and Kim Stafford). Plus wine + worthy nibbles.

$10 advance tickets at Moe's Books, Pegasus Books, Pendragon Books
or 800-838-3006 ($12 door, $6 HC members)
Information:, KPFA benefit

Filmmaker Haydn Reiss (Rumi: Poet of the Heart) and poet Maxine Hong Kingston will be on hand to present the East Bay Premiere of "Every War Has Two Losers" - A Poet's Meditation on Peace, based on the Journals of National Book Award Winner William Stafford, voiced by Peter Coyote, with narration by Linda Hunt, and music by John Gorka (
"William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship"
This extraordinary hour-long film documents the intimate friendship between two of America's greatest poets, both National Book Award winners and peace activists - William Stafford and Robert Bly. Before his death in 1993 Stafford, a uniquely eloquent conscientious objector during WW II, published 65 books of poetry and prose, and won the Western States Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Bly has already given us thirty books of his poems, prose and translations from many languages. The author of Iron John, co-founder of American Writers Against the Vietnam War, leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, and a popular teacher at the annual Great Mother Conferences, Bly has long provided a desperately needed spiritual depth to contemporary American poetry.

In documenting the creative friendship of Bly and Stafford, and then following it with this new film on younger writers' responses to Stafford, Haydn Reiss has crafted two visionary testaments to the sacred power of peace. KPFA Radio was founded 60 years specifically to promote peace.
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