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|Laborfest: City Lights Poetry Reading|
|Date||Sunday July 11|
|Time||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
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City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus at Broadway, San Francisco. Buses: 30, 41, 45 to Broadway.
|Event Type||Party/Street Party|
California Working Class Divas
City Lights Poetry Reading
With Julia Stein - Nancy Keane - Geri Digiorno - Michelle Baynes, MC Alice Rogoff
These four poets have extraordinarily contributed to writing, organizing literary events, and to working class culture. Julia Stein is an anti-sweatshop activist and with her group Common Threads won a libel/slander suit against Guess Jeans for a poetry reading she organized. She teaches at Santa Monica College. Her latest book, Walker Woman, has many poems about fighting cutbacks in a South-Central Los Angeles junior college. Nancy Keane started and has facilitated the 3300 Club poetry reading series in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her books include Symmetrical Reflections (3300 Press), and And Then There Were Nine (volume two), being released 2010. Geri Digiorno is the founder and director of the Petaluma Poetry Walk, going into its fifteenth year. She was Poet Laureate of Sonoma County 2006-2007. Her books include White Lipstick (Red Hen Press) and Rosetta Mary (dPress). She also teaches poetry at homeless shelters and at a shelter for battered women.
Michelle Baynes had her first book published in 2008 (New Way Media) called Homeless in Petaluma based on the thirteen years she worked with the homeless. Her favorite job was street outreach. She is currently working on another book, Off the Street, with poetry, stories, artwork, and pictures by the homeless, as well as a new book of her own work.