SF Grotto & Book Passage - National Poetry Month (Ferry Building)

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SF Writers Grotto & Book Passage

A Poetry Reading and Discussion
in honor of National Poetry Month

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., April 22nd • 3:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact webmaster@bookpassage.com with questions regarding live events.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Book Passage proudly presents poets of the SF Writers Grotto. Come and enjoy a discussion of each poet's work/book, and an open mic session afterwards.


Shikha Malaviya is an Indian American poet, writer, and publisher. She is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press publishing powerful voices from India & the Indian diaspora. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Catamaran, PLUME, Prairie Schooner & other fine publications. Shikha has been a featured TEDx speaker and was selected as Poet Laureate of San Ramon, California, 2016. She has been an AWP poetry mentor in their Writer-to-Writer program for seven seasons and is currently a Mosaic America Fellow, committed to cultural collaboration in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Her book of historical persona poetry, In Her Own Voice: Poems of Anandibai Joshee, is forthcoming in July, 2023 from HarperCollins, India. Her previous book of poems is Geography of Tongues.

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Maw Shein Win's recent poetry book is Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn), which was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, longlisted for the PEN America Open Book Award, and shortlisted for the California Independent Booksellers Alliance's Golden Poppy Award for Poetry. Win's previous collections include Invisible Gifts (Manic D Press); her chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Win’s Process Note Series on periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics features poets on their process. She is the inaugural poet laureate of El Cerrito and often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. www.mawsheinwin.com 

Order link for STORAGE UNIT FOR THE SPIRIT HOUSE (Omnidawn):




Tonya M. Foster is a poet and essayist. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; and coeditor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Art. A poetry editor at Fence Magazine, Foster’s writing and research focus on poetry, poetics, ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between image and text. Her poetry, prose, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Other Influences; New Weathers Anthology: Poetics from the Naropa Archive; The Difference Is Spreading: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Fifty Poems; Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. (New York: Museum of Modern Art, March, 2021); and in journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review, Tripwire, boundary2, MiPOESIAS, NYFA Arts Quarterly, Poetry Project Newsletter, among others. Tonya is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Radcliffe Institute @ Harvard University, the Ford and the Mellon Foundations; and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Black Space Residency @ Minnesota Street Project, SF Museum of the African Diaspora, and at Macdowell. Her next collections are Thingifications (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse), AHotB (A History of the Bitch), and Monkey Talk, a cross-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthetics, and surveillance. Dr. Foster holds the George & Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University.


Book info: https://tonyafosterpoet.com/books.html



Jenny Qi is the author of Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. A 2022-23 Brown Handler Resident Writer, she has also received support from organizations such as Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and the San Francisco Foundation. The only daughter of Chinese immigrants, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and now lives in San Francisco, where she completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. She has been translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S. and is working on more essays and poems in conversation with this work. 


Book info: https://jqiwriter.com/books/ 

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