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Food Rules

Brian Kadner

Michael Pollan and Al Young at Hayes Street Grill | San Francisco, June 11, 2012

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Patricia Unterman, who co-directs the kitchen at San Francisco’s Hayes Street Grill, in conversation with author Michael Pollan — whose many books include the classic The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto — in a benefit for public radio’s City Arts & Lectures | Nourse Auditorium, June 11, 2012



Photo: Al Young

SAN FRANCISCO PEACE AND HOPE: First Anniversary Celebration

June 6, 2012

Photographed by Philip Lewenthal

Painter and founding editor Elizabeth Hack reminds us why she responded to 9/11 by launching a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art. In 2011 SF Peace and Hope went online.

Sacred Grounds Café poet-host Dan Brady with Kit Kennedy


[L-R] Elizabeth Hack, Marvin Hiemstra, Al Young, Bill Mercer

Ken Saffran


Niya C. Sisk


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   Philip Lewenthal

Marvin R. Hiemstra


Tanya Joyce


The Birthday Boy May 31, 2012

[L-R] Billy Young, Al Young, Franchot Young | Ocean Springs, Mississippi 1944

PC Mack

On his 73rd birthday, poet Al Young meditates on birth and rebirth, dawn and twilight, love and loss.

Nina Thorsen

Al Young recording “We June Bugs Jazz June, Too,” his poem of the month for The California Report, at KQED, San Francisco. | 25 May 2012

Vûof Nông Thôn

Al Young and Jack Foley at El Cerrito, California’s NĂ´ng ThĂ´n Restaurant following a luncheon for the gods to which Jack treated Al in full pre-birthday splendor. | May 24, 2012

Mark Cohen

Al 24 hours after eye surgery. His longtime pal Kent Crockett, a John Donne devotee, writes:Yes, Al, the cataract surgery is a coming-of-age ritual unlike any other. I’m pleased to welcome you into the world of mature seers, the uninitiated don’t yet understand it, but we are a brotherhood, brought back from the brink. We are watchers of individual pine needles; oh how they dance about!”

Anna de LeĂłn

[L-R] Jackie Tay of Singapore and Emma Qian of China, UC Berkeley MBA graduates (Class of 2012); departing neighbors of UC legacy graduate Al Young (Class of 1969), dining at Crepevine | May 2012

Marc Silber

Smile and say “Bacheeso“: Al Young and Persis Karim pose during their semi-annual teacher-student luncheon reunion | May 2012

Persis Karim

Photo: Kent Crockett

© Gabriel Reyes

Poet-friends Bill Hickok, Gloria Vando, and Al Young | Marina Del Rey, CA; March 30, 2012

© Gloria Vando

Al Young in performance with saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia at Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles; March 29, 2012

© Gloria Vando

Poet and professor John Menaghan — who directs the Irish Studies Program and produced the March 29th poetry & jazz concert at Loyola Marymount University — introduces Al Young and his three musical collaborators: Vinny Golia (reeds and woodwinds), Don Littleton (persussion), and Roberto Miranda (acoustic bass) | March 2012

(upper photo) John Menaghan | (lower photo) Al Young

Photo: Brian Baer

Juan Felipe Herrera, Al Young, Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Kristin Margolis, Dennis Mangers, Susan Herron Sibbet, Brandon Cesmat: judges and accuracy scorers for California’s Poetry Out Loud recitation competition finalists | Sacramento, March 25 and 26, 2012

Brian Baer

Juan Felipe Herrera, California’s newest poet laureate, and Al Young (former California poet laureate) take a break from judging the Golden State’s 2012 Poetry Out Loud recitation finalists.

Photos: PC Mack
Photo: Eric Murphy

(L-R) Al Young, Kim McMillon, Jeanne Powell, Kaylah Marin at doorway to Oakland’s Joyce Gordon Gallery

© Eric Murphy

(L-R) Ayodele Nzinga, Chokwadi, Kim McMillon, Al Young, Anna de LeĂłn, Meg Day, Kim Shuck at Joyce Gordon Gallery | Oakland, CA

On Saturday, March 10th, 2012, Joyce Gordon Gallery invited the public to In Celebration of Our First Lady. This free afternoon of music and poetry, hosted by Kim McMillon, included poets and musicians: Anna de León, Chokwadi, Meg Day, Ayodele Nzinga, Kaylah Marin, Kim Shuck, and Al Young. From 1:30 pm – 4 pm, artists used poem and song to honor women and our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

© 2012 Gabriel Navar


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