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MARSH HAWK PRESS REVIEW | Spring 2014 | Edited by Mary Mackey

Friday, February 21st, 2014


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Marsh Hawk Press Review | Spring 2014 | Edited by Mary Mackey


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DMQ Review | Winter 2014 | Editor in Chief: Sally Ashton

Friday, February 21st, 2014


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The DMQ Review is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2014 issue featuring the poetry of Jia Oak Baker, Sue D. Burton, Kathleen Boyle, Jonathan Cook, Jim Daniels, José Luis Gutiérrez, Mark Liebenow, Laura Marris, Rebecca Givens Rolland, Tara Skurtu, Carol Westberg, W. Vandoren Wheeler, and Amy Wright, with artwork by Wanda Waldera.

In collaboration with Peter Davis, editor of Poet’s Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets On Books That Shaped Their Art, Volumes I & II, the DMQ Review is also pleased to present the Bookshelf essay of Wanda Coleman, in memoriam, as our “Featured Poet.”



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Editor: Marjorie Manwaring

Associate Editors: W. Todd Kaneko, Arlene Kim, Anne M. Doe Overstreet

Intern: Marta Svea

Poet’s Bookshelf  Editor: Peter Davis



Amiri Baraka Memorial, Thursday, 20 February, 6:30pm, UC Berkeley Campus

Thursday, February 20th, 2014


Amiri Baraka Memorial, Thursday, 20 February, 6:30pm

UC Berkeley Campus | Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall (Wheeler 315)



A celebration of the life work of Amiri Baraka will take place on Thursday, 20 February, at 6:30 in the Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall (Wheeler 315) on the U.C. Berkeley campus.

The evening will include music, readings of Amiri Baraka’s work, and brief statements by a variety of writers from the U.C. Berkeley community, the Bay Area, and elsewhere. 

Featured will be Nilofar Gardezi, giovanni singleton, Jane Gregory, Positive Knowledge (Oluyemi Thomas and Ijeoma Thomas), Al Young, Bill Berkson, Steven Lee, Darieck Scott, Rosa Martinez, Robert Hass, Duncan McNaughton, Michael Warr, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Kit Robinson, devorah major, D. Scot Miller, C. S. Giscombe, Lyn Hejinian, Seulghee Lee, Ronaldo Wilson, and William J. Harris.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Holloway Poetry Series and the Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics. A reception will follow.


MORRIE TURNER | December 12, 1923 – January 25, 2014 | in memoriam

Saturday, February 1st, 2014


Morrie Turner, 1923-2014: Drawing Gentle Lessons In Tolerance

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the “Wee Pals” comic strip and the first African American cartoonist to be syndicated nationally, has died. He was 90.

Family spokesman David Bellard says the Oakland, Calif.-born Turner died peacefully at a hospital in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday.

Turner developed the humorous, ethnically diverse comic strip about a group of buddies, “Wee Pals,” in 1965 at the urging of his mentor, Charles Schulz. Schulz created the widely popular Peanuts comic strip.

Turner’s strip was also known for its “Soul Corner” that often recognized historical black figures.

In 2003, Turner was recognized by the National Cartoonist Society for his work.

Bellard said Turner was surrounded by family members when he passed away. Services are pending.


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Morrie Turner dies at 90; artist created ‘Wee Pals’ comic strip

‘Wee Pals,’ a gentle tribute to tolerance, was the first nationally syndicated strip with a fully integrated, multiethnic cast.

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January 29, 2014, 6:49 p.m.

When Morrie Turner was just a cartoon-doodling kid in Oakland, he wrote a fan letter to the creator of the popular comic strip “Terry and the Pirates.” In return, Milton Caniff, who later created “Steve Canyon,” sent young Turner a typed, six-page personal reply with pointers on story lines and drawing.

“It changed my whole life,” Turner told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. “The fact that he took the time to share all that with a kid, a stranger, didn’t impress me all that much at the time. But it impresses the hell out of me now.”

An artist whose “Wee Pals” comic strip appeared in more than 100 newspapers at its height, Turner was similarly generous with other aspiring cartoonists. In particular, the African American Turner was sought out by young black artists trying to break into territory that he had been among the first to chart.

Turner, who created the first nationally syndicated comic strip with a fully integrated, multiethnic cast, died of natural causes Saturday in a Sacramento hospital. He was 90.

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R.I.P., MORRIE TURNER: Cartoonists say farewell to a friend, a hero, a ‘Wee Pals’ pioneer


HOW DO YOU say goodbye to someone you never met, yet on some level, through the power of his work, felt as though you always knew?

Morrie Turner had that power, through the heart of his art and the soul of his comic strip. When I read his work, I — like many — felt as though I was entering his world. And what a hopefully inviting realm it was.

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Morrie Turner Dies at 90; Broke Race Barriers in Comics


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“Wee Pals,” with its racially and ethnically diverse characters, rose in popularity after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Morrie Turner, via Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

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‘WEE PALS’ cartoonist salutes California’s poet laureate (2007)

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