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Poets ADAM DAVID MILLER and AL YOUNG at the Albany Library, Tuesday March 11, 2014. 7-9pm


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Poetry at the Albany Library

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1247 Marin Ave, Albany, CA 94706
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March 11, 2014
7 to 9pm
Second Tuesdays featured poets & open mic

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Adam David Miller
and Al Young

ADM Reading

ADAM DAVID MILLER will read new and selected writings, from his latest collection of poetry, The Sky is a Page: New and Selected Poems (2010), and his memoir Ticket to Exile (Heyday, 2007) and its sequel.

Ticket to Exile, about life in the Jim Crow South and Miller’s forced flight North at age 19, is in part a tribute to his mother and community left behind. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. The Sky Is A Page reflects Miller’s NEH Fellowship in West Africa and other travels. Its “West African Woman Casts Her Shadow” won the Artists’ Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest.

Forever Afternoon won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Miller also edited Dices, or Black Bones (Houghton-Mifflin, 1970), collected works by then-emerging poets like Al Young, Ishmael Reed, and Lucille Clifton, won the California Teachers Association Award for Best Anthology.

Since 1948 Miller has served the Bay Area as writer, teacher, editor, publisher, and radio, television, theater producer. As part of the Berkeley Arts Commision, he coordinated the Addison Street “Poetry Walk.” He has read and lectured throughout the country and abroad. In 2011 he returned to the state of his birth and exile to speak at the University of South Carolina’s Black History Month program.

Miller has received the Berkeley Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN-Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award. Adam David Miller, whose circumstances and talents have already destined him to live several lifetimes in one, is now a nonagenarian with even more of life to share.

Get the feel of an Adam David Miller reading at Vimeo’s “Touch of a Poet’

“Adam David Miller snugly pushes feeling to thought the way song combines music and words … The Sky Is a Page to be turned again and again with wonder and joy.
— Al Young

“From Point Reyes to Jamaica to Africa … with stops along the physical and mental timelines, The Sky is a Page unfolds with the patience of cartography mapping the realm of human emotion and thought.”
— Indigo Moor

from ‘West African Woman Casts Her Shadow’

Your rhythm feeds us, makes the cycle of our days
Our seasons
In the many tongues, pimpim-pimpim
Pimpim-pimpim, lift and smash
Look up
Stride your way into the sun

Walk a fine, my Mother, walkafine

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AL YOUNG’s many books reflect most all genres and styles: poetry, fiction, essay, screenplay, musical memoir. He has received American Book Awards for the poetry collection The Sound of Dreams Remembered and for Bodies and Soul: Musical Memoirs. His poetry and prose have been translated into over a dozen languages.

From 2005 through 2008 Young served as California’s Poet Laureate. On his appointment, he told the L. A. Times, My philosophy many years ago changed from getting to giving, and that shift has brought about just a lot of wonderful things. It feels good bringing poetry into people’s lives.”

Other honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. In 2012, on the first Friday of each month, Young broadcasted an original poem for KQED Public Radio’s The California Report.

As current Visiting Scholar at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Young teaches imaginative writing and creativity. His latest book of poetry, Offline Love, is almost ready for the presses.

from ‘Living in the Deep West’
In memory of Wanda Coleman (1946-2013)

SoCal and what you called the Deep West keel
over without you and your defiant signifying.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAnything but quiet or quaint,
your pictures in wall-painted language (sliced
between canyons and summits and ridges) stick
to the ribs and to the heart half-free or caged.
Concrete streets and freeways couldn’t always go
the distance or reach the intimacy you loved.
What was a Watts-born woman to do but learn
to boogaloo? Or sail the desert? Or walk the sea?

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Albany Library
1247 Marin Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

For additional information, call 510-526-3720

Sponsored by Friends of the Albany Library. Wheelchair accessible.
ASL interpreter provided with 7 working days notice
(510-526-3720 or TTY 510-663-0660)

Produced by Catherine Taylor


for the Alameda County Library, Albany


One Response to “Poets ADAM DAVID MILLER and AL YOUNG at the Albany Library, Tuesday March 11, 2014. 7-9pm”

  1. Debbie Rotondi Says:


    I’m taking care of a 90-year-old woman who met Adam David Miller at Berkeley. He wrote to her everyday in the summer. She was madly in love with him. Her mother did not permit her to continue the relationship because she was white and he was black. She spoke so fondly of him…you know she never married. It brought [her] great joy to hear that I found him, but when I played the U-tube versions, she didn’t recognize him. If he remembers her, than perhaps he could write her one last time. Let me know and I’ll provide her address or mine. She said he was a brilliant man and, boy, is he! After reading about him his legacy, I see what an amazing man he is.

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