First BAPM event of 2016: Saturday, June 11

collage: juan gatti

Join us on
Saturday, June 11,
to hear a fantastic assembly of poets,
this time from guest-curator Julian Talamantez Brolaski:

READERS:  Sirama Bajo  *  Tongo Eisen-Martin
Evan Kennedy  *  Erica Lewis  *  Laura Moriarty
Max Wolf Valerio  *  Ronaldo Wilson

Doors open at 6pm.
Reading begins at 6:30pm *sharp*

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th Street (between Harrison & Treat)
San Francisco

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Kids who die

Trayvon Martin+ + +

Kids Who Die
– by Langston Hughes –

This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
As always,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.

Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Organizing sharecroppers
Kids will die in the streets of Chicago
Organizing workers
Kids will die in the orange groves of California
Telling others to get together
Whites and Filipinos,
Negroes and Mexicans,
All kinds of kids will die
Who don’t believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment
And a lousy peace.

Of course, the wise and the learned
Who pen editorials in the papers,
And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names
White and black,
Who make surveys and write books
Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,
And the sleazy courts,
And the bribe-reaching police,
And the blood-loving generals,
And the money-loving preachers
Will all raise their hands against the kids who die,
Beating them with laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets
To frighten the people—
For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—
And the old and rich don’t want the people
To taste the iron of the kids who die,
Don’t want the people to get wise to their own power,
To believe an Angelo Herndon, or even get together

Listen, kids who die—
Maybe, now, there will be no monument for you
Except in our hearts
Maybe your bodies’ll be lost in a swamp
Or a prison grave, or the potter’s field,
Or the rivers where you’re drowned like Leibknecht
But the day will come—
You are sure yourselves that it is coming—
When the marching feet of the masses
Will raise for you a living monument of love,
And joy, and laughter,
And black hands and white hands clasped as one,
And a song that reaches the sky—
The song of the life triumphant
Through the kids who die.

2013 BAPM Lineup


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* Friday, June 28
CCA Writers’ Studio, 195 De Haro, San Francisco
____ Guest curator: Ryan Funk ____
Readers:  * Brittany Billmeyer-Finn * Samantha Giles *
* Robert Gluck * Robert Andrew Perez * Frances Richard *
* Cedar Sigo * Eric Sneathen * Ronaldo Wilson *

* Saturday, July 27
The Public School, 2141 Broadway, Oakland 
____ Guest curator: Tom Comitta ____
Readers:  * Ivy Johnson * Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta *
Mayakov+sky Platform * Ronald Palmer * Nico Peck *
* Karen Penley * Jai Arun Ravine * Pamela Z *

* Saturday, August 31
CCA Writers’ Studio, 195 De Haro, San Francisco
____ Curator: Donna de la Perrière ____
Readers:  * Lucy Corin * Steffi Drewes * Edward Foster *
* Caroline Goodwin *
Maggie Heaps * Bill Hughes *
Francois Luong * Louise Mathias * Carleen Tibbetts *

       * Saturday, September 28
100 Thousand Poets For Change / Bay Area Poetry Marathon joint event
CCA Writers’ Studio, 195 De Haro, San Francisco
____ Curator: Donna de la Perrière ____
Readers:  * Julian Talamantez Brolaski * J.P. Dancing Bear * Zack Haber *
* Elaine Barry Kahn * Evan Karp * Joseph Lease * Mariam Dubovik Lease *
Erica Lewis * Steven Seidenberg * Chloe Veylit *


For all events: Doors open at 7:00pm.  Readings begin at 7:30pm sharp.

For more information, email Donna de la Perrière at