Poetry Reading, Berkeley • January 15
Judy Wells was born in San Francisco and raised in Martinez, California. She taught writing and literature at Bay Area colleges before a career as an Academic Counselor in the School of Extended Education at Saint Mary’s College of California, and as a faculty member of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. She has published eleven collections of poetry including: I Dream of Circus Characters, Little Lulu Talks with Vincent Van Gogh, Call Home, and Everything Irish. She was honored in 2015 to read at the San Francisco Crossroads Irish-American Festival from her latest collection, The Glass Ship, in which an imaginary woman sailing captain visits a series of magical, “other world” islands. Her works-in-progress include her New England to California Dickinson ancestor project and “Senior Moments: The Old People Monologues.”
Dale Jensen was born in Oakland, California, graduated from UC Berkeley, and received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto, with which he said goodbye to academia forever. In 1999, when he took early retirement from a twenty-five year career with Social Security. He lives in Berkeley.
Dale’s poetry, which is heavily influenced by the Surrealists and such cut-up writers as William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, has appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies. He published and edited the experimental poetry magazine Malthus from 1986 through 1989 and published several books through Malthus Press. He also has published six books and three chapbooks of poetry, including Purgatorial (2004), Cyclone Fence (2007), Oedipus’ First Lover (2009), Auto Bio (2010), and Yew Nork (2014). He is currently working on a new book and a series of coffeehouse poems.
Judy Wells and Dale Jensen will read at 7 pm on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave., a little east of Adeline, in Berkeley.