Announcing Amaryllis, at long last

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I am so excited to announce…the publication of my second book, Amarylis: Collected Poems, on March 11, and a cool way to help my dear friends at the Alameda Food Bank.

We’re holding a book launch party and reading at a coffeehouse in Alameda, as a benefit for the Alameda Food Bank. Please bring at least one canned or nonperishable food item to donate to the food bank.

There will also be three gift baskets (including a copy of the book) to raffle for the Food Bank. These are “Think Pink,” “Flower Power” and “Pamper Yourself” themes, for $1 per ticket/chance.

I would love to see you at the reading. The evening includes a brief youth poetry reading (some of my couch-surfing feral teens will make a literary appearance), book signing and a reading. Non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are available for purchase at the counter. The books will be on hand for sale — $12.95 plus tax = $14 total (more or less) and I will happily sign it for you or loved ones.

Wednesday, March 11, 7-9 p.m. (come earlier if you want to! Reading at 7:30)
Crosstown Coffeehouse & Community Center
1303 High Street (corner of High and Encinal)

Neighborhood street parking or public transportation (AC Transit 63), or small parking lot across the street at the Encinal Market.

(Directions: Take 880 to High Street exit — head west (toward the Bay, away from the Oakland Hills); cross the High Street Bridge into Alameda and don’t drive more than 25 mph! Crosstown Coffeehouse is about half a mile up on the right side; the traffic light at Encinal, and the flowing water fountain inthe island,will be your landmarks.)

Crosstown Coffeehouse telephone: 510.864.8600

Questions beforehand? Call me at 510.427.7974.

Don’t like poetry? Come anyway, but do bring canned foods and your iPod or some earplugs. Black berets and bongos encouraged…

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