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WritersCorps Presents SOLID GROUND Book (poetry readings)

San Francisco Office of the Mayor, WritersCorps, Aunt Lute Books

SOLID GROUND is a collection of more than 130 poems by WritersCorps youth, published by Aunt Lute Books in commemoration of the centennial of the 1906 Great Earthquake of San Francisco.

Fast forward 100 years from that tumultuous quake, and listen to the voices of today's young writers as they speak of dislocation and upheaval in these unstable times. Their writing is proof of poetry's power to help all of us find "solid ground" in the midst of the chaos.

SOLID GROUND was edited by Judith Tannenbaum, with a foreword by ZZ Packer, and endorsements from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and author James Dalessandro.

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When

Friday, April 7, 2006: AT&T Park
Saturday, April 8, 2006: Borders Books
Tuesday, April 11, 2006: Cody’s Books in Union Square
Tuesday, April 18, 2006: City Lights Bookstore
Wednesday, April 19, 2006: Intersection for the Arts
Thursday, May 4, 2006: Exploratorium ($8-$13 Museum admission required)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006: Modern Times Bookstore
Saturday, May 20, 2006: Barnes & Noble
Wednesday, June 7, 2006: San Francisco Main Public Library

Where

Following is the Bay Area book and poetry reading events schedule for WritersCorps - SF Youth Poets and SOLID GROUND (as of 4/1/06):

Friday, April 7, 2006 at 5:30 (Game time is 7:15 pm)
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Write Like a Giant - A special event joining two great American pastimes--baseball and poetry!
Pre-game party on the Club Level: 5:15 - 7:15 pm
At the Giants opening game (vs Braves), youth poets Antonio Caceres and Martrice Candler read their poems from home plate. Our pre-game book launch reception for SOLID GROUND starts at 5:30 pm, followed our poets reading from home plate.
For more information, visit the WritersCorps website (click "More Information" link).
Note: Advance press credentials required. WritersCorps bookmarks, posters, and Solid Ground book will be available for purchase and signing at the game.

Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 2 pm
Borders Books
Stonestown Galleria
233 Winston Drive (at 19th)
San Francisco, CA 94132
For more information, call (415) 731-0665 or visit http://www.bordersstores.com.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake by shaking the ground with words. Join local WritersCorps youth poets and their teachers as they read from their new collection, SOLID GROUND. WritersCorps is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Youth poets and their WritersCorps teachers, Andrew Saito and Michelle Matz read their earthquake-themed poetry.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 6 pm
Cody’s Books
2 Stockton Street (Union Square)
San Francisco, CA 94108
For more information, call (415) 773-0444 or visit http://www.codysbooks.com.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake by shaking the ground with words. Join local WritersCorps youth poets and their teachers as they read from their new collection, SOLID GROUND. Editor Judith Tannenbaum, youth poets, and WritersCorps alum read their earthquake-themed poetry.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 7 pm - This date marks the 100th anniversary of the Great 1906 Earthquake
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway (North Beach)
San Francisco, CA 94133
For more information, call (415) 362-8193 or visit http://www.citylights.com/
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake by shaking the ground with words. Join local WritersCorps youth poets and their teachers as they read from their new collection, SOLID GROUND. WritersCorps is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. WritersCorps teachers Beto Palomar and Chad Sweeney and their youth poet students read their earthquake-themed poetry.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 7:30 pm
Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This hybrid performance features WritersCorps youth poets and teachers reading their poetry alongside major literary figures.
For more information, call (415) 626-2787 or visit www.theintersection.org.
Note: Donation requested

Thursday, May 4, 2006 from 6 - 8 pm
Exploratorium
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
For more information, call (415) 561-0372 or visit www.exploratorium.edu.
Admission: Adults $13, students and seniors $10, children ages 4-12 $8 (includes admittance into the museum)
WritersCorps teacher Chrissy Anderson-Zavala and youth poets representing Everett Middle School and Mercy Services read from SOLID GROUND. An interactive poetry writing activity is offered and audience members are invited on stage to read what they’ve written during the poetry writing activity,
Note: Museum admission may be required.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 7 pm
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
For more information, call (415) 282-9246 or visit www.moderntimesbookstore.com.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake by shaking the ground with words. Join local WritersCorps youth poets and their teachers as they read from their new collection, SOLID GROUND. WritersCorps is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Youth poets Antonio Caceres, Martrice Candler, Robin Black, Annie Yu with WritersCorps teacher Chad Sweeney and his students from Mission High School read.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 2 pm
Barnes & Noble
98 Broadway (in Jack London Square)
Oakland, CA 94607
For more information, call (510) 272-0120 or visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the earthquake by shaking the ground with words. Join local WritersCorps youth poets and their teachers as they read from their new collection, SOLID GROUND. WritersCorps is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 5:30 pm
Annual WritersCorps Festival
San Francisco Main Public Library - Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
For more information, call (415) 626-7512 or visit http://www.sfpl.org.
Celebrate the culmination of WritersCorps year of working with San Francisco youth with a reading and reception. All WritersCorps teachers will be present, with their youth poetry students from Everett Middle School, Ida B. Wells High School, Newcomer High School, Log Cabin Ranch, International Studies Academy, Bayview Library, San Francisco Main Library and Mission High School.

Relevance

The new Writers Corps youth poetry book SOLID GROUND is based on the quake-related themes of Bedrock, Faultline, Stress, Upheaval, Shock. and After.

Audience

General public. Note: Exploratorium date requires museum admissi

Contact

Adrienne Biggs, 415-453-4474

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