Image and Imagination

Ben Clarke, Editor; Photographer, Dorothea Lange

Encounters with the Photography of Dorothea Lange

Writer-in-residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library, Ben Clarke, re-examines Dorothea Lange's photographs along with collaborating artists including: A.K. Black, Scott Braley, Lucha Corpi, Kitty Costello, Maketa Groves, Richard Oyama, Margot Pepper, Eric Robertson, Clifton Ross, Abena Songbird, and Rhett Stuart. Using poetry, personal essay, rap and contemporary photography the artists explore the intersection between Lange's documentary photography and current realities.

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Translations from Silence by Clifton Ross wins PEN Oakland Award

Freedom Voices

We are pleased to note that Translations from Silence  by Clifton Ross has won the 20th annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award outstanding book of poetry published in 2009, awarded in 2010.  Please join us at the PEN Oakland Awards ceremony and booksigning.

PEN OAKLAND 20th Annual 2010 Literary Awards
Oakland Public Library,
Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2 PM – 5 PM

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Release Party for Song of the Flies Sept 17, 6 p.m. at Modern Times

Freedom Voices

Friday, Sep 17, 2010

Wine and hors d’oeuvres, 6:00 p.m.

Presentation and poetry reading, 6:30 p.m. 

Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St. @ 20th St., San Francisco, CA 

Come celebrate the release of the late María Mercedes Carranza’s Song of the Flies [An Account of the Events], a bilingual edition of her most moving poems, translated by Margarita Millar, published by Freedom Voices. Join us to honor and remember one of Colombia’s best poets of our time, and her efforts to bring peace to her country. Order the book.

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Fall Event


Freedom Voices and the TallMountain Circle present:


Spirit of the Streets

an afternoon of FREE workshops and readings at the Faithful Fools
Sunday, November 16, 12 noon to 3 pm.

Readings and workshops featuring Marsha Campbell, Jess Clarke, Kitty Costello Kathleen Moore, Margot Pepper, Ramu, Eric Robertson, Clif Ross, Rhett Stuart, George Wynn and other Freedom Voices authors and friends.

The TallMountain Circle will announce the 2008 Tall Mountain Award for Creative Writing and Community Service winner, fine food will be served and a good time is available for all!

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Eric Robertson
Laundry Line

Grandma had three kitchen drawers full of folded aprons
pinks, light blues, spring greens, yellow,
gold, polka-dotted, striped, square-cut and scalloped

Aprons to cook in and clean
and for my sister and me
aprons to tie on like capes and run
batman and robin-style
through the house screaming
bada dada dada dada BATMAN!

Joining ranks at every carpeted corner
Freezing and splitting off again with
dramatic orders--You go that way

Grandma took the aprons off the laundry line

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Ernesto Cardenal
Translated by Clifton Ross.

A bilingual edition of a book-length award-winning poem by the militant Roman Catholic priest who was Nicaragua's Sandinista Minister of culture for nearly 11 years. Through 52 poetic fragments, Ernesto Cardenal articulates a multiple vision, constantly constellated by myth that has always been one of the most effective mechanisms of his poetic creation.

ISBN 0-915117-38-X, 57 pages, perfect bound, two color uncoated cover, $11.95.

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Burdens of Bliss

Janice King

"Janice King's writing is musical, thought-provoking, subtly crafted and above all, honest. She speaks frankly of the `world that was too hard and incomprehensible.' Out of that struggle she has fashioned poetry which, by the subtlety of her wit and her craft, can both charm and amuse us."
Robert Volbrecht

60 pages
Perfect bound paperback

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The Ballad of Laughing Sal

Mat Callahan

She got into my cab
downtown at Mason and O'Farrell
I had my doubts about her,
'cause she wasn't wearing shoes
She knew what I was thinking,
she said,"Turn your meter on,
I know that time is money, son
that's why the poor ain't got no history.
Now take me to the Cliff House 'cause
I've got to meet the captain
the ship sails with the morning tide
there are some things we can't choose
Don't worry I'm gon' pay you,
here's a hundred dollar bill,
I am a Keeper of the Temple of the Broken Wind
And I guard the key to mystery."

"To Believe in me you don't have to

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About My Impotence or Sainthood

Marsha Campbell
"In these poems, Marsha Campbell takes us through gem pressure regions of beauty and pain, as a shaman swims through the ground. Formal and wild, intimate and uncanny."
Sarah Menefee

"Marsha Campbell's Dream of Rodney King should be read by everyone who ever watched violence to Blacks and did nothing."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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