Poetry with James J. Siegel and Dina Klarisse at Menlo Park Library

We celebrate National Poetry Month with a special reading and book signing with two Bay Area artists!

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion celebrating the important place of poetry in our lives.

Bay Area poets James J. Siegel (The God of San Francisco, How Ghosts Travel) and Dina Klarisse (Handspun Rosaries) will talk about what poetry means to them, and will share some of their own works in conversation.

About James J. Siegel:

James J. Siegel is a San Francisco-based poet and literary arts organizer. A Pushcart-nominated poet, he is author of the poetry collections “The God of San Francisco” and “How Ghosts Travel,” which was a finalist for an Ohioana Book Award. He is also the host and curator of the monthly Literary Speakeasy show at Martuni’s piano bar in San Francisco. His poems have been featured in several journals including The Cortland Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, HIV Here & Now, and The Good Men Project. 

About Dina Klarisse:

Dina Klarisse is a writer, editor, and recovering Catholic based in the Bay Area. She writes to investigate the intersections of history, language, culture, and identity. As a Filipina American immigrant, she also looks to poetry as a collective, community-based exploration of the diasporic experience. Her work has been published in ASU’s

Canyon Voices, The Daily Drunk Mag, Chopsticks Alley, and Kalopsia Literary Journal, among others. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Handspun Rosaries.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.