Offsite: Books on the Garden: Wildflowers and Wildfires Poetry Reading

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 1:00pm

FEATURING James Cagney, Jennifer S. Cheng, Amanda Moore, Christine No, D.A. Powell, and Preeti Vangani 
with music by C.W. Danzig

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA

About the Event
Join us on Saturday, September 24 at 1pm for a poetry reading celebrating the beauty and change of our most fickle season here in California: autumn. We will be presenting work by some of the Bay Area's finest poets on the theme of "Wildflowers and Wildfires." What do we lose with a fire season that comes earlier each year? What blooms in the belated heat? Our writers will explore all of this and more, set as always in the beautiful San Francisco Botanical Garden. Featuring music by C.W. Danzig.

Date: Saturday, September 24

Time: 1-2:30 pm

Location: Garden of Fragrance

This is a free event (minus admission to the Garden for non-SF residents), but please RSVP at the following link

Books by featured authors will be available for purchase.

Please bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the grass. Please be mindful of high chairs blocking others' view.

About the Authors
James Cagney
is the author of Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory, winner of the PEN Oakland 2018 Josephine Miles Award. His newest book, Martian: The Saint of Loneliness is the winner of the 2021 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. It is due from Nomadic Press in 2022. For more information, please visit

Jennifer S. Cheng is a poet and essayist whose work explores immigrant home-building, shadow poetics, and the interior wilderness. She is the author of MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS (2018), named a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2018,” and HOUSE A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She received awards and fellowships from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco.

Amanda Moore is a poet, educator, and translator whose debut collection of poetry, Requeening (Ecco 2021), was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New PoetsZZYZVALitHub, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in CatapultThe Baltimore Review, and Hippocampus Magazine. Amanda lives by the beach in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. More at

Christine No is a Korean American poet, filmmaker, and daughter of immigrants. She is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, two-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee. She has served as Assistant Features Editor for the Rumpus, as Fellow, then as a Program Coordinator for VONA. Currently, Christine is board member with Quiet Lightning, a Bay Area literary nonprofit and works as the Advocacy Program Manager at ARTogether, an organization committed to using art and storytelling to build and empower newcomer immigrant and refugee communities; and to promote healing, cultural humility, and intercommunity connection. She lives and works in Oakland, California with her dog, Ruthie Wagmore.

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and the John Updike Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. His chapbook "Low Hanging Fruit" is available from Foundlings Press as part of their "Strays" series. Powell teaches in the MFA Program at University of San Francisco.

Preeti Vangani grew up in Mumbai and is the author of Mother Tongue Apologize (RLFPA Editions, 2019). Her work has appeared in Threepenny Review, Gulf Coast, Hobart among other journals, and has been supported by Ucross, Djerassi and California Center for Innovation. She is the recipient of the 2022 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. An alumni of the program, she teaches at the MFA program at University of San Francisco.

About Our Featured Musician
C.W. Danzig
is a singer-songwriter in San Francisco, CA. When Danzig isn't playing bass with Down and Outlaws (Outsidelands, Last Call With Carson Daly, Converse Rubber Tracks) he's writing quieter, pensive songs of longing and wandering. It's music that emerges late at night, a product of moonlight, whiskey, and hushed conversation. Finding inspiration in artists like Bon Iver, Nick Drake, and Tom Petty, Danzig's songs are simple, introspective, and always seeking a peace that's just out of reach.Danzig's debut EP, Calamity, is out now. The four-song collection was recorded over two days at Donut Time Studios in Oakland, CA, by Chris Daddio, who also provided guest guitar work on the record.

Martian: The Saint of Loneliness By James Cagney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623177706
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Published: Nomadic Press - September 27th, 2022

Winner of the 2021 Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award

A blistering exploration of America’s legacy of anti-Black violence from an indispensable poet of our time

Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems By Jennifer S. Cheng Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939460158
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Published: Tarpaulin Sky Press - February 7th, 2018

Poetry. California Interest. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. Winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award, chosen by Bhanu Kapil. Mixing fable and fact, extraordinary and ordinary, Jennifer S.

Requeening: Poems By Amanda Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063096288
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Published: Ecco - October 26th, 2021

“A rare feat for any book of poems, let alone a debut, in that the lines, wrought with such deft precision and care, mark the sum total of a life richly lived and felt at the seat of poetry...These poems care, first and foremost, for what they write of and through, which is a much needed—yet increasingly rare—achievement.” -- Ocean Vuong

Whatever Love Means By Christine No Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780988994591
Published: Barrelhouse - October 15th, 2021

In her debut collection, Christine No offers the rare experience of watching a mind mine the body, the psyche, and the interwoven histories of family. These searching poems are equally full of wisdom and unanswerable questions. Brutally honest, tender, and fierce, No's poems lay bare the pain of personal discovery, the hope of a future free of harm, and the struggle to survive.

Mother Tongue Apologize By Preeti Vangani Cover Image
ISBN: 9788193929537
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(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Rlfpa Editions - February 4th, 2019

Humor-dark, sharp, and often redemptive-permeates this irresistible collection of poems exploring womanhood, family and sexual relationships with the candor of a camera's eye 'blinking to capture one perfect shot.' Preeti Vangani cuts to the heart of each moment like a reporter on the beat; hers is a poetry of the unresolved present and the mercurial future tense.

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