Barbara Lane’s Book Friends | 7-14

Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30pm

Barbara interviews Gillian Conoley,
Thea Matthews,
Jason Bayani and Christine No

Poetry is best read aloud and read by the poet themself. 
Four contemporary poets read and discuss their work and tell us why poetry is essential to these troubled times.
Get soothed, get stimulated, get some poetry!

Gillian Conoley‘s most recent collection, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, (Nightboat Books 2019) is a finalist for the California Book Award. In 2017, she received the Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. She was also awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Conoley is the author of seven previous books, including PEACE, an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Conoley’s translations of three books by Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, appeared with City Lights. Conoley is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University where she edits Volt.

Thea Matthews – Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea Matthews is a queer Black Indigenous Mexican poet, black feminist, educator, and activist. Currently, she is an MFA candidate for Poetry at New York University. Her debut poetry collection Unearth [The Flowers] was recently published by Red Light Lit Press in 2020; and she has work published in Atlanta ReviewFoglifter JournalThe Rumpus, and others.
Find her on Instagram @theamatthews_ and more info at

Christine No is a child of Korean Immigrants. As a writer and filmmaker, she is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and Best of the Net Nominee. You can find her work in: The Rumpus, Entropy, Columbia Journal, The Harpoon Review, Story Magazine, sPARKLE+bLINK, Vagabond City, Apogee, Atlas And Alice, & various anthologies. Christine’s first full length poetry collection is forthcoming by Barrelhouse. 

Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019) and Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing 2013). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country. His publishing credits include World Literature Today, Muzzle Magazine, Lantern Review, and other publications. Jason performs regularly around the country and debuted his solo theater show “Locus of Control” in 2016 with theatrical runs in San Francisco, New York, and Austin. 

Barbara Lane is the San Francisco Chronicle book columnist and Copperfield’s Books Director of Events.

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Book Recommendations

During the course of this conversation, numerous book titles were brought up as recommendations by the various guests.

Recommended by Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane is the San Francisco Chronicle book columnist, Copperfield’s Books Director of Events, former JCCSF Director of Arts and Ideas.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Lisa Halliday Asymmetry
Ann Enright Actress
Elizabeth E. Little Pretty as a Picture
Joseph O’Neill Netherland
Jenny Offill Weather
Kenneth Grahame The Wind and the Willows 
Robert McCloskey Homer Price
Deborah Feldman Unorthodox

Also support: best of the literary internet  audio books from local independent bookstores

Recommended by Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the novel,A River of Stars, and short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities.

Lauren Tarshis I survived (kids book series)
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Children of the Land
Valerie Luiselli Lost Children Archive
Elena Ferrante The Lying Life of Adults, My Brilliant Friend

Recommended by Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers.

Wendy C. Ortiz Excavation (For those who respond to My Dark Vanessa)
Carolina de Robertis Cantoras
Taylor Jenkins Reid The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six

Recommended by Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels:  A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This.

Vanessa Hua River of Stars
Aya de Leon Sideschick Nation
Ann Napolitano Dear Edward 
Lily King Euphoria, Writers and Lovers
Kate Elizabeth Russell My Dark Vanessa