Book Launch: Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 || 7pm 
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. 
Corte Madera ||

There’s a new book of poetry in town, and it features 41 of the Bay Area’s best female poets.  This new anthology of poetry contains the work of a diverse group of women from the Bay Area, and a few of them will be coming to read their poems to you! This poems collected coversthemes from birth to re-birth, the joy of creation, dancing, swimming to the pain of face-lifts, pushing walkers, and memories of mother brushing hair or paddling a canoe.

The women reading will be Marianne Betterly, Judy Wells, Lucille Lang Day, Susan Cohen, Andrena Zawinski, and Eva Schlesinger.

“Forty-one women are unarmed but dangerous. They can change your life with clarity, truth and power in equal measure. These poets, from the literary culture of San Francisco, make up an album of rich fabrics combining the ordinary and the magnificent. Intimate details and heightened temperaments give us more reason to care about poetry.”
—Grace Cavalieri

Marianne Betterly

When Marianne Betterly isn’t hip hop dancing, designing websites  or traveling to Kyoto, she’s writing poetry. Her poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.”  Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down.

JUDY WELLS has published ten collections of poetry, including I Dream of Circus Characters:  A Berkeley Chronicle (Beatitude Press, 2010),  Little Lulu Talks with Vincent Van Gogh (Malthus Press, 2007), Call Home (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005), and Everything Irish (Scarlet Tanager Books, 1999).  Her new prose-poem manuscript is entitled The Glass Ship. Recently retired from a career in Adult Education at Saint Mary’s College, she is now devoted full-time to her poetry.

Lucille Lang Day ( is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books and the author of eight poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently The Curvature of Blue. She has also published a children’s book, Chain Letter, and her memoir, Married at Fourteen, will appear from Heyday in 2012. Her work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies.

Susan Cohen is an award-winning poet and journalist, including the 2011 Rita Dove Poetry Award, the 2011 Anderbo Poetry Prize, and the 2010 award for best book from the National Association of Science Writers.  Her first full-length book of poems, Throat Singing, came out this year from Word Tech/Cherry Grove Collections.  She lives in Berkeley.

Andrena Zawinski, founder and organizer of the Women’s Poetry Salon, is editor of their
anthology, Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down. She teaches creative writing at Laney College and lives in Alameda. She is also Features Editor at

Eva Schlesinger – The author of Remembering the Walker and Wheelchair: poems of grief and healing (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and View From My Banilla Vanilla Villa (dancing girl press, 2010), Eva Schlesinger also writes a humor blog on, and seeks a publisher for her young adult novel.