Left Coast Writers Poetry: Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing as a Path to Awakening
Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli
734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Sunday, December 3rd from 5pm-7:15pm
Join a featured LCW poet at the First Sunday of the Month Happy Hour Poetry series at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Our featured poet’s reading is followed by an open mic for other poets to share original work, or even just to read favorite poems aloud. Happy Hour starts at 5pm, and after our featured poet reads for 30 minutes, open mic (three minutes per poet) goes until 7:15 pm. Celebrate creativity and poets while supporting a local, community-oriented, and family owned business! Enjoy $1 off your sandwich with the purchase of a glass of wine or bubbly! Up in December is Albert Flynn DeSilver.
Albert Flynn DeSilver is an American poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He received a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado in 1991 and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is the author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational.” Albert taught as a California Poet in the Schools for more than a decade working with thousands of children throughout Northern California and beyond. He also served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate and has shared the stage with U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Bestselling authors’ Maxine Hong Kingston, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, and many others.
Albert is the founder of Writing as a Path to Awakening, which is about an embodied inter-connected approach to creativity and writing—helping us reignite the joy, fun, spontaneity, and wisdom in our practice and process of writing. Writing as a Path to Awakening is a workshop and retreat series, interactive book project, and online course experience. Albert has been practicing meditation for more than twenty years and is know for merging the art of creative writing with the evolutionary practice of mindfulness meditation. His new nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sounds True, 2017) is based on his popular writing workshops by the same name. Albert currently teaches writing and mindfulness workshops at The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and literary conferences nationally. He lives in Northern California.
David Nottage and his wife Joanne Pappas Nottage bought this San Francisco business a year and a half ago and transformed a take-out deli into a friendly community hub where friends and neighbors can enjoy great food with affordable, quality wine/beer and connect around music, poetry, sports, comedy, and issues integral to local concerns. Kawika’s has free wi-fi and delicious deli delights. Signature menu items include: fresh baked sourdough rolls, homemade Gluten Free bread, in-house, fresh roasted, rotisserie Angus roast beef, turkey and leg of lamb, fresh baked Salmon, Greek lamb gyros with authentic tzatziki sauce, Greek Salad, homemade hummus, 100% Kona coffee, Greek coffee and a selection of chips, juices, and desserts, including baklava! Kawika’s is just a block from beautiful Ocean Beach at 734 La Playa Street @ Balboa in San Francisco. There is street parking and a large, free lot 1 block away on the Great Highway @ Balboa Street. Read more about their events and the restaurant itself at http://www.oceanbeachdeli.com/