Left Coast Writers Poetry: Donna Fado Ivery, Author of Spirit Journey to Healing Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli 734 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94121 Sunday, November 5th 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 4:30pm, 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! Up in November is Donna Fado Ivery. Donna Fado Ivery is a minister, speaker, writer, and painter dedicated to the art of healing. No longer able to pastor after a disabling brain injury in 1994, for seventeen years she used a wheelchair, cane, and narcotics in order to get around. Now she walks freely without any of these supports. Her poetry—some of which is included in her memoir, Spirit Journey to Healing—traces her journey through brain injury and her reliance on Spirit’s ability to lead and heal. A graduate of the University of California at Davis (Bachelor of Science in the Applied Behavioral Sciences: Organizational and Community Development) and Boston University School of Theology (Masters of Divinity: Biblical and Historical Studies), she has pastored three United Methodist Churches and lectured across the U.S.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Rebecca Foust, Author of Paradise Drive Saturday, September 12th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Readers, writers, poets and lovers of poetry, we know you’ll enjoy this evening with one of our favorite Left Coast Writers poets. In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st Century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it’s a deep comfort as well. —Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and theMacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wrestling With God by Barbara Falconer Newhall Saturday, April 11th, 2015 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com It’ll be a spirited night at Book Passage when we join Barbara Falconer Newhall in a book launch for her new book Wrestling With God. Wrestling With God presents the intimate first-person narratives of thoughtful Americans seeking to live their faith in an increasingly secular, multicultural and globalized world. The stories are woven together by Barbara’s own spiritual quest as she reveals how the people she has interviewed have moved her along on her personal journey – from a restless yearning for the lost God of her Christian childhood to a new and unexpected kind of faith. Among the storytellers in Wrestling With God are a Native American, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a World War II POW, a former Buddhist monk, a Shamanic priestess and an atheist. Seekers and believers alike will find inspiration in the Barbara’s journey toward a belief that can withstand the challenges of our twenty-first-century world. Barbara Falconer Newhall is a journalist with experience as an editor, feature writer, columnist and religion reporter on magazines and major metropolitan daily
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose by Shulamit Sofia Monday, October 13th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com It’s a soulful and spirit-filled gathering at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza as we join Shulamit Sofia in celebration. Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose is a compelling, practical, step by step guide to higher consciousness. By creating a pilgrimage path through multiple realms of spiritual awareness the book provides a GPS for the Soul. This process enables the reader to make a difference in their life and in the lives of the people around them. Shulamit Sofia, a spiritual pilgrim from birth, has journeyed toward soul strength as her life’s purpose. She has been a serious spiritual seeker for nearly three decades, studying directly with the leading teachers of Jewish Mysticism. Founder of The Sacred Ladder and Soul Strength Seminars, Shulamit Sofia teaches practical applications of Jewish mystical principles, to solve challenging