We are thrilled to announce our fall installment of the Lone Glen series, featuring poets Genine Lentine and Linda Norton.  Join us at our home on the evening of Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 pm to celebrate inspiring poetry. We are located at 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland; look for the signs directing you through the side entryway that lead to the backyard and basement. Bring a friend and/or a libation to share; bring an open mind. We will provide wine, snacks, and mood lighting. Lone Glen is a quarterly writing, art, and performance series dedicated to promoting more community and support among artists of all disciplines. For more information, go to https://loneglen.wordpress.com/ We look forward to seeing you! Here are the authors’ bios:

Genine Lentine is the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model (Kelly’s Cove, 2012) and Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes (New Michigan Press, 2010) and, and co-author with Stanley Kunitz of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (W.W. Norton, 2005). Recent work appears in The BafflerFunk & Wag, and the PEN Poetry Series. She received an M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University.  She’s the recipient of fellowships from Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands, Hedgebrook, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. This fall she’s curating the RE@DS series at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and privately.  www.geninelentine.com

Poet, writer, and collage artist Linda Norton is the author of THE PUBLIC GARDENS: POEMS AND HISTORY (Pressed Wafer, 2011; with an introduction by Fanny Howe), a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize in 2012. Her work appears in four anthologies and her collages are on the covers of several books. Norton is currently completing two manuscripts: DARK WHITE (non-fiction) and COLORATURA. Chapters and poems from these works in progress have appeared or are forthcoming in the Fish Anthology (Cork, Ireland), Colorado Review, Zen Monster, Ambush, Eleven Eleven, and Berkeley Poetry Review. She recently returned from Ireland where her collages are on exhibit at the Dock Arts Center. She is a recipient of a 2014 Creative Work Fund grant. For more information, visit: http://thepublicgardens.blogspot.com/.


We are thrilled to announce our fall installment of the Lone Glen series, featuring poets Genine Lentine and Linda Norton.  Join us on the evening of Saturday, November 8th! More details coming soon.

Celebrating the spirit of collaboration at our eleventh Lone Glen, we are thrilled to host poets Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr on the evening of Saturday, August 16th. Join us at 6:30 in our garden to hear both their individual works and a new, co-written poem. We will welcome you with libations and snacks, but please feel free to contribute! Find us at 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland.

Joshua Clover’s next book of poetry, Red Epic, will be published in 2015, and his book on political struggle, Of Riot, in 2016. He has collaborated on poetry, critical writing, and conferences with Chris Nealon, Chris Chen, Aaron Benanav, Annie McClanahan, Louis Schwartz, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr; with the lattermost two, he edits Commune Editions. He is author of two previous books of poetry and two of cultural theory, a longtime columnist and Editorial Board member at Film Quarterly, and a columnist at The Nation.

Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers, a book about two friends who are writers in a time of war and ecological collapse and also the symposium Beyond Oakland. She has edited books with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002).

Lone Glen 10:  Classical Folk Night

Celebrating our tenth Lone Glen, we are honored to host guitarist and singer-songwriter, Marc Hufnagl, plus the dynamic violin-viola duet, Joseph and Raphael Gold. Please join us on Saturday, April 26th at 7:45 pm for an evening steeped in music.  Hufnagl inspires audiences with his rich voice and narrative laced songs that warm a room with a nostalgic sound akin to Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley.  The Gold duet plays with gorgeous intensity and movement that we hope will sweep you off your feet!  This is a special night that encompasses our first Lone Glen musical performances. We hope you can share the joy with us!  Please bring a friend, a libation or snack (if you have the means), and a love of the arts….Find us at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland.

Marc Hufnagl, singer-songwriter, guitarist 

Just for the record, Marc Hufnagl can’t read a lick of music. Back in high school, he taught himself to play guitar and piano so he could give voice to the tuneful messages that were already bubbling under the surface. In college, he became sidetracked from music and traveled an “over two decade creative sojourn” as a modern dance choreographer with three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships to his credit and a body of dance works. But the enduring power of his first love, music, drew him back. Ten years ago, he returned to writing music, tapping into a swelling reservoir of songs about his life. “Lunden,” his first CD, will be released this spring. He and his partner Juerg live in Oakland and Switzerland and also curate a salon performance series.

Raphael Gold, violist

A native of the Bay Area, Raphael plays extensively throughout the region in several orchestras and chamber groups.  He has participated in several international music festivals, including Avila, Spain, Tirol, Austria, Managua, Nicaragua, Guanajuato, Mexico, and New York.  Raphael lived in Yucatan state for several years where he was a member of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, touring extensively throughout Mexico.  While in Yucatan, he performed chamber music in correctional facilities, retirement homes, and church-run rehabilitation centers in an effort to bring classical music to disadvantaged communities.

Joseph Gold, violinist

Joseph Gold grew up in Southern California, the son of Russian émigré parents.  He began his violin studies at the age of eight.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, he had the privilege of being coached by the great Jascha Heifetz.  All-Around Musician & Proponent of the Romantic Revival Mr. Gold, who makes his home in San Francisco, is an enthusiastic proponent of the “romantic revival” of Nineteenth Century violin music.  He is an ardent author and lecturer on his two favorite virtuoso composer-performers, Paganini and Sarasate.  Mr. Gold’s numerous publications include his book, Paganini’s Art of Violin Playing, as well as many transcriptions and original compositions.  Although steeped in the tradition of the Romantic style, Joseph Gold’s programs are not restricted to the Nineteenth Century. He is an all-around musician who has premiered and championed many Twentieth Century compositions while maintaining a Baroque repertoire as large as many Baroque specialists.  Joseph Gold’s warm personality and perfectly timed humor make him a popular guest artist on University campuses. He is eminently qualified as an “Artist in Residence” and holds a Master’s Degree as well as three teaching credentials.


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Lone Glen 9:  Anniversary Edition

Please join us for poetry, film, music, and things that sparkle (water, Bacchus, and Christmas lights) at our Anniversary Lone Glen, 7:30 pm on Saturday, 14 December.  The night’s provisions will provide something for everyone, including banter between the artists and audience.  We look forward to featuring not only the talents of writer and musician Kevin Simmonds but also poems from James Cagney, a short film from Alex Greenhough, and poems from Samantha Thornhill.  Hosted by Alexandra Mattraw and Owen Rosenboom, we will greet the end of Lone Glen’s second year with our usual enthusiasm for community and diversity among artists and art lovers in the Bay Area and beyond.  Bring a friend, bring a beverage or snack (if you have the means), and bring an open mind.  We can’t wait to see you at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland.  Make your way to the heated basement and we will create a celebration!  Meet the artists:

James Cagney

James Cagney is a storyteller and poet from Oakland, Ca.  James has appeared as a featured performer in Midnight in Mumbai, Celebration of the Word, Litquake 2013, and the San Francisco Public Library.  James is a Cave Canem fellow and his work has been published by Tandem, Ambush Review, Caduceus, and Sparring with the Beatnik Ghosts, among others.  Some of his true life stories can be downloaded from The-Shout-Storytelling.com .  Find  more of James’ work at http://thedirtyrat.wordpress.com/


Alex Greenhough

Alexander Greenhough lives in Berkeley, California. His three feature films – I Think I’m Going, Murmurs, and Kissy Kissy – were all set and produced in New Zealand. He has received grants from the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the New Zealand Film Commission. Greenhough is currently visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is completing a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

Alexander Greenhough November 2013

Kevin Simmonds

Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician, and performance artist originally from New Orleans. Mad for Meat (2011) is his debut collection of poetry. He is the editor of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof. He also wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Most recently, he wrote the music for Emmett Till, a river, a Japanese noh-inspired theatre work that debuted at Theatre of Yugen last month.  Find Kevin’s work at http://www.kevinsimmonds.com/


Samantha Thornhill

Samantha Thornhill is a globe-trotting writer and performer. A poetry graduate of University of Virginia’s Masters in Fine Arts program, for the past decade she has taught poetry and performance to drama students at the Juilliard School. She’s published children’s books with Simon & Schuster and Scholastic Inc., and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is currently co-directing a documentary film project, Daddy’s Glass House, about teenage daughters of incarcerated fathers. She is a founding curator of the group Poets in Unexpected Places, which the New York Times profiled in April 2013. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, she has presented at universities, conferences, and festivals from South Africa to Hungary. She lives in Brooklyn.  Find Samantha’s work at http://www.samanthaspeaks.com/

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Audience at Lone Glen 8

November 18, 2013

Audience at Lone Glen 8

Film & Poetry in the Basement, 9/13

Raina Leon at Lone Glen 8, September 2013

Film & Poetry in the Basement