Second Sunday Poetry Series


Poetry. Live. Monthly.

Join us for poems on the second Sunday of each month. Welcome to SSPS, a monthly poetry reading series based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the time being, readings will be held over Zoom. Each month, two or three poets will be featured in an hourlong reading hosted by Curator Siân Killingsworth.

January 9, 2022: 3pm PT

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In 1979, in Washington, DC, Barbara Berman organized one of the first Independent Press Festivals in the country. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Village Voice, The Washington Post, Gargoyle, Lilith, Narrative Northeast and other publications. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, THE GENEROSITY OF STARS, from Finishing Line Press, and CURRENTS, a full-length collection of poetry from Three Mile Harbor Press. She has lived in San Francisco for 34 years, with her husband, Clifford Lee, an environmental lawyer. Her books can be purchased at Small Press Distribution-SPD. For signed copies, contact her directly at

Claire Blotter writes & performs poetry with movement & body percussion. She represented San Francisco in National Poetry Slams in Boston and Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Spillway, Plant-Human Quarterly, California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology, among other journals and anthologies, & in 3 chapbooks. She was a finalist for the Fischer Prize and judged the 2019 competition. She has taught writing at S.F. State University, John F. Kennedy University, Dominican University & College of Marin. She teaches poetry writing to children and teens through the California Poets in the Schools & Poetry Out Loud Programs.

Linda Michel-Cassidy‘s writing appears or is upcoming in RattlePainted BrideNo Tokens, Catapult, The Tahoma Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a senior reviews editor at Tupelo Quarterly, a board member at The Marin Poetry Center, and a former contributing editor at Entropy. Michel-Cassidy holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and another, in visual arts, from the California College of the Arts. She is working on two poetry chapbooks and a poetry/image installation to be shown at the Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, CA. More at:

Upcoming Readings:

February 13, 2022

in memory of Susan Bonetti
Amanda Moore, Ken Haas, Janet Jennings, Barb Reynolds, Siân Killingsworth

March 13, 2022

Dion O’Reilly, Sage Ravenwood, Jordan Franklin

April 10, 2022

Diane Lee Moomey, Prartho Sereno, Kai Coggins

Are you a poet and interested in reading for SSPS? Get in touch! We’d love to meet you.

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