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Giulianetti Kent

Born in San Mateo, California, Luisa Giulianetti was raised on her parents’ and grandparents’ immigrant stories, memories and lore shared at the kitchen table, and books that transported her to countless places. She holds degrees from Santa Clara University and UC San Diego, where she began her career as an educator. Since 1994, Luisa has worked at UC Berkeley, teaching and directing programs for undergraduates.
Her writing appears in Brilliant Corners, CALYX, HerStry, Italian Americana, Motherscope, Ploughshares, Rattle, River Heron Review, Tule Review, and VIA. She and her husband live in Kensington, California, and they are the proud parents of two children.

Agrodolce is her first book.


Nonna Maria Grazia

Burying three children and a young husband
shapes a woman, shrinks the world to a room.
Ghosts share space, hide in book spines.
She measures the survivors, their breaths
like handfuls of flour added to proofed yeast
Kneading oxygen, she pushes supple dough
pulls it in. Folds seams of memory and kin.
Scored loaves left to rise under baby quilts.
She washes bowls and scours pans.
Dresses baked bread with oil. Soup
awaits their arrival. Serving slow time
she bargains with saints for safe passage.
A century of waiting: dough to rise, doors
to open. Love knots what it cannot free.

Terri Dawn Kent is a Pushcart-nominated writer, poet, and occasional vocalist. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Brevity, River Teeth, The San Pedro River Review, One Art, Barnstorm, and more. Recently, she collaborated with Brian Turner and The Retro Legion on two albums. Also recently, her piece, "My Father Becomes a Bird," was nominated for Best American Essays and is being used in Wake Forest University's Narrative Medicine program. Currently, she is working on what she plans to be her first book of poems.

Frank Gioia is a short story writer, actor and playwright. His recently published memoir, The Mercury Man: Remembering Brooklyn, is a collection of personal narratives about coming of age on the streets of Brooklyn in the 1950s, in a Brooklyn that no longer exists. He also introduces us to the year he served in Vietnam in the 1960s. His work has been published in the on-line magazine, Ovunque Siamo, as well as The Artful Mind and an Anthology of Veterans' Voices. A staged reading of his play, 14 Holy Martyrs, was performed in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 2016. He has read his work in the Berkshires, the Twin Cities, Sacramento and the Sierra Foothills.




Upcoming Events

4.13 Luisa Giulianetti and Iris Jamahl Dunkle
5.11 Tom Mitchell and Rick Robbins
6.8 Sally Ashton and Cami Rothmuller
9.14 Jamil Jan Kochai and Torsa Ghosal



January 13 Dan Rounds and Richard Lopez

February 24 Frank Gioia and Beverly Parayno

March 16 Danny Romero and Nancy Gonzalez St. Clair


December 16 Matthew Cooperman and Aby Kaupang

December 9 Molly Fisk and Tricia Caspers

November 11 Paul Aponte and JoAnn Anglin

October 14 Gail Entrekin and Stewart Florsheim

Septermber 30 Camille Norton and Stella Beratlis

September 9 Mary Mackey and Joshua McKinney

August 12 Judie Rae and Ensemble

July 22 D.R. Wagner and Dave Boles

June 10 Terry Ehret, John Johnson and Susan Cohen

May 20 Lois P. Jones and William O' Daly

April 29 Elizabeth Robinson, Randy Prunty and Alexandra Mattraw

April 22 Tim Kahl and Eugene Berson

March 25 Alice Pettway and Lara Gularte

March 11 Bill Gainer and Todd Boyd

February 11 Rooja Mohassessy and Tamer Mostafa

January 14 Brad Buchanan and Gary Kruse


December 10 Jeff Knorr and Jeanine Stevens

November 12 Linda Jackson Collins and Kim Kralowec

October 29 Yuyutsu Sharma, Katy Brown and Allegra Silberstein

October 15 S'more Poetry & Song at The California Railroad Museum

October 8 Lara Gularte and Dianna Henning

September 10 Linda Scheller and Gary Thomas

August 12 Emmanuel Sigauke and Aeisha Jones

July 21 Paco Marquez

July 9 Catherine French and Lisa Dominguez Abraham

June 11 Stan Zumbiel and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

June 5 Poetry Picnic in McKinley Park

May 14 Jon Davis and Greg Glazner

April 27 Doug Rice, Jamil Jan Kochai, Tristan Beach

April 9, 2022 Zia Torabi and Bob Stanley

March 26, 2022 Susan Kelly-DeWitt and Albert Garcia

Mar 17, 2022 Bin Ramke (a Discussion with Joshua McKinney)


Dec. 4, 2021 Four for the Quarter: O' Daly, Halebsky, Straight Out Scribes

Sept. 25, 2021 Four for the Quarter: McKinney, Knorr, Levine, Gourdine

July 24, 2021 Evan MyQuest and Lelania Fowler

July 10, 2021 Sue Daly and Lara Gularte

June 26, 2021 Bill Pieper and Julie Woodside

June 19, 2021 D. R. Wagner reads from DISTANT LIGHTS in Sacramento

June 12, 2021 Jeff Ewing book release for Wind Apples

May 27, 2021 Lucille Lang Day Literary Lectures: Native American Poetry: Traditional and Contemporary Visions and Themes

May 13, 2021 Jennifer Sweeney [Literary Lectures] To Remain in Perhaps: A Deeper Look at the Lyric Poem

May 7, 2021 Natasha Sajé and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

April 24, 2021 D.R. Wagner Live in Locke book release reading for DISTANT LIGHTS

April 22, 2021 Literary Lectures with Maxine Chernoff

April 16, 2021 Jennifer and Chad Sweeney

February 25, 2021 Steve Cirrone: Shakespeare as Science Fiction

February 11, 2021 Bob Stanley: The Poetry of Carolyn Forché

January 28, 2021 Karma Waltonen speaks about Margaret Atwood

January 14, 2021 Frank Stanford: A Talk by John Amen, Greg Brownderville, & John Erwin


November 31, 2020 MALDEF Reading