Social Justice Poetry Reading

By Jeffery Kingman

November 23, 2019


What              Social Justice Poetry Reading

This event, hosted by Ron Riekki, will feature Northern California Poets Laureate: D.L. Lang (Vallejo), Rob Lipton (Richmond), Juanita J. Martin (Fairfield), Lois Requist (Benicia), and Allegra Silberstein, (Davis).


They will all be reading poetry on the theme of social justice.



Who               Ron Riekki will host this event.

                        Ron Riekki wrote My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press), U.P.: a novel (Ghost Road Press), and Posttraumatic: A Memoir (Small Press Distribution).  He edited Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (MSU Press, Independent Publisher Book Award), and The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise (McFarland).  Riekki is contracted for seven upcoming books.


                        D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of twelve books, most recently Midnight Strike, and one spoken word album, Happy Accidents. Her work has been anthologized in Marin Poetry Center Anthology Vol. 21, A Poet’s Siddur, and Light & Shadow. She edited the 2019 anthology Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo. Lang has been a featured act at numerous poetry events around the bay area. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.


                        Robert Lipton’s book, A Complex Bravery, was published by Marick Press.  His work has appeared in numerous journals and he has been nominated several times for a Pushcart prize.  He is a recent Poet Laureate for the city of Richmond, helps run the swim programs at the Richmond Plunge, works as a spatial epidemiologist, and has obtained funding to develop a Richmond Literary Arts center.


                        Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield’s first poet laureate, 2010-2012. She’s also a freelance writer and performance artist. Her poetry book, The Lighthouse Beckons, was accepted into the Solano County Library. Martin’s next volume of poems, Quiet Intensity, is due out in 2019. She’s published in Blue Collar Review, SoMa Literary Review, and others. She has read at the Frank Bette Cultural Center for the Alameda Poets in the Annual Black History event.


                        Lois Requist received her BA and MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has written and published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her three books are Where Lilacs Bloom, RVing Solo Across America, without a cat, dog, man, or gun, and Late Harvest Green, which was a finalist in two categories for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She has been published in Alaska Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, and Benicia Herald.


                        Allegra Jostad Silberstein was born in the middle of a blizzard on a farm in Wisconsin. Love of poetry began as a child when her Mom would recite poems as she worked. She has lived in California since 1963 but her growing years on the farm brought a deep appreciation for the out-of-doors world that stays with her and sustains her. In March of 2010 she was selected as the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, CA. She has three chapbooks and her first full book of poems was published by Cold River Press in the spring of 2015.



Where            John F. Kennedy Library

                        Joseph Room

                        505 Santa Clara St.

                        Vallejo, CA 94590


When             Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30pm


More info      866-572-7587 –





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