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Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Benefit Reading - June 17, 2016
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Benefit Reading - June 17, 2016
On Friday, June 17, 2016 acclaimed poets Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong, Patricia Spears Jones, and Sharon Olds will read from their poetry in the First Congregational Church of Berkeley in the Bay Area.

At this gathering of the tribe, all staff poets from this year's Community of Writers Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley will raise money for the Poetry Programs financial aid and scholarships. Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call  (530) 470-8440 or email info@communityofwriters.org.

Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $15 advance/$20 at the door for students (with current student ID). Group discounts are available in advance for $20.


The venue is located on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus and just one block below (west) of historic Telegraph Avenue.

Public Transportation
You can reach the venue by a number of public transit options. They are about 6 blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. You can check their website for the schedule of BART trains that serve this area.

A number of AC Transit bus routes pass close to the doors (click on the links for route maps: 1, 51B, 49, 52, 851, and F. These routes would take you to the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way which is about three blocks west of the church: 18, 800.


There is a parking lot behind the church with limited spaces available. It can be entered from the Channing Street side of the building. Otherwise street parking is nearby, and there are several lots in downtown Berkeley a short walk away.


This Event is Underwritten by Deborah Dashow Ruth  Deborah is a poet, playwright, alum and long-time supporter of the Community of Writers. She is sponsoring the event to help poets who, without the financial aid this even provides, would be unable to attend the summer program.

Get Involved!

Become a Sponsor or Give to the Poetry Scholarship Fund

We are looking for volunteers! We need help with:

Promoting the event during the months of April and May.
Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 17.
Selling Books at the event.

If you are interested in helping (and in a free ticket to the event), please contact us: info@communityofwriters.org


First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Catherine T.
Berkeley, CA United States
Jun 17, 2016 5:04 AM
Ben B.
Berkeley, CA United States
Jun 17, 2016 5:04 AM
Cynthia S.
Berkeley, CA United States
Jun 16, 2016 11:12 PM
Clive M.
Berkeley, CA United States
Jun 16, 2016 11:12 PM
Emma D.
Oakland, CA United States
Jun 16, 2016 3:15 PM

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