After Hours: Poetry World Series

Friday, April 5th · 7:00pm

This unlikely pairing of baseball and poetry showcases the poetry, wit, and smarts of Bay Area poets who are judged on their ability to make their poems fit subjects "pitched" by the audience. It's a lively evening of wordplay and repartee, emceed by Master of Quips and Ceremonies, Daniel Handler, who ensures fun and irreverence. You don't have to like poetry or baseball to enjoy this animated and quirky program. Ballpark music, beer and popcorn included.

Featured Poets:
Barbara Jane Reyes
Terry Lucas
Vernon Keeve III
Dawn McGuire
Joseph Rios
Melissa Stein

Ellen Bass

For adults and high school students only. Pregame refreshments starting at 6:30pm for registered guests. Program starts at 7:00pm.

Registration is highly recommended. Click here to register.


Daniel Handler is the author of six novels, most recently All The Dirty Parts, and far too many books as Lemony Snicket, most recently The Bad Mood and the Stick.  His essay on the Eurythmics album Savage is still considered definitive.

Ellen Bass's most recent book is Like a Beggar. Her poetry has frequently appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are fellowships from the NEA and the CA Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, and the Lambda Literary Award. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. 

Vernon Keeve III lives in Oakland, teaching the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives. Southern Migrant Mixtape (Nomadic Press 2018) is his first book. 

Terry Lucas, writer, editor, and teacher and next Marin County Poet Laureate, has authored four poetry collections, including Dharma Rain and In This Room.

Dawn McGuire is a neurologist and author of four books, including American Dream with Exit Wound, finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters and an adjunct professor at USF. Her sixth book, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, is forthcoming in 2020.

Joseph Rios’s debut collection, Shadowboxing: poems and impersonations, won a 2018 American Book Award, and The Daily Rumpus calls it a “middle finger to the institution in both form and content.”

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible Blooms (Copper Canyon Press) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.