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Lyrics & Dirges 

When: Wed., July 18, 7:30-9 p.m. 2012

July's Lyrics & Dirges brings the East Bay another inspired combination of up-and-comers alongside established writers. This month, host Tomas Moniz welcomes Philadelphian Mia McKenzie, "black feminist and freaking queer"; MelizaBanales, the first Latina on the West Coast to win a poetry slam championship; Jeremy Adam Smith, co-editor of the Express-reviewed anthology Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood; Michelle Cruz Gonzales, memoirist living in Oakland with her human and furry family; and Ariel Luckey, nationally acclaimed poet, actor, and playwright. Wednesday, July 18, at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). 7:30 p.m., free. 510-649-1320 or

— Alison Peters


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