a man in white beard and dark shirt before shelves of books; a woman in straight brown hair and red shirt, both poets are smiling

Beau Beausoleil and Deema K. Shehabi, reading and in conversation

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Event Time 04:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.edu


Join us for a reading, with conversation to follow, by two Bay Area poet friends, Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures From the Moon and co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. She is also co-author of Diaspo/Renga, with Marilyn Hacker, and the winner of the Nazim Hikmet poetry competition in 2018.

Beau Beausoleil has lived in San Francisco since 1969. His first book of poetry, Witness, was published in San Francisco in 1976 by Panjandrum Press. In all, he has had 15 chapbooks of poetry published including 4 published by Barley Books in the U.K. His most recent volume of poetry is Another Way Home (Blue Light Press, 2022). Forthcoming is a chapbook of poems, The Killing of George Floyd (Intermittent Press, 2023). He is the founder and director of a global book arts project, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, which was formed in 2007 in response to the car-bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street (the street of the booksellers) in Baghdad, Iraq. He is the co-editor, with Deema Shehabi, of the anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (P.M. Press, 2012). 

Photo of Beau Beausoleil by Andrea Hassiba.


Deema K. Shehabi with Nathalie Khankan, reading for the Arab Film and Media Institute, March 26, 2021

Beau Beausoleil reading at Bird & Beckett, San Francisco, May 5, 2022


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