Moe’s Books’ ground-floor den has been cleared, with a stage set up in the center. Rows and rows of folding chairs are fully occupied, and people have squeezed along the walls and settled the steps of the staircase. Here, on a clear Friday night — surrounded by friends, fans and contributing poets — Berkeley Poetry Review celebrated the release of its 45th annual issue with a reading from some of its contributors at Moe’s Books on Telegraph Avenue.
Gathering both rising stars and established names in poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review featured several contributors at its issue release party, from UC Berkeley students to local Bay Area poets.
Berkeley Poetry Review’s 45th issue published poems that investigate history and form, and the ways that language works within these systems. Though the featured poets work with very different styles and topics of choice, they demonstrate a unified interest in Berkeley Poetry Review’s exploratory mission.