Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Go to our Indiegogo campaign page:

Give Mayor Ed Lee and key city officials

an OCCUPY book report!

At the opening of the recent San Francisco International Poetry Festival, 
Mayor Ed Lee announced to the crowd that with all his official duties 
he had no time to read poetry. 

                                        NO TIME FOR POETRY? 

Around the world, leaders value poetry, and provide better examples 
of creative literacy to children. No wonder the Mayor has such 
little regard for the spirit and principles of the Occupy movement. 

Let’s help him and other city officials rise from 
dull-heartedness to poetic inspiration!

In honor of the first year anniversary 
of the Occupy Movement, we are launching a
book distribution campaign for
OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement

OUR CAMPAIGN: Please purchase a copy of Occupy SF—poems from the movement to be placed in the hands of city officials for the “Give Mayor Ed Lee an Occupy Book Report” program (this is your perk). Since this is funded by members of the public for the enlightenment and literacy of their own trusted public servants, government officials will be expected to read the book, select favorite poems, and publicly comment on how they plan to address the concerns so artfully expressed throughout the book.

             ALL proceeds from sales of books benefit Occupy.

We will hold a public event before the November elections where city officials can personally share their book reports or provide emails to be read by contributors to the anthology. 

OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement

represents the genuine voice of the community’s highest political aspirations, with such inspiring contributors as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Francisco X. Alarcón, Brenda Hillman, devorah major, Jack Hirschman and activist rock poster artists Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan.

Co-editors Virginia Barrett and Bobby Coleman, plus the publishing team at Jambu Press/Studio Saraswati, are dedicated to positive social change and the power of poetry to help bring about peace and justice for all.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

OCCUPY SF anthology now occupying shelves in San Francisco bookstores

Visit The Beat Museum on Broadway in North Beach or Modern Times Bookstore on 24th in the Mission to pick up your copy of OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. Support independent bookstores and publishing . . . and support Occupy!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement Cinco de Mayo celebration at RED POPPY ART HOUSE

 MAY 5, RED POPPY ART HOUSE 2698 Folsom St. @ 23rd San Francisco, CA 94110
415 826-2402
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
cost: $5-$10 sliding scale

The recently released anthology Occupy SF—poems from the movement is a powerfully diverse, intergenerational collection of poetry and art in the bold spirit of the Occupy movement. Unique and inspiring with positive San Francisco flair, the anthology has been receiving rave reviews for its humanistic call for social change. With over 70 poets and artists, including three former San Francisco poet laureates (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, and devorah major), as well as renowned activist poster artists Chuck Sperry, Ron Donovan, and Jon-Paul Bail, the book has powerfully captured the Occupy movement as it evolves and shifts.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and freedom for all, contributing poets Francisco X. Alarcón, Rafael Jesús González, Neeli Cherkovski, Virginia Barrett (co-editor), Bobby Coleman (co-editor), Dottie Payne, and Gerardo Pacheco will read selected work from the anthology. Joining them will be special musical guest Gerardo Omar Marin on flute. All proceeds from book sales benefit Occupy.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Comment by Neeli Cherkovski regarding OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement

Bobby and Virginia

I am happy to see this wonderful anthology
of poets. It is so beautifully produced
and speaks to our goodness,
our humanity, not to the shrill side
of protest as much as to the redemption
we find in understanding not just the 'crimes'
of the elite, but of their shortcomings.
This collection gives voice to our connection
with the land and its people. I am pleased,
in this regard, that my poem on the land
follows my old friend and mentor L.
Ferlinghetti as a keynote for this gathering.

I prefer to think in terms of leading others
to a better sense of themselves,rather than
tearing them to shreds. This was the call
of Martin Luther King, of Nelson Mandala,
and of M .k. Gandhi before them.

much love


Thursday, March 29, 2012

OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement is here!

The book is out! Here are some of the first comments to come in from those who have a copy hot off the press:

*This anthology is so well done. I just had to tell you. What an elegant tribute to the times. What a gift to the world. -Carol

*Bravo Virginia and Bobby for putting such a wonderful and important collection together. This is a work of exceptional quality and one obviously born out of love. -Mark

*Received my book Tuesday 3/27. It's really great. Thank you so much! -Zorya

Friday, March 2, 2012

OCCUPY SF-poems from the movement hits the airwaves

on KPFA Pacifica Radio's Cover to Cover Open Book
at 3pm today with Bobby Coleman (co-editor),
Agneta Falk, and host Nina Serrano.
Live stream, podcast, & archive available at

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