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June 23, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Image from "God of San Francisco" book cover: Castro District scene with shirtless men
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Poet James J. Siegel: The God of San Francisco

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, poet James J. Siegel shares selections from his latest collection.

In The God of San Francisco, James J. Siegel examines queer grief during the onset of the AIDS crisis through a “lavender-and-leather pantheon.” 

From Laramie, Wyoming, to Toledo, Ohio, from the Castro Funeral Home to North Beach and back, Siegel’s explorations are deeply powerful, beautiful, sad, and celebratory.

About James J. Siegel
James J. Siegel is a San Francisco-based poet and literary arts organizer. He is the host and curator of the popular monthly Literary Speakeasy show at Martuni’s piano bar. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, his first poetry collection, How Ghosts Travel, was inspired and fueled by his coming of age in the Midwest and was a finalist for an Ohioana Book Award. He was a scholarship recipient to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and his poems have been featured in a number of journals including The Cortland Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Assaracus, The Fourth River, HIV Here & Now, The Good Men Project, and more. He was also featured in the anthology Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses.