Book Release Reading by DEENA METZGER

 with Stan Rushworth and Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Friday, October 13, 2017   7pm

In Celebration of Deena Metzger’s New Novel



Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Open to the Public.  Free, donations accepted.

 Deena’s Workshop “The Literature of Restoration” on Sat, Oct 14

Carolyn Brigit Flynn joins Deena Metzger for a podcast discussion of A Rain of Night Birds.    LISTEN HERE.

“Love and the Earth,” article from my podcast with Deena Metzger.  HERE

ABOUT THE BOOK:  A vital, original and daring exploration of love, kinship, and the fate of the earth though a surprising meeting between four characters, two of European descent, two Indigenous American.  Their various bonds of deep friendship, love, and eros are formed at the cutting edge of what humans face today:  the perilous issue of climate change, western domination of native peoples, the role of medicine, family, coupling, dreams, and what it is to look directly the fate of the planet in these times, and to love across divides.

“Original, exceptional, inherently fascinating, and one of those all too rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf, A Rain of Night Birds by Deena Metzger is a truly exceptional and highly recommended.”  –Midwest Review

“Now more than ever, we need to read, and then read again, Deena Metzger’s new novel.”            Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden and the forthcoming novel Darwin’s Ghosts

“In clear and elegant prose, Deena Metzger yet again explores the most important issues of our time, in yet another profound and compelling way. A Rain of Night Birds is a beautiful and important novel.”
Derrick Jenson, author of Endgame and The Culture of Make Believe

“I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Mother Earth, who resonates with Indigenous Wisdom, and who wishes to fulfill their own greatest destiny at this transformative moment for all life on Earth.”
Nina Simons, Co-Founder, Bioneers; Co-Founder, Cultivating Women’s Leadership

“With lyrical grace and truth, Deena Metzger’s A Rain of Night Birds crosses the border from Western into Indigenous ways of knowing and asks: how shall we heal the wounds we’ve inflicted upon Mother Earth?”
David Edward Walker, author of Tessa’s Dance and Signal Peak

“Every step of the way Deena keeps faith with the soul-work that must be done, with the heartbreaking questions of climate change and devastation, with the vital Indigenous relations to Earth and Sky, and with the essential healing imperative of Western medicine, Do no harm.” Regina O’Melveney, author of The Book of Madness and Cures


AVAILABLE NOW at  Bookshop Santa Cruz, bookstores nationwide, and  Amazon


DeenaDeena Metzger is most recently the author of A Rain of Night Birds, and writer of twenty influential books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  She is a radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for 50 years, and a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration, and sanctuary for a beleaguered world. Her work examines the tragic failure of western thought, medicine and science to create a sustainable culture, and provides guidance for personal, political, environmental and spiritual healing. Her novel La Negra y Blanca won the 2012 Oakland Pen Award for Literature. Metzger is most recognized for her image in Hella Hamid’s photograph in 1977 sometimes referred to as “The Warrior,” in which Metzger stands naked, post-mastectomy, in a celebratory pose.


stan-rushworthfb-foto-300x225Stan Rushworth is the author of Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain and Sam Woods: American Healing, among other works.  He is devoted to the ideas, feelings, words that spring out of Indigenous experience, Native American experience, mixed-blood experience, non-Indigenous experience, and the stories that rise up through all our histories together.  His aim is to further our understanding of the human condition through close examination of our time, what we’re doing now, and where we have the possibilities to go from here. He is currently working on the collection American Diaspora, stories of where post traumatic stress disorder and post-colonial stress disorder dovetail, where Indigenous lives and colonial lives meet in Indigenous/Colonial descendants, in the “breeds” spread far and wide across the world. It is a survival manual, through story, and a mirror of where we all are today.


IMG_4379Carolyn Brigit Flynn is the author of Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, and the editor of the anthology Sisters Singing: Blessings, Prayers, Art, Songs, Poetry and Sacred Stories by Women.   Communion is a collection of love poems to the holy presence of the earth, invoking the movement from an urban Catholic childhood into an embodied communion with the holy presence of the earth itself, addressed in these poems as Beloved. Carolyn has a deep connection with the sacred in the Irish landscape of her family ancestors, and is currently working on a memoir/history of Ireland titled The Light of Ordinary Days.