Book Release Reading by Deena Metzger


 with Stan Rushworth and Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Friday, October 13, 2017   7pm         Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz


CAROLYN reading from The Light of Ordinary Days, her forthcoming memoir/history of Ireland. Introduced by Deena Metzger.



DEENA METZGER reading from her new novel, A Rain of Night Birds.  Introduced by Carolyn Brigit Flynn.


Listen to Carolyn Brigit Flynn & Deena Metzger discuss A Rain of Nightbirds in a PODCAST.       Read “Love and the Earth,” article by Carolyn on Deena Metzger.  


Deena 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 RUSHWORTH reading from his novel Going to Water.  Introduced by Deena Metzger.


Stan 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.