Cassandra Dallett is a longtime East Bay literary presence who manages to tell it how it is. She knows how to have a good time, and Manic D Press knows how to publish quality books by subversive, underrepresented voices, so this release party for Dallett's debut collection Wet Reckless ought to be a match made in Berkeley. A trio of poet friends will join Dallett in reading: Joel Landmine, whose titles are sometimes longer than his poems, and Alexandra Naughton, who runs the Be About It zine/press/reading series — both of whom have new debut books out from Punk Hostage Press — and M.K. Chavez (Next Exit #9 with John Sweet and Virgin Eyes) who has the uncanny ability to knock the air out of a room. Dallett said, at a reading late last year, that she wouldn't be the poet she is without Chavez as an inspiration.
Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m., 2014