Laborfest 2013/Carol Tarlen Tribute
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

with Aggie Falk, Jack Hirschman, David Joseph, Sarah Menefee, Leslie Simon, and Julia Stein

celebrating the release of

Every Day Is an Act of Resistance: Selected Poems by Carol Tarlen

from Mongrel Empire Press

Carol Tarlen  was long time North Beach resident, mother, wife, activist, UCSF medical school worker and a brilliant poet.  She got arrested for Food Not Bombs as well as published widely in magazines and in every major anthology of working class poetry including American Working Class Literature:  An Anthology (Oxford University Press). She wrote poetry as if Whitman and Mother Jones were alive and writing in North Beach. She died in 2004, and Every Day Is an Act of Resistance is her first published book.

"Carol Tarlen's poems bring the human and political together in rich, heart-felt ways. I can't help wishing Carol was still with us, but we should all be extremely grateful to have this fine collection of her work out in the world as a legacy and tribute to her compassion for others, and her passion for writing and for life. She had an uncompromising commitment to the truth without sentimentality or condescension. Carol Tarlen was a Straight Shooter. In Nellie Perkiss Speaks Her Mind, she writes The news don't never tell the way it really is. Well, Carol Tarlen always told things the way they really are. These poems deserve a wide and diverse readership-read this book, and pass it on." -Jim Daniels, Poet & Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

"Born of pink-collar solidarity, Carol Tarlen's activist poems speak up, sass back, and never, ever cross a picket line. Keep this book next to your heart when standing up for workers. With Tillie Olsen and Meridel LeSueur, Every Day Is an Act of Resistance belongs on every bookshelf in America." -Karen Kovacik, Poet Laureate of Indiana

"Tough girl, quiet Quaker, brilliant poet, worker for the working-class, Carol Tarlen punctured the masks of bourgeois insularity-but with grace, good humor, and more kindness than many deserve. Her luminous poetic voice is large, direct, high-steppin, and justice-driven. Go ahead join the Angels Liberation Front and read her poetry, teach it to your children." -Janet Zandy, Professor of Language & Literature, Rochester Institute of Technology