MYSTIX Poets is a group of poets who use the wisdom and spells of the ancients as a method of coping with modernity and effecting change in the world around them. Poetry as synthesis, as research into heritage, as commentary of the times.

We will be premiering our poets throughout the week... Actually, we will instead premiere one new video poem per week. Subscribe to our youtube channel or follow us on

100 Thousand Poets for Change Countdown Readings

We scheduled five readings to celebrate the first 10 years of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Did we ever reach 100,000 poets? As a matter of fact, yes. We did. And we had a fabulous time. There's plenty of room for you to join in too, to watch the next three sessions on Facebook (click the image for the session I co-hosted with Siobhan MacMahon), OR MAKE YOUR OWN! That's right. We need as many poets as possible to collect together on Saturday, September 26 to join in the global poetry reading. It's happening wherever you are. Read on your own, write poems in the sand, or up in the clouds. Be sure to document your event, no matter the size. 

Piedmont Copy, Oakland Print Shop in Trouble

Years ago, before I was a graduate student teacher at the New College of California, in about 2003, when I was living in the Piedmont area of Oakland, close to Mountain View Cemetery, in the magical shack mansion on John Street, I frequented a print shop that was around the corner from me. Once, I ordered prints of a book for some research I was working on and the owner handed them over to me as he said, "My name is also Youssef" with a smile. We were friends ever since. He introduced me to his kids Badar and Fatima. I mostly dealt with Youssef, but once he gave the shop over to the kids, the business exploded with an amazing abundance. I soon developed a great friendship with Badar and Fatima. Youssef (the father) had told me years ago (he came up in the printing business after working at Krishna Copy in Berkeley for umpteen years) that he would beat anyone's price in town. I told my friends. In 2013 I was proud to refer JK Fowler of Nomadic Press to their services. For over 20 years they have been rolling steadily along, growing. Until COVID hit. Their circulation is down, orders are dwindling. JK Fowler saw the need and heroically created this GoFundMe page. The family is in dire need. Pitch in a few bucks or a whole lotta bucks to help this sweet family-owned business that prints so much of the Bay Area's poetry zines and books. They made my class readers. They print all my business cards. They print the chapbooks I make for Paper Press. This shop is an essential Oakland resource. Please do not let them vanish in the COVID haze.

Transfigureight Update

News for Transfigureight:

The new album is called ARCADIOPOLIS.

It is a selection of 13 remastered songs from bandcamp. ASCAP signup is complete and CDBaby has created videos of the album. Soon the album will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon music, and google music. Enjoy!

Storytelling Live follow up

Hi all! I have been telling stories live on FB for five weeks now. Tonight marks the fifth week. People are enjoying it. People write to me, thanking me. It's something they -and I- look forward to every week. I have great stories lined up for you. I might look for a home for these on vimeo or youtube at some point in the future. I have not been listing them on my current events page and for that I am sorry. I will begin that soon so you'll know. Basically, you can't go wrong. Tune in to my FB page on Saturday night 7:30PM Pacific Time and you can sit in on a really great short story. They usually last 45 minutes. If you're not into sitting at the computer for that amount of time, then I completely understand. Just turn the volume up and walk away. Or, tuck yourself into bed while you listen. :) I will read to you and if you happen to fall asleep, the video will be available for three days after.