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Sharon Doubiago Launches Book Tour for “Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl”

January 20, 2010
Wild Ocean Press Announces the Release of Sharon Doubiago’s Memoir My Father’s Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl

The prize winning author Sharon Doubiago is like my glamourous and successful older sister, both mentor and friend, role model and teacher. I admire her greatly–her prose and poetry and fiction as well as her lifestyle, her commitment to her family and to her writing. When I met her in Taos many years ago, we both knew we had a special connection. I decided then and there to stop being afraid to write, and when the well paying grant funded job ran out, to follow her lead to hit the road and do it, not matter what friends and family thought. (Of course my life took on another adventure–I had a child and I am very grateful for the direction my life took instead.)

And so I am super excited that Sharon Doubiago’s memoir, My Father’s Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, is finally out! She’s been working on it for the 10 years that I’ve known her, and longer than that, I’m sure. She’s celebrating with a book tour first in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest, then in the fall she plans to be in Southern California, and she’s looking for more readings and places to give workshops while she’s on the road. She is absolutely fabulous as a reader and as a workshop facilitator–I know form experience, and I would jump at any chance to hear her read or to workshop with her.

credit: Andrena Zawinski

I will keep you up to date with her tour and will review the new book as soon as I get a copy in my eager hands!

According to her publisher, Wild Oceans Press, “In this first volume of her two-volume memoir, prize-winning poet Sharon Doubiago writes an extraordinary story of growing up in the 1940s and 50s in South Central LA and the desert mountain town of Ramona in San Diego County. My Father’s Love addresses the current controversies of memory and memoir and sets new standards for the genre by adhering to historical records, letters, diaries, interviews, and a drive to know the unfabricated truth, while weaving these, in stunning language and imagery, with remembering and reliving. This book attempts to understand her family rooted deep in the history of America, in both its Southern aristocracy and its victims. It looks at the world through the eyes of a child who knows what love is, a girl labeled beautiful, a victim of rape, incest and psychological terrorism, depicting the genesis of an American epic poet. It will change your perspective of the world forever.”


Matt Gonzalez, Vice President Candidate for the Green Party in 2008: “Your book, My Father’s Love, is important obviously for the subject matter which isn’t addressed in our culture. But also for the method you employ to recover memories and present competing recollections. Its equally important for the writing and I hope that isn’t lost in the excitement or consideration of the other elements. I think the book (your life & memories of it & your manner of writing) will travel far and reverberate widely.”

Etel Adnan, Master of the Eclipse, Sitt Marie Rose, Paris, France, said on Dec 23, 2009,  “Your book arrived safely. I read it already and I could say thousands of things. It goes much beyond its immediate story. It describes your family and beyond. American families. The Southern California you describe is what it is: tragic, resilient, dangerous for girls (and more), and still, with much life to it, survival. Haven’t read ever a book like this. It plays no games, literary or otherwise, but gives you an incredible sense of reality, and as painful as that can be, real reality, so to speak, is exhilarating because seldom achieved. Haven’t read something so deeply and uniquely so American since Faulkner…”

My Father’s Love has received good reviews from Midwest Review of Books and the Feminist Press:

How to get My Father’s LoveClick here to order from your local independent bookstore To order, go to:

For a signed copy, send a check in the amount of $24 ($20 plus $4 shipping and handling) directly to:
Sharon Doubiago
1371 21st Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94122

To learn more about Sharon Doubiago, visit her website:

Wed Jan 20, 7:30 pm Poetry Flash at Moe’s
MOE’S BOOKS, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 849-2087,
Sharon Doubiago’s Love on the Streets: Selected and New Poems is receiving heartfelt acclaim from journals like Bloomsbury Review, ALA Booklist, and others; here is the LA Weekly: “Her poetry is narrative by nature and epic by intent, and it achieves its state of white-hot imagination because Sharon Doubiago meets life so imaginatively.” And her long-awaited memoir, My Father’s Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, has just been published. Among her fourteen books of poetry and prose are the feminist epic Hard Country, South America Mi Hija, and Body & Soul, poetry books, and two collections of short stories, The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes and El Niño.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s most recent book of poems is All That Lies Between Us; Diane di Prima says of it, “These poems are powerful in their honesty, their passion and their grief. They take us deep into the labyrinth of our humanity and—in the face of loss and death—show us the paradox of love in the center of our being.” The founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey, she has published many books of poems, including Things My Mother Told Me and Italian Women in Black Dresses. She is also co-editor, with her daughter Jennifer, of three anthologies of multicultural writing, including Unsettling America, Identity Lessons and Growing Up Ethnic in America.

Thurs, Jan 21, 7 pm Bird & Beckett Bookstore, San Francisco
“Neeli and Friends”: Sharon Doubiago plus Jack and Adele Foley and Jessica Loos and other Friends will read from Neeli Cherkovsky’s new book From The Canyon Outward.

Monday Jan 25, 6 pm Café Trieste, North Beach
Memorial for George Tsongas

Wed Jan 27, 6 pm SF Downtown Library: Beatitude Reading.
Beatitude, Golden Anniversary, 1959-2009, ed by Latif Harris and Neeli Cherkovski

Friday Jan 29, 9 pm  The Revolutionary Poets Brigade: Kaleidoscope, 3109 24th Street @Folsom, The Mission
Mark Kockinos, Chrissy Moore, Rosmary Mano, devorah major, Christine Brown, Francesco Dominquez, Carla B. from Equador, Neeli Cherkovski, Francisco Orrego and others. Sharon will be reading “Gaza” by Maram Al-Masri, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.

Sat Feb 6, 1 pm Paterson New Jersey, Passaic County Community College,
One College Blvd., Paterson, NJ. 07505. 937-684-6555.
Sharon Doubiago is one of the finalists in this annual book poetry competition. The others are: Jan Beatty, Jill Bialosky, Jericho Brown, Jill Divine, Alex Lemon, Jeffry McDaniel, Molly Peacock and Linette Resto. The winner is Li-Young Lee.

Fri, Feb 19, 6:30 pm:Gallery Bookstore, Mendocino, CA, 6:30
Reading My Father’s Love.

Wed Feb 24:  Bus Depot, Mill Valley
Reading My Father’s Love

Mon Mar 1, 6 pm: Bird & Beckett
Reading My Father’s Love

Tues Mar 2,Books Inc, 2251 Chestnut St, SF
Reading My Father’s Love

Thurs, Mar 4: Bloomsbury Books, Ashland Oregon
Reading My Father’s Love

Tues, Mar 9, 7 pm:City Lights, Columbus Ave, North Beach, SF
Reading My Father’s Love

April 7-10: AWP, Denver, Colorado.
Sharon Doubiago is on a reading panel about the taboo of the subject of sex in academic Creative Writing programs. She will also be signing books at the  at U of PITTS table.

Mon May 10:  North Beach, Philip Hacket’s Poets Gallery.
Sharon Doubiago will read with the poet and her good friend from Ashland Oregon, Julie Rogers.

Fri Oct 15 (?),Beyond Baroque, Venice CA (LA)
Reading My Father’s Love and memoir workshop.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2013 4:10 pm

    Thanks for all the information and the book tour of this wonderful author.

  2. March 21, 2013 4:24 pm

    You’re welcome! Glad you found it! Sharon’s a gifted author and a truly wonderful person as well. I admire her so much!

  3. Patricia Hamilton aka. Nadananda permalink
    August 19, 2016 2:02 pm

    I am so excited to read this. Sharon is such a brave writer. The story in this book is riveting, painful at times and powerfully written. So glad to see her getting much deserved attention as well as attention to the subject matter of the book. I love this woman and have been grateful to know her as a friend for many years. Read it everyone, and widen your perceptions and understanding of life and women, girls as children. Sadly this happens to our sons too.


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