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Wine, word pairings at ‘Flights of Poets’

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In their day, Jack and Charmian London were known for hosting some of the most lively literary events in the Bay Area.

Keeping with that theme, Jack London State Historic Park will offer “Flight of Poets,” and evening of poetry and wine, on Monday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Four poets will read their poetry as a local sommelier captures the essence of their words and imagery with a paired wine selection.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle, whose debut poetry collection, “Gold Passage,” was selected by Ross Gay for the Trio Award, teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College.

In addition to other poems, she will read a few of her Jack London poems.

Katherine Hastings, the author of “Cloud Fire” and “Nighthawks,” is the executive director of the nonprofit WordTemple, curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County and host of “WordTemple” on KRCB-FM radio.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven books of poetry. She is the recipient of many awards including the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Slate, among others.

Ada Limón, originally from Glen Ellen, is the author of three collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker and Harvard Review.

She has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry.

The reading will take place outside of the House of Happy Walls Historic Museum (enter through lower parking lot) at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen.

Tickets (which include parking and wine pairings) are $50, and are available in advance at the museum store or online at jacklondonpark.com.