Sat Oct 23 at 5:00 pm
The Brooklyn Rail presents:
PIECES OF A DECADE
edited by Theodore Hamm & Williams Cole
joined by the very entertaining writer-performer Matty Vaz
and other special guests.
Sat Oct 30 at 7:30 pm
Melissa Stein & Gregory Pardlo
read from their books
both from Copper Canyon Press.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, Best New Poets 2009, New England Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Foundation, and her work has won awards from Spoon River Poetry Review, Literal Latte, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, among others. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.
Gregory Pardlo is a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry and the recipient of a 2006 fellowship in translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received fellowships from The New York Times, the MacDowell Colony, the Seaside Institute, and Cave Canem. His poems, reviews and translations have appeared in Calalloo, Lyric, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Ploughshares, Seneca Review, Volt, Black Issues Book Review, Black Renaissance/ Renaissance Noir, and on National Public Radio. His volume of translations from the Danish poet Niels Lyngsoe, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (BookThug), was published in 2004. His first book of poems, Totem (American Poetry Review, 2007), was chosen by Brenda Hillman for the 2007 American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize and was nominated for an Essence Magazine Literary award. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at George Washington University.
Sun Oct 31 at 2:00 pm
EOAGH reading series presents:
Steve Dickison and Susan Gevirtz
reading, perhaps from, respectively,
DISPOSED and AERODROME ORION & STARRY MESSENGER
Steve Dickison is the director of The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, where he curates an extensive public reading series and directs a collection of circa 3,000 original recordings of poets and writers (1954-present). He is editor and publisher of the poetry press Listening Chamber, and with David Meltzer co-edits SHUFFLE BOIL, an occasional music magazine with poet, artist and musician contributors. He organized the exhibition POETRY AND ITS ARTS: BAY AREA INTERACTIONS 1954-2004 at the California Historical Society in 2005, and also the book exhibition RECENT VISITORS: POETS AND PUBLISHERS ON THE BOLINAS SCENE IN THE SEVENTIES. DISPOSED, a book of poetry, was published by the Post-Apollo Press in 2007. WEAR YOU TO THE BALL, a live poetry-sound collaboration with composer Bill Dietz, was performed in May 2009 in London and Berlin.
Susan Gevirtz has books out from Kelsey Street Press, Trafficker, Post-Apollo, Burning Deck, a+bend, Potes and Poets, Little Red Leaves, Reality Street, Avenue B, and Leave Books. Her most recent is AERODROME ORION & STARRY MESSENGER. She teaches at California College of the Arts. She was an associate editor of HOW(ever), a journal of modernist/innovative directions in women’s poetry and scholarship, and served on the editorial advisory boards of the journal AVEC and the online journal HOW2. She has collaborated with interdisciplinary artist Margaret Tedesco and sound artist Andrew Klobucar at The Lab in 2001, written a play (MOTION PICTURE HOME) which was performed in 2002, and collaborated with the sound artist/musician Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) on an audio piece titled AERODROME ORION in 2006. She received the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in Literature in the Spring of 2000.