Join us in celebrating Martha Silano’s new collection of poetry, Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books)! Additional readers will be Kelli Russell Agodon, Molly Tenenbaum, and Rick Barot.
Martha Silano is the author of five books of poetry, including the newly-released Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books), RecklessLovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, also from Saturnalia Books. She co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for your Writing Practice. Her work has recently appeared in Poetry, New England Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others. Martha is the recipient of North American Review’s 2014 James Hearst Poetry Prize and Cincinnati Review’s 2014 Robert & Adele Schiff Award. She teaches at Bellevue College.
Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of six books and is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer.Her most recent book, Hourglass Museum, was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize, and second book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen for the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry. Kelli is also the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat for women that takes place in La Conner, Washington. She is an avid paddleboarder and hiker who has a fondness for flip-flops and kingfishers. She lives in a sleepy seaside town, which is a floating bridge and ferry ride away from Seattle. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com
Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is the poetry editor for New England Review. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.
Molly Tenenbaum is the author of four books of poems: Mytheria (newly out from Two Sylvias Press), The Cupboard Artist (Floating Bridge, 2012), Now (Bear Star Press, 2007), and By a Thread (Van West & Co, 2000). Her recent chapbook/artist book, Exercises to Free the Tongue (2014), is a collaboration with artist Ellen Ziegler combining photographs and poems about ventriloquism and vaudeville. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best American Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Diagram, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Shenandoah, The Southeast Review, and Willow Springs. Honors include a Hedgebrook residency, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship, and grants from Artist Trust and 4culture. She also plays Appalachian banjo and fiddle music; her CDs are Instead of a Pony and Goose & Gander. She lives in Seattle, teaching at North Seattle College and Dusty Strings Music School.