Join us for a celebration of Drop Leaf Press, featuring readings by two phenomenal Drop Leaf Press poets Lehua Taitano and Tanya Holtland.
Drop Leaf Press is run by five women in San Francisco & Oakland, CA. The press encourages the hybrid and the caught ephemeral; seeks joineries of the unexpected and the overlooked; believes in flexibility and tactility. With each new voice, each new book, Drop Leaf Press creates space: it adds a leaf to the table, room for more. Each of Drop Leaf Press chapbook wields a special binding stitch and limited edition features such as embroidery art and color ink. Learn more at www.dropleafpress.com.
Praise for Lehua Taitano’s chapbook Sonoma:
“Here…a languid love letter to Sonoma, California, its lake, its lack, and its simultaneous familiarity and foreignness. The speaker here is ‘adrift’ in diaspora, but also attuned to the pleasures of displacement. From a diasporic Chamorro perspective, there’s of course an irreconcilable difference between island and mainland, and between the expanses of California and the accidents of the psychic archipelago, but Taitano’s poetics works by queering that distance, by finding the homology in difference, by embracing the synaesthetic intimacies of landscape.” (Urayoán Noel, Poetry Foundation)
Praise for Tanya Holtland’s chapbook Inner River:
“Holtland in Inner River is punctuating the world with her words. She makes me not just aware of the world, but also the language that can point at it. Two heavy tasks for such a small book. And they are both accomplished. Holtland is entangled in ‘the eventuality of all things,’ and entangles us all to be part of the world. Ah, such fierce whispering.” (Maged Zaher)
Lehua M. Taitano, a native Chamoru from Yigo, Guahån (Guam), is a queer poet, writer and artist. She is the author of A Bell Made of Stones (poems, TinFish Press) and two chapbooks: appalachiapacific, which won the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction, and Sonoma (poetry, Dropleaf Press, 2017). Her poetry, essays, and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming from Fence, Poetry Magazine, Narrative Witness, Witness, The Yellow Medicine Review, and others. Taitano currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Thinking Its Presence: Race, Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies Conference.
Tanya Holtland is a poet with roots in California and many other places. Her poetry and nonfiction appear in The Collagist, Statement Magazine, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, OXALIS, and elsewhere. A graduate of the English & Creative Writing programs at San Francisco State University, she currently lives, works, and writes in Seattle