Join us for readings by Johanna Drucker, Yanara Friedland, and Jocelyn Saidenberg!
The opening act is Yanara Friedland, a German-American writer, translator, and teacher. Her first book Uncountry: A Mythology was the winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction award. “Abraq ad Habra: I will Create As I Speak,” a digital chapbook, is available from Essay Press. She is the recipient of research grants from the DAAD and Arizona Commission on the Arts, supporting her current book project Groundswell, a chorography of border regions in the Germany-Polish and Sonoran borderlands. She is the director of MyLife Tucson, a community archive, hosted by the Jewish History Museum in Tucson and Assistant Professor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bellingham, Washington.
Johanna Drucker is a writer, scholar, artist, and the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA. The author of more than a dozen works of critical scholarship, ten books of creative prose, and almost three dozen editioned books under the imprint Druckwerks, she has lectured and published widely on topics related to the history of the book, digital aesthetics, graphic design, visual epistemology, and contemporary art. She is also known for her work as a visual poet and book artist, with works in collections throughout North America and Europe.
Jocelyn Saidenberg is a writer, educator, and performer based in the Bay Area. Her books include: Mortal City (Parentheses Writing Series, 1998), Cusp (Kelsey St. Press, 2001), Negativity (Atelos Press, 2007), Dead Letter (Roof Books, 2014), in addition to three chapbooks, Dusky, Dispossessed, and Shipwreck. Her work has been published in several journals and anthology such as SFMoMA Open Space, The Encyclopedia Project, and Bay Poetics. Since 1998 she has worked as the founding editor and publisher for Krupskaya Press, with 39 titles circulating to date, and has curated literary events through Bay Area arts organizations for over fifteen years. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley and the Prison University Project at San Quentin.