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April 2018

Reading with Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon & Andrea Rexilius

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon, and Andrea Rexilius! Eric Baus is the author of four books of poetry, including The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights 2014). A new book, How I Became a Hum, is forthcoming from Octopus in 2018. He is on the faculty at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver.   Noah Eli Gordon lives in Denver and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches courses in poetry, nonfiction, and publishing for their…

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Poetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo, Claudia Castro Luna & Francisco Aragón

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Seattle-based poets Eugenia Toledo and Claudia Castro Luna will be joined by visiting poet Francisco Aragón to read their poetry. A colloquium on the role of Spanish and translation in their work will follow, moderated by poet and translator Carolyne Wright. A San Francisco native, Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1998 after a decade in Spain, Aragón completed graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis and the University of Notre Dame. In 2003 he joined the faculty of…

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May 2018

Reading with Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetry readings by Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon, to be followed by a discussion moderated by Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts—the Sonoran desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. Shumaker was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. She received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is the…

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Reading with Lisa Dordal & Carolyne Wright

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Lisa Dordal and Carolyne Wright! Lisa Dordal (M.Div., M.F.A.) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter,Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University and her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of…

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Red May Event: Poetry after the Crisis

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This panel brings together three poets who have been participants in the struggles of the period since the 2008 economic crisis; they have been part of the anti-capitalist, anti-racist, or feminist-queer-trans political movements. While instructive content in political poetry may remind one of the New Left struggles and poetics of the 60s, this new period of poetry and politics is also developing its own distinct poetic and political trajectory. More generally, there’s been a kind of “turn” (socialist, feminist, even…

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Reading with Kai Carlson-Wee, Emily Van Kley, Diana Khoi Nguyen & Kathryn Smith

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this reading, Kai Carlson-Wee, who is celebrating the debut of his first full-length collection RAIL (BOA Editions), will be joined by poets Emily Van Kley and Kathryn Smith, both of whom are also celebrating beautiful new books: The Cold and the Rust (Persea) and BOOK OF EXODUS (Scablands Books). Kai Carlson–Wee is the author of RAIL (BOA Editions, 2018). He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, New England Review, Gulf…

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June 2018

Reading with Alexandra Mattraw & Amber Nelson

June 22 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for readings by Alexandra Mattraw and Amber Nelson! Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet whose first full-length book, small siren, emerges from Brooklyn’s Cultural Society in spring 2018. Alexandra is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017), published with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Review, Fourteen Hills, The Poetry Project, VOLT, The Volta, and elsewhere. In Oakland, she curates an art centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen. Amber Nelson is the author of the book In Anima:…

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