Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday, April 5th @ 7:30 PM with Matthew Zapruder, Gillian Conoley, Jason Bayani, and music by Michael Zapruder

Join us on Friday, April 5th for a reading with Matthew Zapruder, Gillian Conoley, and Jason Bayani. Plus music by Michael Zapruder from his album
 of poems turned to song, Pink Thunder!

Event begins at 7:30 PM.
Beverages and snacks will be served.

We hope to see you there!

Matthew Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin HouseParis ReviewThe New RepublicThe New YorkerBombSlatePoetry, and The Believer. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He works as an editor for Wave Books, and as of fall 2013 will be a member of the Faculty of the St. Mary's College of California MFA in Creative Writing. His new book of poems, Sun Bear, is forthcoming in 2014. He and his wife, an urban planner, live in Oakland.

Gillian Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including THE PLOT GENIE, PROFANE HALO, LOVERS IN THE USED WORLD, and TALL STRANGER, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and is widely anthologized, most recently in W.W. Norton’s new Postmodern American Poetry.  A new collection, PEACE, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in spring 2014. Her translations of three Henri Michaux texts, never brought into English before, will also appear next year, with City Lights. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University. 

Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene. His work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology, Learn Then Burn, and other publications. He has been on 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and was the 2010 International World Poetry Slam representative for Oakland, California. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. His first book "Amulet" is being released by Write Bloody Press in April, 2013.

Michael Zapruder is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist, and a co-founder of San Francisco's Howells Transmitter arts collective and record label. His albums include 52 Songs, This is a Beautiful Town, New Ways of Letting Go, and Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, which won a 2009 Independent Music Award for Best Folk / Singer Song-Writer Album. His most recent work is Pink Thunder, a collection of free verse pop art-songs made from the poems of more than twenty contemporary American poets. Contributors include Noelle Kocot, James Tate, Bob Hicok, David Berman, D. A. Powell, and Valzhyna Mort.

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