Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Friday, September 5: 2014/15 Kick-off Reading! Featuring Rusty Morrison, Maxine Chernoff and Julie Carr, plus art by Patrick Sumner!

Please join us on Friday, September 5 at 7:30 pm 
for our 2014/2015 Kick-off Reading and 
our first-ever temporary art show! 

The evening will feature readings by Rusty Morrison, 
Maxine Chernoff and Julie Carr, with art by Patrick Sumner.

Admission is FREE.
Beverages and snacks will be served. 

365 45th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Cross is Telegraph or Broadway//BART is MacArthur.

Author & artist bios follow below.

Rusty Morrison's new letterpress, limited edition chapbook from speCt! is Reclamation Project. Her book Beyond the Chainlink (Ahsahta Press) was published in January 2014. After Urgency won Tupelo’s Dorset Prize, the true keeps calm biding its story won the Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the N.CA Book Award, Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize, and the DiCastagnola Award from PSA. Her first book, Whethering, won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her poems are anthologized in the Norton Postmodern American Poetry, 2nd Edition, The Arcadia Project: Postmodern Pastoral, and Beauty is a Verb. She also received the Bogin, Hemley, and Winner Memorial Awards from The Poetry Society of America. She has taught poetry in MFA programs and has been a visiting poet at many universities. In 2001, Morrison and her husband, Ken Keegan, founded Omnidawn Publishing and continue to work as its co-publishers. Besides co-running the press, Morrison gives private writing consultations and teaches poetry workshops through UniversityPress Books in Berkeley, California. Her website: rustymorrison@omnidawn.com.

Maxine Chernoff chairs the Creative Writing Program at SFSU and edits the journal New American Writing. She is the author of six works of fiction and 14 books of poems, most recently Without (Shearsman, 2012), To Be Read in the Dark (Omnidawn, 2011), and Here (Counterpath, 2014). Winner of a 2013 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the 2009 PEN Translation Award for The Selected Works of Friedrich Holderlin (Omnidawn, 2008), she was also a visiting International Scholar at Exeter University in England in 2013.
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2009), Sarah- Of Fragments and Lines (Coffee House, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and the forthcoming Think Tank (Solid Objects). She is also the author of Surface Tension-Ruptural Time the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive). Her poems and essays have been anthologized widely, including in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice. Her co-translations of Guillaume Apollinaire and of French poet Leslie Kaplan have been published in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and a section of Kaplan's Excess-The Factory was published as a chapbook by Commune Editions. Carr teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder and helps to run Counterpath Press and Counterpath Gallery in Denver.

Patrick Sumner has a BFA in printmaking from Colorado State University, where he also studied metal smithing, painting and design. His work has been shown in the Minot Print Competition, Edinburgh Print Invitational, World Print III, Bridle Gallery in Camden, Maine, and the short-lived Chance Gallery in San Francisco. His design work includes posters, promotional material and C.D. cover-art for various Bay Area performing artists and composers, as well as selected audio artists produced by New American Radio in Brooklyn, New York. He designed and illustrated the graphic story magazine, "One of One", with short fiction by Sheila Davies, published in Oakland, California by Burning Books. In addition, he conceived of, curated and promoted the year-long telephone performance series "Thanks for Calling – Twelve pieces for the telephone". Currently, he is Lead Photographer at Bonham's Auction House in San Francisco and is working on a series of prints which, by association or intention, are related to writing.