Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 pm, w. Rodney Koeneke, Meg Day, Malachi Black and Ed Roberson

Join us on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm for a reading
with Rodney Koeneke, Meg Day, Malachi Black and 
Ed Roberson

 Admission is FREE.

Beer is FREE. Thank you, Lagunitas Brewing Company!

Beverages and snacks will be served.

365 45th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

We hope to see you there! 
Author bios and photos follow below: 

Rodney Koeneke’s Etruria is just out from Wave Books. Earlier collections include Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006) and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). Recent work can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Granta, Gulf Coast, The Nation, and at Harriet, where he was August's Featured Writer. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches British and World History at Portland State.

Meg Day, selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street 2014, winner of the 2013 Barrow Street First Book Prize in Poetry) When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can’t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD candidate, Steffensen-Cannon Fellow, & Point Foundation Scholar in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

Malachi Black is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014).  His poems appear or are forthcoming in journals including Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, AGNI, Narrative, The Southern Review, and Southwest Review, among others, as well as in several recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Discoveries:  New Writing from The Iowa Review; Before the Door of God:  An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale UP); and The Poet’s Quest for God (UK).  The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship (awarded by the Poetry Foundation in conjunction with Poetry magazine), Black has since been granted fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, the University of Utah, and Yaddo.  Black was featured as the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in the Academy of American Poets’ American Poet magazine, and his work has several times been set to music and otherwise featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad.  He was formerly the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University, and is now an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.

Ed Roberson (b.1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is author of nine books of poetry and a chapbook, Closest Pronunciation (in the Drinking Gourd Series of Northwestern University Press). His most recent book, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, published by Wesleyan, was a finalist for the 2010 LA Times Book Award and was one of two runners-up for the 2011 Kingsley-Tufts Award. In 2009, The New Wing of the Labyrinth was published by Singing Horse Press. City Eclogue was published in spring 2006, Number 23 in the Atelos series. His collection, Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, was a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; his book Atmosphere Condition was a winner of the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award.

He is a recipient of the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. In 2011, he was presented the Stephen Henderson Critics’ Award for achievement in poetry by the African American Literary and Culture Society at the American Literature Association Conference.

Retired from Rutgers University, Ed Roberson currently lives in Chicago where he taught classes and workshops as Visiting Professor at Columbia College Chicago from 2004-2007. He was also the Visiting Artist in the Center for Writing Arts at Northwestern University, and he taught in the Poetry and Poetics Program as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in 2008.  From 2009 until June 2014, Ed has served as Artist in Residence at Northwestern University, teaching in the English Department’s Creative Writing Program. Additionally, he was an instructor at the Cave Canem Retreat for Black Writers from 2008 through 2010. For the Fall 2014 semester he has been the Holloway Visiting Professor at University of California Berkeley.

Ed graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, where while he was an undergrad research assistant in limnology, he traveled across Canada, through Alaska, Kodiak and Afognak Islands and later to Bermuda with research expeditions. As an expedition member of the Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh, he has climbed mountains in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes. Ed has worked in the steel mills, been an aquarium diver-tankman in the Pittsburgh Aquazoo, and worked in advertising graphics. He has motorcycled across the U.S. and has traveled in West Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean.