Sunday, November 11, 2018

Friday, December 7th, feat. Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout!

Please join us on Friday, December 7th, from 7:30-9:30 pm,
for a reading featuring Brenda Hillman and Rae Armantrout,
plus art by Patrick Sumner and Peggy Videtta!

author & artist bios & photos below.

All of our readings are free & open to the public.
Snacks, wine & Lagunitas beer will be served.

365 45th Street | Oakland | 94609
Here's a map.

+ a huge thank you to our generous sponsors!


Brenda Hillman is the author of 10 collections from Wesleyan University Press, most recently Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018), Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), and Practical Water (2011). Hillman recently co-translated At Your Feet, the poems of Ana Cristina Cesar (Free Verse Editions, 2018). She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Robert Hass and is Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), and Wobble were published by Wesleyan University Press. Wobble was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, Harper’s,The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, etc.   She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She lives in the Seattle area.

artist bios

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, Kala Artist's Annual, Berkeley Art's Passage, 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 an Artist in Residence at the Kala Art Institute, in Berkeley California, where he is working on a series of traditional etchings, and digital college.

Peggy Videtta came to sculpture after a detour through Physics. Her work is inspired by the figure through ballet, modern dance and yoga. The current work began by sifting through the ashes of her cousin’s former home which burned down in the Sonoma fire in 2017. The sculpted forms emerged on their own.