WordTemple Poetry Series Reading

WordTemple Poetry Series

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA.


Opening Poet:  JODI HOTTEL

Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein

Melissa Stein is the author of Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected and with an introduction by Mark Doty.  Published by American Poetry Review with Copper Canyon Press, the poems in Rough Honey have been praised by Molly Peacock as “a miracle of a first collection.”  Major Jackson calls her language “seductively alert and textured enough to evoke rarely contemplated worlds.”  “Openness…of form, and the receptive and longing body is Rough Honey’s central subject…”(Doty).

Pui Ying Wong

Wong will be coming to WordTemple from New York City.  Her new collection of poems is Yellow Plum Season, published by New York Quarterly.  Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is bilingual in English and Chinese.  She left Hong Kong to study in Japan before coming to the U.S.  Lee Slonimsky says, “when gazing at the Chinese versions that start each section, the reader becomes fluent in Chinese, for the power this book has at its core is the radiance and meaning of poetry, a global language.”  Please give a warm Sonoma County welcome to this poet who is traveling so far just to read at WordTemple.

Jodi L. Hottel is a writer and retired English teacher.  Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Nimrod; English Journal; The Dickens; Frogpond and anthologies from the University of Iowa Press, Tebot Bach and the Healdsburg Arts Council.  She is currently working on her first chapbook, a gathering of poems about the Japanese-American internment.

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