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2010 READINGS

 

 

Jim Powell
Jim Powell

 

 

Lucille Lang Day
Lucille Lang Day

 

 

Opening Poet: TBD

Jim Powell and Lucille Lang Day

Jim Powell is the author of two collections of poetry, Substrate, just published by Pantheon Books, and It Was Fever That Made The World (University of Chicago Press), and the translator of The Poetry Of Sappho (Oxford University Press) and Catullan Revenants (Booklyn). His poems and translations are included in the Paris Review Anthology, the Norton Introduction to Literature, the Oxford Anthology of Classical Verse In English Translation, California Poetry — From the Gold Rush To the Present, and the Addison Street Anthology. His honors include the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Younger Poets Prize, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Translation Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship. He held the Sherry Poet lectureship at the University of Chicago in 2005. He is a native and resident of Northern California.

"Combining the grace and languor of classical sculpture, Powell's tender and unforced rendering of seemingly casual moments casts them in the light of eternity. The past to which the title Substraterefers is always present beneath his evocation of contemporary life. These are poems in which the author is hardly visible, demonstrating that the heightened quality of poetic language arises from condensation rather than the intensity of a poet's personal melodrama." Belle Randall, Common Knowledge


Lucille Lang Day’s poetry collections are The Curvature of Blue, Infinities, Wild One, Fire in the Garden, and Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope, which was selected by Robert Pinsky for the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is also the author of a children’s book, Chain Letter, and three poetry chapbooks: God of the Jellyfish, The Book of Answers, and Lucille Lang Day: Greatest Hits, 1975-2000. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Calyx, Eclipse, The Hudson Review, Measure, Nimrod International Journal, River Styx, Parthenon West Review, Tar River Poetry, The Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday and Santa Clara University), and Mother Songs (Norton). She received her M.F.A in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for 17 years as director of the Hall of Health, a museum in Berkeley.

 

 

 

Philip Schultz
Philip Schultz

Ellen BassEllen Bass

Susan TerrisSusan Terris

 

 

 

 

Philip Schultz, Ellen Bass and Susan Terris

Philip Schultzis the author of 5 books of poetry including the god of loneliness — selected and new poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010) and Failure (Harcourt 2007) which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Founder of The Writer's Studio and the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, Schultz's work has been celebrated for his extraordinary vision of the American immigrant experience and Jewish identity, his forceful and sensitive portrayals of family life and his rich "riotous evocation" of city streets.

 

 

 

Ellen Bass's books of poems include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press) and Mules of Love (BOA). She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday). Her non-fiction books include The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Harper Collins) which has sold over a million copies.

 

 

 

Susan Terris is the author of several books of poetry, including Contrariwise (Time Being Books); Natural Defenses (Marsh Hawk Press) and Fire is Favorable to the Dreamer (Arctos Press). She edits for Pedestal Magazine and co-edits In Posse Review with Ilya Kaminsky.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stephen Kessler

 

Paul Hoover

Nguyen Do

 

 

 

 

Opening Poet: Iris Jamahl Dunkle, author of Inheritance, Finishing Line Press. Dunkle, a resident of Sebastopol, received her Ph.D. in English from Case Western University and MFA in poetry from New York University. Inheritance is her first published collection of poems. Come help her celebrate!

A Night of Translations

JORGE LUIS BORGES presented by Stephen Kessler -- The Sonnets and Poems of the Night.  Two books released in April 2010 by Penguin Classics, presented by poet and translator Stephen Kessler.  Revered for his magnificent works of fiction and non-fiction, the Argentine master Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986) thought of himself primarily as a poet. The Sonnets is a landmark collection, presenting for the first time in any language the complete sonnets of Borges, more than half of which have been translated into English for the first time.   Poems of the Night is an intimate, revelatory collection of Borge's poetic meditations on nighttime, darkness, and the crepuscular world of visions and dreams.  This book presents many poems in English for the first time, including his earliest and last poems. 

LUIS CERNUDA presented by Stephen KesslerDesolation of the Chimera (White Pine Press, 2009), translated and presented at WordTemple  by Stephen Kessler.  Luis Cernuda (1902 - 1963) was a leading member of Spain's legendary Generation of 1927: Lorca, Alberti, Buñuel, Dalí, et. al.  Written between 1950 and 1962, the poems in this collection amount to the final poetic testament of one of Spain's most important 20th century poets. Kessler's translation of Desolation of the Chimera won the 2010 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Previous winners of the award include, among others, W. S. Merwin, Robert Pinsky and Galway Kinnell.

Stephen Kessler is the author of eight books of original poetry, most recently Burning Daylight, and fourteen books of literary translation, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda (City Lights Books).

 

BEYOND THE COURT GATE: SELECTED POEMS OF NGUYEN TRAI — with translators and editors Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover (Counterpath Press 2010). While Li Po and other classic Chinese poets mostly found expression through landscape, Vietnamese poet Nguyen Trai (1380 - 1422) wrote about his own life. Tang Dynasty poetry was traditional and polite, but Trai developed a colloquial and personal style. As a result, his poems have the intimacy and immediacy of the everyday.

Nguyen Do writes and translates poetry in Vietnamese and English. Born in 1959, in Ha Tinh Province of Vietnam, he moved to Hanoi as a youth. After taking degrees in Surveying from Hanoi Construction College and in literature from Vinh University, he taught high school in Pleiku, then lived in Ho Chi Minh City where he worked as an editor and reporter for a litrary review, newspapers and magazines. His eleven books of poetry include The Fish Wharf and The Autumn Evening (a collaboration with Thanh Thao); The Empty Space; and New Darkness.

Paul Hoover, winner of the PEN-USA Translation Award for Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn), is the author of many books of poems, including Sonnet 56 (Les Figues Press 2009); and Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005). Professor of Creative Writing at SF State, he edited Postmodern American Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1994) and currently curates the poetry reading series at the deYoung Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco.