28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Stephanie Brown and Colette LaBouff Atkinson
Stephanie Brown was
born in 1961 in Pasadena, California and grew up in Newport
Beach. She attended the University of California at Berkeley,
the University of Iowa, and Boston University. She is the
author of Allegory of the Supermarket (University
of Georgia Press, 1998) and Domestic Interior (University
of Pittsburgh Press, 2008). She received an NEA Fellowship
in Poetry in 2001. Among other publications, she has published
over forty poems in American Poetry Review since
1988, appeared on the March/April 2005 and July/August 1996
issue covers, and won the magazine's Jessica Nobel-Maxwell
Award in 1994. Her poems were selected for four editions of
the The Best American Poetry (Scribner’s).
Her poetry and essays have been included in many recent anthologies
such as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present
(Scribner’s, 2003) and The Grand Permission: Essays
on Poetry and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). She has made
her living as a public librarian since 1989 and is currently
a Senior Branch Manager for the Orange County Public Library
system. She has taught creative writing at the University
of California, Irvine and at the University of Redlands. She
is married and the mother of two sons, and lives in San Clemente.
Colette Labouff Atkinson's prose has appeared
in the following: Orange Coast Magazine, Seneca
Review, River Teeth, Santa Monica Review,
Los Angeles Times Magazine, Babble, and
elsewhere. She is the author of Mean, a collection
of prose poems (University of Chicago Press). She has recently
taught in the literary journalism program at UC Irvine and
last spring taught poetry workshops at Pitzer College. She
is Associate Director of the International Center for Writing
and Translation at UC Irvine, and she lives in Southern California.
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25, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Rae Armantrout and Michele Latiolais
Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California,
in 1947, and grew up in San Diego. She holds a bachelor's degree
from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied
with Denise Levertov, and a master's degree in creative writing
from San Francisco State University. She has published eleven
books of poetry, including: Versed, (Wesleyan, 2009),
Next Life, (Wesleyan, 2007), selected by the New
York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007; Up
to Speed (2004), a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Poetry;
Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001), also a finalist
for the PEN Center USA Award; The Pretext (2001); Made
To Seem (1995); and The Invention of Hunger (1979).
Armantrout's poetry has been widely anthologized, appearing
in Language Poetries, (New Directions), In The
American Tree, (National Poetry Foundation), Postmodern
American Poetry (Norton), Poems for the Millennium,
Vol. 2 (University of California), American Women Poets
of the 21st Century (Wesleyan), and several editions of
Best American Poetry. She is also the author of a prose
memoir, True, which was published by Atelos in 1998.
She has taught writing for almost twenty years at the University
of California, San Diego.
Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English
at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author
of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal
for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second
novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published this last
spring by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing
in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women
On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers
on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva,
The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review
and the Santa Monica Review. She has work in up-coming
issues of the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review.
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2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Bob Cowser, Jr. and Marilyn Nelson
Bob Cowser, Jr.'s
first book, Dream Season, published in 2004 by the
Atlantic Monthly Press, was a New York Times
Book Review "Editor's Choice" and "Paperback
Row" selection and was listed among the Chronicle
of Higher Education's best-ever college sports books.
It garnered further praise in Sports Illustrated,
The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and
on NPR's "Only a Game." His second book,
Scorekeeping, a collection of coming-of-age essays,
was published in October 2006 by the University of South Carolina
Press. He is at work on a third book about the 1979 murder
of one of his grade school classmates and the execution of
her killer in 2000, the first execution in Tennessee in 40
years. He graduated summa cum laude from Loyola-New Orleans
in 1992 with majors in English and Print Journalism, then
earned a Master's in English at Marquette University in 1994
and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska
in 1998. An Academy of American Poets prizewinner and Pushcart
Prize nominee, Cowser's work has appeared widely in American
literary magazines, including the Missouri Review,
Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review,
Sycamore Review, Brevity, Sonora Review
and Creative Nonfiction. He is Associate Professor
of English at St. Lawrence University, where he teaches courses
in nonfiction writing and later American literature, and an
adjunct member of the faculty of Ashland University's Low-Residency
Master of Fine Arts program. He also serves as associate editor
of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.
Cowser lives on the Grasse River in Canton, NY with his wife,
Candace, and their sons Jackson and Mason.
Poet Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator
of twelve books and three chapbooks. Her book The Homeplace
won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for
the 1991 National Book Award. The Fields Of Praise: New
And Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets' Prize and was
a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award, the PEN Winship
Award, and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Carver: A Life In
Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the
Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, was a finalist for the 2001
National Book Award, a Newbery Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott
King Honor Book. Fortune’s Bones was a Coretta
Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award
for Excellence in North American Poetry. A Wreath For
Emmett Till won the 2005 Boston Globe–Horn Book
Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006
Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins
Poetry Award Honor Book. The Cachoiera Tales And Other
Poems won the L.E. Phillabaum Award and was a finalist
for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her honors
include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut
Arts Award, an A.C.L.S. Contemplative Practices Fellowship,
a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, and a fellowship from the
J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Nelson is a professor
emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut; founder
and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers’
colony; and was Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut
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Carol Muske-Dukes and John Hoskinson
To benefit the Casa Romantica Reading Series
Carol Muske-Dukes has just been named the
Poet Laureate of California. She is the author of seven books
of poetry, most recently Sparrow, a National Book
Award finalist published by Random House in 2003, and An
Octave about Thunder and New and Selected Poems.
Her three novels are Life after Death (Random House,
2001), Saving St. Germ (Penguin, 1993), Dear
Digby (Viking, 1989), and most recently Channeling
Mark Twain (Random House, 2008). Her collection of essays
Married to the Icepick Killer, A Poet in Hollywood
was published in 2002. Her collection of reviews and critical
essays Women and Poetry: Truth, Autobiography, and the
Shape of the Self was published by University of Michigan
Press in 1997. Both non-fiction collections have been "New
York Times Most Notable Books" or the current year's
"Best Books". She is a regular critic for the New
York Times Book Review and the LA Times Books Review.
She has won a number of awards, among them The Guggenheim
Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, an Ingram-Merrill,
the Witter Byner Award from the Library of Congress, the Castagnola
award from the Poetry Society of America, and several Pushcart
Prizes. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing
and founding Director of the new PhD Program in Literature
and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.
John Hoskinson is
a singer/songwriter raised in California’s Inland Empire
as the only boy amongst 6 sisters. Hoskinson trained his ear
on the bright Britpop of The Beatles and Elvis Costello and
the blissed-out sunshine of The Beach Boys. He's released
several CDs, most recently Pancho Fantastico. His music can
be heard at http://myspace.com/johnhoskinson.
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27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Tony Barnstone and Kate Durbin
Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton
Professor of English Language and Literature at Whittier College.
His books of poems include The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen
Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award); Sad Jazz: Sonnets
(Sheep Meadow Press, 2005); and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone
(University Press of Florida, 1998), in addition to the chapbook
Naked Magic (Main Street Rag). He is also a distinguished
translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor
of literary textbooks. His books in these areas include Chinese
Erotic Poetry (Everyman, 2007); The Anchor Book of Chinese
Poetry (Anchor, 2005); Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese
Poetry (Wesleyan, 1993); Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems
of Wang Wei (UP of New England, 1991); The Art of Writing:
Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996); and the
textbooks Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin America, Literatures
of Asia, and Literatures of the Middle East (all from Prentice
Hall Publishers). Among his awards are a fellowship from the
NEA, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, a Pushcart
Prize in Poetry, and 1st place in in the 2008 Strokestown
International Poetry Prize. His new book of poems, Tongue
of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, won the John Ciardi
Prize in Poetry, and will be published by BKMK Press in 2009.
Kate Durbin's forthcoming
collection of poetry, The Ravenous Audience, was
selected by Chris Abani for the Black Goat Press imprint of
Akashic Books. She has a chapbook, Fragments Found in
a 1937 Aviator's Boot, forthcoming from Dancing Girl
Press. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University
of California in Riverside, and her poems have appeared in
various journals, including Drunken Boat, elimae,
diode, and Boxcar Poetry Review. She lives
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7, 2009 (Sunday) at 11:00 a.m.
Free and open to the public
Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease
Five Southern California poets will read from the
new anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about
Alzheimer's disease is now estimated
to affect one in two person over the age of eighty and is
being diagnosed in people as young as fifty. For the many
people now trying to cope with a loved one suffering from
this tragic disease, this collection will provide solace and
valuable insight for family members as well as for those in
the medical community who work with anyone afflicted with
Alzheimer's disease. Beyond Forgetting is a unique
collection of poetry and short prose about Alzheimer's disease
written by 100 contemporary writers-doctors, nurses, social
workers, hospice workers, daughters, sons, wives, and husbands-whose
lives have been touched by the disease.
Richard Beban author
of the poetry books, What the Heart Weighs (Red Hen
Press, Los Angeles, 2004) and Young Girl Eating a Bird
(Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, 2006), turned to poetry in 1993
after spending more than 30 years as a journalist, and then
a television and screenwriter. Beban's poetry has appeared
in more than 50 periodicals and literary Websites, and in
17 national anthologies in the US and Britain, and he has
been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has been a featured
reader at more than 150 venues, including the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, Berkeley's late, lamented Cody's Books,
and Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France. Beban, his wife
(poet and novelist Kaaren Kitchell), and three other poets
organized and ran one of Los Angeles' most successful weekly
reading series, at Venice's Rose Café from 1997 to early 2000.
is a native Californian, and received her M.F.A. from the
University of California, Irvine. She formerly worked as a
technical writer for both a major aircraft company and a marketing
research firm. She has been published most recently in Perihelion,
Versal, Upstreet, Harpur Palate
and has work forthcoming in Iguana Review and MO:
Writings from the River. She was the managing editor
for Faultline, Volume 12, UC Irvine's literary journal.
She currently teaches composition and poetry at UC Irvine.
She is also one of the founding members of the Casa Romantica
Reading Series in San Clemente, California.
Judy Kronenfeld is
the author of two books and two chapbooks of poetry, the most
recent being Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths,
winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize, which
was published in Summer, 2008. Her poems, as well as the occasional
short story and personal essay have appeared in numerous print
and online journals. Recent poem credits include Natural
Bridge, The American Poetry Journal, The
Innisfree Poetry Journal, Calyx, The Hiram
Poetry Review, The Pedestal and The Cimarron
Review, as well as a number of anthologies including
Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California,
edited by Christopher Buckley and Gary Young (Greenhouse Review
Press/Alcatraz Editions, 2008). Judy Kronenfeld is also the
author of a critical study: KING LEAR and the Naked Truth
(Duke U.P., 1998). She has taught for 25 years in the Department
of Creative Writing, at the University of California, Riverside.
Melanie Martin earned
her M.F.A. in poetry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,
where she was also awarded a scholarship to spend her final
semester in Galway, Ireland. Her poems have been published
in magazines such as Southeastern Review, River
Oak Review and Crab Orchard Review. She is currently
working on writing a novel and resides in Long Beach, California,
where she teaches English at Long Beach City College and Orange
Candace Pearson is
preoccupied with the issues of memory, accountability and
the natural world. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has been
published in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review,
Rattle, Cider Press Review, PoemMemoirStory,
Kalliope, 5AM and other fine journals. Her
full-length manuscript was a finalist for the 2008 Autumn
House Press Poetry Prize and Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.
She lives in the Los Angeles hills.
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24 , 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Marlys West and Kathy Fagan
Marlys West is an award-winning poet and writer
living in Los Angeles.
She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, an NEA grant
recipient in poetry, and received her M.F.A. from the Michener
for Writers. The University of Akron Press published her book
poems, “Notes for a Late-Blooming Martyr,” in 1999.
She is currently
working on a new collection of poems and finishing her first
Kathy Fagan is the author of the National Poetry
Series selection The Raft (Dutton, 1985), the Vassar
Miller Prize winner Moving & St Rage (University
of North Texas, 1999), and The Charm (Zoo, 2002). Her
work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon
Review, Slate, Field, Ploughshares,
and The Missouri Review, among other literary magazines,
and is anthologized in Under 35 (Doubleday, 1989),
Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia,
2001), American Diaspora (Iowa, 2001), The Breath
of Parted Lips: Poems from the Robert Frost Place (CavanKerry,
2001), and, most recently, Poet’s Choice (Harcourt,
2006), edited by Edward Hirsch. Fagan is the recipient of fellowships
from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for
the Arts, Ohioana, and the Ohio Arts Council. Formerly the Director
of Creative Writing at The Ohio State University, she is currently
Professor of English and Editor of The Journal.
29, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Allison Benis White and Patty Seyburn
Allison Benis White’s poems have
appeared in The Iowa Review, Ploughshares,
and Pleiades, among other journals. Her awards include
the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the Bernice Slote
Award from Prairie Schooner, and a Writers Exchange
Award from Poets & Writers. Her full-length collection,
Self-Portrait with Crayon, was selected as the winner
of the 2008 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book
Competition. She is currently at work on a second manuscript,
“Small Porcelain Head,” which received the 2008
James D. Phelan Award for a work-in-progress from The San Francisco
Patty Seyburn's third book of poems, Hilarity,
won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press (Western
Michigan University) and will be published in 2009. She has
published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio
State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon
Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry
Prize and the American Library Association's Notable Book Award
for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including
The Paris Review, New England Review, Field,
Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly
West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review,
Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western
Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a
BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an
MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D.
in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She
is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long
Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based
in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Eric Little, and
their two children, Sydney (7) and Will (5).
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26, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Michelle Huneven and Holiday Reinhorn
Michelle Huneven received an M.F.A.
at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her first novel, Round
Rock (Knopf 1997), was a New York Times notable book and
a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Award. Her second
novel, Jamesland (Knopf 2003) was also a New York Times
notable book, a finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and
a winner of the Southern California Bookseller’s Award
for Fiction. Her third novel, Blame, will be published
in September 2009 by FSG. She has received a GE Younger Writers
Award and a Whiting Award. Until recently, she worked as an
award-winning restaurant critic and food writer for the Los
Angeles Times, the LA Weekly and many other publications. She
presently teaches creative writing at UCLA and lives with her
husband in the town where she was born, Altadena, California.
Holiday Reinhorn is a graduate of the Iowa
Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares,
Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Columbia: A
Journal of Literature and Art, Northwest Review,
and elsewhere. She has received a Tobias Wolf Award for Fiction
and a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship. Her first book Big
Cats, a short story collection, was published by Free Press
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30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Robert Pinsky and the Favorite Poem Project
Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United
States, founded the Favorite Poem Project in 1997. Pinsky
believes that poetry is a vocal art, an art meant to be read
local Favorite Poem Project will feature a broad range of
community members reading or reciting their favorite poems
at the Casa Romantica. To be a reader at this event, please
view our Submittal Instructions
Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States
Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such
national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress
appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his
career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating
poetry’s place in the world.
As Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky became a public ambassador
for poetry, founding the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands
of Americans — of varying backgrounds, all ages, and
from every state — shared their favorite poems. Pinsky
believed that, contrary to stereotype, poetry had a vigorous
presence in the American cultural landscape. The project sought
to document that presence, giving voice to the American audience
for poetry. The anthology Americans’ Favorite Poems,
which include letters from project participants, is in its
eighteenth printing. The new anthology, An Invitation to Poetry,
comes with a DVD featuring twenty-seven of the FPP video segments,
as seen on PBS.
Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s poems
have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious
range. His book Gulf Music (2007) is his seventh volume of
poetry. His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996
was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and received the Lenore Marshall
Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking
Union. In May 2006 his chapbook entitled First Things to Hand
was published. His most recent book is Gulf Music.
Pinsky’s books about poetry include Poetry and the World,
nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award,
The Sounds of Poetry, and more recently, Democracy, Culture
and the Voice of Poetry. Pinsky contends that, though intimate,
poetry addresses cultural needs by communicating a shared
set of social meanings, a paradox that becomes part of his
effort to demonstrate the complexity of American poetry.
Robert Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of
The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award
in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation.
He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems
by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. Pinsky’s prose
book, The Life of David, is a lively retelling and examination
of the David stories, narrating a wealth of legend as well
The poetry editor for the online magazine Slate, for seven
years Pinsky appeared regularly on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
He writes the weekly “Poet’s Choice” column
for the Washington Post. He was elected in 1999 to the American
Academy of Arts and Letters. Pinsky’s poems appear in
magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The
Threepenny Review, American Poetry Review, and frequently
in The Best American Poetry anthologies. He teaches in the
graduate writing program at Boston University. Robert Pinsky
is also the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William
Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall, and the National
Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2006 Jewish Cultural
Achievement Award in Literary Arts. He is one of the few members
of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared
on “The Simpsons.”
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28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Alicia Ostriker and Lynne Thompson
Alicia Ostriker is a major American poet
and critic. Twice nominated for a National Book Award, she
is author of eleven volumes of poetry, most recently No
Heaven (2005). As a critic Ostriker is the author of
two pathbreaking volumes on women’s poetry, Writing
Like a Woman and Stealing the Language: The Emergence
of Women’s Poetry in America. Her most recent critical
book is Dancing at the Devil’s Party: Essays on
Poetry, Politics and the Erotic. She has also published
three books on the Bible, Feminist Revision and the Bible,
the controversial The Nakedness of the Fathers; Biblical
Visions and Revisions, a combination of prose and poetry
that re-imagines the Bible from the perspective of a contemporary
Jewish woman, and most recently, For the Love of God:
the Bible as an Open Book. Ostriker’s poems have
appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review,
Antaeus, The Nation, Poetry, American
Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Atlantic,
MS, Tikkun, and many other journals, and
have been widely anthologized. Her poetry and essays have
been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese,
Hebrew and Arabic. She has lectured and given performances
of her work throughout the USA, as well as in Europe, Australia,
Israel, Japan and China. Ostriker has received awards from
the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of
Am erica, the San Francisco State Poetry Center, the Judah
Magnes Museum, the New Jersey Arts Council, the Rockefeller
Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Princeton,
NJ with her husband. Ostriker is Professor Emerita of Rutgers
University and is a faculty member of the New England College
Low-Residency Poetry MFA Program. Ostriker has taught in the
Princeton University Creative Writing Program and in Toni
Morrison’s Atelier Program. She has taught midrash writing
workshops in the USA, Israel, England and Australia.
Lynne Thompson won the 2007 Perugia Press
Book Prize for her first full-length collection of poems,
Beg No Pardon. Beg No Pardon was also awarded
the 2008 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.
A frequent reader, both locally and nationally, Thompson is
also the author of two chapbooks: We Arrive By Accumulation
and Through A Window and her work has appeared in
numerous journals and anthologies including Essence,
Margie, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana
Review, and Blue Arc West, An Anthology of California
Poets. She is employed as the Director of Employee &
Labor Relations at UCLA.
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18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Aaron Belz and Patricia Hampl
Originally from Missouri, Aaron Belz
now lives about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. He’s been
writing poetry since he was a boarding school student in Long
Island and East Anglia, then attending college in north Georgia.
He has a master’s in Creative Writing from NYU and a Ph.D.
in American Literature from Saint Louis University and is now
a Calvinist who loves “The Johns”—Donne and
Ashbery. So if there’s a sense of displacement in his
writing, it was predestined to be there. His poems have appeared
in Fence, Fine Madness, LIT, Eleven
Eleven, Black Clock, and many other journals.
His first book, The Bird Hoverer, was published in
2007 by BlazeVOX; his second, Lovely,
Raspberry, is forthcoming
from Persea Books.
Patricia Hampl’s most recent book is
The Florist’s Daughter, winner of numerous “best”
and “year end” awards, including the New York Times
“100 Notable Books of the Year” and the 2008 Minnesota
Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. Blue Arabesque:
A Search for the Sublime, published in 2006 and now in
paperback, was also one of the Times Notable Books; a portion
was chosen for The Best Spiritual Writing 2005. Patricia Hampl
first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her
memoir about her Czech heritage, awarded a Houghton Mifflin
Literary Fellowship. She is the author as well of two collections
of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium, and Resort
and Other Poems. And she has published Spillville,
a meditation on Antonin Dvorak's 1893 summer in Iowa, with engravings
by Steven Sorman. Virgin Time, about her Catholic upbringing
and an inquiry into contemplative life, is available in a recent
paperback. I Could Tell You Stories, her collection
of essays on memory and imagination, was a finalist in 2000
for the National Book Critics Circle Awards in General Nonfiction.
Four of her books have been named "Notable Books"
of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Hampl’s
fiction, poems, reviews, essays and travel pieces have appeared
in many publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review,
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories
and Best American Essays. She has received fellowships from
the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment
for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation,
and Djerassi Foundation. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur
Fellowship. Ms. Hampl is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished
Professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where
she teaches fall semesters in the MFA program of the English
Department. She is also a member of the permanent faculty of
the Prague Summer Program.
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9 , 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
UCI MFA Fiction Students
The UCI MFA program in creative writing has been turning
out talented writers for over 40 years, including Alice Sebold,
Michael Chabon, Yusef Komunyakaa, Glen David Gold, David Benioff,
Aimee Bender, and many others. This event is an opportunity
to hear some of the work from the current crop of UCI graduate
students in fiction.
Alberto Gullaba Jr. was born in Honokaa, Hawaii
and holds a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the
University of Virginia. As a member of Teach for America, he
taught third and fifth grade in Miami, Florida. He now lives
in Long Beach.
Kristen Leigh Schwarz grew up in Newhall,
California and received her BA from USC, where she was honored
to work under Aimee Bender and Percival Everett. She is currently
writing her first novel.
Benjamin T. Miller was born in Lexington, Kentucky
and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is earning his M.F.A.
in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine. He lives
in Irvine, California and is at work on a novel.
Greg November is a transplanted Californian,
for now. Originally from Philadelphia, Greg grew up in New York
and Connecticut. He is currently at work on a collection of
short stories, titled Pangaea. His fiction has appeared
in Orange Coast Review and in Philly Fiction,
a collection of short stories about Philadelphia, a volume which
he also co-edited.
Janice Obuchowski grew up in northern Vermont
and attended Cornell University and the University of Virginia.
She's in her third-year at UC Irvine's MFA program in fiction
and is currently at work on her first novel.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Ryan Ridge is
an MFA candidate at the University of California, Irvine, where
he teaches composition and creative writing. Recent work has
appeared, or is forthcoming, in 5_Trope, DIAGRAM,
elimae, Salt Hill, Smokelong Quartlery,
Upstairs at Duroc, Yankee Pot Roast, and elsewhere.
He is currently the fiction editor at Faultline: Journal
of Arts and Literature.
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Come join us as we celebrate
the sixth and final year of the Casa Romantica Reading Series.
The reading will consist of each of the committee members
and co-founders of the series sharing some of their favorite
poems. If you've ever enjoyed a reading here at the Casa,
or if you've never been, we welcome you to join us at the
final reading of this excellent writers' series.
Colette LaBouff Atkinson