Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Life Support: March Literary Events in Sacramento and Beyond

4th

Brian Turner
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
Sacramento, CA

After earning his MFA from University of Oregon, Fresno native Brian Turner enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Iraq. His award-winning volume of poems, Here, Bullet, published by Alice James Books, explores his harrowing experience and inducts Turner into the annals of war-time poets.

Alice Anderson
Bistro 33 Poetry Night
Bistro 33 Davis
226 F Street
Davis, CA

Alice Anderson is the author of Human Nature, winner of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize for Emerging Writers and published by NYU Press. Having escaped Mississippi’s hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, she now lives, works, and writes in Sacramento.

5th

Story Voices—A Voice of My Own
Cosumnes River College Recital Hall
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA

Combining classic prose, poetry, and song from the likes of Sappho, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and Virginia Woolf, A Voice of My Own celebrates women authors and artists. Performers Jan Ahders, Claire Lipschultz, Cynthia Mitchell, and Marni Webb are seasoned performers who have won multiple awards.

9th

Dobby Gibson & Matt Hart
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
Sacramento, CA

Dobby Gibson has written two full-length collections, Polar, published by Alice James Books, and Skirmish, just out from Graywolf Press. Tony Hoagland says, “This is a poetry of---in Gibson's own terms---echolocation, that makes us grapple with the ghosts of speech and world at once.”

Matt Hart has written four books, including the full-length collection
Who’s Who Vivid, published by Slope Editions. He is the editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety. Dean Young says, “When Caesar said about horses that if the gods hadn’t invented them, we would have to, he could have been talking about Matt Hart.”

12th

Richard Price
California Lecture Series
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA

Richard Price the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life. He received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay The Color of Money and won an Edgar Award for his work on HBO’s The Wire. Price has taught writing at Columbia, Yale, and New York University.

14th

Franz Wisner, James D. Houston, and others
The Places We Go: Authors on the Move 2009
Sacramento Library Association Fundraiser
Hyatt Hotel
Sacramento, CA

Franz Wisner channeled his romantic woes into two memoirs, the best-selling Honeymoon with My Brother and How the World Makes Love, debuting at Authors on the Move. For his second memoir, Franz traveled the world, looking for the secret to true love.

Santa Cruz author James D. Houston’s books include
Farewell to Manzanar, co-written with his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, and The Last Paradise, winner of the 1999 American Book Award. At the event, he will celebrate the release of his newest book, The Light Takes its Color from the Sea, a meditation on life in Santa Cruz.

19th

Joan Gelfand
The Avid Reader—Davis
617 Second Street
Davis, CA 95616

Joan Gelfand is the founder of Salon CIEL, a group of Bay Area writers and artists. Her most recent collection, A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams is published by San Francisco Bay Press. Al Young says “Joan Gelfand’s poems vibrate, shudder or take flight, roaring and purring to safe and not so safe landings in the heart, in the gut.”

22nd

Kathryn Cowles
1078 Gallery
820 Broadway
Chico, CA

Kathryn Cowles’s first book,
Eleanor, Eleanor, Not Your Real Name, won the 2008 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Contest and is published by Bear Star Press. Of Cowles, Donald Revell says, “Cowles is a poet who knows where poetry comes from and whither it is bound. Hers is the adventure of tenderness brightly underway.”

23rd

Troy Jollimore
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
Sacramento, CA

Troy Jollimore is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at CSU Chico. His poetry collection,
Tom Thomson in Purgatory was selected by Billy Collins for the 2005 Robert E. Lee & Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award. A chapbook, The Solipsist, is available from Bear Star Press.

27th

James Shea & Catherine Theis
The Write! Look! Listen! Reading Series
UC Merced, Kolligan Library
5200 N Lake Road
Merced, CA

James Shea is the author of
Star in the Eye, winner of the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series. Dean Young says, “If anyone could cut a diamond with a paintbrush, it would be James Shea—his work is so marvelous; utterly lucent and revivifyingly strange.”

Catherine Theis’ chapbooks include
The Maybook, published by Your Beeswax Press, and In Fortune from Dusie Press, cowritten with Lauren Levin and Jared Stanley. Catherine has had work appear in Court Green, Blackbird, and Verse Daily, among others.

Kevin Prufer & Troy Jollimore
1078 Gallery
820 Broadway
Chico, CA

Kevin Prufer is the editor for
Pleiades and author of four books, including the critically-acclaimed National Anthem from Four Way Books. Marie Howe says, “Kevin Prufer has courage and compassion. And he places words so beautiful and accurate and terrifying along a line you can't help but read to the end...”

Troy Jollimore is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at CSU Chico. His poetry collection,
Tom Thomson in Purgatory was selected by Billy Collins for the 2005 Robert E. Lee & Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award. A chapbook, The Solipsist, is available from Bear Star Press.

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