Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Life Support: CSUS Festival of the Arts

Mark your calendars for the Festival of the Arts, brought to you by Sacramento State's School of the Arts. Some events are happening this week, but the Festival begins in earnest March 18th. This annual gathering brings renowned artists and writers to the Sacramento valley, and includes a mix of readings, lectures, and exhibitions. The best part: most events are free. Literary highlights include readings by the following poets:

Gabriel Gudding, March 18th.
Gudding is an assistant professor of creative writing at Illinois State University and the author of the books A Defense of Poetry and Rhode Island Notebook. Denise Duhamel says, "A modern-day Lewis Carroll, Gudding is foremost a comic poet. His zany imagery, ear for the absurd, and wry timing make his stanzas stand up and sparkle."

Tim Hernandez, March 19th.
A native of California's Central Valley, Hernandez is the author of Skin Tax and the forthcoming Breathing in Dust. Jimmy Santiago Baca says, "his poems sizzle and spark with excitement, targeting with a relentless passion his desire to express what he is trying to convey."

Kathryn Cowles, March 20th.
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. 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.”

Elizabeth Cross, March 21st.
Elizabeth Cross is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Writing, and her poems can be found in American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and Chicago Review, among others.

Peruse the entire schedule here.

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