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Barbara Henning reading at the Poetry Project

Barbara Henning & Ed Pavlić

For More Information Head to the Poetry Project 

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Kit Robinson Read from his New Book in Oakland!


3 Poets: Hunter, Foster, Robinson
3 Books: Orphan Machines, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, Marine Layer

9 December
7 pm
The Octopus Literary Salon <https://oaklandoctopus.org/>
2101 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

Please join us to celebrate the publication of:

Orphan Machines <
http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780996400114/orphan-machines.aspx>  by Carrie Hunter (Black Radish Books)
A Swarm of Bees in High Cour <
http://www.spdbooks.org/Search/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=A+Swarm+of+Bees> t by Tonya M. Foster (Belladonna)
Marine Layer <
http://www.spdbooks.org/Search/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=Marine+Layer>  by Kit Robinson (BlazeVOX books)

The Octopus serves lovely salads, sandwiches, wine by the glass and beer on tap.

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Aaron Simon & Kit Robinson Read from their New Books in San Francisco


Thursday, October 8, 7pm
Poets Aaron Simon & Kit Robinson
Read from their New Books
Introduced by Alan Bernheimer  

Aaron Simon: Rain Check Poems   

Throughout these subtle yet seductive poems, materiality—both grand and ordinary—opens a route of return, the oceanic fullness one feels while 'waiting for the kettle to whistle.' Aaron Simon's poetry whispers to me of what it means to be alive, really alive."—Dodie Bellamy
Aaron Simon is the author of Periodical Days (Green Zone Editions, 2007), and Senses Himself (Green Zone Editions, 2014). His poems have appeared in several publications, including Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (Broadstone Books, 2014), Shiny, Exquisite Corpse, Sal Mimeo, Across the Margin, Nowhere, and Harriet the Blog. He has lived between San Francisco and Brooklyn since 1999.

Kit Robinson: Marine Layer

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009), Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009), and 17 other books of poetry. He lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance writer and plays Cuban tres guitar in the Latin dance band Bahia Son.

Poet Alan Bernheimer, often associated with the San Francisco Language Poets, lives in Berkeley. He performed for Poets Theater and produced and hosted In the American Tree, a radio program of new writing by poets on KPFA.

Rain Check Poems and Marine Layer are published by BlazeVOX Press.

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Elizabeth Block part of the San Francisco LITQUAKE Festival.

Elizabeth Block will participate in a poetry panel on Saturday, Oct 18th, as part of the San Francisco LITQUAKE Festival. I hope to see you there.

Follow this link to find out more on the Lit Quake Festival:


Elizabeth Block is the author of the novel, A Gesture Through Time, written under fiscal sponsorship of Intersection for the Arts, SF.  She is the recipient of a Doris Roberts/William Goyen fiction fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and of many other awards and residencies such as an award from Poets & Writers and from the Djerssi Resident Artists Program Tread of Angels Fellowship.  Also a filmmaker, her film poems have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere.  She has published work in many genres and in many journals and her work has also appeared on public radio affiliates, KQED, KSFR and others.  She has often collaborated with musicians and visual artists.  Her writing has appeared on stage, in film, in public art, in books, on audio CD and podcasts.
Book Information:
· Paperback: 142 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

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Tony Trigilio reads at The University of Kansas


Visiting poet writes of vampires, aliens, Lee Harvey Oswald

Thu, 09/18/2014

LAWRENCE — Tony Trigilio’s poems tell stories about alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories. Trigilio, a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, will read from his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the English Room of the Kansas Union. The reading is free and open to the public. There will be a question-and-answer period afterward, and then Trigilio will be on hand to sign copies of his books. For his latest project, the poet is watching all 1,225 episodes of the 1960s horror soap opera “Dark Shadows.” As a child, Trigilio says, “I slept with my shoulders hunched to ward off vampires” as a result of watching the show daily with his mother. He calls the project “a gigantic experiment in poetry and autobiography” as well as “an act of radical endurance.” The first installment of his project, “The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 1,” was recently released. His previous book, “White Noise,” collages words from Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name with Internet chatter from the 2000s. His work in progress deals with the alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in 1961.

“I think [Trigilio] is one of the most versatile writers in the U.S. today,” said Joseph Harrington, professor of post-1900 American poetry in the Department of English. “He’s stretching not only poetry, but narrative as well. His books have various forms, voices and topics. You never know what he’ll do next.”

Trigilio is also the author of “Historic Diary,” and the critical work “Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics.” He is editor of the journal Court Green, producer of the podcast “Radio Free Albion” and is drummer for the Chicago-based band Pet Theories.

The event is part of the English department MFA program’s Visiting Writers Series.

For more information, contact Joe Harrington, 785/424-3556 or jharrington@ku.edu.


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