C. S. Giscombe has won the Carl Sandburg Award in Poetry and a Fulbright scholarship. His work has been published in Callaloo, O-blek, River Styx, Seneca Review, Hudson Review, Epoch, Iowa Review and many other journals. Giscombe's books include At Large(St Lazaire Press, 1989), Here(Dalkey Archive Press, 1994), Two Sections from Giscome Road(Leave Books, 1994), Giscome Road(Dalkey Archive Press, 1998), and Into & Out of Dislocation(Farrar, Straus & Giroux/North Point Press).
Giscombe's poetry and essays have appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 1996,The Garden Thrives: New Black
and Pushcart Prize XIX. He is an Associate Professor in English at Pennsylvania State University.
April 7-9, 2000

The fourth residency in our "Life Forms" series finds us in the happy position of being to have C.S. Giscombe among us in San
Francisco for a weekend. He is one of the leading voices in African-American and émigré writing, and the author of At Large(1989), Here(1994), and Giscome Road(1998), about which Adrienne Rich has written, "This is a work of great originality, authority and verbal beauty, a book that will reward many readings. C. S. Giscombe has attempted much, and realized much, in this long, enthralling poem." Farrar, Straus & Giroux/North Point will publish a book of Giscombe's essays, Into & Out of Dislocation,in 1999. He is an Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Rare—except at Small Press Traffic—is the moment when one of the USA's most powerful writers comes to share his spirit of place with our little town.
March 12-13, 1999