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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening toasting and listening to exciting new writers now studying at CCAC. Cosponsored with the CCAC MFA Program in Writing.

Friday, May 3, 2002 at 7:30 pm

Barbara Henning has two new books out from Spuyten Duyvil: the poetry collection Detective Sentences and the novel Black Lace, which Lewis Warsh says "has the power of a Depression-era Walker Evans photo." During the early nineties, Henning edited Long News in the Short Century, a journal of art and writing. She grew up in a working class suburb of Detroit; currently she lives in the East Village.
Edith Jenkins is, as Tillie Olsen hails, "a poet distinguished by luminous intellect, wit; passionately controlled depth and range of experience" and as Carl Rakoski echoes "a serious author with depth, of obvious stature." Her work encompasses the personal, the political, and the philosophic and includes the crisp, marvelous memoir Against a Field Sinister (City Lights, 1991). Her latest book, Selected Poems (Black Star Series, 2001), draws from over five decades of an activist life.

Friday, May 17, 2002 at 7:30 pm

Winner of the 2001 New Issues Poetry Prize, Sarah Mangold’s first book Household Mechanics is, "... a disquieting review of indirect disclosures, internal churnings, and palpable notions, subjected to a tense and skeletal language" (C.D. Wright). Born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Oklahoma, Mangold studied at San Francisco State. She is also the author of a chapbook, Blood Substitutes (Potes & Poets, 1998), and the editor of the Seattle-based magazine Bird Dog.
An investigator of geography and language, Fred Moten is the author of the poetry collection Arkansas (Pressed Wafer, 2000), which, as Michael Palmer says, "...reminds us that no vital sense of community can be separated from its confusions and contentions and its ardent affirmations, just as no poetry of worth can settle for the easy assuagements of the given." Moten teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. His next book, Ensemble & Improvisation: The Political Erotics of the Black Avant-Garde, is due out from the University of Minnesota Press.

Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 pm

Our interdisciplinary series continues with Jaime Cortez and Laura Elrick hosted by Yedda Morrison. Laura Elrick moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco in 1999. She currently works at a literacy center in East Harlem where she does public benefits advocacy. Her poetry has appeared in How2, Tripwire, and Combo. Jaime Cortez is a San Francisco-based visual artist, writer, performer and cultural worker. He currently serves as the Program Manager for Galeria de la Raza. Although he is concerned about matters other than sex, his writing has been included in the following anthologies: Best Gay Erotica 2001, Besame Mucho, Queer Papi Porn and 2sexE. Cortez co-founded the sketch comedy trio Latin Hustle and edited the queer Latino anthology Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas.

Friday, May 31, 2002 at 7:30 pm

Poet, visual artist and translator Norma Cole is the author of many superb books of poetry, the latest of which is Spinoza in Her Youth , beautifully published by Richmond’s new Omnidawn Press. Robert Creeley has said, "she is a poet of consummate intelligence, a deft and compassionate company". Her much respected translation work includes Anne Portugal's Nude and Danielle Collobert’s It Then. Cole teaches at Otis College of Art & Design in LA, and in the University of San Francisco Creative Writing MFA Program.
Jocelyn Saidenberg is the author of Mortal City (Parenthesis Writing Series, 1998) and Immure (Double Lucy, 2001). Her newest book, CUSP, winner of the Frances Jaffer Award, is just out from Kelsey St. Press. Barbara Guest calls CUSP "a poem of exceptional sensibility and ardor." Saidenberg has been key to Small Press Traffic’s continuing success: a former board member, she also served as director from 1999-2000. She won the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in Literature in 1999 and founded Krupskaya Publishing Collective in 1998, which has now published over ten gorgeous and compelling books.

All events are $5-10, sliding scale, and begin at 7:30, unless otherwise noted. Our events are free to SPT members, and CCAC faculty, staff, and students.

Unless otherwise noted, our events are presented in
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of Arts and Crafts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco (just off the intersection of 16th & Wisconsin)

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