Sunday, March 23, 2014
5 to 7 pm
1564 Market St.
Guest reader: Maxine Chernoff invited by Hazel
Kristen Eliason invited by Monica Mody
Tereza Kramer invited by Raina Leon
Carmella Fleming invited by Ammi Keller
Jane McDermott invited by Aliza Sajjad
Barbara Jane Reyes invited by Yael Villafranca
MAXINE CHERNOFF chairs the Creative Writing Department at SFSU and edits New American Writing. She has published six books of fiction and fourteen volumes of poetry, most recently Here from Counterpath Press. She is the winner of the Carl Sandburg Award in Poetry, a PEN Fiction Award, and the 2009 PEN USA translation prize. She was an NEA Fellow in poetry in 2013 and has taught in St Petersburg, Russia; Prague; Exeter in England, and given readings in China, Brazil, Belgium, Scotland, and Germany. She moves from long poetic lines back into her original form, the prose poem, in her current book Here.
Kristen Eliason is the author of Picture Dictionary (Flaming Giblet Press, 2014) and the chapbook Yours, (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Kristen holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where she was the Sparks Prize recipient in 2008. Her work has been anthologized in The Best of Kore Press POETRY, and Fire in the Pasture (Peculiar Pages). Kristen’s work also appears in print and online journals, including Lantern Review, DIAGRAM, Six Little Things, Juked, Robot Melon, Two Review, Makeout Creek, and others. She is a co-founder and editor of the online literary magazine Menagerie where she publishes experimental language pieces.
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry and a finalist for the California Book Award. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She is also the author of the chapbooks Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008), Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008), and For the City that Nearly Broke Me (Aztlan Libre Press, 2012).
Carmella Fleming is a poet residing in Berkeley. Her work appears in Faggot Dinosaur, Milvia Street, and Vincent Van Gogh Gogh. She co-hosts the reading series, Let’s Be Loose and Relaxed. Her work deals with matters of mental illness, Gertrude Stein, and her laid back lesbian lifestyle.
Jane McDermott is a defrocked marcommunist whose marketing copy has appeared in countless brochures and is among some of the most widely read fiction in the US. Her nonfiction work has been published in The Rambler and in a number of anthologies and her fiction has appeared in Transfer and Writing Without Walls. She lives in Oakland with her wife, two cats, four chickens, and several thousand bees. She has a BFA in filmmaking and is working on an MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University.
Tereza Joy Kramer’s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Cicada, Journal for Compressed Creative Arts, The Iguana Review, Re)verb, Little Pear Press’s Regrets Only: Contemporary Poets on the Theme of Regret, Haven Books’ Not a Muse: the inner lives of women, Women Made Gallery’s Her Mark, and Gival Press’s Poetic Voices Without Borders. She received her MFA and PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and came to the Bay Area to direct the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum at Saint Mary’s College of California. This will be her second reading in San Francisco.