Poetry and Literary Series


Poetry & Literature Reading Series (June 1, 6, 16)

Join us for three separate evenings of poetry and literature readings featuring nationally known and emerging artists.
This event series is supported by Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the Lannan Foundation.

Adrienne Rich
Mark Wunderlich
An evening of poetry
Tuesday, June 1, 7 pm
Location: The Forum, Yerba Buena Gardens Center for the Arts 3rd & Mission Sts
$10, YBC members, $15 others
Tickets: YBC: 415.978-2787 (ARTS)

This evening’s poetry reading celebrates the kick-off event for the National Queer Arts Festival. Please join us for a post reading reception and book signing with Adrienne Rich.

Adrienne Rich has published more than sixteen volumes of poetry and four books of nonfiction prose, including An Atlas of the Difficult World and What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. She has received the National Book Award, the Frost Silver Medal of the Poetry Society of America, and numerous other honors during her career. She lives in California.

Mark Wunderlich’s poems have been published in the Paris Review, Yale Review, Poetry, Harvard Review, Agni, Boston Review, Southwest Review, Quarterly West, Chelsea, and other periodicals and in several anthologies, including Things Shaped in Passing: More Poets for Life Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (Persea, 1997), Night Out (Milkweed Editions, 1997), Real Things: anthology of popular culture in American poetry (Indiana University Press, 1999) and in the forthcoming Imperfect Paradise: New Young American Poets (Southern Illinois University Press, 2,000). His awards and honors include the David Craig Austin Memorial Award from Columbia University, selected by Jorie Graham, the Jack Kerouac Literary Award, and the 1997 Writers at Work Fellowship in Poetry.

“This event is presented in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.”

Dorothy Allison
Forrest Hamer
Sunday, June 6; 7 pm
Location: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th St @ Collingwood
Tickets: phone 415.552.7709 on-line ticket sales at QCC TICKETORDERS

Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Her second novel, Cavedweller (Dutton, 1998), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The book was made into a highly acclaimed film, directed by Angelica Huston. Allison’s memoir Two or Three Things I know for Sure (Dutton, 1995) was also a New York Times notable book. Dorothy Allison’s works also include Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature (essays, Firebrand, 1995), Trash, (short stories, Firebrand, 1989), and The Women Who Hate Me (poetry, Firebrand, 1990).

Forrest Hamer’s first book of poems, Call and Response (Alice James) won the 1995 Beatrice Hawley Award. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1994, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and ZYZZYVA, among others. He is an Oakland psychologist, a candidate psychoanalyst, and a lecturer in psychology and in social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. A second manuscript, Middle Ear, is under editorial review.

Mark Doty & Brenda Shaughnessy
Monday, June 14; 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th St @ Collingwood
Tickets: phone 415.552.7709 on-line ticket sales at QCC TICKETORDERS

Mark Doty is a highly-acclaimed poet and award-winning author of Heaven’s Coast., His newest work of poetry, Sweet Machine (Harper Flamingo; April 1, 1998). In his previous collections, Atlantis and My Alexandria, Doty proved himself to be an original and distinguished poet, winning numerous awards. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the T.S. Elliot Prize and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. He was also a finalist of the National Book Award for My Alexandria.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s work has appeared in Paris Review, Chelsea, Boston Review and The Yale Review. She was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in southern California. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University and currently resides in New York City. Her first book of poems, Interior with Sudden Joy, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in June, 1999.