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- Cassandra DallettCassandra Dallett's anticipated debut collection of poems is one of the latest releases from small press inspiration Manic D Press, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. Often compared to Bukowski for her ferociously sparse combination of words and uncommon ability to imbue common life in them, Dallett is an outsider people can relate to. Her
- Under the InfluenceThe Emerald Tablet's first homegrown series features five artists sharing work by a major influence and original work created for the show that channels that influence. Each performer then selects someone to perform the following month. Alana Siegel (pictured), author of "Archipelago," participates in May. Recent influences have included Sextu
- Kathryn MaWinner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction for "All That Work and Still No Boys," Kathryn Ma celebrates the release of her debut novel with "The Year She Left Us," which is told through the voices of two generations of women in the aftermath of Mao's Revolution. "Full of pathos and hum
- The EpicenterLitquake's series offers an intimate chance to join two well-matched writers in conversation. Kaui Hart Hemmings, whose debut novel "The Descendants" was adapted into an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, launches her new novel, "The Possibilities," with Michelle Richmond ("The Girl in th
- Pew Fellowship PoetsThe Poetry Center at San Francisco State University presents a showcase of fellows in the arts from the Philadelphia-based Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Featured poets are Emily Abendroth, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jenn McCreary and Frank Sherlock, who was recently made Philadelphia's second Poet Laureate.
- ZYZZYVA's 100th IssueThe stalwart journal of West Coast writers celebrates its 100th issue, which features work by Kay Ryan, Rebecca Solnit, Glen David Gold and many others, with a party at the California Historical Society. Performances by Robert Hass, Michael Krasny, Daniel Handler, Erica Recordon and Po Bronson. Food, drink, music, and silent auction.
- 580 Split Issue 16 LaunchThe annual journal by graduate students of the English Department at Mills College features bold experimental writing of all kinds, including "generative pieces that are meant to extend to the creativity of readers." Work by Bianca Stone and David Buuck and interviews with Anne Carson, LaTasha Nevada Diggs and Uzodnima Iweala. Readings, live music
- Holloway SeriesThe final event of the season for UC Berkeley's Holloway Series features a reading by Kansas-based small press darling poet and visual artist Anne Boyer, whose book "The Romance of Happy Workers" was published by Coffee House in 2008. Assistant professor of the liberal arts at Kansas City Art Institute, Boyer co-edits the poetry journal "
- Maxine Chernoff & Gillian ConoleyChernoff is a professor and chair of the superb Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University, and Conoley is professor and poet-in-residence at Sonoma State University. Both are outstanding writers with new books: Chernoff's is "Here," which contains blocks of long sentences, and Conoley's is "Peace," in which
- Tess Taylor and D.A. PowellCity Lights teams up with ZYZZYVA to celebrate the release of Tess Taylor's debut collection of poems, "Forage House." Taylor, who reviews poetry for NPR's All Things Considered, is a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, which the book investigates through legends and family tales. She is joined by D.A. Powell, recipient of last year