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Foreman : Georges : Holtland : Mody : Robinson

October 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

Please join Drop Leaf Press as we celebrate our first chapbook author’s first full-length collection with our first-ever online reading! Tanya Holtland (Inner River, Drop Leaf, 2016)’s Requisite is newly out from Platypus Press. Joining Tanya is Aricka Foreman, whose first full-length book Salt Body Shimmer just came out with YesYes Books and features cover art by Lorna Simpson, the same artist who did Requisite’s cover. We’re also thrilled to host Tanya’s fellow Platypus author Richard Georges and Bay Area poet-friends Elizabeth Robinson and Monica Mody!



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ARICKA FOREMAN is an American poet and interdisciplinary writer from Detroit, MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Offing and spends her time in Chicago, IL engaging poetry with photography & video.

RICHARD GEORGES is a writer of essays, fiction, and three collections of poetry. His most recent book, Epiphaneia (2019), won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and his first book, Make Us All Islands (2017), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His second book, Giant (2018), was highly commended by the Forward Prizes and longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize. He is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study and has been listed or nominated for several other prizes, including the Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. In addition to writing, Richard works in higher education and lives in the British Virgin Islands.

TANYA HOLTLAND is the author of Requisite, a finalist for the Broken River Prize, out now from Platypus Press, and the chapbook Inner River from Drop Leaf Press. Her nonfiction and lyric essays appear in The Offing, The Rupture, OXALIS, and elsewhere. A graduate of San Francisco State University’s English and Creative Writing MA program, she was also an artist-in-residence at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where she authored the libretto Fated, a collaboration with composer Daniela Candillari. A Los Angeles native of Dutch-Indonesian descent, her work surrounds the intersections of memory, ecology, borders, design, and matriarchy.

MONICA MODY is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press) and two cross-genre chapbooks. Her poetry has also appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Poetry International, Boston Review, Indian Quarterly, and Almost Island. Her awards include the Nicholas Sparks Postgraduate Writing Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Naropa University’s Zora Neale Hurston Award, and the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing. Mody has a PhD in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Notre Dame. She was born in Ranchi, India and lives on Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco).

ELIZABETH ROBINSON is the author, most recently, of Rumor, from Free Verse Editions, and Vivian Maier: 11 photographs in 20 poems, a collaboration with Susanne Dyckman published by Dancing Girl Press. With Jennifer Phelps, Robinson co-edited the critical anthology Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry, published by University of Akron Press. Robinson has new work recently published or forthcoming in Aurochs, Caliban, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Plume,The Rumpus, and Vestiges. Her creative nonfiction has recently been published in Conjunctions and Scoundrel Time.

DROP LEAF PRESS is run by six women in San Francisco and Oakland, California. We seek joineries of the unexpected and the overlooked. We believe in flexibility and tactility. With each new voice, each new book, we create space: we add a leaf to the table, room for more.


October 10, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
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