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Renowned SF Poet Lew Ellingham Celebrates Birthday With Book Launch

February 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

Come celebrate Lew Ellingham’s 80+ (?) birthday wherein he will launch his new book, 2018; new narrative exponent, poet, and playwright Kevin Killian talks about his Semiotext(e) book Fascination, (his newest is Stage Fright: Selected Plays from San Francisco Poets Theater); and poet Patrick Mellon launches his first book, Alkali Shores, the most recent publication from local publisher Ithuriel’s Spear.
Lew’s new offering is 2018, “Give Me My Words”, the author’s manuscripts chronologically presented through 2018, with the addition of a memoir or eulogy, “Compton”, the final story of a friend who recently died, an Alzheimer’s victim — almost all the settings are in San Francisco, prose poems or stories usually a single page in length, gathered in a jumbled mind.

Patrick Mellor’s new poetry book from Ithuriel’s Spear, Alkali Shores, is his first book of poems and was written over the last 15 years. Its aim is to represent the intersection of biological and cultural history expressed in individual human cognition and universal mythology.
Mellor has studied paleobiology, botany, and philosophy at Oxford and San Francisco State universities, specializing in the botany and ecology of the California deserts, philosophy of mind and early modern rationalism.

Kevin Killian will read from Fascination, a memoir of gay life in 1970s Long Island by one of the leading proponents of the New Narrative movement.

Fascination brings together an early memoir, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989) and a previously unpublished prose work, Bachelors Get Lonely. The two together depict the author’s early years struggling to become a writer in the sexed-up, boozy, drug-ridden world of Long Island’s North Shore in the 1970s. Fascination offers a moving and often funny view of the loneliness and desire that defined gay life of that era—a time in which Richard Nixon’s resignation intersected with David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs—from one of the leading voices in experimental gay writing of the past thirty years. “Move along the velvet rope,” Killian writes in Bedrooms Have Windows, “run your shaky fingers past the lacquered Keith Haring graffito: ‘You did not live in our time! Be Sorry!'”


The fun begins at 7pm. All welcome.


February 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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