It's Hammer Time! An Afternoon of Prose & Poetry with Stephanie Barbe Hammer, Cati Porter & liz gonzalez
Sat. May 9th @ 3pm
Cati Porter is the author of Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008), and the chapbooks small fruit songs (Pudding House, 2008; out of print), (al)most delicious (Dancing Girl Press, 2010), The Way Things Move the Dark, (Dancing Girl Press, 2013) and what Desire makes of us, an e-chapbook with illustrations by Amy Payne (Ahadada Books, 2011; forthcoming in print from Dancing Girl Press in 2015).
Her second full-length collection, My Skies of Small Horses, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions February 2016. Other current book-length projects include The Body at a Loss, Porterville, and a chapbook manuscript, The Body, Like Bread.
She is founder and editor of the online journals Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey and Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute. She lives in Riverside, California with her husband and two sons.
A fourth generation Southern Californian, liz gonzález's poetry, fiction, and memoirs have been widely published. Most recently, an excerpt from her novel-in-progress appears in Inlandia: A Literary Journals, and her poetry appears in Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond and Silver Birch Press Blog's "Where I Live" Series. Her recent awards include an Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program. She is a member of the Macondo Workshop and works as a creative writing consultant and teaches creative writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. For more info: www.lizgonzalez.com
Descended from Norwegian plumbers on one side, and broke bohemian Russian aristocrats on the other, Stephanie Barbé Hammer has published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in Mosaic, The Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, NYCBigCityLit, Rhapsoidia, CRATE, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review among other places. She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize 4 times in poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. Her other books include the prose poem chapbook Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and a full length poetry collection HOW FORMAL? (Spout Hill Press, 2014). A former New Yorker and survivor of Manhattan’s elite private schools, Stephanie is an award winning teacher and Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. She now teaches at writers' associations, conferences, galleries, bookstores and anywhere readers and writers want to learn about creativity, world literature, and why the imagination matters.
Stephanie currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Coupeville Washington with her husband, interfaith blogger Larry Behrendt.
The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior is her first novel.
"Just down the road from John Crowley’s characters is the town of Narrow Interior, the setting for Stephanie Hammer’s fable-ous first novel of secrets and heritage. Henry, the youngest son of a hotel magnate, is sent to calm the inhabitants as the hoteliers set about to despoil this odd byway. Instead, aided by his black sheep cousin and a cast of quirky characters, including Quirk, Henry sets out to discover the town secrets. The more he learns, the darker his mission appears, until Henry must choose if he is willing to risk all."