Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry & Prose Reading: Wendy Rainey & Suzanne O'Connell

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Poetry & Prose
& OPEN MIC!

Featuring
Wendy Rainey &
Suzanne O'Connell

Sat. Jan 27th @ 5pm

Suzanne O’Connell is a poet and clinical social worker living in Los Angeles. Her recently published work can be found in Poet Lore, American Chordata, Alembic, Forge, Juked, Existere, Crack The Spine, and Pennsylvania English. O’Connell was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her first poetry collection, “A Prayer For Torn Stockings,” was published by Garden Oak Press in 2016.

Suzanne O’Connell is a poet and clinical social worker living in Los Angeles. Her recently published work can be found in Poet Lore, American Chordata, Alembic, Forge, Juked, Existere, Crack The Spine, and Pennsylvania English. O’Connell was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her first poetry collection, “A Prayer For Torn Stockings,” was published by Garden Oak Press in 2016.

Wendy Rainey's poem, "Girlie Show" (published by Chiron Review) received a Special Mention for work published by small presses in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL Best of the Small Presses. She is the author of Hollywood Church: Short Stories and Poems (Vainglory Press, 2015). A selection of her short stories is featured in Hiram Sims' textbook, These Pages Speak (World Stage Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Rusty Truck, Silver Birch Press, Chiron Review, and Dryland Literary Journal among other places. She is the founding poetry editor of Cultural Weekly and a contributing poetry editor in Chiron Review.

Wendy Rainey's poem, "Girlie Show" (published by Chiron Review) received a Special Mention for work published by small presses in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL Best of the Small Presses. She is the author of Hollywood Church: Short Stories and Poems (Vainglory Press, 2015). A selection of her short stories is featured in Hiram Sims' textbook, These Pages Speak (World Stage Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Rusty TruckSilver Birch PressChiron Review, and Dryland Literary Journal among other places. She is the founding poetry editor of Cultural Weekly and a contributing poetry editor in Chiron Review.

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Daphne and Her Discontents

Daphne and her Discontents
Poetry Book Launch Party
with Author Jane Rosenberg LeForge
and featuring Poets
Chella Courington
Ashley Perez

Sat. Feb 24th @ 3pm

 

A significant volume of poems exploring self through the Classic myths, transferring to poetry the power to transform. Per Robbi Nester: By giving her family saga this form, the poet subverts a classic tale of women s powerlessness to one of witness. (Cover image by Leslie Allyn.) Excerpt from Explaining the Holocaust to My Daughter The thing that has nothing to do with me yet ...A floating border of breaths/gambled over a gravel limit,/the stones that became risk/adverse and bruise-sensitive./Or like the poppy seeds my daughter loved to pour/into lemon batter to be made/solid between the dainty ridges./Like babies, she said/in her voice of no consequence/Like babies.

A significant volume of poems exploring self through the Classic myths, transferring to poetry the power to transform. Per Robbi Nester: By giving her family saga this form, the poet subverts a classic tale of women s powerlessness to one of witness. (Cover image by Leslie Allyn.) Excerpt from Explaining the Holocaust to My Daughter The thing that has nothing to do with me yet ...A floating border of breaths/gambled over a gravel limit,/the stones that became risk/adverse and bruise-sensitive./Or like the poppy seeds my daughter loved to pour/into lemon batter to be made/solid between the dainty ridges./Like babies, she said/in her voice of no consequence/Like babies.

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Reading Jami Macarty

Poet Jami Macarty

Reads from her acclaimed book
Landscape of The Wait

Sunday Dec. 17th @ 3pm

Landscape of The Wait is a poetic response to the trauma and uncertainty of a teenager’s car crash and year-long coma. The young man’s aunt and a poet, Jami Macarty, offers poems to try to make sense of crisis and liminal spaces between life and death, consciousness and coma, light and darkness, sameness and change. Her words enact the energies of living in the extended limbo that lurk around every corner for every auto driver and passenger and family member.

Landscape of The Wait is a poetic response to the trauma and uncertainty of a teenager’s car crash and year-long coma. The young man’s aunt and a poet, Jami Macarty, offers poems to try to make sense of crisis and liminal spaces between life and death, consciousness and coma, light and darkness, sameness and change. Her words enact the energies of living in the extended limbo that lurk around every corner for every auto driver and passenger and family member.

Jami Macarty teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, advises and edits the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings-Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Drunken Boat. A recipient of grants from Banff Center and BC Arts Council, her poems appear in American and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Fiddlehead, Prism international, Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, Verse Daily, and Volt.

Jami Macarty teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, advises and edits the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings-Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Drunken Boat. A recipient of grants from Banff Center and BC Arts Council, her poems appear in American and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Fiddlehead, Prism international, Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, Verse Daily, and Volt.

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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poets and Teachers: Hiram Sims & Gerald Locklin

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Poets and Teachers:
An Evening of Poetry

Hiram Sims & Gerald Locklin

+ OPEN MIC - Bring Your Best!

Sat. Dec 9th @ 7 pm

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Hiram Sims was born and raised in various parts of Los Angeles. He is an adjunct English Professor teaching Composition 

and Creative Writing at Cal State University Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, and Compton College. He is director of 

The Community Literature Initiative. He has published three books, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or

Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet's Workshop ( LA Bookshelf, 2008) and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (Figueroa, 2013).

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Occupation: Language Educator; Poet; Writer
Born: Rochester, New York, 1941

Education:
PhD, University of Arizona (1964)
MA, University of Arizona (1963)
BA, St. John Fisher College (1961)

Career:
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach (2007-Present)
Professor of English, California State University, Long Beach, CA (1965-2007)
Instructor, California State University, Los Angeles, CA (1964-1965)
Senior Poetry Editor, Chiron Review

Civic:
Founder, Endowment for Student Writing Competition, California State University, Long Beach

Creative Works:
Co-author, “The Toad Poems” (2007); Author, “New Orleans, Chicago and Points Elsewhere” (2006); Author, “The Pocket Book: A Novella and Nineteen Short Fictions” (2003); Author, “The Life Force Poems” (2002); Author, “A Simpler Time A Simpler Place: Three Mid-Century Stories” (2000); Author, “Candy Bars: Selected Stories” (2000); Author, “Down and Out” (1999); Author, “Go West, Young Toad: Selected Writings” (1999); Author, Annual Jazz Poem Chapbooks (1997-2007); Featured, “The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Literature in English” (1996); Author, “Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet” (1995); Co-editor, “A New Geography of Poets” (1992); Author, “The Gold Rush” (1989); Author, “The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen” (1984); Author, Numerous Poems; Author, Short Stories; Published by, 13E Note Éditions; Published by, Ambit Magazine; Published by, Beggars & Cheeseburgers; Published by, BlazeVox Books; Published by, Bottle of Smoke Press; Published by, Burning Shore Press; Published by, Chiron Review; Published by, Chuckwagon Press; Published by, Coagula; Published by, Connotation Press; Published by, David Caddy; Published by, Donna Hilbert; Published by, Edward Field; Published by, Henry Denander; Published by, Iconoclast Literary Magazine; Published by, John Yamrus; Published by, Joy Thomas; Published by, Kamini Press; Published by, Leconte Editore; Published by, Lummox Press; Published by, Mark Weber Jazz for Mostly; Published by, Narrative Magazine; Published by, Outlaw Poetry Network; Published by, Pearl Magazine; Published by, Presa Press; Published by, Rattle; Published by, Ravenna Press; Published by, Slipstream Press; Published by, Spout Hill Press; Published by, Tears in the Fence; Published by, The Spot Lit Magazine; Published by, Verdant Press; Published by, Water Row Books; Published by, Wormwood Review; Published by, Yossarian Universal News Service

Achievements:
The author of over 155 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over 3,000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews published in periodicals; His writings are archived by the Special Collections of the CSULB library and in the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection

Memberships:
Western Literature Association; Associate Writing Programs; Hemingway Society; E.E. Cummings Society; PEN Center USA; Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center; Los Angeles County Museum of Arts; Norton Simon Museum; Huntington Library & Museum

Family:
Son of Ivan Locklin; Esther Locklin

Hobbies:
Swimming; Jazz; Travel; New York Yankees; Los Angeles Lakers

Email:
glocklin@csulb.edu

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2007, 61st Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in America – 2006, 60th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in American Education – 2007-2008, 8th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in American Education – 2004-2005, 6th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who in the West – 2000-2001, 27th Edition (pub. 1999)

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Poet Gina Capobianco

Poet Gina Capobianco
reads from her new book
Conscious Connection

Sunday Dec 3rd @ 3pm

Conscious Connection documents Capobianco’s journey to healing. Her themes have, as the years have passed, become more reflective and insightful. While before she wrote her evocative free verse with passion and ferocity, she now writes with a more mature sense of purpose, intentionally confronting the darkness that continues to periodically encroach on her life. Many of Capobianco’s best poems are dark, exemplifying the despair and isolation of depression. Yet as the collection and her healing progress, she moves you toward a dawning hope for connection with other people—a hope that becomes reality as Capobianco finds the help and healing she needs. A powerful, emotionally intense examination of depression, Conscious Connection demonstrates the healing power of the written word. If you, like Capobianco, suffer from depression, you’ll see yourself in her words and realize her final message—the darkness may return, but so does the light.

Conscious Connection documents Capobianco’s journey to healing. Her themes have, as the years have passed, become more reflective and insightful. While before she wrote her evocative free verse with passion and ferocity, she now writes with a more mature sense of purpose, intentionally confronting the darkness that continues to periodically encroach on her life.

Many of Capobianco’s best poems are dark, exemplifying the despair and isolation of depression. Yet as the collection and her healing progress, she moves you toward a dawning hope for connection with other people—a hope that becomes reality as Capobianco finds the help and healing she needs.

A powerful, emotionally intense examination of depression, Conscious Connection demonstrates the healing power of the written word. If you, like Capobianco, suffer from depression, you’ll see yourself in her words and realize her final message—the darkness may return, but so does the light.

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