Held on November 2, 2006
Will Alexander has created a contemporary alchemy of surrealist vision in his own electric incandescent language. Coined the CÚsaire of America, his poetry is full of imagistic and intelligent unraveling. Charles Bernstein calls his latest collection, Exobiology as Goddess, "an exuberant excursion into the hyperreality of the cosmos." A poet, novelist, essayist, and educator, Alexander lives in Los Angeles.
Held on October 5, 2006
The recent recipient of the prestigious Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens award for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," Michael Palmer is regarded as "one of America's most important poets" by Harvard Review. The voice in his poems shifts between one of passive observation and active resistance, graceful and startling in its lyricism and quiet protest. A crucial figure in international poetic dialogue, Palmer has translated into English from Portuguese, Russian, and French, and has had his collections translated into over 25 languages. The author of ten volumes of poetry, most recently Company of Moths, Palmer frequently collaborates with visual artists and composers, including painter Gerard Richter and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Born in Manhattan, Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969, and is currently serving as the Poet in Residence at St. Mary's College.
Held on September 7, 2006
SERIES KICK-OFF: Distinguished faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines read and discuss a favorite poem.
This year's participants include:
- Ani Adhikari (Statistics)
- Mary Catherine Birgeneau
- Patrick Dillon (California Magazine)
- Janette Hernandez (Education)
- Davitt Moroney (Music)
- Charlotte Rubens (Library)
- Jonathan Poullard (Dean of Students)
- Harsha Ram (Slavic Languages and Literature)
- Clare You (Korean Sudies)
By Ira Nowinski
In this book, three faces of San Francisco are gloriously brought to life: the vibrant beat poet scene of North Beach, the defiant tenants of South of Market’s bygone residential hotels, and the electrifying energy backstage and onstage at the San Francisco Opera. Famous or not, Nowinski’s subjects dominate page after page in richly textured black and white relief. Included also are poems from the beat poets and written accounts of anti-redevelopment activists, and luminaries such as Leontyne Price give even further insight into the people Nowinski has photographed.
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By Rose Marie Beebe & Robert M. Senkewicz
From the editors of the highly influential Lands of Promise and Despair, here are thirteen women’s firsthand accounts from the time California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the need to tell the full story of the people and the places that were their California. Some of their words are translated here into English for the first time.
*To order this exquisite publication, please visit Heyday Books' website: www.heydaybooks.com/public/books/tst.html
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