Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 7:30 PM
In the basement of the store
2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s latest book of poems is What Blooms in Winter. Marge Piercy has said, “Gillan contains some of the most honest poems about marriage and family a reader is likely ever to come across. The craft is there, the well chosen word or phrase, but the power of these poems comes also from the truth in them that is moving and rare.” She’s published fifteen books of poetry. With her daughter Jennifer she’s co-edited four anthologies, including Unsettling America and Identity Lessons. Editor of the Paterson Literary Review, her honors include, among many others, the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and the American Book Award for her collection All That Lies Between Us.
Matthew Siegel’s book of poems is Blood Work. Mark Doty says, “This unexpected book—a genuine contribution to the literature of illness—centers on containment: how we contain our blood, how blood is contained in tubes and vials, how sometimes we do not seem contained by our bodies, and sometimes the body seems to contain nothing, and even how in the face of control or self-reliance leaking away, we might manage to contain ourselves, to feel held, to feel held in place.” His book won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from University of Wisconsin and was a finalist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. His poems and essays have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Cincinnati Review, The Guardian, PBS NewsHour, San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is a Professor of Humanities and Sciences at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Richard Silberg’s latest book of poems is The Horses: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. D. Nurkse said, “Dynamic, kaleidoscopic, shot through with a thousand faces and voices too real to be characters, Richard Silberg’s work is a Chaucerian pilgrimage to strange and uncannily familiar places.…The Horses is a deeply serious, wild, and powerful contribution to American letters.” He’s published six collections, including, most recently, Deconstruction of the Blues, PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award-winner, also nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, he is also a critic and a translator, whose co-translation of Korean poet Ko Un’s The Three Way Tavern won the 2007 Northern California Book Award for Translation.