Friday

A New Cadence in July: Stephen Kessler on Luis Cernuda

A NEW CADENCE POETRY SERIES PRESENTS

FORBIDDEN PLEASURES

a reading and book signing by Stephen Kessler

from his translation of the New Selected Poems of one of Spain’s greatest poets

LUIS CERNUDA

Saturday July 18, 2015, 7pm
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz





Luis Cernuda (1902-1963) is one of the leading modern poets in the Spanish language. Stephen Kessler’s earlier translation of Cernuda’s prose poems, Written in Water (City Lights Books, 2004) received the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Poetry, and his version of Cernuda’s late poems, Desolation of the Chimera (White Pine Press, 2009), received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Forbidden Pleasures (Black Widow Press, 2015), which is selected from the first twenty-five years of Cernuda’s career (1924-1949), completes the third volume of Kessler’s selected Cernuda and is the largest collection of his poetry ever to appear in English. Please join us to celebrate the publication of this important book.

For more about the translator, visit www.stephenkessler.com.

CO-SPONSORED BY POETRY SANTA CRUZ 

Thursday


Sholeh Wolpé and Adela Najarro


 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30
PM,


 Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz






Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, playwright and literary translator whose work, according to Terrain Journal, “transcends the boundaries of language, gender, ethnicity and nationality.” Born in Iran, she spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Wolpé has authored three collections of poetry, most recently Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths. She is the editor of two anthologies, Breaking the Jaws of Silence, which gathers American voices of protest, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles. Her books of translations include, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad and a Persian translation of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself (co-translated with Mohsen Emadi), commissioned by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in celebration of Whitman’s work. Her latest book, Attar’s Conference of the Birds, will be released by W. W. Norton in 2017. Wolpé’s accolades include the 2014 Pen/Heim award, 2013 Midwest Book Award, 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize and residency awards at Hedgebrook in Whidbey Island, and Château de Lavigny in Switzerland.


Adela Najarro is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Split Geography (Mouthfeel Press) and Twice Told Over (Unsolicited Press), both published in March 2015. David A. Sullivan notes that in Split Geography “the personality that emerges from this collection is funny, poignant, irascible, and above all, in love with the promise that writing can be a spiritual exercise to remake ourselves. These are poems to live among. “About Twice Told Over, ”Juan Felipe Herrera states, “A tour de force, magnificent, lovely, sculpted, drenched with Borges, Sexton, Najarro. A radically new Latina verse.” She currently lives in Santa Cruz and teaches creative writing, literature and composition at Cabrillo College. 

Cosponsored by Poetry Santa Cruz and A New Cadence Poetry Series
A New Cadence Poetry Series
Presents
Roy Mash
and
Gerald Fleming

Reading from their works

@

The Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

May 26th, 2015

Reception at 6:30pm
Reading begins at 7:30pm
Hosted By Robert Sward

Free

Roy Mash is a long time board member of Marin Poetry Center. He holds degrees in English, Philosophy, and Computer Science, though he currently doodles his time away staring out of café windows, dabbing up the seeds that have fallen from an everything bagel, and mentally thumbing over his poems that have appeared widely in journals such as AGNI, Barrow Street, Nimrod, Poetry East, and River Styx. He is the recipient of the Atlanta Review International Publication Award, and the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Poets’ Dinner competition. His first full length book, Buyer’s Remorse (Cherry Grove Collections), debuted in 2014.


"Buyer’s Remorse is a celebration of the small, the overlooked, the underrated. Doggedly anti-lofty, reveling in the This-Worldly, the poems caper around the themes of the body, of mathematics and rationality, adolescence and middle-age, love and fear and death. The tone ranges from the irreverent to the wistful – the spritz of seltzer in the face of the Creature from the Black Lagoon to the lover standing in one sock. Drawing on sources from The Three Stooges to Archimedes, Lavoisier to Tweety Bird, Mash is a latter day Anti-Oracle, a nail in the tire of post-modernity, an incorrigible wag who’s smuggled his pea shooter into the Church of Poetry. Be ready to duck."




Gerald Fleming’s most recent books are The Choreographer, longer prose poems (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco) and Night of Pure Breathing, prose poems from Hanging Loose Press in New York. He’s written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). His poetry has appeared in many magazines over the decades, including New Letters, Western Humanities Review, Carolina Quarterly, New World Writing, Hanging Loose, and many others. Between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and currently edits the limited-edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass. He taught in the San Francisco Public Schools for thirty-seven years, and lives most of the year in Northern California, part of the year in Paris.

 
Of Fleming’s Night of Pure Breathing, Gary Young said:
“These dark fables, written in a language ‘born of rage,’ furiously peel back the veneer of the world we think we know. Part fairy tale, part dream, these poems explore a region where the ordinary and the fantastic overlap, where a smile can get a job, and where identities are fluid and interchangeable... Many poems are set in exotic locations—Corfu, Bali, Mexico, Ukraine—but they all merge to create a discrete, elemental landscape, a poetic geography where this remarkable collection plays out. In one poem, ‘a boy and a girl court each other by telling ghost stories.’ Gerald Fleming’s Night of Pure Breathing is a collection that seduces the reader in just that way. Hold onto your socks; you’re in for a ride.” 


Co-sponsored with Poetry Santa Cruz

Friday

A New Cadence Poetry Series

Presents

Eleni Sikelianos 
and 
Maria Garcia Teutsch 

Reading from their works

@

Louden Nelson Center  (< Please Note Venue Change!)
301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Room 5!

Friday, October 3th, 2014 
7:30pm!

Maria Garcia Teutsch is a poet and editor. She has published over 20 journals of poetry as editor-in-chief of the Homestead Review, published by Hartnell College in Salinas, and Ping-Pong journal of art and literature, published by the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California. She teaches poetry and creative writing online. She serves as president of the board of the Henry Miller Memorial Library.
Ilya Kaminsky on Maria’s Poetics:  “Maria Garcia Teutsch is a poet who looks for lyricism and sensual flavor in our daily moments, and makes poems that ride on the human nerve, like Frank O’Hara told us the poet must.”

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six previous books of poetry, most recently You Animal Machine, The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead, Body Clock and The California Poem; the hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon; and a translation of Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light. She has been the happy recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, The National Poetry Series, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among others, and of Princeton University’s Seeger Fellowship and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. Sikelianos’s work has been widely anthologized, in two Norton anthologies (Postmodern American Poetry and American Hybrid) as well as Tin House’s Satellite ConvulsionsA Best of Fence, and The Arcadia Project. She has collaborated with filmmakers, visual artists, composers, and musicians, including Philip Glass and Ed Bowes. At present, she teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at The University of Denver and teaches for Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. She shares her days with the novelist Laird Hunt and their daughter Eva Grace.
 

Wednesday

A New Cadence in April -- Kessler, Soldofsky, Silberg

A New Cadence Poetry Series

Presents

Stephen Kessler, Alan Soldofsky,
& Richard Silberg

Reading from their works

@

The Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

April 26th, 2014

Reception at 6:30pm
Reading begins at 7:30pm

Hosted By Robert Sward

Free



Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator and editor. His most recent books include Scratch Pegasus (poems), Poems of Consummation by Vicente Aleixandre (translation), The Tolstoy of the Zulus: On Culture, Arts & Letters (essays), and The Mental Traveler (novel). He received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for his version of Desolation of the Chimera by Luis Cernuda. He is the subject of a FloodLight Feature in Issue 5 of the online journal phren-Z .

 

Alan Soldofsky has published a new collection of poems, In the Buddha Factory, from Truman State University Press. Also three chapbooks of poems: Kenora Station, Staying Home, and most recently a chapbook that includes a selection of poems by his son, the poet Adam Soldofsky, Holding Adam / My Father's Books. He has published poems widely in magazines and academic journals including: The Antioch Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Grand Street, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The North American Review, and Poetry East. His poems have three times been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has also contributed essays on modern and contemporary poets to a variety of journals. His articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews have appeared widely in periodicals including Chelsea, Narrative, Poetry Flash, Quarry West, and The Writer's Chronicle. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at San Jose State University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.



Richard Silberg, Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, hosts the Poetry Flash reading series. He is author of The Horses, New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2012). His previous poetry collections include Deconstruction of the Blues (Red Hen Press, 2006), which received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. His poetry has also appeared in American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, VOLT, New American Writing, Catamaran Literary Reader, and other journals. His co-translation of Korean poet Ko Un, The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2006), received a Northern California Book Award for Translation. His most recent co-translation is This Side of Time, poems by Ko Un (White Pine Press, 2012). His books also include Doubleness (Heyday, 2000) and a collection of his Poetry Flash essays, Reading the Sphere: A Geography of Contemporary American Poetry (Berkeley Hills, 2002). Robert Hass said of Reading the Sphere: "No one is writing about poetry with more vividness, particularity, intelligence, and range, than Richard Silberg." The Horses, New & Selected Poems is his most recent book. Silberg taught Poetry Workshops and "Writing and Appreciating Contemporary Poetry" at UC Berkeley Extension for over twenty years. Richard Silberg was born in New York City in 1942. He received his BA from Harvard in 1963 and his MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

Friday

Esteemed poet, and Santa Cruz mainstay, Robert Sward, has graciously agreed to become co-curator of A New Cadence Poetry Series.   Welcome, Robert!



ROBERT SWARD has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop and UC Santa Cruz. A Guggenheim Fellow he was chosen by Lucile Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. His more than 20 books include: Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press), Rosicrucian in the Basement, The Collected Poems, and God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press, Canada), now in its second printing. His latest, New & Selected Poems, 1957-2012, was published by Red Hen Press.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sward served in the U.S. Navy in the combat zone during the Korean War and later worked for CBC Radio and as book reviewer and feature writer for The Toronto Star and Globe & Mail while living in Canada. Sward now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, visual artist Gloria K. Alford.
For more info see:  www.robertsward.com
see also Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Volume 206.
and, Garrison Keillor reads "God is in the Cracks"
http://jjwebb.ihwy.com/rosycrossfather/godisinthecracks_keillor.mp3 



Thursday

A New Cadence in February

 

A New Cadence Poetry Series

Presents


Robert Sward & David Alpaugh


Reading from their work

@

The Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

February 1st, 2014

Reception at 6:30pm
Reading begins at 7:30pm

Free


ROBERT SWARD has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop and UC Santa Cruz. A Guggenheim Fellow he was chosen by Lucile Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. His more than 20 books include: Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press), Rosicrucian in the Basement, The Collected Poems, and God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press, Canada), now in its second printing. His latest, New & Selected Poems, 1957-2012, was published by Red Hen Press.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sward served in the U.S. Navy in the combat zone during the Korean War and later worked for CBC Radio and as book reviewer and feature writer for The Toronto Star and Globe & Mail while living in Canada. Sward now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, visual artist Gloria K. Alford.

For more info see:  www.robertsward.com
see also Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Volume 206.
and, Garrison Keillor reads "God is in the Cracks"
http://jjwebb.ihwy.com/rosycrossfather/godisinthecracks_keillor.mp3  


DAVID ALPAUGH’S poetry, fiction, drama, satire, and criticism have appeared in literary journals that include Able Muse, English Literary History, Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Formalist, Free Lunch, Light, Modern Drama, Mudlark, Poetry, Rattle, Twentieth Century Literature, Wisconsin Review, and Zyzyvva. His first poetry collection COUNTERPOINT won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press and his chapbooks have been published by Coracle Books and Pudding House Publications. His controversial essays “The Professionalization of Poetry” (Poets & Writers Magazine), "What's Really Wrong With Poetry Book Contests?" (AboutPoetry and Rattle), and, most recently, "The New Math of Poetry" (The Chronicle of Higher Education) have stimulated much discussion both online and off. A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at the U.C. Berkeley Extension; was publisher of the Carquinez Poetry Review; and hosted two San Francisco Bay Area monthly poetry readings in Walnut Creek and then in Crockett. David Alpaugh's HEAVY LIFTING (Poems 1995 through 2006) was published by ALEHOUSE PRESS in 2007.


Friday



A New Cadence Poetry Series
Presents
Hugh Behm–Steinberg,  
David B. Goldstein
and
Caroline Goodwin

Reading from their work

@
The Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

December 14th, 2013
7:30pm
Free


Hugh Behm–Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. His books include The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press) and Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books), as well as several chapbooks including Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv) and Good Morning! (Deconstructed Artichoke Press). He is the author of two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It's Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera with composer Guillermo Galindo, and a children's opera based on the Chinese folktale, The Clever Wife, which was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series. He also collaborates on text/sound art projects with Matt Davignon, and is a member of The Crank Ensemble. He is currently collaborating with his wife on an illuminated manuscript re-working of Farid ud-Din Attar's 12th Century Sufi masterpiece The Conference of the Birds. He teaches at California College of the Arts, where edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

David B. Goldstein's new book is Laws of Rest (BookThug). His first chapbook, Been Raw Diction, was published by Dusie Press in 2006. As a literary critic, food writer, and translator, he has published on a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, contemporary poetry, translation, cannibalism, philosophies of food, and the politics of Martha Stewart. His first book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, is due out this fall. His translations from Italian poetry appear in The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, among other publications. Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University. 

Caroline Goodwin is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford. She teaches in the MFA Writing and the undergraduate Writing and Literature programs and is the faculty advisor for the college's undergraduate literary journal, Humble Pie, and the HearSay Reading Series. A short collection entitled Text Me, Ishmael was recently published by the Literary Pocket Book series in Pontypridd, Wales, UK and her first full-length poetry collection, Trapline, is available from JackLeg Press in Chicago.  Born and raised in Alaska, she moved to the Bay Area in 1999. Her work has appeared most recently in Junction Box and The Broken Plate. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book about the life and death of her second daughter, Josephine. In 2013 she was named Poet Laureate of San Mateo County.