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.

Wednesday

A New Cadence in November: Witte and Mattraw

A New Cadence Poetry Series
Presents

Valerie Witte

and

Alexandra Mattraw


Reading from their work

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

November 16th, 2013
7:30pm
Free


A native St. Louisan, Valerie Witte received her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her work has appeared in various journals, such as Barrow StreetVOLTInterim, and Letterbox; and her first chapbook, The History of Mining, was recently published by the ge collective. She is a member of Kelsey Street Press and the Bay Area Correspondence School. Her recent projects have explored such topics as a future Earth's prosthetic nature and the evolution of human skin. Check out her work at valeriewitte.squarespace.com.

Alexandra Mattraw’s third chapbook, in the way of harbors, is available at Dancing Girl Press. Her first two chapbooks were published through Achiote Press and Beard of Bees. You can find her poems and reviews in journals including VOLT, Cultural Society, Verse, Word For/Word, Realpoetik, Denver Quarterly, alice blue, Lost Roads Press, and American Letters & Commentary. Alexandra’s first full manuscript has been selected as a finalist by Nightboat Books and 1913 Press, and her second was recently chosen as a finalist for the Colorado Review Prize. Her most recent poems were released this October in 1913 Journal of Forms and Thethepoetry. A former Vermont Studio Center resident, Alexandra curates a writing, reading, and art series called Lone Glen in Oakland, California. If you are interested in learning more about her projects, please visit http://alexandramattraw.wordpress.com/.

Friday

A New Cadence in Octoer, part 2: Matt Hart and Russell Dillon...TONIGHT!

A New Cadence Poetry Series
 

Presents


Matt Hart & Russell Dillon


Reading from their work


TONIGHT!


October 18th, 2013,  7:30pm

@

Felix Kulpa Gallery

107 Elm Street

Santa Cruz CA 95060

Free


Russell Dillon is the author of ETERNAL PATROL, newly published by Forklift Books in Fall 2013, and the chapbook SECRET DAMAGE (Forklift Books). He is the co-editor of Big Bell, began life in New York, continued it in San Francisco, and now continues it further in New York.


Matt Hart is the author of five books of poems, Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006), Wolf Face (H_NGM_N Books, 2010), Light-Headed (BlazeVOX, 2011), Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012), and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013), as well as several chapbooks. Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, jubilat, Lungfull!, and Post Road, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

Tuesday

A New Cadence in October- O'Shaughnessy and Farquhar

A New Cadence Poetry Series


Presents

A Night of Experimental and Feminist Poetries
 Featuring:

Dion N. Farquhar
and
Pamela O’Shaughnessy


Reading from their work
October 12th, 7:30pm
@
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Free

Dion Farquhar is a poet and fiction writer with recent poems in Cricket Online Review, Shampoo, moria, BlazeVOX, Shifter, etc. Her second poetry book Wonderful Terrible just came out with Main Street Rag Publishing, and her first poetry book Feet First was published by Evening Street Press in 2010.

Pamela O’Shaughnessy is a Harvard-trained lawyer who, after sixteen years of legal practice, turned to fiction and poetry. She and her sister Mary have written fifteen books of suspense and mystery which have sold over eight million copies worldwide. Eight of their books have been New York Times bestsellers. Pam has been published in numerous poetry journals and has been a featured poet in the Triggerfish Critical Review. Her first poetry collection, FLYING AT SEA-LEVEL, was published in 2007, and she published an anthology of twenty-first century poetry, BURNING GORGEOUS, in 2010. FIGMENTS and other poems is a comprehensive selection of her poetry to date. Pam lives on the California Central Coast.