Diana Hamilton and Josef Kaplan

Don't Miss This Reading!

Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz CA

Friday, October 19th  

Diana Hamilton
Josef Kaplan

Diana Hamilton is the author of Okay, Okay (Truck Books, 2012). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bomb, The Claudius App, and Two Serious Ladies.. She is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

Josef Kaplan is the author of Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012). Recent work has appeared in The Claudius App, Calmaplombprombombbalm, Rethinking Marxism and The Death and Life of American Cities.

Hosted by David Lau.

A New Cadence October Fiction Event

A New Cadence Poetry Series Presents

A Fiction Special Event
featuring Other Voices Press

Gina Frangello
Joshua Mohr
Rob Roberge
Leota Higgins
Stacy Bierlein

Sunday, October 14th
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz 95060

Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (forthcoming from Algonquin in February 2014), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006).  She is the Executive Editor and co-founder of the independent fiction press Other Voices Books, and also serves as the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus and the Fiction Editor of The Nervous Breakdown.  She lives in Chicago.

Joshua Mohr's work has been published in Other Voices, The Cimarron Review, Pleiades, and Gulf Coast, among others. He is the author of Damascus, Termite Parade and Some Things That Meant the World to Me. He is a regular contributor to, and teaches writing in San Francisco. He also sings in the band Damn Handsome & The Birthday Suits.

Rob Roberge is the author of the upcoming book of stories Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life, the neo-noir novels More Than They Could Chew (Perennial Dark Alley/Harper Collins, February 2005) and Drive (re-issue, Hollyridge Press, 2006). His stories have been featured in ZYZZYVA, Chelsea, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the "Ten Writers Worth Knowing Issue" of The Literary Review. His work has also been anthologized in Another City (City Lights, 2001), It’s All Good (Manic D Press, 2004) and SANTI: Lives of the Modern Saints (Black Arrow Press, 2007).  New work is scheduled to appear in OC Noir, part of the series that includes San Francisco Noir, LA Noir and Las Vegas Noir.  Other new work is coming in PENTHOUSE. 

Leota Higgins has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and is currently at work on her first novel "Still Searching", the first chapter of which has been published by Achiote Press in their debut story collection "Routes".

Stacy Bierlein is the author of A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (May 2008), and a co-editor of Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (October 2011). She is a founding editor of the independent press Other Voices Books as well as co-creator of the Morgan Street International Novel Series. Bierlein is a graduate of Syracuse University and Columbia College. A native of mid-Michigan and avid traveler, she currently makes her home in Newport Coast, California. Follow her on Twitter @StacyBierlein.


A New Cadence in April: Dennis Phillips

A New Cadence Poetry Series


Dennis Phillips

Reading from his work

Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz CA 95060

Dennis Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Arena, Credence, Sand, and most recently Study for the Possibility of Hope  (Pie in the Sky Press) and Navigation: Selected Poems, 1985 – 2010 (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions) . His work, both poetry and commentary, regularly appears in various national and local poetry journals. In 1998 he edited and wrote the introduction for a book on some of the early essays of James Joyce, Joyce On Ibsen. His novel, Hope, came out in 2007.

Phillips was a founding editor of Littoral Books, which published works by authors such as Amiri Baraka, Norma Cole, Ray DiPalma, and Stephen Ratcliffe. Besides his work with Littoral, over the years Phillips has contributed in various ways to other literary endeavors, including as the Book Review Editor of Sulfur, as Poetry Editor of the L.A. Weekly, as an enthusiastic staff member of the College of Neglected Science, and as the Director of the Beyond Baroque literary foundation.

Phillips is a professor in the department of Histories, Theory and Practices at Art Center College of Design, where he has been teaching literature and writing since 1979. Additionally, he is on the faculty of the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

He lives in Pasadena, California.


A New Cadence in March: Sweeney and Marashi

A New Cadence Poetry Series


Chad Sweeney & Mojdeh Marashi

A trilingual reading!
The Art of Stepping Through Time: Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh 1948-2000 (White Pine Press)


Wolf’s Milk: the Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (Forklift, Ohio)

7:30 pm, SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH 


The Art of Stepping Through Time: Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh spans more than fifty years of production by one of Iran’s most important contemporary poets. They will read these musical poems in both Persian and English! The book was supported by grants from the NEA, New York Council on the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Council and the Witter Byner Foundation.

Wolf’s Milk: The Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney is a bilingual edition, the first of its kind, a “translation” from a fictitious poet, the great Irish Spaniard poet, Juan Sweeney. Chad will read from it in both langauges.

Chad Sweeney teaches in the MFA program at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, the Spanish/Enlish bilingual Wolf’s Milk: Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (Forklift, 2012) and Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James, 2010) which was a Cold Front Magazine best book of 2010 and a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year. He is cotranslator of the Selected Poems of contemporary Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh, the “modern Hafiz.” Sweeney’s poems have appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, American Poetry Review, New American Writing and Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He lives in Redlands with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney and their son Liam.

Mojdeh Marashi is a writer, artist, and designer whose work is deeply influenced by the ancient and modern history of Iran. Born in Iran, she moved to U.S. in 1977 and has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since. Filled with a deep longing for the culture she was raised in, she cofounded YALDA cultural organization in 1986, teaching Persian languageclasses and co-hosting the weekly radio program “Rang aa Rang (Colorful)” on KUSF, the University of San Francisco’s radio station. She has an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her fiction was chosen for the anthology Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: Women of the Iranian Diaspora (University of Arkansas, 2006), and her translations (with Chad Sweeney) have appeared in Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Poetry International, American Letters & Commentary, Atlanta Review, Seattle Review, Subtropics and Washington Square. She has traveled twice to Iran to work directly with H.E. Sayeh for this project.

A New Cadence in February

We're back...

A New Cadence Poetry Series


Irish Poet,

Nell Regan

reading her work

Sunday, February 19th

Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(Behind Streetlight Records)

Admission is free

Nell Regan is an Irish writer at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar. Her debut poetry collection Preparing for Spring, Arlen House, 2007 was nominated for the Glen Dimplex New Writing Awards and Strong First Collection Awards among others. A new sequence of poems Bound for Home, commissioned by Cork County Council has just been published by Arlen House and will be distributed by Syracuse University Press. Her work has been published widely in Irish, British and US journals. She is the recipient of Literature Bursaries from the Irish Arts Council, Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council. She was an Writing Fellow at the International Writing Programme at Iowa University this Fall and is currently completing her third book. She has also published non fiction including historical biography and travel articles.