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

A New Cadence Poetry Series


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


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.