Join the celebration launch of our latest poetry and short fiction collection I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand at the Poetry Unbound reading series.
Featured readers: Lauren Marie Cappello, Kit Kennedy, Richard Loranger (host), Mary Mackey, Clive Matson, Julia Vinograd, Daniel Yaryan, and editor Jane Ormerod
Plus limited open mic
I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand is a fearless, dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also includes an interview with John Sinclair – the legendary jazz/blues poet, former manager of the MC5, radio host, and activist.
Submissions for our next collection open October 15 so this a terrific opportunity to meet editors and learn more about great weather for MEDIA.
Lauren Marie Cappello has traded in the glitter of New Orleans for homesteading in Northern California. Her work has appeared in E·ratio 15 &16, gape-seed (Uphook Press), It’s Animal but Merciful (great weather for MEDIA), among others.
Kit Kennedy lives in San Francisco and is Bay Times Poet in Residence and Poet in Residence at AWE Gallery. She has five published poetry collections and an equal number of boots, two of which are red.
Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in the online journals London Grip New Poetry and The Marsh Hawk Review. and in the just released anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA). You can find more about his work and scandals at www.richardloranger.com.
Mary Mackey is the author of 13 novels and 7 collections of poetry including Sugar Zone,winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature and Travelers With No Ticket Home, her new collection just published by Marsh Hawk Press. Her ground-breaking, poetic novel Immersion has also recently been reprinted by the Authors Guild. Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on his program The Writer’s Almanac. Her novels, all of which have recently become available as e-books, have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists, been translated into twelve languages, and sold over a million and a half copies. Connect with her, sample her work, and read her blog interview series People Who Make Books Happen at www.marymackey.com and https://www.facebook.com/marymackeywriter
Clive Matson (MFA Columbia University) was drafted as Chalcedony’s (kal-SAID-‘n-ease) astonished scribe in 2004, and he’s been performing her songs ever since. His early teachers were Beats in New York City, and, amazingly, his seventh book was placed in John Wieners’ coffin. He became immersed in the stream of passionate intensity that runs through us all and has finally stopped trying to go anywhere else. He writes from the itch in his body, to the delight of his students, and that’s old hat, according to Let the Crazy Child Write! (1998), the text he uses to make his living, teaching creative writing. He enjoys playing basketball, table tennis, and collecting minerals in the field.
Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA. Website
Julia Vinograd is a Berkeley street poet. She has published fifty-eight books of poetry and won the American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation for her collection The Book of Jerusalem. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A Pushcart Prize winner, she was one of four editors of the anthology New American Underground Poetry Vol. 1: The Babarians of San Francisco – Poets from Hell (Trafford Publishing, 2006).
Daniel Yaryan is a devout disciple of the “Beat Friar” Brother Antoninus (William Everson) and producer of the popular poetry series Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts.