ZYZZYVA Poetry All-Stars
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7 P.M., City Light Bookstore, San Francisco
hosted by Laura Cogan & Oscar Villalon
Since 1985, ZYZZYVA has published the work of the best West Coast writers, artists and poets. Tonight, they put the spotlight on poetry, featuring readings from recent contributors Dean Rader, Robin Ekiss, and Matthew Dickman.
Matthew Dickman's most recent poetry collection is Mayakovsky's Revolver (Norton). His first full-length collection, All-American Poem, won the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is the coauthor with Michael Dickman of 50 American Plays. He is also an Associate Editor for Tin House.
Robin Ekiss's poems and prose have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, APR, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Black Warrior Review, VQR, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, The Mansion of Happiness, was published by the University of Georgia Press VQR Poetry Series. It won the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and was a finalist for the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Northern California Book Award, and the Commonwealth Club's California Book Award.
Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His poem "Self Portrait as Dido to Aeneas" was selected by Mark Doty for Best American Poetry, 2012. He’s the department chair of English at the University of San Francisco, and his work has appeared in Boston Review, Triquarterly, and New American Writing, among other publications.
Laura Cogan is the Editor of ZYZZYVZ
Oscar Villalon is the former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. His reviews appear on NPR.org and KQED’s "The California Report." He is the Managing Editor of ZYZZYVA.
ZYZZYVA publishes the best prose, poetry, and visual art produced by West Coast writers and artists—along with the occasional piece from east of California. Since 1985, they've published such writers as Sherman Alexie, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Po Bronson, F.X. Toole, Haruki Murakami, Richard Rodriguez, and Daniel Handler; poets such as Kay Ryan, Adrienne Rich, Matthew Zapruder, Czeslaw Milosz, W.S. Di Piero, and Francisco X. Alarcon, and have featured work from such artists as Ed Ruscha, Sandow Birk, Laurie Anderson, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud.