My dear friends, please come to the Smell for the latest Last Sunday Reading
Series event this Sunday the 24th of April. Doors open at 6:30, the cover
is 5 dollars (to support the visiting poets). The Smell is located at 247 S.
Main st. between 2nd and 3rd. Entrance is through the Alley. See you there!
Readers for the even will be:
Cynthia Sailers (Alameda)
Stephanie Young (Oakland)
Jen Hofer is a poet and translator originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her recent publications include Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (University of Pittsburgh Press and Ediciones Sin Nombre, 2003), a feature section on contemporary Mexican poetry in the New York-based journal Aufgabe, the chapbooks lawless (Seeing Eye Books, 2003) and sexopurosexoveloz (translations of poetry by Dolores Dorantes, Seeing Eye Books, 2004), and slide rule (subpress, 2002). She is co-editor, with Rod Smith, of Aerial #10, a forthcoming critical volume on the work of the poet Lyn Hejinian. Other poems, prose texts and translations appear in recent issues of the journals Bomb, Circumference, and the anti-war publication Enough, and in the books Surface Tension: The Problematics of Site (Errant Bodies Press, 2003), Mixed Blood (Penn State University, 2004) and Strange Place (Never Die Books, 2005). She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in a free humanities program for low-income adults and works as a court interpreter. She is happily a founding member of the City of Angels Ladies' Bicycle Association, also known as The Whirly Girls.
Stephanie Young's first full length collection of
poems, Telling the Future Off, is due out in 2004/05
from Tougher Disguises Press. Her writing has appeared
in Mirage Period(ical), Cypress Magazine, Five Fingers
Review, -VeRT and Combo, and in a series of
collaborative Postcard Poem Chapbooks with Del Ray
Cross, Cassie Lewis and Catherine Meng. She is the
editor of BAY POETICS, forthcoming from Faux Press.
She lives in Oakland but you can find her online most
days at http://stephanieyoung.durationpress.com.
Catherine Daly is a critic and poet. She's author of DaDaDa (Salt Publishing, 2003), a trilogy which has become the first volume of a 1,000 page project called CONFITEOR, as well as of Locket (Tupelo Press, 2005), which was released in April 2005 and should be reaching bookstores soon.
Week One: Course Introduction.
Week Two: Topic: Interrelation of social/geographic conditions.
Week Three: Topic: Bios: "Do they have to be straightforward?"
Week Four: Topic: "Can you indeed be a 'Cynthia Sailers.' A dreamer
would not ask such a question."
Wee Five: Topic: Acts of Imprisonment: "Lake Systems," Tougher
Disguises Press. "A New Season," Duration Press.
Week Six: Topic: "The Author." Exploration of the possibility of a
Week Seven: Topic: "The Author as Psychoanalyst."
Week Eight: Midterm. Questions covering: 1. Cynthia Sailers, poet
of Alameda. 2. Cynthia Sailers' tattoos.
Week Nine: Topic: "Rhetoric and the Anti-Clique, The Sprawling
Politics of the once New Brutalists."
Week Ten: Topic: "Cynthia Sailers, An extremely nice and perceptive
person, whose personal definition of poetry that was once told to me made too much sense for me to remember."
Week Eleven: Special Guest: Cynthia Sailers.
Week Twelve: Final. Including material regarding, "What's in a Name,"
the "Possibility of the Lyric in a Society Both Pastoral and Industrial," "Helping Hands: Constant Skepticism as a Dress—Movement Between Comment and Commentary."